IELTS Speaking Part 2 – A place you avoid going to

Talk about a place you avoid going to. 

You should say:

– Where is this place?

– What happens there?

– Who goes there?

– Why do you avoid this place?

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 topic statement/question twice so that you are absolutely clear on what you need to talk about. Then, read the questions carefully.

STEP 2 – Identify the category and the tenses 

Place 🡪 location, appearance, history, attendees, activities, experience  

Verb Tense 🡪 present (general) tense, present perfect

TOPIC = a place I avoid

Controlling = “all the other question answers”

STEP 3 – Think about 2-3 good ideas to respond with and pick the best one:

  1. Simple, 
  2. Lots of content
  3. Original (not every student is talking about it

My local public pool, my friend’s home, Sky Hill in Boqros, the local shopping mall

*Oasis Public Pool in my community. 

STEP 4 – Jot down notes that are useful

Location – 2km away, suburbs, next school

Appearance – indoor, large oval building, changing facilities, showers, gym, Olympic-size 50m, 10 lanes, 1 to 3m deep

History – built 10yrs ago. 

Attendees – locals, visitors, students, crowded, sick, ill

Activities (*don’t think about this generally BUT think about this in the context of the card.) – slippery, injury, catch sickness, drown,  

Experience – unsanitary, drowning, caught foot fungus, 

STEP 5 – Before your one-minute preparation time is up, prepare your first sentence using the topic statement. 

***Do NOT be too quick to give your Answer + Reason in Part 2 cue card as this often leads to repetition of ideas and an overall poor performance. Save your reasoning for after the introduction of your answer!


A location that I very much avoid visiting these days is the Oasis Public Pool which is just 2 kilometers from my house near my high school. This is an oval-shaped building with a large Olympic-sized swimming pool, it has 10 lanes that are 50 meters long. There are changing facilities as well as showers and diving boards. The pool is one meter at the shallow end and about 3 meters at the deep end. This pool is visited by hundreds of people each day, both locals and tourists. Not only children but also adults and the elderly go to this pool frequently. And, one of the reasons that I avoid going to this athletic center is because of the current pandemic situation and there are often sick people at the pool so I do not want to catch the flu, some foot fungus, or these days, especially, COIVD 19. Unfortunately, I have found that the pool is quite unsanitary, I don’t think it is cleaned as well as it should be and of course, the disease is spread very easily in water. In addition, I have never been a strong swimmer. In fact, about 10 years ago, I took some swimming lessons at Oasis pool and I almost drown. This experience has made me hesitant to go back there any time soon. I haven’t been there in over five years. The last time I remember going there was to watch my cousin’s swim competition. So definitely this is a facility that I steer clear of.

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