The Interview: Section Two
12 Jul 2014 admin
In this section of the interview, the examiner will delve onto one or more general topics of interest to test your ability to speak for extended periods. As you take longer turns in this speaking task, you may need to describe, explain and express or justify an opinion. Rightly so, your vocabulary and skills relating to opinions are key in going through this section.
How to Approach Section Two of the Interview:
- It is impossible to predict what topics maybe discussed in this section of the interview. There are, however, some standard topics that you can rehearse with during your preparation. Here are some of the possibilities:
Traditional or modern buildings in your country
Tourism and tourist sites
Celebrations and cultural activities
Family and family relationships
Schooling and the education system in your country
City and country living
Modern and traditional lifestyle
- You will score higher in speaking if you can explain and support your opinions well. The examiner will not put much weight on your opinions, but rather on the language used to express them. You are advised then to use a range of functional expressions relating to opinions, reasons and examples. Here are sample phrases that you may find useful:
In my opinion …
As far as I’m concerned …
It seems to me that …
From my point of view …
- Always explain your reasons for having certain opinions with examples. Avoid stating abstract ideas without giving any concrete support because this may affect the intelligibility of your response.
- If you find yourself groping for words, try using similes or metaphors.
- Try to sound natural when speaking. Don’t memorize responses. The examiner may cut your response short and jump immediately to the next question.
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Categories: IELTS Speaking