IELTS Speaking Part 3 – Band 9 Strategies – Teamwork with Children

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TIP 1 – Keep in mind that the examiner will ask you a couple of questions at the end of your Part 2 (2-minute) response - *Be ready for this!
PART 2 RESPONSE to be used in PART 3

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.

What kinds of food and refreshments did you provide for the people involved?

We offered the donors fruits such as bananas, oranges, and apples to replenish their energy quickly with fructose, as well as some bottled water and apple and orange juice to make sure that they got rehydrated.

What kinds of challenges did you face with your team during this project?

Well, as I had mentioned my partners and I felt quite rushed at times, we were snowed under with all of the official paperwork and logistics to make sure that the project would go off without a hitch. Aside from that, we needed to be extra careful to make sure that we had the correct information for each donor.

PART 3

Let’s talk about teamwork.
Why is it important for children to learn about teamwork from a young age?

It’s crucial for youngsters to acquire the skills of working in groups from a young age, as young as two or three because humans are fundamentally social creatures. Learning to collaborate with their peers, young children will grow up to be successful both professionally and in their personal circles. I can reflect on this from my own childhood, and this has led me to a career in project management.

What can teachers and schools do to encourage learning teamwork?

Educators and learning institutions can motivate their pupils to acquire team player skills through many group activities and sports, such as working together on science projects, building a model volcano, and actively participating in basketball, football, and volleyball to name a few. By enabling them to enjoy these activities, students will pick up many of the social skills needed to get along in team settings.

How has technology been helping people to work more effectively in teams?

(Ideally, your answer also contains present perfect continuous)

Tech has been aiding people immensely in being more effective in their teamwork, whether organizing or executing the project, software such as Google Calendar and Zoom have been playing a key role in assisting collaborators across time and space to successfully complete work. In fact, I used both of these in our blood donation camp with my two colleagues.

Is this always more efficient? Why or why not?

That’s a tricky question to answer, please allow me a moment to think. (3-5) [Visualize a situation where you are using technology and not using technology]. I do believe that in many cases technology has indeed improved the efficiency of teamwork; however, there are certain instances where emotions may play a vital role in the group work process, such as lawyers working on a case together, or a group of therapists helping a patient where it would be much more efficient to be present in-person.

Let’s talk about leadership.
What are important characteristics for leaders to be successful in managing a team? Can you give some examples of this?

If there is a lack of leadership in a group, what may be the consequences? How can this be overcome?

What are some of the common difficulties that leaders often need to cope with? Can you elaborate?

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