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​IELTS Speaking Topics: Are You Ready For An English Speaking Exam?

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​Summary: IELTS Speaking Topics

​So this weeks English listen & learn topic is the dreaded English speaking exam! If you are learning to speak English so you can apply to be a UK citizen, or you want proof you speak English to a set level then you will need to pass an English listening and speaking test and get an official certificate.

Listening to this podcast will provide IELTS speaking topics to anyone who is looking to take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. Or wants to pass an English test as part of their UK citizenship application.

You might not know this but applying to become a citizen if the UK requires that you speak English to a recognised skill level.

It’s all sounds very serious, the UK Government expects people to pass English language exams set by official testing centres. You can see the allowed test centres for 2018 here. As the UK Government’s website explains here, you need at least a “B1 level qualification” for your UK citizenship application.

All of this is just a fancy way of saying you must pass a test which proves you have a basic level of English listening and speaking.  Which is great because that is exactly what Adept English does! We help people learn to speak English through using our “listen & learn” system.

​Audio Transcript: IELTS Speaking Topics -Are you ready for an English speaking exam?Are you ready for an English speaking exam?

​Hi there and welcome to this latest podcast from Adept English. This is the short podcast which goes out on a Thursday, but its purpose is the same as every other Adept English podcast. We’re here to help you learn English, improve your understanding and fluency in spoken English with our ‘Listen & Learn’ method.

So this week, how about I give you some help if you’re going to be doing an exam, which includes spoken English conversation as part of the test. Often you’re given various topic areas to practice – and you need to learn to answer questions with some fluency. It doesn’t always matter whether your answers are truthful. I think very often, you can prepare for these questions as though you’re an actor, acting the part. Or it may be worth you working on the real answers to these questions – so that you’re ready too, if someone asks you in real English conversation, not just an exam! And you can talk about yourself, in English, with confidence!

​You will do better in your IELTS or B1 Level Exam If You Talk About Topics You Know About

​So one of the Speaking Topics which you may be asked about in an English exam is ‘Friends and Family’. So how about we practise with some of the commonly asked questions – and then you can start to think about how you would answer.

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​So an obvious question in a speaking exam might be something like:-

‘Are you married or do you have a partner?’ Or another way of asking this might be ‘Are you single?’  So various different ways of answering this. You might say:-

‘Yes, I got married three years ago, but my wife lives in Spain’. Or
‘Yes, I have been married for a year, and my husband lives with me in London’. Or
‘No, I’m single, I’m not married. I haven’t met the right person yet’. Or you could say
‘No, I don’t want to get married. I’m much more interested in my career’. Or you might say
‘I was married, but I’m now separated from my husband and we live in different places’. Or
‘I was married, but now my wife and I have got divorced. I also have three children, and they live half the time with me, half the time with my wife’.

​You can make up answers in response to IELTS Topic questions: this is actually harder work for you

Another obvious question might be ‘Tell me about your family?’ or ‘Do you come from a large family?’

So typical answers:-

‘Well, my parents live in the US and my sisters live in Belgium and Hong Kong. We’re quite close. We keep in touch online, but we don’t manage to meet up as often as we’d like’. Or it might be:-
‘My father died a few years ago, but my mother lives in Brazil, where I’m from. I don’t have any brothers or sisters, but I do have quite a lot of cousins’. Or you might say:-
‘I have a brother, who is married and lives in Helsinki and has three children. I go and stay with them at Christmas and sometimes in the summer, my nieces and my nephew come over to stay with me’.  

Or it might be:-

‘Yes, I have a large family. My sister has four children and my two brothers have three children each. And my mother has six brothers and my father has four sisters. As you can imagine, I have a lot of cousins. But I don’t yet have my own family and I’m not sure I want to’.  OR
‘Yes, I have a family. I have a son who is 19 years old, a daughter who’s 16 years old and another son, who will be 10 years old next week. My wife and I have been married for 10 years’. OR it could be:-
‘No, I don’t have a very big family. There’s just my sister and me, but we share a flat together and we’re very close. We have three cats and two dogs – they’re our family!’.

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​The best way to practice for IELTS or B1 Level exams is to listen to lots of native English so you understand the questions and then practice your spoken responses with a speaking partner

​So there you are. Just to get you thinking about how you might answer some exam questions, if you’re ever in that situation.

If you’re going to be tested on your fluency, you ability to understand and answer questions, one of the things which you must do is to find someone to practise with. Find a friend who’s taking the same exam as you are. Or if that’s not possible, as I’ve said before, it’s really useful to find an online language partner. It could be another person who’s learning English like you and needs the practise. Or it could be that you find someone who speaks English but who wants to learn your language – and you can take turns. This is a really important step to take, especially if you don’t have a lot of chance to practise speaking English normally. And this step will be so much easier, if you’ve done lots of listening first. It’s then just a matter of transferring your knowledge from the understanding to the speaking part of your brain. It still takes practice of course, but it’s much easier and far more enjoyable, if you’ve done the time listening first.
As ever, if any of this is difficult, or you don’t understand the words that I’m saying, go to our website at and have a look at the transcript, the written words.


And as ever, if you want to progress more quickly – especially in English conversation, then have a look at our courses on our website. There are three different courses there at the moment, all at different levels – but they will speed up your English conversation.
Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.

​PS: Improve Your Speak English Practice For IELTS & B1 Level Exams

​​Speaking English for 3-4 minutes is not that complicated. IELTS speaking topics and sitting a B1 Level UK Citizenship exam all require that you can listen to an English speaker, understand what is being said so you can speak a sensible English response for just a few minutes.

You can try to learn “just enough” to pass a very specialised and focused speaking exam, which probably will not help you that much other than getting a certificate. Or you can learn to speak English properly so that if you need to speak English outside of the classroom, you can do it effortlessly just like a native English speaker. Adept English will help you learn to speak English for life not just for an exam.

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Hilary is an Adept English Editor and a founding member of the company.

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