As you know, you get 1 minute of time for preparing your cue card in speaking test part 2 i.e. cue card section. How do you utilize this time? Are you making the best use of it for speaking effectively? Read this article that will clarify your doubt regarding this.
Actually, IELTS Speaking cue card is considered by the students as the scariest part since they need to speak for long on a topic. The doubt that students usually have in their mind is what to do in the 1 minute time of preparation.
In this scenario, preparing a strategy beforehand will be of great help.
Let’s take an example on how to implement 1 minute strategy.
Examiner gives you the following cue card along with a pen and paper:
Describe a party you had attended and enjoyed
Describe why you enjoyed that party a lot
Examiner gives you 1 minute to prepare on this cue card.
Now you can start writing keywords as follows without wasting the time:
After 1 minute is over (by this time, all keywords get imprinted in your mind), then speak on the topic using these keywords as follows:
I have attended many parties in my life but the one I would like to talk about is the party that was held last year. It was birthday party of my youngest brother and was held at Grand Hotel, New Delhi. It was a grand party where we had invited our family members and some other close relatives. Apart from that, some friends of my brother as well as colleagues of my father were also invited.
The party started when everyone gathered in the main hall. People were greeting each other and they were served with some cold drinks. Then around 11 am, everyone grouped together around the cake stand and my youngest brother cut the cake being at the centre of the group. All clapped and congratulated him by giving him best wishes for his future life ahead. They presented some wonderful gifts to my brother. Everyone enjoyed eating snacks with tea while gossiping with each other.
In the afternoon, lunch was organized and I could see a great variety of dishes including fast foods such as pizza, burger and traditional food such as rice and curry. Other than this, some mouth-watering sweets and ice-creams were also available which I loved the most. After having lunch, some exciting games were organized especially for kids but their parents also enjoyed those activities a lot.
In the end, Bollywood songs were being played and people were dancing on the beats though some were just singing together and watching others dancing on the floor. It was a great fun and I enjoyed a lot because after a very long time, I had attended that party which provided me great relief from my hectic schedule and stressful life. On the whole, it was an amazing party which made me feel extremely happy and hence, it was one of the memorable parties I had attended in my life.
Now you can try if this strategy works for you in the following cue card:
Describe one of your favourite photos
Why it is your favourite photo