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This lesson is prepared as a part of the topic Study English with your passion and Myths about learning English, which are introduced on Timeline Learning Platform

Before answer the sample questions (the common ones from IELTS Speaking Test), you should learn the single phrases and make your own example using these. Answering each question basing the suggested words is the second step.  

(Bài học này được biên soạn như một phần trong chủ đề Học tiếng Anh bằng niềm đam mêNhững ảo tưởng về học tiếng Anh. Cả hai chủ đề này đều được giới thiệu tại trang Timeline Learning.

Trước khi trả lời những câu hỏi mẫu mà bạn hay gặp trong đề thi IELTS, bạn nên học từng cụm từ và tạo các câu ví dụ sử dụng chúng. Sau đó, bạn hãy thử trả lời các câu hỏi bằng cách áp dụng những từ vựng được gợi ý)


Part 1 – sample questions

  • Which languages do you speak?
  • Do you think it’s important for children to learn a foreign language?
  • When did you start learning a foreign language?
  • Do you enjoy learning languages?
  • What activity do you find most useful for learning English?
  • What do you find most difficult about learning English?
  • Are there any other languages you would like to learn in the future?

Part 2 – sample task card

Describe a conversation you had which was important to you.

You should say:

  • when the conversation took place
  • who you had the conversation with
  • what the conversation was about

and explain why the conversation was important to you.

Part 3 – sample questions

  • What are the main differences between spoken and written communication?
  • To what extent do you think the media influences how people communicate with each other?
  • Do you think there are differences in the way men and women communicate?
  • Do you think that people become better communicators as they get older?
  • Do you agree that education has a strong and positive effect on people’s ability to communicate effectively?
  • What impact has the growth of technology had on the way people communicate and how do you think this will develop in the future?


Useful vobularies

Modern forms of communication

  • speaking / talking / chatting face-to-face
  • speaking / talking / chatting on the phone / by mobile phone / by skype
  • sending a text message/an SMS / texting
  • sending / writing an email
  • using an electronic messaging service
  • social networking
  • video-conferencing

Non-verbal forms of communication

  • lip-reading
  • using body language
  • using sign language
  • using hand gestures / signals
  • using facial expressions

Informal utterances = Informal sayings

  • Give me a call/ring/bell/buzz
  • Call / ring / phone me
  • Send me a text / an email / a whatsapp
  • Text me / email me
  • Drop me a line
  • Keep me posted
  • Let me know
  • Keep / stay in touch
  • I’ll be in touch

Other forms of communication

  • making / giving a speech
  • speaking in public / public speaking
  • giving a lecture / lecturing
  • giving a seminar / presentation
  • giving / having / conducting an interview
  • having / maintaining a dialogue/conversation/discussion
  • having an argument

Reasons for communicating

  • giving a demonstration / demonstrating
  • giving instructions / instructing
  • asking for/giving directions / directing
  • asking for/giving advice / advising
  • making a complaint / complaining
  • making small talk / building social relations / exchanging pleasantries
  • exchanging/defending/challenging views/opinions
  • requesting/supplying information
  • gossiping / spreading rumours

Effective communication skills

  • maintaining eye-contact
  • projecting your voice
  • varying your intonation
  • punctuating your sentences
  • emphasizing / repeating key words
  • engaging the listener
  • asking rhetorical questions : câu hỏi tu từ (*)
  • using discourse markers: sử dụng diễn ngôn (từ vựng thêm vào để nhấn mạnh) (* *)

Sentence starter

  • In my view…
  • In my opinion…
  • From my point of view…
  • In my experience/case…
  • As I see it…
  • Personally, I think…
  • I believe / feel that…
  • For me personally…
  • As far as I’m concerned…


(*) Rhetorical Questions

Rhetorical Questions with Obvious Answers

These types of rhetorical questions are often asked to emphasize a point:

  • Is the pope catholic?
  • Is rain wet?
  • You didn't possibly think I would say yes to that did you?
  • Do you want to be a big failure for the rest of your life?
  • Does a bear poop in the woods?
  • Can fish swim?
  • Can birds fly?
  • Do dogs bark?
  • Do cats meow?
  • Do pigs fly?
  • Is hell hot?
  • Are you stupid?
  • There is no point, is there?
  • Is there anyone smarter than me?
  • Can we do better next time?
  • Do you want to be a success in this world?
  • Is this supposed to be some kind of a joke?
  • Are you kidding me?
  • Do liars lie?

Rhetorical Questions That Have No Answers

  • What is the meaning of life?
  • Why do we go on?
  • What's the matter with kids today?
  • There's no hope, is there?
  • How much longer can this injustice continue?
  • How many times do I have to tell you not to yell in the house?
  • Why me?
  • But who's counting?
  • Who cares?
  • Why bother? 
  • How should I know?
  • Could I possibly love you more?

When a Rhetorical Question Would be Asked

  • Your girlfriend asks if you love her. You say "Is the pope catholic?" to suggest that it is obvious you love her. 
  • A parent is arguing with a child about the importance of good grades. The parent says "Do you want to live at home in the basement for the rest of your life?"
  • Two men are having a disagreement in a bar. One says "Do you want me to punch you in the face?"
  • A woman tells her husband she is pregnant and shows him the pregnancy test. He says "Are you serious?"
  • A student fails to bring in his homework assignment. The teacher keeps him after class and says "Can we do better next time?"
  • A boss is yelling at his staff member for a major mistake. He says "Do you want to get fired?"
  • A child is asking for a very expensive toy. His parent says "Do you think that money just grows on trees?"
  • A friend asks if you like hamburgers, which are your favorite meal. You say "Is rain wet?" 


(* *) Discourse Markers - Linking Your Ideas in English- By Kenneth Beare, About.com Guide

Some words and phrases help to develop ideas and relate them to one another. These kinds of words and phrases are often called discourse markers. Note that most of these discourse markers are formal and used when speaking in a formal context or when presenting complicated information in writing.

Một số từ và nhóm từ giúp triển khai những ý tưởng và kết nối chúng vào nhau. Những loại ừ/nhóm từ nầy thường được gọi là Discourse Makers (Diễn ngữ Nhấn Mạnh)

with regard to; regarding; as regards; as far as ……… is concerned, as for : Nói về, về phần

These expressions focus attention on what follows in the sentence. This is done by announcing the subject in advance. As regards and as far as………is concerned usually indicate a change of subject


   -  His grades in science subjects are excellent. As regards humanities …

   -  With regard to the latest market figures we can see that ... Thông qua những con số mới nhất của thị trường..

   -  Regarding our efforts to improve the local economy, we have made ...Về chuyện những nổ lực của chúng ta cố gắng nâng cao kinh tế nội địa..

   -  As far as I am concerned, we should continue to develop our resources. Theo mức độ làm tôi thấy quan tâm thì...

-  As for John's thoughts, let's take a look at this òort he sent me. Về phần những suy nghĩa của John..


on the other hand; while; whereas : Trong khi mà.. Trong khi đó.. Đồng thời lúc nầy/đó..

These expressions give expression to two ideas which contrast but do not contradict each other.: Những diễn ngữ nầy diễn tả hai ý tưởng khác nhau nhưng không tương phản.


   -  Football is popular in England, while in Australia they prefer cricket.

   -  We've been steadily improving our customer service center. On the other hand our shipping department needs to be redesigned.

   -  Jack thinks we're ready to begin whereas Tom things we still need to wait.


however, nonetheless, nevertheless: Thế nhưng, tuy nhiên, vậy mà..

All these words are used to present two contrasting ideas.


   -  Smoking is proved to be dangerous to the health. Nonetheless, 40% of the population smokes.

   -  Our teacher promised to take us on a field trip. However, he changed his mind last week.

   -  Peter was warned not to invest all of his savings in the stock market. Nevertheless, he invested and lost everything.


moreover, furthermore, in addition : hơn thế nữa, thêm vào đó là...

We use these expressions to add information to what has been said. The usage of these words is much more elegant than just making a list or using the conjunction 'and'. Nhóm từ nầy dùng để bổ sung thông tin cho những điều đã được phát biểu. Cách dùng nghe thanh lịch hơn dùng liên-từ "and".


   -  His problems with his parents are extremely frustrating. Moreover, there seems to be no easy solution to them.

   -  I assured him that I would come to his presentation. Furthermore, I also invited a number of important òresentatives from the local chamber of commerce.

   -  Our energy bills have been increasing steadily. In addition to these costs, our telephone costs have doubled over the past six months.



Nguồn: IpassIELTS.com