The cue card question
An older person
Talk about an older person you admire.
You should say:
who this person is
how long you have known him/her
what qualities he/she has
and say why you admire him/her
Read the model answer
I’m going to tell you about one of my teachers who taught me in middle school. He was a great influence on me and someone I still admire and look up to – a real role model.
Who he is
Barry – that’s his name – taught me Geography and Biology for about 2 years I guess. He was also my form teacher and so we saw lot of each other when I was at school. Like quite a few teachers he hadn’t been a teacher all of his life – in fact he’d had a successful career in the army before he took up teaching. That I think is what made him a little different from the rest of the staff – he had a lot of outside interests in life.
How long I have known him
As I was saying he taught me at middle school when was I around 11 or 12. But our relationship went much further than that. He became something of a family friend and he still comes to visit us quite often and he’s even shared Christmas Day with us once or twice. So I suppose you could say we have known each other for over 20 years now – though naturally I see much less of him now that I have moved away from home.
He has lots of qualities. For example, he was a strong disciplinarian at school and insisted that everyone tidied their desk and was polite. But his greatest quality for me is his sense of humour and enthusiasm. When we used to have lessons with him he was able to make a class of small boys want to learn because he wouldn’t just tell us funny stories he would show how us how enjoyable studying nature could be – even though I had no real interest in the subject.
Why I admire him
Why do I look up to him so much? Well, if I was a teacher I’d want to be just like him – someone who is able to make other people want to learn.
Structure your answer
One simple way – and perhaps the best way – to structure your answer is to follow each point on the cue card in turn and talk about that. This allows you to break your answer up into small sections – where you briefly develop a point.
See the linking language in blue
In part 2 you should try and link your ideas together to extend what you say. This will make it easier for you to keep talking and also make your answer more coherent.
Keep your links simple
To make this work you want to use simple linking language. See how often I use these words
Test yourself on the topic language