IELTS Cue Card for IELTS Speaking:
Describe an experience you had as a member of a team/Describe a disagreement that you had with a friend.
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Describe an experience you had as a member of a team
You should say:
where it was
who were the members of the team
what you did together in this team
and explain why you became a member of this team or explain what the purpose of the team was
Describe a disagreement that you had with a friend.
You should say:
who you disagreed with
what the disagreement was
how it happened and explain
how this disagreement was resolved
BAND 9.0 SAMPLE ANSWER:
Today, I am going to share with you my experience I had as a member of a team/of the time when I disagreed with my friend. As a student, I have to engage in a variety of teamwork projects. As a result, having disagreements with other team members is inevitable.
For topic “Describe an experience you had as a member of a team“:
We were supposed to gather a team of 3 to 4 people to work on a simulation project in our management class. The simulation worked like this: each group in our class would run a shoe production company on the internet. We had to make decisions as the simulation market changed and each group‟s performance would be compared weekly. At the end of the semester, we would have to prepare a presentation on our simulation project. – We decided to meet each other once a week to work on the project; sometimes we would discuss urgent matters over e-mails. Despite the fact that we were at daggers drawn many times, we successfully led our company to the 2nd place overall in our class, so that was not a bad effort.
For topic “Describe a disagreement that you had with a friend“:
If you have ever had a chance of working in a team to make a decision, you would know how difficult it was to make sure everyone was pulling together. Running a simulative company was not as easy as we thought. A wrong decision on pricing would significantly affect our profit. 3 of us fought for days on pricing decisions. My friends wanted our products to be sold at a premium while I preferred a medium price, targeting the mid-end market. After carefully reviewing the market itself as well as material prices, we weighed the costs and benefits of each price to come up with a final selling price. – From this experience, I learned that it was hard to persuade people with your subjective reasons. However, if your decision is backed up by sound numbers, it will be more convincing.
USEFUL VOCABULARY & EXPRESSIONS FOR IELTS SPEAKING:
simulation: [noun] a project in which a situation is created, but is not real. However, the conditions are similar to those that we could expect in real life. Example: In class, we studied a simulation on the computer of how dinosaurs used to live.
be at daggers drawn: [expression] a dagger is a weapon, like a knife, and if people are at daggers drawn, they are very angry with each other. Example: In the debate, the candidates for President were at daggers drawn over the question of economic policy.
pull together: [phrasal verb] to work together with other people in an organised way and without conflict. Example: If we all pull together, we will finish the work on time.
pricing: [noun] the act of deciding how much something should cost. Example: The pricing policy of the supermarket was to offer a discount if you buy something in a large quantity.
at a premium: [expression] if we talk of a premium price, we mean a price that is higher than usual. Example: Shares in the company are selling at a premium, because everyone thinks that the company will be very successful this year.
mid-end: [adjective] I wanted to reach customers who wanted shoes of medium price and quality.
Example: Although the sales of expensive luxury cars and also cheap second-hand cars were falling, sales aimed at the mid-end market remained stable.
come up with: [phrasal verb] to find or produce an answer to a problem. Example: The government has come up with a plan to reduce pollution in the city.
subjective: [adjective] based on your own ideas and opinions, not on facts. Example: Court decisions are based on evidence, not on the subjective opinion of the judge.
back up: [phrasal verb] to support. Example: His job application was backed up by a good reference from his previous employer.
sound numbers: [expression] reliable. Example: The sound numbers published by the government encouraged more people to invest in the country.
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