IELTS Speaking Part 2 Sample

Here you can listen to an IELTS speaking part 2 sample of a candidate taking a mock test.

In part 2 of the speaking test you will need to speak for two minutes on a topic that the examiner gives to you.

You will also have one minute to prepare.

Take a look at the topic and then listen to and read the candidates response.

How is the candidates grammar? How is her fluency and coherence? How about the pronunciation?

Have a think about how you would respond.

This is the IELTS part 2 topic card:

Describe the role that music plays in your life.

You should say:

  • What type of music or musical activities you enjoy
  • How often you listen to music or play music
  • What effect music has on you

And explain why music is important or unimportant to you


Listen to a response

Now listen to the IELTS speaking part 2 sample response and look at the transcript:

For the topic about the role of music in my life...erm...I have to say for that that the type of music that attractive to me the most is...erm...pop music, and easy listening, and also jazz, but the type of music that I listen to the most is easy...easy slow pop and easy listening type of music.  

And...I listen to the music everyday to...erm...national radios and...er...pop radio that...er... The...the...the most fa..the the most famous one is called Greenwave, which is the..the radio station...erm...for targetted to...for...targetted to...er...working...er...working pe...people and to...to adult.

And...and...er...to me music is quite important and it's...erm...it very have many...er...useful...I mean...er...ok...first is the music can bring up my mood when...when I'm feeling down or when I'm depressed and I choose to listen to the music that got...erm...more rhythmic and...er...very active or...erm...the happy type of music to listen on it...very helpful to...to lift up my...my bad mood when I'm feeling down.


IELTS speaking part 2 sample - Comments

The candidate addresses each bullet point on the prompt, though she never gets the the final part on "explain why music is important or unimportant to you".

Her pronunciation is generally ok.

However, there are some errors such as sounding like she says "when I'm feeling douw" instead of "down".

There is also some evidence of the ability to use use complex structures such as relative clauses:

the most famous one is called Greenwave, which is the..the radio station

the type of music that I listen to the most

And adverbial clauses:

music can bring up my mood when...when I'm feeling down

There are many noticable errors though, for example:

the type of music that (is) attractive to me

listen to the music that got (has)...erm...more rhythmic (rhythm)

The major problem with the IELTS speaking part 2 sample response is the fluency and coherence. The candidate keeps hesitating and there are lots of 'erm' and 'er' all the way through which interrupt the flow of speech.

Coherency is completely lost at one point when the candidate seems to get very confused:

And...and...er...to me music is quite important and it's...erm...it very have many...er...useful...I mean...er...ok...first is the music can..

This will really effect the candidates score.

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To improve

To improve this candidate really needs to work on her flow of speech and fluency. Fluency can be improved simply by practicing speaking English as much as you can.

However, some of the problems with fluency may have been due to nerves in this part of the test, so she needs to make sure she uses the one minute to plan carefully what she is going to say.

The lack of fluency means that she does not acually say that much in part 2 and this is probably why she does not even get the the last part of the card.

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How would you answer this question?

Have a practice answering the topic yourself.

Follow these tips on using a mind map to plan your answer and on extending your answer.




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