Speaking Part 1 – TV

In this post, you will see one of the most common IELTS speaking topics (TV) and sample answers.

Please remember that in the actual test you should give honest answers and talk about your own experiences, thoughts, feelings and opinions. Do not try to memorise answers, as the examiners will probably be able to guess and you will lose marks.

However, you are able to make up information to extend your answers, but be sure that you are confident when speaking about the chosen topic and that it is believable.

TIP >> Each answer should be at least 2-3 sentences long.

TIP >> Listen carefully to the question so that you answer in the correct tense.

TIP >> When answering a yes/no question – answer then give your reasons for your answer. You must extend your answer to gain more marks.

TIP >> Just relax and think of it as a regular conversation you are having, make eye contact and be positive.

Take a look at the questions and sample answers below on the topic of ‘TV

Q: Do you often watch TV?

A: Yes, perhaps for an hour or two most nights, depending on my schedule. I like to catch up on TV shows I am watching or I might watch a movie before going to sleep.

Q: What types of TV programme are popular in your country?

A: I think that soap operas are very popular, with a central love story. There is often betrayals and deceit as the main obstacles in the way of the main characters coming together.

Q: What (types of) programmes did you watch when you were a child?

A: I used to watch teen dramas, like Beverly Hills 90210, Baywatch and Heartbreak High. I also like watching some Australian soap operas also that were popular, for example, Neighbours and Home and Away.

Q: What’s your favourite TV program?

A: I have so many! One of my favourites though is British drama Peaky Blinders, about a family in Birmingham in the 1920’s. It has excellent actors, good writing and lots of action. I also like the TV shows Vikings, Game of Thrones and Reign. Period dramas are the best!

Q: When do you usually watch TV?

A: Late at night in the summer months maybe for an hour, but in the winter months I watch a few hours because I am in the house more often.

Q: Do you think TV has changed in the past few decades?

A: Yes, I think that it has become more accessible due to smart TV’s being connected to Netflix, Amazone Prime and other providers. Netflix can be connected to any device, so watching your favourite shows is easy. There are so many TV shows now that have good actors and are well written.

Q: Has television changed your life in any way?

A: It is something that I enjoy, but I couldn’t say it has changed my life. It is something that is there to pass the time, like reading. I like to watch TV to relax and sometimes as background noise if I am cooking.


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