IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Transportation

*TIP – While you practice during this lesson, make sure to SPEAK – move the jaw, the tongue, your lungs, your face; the physiology of speech is VERY important for fluent and clear communication. 

Examiner Questions:


May I see your identification?

Yes, by all means, here is my passport that I’ve used for registration, please take a look. 

What is your full name?

My First name is Iris and my middle name is Jenny, and my family name is Johansen, please refer to me by my middle name, Jenny, this is what I go by these days. 

Do you work or study?

I’ve been both working and studying these past few years. I’m a cashier at my local grocery store and I’ve been learning to become a registered nurse. Of course, I’m also hitting the books so that I can get a good band score on this IELTS exam. 

What do you do at the weekends? *INCLUDE examples smoothly (just say the example!)

Well, on Saturdays I like to be physically active, so I either go the pool with my family for a swim or go out for a hike. However, on Sundays, I like to have a bit of downtime and just relax, so I usually watch a flick and read a book. Just last week I started to read The Hobbit, which is a fantasy novel. 

Let’s talk about transportation.

Do you know how to drive a car?

Yes, I do. I’ve had my license for over a decade and I’ve been commuting to and from work with my little Honda hatchback for the past six years. 

How often do you ride the bus?

I seldom take the city bus anywhere because as I’d just mentioned I’ve been driving my own car for some years now. I would say that I’ve taken the bus about once or twice in the last five years. The most recent was when my car was in for service and I needed to get to work on a rainy day. 

Which is your favorite type of transportation? Why?

If I had to choose, I would say that my favorite way to commute is on a bike, and I mean a pedal bike not a motorbike. The reason for this is I can not only get to many places quickly in my city via the bike paths, but I also improve my health while protecting the environment and I’m not dependent on any kind of fuel other than my physical strength. In fact, I bike to work every chance I get. 

Where can you catch the nearest train in your area?

How has public transportation changed in the past 100 years?

When you ride a bicycle, what should you do to stay safe?

If a person is riding a bike, they should always wear a helmet to protect them from head injury, as well, they should follow the rules of the road, make sure to signal other drivers when they turn or stop. And finally, if people ride their bikes during darker hours of the day, they should make sure to have reflective gear and lights so that other vehicles can clearly see them.  

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