IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Band 9 Strategies – Going to Nature

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Examiner Questions:

May I see your identification?

Yes, here is my passport that I used to register for the exam, please take a look.

What is your full name?

My full name is Jeffery Andrew Smithson, as you can also see in my passport. Please just call me Jeff for short.

What do you like to do in your leisure time?

During my spare time, I like to meet up with my best friend Corey, sit at a café, and have a good chit chat while we people-watching. This means we usually sit on the patio and look at the different types of people passing by. Both of us have degrees in social sciences so this makes for interesting conversation.

TIP – Do NOT answer with fancy sentences and words for the icebreaker question, because if you make mistakes right at the beginning, it looks really bad. So, keep it simple, clear, and accurate!


Let’s talk about nature. (plants, animals, forest, global warming, sightseeing, flowers, flora, fauna, mountains, sea, fish, fresh air, hiking, trekking, parks

TIP – Only paraphrase the question with words that you certainly can correctly replace the original words – if not, use the words of the question directly.

TIP – In Part 1, use the first-person voice, speak directly from your own subjective view, “I, me, my, myself.”

TIP – In public speaking classes, you will quickly learn never to state what you will talk about as this is useless and boring for your audience, instead just directly state what you want to talk about.

“How well did I answer the question?” – to test this idea is – ask the question again after you answered it and check if the answer is there, “ex. ‘answer’…So what is your favorite part of nature?  the mountains.”

What is your favorite part of nature?

My favorite part of nature, if I had to say, would be the mountains. I just love their massive size and the challenges they present when I go on hikes. The mountains have a special kind of peace and quiet where I feel that I can escape all of the stresses of the busy city life. I go hiking on Mt. Douglas near my home at least once a week for this very reason.

Where do you go to enjoy the fresh air?

(Tip, the phrase ‘to be honest’ is often overused and used incorrectly. – So if you do not say “Well, to be honest”, does that mean you are lying to me at times?)

Well, as I had mentioned, I love hiking up mountains and that is where I breathe the freshest air in my city, not only because the top of the mountains is well above the smog line, but also because the air is rich with oxygen.

Have you done any nature activities recently?

Certainly, referring back to my previous points, I went on a two-hour hike up Mt. Doug with a couple of my friends, we took some snacks and refreshments with us, and had a really good time. We saw a few deer along the way and took incredible pictures of the surrounding vistas.

What do you do to protect the environment?

In order to reduce my carbon footprint on the planet I choose to ride my bike to work instead of drive my car, also I pay careful attention to recycling, and I plant at least a hundred trees each year in order to conserve my surrounding forests. Just last month, I planted a couple hundred pine trees with a group of environmentalists.

If you visit any natural place, where would you go?

Given the chance to explore a beautiful part of nature I would love to visit the Ladakh region of the Himalayas. As I had said, I love mountains, and I’m sure that seeing the highest mountain range in the world would be simply breathtaking.

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