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An experience you had as a member of a team - IELTS Cue Card Sample 20
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An experience you had as a member of a team – IELTS Cue Card Sample 20

An experience you had as a member of a team

Describe a person you were friendly with, although you did not really like them (him or her)

You should say :

  • who this person was
  • when and where it happened
  • what the situation was
  • why you didn’t like this person
  • and explain why you were (or had to be) friendly to this person
  • and explain what the results were after you were friendly to this person

 

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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.

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Band 9.0 Sample Answer :

I want to describe a person who I had to be friendly with although I did not like her. I think this situation is quite common in our lives, especially when we are part of a team.

A couple of months ago, I was assigned to a team at my workplace to tackle a big project. As part of the team, I had to move closely with this person. However, we had never really liked each other for several reasons. Firstly, she is much older than I am, so she always thinks she is right and disregards the opinions of others. I would describe her as both bossy and officious, although she did not have a senior position than I did in the company. Secondly, I considered her irresponsible because to me; she did not appear to pay serious attention to the project. So, although it was supposedly a group project, I ended up working on my own as much as possible to see the task through.

As the work was vital for our company, we had to be successful. Therefore, I had no choice except to collaborate with her to finish the job. I would rather have done all the work alone, but if I had refused to work with her as part of the team, then the evaluation of my job performance would have been affected at the end of the year. So, knowing her personality, I swallowed my pride and tried to be patient. Despite many arguments, we completed the task on time. I learned that sometimes people could work together, even though they don’t get on with each other. It just needs a little bit of time and patience to work things out, and each person has to compromise to achieve a common goal.

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Useful Vocabulary & Expressions For IELTS Speaking :

disregard = to pay no attention to something or someone.
Example: The advice of the human rights commission was too worthy, to disregard.

bossy = a bossy person is someone who is always telling other people what to do.
Example: Ram was very bossy.

officious = an officious person is someone who uses their authority or position to give orders to others – another word would be domineering.
Example: Tom was disliked in his office because he was officious.

irresponsible = an irresponsible person has no feeling of responsibility for something.
Example: The airport authorities were too irresponsible, that they did not notice the drone.

supposedly = according to what most people think.
Example: The movie was a big hit, supposedly because it was based out of a true story.

end up = to find yourself in a situation that you did not expect to be in.
Example: If Tim continues with this attitude, he will end up in trouble.

on my own = alone.
Example: Since the maid was on leave, Seems ended up doing household chores on her own.

see…..through = if we see something through, we do not give up until it is finished.
Example: Jack saw the assignment through to the end.

collaborate = to work together with others to achieve something.
Example: The Tatas collaborated with CDE on the new project.

swallowed my pride = to hide my feelings, and do something even though it could make me feel ashamed.
Example: Tina swallowed her pride and apoligized to her friend.

get on with = to get on with someone is to have a friendly relationship with them.
Example: George and Kim seem to get on well with each other.

work things out = to find a solution.
Example: If Oliver spent some time on the tax reports, he could work things out.

compromise = to give up some of your ideas in order to come to an agreement with someone.
Example: Sita and Ram reached a compromise.

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