IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Family

***You should make eye contact right away! As this shows a genuine communication with confidence!

Examiner Questions: 

“Yes sure, here you are.” (mind of the examiner – Oh, here is another template candidate who is going to follow a recipe, and they are doing the minimum to pass = band 6.5 at most) 

May I see your identification?

Yes, gladly. Here is my passport that I registered with about a month ago, and here is the credentials page with my info 

(Mind of examiner = oh, what a pleasant surprise, here is a candidate who is here for a good conversation to show their best English)

What is your full name?

My given names are Ahmed and Zain, and my family name is AlZahrani, please just call me Ahmed, it’s what I’m most comfortable with.

Saying “first and second names” can be confusing because these change depending on the culture. 

Where do you live? (residence: house, apartment, — location: city,country)

I live in three-storey townhouse with my lovely wife and children not too far from the downtown core of Victoria, the capital of the province of British Columbia. I have been living here for the past three years.  

What do you do at weekends?

Well on Saturdays, I like to hang out with my friends. Last Saturday, I went bowling with two of my close mates and we had fun. Sundays, I mostly dedicate to family time, cooking up a good meal, going for some fun in the park and watching a family flick in the evenings. 


Let’s talk about your family.

Do you have sisters and brothers? (siblings) If so, how many?

Yes, I have two siblings, one elder and one younger brother. My older brother Raf is two years older than me, and I am three years older than my younger sibling Mario. I have a good relationship with both so I’m quite fortunate. 

What was it like growing up in your family?

*DO NOT distance the question/answer from yourself. Ex. “It was great growing up in my family as my parents love us very much. When people are loved, they tend to build confidence in life and this lets people….”

***It’s better, especially in part 1, to keep your answers personal.

It was fun and challenging to grow up in my family. As you may have realized I am a middle child, so some people say I have middle-child-syndrome which means that I am very competitive. Indeed, I always tried to one-up my siblings growing up. Nevertheless, I attribute my family dynamic to my successes in life. 

The youngest sibling in the family is often referred to as the “baby” in the family – they are often very spoiled or very neglected. 

Are your parents and grandparents from the same country as you? If not, where are they from?

Yes, both my parents and grandparents are from India, the same as myself. However, they have moved around various regions. My parents were born in Kerala, but my grandparents are from Uttar Pradesh. 

Why do you think the family connection is important?

Do you often spend time with cousins? [Why/Why not?]

Is family life important in your country? [Why/Why not?]

If you could take your family on a trip, where would you take them?

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