Speaking Part 1 - Work

In this post, you will see one of the most common IELTS speaking topics (work) and sample answers.

Please remember that in the actual test you should give honest answers and talk about your own experiences, thoughts, feelings and opinions. Do not try to memorise answers, as the examiners will probably be able to guess and you will lose marks.

However, you are able to make up information to extend your answers, but be sure that you are confident when speaking about the chosen topic and that it is believable.

TIP >> Each answer should be at least 2-3 sentences long.

TIP >> Listen carefully to the question so that you answer in the correct tense. 

TIP >> When answering a yes/no question - answer then give your reasons for your answer. You must extend your answer to gain more marks. 

TIP >> Just relax and think of it as a regular conversation you are having, make eye contact and be positive. 

Take a look at the questions and sample answers below on the topic of 'work' >>


Q: Do you work or study?

A: I work at the moment but I continue my studies at the same time. I continue to learn through courses and gain new qualifications every year, this means my knowledge is always up to date. 

Q: What do you do?

A: I am a teacher and a freelance writer. I write for various people around the world, blogging and creating copy for websites and social media accounts. 

Q: Why did you choose this kind of work?

A: It is interesting and allows me to be creative daily. Teaching is a fantastic way to help people to achieve their goals and writing allows me to pursue other avenues that lead to my work being seen by a wider audience. 

Q: Do you enjoy your work?

A: Yes I do, it is always exciting to meet new students and to help them on their learning journey. Writing is also a fun way to let my imagination free and to research topics that interest me, like interior design, architecture and fine art. 

Q: What are your responsibilities?

A: I am responsible for seeing that students meet their desired targets and that they improve under my tuition. I am also responsible for many websites, blog ideas, SEO, social media and other copy related tasks.  

Q: What will you do in the future?

A: In the future, I would like to be able to expand my teaching responsibilities and to have more student groups. I also want to write a book, a fiction novel or two!

Q: What do you do after work?

A: I normally cook dinner, relax and walk my dog. Depending on my schedule, I might have plans with friends to meet for a coffee or shopping. In summer I go to the beach for a couple of hours then return home to cook dinner.

Q: What are the advantages of having your own business rather than working for someone else?

A: The benefits of having your own business are that you are able to make the decisions, do whatever you want to do and take responsibility for everything. This also means that you can ultimately be responsible for all of the major agreements.

Q: What do you like/dislike about your job?

A: The thing I like most about my job is being able to help people achieve their goals. I also like the flexibility, as I am responsible for my own schedule. I don't like the number of hours I sometimes work, but it can be necessary.


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