IELTS Speaking (Real Test 2019): Part 3 – Health

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THINGS TO REMEMBER BEFORE YOU SPEAK

(1) You may notice that Part 3 speaking questions are similar to Task 2 writing prompts. Part 3 is more academic than the first two parts, so try to organise your body like a Task 2 essay body paragraph (i.e. a clear main idea, clear explanation, maybe an example).

(2) Aim to give an answer that is 4-5 sentences. Make sure you link your sentences with suitable vocabulary (e.g. “One thing to remember is…” “On the other hand…” “However..” “If…then..but if…then…”

(3) Build your vocabulary. Part 3 often requires a good vocabulary to be able to give clear answers of a good length.

(4) Try to answer the question with a simple topic sentence. For example, if the question asks you to give your opinion, you can just say – “I definitely think that’s true…” “Well, it depends…” “For sure…” “Of course…” “Actually, I’m not too sure about that…” etc.

NOTE – The following questions are based on the report of a candidate who has take a recent IELTS exam. Each question contains two sample answers: a simple one and an advanced one. Both answers have useful linking vocabulary included in italics and advanced/topic-specific vocabulary included in bold. The advanced versions are written at a Band 9.0 level.

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QUESTION ONE – Do you think education plays a role in people’s health?

SAMPLE ANSWER ONE (Simple) – “Sure, I think that’s right. If someone has a good education they can know what is healthy and what is not. For example, most of us learn that too much sugar is bad for us, so we shouldn’t eat too much of it. Although, many smart people aren’t very healthy – like – there are some doctors who smoke. I guess being educated can help to be healthy, although not always.”

COMMENTS – Remember that Part 3 is academic, but it is also less formal than writing. You want to aim to speak naturally, so you can introduce examples with simple words like “like” (example above) and “of course” or “yeah” (example below).

SAMPLE ANSWER TWO (Advanced) – “I definitely think that’s generally true. People who live in lower socio-economic areas usually have higher rates of obesity and other health problems, and – of course – these areas normally have a lower level of education. Unhealthy food is often heavily advertised as an everyday food option, and if you aren’t aware of the dangers of consuming it, you will suffer the health consequences. So, yeah, education can play a big role in our health.”

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QUESTION TWO – Do you think teachers encourage students to be healthy?

SAMPLE ANSWER ONE (Simple) – “Um, I’m not sure. Teachers have a big influence on their students’ lives because they spend so much time with them. But not all teachers are healthy, so I guess it depends on each teacher. If a teacher is healthy, then they might make their students want to be healthy, but if they’re unhealthy, they might set a bad example for their students.”

COMMENTS – You are not expected to be an expert on all topics. If you’re not sure about an answer, then say that and give any ideas that you have in a clear, well-organised way.

SAMPLE ANSWER TWO (Advanced) – “I think it depends on the individual teacher. Teachers can certainly have a powerful influence on a student’s life, but this cuts both ways. If the teacher is outgoing and positive about good health, then this might make a strong impression on their students and encourage them to take care of themselves better. Of course, if the teacher is out of shape or chain-smokes, then this will have the opposite effect.

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QUESTION THREE – Do employers look after the health of their employees?

SAMPLE ANSWER ONE (Simple) – “Um, I’m not really sure because I’ve never had a full-time job. I think it depends if the employer cares about their employees or not. Some bosses expect their workers to come into work everyday, even if they are feeling sick. On the other hand, many companies provide their employees with several days off per year if they are sick. So, really, I think it depends.”

SAMPLE ANSWER TWO (Advanced) – “It’s hard to say what’s true for every employer. I think some bosses couldn’t care less about their workers health, while others provide generous sick leave in their employment contracts as well as offering health insurance. Although, this is sometimes required by law, so I don’t know if they do it out of the goodness of their hearts of only because they are forced to.”

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IELTS Speaking: Part 3 – Choices Pt.1

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THINGS TO REMEMBER –

(1) Part 3 is the most difficult part of the speaking section. You need to give answers about some academic topics that can be quite difficult, especially if you are lacking in vocabulary.

(2) You may notice that some of the questions in Part 3 are similar to writing prompts in Task 2 (essay writing). Therefore, you should try to organise your answer like a BODY paragraph in an essay. This means that you should (i) have a clear main idea (ii) add details/examples to make your idea clearer (iii) link to any new ideas

(3) Once your answer is well-organised, think about adding some topic-specific vocabulary (i.e. words related to “making choices”). This can be quite difficult, but at least aim for some synonyms (e.g. “decisions” instead of “choices”)

NOTE – The following questions each contain two sample answers: a simple one and an advanced one. Each contain useful linking words/phrases in italics and useful vocabulary (synonyms and topic words) in bold. The advanced answers are written at a Band 9.0 level.

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QUESTION ONE – What are the typical choices people make at different stages of their lives?

SAMPLE ANSWER ONE (Basic) – “Well, there are many common decisions a person has to make in their life. For example, most people have to choose what job they will have. Another big choice is who you will marry or whether you will get married at all. These are major choices that almost everyone has to make.”

SAMPLE ANSWER TWO (Advanced) – “There is a common set of core decisions that most people will be forced to make throughout their lives. One of the most impactful is what career to pursue. Another decision with potentially serious consequences is who and when to marry, or perhaps making the decision not to get married at all. These are the two main ones I can think of off the top of my head.”

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QUESTION TWO – Should important choices be made by parents rather than young adults?

SAMPLE ANSWER ONE (Basic) – “Well, I think this question has two sides. I think it’s important that young people learn to make decisions for themselves. On the other hand, some big decisions – like what to study at university – can have serious consequences, so maybe it is better if a parent makes this decision, or at least gives some useful advice.”

SAMPLE ANSWER TWO (Advanced) – “I think it’s essential that young people – teenagers or adolescents – learn to stand on their own two feet. In other words, they need to learn how to make tough choices on their own and deal with the consequences of them. However, adults generally have more life experience, so getting some outside input from them is often beneficial to making a wise decision.”

 

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QUESTION THREE – Why do some people like to discuss choices with other people?

SAMPLE ANSWER ONE – “I think the main reason people like to talk about a choice they have to make is because they want a different point of view. If you discuss your problem or the thing you’re trying to decide on with someone else, they can add their own experience and ideas and this can help you to make a better decision. Also, sometimes it just feels better to share your problems with other people.”

SAMPLE ANSWER TWO – “Asking others for help in a choice you have make is popular because it gives you a different perspective and maybe helps you to look at the decision from a different angle. The person you’re seeking advice from might have some specialized knowledge that will help you to make a better decision. I think another reason is that sometimes decisions make people stressed and, by talking about it with someone else, they can just get it off their chest.”

COMMENT – Notice how the simple and advanced answers have a similar structure. The main difference is in the level of vocabulary and grammatical range. The advanced answer also uses some idiomatic language (“get something off your chest” and “stand on your own two feet”), but only use idioms if you are 100% they are accurate for what you’re talking about.

YOU MAY FIND SOME OF THE FOLLOWING RELATED LINKS USEFUL

IELTS Speaking: Part 2 – Making a Choice

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IELTS Speaking Part 3 Real Test: Public Speaking