101 IELTS Speaking Part Two topic cards that tie in with IELTS Speaking Part One

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101 IELTS Speaking Part Two Topic cards that tie in with IELTS Speaking 

Part One 

 

Students often find moving from practising the question and answer format of 

speaking about themselves in IELTS Speaking Part One to speaking more 

generally for 1 or 2 minutes non-stop in IELTS Speaking Part Two to be quite a 

jump. Luckily, the 6 to 8 most popular topics in IELTS Speaking Part One (e.g. 

Friends and Families) can also come up in Part Two (although the same topic is 

never used twice in the same test). You can therefore easily use easily use both 

Part One and Part Two exam practice questions in the same class, using the 

Part One questions as a warm up for the Part Two presentations.   

 

It is not possible to say which topics are most likely to come up in the IELTS 

Speaking Test Part Two, but the most typical questions for each of the topics 

that are the same as IELTS Speaking Part One are given near the top of each 

section below. The topic cards further down each section are ones that are more 

difficult to answer and/ or less likely to be in the exam. For example, it is very 

unlikely that students will get a task where they have to speak mainly about the 

future like “Talk about a subject you would like to study in the future…”. The 

reason for including tasks like this is to give students practice in answering a 

question that is very different from any they have practiced before (there is about 

a 50% chance of this happening in the exam, however much preparation they 

have done), and to help teachers tie IELTS Speaking Part Two tasks in with any 

topic covered in class. 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

 

IELTS Speaking Part Two topic cards about Work and Studies 

 

Talk about something you use to help you in your work or studies. You should 

say: 

- What it looks like 

- What it does 

- How often you use this thing 

And say what you would do if you could not use this object 

 

Describe a classroom that you study or have studied in. You should say: 

- What part of the school or college it is in 

- What it looks like 

- What things are in it 

And say if you think the people who study there like it or not, and why   

 

Talk about a job you have done or know about 

You should say: 

-What people do in that job 

- What kind of place they work in 

- What clothes and equipment they need 

And say if you think it is a satisfying job to do or not, and why   

 

Talk about a job someone in your family does 

You should say: 

- How long they have been doing that job 

- What the good things about that job are 

- What the difficulties of doing that job are 

And say if you think that person enjoys their job or not, and why 

 

 

Describe a school that you are studying in or studied in 

You should say: 

- What it looks like from the outside 

- What it looks like inside 

- What facilities there are 

And say if you think it is a good school building or not, and why 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

 

Describe one thing that you have to do as part of your work or studies. You 

should say: 

- Why you need to do it 

- How often you do it 

- If it is a difficult thing to do 

And say if you would like to do that thing more often or not, and why   

 

Talk about a school subject you liked when you were younger 

You should say: 

- What the name of the subject was 

- What topics you studied as part of that subject 

- Why you liked it 

And say why you think some people didn’t like that subject as much as you did 

 

Describe a workplace you have worked in or know about 

You should say: 

- What the building looks like 

- What is inside the building 

- What things there are to do in the local area 

And say if you think it is a good place to work or not, and why 

 

Describe a project you had to do on your own or with others as part of your 

studies or job 

You should say: 

- What the reason for doing that project was 

- How successful the project was 

- How long it took you 

And say if you enjoyed working on that project or not, and why 

 

Describe your dream job 

You should say: 

- What kind of things you would do in that job 

- What the working conditions would be like 

- What kind of workplace you would work in 

And say if you think you will be able to get a job like that or not, and why 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

 

Describe a job you would like to do in the future.   

You should say: 

- How and when you first became interested in that job 

- What people in that job have to do everyday 

- What qualifications and experience you need in order to get that job 

And say if you think you will be able to get that job or not, and why 

 

Talk about a subject you would like to study in the future 

You should say: 

- Why you want to study that subject 

- What things about that subject you find particularly interesting 

- Where it is possible to study that subject 

And say if you think you will start studying it soon or not, and why   

 

Describe your dream workplace. You should say: 

- What it would look like 

- What facilities it would have 

- Where it would be 

And say if you think you will ever work in a place like that or not, and why 

 

Describe a classmate or colleague you often meet or met. You should say: 

- Where you usually meet or met 

- When you first met 

- What things you talk or talked about 

And say whether you would say this person is a close friend or not, and why 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

 

IELTS Speaking Part Two topic cards about Sports, hobbies and free time 

Talk about a book you are reading now or have read recently 

You should say: 

- How and why you got it 

- How long you it took you to read it or how long you have been reading it 

- What kind of book it is 

And say if you would like to read something else similar or not, and why 

 

Talk about a sport you like doing or watching 

You should say: 

- How you first became interested in it 

- Why you are interested in it 

- What equipment and skills are needed 

And say if you think it is an easy sport to do or not, and why 

 

Describe a typical day when you are not working or studying 

You should say: 

- Where you go   

- What you do 

- Who you spend your time with 

And say how those days vary 

 

Describe a TV programme that you watch or know about 

You should say: 

- When it is on and which channel it is on 

- What kind of programme it is 

- What kind of people watch it 

And say if you think that programme is or could be popular in other countries or 

not, and why 

 

Describe a film you have seen which you remember well. 

You should say: 

What sort of film it is 

When and where you saw it 

What your favourite part of the film was 

And explain why you remember it well 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

 

Describe a place where you often go on your days off 

You should say: 

- Where it is 

- Who you go with 

- Why you go there 

And say how it compares to other places where you could spend your free time 

 

Describe a TV programme that you often watch 

You should say: 

-What kind of programme it is 

- Why you watch it 

- When and why you first started watching it 

And say if you think that programme is better than other TV programmes that are 

on at the same time or not, and why 

 

 

Talk about a hobby you had when you were a child: 

You should say: 

- How you first became interested in it 

- How long you did it or have been doing it for 

- Why you enjoyed doing it 

And say if you have become more or less interested in that hobby since you 

were a child, and why 

 

Talk about a new sport or hobby you would like to take up 

You should say: 

- Why you are interested in that thing 

- If it is an easy or hard thing to start 

- What the best way to start doing it is 

And say if you think you will start doing it soon or not, and why 

 

Talk about a sport that interests you but you have never tried. 

You should say: 

- Where it is usually played 

- What kinds of people usually play it 

- Why it interests you 

And say if you think you will ever do this sport or not, and why 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

 

 

Give a short presentation about a movie that you have never seen but would like 

to see. You should say: 

- What kind of movie it is 

- How famous it is 

- Why you want to see it 

And say if you think you will see that movie in the near future or not, and why 

 

Talk about a book you have never read but would like to read.   

You should mention: 

- How well known it is 

- Why you would like to read it 

- Why you have never read it before 

And say how you think it will compare to other books you have read 

 

Talk about a musical instrument you would like to be able to play but have never 

tried.  

You should say: 

- What the instrument looks like 

- What it sounds like 

- What kinds of people it is popular with 

And say if you think you will ever try to play that instrument or not, and why 

 

 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

 

IELTS Speaking Part Two topic cards about IELTS Speaking Part Two topic 

cards about Family, friends and pets 

 

Describe a friend that you often spend time with: 

You should say: 

- How often you see this friend 

- Where you usually go together 

- What things you do together 

And say why you like spending time with this person 

 

Describe one of your relatives 

You should say: 

- What that person looks like 

- What that person’s character is like 

- What they are doing at the moment 

And say which other relative of yours they are most similar to 

 

Talk about a pet you have or have had. You should mention: 

-Its appearance 

-Its personality 

-Its habits 

And say if you would like to have a similar pet again or not, and why   

 

Talk about a job someone in your family does 

You should say: 

- How long they have had that job 

- What they do in their job 

- When and where they work 

And say if you think that is the best kind of job for that person or not, and why 

 

Describe a friend who has played an important part in your life. 

You should say: 

- How you met this person 

- How long you have known them 

- The kind of thing you do or did with them 

And explain why they have been important in your life   

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

 

 

Describe a friend you have had or had for a long time 

You should say: 

- How you met 

- What things you do or did together 

- What things you have or had in common 

And say why you think your friendship lasted a long time 

 

Describe a classmate, colleague or acquaintance 

You should say: 

- How well you know them   

- When and how you first met them 

- How long you have been working or studying together 

And say whether you think you will get to know that person better in the future or 

not, and why 

 

Describe a friend you had in primary school. You should say: 

- What that person was like 

- How long you were friends for 

- What things you did together 

And say whether you are still in contact with that person or not, and why 

 

Describe a family member that you get on well with.   

You should mention: 

- What their personality is like 

- What things they like doing 

- If they have any strong dislikes 

And say why you think you have a good relationship 

 

Talk about a hobby of one of your family members or friends. 

You should say: 

- How often they do it 

- Where they usually do it 

- Who they usually do it with 

And say if you think that is a good hobby to have or not, and why 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

 

Talk about the last time your whole family got together. 

You should mention: 

- Where you met 

- What you did together 

- How long you spent together 

And say if you would like to do the same thing again soon or not, and why 

 

Describe a friend that you haven’t seen for a long time.   

You should say: 

- Why you haven’t met that person 

- Where and when you last met him or her 

- What you think that person has been doing since that time 

And say whether you think you will meet him or her again soon or not, and why 

 

Describe a relative you haven’t met for a long time.   

You should mention: 

- Why you haven’t met that person 

- Where and when you last met them 

- What you think that person has been doing since that time 

And say whether you think you will meet them again soon or not, and why 

 

Talk about the home of one of your friends or relatives. You should say: 

- How long they have been living there   

- What it is like outside 

- What it is like inside 

And say if you think that home reflects the personality of your friend or relative or 

not, and why 

 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

 

IELTS Speaking Part Two topic cards about House, home and 

accommodation 

 

 

Describe your favourite room in the place you are living now 

You should say: 

- What it looks like 

- What you usually use it for 

- Why you like it 

And how it compares to other rooms you have been in or know about 

 

Describe a place you have lived in or are living now 

You should say: 

- Where it is 

- What are the good things about it 

- What are the bad things about it 

And say where you would like to live if you didn’t live there 

 

 

Describe your neighbourhood 

You should say: 

- What kind of shops there are 

- What green spaces and natural features there are 

- What things there are to do 

And say what kind of person you think would like living in that kind of area, and 

why 

 

 

Describe your dream home 

You should say: 

- What it would look like outside 

- What it would look like inside 

- What kind of area it would be in 

And say if you think you will really live in a house like that or not, and why 

 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

 

Describe the first place you remember living 

You should say: 

- How old you were when you first started living there 

- What you remember best about the place 

- If you moved away or not, and why 

And say if you remember that place well or not, and why 

 

Describe a house or flat that you know well but have never lived in.   

You should say: 

- Whose home it is or was 

- What it looks like 

- What the local area is like 

And say if you would like to live in that place or not, and why 

 

Talk about the place where one of your friends or relations lives. You should say:

- Where it is 

- What it is like 

- What the local area is like 

And say if you would like to live in that place or not, and why 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

 

IELTS Speaking Part Two topic cards about Your Hometown 

 

Describe a city, town or village you know well 

You should say: 

- Where it is 

- What it looks like 

- What kind of people live there 

And say if you think it is a good place to live or not, and why 

 

Describe a famous food from your hometown or country. You should say: 

- What it looks like 

- What it tastes like 

- When and how it is usually eaten 

And say why you think it is famous 

 

Describe a landmark in your hometown or the place you are living now 

You should say: 

-What it looks like   

- Why it is a landmark 

- What it is used for 

And say if it is popular with the local people and tourists or not, and why 

 

Describe something famous in your hometown or local area. You should say 

- What it is 

- Why it is famous 

- How well known it is 

And say if that thing makes you feel proud of your hometown or local area or not, 

and why 

 

Describe some countryside near your hometown or the place where you are 

living now. You should say: 

- What it looks like 

- What people usually do there 

- How you can get there from your home 

And say whether you often go to the place or not, and why 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

 

Describe the transport system in your hometown or the place you are living now. 

You should say   

-What kind of transport there is 

-Which kind of transport most people use 

-What the good points and bad points of the transport system is 

And say if you think most people are happy with the transport system or not, and 

why 

 

Describe a shopping street in your hometown 

You should say: 

- What things you can buy there 

- What the most popular shops are 

- Any changes there have been over the years 

And say if you think shopping there will become more or less popular in the 

future, and why 

 

Describe the place you were born in or grew up in. 

You should say: 

- What kind of place it is 

- Where it is 

- What things there are to do there 

And say if that is the place you would most like to be living in now or not, and 

why 

 

Describe a park in your hometown or near where you are living.   

You should say: 

- Where it is 

- What it looks like 

- What people usually do there 

And say if you often go to the park or not, and why 

 

Describe a shop in your hometown or the placed you are living now. You should 

say: 

- Where it is 

- What it sells 

- What the advantages of shopping there are 

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And say whether you often go shopping there or not, and why   

 

IELTS Speaking Part Two topic cards about Festivals and celebrations 

 

Describe a present that you someone gave you 

You should say: 

- Who you got it from 

- Why they gave it to you 

- If that present has been useful to you 

And say what kind of person you would give a similar present to 

 

Describe a present that you gave someone 

You should say: 

- Who you gave it to 

- Why you decided to give them a present 

- Why you chose that present 

And say how that present compares to other presents you have given that 

person or other people 

 

 

Describe a typical festival or celebration in your country: 

You should say: 

- When it usually happens 

- What it is celebrating 

- What people do 

And say if that is your favourite celebration or not, and why 

 

 

Describe your favourite festival or celebration 

You should say: 

- What time of year it is 

- Why you like it 

- What you usually do 

And say how that festival or celebration compares to others in your country or 

abroad 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

 

 

Describe a traditional festival or celebration in your country. You should say: 

- What is being celebrated 

- What people do 

- How long people have been celebrating this way 

And say if you think this festival or celebration will change in the future or not, 

and why 

 

Describe a party that you attended: 

You should say: 

- Who invited you 

- Where you were invited 

- What the party was celebrating 

And say if took anything with you to the party or not, and why 

 

Talk about a birthday you can remember well. 

You should say: 

- How you celebrated 

- Who you were with 

- Why you remember that day 

And say how it was different from other birthdays you have had before or since 

 

Talk about your favourite day of the year 

You should say: 

- When it is 

- Why you like it 

- What you usually do 

And say how it compares to other special days of the year 

 

Talk about the last time your whole family got together.   

You should say: 

- Why you got together 

- What you did together 

- If everyone enjoyed themselves 

And say if your family often get together and why 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

 

 

Talk about the next festival or celebration in your family or your country. 

You should say: 

- If it is a big celebration 

- What it being celebrated 

- What people will do on that day 

And say if you think you will enjoy that day or not, and why 

 

Talk about how you usually celebrate the New Year. You should say: 

- Where you usually go 

- Who you spend your time with 

- What you eat and drink 

And say if you think New Year is one of the most important festivals in your 

country and why 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

 

IELTS Speaking Part Two topic cards about Holidays and travel 

 

Talk about a thing you always take with you on holiday. 

You should say: 

- What it looks like 

- Why you need it 

- When you first started using it 

And say if you think you could have a good holiday without it or not, and why 

 

Talk about an activity you like doing when you are on holiday. You should say: 

- Where you usually do it 

- Who you do it with 

- Why you enjoy it 

And say whether you also enjoyed doing that when you were a child or not, and 

why 

 

Talk about somewhere you went on holiday. 

You should say: 

-How you got there 

- What activities you did there 

- Who you went with 

And say if you would recommend that holiday to a friend or not, and why 

 

Describe a journey you have been on. You should say 

-Where you went 

-What kind or kinds of transport you used 

- How long the journey took 

And say whether you think it was easy to take journey or not, and why 

 

Talk about a foreign country you have been to or would like to go to on holiday. 

You should say 

-Where that country is 

-Why it is a good place to go on holiday 

- What things there are to do there 

And say whether you think you will go there or go there again in the near future 

or not, and why 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

 

 

Talk about something tourists like to do in your town or country. 

You should say: 

- How well known it is 

- Why it is popular 

- What kinds of people like to do it 

And say if you think it will become more popular or less popular in the future and 

why 

 

 

Talk about one means of transport that you often use. 

You should mention: 

- Where you usually go by that means of transport 

- What the advantages of that method of travelling are 

- What the disadvantages are 

And say if you think you will use that means of transport more or less often in the 

future, and why 

 

 

Talk about a day trip you have been on.   

You should say: 

- Where you went 

- How you travelled 

- Why you chose to go to that place 

And say whether you would like to go back to the same place again or not, and 

why 

 

Talk about a hotel, bread and breakfast, campsite etc. you have stayed in on 

holiday. 

You should say: 

- Why you chose that place 

- How long you stayed there 

- What the good and bad things about it were 

And say whether you would like to stay in the same place again, and why   

 

Talk about a foreign country you have never been to but would like to visit 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

 

You should say: 

- Why you have never been there before 

- If or when you think you might go 

- Why you would like to go 

And say how you first became interested in going to that place 

 

Talk about a part of your country you have never been to but would like to visit 

You should say: 

- Why you have never been there before 

- If or when you think you might go 

- Why you would like to go 

And say how you first became interested in going to that place 

 

 

Talk about your dream holiday. You should say: 

- Where you would like to go 

- What kind of accommodation you would like to stay in 

- What activities you would like to do 

And say if you ever think you will go on a holiday like that or not, and why 

 

Talk about your plans for your next long vacation.   

You should say: 

- Where you want to go 

- Who you want to go there with 

- What you want to do when you get there 

And say how likely you are to do what you have planned, and why 

 

Describe the transport system in a place you know about. You should say   

-What kind of transport is available 

-Which kinds most people use 

-What the good points and bad points of the transport system is 

And say how the transport system in that place compares to other places you 

know about 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

 

Future plans 

NB- As a Speaking Part two task that is mainly about the future is unlikely to 

come up, this section is arranged with the topics which are most common in the 

Speaking Part One “future plans” topic nearest the top. 

 

Talk about one thing you are going to do next weekend. 

You should mention: 

- Where you are going to do it 

- Who you are going to do it with 

- Any equipment you need to do it 

And say whether you are looking forward to it or not, and why 

 

Talk about one thing you are planning to do after you pass the IELTS test. 

You should mention: 

- When you think you will do it 

- Why you want to do it 

- How long you have had that plan 

And say whether there are any other options that you could also do which are 

just as good 

 

Talk about a goal or ambition you have. 

You should say: 

- When and why you first got that goal or ambition 

- What you need to do to make it come true 

- What your next step needs to be 

And say if you think you will achieve that goal or ambition or not, and why 

 

Talk about a foreign country you have never been to and would like to visit: 

You should mention: 

- How that place is similar and different to your country and other countries you 

have visited 

- Why you are interested in going there 

- What you would like to do there 

And say if you think you will go to that country in the near future or not, and why 

 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

 

Talk about your plans for your next long holiday. You should say: 

- Where you are thinking of going 

- Who you would like to go there with 

- What you would like to do there 

And say if you think you will do what you are planning or not, and why 

 

Talk about a job you would like to do in the future. 

You should say: 

- What people have to do in that job 

- Why you are interested in that job 

- If there are any disadvantages or difficulties to doing that job 

And say if you think you will be good at that job or not, and why 

 

Talk about a subject you would like to study in the future. 

You should say: 

- What you need to study as part of that subject 

- Where you can study it 

- What you think the most difficult things about that subject would be 

And say if you think studying that subject will be useful in your future life or not, 

and why 

 

Talk about a new hobby you would like to take up. 

You should mention: 

- What the advantages of the hobby are 

- What the difficulties of doing that hobby would be 

- How you first became interested in that hobby 

And say if you think you will do that hobby in the near future or not, and why 

 

Talk about something you would like to buy. 

You should mention: 

- What it looks like 

- What it is used for 

- Why you want to buy it 

And say if you think you will buy it or not, and why 

 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

 

Talk about another language you are interested in learning. 

You should say: 

- Where it is spoken 

- How it is different from your language and from English 

- Why you are interested in that language 

And say if it is popular to learn that language in your country or not, and why 

 

Talk about your next trip abroad. 

You should say: 

- Where you are going or would like to go 

- What you want to do there 

- What souvenirs you would like to bring back 

And say whether you think your next trip overseas will be as you would like it to 

be or not, and why 

 

Talk about a musical instrument you would like to be able to play but have never 

tried.  

You should say: 

- What the instrument looks like 

- How you play it 

- What kinds of music are played on it 

And say if you think you will learn to play that instrument or not, and why 

 

Talk about a sport you think is interesting but have never played. 

You should say: 

- What equipment is needed 

- What some of the rules are 

- What kinds of people this sport is popular with 

And say if you think you will do this sport in the near future or not, and why 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

 

Language learning 

 

 

Talk about another language you would like to learn. 

You should say: 

- Which countries or regions it is spoken in 

- How it is different from your language and from English 

- Why you are interested in that language 

And say if you think it is more or less difficult to learn than English and your 

language, and why 

 

 

Talk about one method of learning a foreign language you have used. 

You should say: 

- What you did 

- How long you used this method for 

- How it compares to other methods of learning a language 

And say if you will use that same method in the future or not, and why 

 

 

Talk about an English language book you have read or used. 

You should say: 

- Why you bought or used that book 

- What you learnt from using it 

- If it was difficult or easy to use 

And say if you would use a similar book again or not, and why 

 

 

Talk about a language test you have taken. 

You should say: 

- Where you took the test 

- How long it took 

- What skills and language knowledge you were tested on 

And say if you think that was a good test of your language level or not, and why 

 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

 

Talk about something you would like to do after you pass IELTS. 

You should say: 

- When you think you will do it 

- Why you would like to do that thing 

- How long you have had that plan 

And say whether you think having that plan will motivate you to do better in the 

test or not, and why 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008