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IELTS Speaking Test | Food

Part 1

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 Vietnamese food, but my favourite is probably noodle soup because it has so many flavours.
  • Do you like to cook?
  • I never cook because I don't know how. My parents always cook for me.
  • Do you prefer to eat out or eat at home?
  • I prefer eating in restaurants to eating at home because I don't have to do the dishes afterwards!
  • What do you usually eat for breakfast?
  • We usually eat toast or cereal with fruit for breakfast, and on the weekend, we might go out for bacon and eggs.
  • What's your favourite type of food?
  • I really enjoy fast foods even though I know they're bad for me.
  • Have you always enjoyed this type of food?
  • Well, my mother wouldn't let me eat fast foods when I was little, so I've only started eating them recently.
  • Is this type of food popular in your country?
  • It’s become very 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 changed much in your country over the last 20 years?
  • Yes, they have, and that’s partly because of fast foods, but also because foods from other countries have been introduced as well. Indian food seems to be very popular now, for example.
  • What is your favourite cuisine?
  • Well, I love French cuisine for its versatility and flavourful ingredients. French cuisine has a variety of dishes, starting from their famous onion soup and ending with cheese fondue. Also, it rarely uses artificial ingredients or flavours.

IELTS Speaking Test Marking Criterion 2
Prefer is a verb which means you like something better than something else.
  • I prefer eating in restaurants to eating at home.
  • I prefer Vietnamese food to McDonalds.
When you are expressing preferences, you can also compare one thing to another.
  • I like hamburgers more than 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
  • Healthy Food: apple, rice, banana, tomato, noodles, chicken, bread, cabbage, dumpling, egg, salad, potato, lettuce, sandwich, celery, cheese, pasta, spinach, sushi
  • Junk Food: hamburger, KFC, hot dog, biscuits. cake, chips, cheeseburger, pizza, ice cream, chocolate, meat pie
  • Food (nouns): barbecue, brunch, cake, fruit, meal, pasta, pizza, snack, steak, supper, vegetables
  • Food can be: dry, fatty, bland, fresh, greasy, healthy, mouldy, raw, rich, stale, succulent, undercooked, wholesome, salty
  • 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
Part 2
  • 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.
    Part 3
    • 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
    fussy eater
    someone who is very picky about the food and doesn't eat everything.
    home-cooked food
    food cooked at home, usually implies that food is healthy
    in a walking distance of
    close to
    more of a chore than a pleasure
    something you do rather unwillingly
    my mouth is watering
    that is to say you find something very appetizing
    nutritious products
    products rich in calories
    processed food
    food that has been modified in an undesirable or unhealthy way to achieve its current state.
    quality justifies the bill
    when a product is worth buying due its good quality, even if it's expensive.
    quick snack
    a light and quick meal, usually unhealthy
    ready meal
    a meal that you buy already cooked, which only requires reheating to be eaten
    restrain one's hunger
    to avoid eating when you really want to. Usually practiced during diets
    slap-up meal
    a quick and fatty meal. To slap up means to cook something very quickly
    starving hungry
    to be extremely hungry
    a meal prepared in a café/restaurant and eaten at home
    to be dying of hunger
    an exaggerated way of saying you are really hungry.
    to be full-up
    to eat to the point that you can't eat anymore.
    to be ravenous (to have ravenous appetite)
    to be really hungry, starving, voracious
    to bolt something down
    to eat a large amount of food very quickly
    to follow a recipe
    to cook a meal using instructions
    to foot the bill
    to pay the bill. You paid for dinner last time.
    to overeat oneself
    eat too much, eat immodestly
    to spoil your appetite
    to do something that would hinder your desire to eat.
    to tuck into
    to eat something greedily and with pleasure.
    to work up an appetite
    to do something that will lead to hunger.



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