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IELTS® Speaking 3 Practice 13

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In part 3, it'll be a two-way discussion. The examiner will ask you further questions which are connected to the topic of Part 2. These questions are designed to give you an opportunity to discuss more abstract issues and ideas.

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    1. What are the types of food that people eat in your country.
    2. What about foreign food? What kinds of foreign food are popular in your country?
    3. In your country, is it important to have a meal together with your family?
    4. Is food now better than in the past?
    5. Let’s move on to diet and eating habits. Do you think our diet is important?
    6. What is a balanced diet?
    7. How are the eating habits now in your country different from eating habits in the past?
    8. How might eating habits change in coming decades?

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5.5 / 9
Fluency and Coherence
Grammatical Range and Accuracy
Lexical Resource (Vocabulary)
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Pronunciation   5/9

• can generally be understood throughout, though mispronunciation of individual words or sounds reduces clarity at times
• attempts to control features but lapses are frequent
• mispronunciations are frequent and cause some difficulty for the listener

Pronunciation is about how you form English sounds and how you use natural English intonation. Your pronunciation and intonation can damage your score if it is difficult for the raters to understand what you are saying.

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Vowel ɔ and ɑ ...
Vowel ʊ and u ...

Consonants Video Lesson
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Consonant d and t ...
Consonant g and k ...
Consonant dʒ and tʃ ...
Consonant v and f ...
Consonant ð and θ ...
Consonant s and z ...
Consonant ʃ and ʒ ...
Consonant m, n and ŋ ...
Consonant l and r ...
Consonant h, w and y ...

Fluency and Coherence   5/9

• usually maintains flow of speech but uses repetition, self correction and/or slow speech to keep going
• may over-use certain connectives and discourse markers
• produces simple speech fluently, but more complex communication causes fluency problems

Fluency and Coherence is about how quickly you can speak, how much pausing and hesitation you use, and how well you use connection words to develop and organize your talk. You don't have to speak quickly, but just quickly enough to sound natural and explain all of your ideas. Raters want to hear natural rhythm and flow.

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Unnatural Pauses and Hesitations Reduction Exercise

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Speech Pacing Exercise

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Grammatical Range and Accuracy    5.5/9

• uses a mix of simple and complex structures, but with limited flexibility • produces basic sentence forms with reasonable accuracy • sentences usually contain errors and may cause some comprehension problems

Correct grammar usage is about how you use English grammar and sentence structure. Raters want to see that you can use what you know correctly. Your grammar doesn't have to be perfect to score high, but mistakes shouldn't interfere with your meaning.

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Grammar topic Lesson
All past tenses ...
Present perfect tense ...
How to talk about future using right tenses ...
Mixed Verb Tenses in English: Conditionals and IF clauses ...

Lexical Resource (Vocabulary)    6/9

• has a wide enough vocabulary to discuss topics at length and make meaning clear in spite of inappropriacies
• generally paraphrases successfully

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Useful vocabulary for Part 1 questions about food

What do you like to eat?

I like ready meals because I am very busy and I always can find a 7-ELEVEN to heat up my dinner and be good for the night.

I really enjoy chinese cuisine and try to get it as much as possible, but sometimes all restaurants are closed and all I can get hold of is italian cuisine, which is fine, too.

I really enjoy poultry because they are so tasty and rich in flavour.

I really have a sweet tooth so I go in for candy when I can.

I really enjoy eating indian cuisine because I think indian cuisine is fit for a king. It is so tasty and rich in flavour.

Are there any types of food you don’t like?

No really. I can eat almost anything really, but I used to be a fussy eater when I was a kid.

I don’t like food with strong flavor. I prefer food that is a bit tasteless and bland.

Are there any types of food you avoid?

I will eat anything but my boyfriend follows a gluten-free diet, so we try to find a gluten-free restaurant when we decide to eat together.

What is your favorite meal of the year?

My favorite meal of the year is definitely a home-cooked meal for thanksgiving at my grandmother’s house because my grandmother’s cooking is divine. Her cooking is so good that everyone loves the food she makes.

Do you like to go to restaurants?

Yes! As a hardcore foodie I love to try new restaurants. I also like to wine and dine with my girlfriend on Friday night to enjoy our time together.

When time do you usually eat at work?

I am a very busy person and eating isn’t very important to me, so in the middle of my work day, I might grab a bite to eat, or have a quick snack before going back to work.

What do you like to eat after a long day?

I enjoy having a slap-up meal after a long stressful day because it makes me feel so happy and satisfied and forget about all the work I have to do that day.

When I work really hard, I like to treat myself to a gourmet meal of my favorite food at an expensive restaurant that serves my favorite food because I deserve it.

Do you eat a lot?

I try to eat a little bit at a time, but sometimes I can’t help but eat like a horse and take a long nap.

Yes! I like to order a pizza after work and scarf the whole pizza down.

Do you have a healthy diet?

Not really! I work hard - so hard that I forget to eat at times - and at the end of the day, I usually realise that I have worked up an appetite, so I feel really hungry and then I and then I binge on food like there is no tomorrow.

Yes! I try to steer clear of junk food. I try to eat a balanced diet so I am healthy and strong. I am also a vegetarian.

A ready meal is a prepackaged, fresh or frozen meal that only requires heating before being served.

Slap-up meal: a quick and fatty meal

To have a sweet tooth: to enjoy sugary food

fit for a king: of very high quality.

Fussy eater: someone who is very picky about the food and doesn't eat everything

Home-made meal: food cooked at home, usually implies that food is healthy

Quick snack: food eaten between regular meals

If you wine and dine someone, you usually take him or her out to dinner at a fancy restaurant.

Divine: extremely good

Grab a bite to eat: to eat something quickly

Quick snack: food eaten between regular meals

Slap-up meal: a quick and fatty meal

Gourmet: (of food) very high quality

To scarf means to eat something quickly and eagerly.

To eat a balanced diet: to eat the correct types and amounts of food

To eat like a horse means to eat lot.

To work up an appetite means to do something that will lead to hunger.

Below are vocabulary for describing different types of food textures:

Types of textures

Definition & Example


Definition: thick and soft

Example: yogurt


Definition: falling apart

Example: pie crust


Definition: oily

Example: pizza


Definition: creamy-like, but more solid than creamy

Example: Mozzarella sticks


Definition: little wet

Example: tofu


Definition: soft and pulpy

Example: banana, mashed potatoes