IELTS Speaking Part 3 – Awards – Band 9

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Talk about someone you personally know who has won a big award.

Who is this person, and what is his/her relationship to you?
What award did they receive and when?
How did they achieve this award?
Why do you think they deserve this award?

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.

*Be careful to use ‘obviously’ as a leading expression – it is smug and can be quite impolite. 

Q: Will you apply for this Fullbright Scholarship in the future as well?

Definitely, it won’t hurt to try, right? I have a decent GPA and I’ve been preparing for my master’s studies in Canada for some time, and this scholarship would certainly help. 

Q: What experiences has Diego shared about the University of Toronto?

Q: Have you ever received a big award like Diego?

IELTS Speaking questions are such that ALL people should be able to answer them. If you think “I have no idea.” It’s not true! You just simply haven’t thought about it the right way. 


Let’s talk about awards.

What are some different types of international awards that people can earn?

There are several different kinds of global prizes to acknowledge the skills of various talented people, such as intellectual awards in science, the most famous of these being the Noble Prize, as well as athletic awards such as Olympic Gold Medals, and certain social awards as well for having a great impact on the community.  

Which is the most prestigious? – if you do not know for sure the meaning of ‘prestigious’ – you can confirm your idea by paraphrasing.

“Just to be clear, you’re asking me which of these awards is the most coveted (most sought after, most valuable, most respected, held in the highest regard.)”

Arguably, the most coveted award around the globe is the Nobel Peace Prize because it not only reflects the extraordinary achievement of an individual but it also represents the highest level of humanitarian effort whereby individuals, like St. Terresa, are recognized as shining examples of ethics and drive to elevate humanity into a truly sentient species. 

Why is it important to award people in society? 

It is vital to recognize accomplished individuals in society by presenting them with a prize as this not only validates their efforts but also further encourages the individual and others to pursue greatness in that field. Just like my friend Diego receiving his Fullbright Scholarship has motivated me to engage my studies and apply for this scholarship in the future.  

Is this always a positive practice? (Is it always positive practice to award people?)

Most of the time, I do believe that giving an award benefits the individual and society, as I had explained in my previous answers. However, I have heard of instances where awards were given for achievements which were harmful to people such as the Nobel Prize for frontal lobotomies back in the 70s. It can also be counterproductive when children are given prizes for suboptimal performances as this is misleading to the effort that’s actually required for excellence. 

Who receive the greatest money rewards these days and why? Is this good or bad?

Let’s talk about competition.

Humans are very competitive by nature. Is this good or bad?

What kinds of competitions have become popular these days that did not exist before? What competitions are no longer around that existed in the past?

At times people cheat to win. What are the reasons that motivate people to cheat in competition? How can cheating be discouraged?

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