In Part 1 of the IELTS speaking test you have to talk about 3 topics – your hometown or your work/study AND two more familiar topics. You are expected to talk fluently and easily for 4 or 5 minutes. Part 1 tends to focus on the present tense.

Some common questions on the hometown topic are:
*Let’s talk about your home town or village.
*What kind of place is it?
*What’s the most interesting part in your hometown?
*What kind of jobs do the people in your town do?
*Would you say it is a good place to live? Why?

Some things you should know about this topic are:
– the name of the hometown, where it is located, what it looks like, interesting areas such as parks, buildings, shopping areas and historical areas of interest
– jobs that your hometown may be known for, special jobs particular to your hometown, common or usual jobs to be found, uncommon jobs
– reasons why it is a good place to live such as clean air, beautiful scenery, great shopping, safe and secure or reasons why it is not a good place to live such as pollution, unemployment, lack of facilities for easy living

Because it is your hometown, it should be really familiar to you and you should have very little trouble talking about it. It’s a good idea to make notes about your hometown when you are practicing answers or write things you would like to say. However, you must practice saying your answers out aloud as this is a speaking test and you will be tested on how naturally and fluently you speak.

You can record yourself on audio to see how you sound, practice with a friend (get them to ask you the questions), or practice with a teacher or online coach. The more questions you are asked, the more practice you will have in answering.

In my next article I will talk about the topics of work or study that will help you prepare for the IELTS speaking test in Part 1.

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