Extended IELTS Speaking Task
What and Why
In the second part of the IELTS speaking test, the candidate is asked to speak for
two minutes on a particular topic. This gives the examiner a chance to hear how
well the candidate can speak for an extended period of time. It’s important for the
candidate to answer the question given. Communicating ideas and information
clearly and effectively is important. A well-organised, easy to follow answer which
uses accurate vocabulary and natural pronunciation will receive a very high score.
Meet the Question
Think of a website that you have found useful.
- what it’s called
- what it’s about
- how you found out about it
and why you find it so useful.
How would you talk about this topic for two minutes? Think about any vocabulary
that might be useful and create a simple mind map to help you organise your
Why it’s about?
Play TRACK ONE and listen to Nadya speaking about her favourite website.
Write down what you think her answers were to the four parts of the question.
When you finish listening, think about what was good about Nadya’s answer, and
what wasn’t so good.
Nadya’s answer is not bad. She describes the contents and usefulness of a
website, MP3 Plus and she also tells us how she found out about it. Her
pronunciation is clear and it’s quite easy to understand the points that she makes.
The organisation of her answer could be better. She quickly jumps from the name
of the website to why it’s useful and then to how she found out about it. Then, after
explaining the content of the website, she talks about why it’s useful again. It would
be better if she just answered each part of the question fully before moving on to the
Of course, Nadya is not a native speaker, so it’s natural that we can find some
areas of grammar and vocabulary that she can improve on.
Look at the following mistakes she made and think about how you could correct
Nadya’s Expression Your correction
we always use it very often
website also contains some
it’s not very many Russian DVD here
buy some films from Internet
I can pay it everything
it’s very comfortable
in life it’s not really in cinemas
it’s already in this site
A great way to improve is to compare your English with that of a native speaker. To
correct Nadya’s problems, we’re going to listen to Mark, a native speaker of English,
answering the same question.
The first time you listen, try to find the answers to the four parts of the question that
we saw in the MEET THE QUESTION section.
PLAY TRACK TWO
Did you hear any phrases that would be useful for Nadya?
Let’s try to find them together…
Mark used all of the following phrases. Try to match the beginnings with a suitable
1. strictly a. service for music lovers
2. an online shopping b. and these new things called podcasts
3. it enables you c. which is great
4. I first found out d. your music collection to the I Pod
5. piece of software that allows you to e. to buy and download MP3s
6. The online I Tunes store contains f. speaking
7. you can even find audio books, g. about it when I bought my I-Pod
8. most of them are free, h. everything from classical music to punk
Listen again to check your answers.
Now match each expression with a summary.
a. To be precise b. It’s good because you don’t have to
c. I learned about it when I bought my d. A computer program for moving
I-Pod music to an mp3 player
e. A wide variety of musical styles are f. You can find other kinds of
available recordings as well as just music
g. You can buy and download MP3s h. Something which allows fans of
with it music to buy songs over the Internet
You can check the key for answers:
Mark also used these phrases. Try to match the beginnings with a suitable ending:
1. I find it incredibly a. convenient.
2. I live in a small town b. I can also pay by credit card
3. it’s not easy to find c. effort
4. Better d. before they get released on CD
5. it’s possible to download songs e. still
from I Tunes
6. It might not actually be out in the f. but it’s already available on the I
shops Tunes site
7. And not only can I find just about g. just a mouse click away!
anything I’m after,
8. with minimal h. leave my house at all
9. Everything I need is i. the kind of CDs I like here
10. I hardly need to j. with no decent record shops
Listen again to check your answers.
Now match each expression with a summary and check your answers with the key:
a. I don’t need to go out very often b. It’s difficult to get what I want
c. Even better d. I can find everything I want AND I
can pay by credit card
e. With PC equipment, I can get what f. You can find it on I Tunes even
I want very easily though you cannot find it to buy in the
shops yet (x2)
g. It makes my life much easier h. Without trying very hard
i. There isn’t a wide selection of
record stores where I live.
Now look at Nadya’s mistakes again. Can you use the phrases from Mark’s answer
to correct them? Try to do it yourself and then compare your answers with the key.
Listen to TRACK THREE and repeat the phrases.
Try to create sentences of your own about websites that YOU know
It’s an online…
it enables you to…
I first found out about it…
It’s a …
that allows you to …
... contains everything from … to …
Most of them are…
, which is great
I find it incredibly convenient.
I live in a … with no …
it’s not easy to find …
it’s possible to …
It might not actually …
Not only can I…
I can also …
with minimal effort.
We’ve adapted the phrases so that they fit in with what Nadya wanted to say. Look
at the key to see how.
1. Mark used lots of nice computer vocabulary to talk about his favourite website.
Can you remember any of the following phrases? Try to fill the gaps – you can
listen to TRACK 2 or look at the TAPESCRIPT to find the answers.
B________ and d________ MP3s.
An o________ shopping service
Songs which been heavily c________
Create PC f________
b________ the files onto a CD
A p________ of software
t________ your music collection to your I Pod
after you have i________ the software
g________ online and search for anything you want to find
you can even find audio b________
like a d________ recorded radio broadcast
2. Go to the website and read about SOUND CHUNKING. As a pronunciation
exercise, try the SOUND CHUNKING method with the tapescript of Mark’s answer.