IELTS Speaking Part 1: 'reading' topic

IELTS Speaking Part 1: ‘reading’ topic

Here are some part 1 questions with example answers. Remember to keep your part 1 answers short and simple.

1. Do you like reading?

Yes, I like reading a lot. I read all sorts of things, including novels, newspapers, magazines, and online articles.

2. Do you usually read for leisure or for work purposes?

Well, I have to do a certain amount of reading as part of my job, but I probably read more for enjoyment. I pick up a newspaper most days, and I usually have a book on the go.

3. What was your favourite book or story when you were a child?

The first book that I remember really enjoying was ‘…’. It only took me a few days to read because I liked it so much that I couldn’t put it down.

4. Do you think it’s important that children read regularly?

Definitely. I think reading is possibly the most important skill that children learn. The ability to read opens the door to all aspects of education.

IELTS Vocabulary: nice bits of language!

There were a few nice bits of language that you might have noticed in yesterday’s speaking lesson:

  • all sorts of things
  • a certain amount of
  • I pick up a newspaper most days
  • I usually have a book on the go
  • I couldn’t put it down
  • opens the door to all aspects of education

These phrases made my answers sound very natural and “native-speaker-like”. Try using them in your own sentences.

IELTS Speaking Part 3: ‘reading’ topic

Here are some questions from Cambridge IELTS 11. Each of my answers contains three sentences and follows the method suggested in this lesson.

Are the any occasions when reading at speed is a useful skill?

Personally, if I’m reading something interesting, I don’t like reading too quickly because I feel that I don’t properly absorb the information. However, it can be useful to skim through things when you don’t really want to read them, or when you just need to find one particular piece of information. For example, I read at speed when I’m checking a household bill or a letter from the bank.

Are there any jobs where people need to read a lot? What are they?

Well, researchers obviously need to read a lot, and I suppose that politicians, journalists and other professionals who need to know about current affairs read a lot too. Having said that, I think most workers read hundreds of emails every week. In my previous job, for example, I had to check internal staff emails at least twice a day.

Do you think that reading novels is more interesting than reading factual books? Why is that?

Both types of book can be equally interesting in my opinion. A good novel can transport you to another world where the characters in the book become almost real. On the other hand, factual books can give you fascinating insights into anything from psychology to ancient history.