IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Band 9 Strategy – Useful App

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).

PART 2

Talk about a useful app that has helped you in some way.

You should say:

What is the app?

Where did you hear about it?

How did it help you?

What could make the app even better?

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 whether you are talking about a person, place, object, idea, event, as each of these categories has a specific structured approach

In this case, it is an object  virtual object: appearance, origin, function, user, value,

STEP 3 – Think of 2 to 3 original answers that are easy to talk about. (Don’t just talk about the first idea that comes to your mind) YouTube app, Nike Run Club App, Academic IELTS Help, Udemy, Zoom, Google Maps, General IELTS Help, PUBG

STEP 4 – Useful notes (in the same order as the parts for objects) *Google Maps
2D map, birds-eye-view of the city or area
Colorful
Satellite view and GPS
Stores, names, locations
Google – preinstalled on android phones – it came with my phone
Vodaphone store
Distance, navigate, time, traffic, restaurants, shops,
car, transit, foot
past 10 yrs, me
got lost in Rome – helped
find a pharmacy – helped
save time to get to the exam

STEP 5 – (in the last 10-15 secs. of prep time) Write down your first sentence to start you off. ***USE the topic sentence!

An app that has aided me several times over the past years and has immense utility in my life is Google Maps. It has a beautifully simplistic 2-dimensional design with colors that are easy on the eyes and clear to interpret. It also contains pictures of venues and their address information, as well there is a search bar that allowed me to input any desired start and stop point. It has audio and voice command so that I can conveniently use it even when I’m driving or riding my bike. This an app that was developed by Google in the early 2000s and it came pre-installed on every android phone I’ve ever owned since its release to the public. So the last time I got it, was with my Samsung S10 from Vodaphone. (look at my notes, questions, and parts of object discussion) In fact, when I was in Venice in 2019, Google Maps was extremely helpful in navigating the labyrinth of the narrow streets that make up the city to find museums and even a pharmacy when I needed to get some allergy medication. Furthermore, it assisted me to find this exam center on time and even warned me of a traffic jam, and provided me with an alternate faster route. (* Stay focused, stay structured) A couple of ways that Google Maps could be even better is if it worked in all parts of the world, even remote forests and deserts and if the information were updated every 24-hours to show changes in venues and routes. Finally, it would be highly valuable for many people like my grandpa if it had options for best routes for people with disabilities such as commuting by wheelchair.

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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