IELTS Speaking Part 2 – A Work of Art

Here are the Speaking part 2 questions that we covered in the past. Remember to practice your speaking by clicking, "Student Partner Speaking" in your My Student Account at https://www.aehelp.com/buy/ (Use code A8TW9 to get a 10% discount when you join the Premium Package).

Describe a beautiful piece of art that you have seen or heard, as a painting, or
movie or music.

You should say:

-What was the work of art?

-Where did you see it?

-What made this work of art beautiful?

-The meaning of this artwork and the impact this work of art had on you.

You will have one to two minutes to talk about this topic.
You will have one minute to prepare what you are going to say.

Step 2 – Identify the category of the topic and the tense(s) of the question

Category is – Primary category = Object, Secondary category = Idea

Tenses – present perfect, past and present

Objects: appearance, origin, function, value

Idea: Origin, requirements, results, improvements (+ emotions)

STEP 3 – Think of 2 – 3 good ideas, possible choices

***TIP – if you are presented with a few different ideas in the topic
statement, think of an example for each topic

Painting: Mona Lisa, Last Supper,

Movie: Braveheart, Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christy, Baraka,

The pursuit of Happiness with Will Smith, Titanic

Music: Heal the World (MJ), Angels by Mozart, Ode to Joy by Beethoven,

Choice: Pursuit of Happiness

STEP 4 Useful Notes:

  • Made in 2003, in San Francisco
  • About a poor salesman that becomes successful and helps his family
  • Struggling single parent
  • Gabriel Muccino
  • True events
  • w/ family at home Netflix
  • powerful acting – Will Smith
  • motivational story
  • an inspiring story about the power of human will, sacrifice and
    persistence
  • never give up and follow my dreams, master English move to Canada
    and become a stock market millionaire

STEP 5 – First sentence:

A wonderful piece of art that has had a significant impact on my life is a movie called, In the Pursuit of Happiness. This movie was released in 2006. The story is set in that time in the city of San Francisco, and the main character, a poor salesman who struggles to raise his son as a single parent is played by Will Smith. The directing is by Gabriel Muccino and he does a fantastic job of bringing this story to the silver screen. This movie was a blockbuster and along with millions of people I had watched it at the time of its release with my friends and family in our home. We rented it on DVD and watched it together on the weekend. The story is based on the real-life events of Chris Gardner who became improvised after losing his life earnings in bad investments and then rose to the top of a brokerage firm starting at the bottom of the latter as an intern. He was strongly motivated by his son, he wanted to give him a happy and prosperous childhood. The lesson that I learned from the movie is that I have to be determined and focused to pursue my life goals and happiness, and never stop trying. I even took a quote from the movie and wrote it on my office door, “When you fall on the ground, fall forward, so you can see what you fall on.” One of my dreams is to move to Canada and I will never give up pursuing this. And, for this reason, I really think that this movie is a wonderful work of art and highly recommend it to others.

Here are the Speaking part 2 questions that we covered in the past. Remember to practice your speaking by clicking, "Student Partner Speaking" in your My Student Account at https://www.aehelp.com/buy/ (Use code A8TW9 to get a 10% discount when you join the Premium Package).

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