A sample IELTS presentation – How to get better at IELTS speaking


There are lots of sample IELTS presentations on youtube but watching these might not help you get better at giving your own presentation.

First – make sure you are familiar with the criteria that you will be marked on in the IELTS speaking exam. There are some excellent videos from the British Council here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H-WeY9GSf8

Download the worksheet here A sample IELTS presentation


Read the sample IELTS presentation and work through task 1. There aren’t any grammar mistakes in here, so the speaker will score well on grammatical accuracy.

Use the prompts on the second sheet to practise giving presentations. Record yourself on your phone and listen back to them – I know it sounds crazy! – but this will really help you understand the areas you need to develop!

Best of luck

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Giving a 2 minute presentation: IELTS Speaking

Giving a two minute presentation


It’s scary giving a presentation – even when you are sure about your subject and you have prepared well. In the IELTS speaking exam, you’ll be asked to speak for 2 minutes on a given topic (see some example cards on the opposite page). Here are some tips which will help you get the best in the exam.


Use your minute preparation time well. Spend your minute of preparation reading the questions card. Then…


Make notes – but not too many. Write down a few bullet points that come into your mind. You can write these on the question card. Be calm. If you run out of things to say during the presentation, look at what you wrote.


Use sequencing ideas and phrases – but not too much! During your presentation you might like to use a few phrases or words that let the examiner know how you have structured your presentation. Phrases such as ‘Firstly, secondly…’ will clearly explain where you are in your presentation and make you look more confident.


Develop your ideas. When you are speaking try to expand on the bullet point notes that you made in the first minute. Use complex sentences to explain the ideas and explore them as you speak, showcase your use of grammatical tenses and clever words.


Don’t overuse phrases. If you have any expressions you use too much such as ‘you know’ or ‘like..’ or ‘…you know what I mean’, stop using them. Using them once or twice is fine, but overusing such phrases will make you look nervous and stop you using good sentences will conjunctions or linking words. You don’t have much time, try not to waste it repeating set phrases.


Be formal. IELTS is a formal test of your English.


You’re not a rocket scientist. The phrase ‘It’s not rocket science’ is a common idiom meaning you shouldn’t think something simple is complex. As a student or an academic, you might actually be a rocket scientist or a biologist or a chemical engineer. If you are, you will know that in the world of academia, your facts and opinions need to be well thought out and backed up by formal arguments. In the IELTS speaking exam however, you don’t have to worry about your ideas being thought out exactly, so don’t worry if your presentation doesn’t have perfectly logical ideas. IELTS wants to test your knowledge of English, not how intelligent you are.


Body language. Sit up straight look confident, smile and speak loudly and clearly, this will help you feel better and more in control.


Don’t panic. You have spent a long time getting as good as you are at English. Now it’s time to show what you can do. Take a deep breath and do your best.


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Banksy – Graffiti PowerPoint Presentation and Discussion


Here’s the Banksy PowerPoint show https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/banksy.pptx

Many many years ago when I lived and taught in the industrial town of Szolnok, Hungary. Someone wrote a very large bit of graffiti across the bottom of our tower-block. In big, white letters, at least a foot high, the artist wrote ‘I’m still love you’. Ever since then, I’ve been on the look out for incorrect English in graffiti, something with isn’t confined to places that don’t speak English as their first language.

Here’s a PowerPoint presentation for intermediate learners on the much loved and hyped graffiti artist, Banksy.https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/banksy.pptx

I’d highly recommend his website http://www.banksy.co.uk/ and his book ‘Wall and Piece’. Instructions on how to run the lesson are below.

1. Before you start ask students what they think about graffiti in general, do they think it’s art or just vandalism? You might like to talk about any specific bits of graffiti you all know about.

2. Put students into groups or pairs and show them the slide show. Get them to discuss the following questions for each picture.

  • Describe the picture to each other?
  • Is there anything strange about the picture? What?
  • Is the picture trying to tell us anything political

3. When students have seen and discussed all the pictures, go through them again and elict any interesting information from the students. Lots of the pictures ARE political and need quite a lot of explaining.