IELTS Speaking: an antique or an old object

Here is an IELTS Speaking Part2 topic:

Describe an antique or an old object that your family has kept for a long time.

You should say:

 - what it is

 - how your family first got this thing

 - how long your family has had it

and explain why it is important to your family.


Here is an sample answer given by John, an IELTS teacher from Australia.


Ok right then, well after a bit of thought, the object that I’d like to talk about is my piano, as it’s probably the oldest thing we have in our family.


And as for how we first got it, well I’m honestly not that sure, because it’s been in the family for as long as I can remember. Butthink I’m right in saying that my grandparents bought it, although I never actually asked them. And they passed the piano down to me, because I’m the only one of their grandchildren who plays the piano, so I feel very fortunate and grateful to have it.


Anyway, regarding the importance of it, well, simply speaking, I’d say it’s extremely important, at least for me personally, the main reason being that it has a very strong sentimental value to me. You know, whenever I play the piano, it reminds me of my grandparents, especially my grandma, who used to always play it and sing to me when I was little.


So it really means a lot to me, and although it doesn’t sound as good as lot of pianos, I wouldn’t change it for any other! Because um, how can I put it……um… I guess what I’m trying to say is thatto me, it’s more than just a piano, you know, it’s a kind of memento and something to remember my grandparents by.


So yeah, that’s pretty much it.

IELTS Writing: topic about “extreme sports”

Here is an IELTS writing topic that my students have been discussing:

Some sports are dangerous. Why people still take part in these sports? What can be done to reduce the dangers?

Here is my brainstorming:

  • Extreme sports cover all kinds of adventure activities like snowboarding, rock climbing, surfing, skydiving, and the like. There is something about an extreme sport that attracts men and women to take that plunge and just go for it. Some do it for the sense of challenge and fulfillment, while others do it to relieve pressure.
  • Whether one is young, old, or on the verge of being a senior citizen, the drive to push the envelope rages.
  • Through extreme sports, we receive a sense of pleasure and achievement.
  • It is a way to prove themselves to their peers.
  • Extreme sport athletes feed on the competition and the respect that comes with being able to overcome the hurdles of each event.
  • At the same time, engaging in extreme sports is stress released by your adrenal glands.
  • You would feel pump of adrenaline when you're seated in a roller coaster or scurrying to meet a deadline.
  • That heightened sensation of pressure building up in your chest, to your blood coursing through your veins at top speed, is what drives extreme sport lovers.
  • Safety first is a rule to live by in any activity but with extreme sports, safety becomes a very prominent issue. Each extreme sport has its own set of rules and safety guidelines that should be followed to reduce the occurrence of injury or fatalities. For example, weather and equipment condition are vital factors which must be put into serious consideration before commence skydiving.