IELTS Speaking Part 3 – Band 9 Strategies – Historical Figures

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***BE ORIGINAL – Don’t use leading expressions and idioms unnecessarily.

***Make sure to give specific answers! – To do that well, use the question in your answer!

***Your answer is ONLY as good as your explanation. COHERENCE in the speaking section is the most important component of your band score! -> Good coherence, especially in Part 3, comes from your explanation.
*Therefore, if you feel that you are not being clear enough, backtrack; what I mean to say is…another way to think about this is…

Let’s talk about historical figures
What qualities do most historical figures share in common?
“By ‘historical figures’ do you mean famous buildings from the past?” -> No, I mean famous people.

The characteristics that are similar among many famous historical people are dedication and achievement. These individuals were able to accomplish significant tasks in their lifetimes by never giving up on their beliefs and eventually they were recognized by many people across time, such people include Abraham Lincoln and St. Teressa.

Why is it important for society to immortalize some people in history?

It is essential to commemorate certain people in history so that we learn of their achievements and adopt a moral compass for humanity. In this way, we can mature to be both better individuals and a better society. Abraham Lincoln is commemorated because of his belief in equality and abolishing slave labor.

Is all information about historical figures accurate, why or why not?

I definitely don’t believe that all of the historical data about famous people in the past is accurate because it is manipulated throughout time by various interested parties. Some political groups may make an individual out to be a hero like the way the SOVIETS idealized Stalin, however, later on, the same individual may be depicted as a villain, such as the liberal Russians who believe that Stalin caused much suffering for citizens.

How have historical figures impacted modern times?

Famous people of the past have had a tremendous influence on today’s world, they have shaped cultural and political perspectives, as well as the innovations in everyday use. Without the Wright brothers, we may still not have airplanes to quickly get us around the world, without Bell we may still not have a working telephone and without Lincoln, we may still have more cast societies.

Can you give a couple examples?

Let’s talk about school materials
Who decides the materials that are taught in school and why?
I’m not exactly sure who is in absolute control of educational content, but in the case of public schools, I would assume that the ministry of education and the professionals working there, such as psychologists and pedagogists are the ones mostly responsible with of course some input from the teachers as well.

Are materials that students learn in primary school different than when you were a child? Can you explain it?

In your opinion, what information should be commonly taught in basic education that is not included in today’s curriculums?

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