IELTS Speaking Part 1: emails and handwriting
- At work or in your studies, do you often write things?
Yes, I write a lot of emails as part of my job. I work for a company that has offices in several countries, so we use email to communicate.
- How often do you send e -mails?
I probably write between 5 and 10 work emails every day, and I send emails to friends or family a few times a week.
- Do you prefer to write by hand or on a computer?
It depends what I’m doing. I prefer the computer for most things because it’s faster and you can save or copy things, but I still like making notes or writing ideas down by hand.
- Do you think computers might on e day replace handwriting?
No, I think we will always write by hand as well. I think it’s an important skill, and schools will continue to teach children to write by hand before they learn to type.
The first part of the IELTS Speaking Test lasts around 4 to 5 minutes. The examiner asks about 10 questions related to you, your daily life and your interests. Common topics are hobbies, family, friends, food, music etc.
Part 1 questions are supposed to be easy, and the examiner must get through all of the questions in 5 minutes or less. That’s o nly about 30 seconds per question. If you try to give long answers, the examiner will interrupt you. My advice is to keep Part 1 answers very simple.
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