IELTS Speaking Test Marking Criterion 1 Pronunciation(Sentence Stress)
In English, words that carry the main meaning, i.e. important words, are stressed, i.e. they are said louder or stronger - * Stressed words are underlined below as an example.
Tell me about your favourite food.
I love all Vietnamesefood, but my favourite is probably noodlesoup because it has so manyflavours.
Do you like to cook?
I nevercook because I don't knowhow. My parentsalwayscook for me.
Do you prefer to eatout or eat at home?
I prefereating in restaurants to eating at home because I don't have to dothedishes afterwards!
What do you usually eat for breakfast?
We usuallyeattoast or cereal with fruit for breakfast, and on the weekend, we might goout for bacon and eggs.
What's your favouritetype of food?
I really enjoy fast foods even though I know they're bad for me.
Have you always enjoyed thistype of food?
Well, my mother wouldn't let me eat fast foods when I was little, so I've only startedeating them recently.
Is thistype of food popular in your country?
It’s becomevery popular especially with young people. I just think the taste is really good, and it's quick and cheap.
Would you say that popular foods have changedmuch in your country over the last20years?
Yes, they have, and that’s partly because of fast foods, but also because foods from othercountries have been introduced as well. Indian food seems to be verypopular now, for example.
What is your favourite cuisine?
Well, I love French cuisine for its versatility and flavourfulingredients. Frenchcuisine has a variety of dishes, starting from their famousonionsoup and ending with cheesefondue. Also, it rarely uses artificial ingredients or flavours.
IELTS Speaking Test Marking Criterion 2 Grammar
Prefer is a verb which means you like something better than something else.
I prefereating in restaurants toeating at home.
I prefer Vietnamese food to McDonalds.
When you are expressing preferences, you can also compare one thing to another.
I like hamburgers morethan steak.
I don't like McDonalds as much as KFC.
You can also use a comparative adjective to give a reason for your preference.
I prefer dumplings to hamburgers because they are healthier.
I prefer apples because they are sweeter.
IELTS Speaking Test Marking Criterion 3 Vocabulary
Food can taste: bitter, bland, salty, savoury, sour, spicy, sweet
Good / bad food is: appetising, delicious, disgusting, junk, revolting, tasty
Food can be (how it's cooked): baked, barbecued, boiled, (deep) fried, grilled, microwaved, roasted, steamed, stewed, stir-fried, toasted
The examiner will give you A CUE CARD and tell you that you have one minute to read the card and prepare your answer. The examiner will also give you a piece of paper and a pencil to make notes. You should only write short notes. Long sentences are not possible as there is only one minute to prepare.
Describe a meal you particularly enjoyed.
You should mention:
Where you ate
What you ate
Who you were with
and explain why you enjoyed it.
Sample Answer - * Pay attention to the use of the Past Tense
The speaker used a lot of examples to extend her answer. This makes it easy to fill in the minute or two required for the long turn in Part 2.
I’m going to talk about a meal I enjoyed. It was right after my university graduation, when I was about 21. My whole family came to see me graduate, and it was a very proud day. After the ceremony, we all went to a nearby restaurant, which was busy with other families who were all doing the same thing. The atmosphere was exciting and busy. The restaurant was beautiful, with long tables, candles, and flowers. My family also gave me a huge bunch of flowers and some cards and special gifts.
I was there with my mum, dad, two brothers, and my grandfather, and I remember that we ordered a lot of seafood. I can't really remember what else we ate, but the seafood was delicious. Oh, that's right, we had lobster to share, which was amazing. We spent all afternoon at the restaurant. talking, eating, and laughing. And of course, we took lots of photos. My father made a speech of congratulations and wished me good luck for the future.
It was such an enjoyable day because I knew that my family was very proud of me, and we all shared my celebration together, and everything about the restaurant was perfect. The waiters were friendly, and the food was fantastic. I am happy that I remember this special day in my life so clearly.
What are some essential qualities every teacher should have?
As for me, every teacher should be able to catch student's attention. It is very important to make your subject interesting to the others... Also, teacher should be a subject specialist and a kind, helpful person.
Do you prefer to study by yourself or with a teacher? why?
Many people hold the opinion that it is better to learn by ourselves than with a teacher, while others adhere to an opposite view. I think it is better to learn with a teacher because a teacher can teach us not only the knowledge but also methodology and how to think and also, he can help us to stay motivated
Where do you usually study? Why?
I usually study in my room or in the university library. However, I find it hard to stay focused on what I'm doing in my room because there are so many distractions. But in the library, everyone is calm and focused on studying.
Do you prefer to study with friends or by yourself? Why?
I definitely prefer to study by myself. I get distracted very easily, so if my friends are around, then I tend to just distract them as well! I am more focused on myself.
What do you enjoy most about studying in this way?
Well, I never really enjoy study, but I would say that it gives me some time to myself, and if I achieve what I set out to do and learn some new information, then I guess I feel pretty satisfied.
How much time do you spend each day studying?
I usually study at least 5 to 7 hours every day. What is important is that study becomes the focus of my day and the ongoing component of my work week. I don't wait for exam time to study.
What are some pros of studying on a distance learning course?
To be honest, I think it's very advantageous to study in such way... It gives you more time flexibility, especially if you have a job... Not to mention that it is fairly cheap, compared to face-to-face classes.
Does everybody get equal opportunities to study?
Definitely not. I think it really depends on a country you live in... Moreover, it depends on your financial capabilities... Some schools and universities are just too expensive... Only a small fraction of people can afford to study there.
Useful vocabulary and expressions
someone who is very picky about the food and doesn't eat everything.
My husband is a fussy eater, and he's never pleased with my cooking.
food cooked at home, usually implies that food is healthy
Preparing home-cooked food is a good way to make a balanced meal.
in a walking distance of
I usually dine at a restaurant that's in a walking distance of my home.
more of a chore than a pleasure
something you do rather unwillingly
I think that cooking is more of a chore than a pleasure.
my mouth is watering
that is to say you find something very appetizing
People use this expression when they see/smell food that looks very delicious. My mouth is watering every time I think about my grandmother's apple pie.
products rich in calories
A nutritious breakfast is a great way to start the day, as it gives your body the nutrients and you get enough energy.
food that has been modified in an undesirable or unhealthy way to achieve its current state.
Try to avoid processed foods like flavoured nuts and cereal bars. It is much healthier to eat organic food.
quality justifies the bill
when a product is worth buying due its good quality, even if it's expensive.
I first thought those strawberries were too expensive, but when I tasted them, I understood that their quality justified the bill.
a light and quick meal, usually unhealthy
Eating quick snack instead of main meal can be harmful for stomach.
a meal that you buy already cooked, which only requires reheating to be eaten
I had no desire to cook, so I bought a ready meal in a nearby supermarket.
restrain one's hunger
to avoid eating when you really want to. Usually practiced during diets
John couldn't restrain his hunger anymore and went to the nearest fast-food restaurant.
a quick and fatty meal. To slap up means to cook something very quickly
I feel like making a slap-up meal tonight.
to be extremely hungry
I woke up starving hungry yesterday and ate the whole roast chicken.
a meal prepared in a café/restaurant and eaten at home
I'm going to ring the Japanese restaurant and order a takeaway.
to be dying of hunger
an exaggerated way of saying you are really hungry.
I haven't eaten all day. I'm dying of hunger!
to be full-up
to eat to the point that you can't eat anymore.
- Would you like more chips? - No, thank you, I'm already full-up!
to be ravenous (to have ravenous appetite)
to be really hungry, starving, voracious
After working all day, I had a ravenous appetite.
to bolt something down
to eat a large amount of food very quickly
Don't bolt your food down like that, it's very rude!
to follow a recipe
to cook a meal using instructions
Although she had never cooked a jugged hare before, she followed a recipe and made a fantastic meal.
to foot the bill
to pay the bill. You paid for dinner last time.
Let me foot the bill for lunch today.
to overeat oneself
eat too much, eat immodestly
If you overeat, you're bound to get fat.
to spoil your appetite
to do something that would hinder your desire to eat.
Stop talking about the snails, you're spoiling my appetite!
to tuck into
to eat something greedily and with pleasure.
After not eating the whole day, he tucked into the ham like a savage.
to work up an appetite
to do something that will lead to hunger.
He must have worked up an appetite in the gym.
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