The IELTS Speaking exam is challenging especially if English is not part of your daily life, some says this module is the hardest one because it involves face-to-face interaction. However, I find it the easiest section of the IELTS exam which I scored highest among four modules. I listed down some common questions along with my practice answers. The key point here is to practice answering questions from the past exams to gain ideas that might come up during the exam.
Part 1: Introduction & Interview
1. What’s (the name of) your hometown?
Sagbayan is my hometown which is located in the island province of Bohol a central part of the Philippines.
2. Is that a big city or a small place?
Actually, it is a small municipality comprise of 24 districts with slightly around 30,000 people. It has breathtaking view of picturesque landscapes and the famous Chocolate Hills. The principal industries of the town are farming, cattle raising and lately tourism industry is started to bloom.
3. How long have you been living there?
I had lived there around 17 years before I left for Manila for my college education. It’s more than 20 years since the day I left my hometown, but it is indeed a good memory of my childhood.
Part 2: Individual long turn
IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.
4. Describe your hometown
- Where is it located
- What it is known for
- What problems your hometown faces
and explain whether you will live there in the future
My hometown is in the central part of our country and is having an approximately around 10,000 ha mostly agricultural land. The town have a claims for the famed Chocolate Hills which is the main tourist drawer in the Island. We also produced sufficient quantity of rice and corn which is the main staple for the inhabitants. This is also the center of trade where the people from interior part and the coastal town traded goods. Lately, one of the hills was developed as a tourist spot because of the unique scenery on top of the hills. It has a commanding view of the surrounding hills, lush greenery forest, cultivated ricefield and an interrupted view of the ocean.
Before the pandemic, the town were dealing with the aftermath of 7.2 magnitude earthquake. Now, the coronavirus added new challenges, like delayed of transportation of goods and the halt of tourism industry. I visited the place yearly because my parents are still living there and we own hectares of agricultural land. To be honest, I hope someday I could hang up my hut there. In the meantime, I will be staying first in the city until my retiring age.
Part 3: Two way discussion
5. What do you like (most) about your hometown?
I like the hospitality and the love of people there which I hardly find them in my current place. Everyone is living close together and willing to give others a hand when they need help.
6. Is there anything you dislike about it?
Personally, it’s a bit boring for me because as a small town, there is not much shopping mall or any other means of entertainment. The streets are not very crowded as well. However, I believe that it has been improving day by day and becoming a potential hotspot due to the increasing number of annual visitors.
7. Has your hometown changed much since you were a child?
Yes, but not much. It has still maintained the green open spaces even though the road networks tremendously improved.
8. Are there any changes you would like to make in your hometown?
I would like to develop an irrigation project for the rice-field, currently the farmers are dependent of the rainwater which is no longer dependable due to the changed of rainfall patterns brought by the climatic changes.
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