IELTS Speaking practice: Education

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You probably know what do such phrases as "bookworm" or "bachelor's degree" mean. However, it's not enough to simply know the meaning! In IELTS Speaking test you are assessed for your fluency and coherence, and thus you have to accurately use your advanced vocabulary while speaking. In this IELTS Speaking sample we collected various questions + model answers on Education Topic that you may encounter on the speaking test.

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Part 1

Do you work or are you a student?

At the moment I'm studying. I’m doing a graduate degree in molecular biology in the Vanderbilt University.

Why did you choose that subject?

I've always loved life sciences, particularly biology... And when I received my bachelor's degreeAn undergraduate course which usually lasts 3 or 4 years. I took a research internship in a laboratory where I studied interactions between proteins... And then I understood that I want to pursue my career inTo continue career path in. biochemistry or molecular biology.

Can you describe yourself as a good student?

Well, overall I think I am a good student. ... I am not an eager beaverA very enthusiastic and hard-working person., nor the teacher's petStudent whom teachers like the most.... but I'm good at scientific subjects and, most importantly, I like studying.

Do you study English now?

Yes, of course. I've taken an intensive courseA course that offers longer and more frequent classes. this year, where I've attend classesVisit classes. three times a week... And I plan on pursuingPlan to continue. my studies in the future, too...

Did you enjoy/Do you enjoy studying at school?

I've never really liked school... I'm not a bookwormA term to describe someone who really likes to read and spends a lot of time on it. and a lot of humanities subjects seemed too boring to me. However, the workloadAn amount of work one should do in a specific time period. was not too big... The other good thing about school is being able to see your friends. And fortunately, I had wonderful classmates.

Part 2

Now, have a look at the card and prepare a monologue.

Describe a period of time from your studies that was the most difficult for you so far. You should say:

  • When it was
  • Why was it hard
  • What you were doing at that time

I would like to talk about my last school year. It was really diffucult due to enormous amountsVery big amounts. of homework I had to do and all the exams I had to prepare for... Em, so I studied hard, having no time to goof aroundSpend time doing nothing important. ... Moreover, I forgot a lot of things from the school curriculum, that's why I had to do a lot of revision... But despite the tough preparation, I managed to set aside some timeTo take some time. to rest and interact with my friends and family... After all, my efforts were not in vainWithout result.... I passed all the exams well and was admitted to the university of my dream.

Part 3

What are some essential qualities every teacher should have?

As for me, every teacher should be able to catch student's attentionTo interest someone.. It is very important to make your subject interesting to the others... Also, teacher should be a subject specialist A person who is very talented in one specific field.and a kind, helpful person..

What are some pros of studying on a distance learning course?

To be honest, I think it's very advantageous to study in such way... It gives you more time flexibility, especially if you have a job... Not to mention that it is fairly cheapNot very expensive., compared to face-to-face classesA traditional way of studying: in a classroom with a teacher....

Does everybody get equal opportunities to study?

Definitely not. I think it really depends on a country you live in... Moreover, it depends on your financial capabilitiesAn ability to pay for something.... Some schools and universities are just too expensive... Only a small fractionSmall part. of people can afford to study there.

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