In this lesson we will look at an IELTS Speaking Test part 2 task and study two similar answers.
One answer doesn’t use complex noun phrases so there is a lot of repetition. This lowers the candidate’s band score.
The second answer is a higher band response because it uses complex noun phrases to reduce repetition.
Read the IELTS Speaking Part 2 Question Topic below.
You should say:
- Where you went on the journey
- Who you went with
- Whether you enjoyed it
Response 1 | Lower band
I love southern India as there are lots of interesting things to see there. In one place we saw ancient temples. The temples were full of pilgrims. The pilgrims came from all over India. In another area we cycled through isolated hills. The hills were covered in dense jungle. We saw monkeys and heard wild birds calling. Local people informed us that leopards and big snakes live in the jungle there. We saw a snake but it was quite small. It was passing by the side of the road.
We ate lots of delicious food along the way. The food was prepared by local people. We met people along the way. Most people were very friendly. We were tired by the time we got to the end of our journey. The last place we stayed was on a beautiful beach. The water sparkled water and coconut trees swayed in the wind. It was one of the best journeys I have ever been on and someday I would love to go back.
Response 2 | Higher Band
We hope you can see how using complex noun phrases can improve your English. Try them out yourself by writing out your response to this question in around 150 words. Post it into the comments section below for some free feedback.
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