IELTS Speaking Part 2: prepare a 'theme' piece of clothing that you like wearing

IELTS Speaking Part 2: prepare a ‘theme’

In my video lessons for IELTS speaking part 2, I recommend that you prepare vocabulary ‘themes’ for common topics. Let’s look at an example.

Describe a piece of clothing that you like wearing. You should say
- what the item of clothing is
- where and when you bought it
- when you wear it
- and explain why you like wearing it.

The first idea that came into my head was to describe my coat. And the first idea that I had about this coat was to say that it is useful or practical. So my ‘theme’ is useful / practical, and I’ve brainstormed other words and phrases related to this theme.

Ideas related to the theme of a useful / practical coat:

  • functional
  • multipurpose
  • hard-wearing material
  • lightweight material
  • various pockets
  • a detachable hood
  • waterproof
  • it keeps me warm
  • it comes in handy when…
  • it’s perfect for carrying my…
  • it folds up small enough to fit into my bag

Maybe you could brainstorm ideas in the same way, using the theme of a comfortable or stylish piece of clothing.

IELTS Speaking Part 2: clothing answer

Describe a piece of clothing that you like wearing. You should say

- what the item of clothing is
- where and when you bought it
- when you wear it
- and explain why you like wearing it.

Here’s my sample answer, using the vocabulary from last week’s lesson:

  • I’m going to describe a coat that I often wear at the moment. The coat is dark blue in colour, and it’s made out of a lightweight, waterproof material, which makes it perfect for wearing at this time of year here in the UK. It also has a detachable hood, which I used yesterday when it was raining, and various pockets on the outside and on the inside.
  • I bought the coat last year at the beginning of autumn when the weather started to get colder. It was easy to buy because I had had the exact same coat before; my old coat was starting to look a bit worn out, so I decided to buy a new version. As I knew which size I needed, I simply went online and found the best offer; I bought it through a shopping website, and it was delivered to my house a few days later.
  • As I said, I’m wearing this coat a lot at the moment. It’s my everyday coat for going to work or for when I go out shopping or for any other reason.
  • The reason why I like this coat is that it’s so practical and functional. It’s waterproof and it keeps me warm, but it also comes in handy for carrying things like my phone, wallet, loose change, a pen, and even a notebook; I tend to fill my pockets with whatever I can. It even folds up small enough to fit in my bag when I don’t need it.

Note: I missed out the words ‘multipurpose’ and ‘hard-wearing material’. Can you suggest how we could add these words to the description?

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