IELTS Part 2 & 3 Sample Band 9 – Topic: Describe a TV program

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Describe a TV program
You should say:
• What the TV program is
• How you know it
• What it is like
• Why you like it

Band 9 Sample:
I’m going to talk about “Who wants to be a millionaire”, one of my favorite TV shows ever. As far as I can remember, it was originally a UK TV Game Show, and it made its first debut in my country around 10 years ago.

This was kind of a quiz show in which contestants have to go through a set of 15 questions with increasing difficulty. The first 5 questions are pretty silly really, and they always give me and my family a good laugh. Contestants are given 4 lifelines to aid them with difficult questions, and most of them are usually used up when the contestant reaches around question 7 or 8. The entire show is a sea of knowledge. Many questions from different fields are asked, ranging from trivial things like ingredients needed to make cookies to academic stuff like quantum physics and archeology.

You know, I’m quite a curious man, so back when I was a high school kid, I hardly missed an episode. When the Internet became available in Vietnam, I started to watch the UK and US version as well, and knowledge acquired from those shows were really helpful to me in many of my high school knowledge quizzes.

Vocabulary highlights:
• Debut: The first public appearance of something
• Give somebody a good laugh: Make someone laugh in excitement
• A sea of knowledge: a lot of knowledge

 

IELTS Speaking Part 3

 Do young people like to watch TV nowadays?
I would say no. The Internet is a much better option; everything from films and TV series to music is available on the Net, some of which are free of charge (or at least in my country I think). Young people, with their smartphones in hand, no longer feel the need to watch TV.

 What kind of TV programs do young people like?
Mostly soap operas, I believe. More women watch TV than men do, and romances are their favorites. Also, cartoons are popular among kids, and students in Vietnam also love quiz shows.

 Do you think TV will be replaced by computers?
Yes, it’s very likely. I can see that coming really. The Internet has been a much better option; everything from films and TV series’ to music is available on the Net, some of which are free of charge. Young people, with their smartphones in hand, no longer feel the need to watch TV. I would call it the “natural” selection of technology.

 What do you think about TV advertisements?
TV commercials help us to know about stuff we need to buy, so I think it’s pretty useful. However, at times it can be very annoying when it interrupts our favorite shows.

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