How to prepare for IELTS Speaking Part 3


How to prepare for IELTS Speaking Part 3


Part 3 Two-way discussion (4-5 minutes)

The examiner will invite you to participate in a discussion of more abstract issues linked to the topic of Part 2.

You could, for example, be asked to talk about people’s eating habits, diets, fast food or genetically modified food as a thematic link to your talk on a restaurant in Part 2. The examiner could start the discussion in several ways, for example. ‘Tell me what you think about …’; ‘What is your opinion is …’ or ‘How would you compare ..’ etc.

You may be asked to relate the topic to a situation in your own country

You will be expected to be able to express your opinions and give reasons in this part and it is an opportunity to demonstrate your fluency as well as the range of your vocabulary and grammar.

You will also be expected to use language to clarify your meaning and repair any breakdowns in communication.

The questions will increase in difficulty slightly as this part of the test progresses. The examiner may begin by asking you to describe something and then move on to ask you to compare, evaluate or speculate.

1. How to do Part 3

  • Remember there is no right or wrong answer. Don’t be afraid to say what you think about a topic.
  • Try to give interesting responses to the examiner’s prompts.
  • Show your ability to express abstract ideas and support your opinions.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to give extended responses. Don’t give one-word answers.
  • Try to repair any breakdowns in communication by getting around a word you can’t think of or don’t know by using other words to express your meaning.
  • Give yourself time to think by using expressions like ‘I’ve not really thought about this before but…

2.How to prepare for Part 3

  • Think about abstract issues related to the topics you have for Part 1 & 2. For example school/teachers – qualities of a good teacher; learning styles; qualifications versus experience; face-to-face tuition versus online courses etc.
  • Make it a habit to read English language newspapers and watch the news reports and listen to the radio to keep up to date on everyday topics.
  • Try to listen to or watch current affairs programmes.
  • Think about the language which will be useful, for example:
    • The language of comparison and contrast
    • Language to express opinions and give reasons
    • Language to speculate about the future
    • Language to discuss the hypothetical e.g. conditional sentences
  • Try to take a current affairs issue every day and list all the vocabulary you would need to talk about it. Think about your opinion on the issue and think about opposing views.
  • Find someone else doing the test and practice discussing current affairs topics


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