Last week’s cue card asked you what is probably my favorite kind of IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. I think a lot of students get scared as soon as they see words such as law, government, crime etc. but answering these questions doesn’t require any of the specialist vocabulary you may think you’ll need.
All it needs is awareness and opinions – awareness of things happening in your country and around the world (read, read, read! or listen, listen, listen!) and opinions about them. While most students do have opinions, they aren’t able to express these well in spoken English. In my model answer below, can you identify useful phrases I’ve used to express opinions:
I’m going to talk about the law against chewing gum in Singapore.
The law bans the import of chewing gum into the country, and there’s a strict fine against spitting chewing gum out on the street.
A lot of people, especially tourists, think it’s a weird law because, they think chewing gum is a harmless activity. But the law isn’t really against ‘the act of chewing’ gum but against littering public spaces. I’ve grown up here and like most Singaporeans, I feel quite strongly about cleanliness, so the ban on chewing gum doesn’t affect me much.
Frankly, I don’t understand why other countries tolerate chewing gum stubs all over their sidewalks and behind bus seats and in elevators. I think there should be a worldwide ban on chewing gum. No one wants someone else’s chewed gum stuck to their shoes and skirts.
Here’s last week’s cue card in case you missed it: