Speaking: IELTS part 3 questions (2)

Speaking part 3:

Sometimes it is difficult to think of an answer to a question. There are several ways to deal with this.

(1) One way is to challenge the question itself:

  • How has education changed in your country in the last 10 years?

Listen to my answer:

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I begin by saying:

  • “Well, in the case of Britain I think that’s a difficult question to answer because there haven’t been a lot of changes in the last 10 years.”

This gives me a chance to say more or less anything I want.

Listen to my second answer to the same question:

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It begins in the same way but then has a completely different point.

(2) A second way is to discuss the meaning of the words in the question:

  • What changes do you foresee in education in the next 50 years?

Listen to my answer:

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I begin by saying:

  • Well, I think this depends on what we mean by education…

This gives me a chance to say more or less anything I want.

Listen to my second answer to the same question:

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To sum up: you can challenge the assumption behind the question & challenge the question itself.

Think about how you would answer the questions using those techniques.

Try this question – I will give my version tomorrow:

What role do extra-curricular activities play in education?

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