IELTS Speaking Topics With Answers 2019
Summary: IELTS Speaking Topics With Answers
Adept English can really help you with the listening and speaking parts of the IELTS test.
Using the Adept English “Listen & Learn” system will push you way beyond IELTS listening and speaking standard scores. We expect people who learn English with our listening method to find the speaking and listening parts of the IELTS exam, rather easy.
IELTS is very much a checklist approach to English. There are lots of people who learn just enough to pass the exam with a score they need. However IELTS does not require you to be good at English communication, either spoken or written. IELTS ignores spelling, British or American language differences it does not even care how bad your hand written English is.
If you learn with Adept English, your standard of English speaking and listening will be way above other English language students who have focused on a 6.5 or 7.5 score just to get into a university.
Audio Transcript: IELTS Speaking Topics With Answers 2019
Hi there, and welcome to this Adept English podcast. How is your English Language learning coming along? If you’re anything like me, it’s likely that your language learning goes in ‘fits and starts’. That means you get on with it and you do lots and then maybe you don’t do very much language learning for a while. But then you come back to it. So sometimes it goes fast, sometimes it goes slowly. The important thing is when you’re in your normal routine that you include English language learning. But sometimes you’ll be out of routine because you’re doing something different. But that’s OK as long as when you’re back in normal routine, you return to your language learning too.
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IELTS Speaking Topic Introduction
Let’s have another look today at those IELTS speaking topics with answers. So I-E-L-T-S, IELTS is of course, the International English Language Testing System. So it’s helpful in the podcasts to cover IELTS speaking topics with answers – so that you can get used to the sort of vocabulary that you might use in an English language exam. But this is useful also for listeners who aren’t taking IELTS exams in English. Let us know if you would like more help with IELTS – you can email us at support @ adeptenglish.com to let us know. Or just talk to us anyway!
Talking about your work?
So, when it comes to the IELTS speaking topics with answers – one of the common subjects is to ask English students about is their work. It’s also good English speaking practice as people talk a lot about their work anyway, don’t they? So you might be asked simply ‘Do you work or are you a student?’ And even if you are a student, so you’re not working at the moment, it’s likely that you will have had some kind of job, when you were younger and still at school. In the UK, you can work from the age of 16 years old. And even if you are a student and you’ve never worked, you can still talk about work. If you explain this to your IELTS examiner, then they’ll probably ask you instead about what sort of job you would like to do in the future – or about what type of work you intend to do when you’ve finished your studying. Or maybe they could ask you what sort of job you would hate. Or perhaps what’s important to you in work – do you like to help people or do you prefer to work with technology or be in a technical role? So let’s think of some of the possible questions around this and some sample answers. And we can talk about vocabulary too. For example – that phrase I just used above – I said ‘a technical role’.
Well, you probably know what I mean by ‘technical’ – expertise, knowledge in something, probably technology related But what about the word ‘role’ - R-O-L-E? This is a word that’s often used with jobs. And it reflects the idea that not everyone has a defined job – like a doctor or a lawyer or a fireman or a bus driver. Many people work in organisations where there’s some fluidity and lots of similar and different needs for types of work to be done. So organisations may group together tasks, things to do, under the heading of a job role. If you think about a play – a piece of theatre, the word ‘role’ is used here to talk about the different parts that the actors will play. So the word ‘role’ in the context of jobs, is really ‘what part you will play’? Does that make sense?
OK, so let’s have a look at different types of jobs and how you might talk about them. Let’s do some IELTS speaking topics with answers. So...
What is your job? I’m an office manager
So you might say ‘I am working currently as an office manager at a training institute in London. I've been doing this job for about three years now. I'm responsible for administration for all the courses – all the admin for entry onto the courses, the paperwork for all the students and the timetabling for the running of the courses. I also look after the running of the building.’
So just some vocabulary there - ‘an office manager’ is perhaps easy to understand. ‘Administration’ or ‘admin’ for short, usually means a job where you organise lots of things. You’re likely to be organising a business, or people, looking after paperwork or databases – so computer records. If you’re a good administrator, you’re able to hold lots of things in your head at the same time – and you have a good memory! And you’re probably going to answering enquiries – questions by phone or email. The phrase ‘I’m responsible for...’ is a good one to think about. What are your particular responsibilities in your job role? You can talk about those, maybe. So another answer...
‘What is your job’? I work in a bar
You might say ‘I’m a student, but I work in a bar in the evenings. My duties include serving customers, mixing drinks and I have to use a till. I also have to clean up at the end of the evening.’ So this is a typical job you might have if you’re a full-time student. A ‘bar’ or even in the UK ‘a pub’, is where people go to drink either alcohol or non-alcoholic drinks and to socialise, to meet other people. So typically, if you’re in a bar or a shop even, where you could be selling clothes or coffee, we would talk about ‘customer service’ – that being part of your job role ‘to serve customers’. And ‘I have to use a till’ - that means that this person is taking money, taking payments from customers in the bar. So the till, ‘T-I-L-L’ is the machine you use to do this. It’s the same as in a supermarket or a petrol station – you key in or scan in what the customer is buying and then you use it to take payment. So a till might also be called ‘a cash register’. But ‘customer service’ or ‘serving customers’ is a common way to talk about this kind of work. And again, notice that useful phrase ‘My duties include….’ so this can become your list of your tasks. ‘Your duties’ are the work that you have to do. Another answer…..
‘What is your job’? I work in IT….
So you might say ‘Oh, I work in IT’ or ‘Uh, I’m training to be a lawyer so I work in a legal practice’. You could say ‘I work for the National Health Service’ - that means the organisation in the UK, which looks after your health needs. So sometimes people give an answer to the question ‘What is your job?’, which doesn’t tell you exactly what they do, but it gives you an idea of what industry they work in. That’s another useful piece of vocabulary - ‘industry’ - I-N-D-U-S-T-R-Y. Industry is really just another word for being busy, busy-ness – it’s a noun and of course, ‘busy-ness’ is where the word ‘business’ comes from. But ‘industry’ implies it’s large scale – that there are lot of people busy in this work. So you might talk about the industry that you work in ‘I’m in the IT industry’, or I work in the ‘Creative Industry’, the oil industry, the fishing industry. It just gives people an idea of the general area of your work and it’s useful if you don’t want to go into detail.
What is your job? I work in a call centre…..
So here’s another common one. ‘I work in a call centre and it’s quite high pressure. We have take a certain volume of calls every day’. If you work in a call centre, it means that you’re again doing customer service, but it means that you’ll be answering telephone calls from customers. You might work in what’s known as a help centre – where people ring for help with products they’ve bought or with services. Or you might provide ‘after sales service’ - so help with an item after it’s been bought’. If you work in a call centre, it can be quite stressful – meaning that you’ve got too many things to do and only a short time to do them in. That’s what ‘high pressure’ means. If you work in a call centre, your job title, the name of your job, is quite likely to be ‘an agent’. And the message you often hear in English speaking call centres ‘All our agents are busy…..’ Have you ever heard that message?
What jobs have I had?
So if you asked me what is your job, or what jobs I’ve had? My answer might sound a bit like this.
‘Well, I did various jobs when I was a student. I worked in shops and I worked serving in a couple of different pubs. I also worked in a factory making pies and another factory which made bread and cakes. My first job when I finished university was in a garden centre – this was called ‘Retail Management’, but I don’t think it was, really. After that I worked in IT, so in the IT industry for a long time, and I learned to program and all about certain computer systems. I’ve also been a college lecturer – so I taught students for four years. After that I worked in IT for a bit longer. And then I trained as a psychotherapist – and I’ve been working for myself for the last few years.’ So that’s me!
So hopefully covering IELTS speaking topics with answers – has got you thinking on the subject of jobs. What would your reply be? And if you’d like more help from Adept English with IELTS speaking topics with answers, let us know!
Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.
PS: IELTS Is Just A Formal Way To Assess Your English Skills
Anyone who thinks being good at English is scoring a specific number is naïve. IELTS is not really about the language students, it’s about the employers who need English speakers and English-speaking countries’ ability to compare your English skills with other students and to set acceptable standards. It’s a narrow view of your English-speaking ability.
Unfortunately the UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and more and more companies around the world want proof you can speak English to a set standard. This means for some of you scoring highly in an IELTS exam is important.
Adept English is about the students, making their life easier and helping in practical ways. So we cannot ignore the need to pass IELTS speaking exams and we will produce more podcasts to help you pass these exams.
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