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IELTS Speaking : Part 2 Topic Card

Part 2 tests your ability to talk about a topic, develop your ideas about a topic, and relevant vocabulary and grammar.

  • The examiner will give you a ‘task card’ with written prompts.
  • The examiner will ask you to talk about the topics and include the points that you can cover in your talk. The topic is about a personal experience.
  • You will be given one minute to prepare your talk, and you will be given a pencil and paper to make notes (do not write on the task card)
  • You must talk for one to two minutes about the topic. You can use your notes to help you.
  • Then the examiner will ask you one or two more questions on the same topic.

1. Describe a museum

  • How often do you visit the museum?
  • Which type of museum is popular in your country?
  • Why do you want to visit the museum?


  • What do you think of the importance of museums in history?
  • How do you think of the heritage of a country?
  • Compare the museums nowadays and in the past

2. Describe your favorite photograph

  • Where was the photo taken?
  • Who took the photo?
  • What can be seen from the photo?
  • Explain why it is the favorite photograph for you.


  • How to take good photo?
  • When do people use camera?
  • How can the new technology put cinema’s skill advanced?

3. Describe an area of your country you know and like

  • Where is it?
  • What are its special features?
  • What do you and other people do in this area?
  • Explain why you like it.


  • What do you think of the historic place in the future?
  • Will the government increase or decrease the safety guard?
  • What are the changes to the local people and economy?
  • What is the impact on the historic place by tourists?

4. Describe a party

  • What is the party?
  • Why was the party held?
  • Who attended the party?
  • What did you do for that party?


  • What’s the difference between serious party and friendly party?
  • Why are some people late for parties intentionally?
  • Why do some people like party while others hate it?
  • What would you do if the guests feel bored?
  • Will there be more and more people to attend parties?

5. Talk about a subject you are studying

  • What subject are you studying?
  • What is the subject about?
  • How do you feel about it?
  • Explain why you are interested in it.


  • Is there any difference between the traditional and modern educational systems?
  • What are the pros and cons of the current educational system in your country?
  • Do you think it is necessary to give comment or criticism to teachers?

6. What is the important invention before the age of computer?

  • What is the invention?
  • Why do you think it is very important?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of the invention?


  • What is the significant impact of modern inventions on life?
  • Which skills do you want to study in the future?
  • Do you think it’s necessary to develop modern invention in the countryside?

7. Describe an interesting city you know and like

  • Where is it?
  • How did you go there?
  • What did you do there?
  • Explain why you found it so interesting.


  • Say something about the tourism development in your country, facility, services and the effect on environment.
  • What is the importance of travel and tourism industry?
  • What do you think the function of tourist guides?

8. Describe your favourite movie

  • What’s the name of the film?
  • What’s the theme of the film?
  • Why do you like it?


  • Describe a type pf movie you like.
  • What’s the difference between Chinese and American movies?
  • What do you think of the violent films (Hollywood films)?
  • Why movies need computer techniques? Any example of movie using computer techniques?
  • Which parts of cinema are the most important and how to improve it?

9. Describe a newspaper or magazine you enjoy reading

  • Which newspaper or magazine do you read the most regularly?
  • Which parts of it do you like?
  • When and where do you read it?
  • Explain why you enjoy reading it.


  • What do you think the important qualities for a news reporter?
  • What’s the function of a report to the society?
  • What kinds of books/newspapers/magazines do Chinese adolescents read?
  • With the popularity of Internet, do you think newspapers and magazines will disappear?

10. Describe a children’s game (sports not suggested)

  • How is it played?
  • What can you learn from the game?
  • What impact does it bring on your growth?


  • What do you think of the benefits of children’s games?
  • Nowadays children have less and less time for game, what do you think about it?
  • What do you think the difference between games nowadays and in the past?
  • What’s the negative aspect of games?

11. Describe a special occasion in your life

  • Where did it take place?
  • When did it take place?
  • Who was there?
  • Explain your feelings on this occasion.


  • Tell me how you organize your study time.
  • What do you think is important in achieving happiness?
  • How do Chinese celebrate some happy events?
  • What do the camera and video play in celebrating?

12. Describe something you own which is very important to you

  • Who gave it to you?
  • What is it?
  • What does it mean to you?


  • What are the changes of city between now and past?
  • Does money represent happiness and why?
  • How do you regard as the things people want to earn?

13. Describe one of your neighbours

  • When did you become neighbours?
  • Do you often meet?
  • State whether your neighbour is a good one.


  • What is the difference between neighbours and friends?
  • Why do people like to watch TV serials in their houses?
  • How do you think of the relationship in the city?
  • How to improve the neighbourhood?

14. Describe one of the shopping centers you often go to

  • Where is the shopping center?
  • How often do you go to the center?
  • Why do you often go to it and its characteristics?


  • Will smaller shops survive in the current business system?
  • What are the characteristics of shopping malls and smaller shops and their difference?
  • What is the trend of future shopping centers?
  • Talk about online shopping.

15. Describe your favourite animal

  • What kind of animal is it?
  • Describe it briefly.
  • Why do you like the animal?


  • What do you need to do to take care of it?
  • What’s the future trend of the animal?
  • How do you think of the poaching of some precious animals such as pandas?

16. Describe a historical place

  • What is the place?
  • Where is it located?
  • What is the historical meaning of the place?


  • What do you think of the future trend of historic places?
  • Will government strengthen its protection toward historic places?
  • What are the changes brought about by the historic place in local economy, people, etc?
  • What is the effect of tourists on the place?

17. Advertisement

  • What are the forms of advertisement?
  • What are the functions of advertisement?
  • What is the effect of advertisement to people?


  • Do you feel bored and disgusted about advertisement?
  • What do you think are the criteria of assessing a good piece of advertisement?
  • What will happen if unauthoritative advertisements prevail in the market?

18. Describe an important letter

  • When did you receive the letter?
  • From whom did you receive the letter?
  • Explain the reasons why it is important.


  • What is the significance of handwriting?
  • Does your country have handwriting lesson now?
  • Compare the handwriting now and past.
  • With the popularity of computers and Internet, will people lose their ability to write letters?

19. Describe the best present you have received

  • Who sent it to you?
  • When did you receive it?
  • Detailed information about the present.


  • Do you think that present giving will play an important role in Chinese daily life? Why?
  • Do you think that the brand name is very important for sales?
  • In terms of the media, which do you think will play a main role in present giving, television, newspaper or Internet?

20. Describe your holidays

  • Where do you go for the holidays and how long do them last?
  • Who do you go with?
  • Talk about any interesting things happening during your holidays.


  • What do the Chinese people mostly do in their leisure time?
  • What's the difference between holidays today and 5 years ago and the reasons for the change?
  • Do you think people will spend more time on leisure or working in the future?