IELTS Speaking Part 2/3 – Topic : Goals

IELTS Speaking Part 2/3 - Topic : Goals

Describe a person who encouraged you to achieve a goal.

You should say :

  • Who this person is
  • How this person encouraged you to do
  • How this person helped
  • And explain why this encouragement help you to achieve the goal

Model Answer:

(Who this person was) 

Without a doubt, good friends are especially important during times of crisis and turbulence.

Today, I’m going to describe a lovely friend, Phuong Chau, who encouraged me to overcome difficulties and helped me to achieve my long-held goal. We have known each other since high school and maintain a special bond until now. Chau is an energetic, carefree, humble girl, whose most special traits are cheerful disposition and steadfast resilience.

(What encouragement she/he gave you to achieve your goal) 

Ever since high school, I have always dreamt of winning a prize in the National Contest for gifted students, yet that was by no means an easy task. Falling short of my expectation to join the National Contest school team, I was eliminated in the last round and had to wait for the next year. At that time, Chau was always beside me. She told me that things would become brighter, and I grew strong enough to confront such a challenge. Therefore, instead of being disappointed and demotivated, I displayed a firm commitment to change and try harder. I followed Chau’s advice, seeking assistance for my essays and language skills. As a result, in grade 12, I improved vastly and won a place in the National Contest school team.

 (And explain how you felt about her/him) 

I felt indebted to her because when I found myself going through a hard time, my closest friend never failed to cheer me and sailed through both emotional and academic setbacks. Her sustained belief in my inner strength helped me overcome obstacles, make progress, and seek opportunities to succeed. Thus, achieving that honorable prize was all the more rewarding and meaningful to me, because I could share it with my beloved friend.

Vocabulary:

turbulence [n]:  a state of confusion without any order.

Eg: The era was characterized by political and cultural turbulence.

disposition [n]: the particular type of character that a person naturally has.

Eg: She is of a nervous/cheerful/sunny disposition.

unflinching [adj]: not frightened of or not trying to avoid something dangerous or unpleasant.

Eg: It is a brave and unflinching account of prison life.

by no means [expression]: not at all.

Eg: It is by no means certain that we’ll finish the project by June.

falling short of [expression]: to be less than the amount or standard that is needed or that you want.

Eg: He would sack any of his staff who fell short of his high standards.

demotivate [v]:  to make someone less enthusiastic about sth.

Eg: She was very demotivated by being told she had little chance of being promoted.

vastly [adv]: very much.

Eg: Assessing the larger numbers of women suffering severe maternal morbidity would vastly increase their workload.

indebted to [adj]: grateful because of help given.

 Eg: We’re deeply indebted to you for your help.

setback [n]: something that happens that delays or prevents a process from developing.

Eg: There has been a slight/temporary setback in our plans.

honorable [adj]: bringing or worthy of honor.

Eg: Military service was considered an honorable career choice.

Part 3 questions:

  1. Is it important for teenagers to have goals?

Teenagers need to have goals. Aimless life is a miserable life. Being aimless makes you wander unnecessarily. Goals give meaning to life. They also serve as a motivation factor. For example, a student in twelfth grade should have a goal to get into a good university with a scholarship. This will act as a driving force for him/her to study well and score good marks.

  1. What do you think would encourage young children to learn more?

The abilities of children vary from one to another. For example, a child may learn best by seeing visuals. So you need to train the child to read books with pictures. Another child may learn by listening to audios. So you need to play different rhymes and make him listen to it. Also, you have to make learning fun for them.

  1. How should we encourage children?

We should inculcate a positive attitude in children. We should encourage them to read books as it develops their knowledge. Also, we should encourage them to participate in sports activities which build team spirit. We should concentrate only on the understanding that the child has acquired and not measure his performance. We should also celebrate their small accomplishments.

  1. How could we make children interested in things that they don’t have an interest in?

We should make learning exciting and fun. Listen to your child, even if you disagree with his ideas. When they find that their opinion counts, they feel more confident. For example, if there is a child who hates maths, try to avoid conventional methods of teaching and adopt newer ones like an abacus.

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