IELTS Speaking Parts 1 & 2- Past and Future Questions


Trickier tenses for talking about personal topics in IELTS

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IELTS Speaking Parts One and Two past present and future questions


IELTS Speaking Part One interviews

Take turns asking each other different questions to find info to fill the boxes below, without repeating your partner’s questions. Continue until your teacher stops you or you have no ideas

Hobbies and free time













Friends and family













Work and studies









































Festivals and celebrations













Take turns asking questions from below to find out extra info about your partner.

  • What job would you like to do in the future?
  • What was your favourite subject at school?
  • What are you going to do after you pass IELTS?
  • How much time do you spend studying English every week?
  • Do you have a large family?
  • Would you like to get married and have children?
  • How old do you think you will be when you get married?
  • When was the last time you saw your grandparents?
  • What do you do in your free time?
  • Do you have any plans for next weekend?
  • What did you like doing when you were a child?
  • Are there any new hobbies you would like to take up (=start)?
  • Where are you from?
  • Where did you live when you were a child?
  • When are you next going back to your hometown?
  • When did you last go to a festival?
  • What is the most important day of the year for you? (Why?)
  • What is the next big celebration in your family? (What are you going to do?)
  • Where did you live now?
  • How long have you been living there?
  • What would your dream house be like?
  • How long do you think you will continue living in your present accommodation?

Match those questions to boxes from above by splitting the list into categories.


Brainstorm suitable tenses and times to describe the past, present and future of the things above into the boxes below, using the questions to help if you like.

Past, present and future tenses

Past, present and future times


















Compare as a class, starting with ones groups might not have thought of.

IELTS Speaking Part Two

Match the Part Two tasks below to the topics above:

Task A

Describe a teacher who has greatly influenced you in your education.

You should say:

- Where you met them

- What subject they taught

- What was special about them;

And say how you think they will continue to influence your future life.


Task B

Describe a TV programme that you like. You should say:

- What kind of programme it is

- What you like about it

- How you first became interested in that programme

And say if you think you will the same episodes of it again or not, and why.


Task C

Describe the difficulties of living in the place where you live now or your hometown. You should say:

- What the problems are

- What the reasons for those problems are

- Whether those problems are getting worse or better

And say what you think might be done to solve those problems.


Task D

Talk about an important day in your life. You should say:

- When this day was

- If you were alone or with others

- Where you were and what happened

And say if you think you will have a similar day in the future or not, and why.


Task E

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 say if you think you will stay in touch with them in future or not, and why.

Take turns setting each other tasks from above, the first time looking at the list of times and tenses above to help, then with no help.

Do the same, but starting with Speaking Part One and going straight onto Part Two.

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