IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics

In the IELTS Speaking Part 2, you need to speak at length on a topic that is related to your own personal experience. You should aim to speak for 2 minutes.

The IELTS examiner will give you the topic. It will be written on a topic card. You will then have one minute to think about what to say. You should write down some notes or a mind map to help you keep talking.

How to prepare for IELTS Speaking Part 2

A good way of practicing for this is to look at some typical speaking topics and think about how you would talk about the topic. Practise making notes. Then practise giving the talk. Talk to the mirror. Talk to the cat or dog. But practise giving the talk.

In the slideshow below, I’ve put together some typical speaking topics. Choose a topic, make some notes, and then practise giving your talk. Then do it again…and again!

And here are some useful expressions to use in the IELTS Speaking Test.

Have you done the IELTS test before? How did Part 2 go? Can you give any advice to students? Add your comments and ideas below!

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Charlie is a former IELTS Examiner with 25 years' teaching experience all over the world. His courses, for both English language learners and teachers, have been taken by over 100,000 students in over 160 countries around the world.