In IELTS Speaking Part 1, the Examiner will introduce themselves and then ask you some basic questions on a range of familiar subjects which will last between 4-5 minutes. The Examiner may ask you to talk about your town. In today’s IELTS tips, we look at how best to talk about your town with the IELTS Examiner in English.

Common Questions

Have a look at the following questions and practise answering them in your own words. Perhaps record yourself and listen to your answer and improve your pronunciation.

  • Can you describe your town or village to me?
  • What jobs do people in your town do?
  • What things are there to do in your town in your free time?
  • What do you like or dislike about your town?
  • How has the town changed over the last ten or twenty years?

How To Extend Your Answer

When you think about your answer to the questions above, try to use a range of vocabulary and grammatical structures. Also consider how you can extend your answer. For example if the Examiner asks you, “Can you describe your town or village to me?”, do not just give a one sentence answer but try to develop your answer. Think about particular places of interest, any tourist attractions or places you tend to visit during the week.

Common Places In A Town

When talking about your town, you need to know some common words related to town or tourist attractions. Try to learn these and how best to incorporate them within your speaking.

  • Post Office
  • Town Hall
  • Library
  • Seafront / Beach
  • River
  • Park
  • Football / Rugby / Sports Stadium
  • Shops: Bakery / Bookshop / Florist
  • Bank
  • Restaurant

Common Things In Your Town

There are some things that you can do in your town or village which you could share with the Examiner. These could include going for a walk in the park or along the seafront, going to a restaurant with friends, going for a picnic in a park, and playing sports.

Grammar To Include

When describing your town or village, it is important to use present tenses to describe how the town is currently. If you are trying to describe how your town or village was (“How has the town changed over the last ten or twenty years?”), then it is important to use the Past Simple tense or make comparisons using both the past and present tenses.

Other grammar that you should include when talking about your town could include prepositions of place (‘opposite the … is the …’, ‘next to the … is the …’, ‘in between … and … is the …’, etc.). This will demonstrate to the Examiner that you are able to use a variety of phrases and forms to help you describe your town.


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