IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Band 9 Strategies – Donation Camp

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Talk about a time when you were part of a team in school or work.

You should say:

  • When and where was this team?
  • What was the goal of the team?
  • What was your role as a team member?

What did you and your team achieve and would you do anything differently in the future?

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 1 – read the question carefully and you read the topic sentence TWICE.

STEP 2 – identify the category, topic, and tense of this cue card

a. Event (time, location, attendees, activities, experience, significance)
b. Topic = team project at work or school
c. Tense (time frame) = past, past perfect, past progressive, a bit of present perfect as well. [*careful with the PPF strategy as it does not apply in all cue cards. In this case, it would be a bit awkward.]

STEP 3 – Come up with 2 to 3 GOOD ideas that are original and easy to talk about.

Crystalize your ideas – be specific
Organized a 3 on 3 basketball tournament for the junior high students in high school.
Made an e-commerce website for used sports equipment in university computer class
Organized a blood donation camp at my Fizzle IT office.
Choice – Blood donation camp
STEP 4 – jot down some useful notes quickly AND your first sentence before your one minute is up. **Keep in mind the order of the category 2018 July (3 days) Wipro Tech. – [this is where I would use a past perfect tense] Donation van in the parking lot 3 members – HR manager, Marketing manager, myself Project manager [do NOT stray from your topic – teamwork]

Docs, nurses Appolo hospital, 80 coworkers donate
Contact, buy gifts, communicate, advertise
Food, water

Results – improve company morale, an award from the hospital, people felt exhausted, 40 L of blood, well over 100 bags.
First sentence:

A personally rewarding team project that I had the pleasure of managing was a blood donation camp at my previous workplace Wipro Tech, back in the summer of 2018. I was the project manager with two other coworkers, the head of HR, Steve, and our marketing manager Sarah. Each of us had a distinct role to play in successfully executing this project. Our idea was to aid the local community by donating at least 100 units, or bags, of blood over the course of three days. I got approved for a 2000-dollar budget for this campaign to pay for advertising, food, beverages, and some gifts. I had the marketing manager put together the posters for the campaign, as well as the graphics for the email newsletters which Sarah sent out via the company’s mailing list. We had a blood donation van set up in the parking lot that was staffed by a doctor and two nurses from our local hospital, Apollo general. The event was quite successful, it had been attended by over 80 of our employees, and we had successfully donated well over a hundred bags of blood. It was a very gratifying experience for those involved, and I felt that it had also helped to build team spirit within the company. If I were to do the even in the future, I wouldn’t change much, except perhaps the timeline. I felt there was an unnecessary amount of pressure because we only had around two weeks from start to finish. In the future, I would allocate at least three weeks to a similar type of team project.

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