IELTS Energy 646: Stories and Pivots in Samples for Speaking Part 3

Today you’ll learn hear successful pivots in samples for Speaking Part 3 when answering questions about reading habits.

This is useful in all parts of the Speaking Exam, and you’ll hear examples of pivoting in today’s group of IELTS questions about reading in Speaking Part 3.

Make sure to listen to how Lindsay and Jessica answer the questions today, and then practice the questions yourself.

Remember to just be honest on the exam. If adults in your country don’t read a lot, say that!

Speaking Part 3 Question: Do adults in your country like to read in their free-time?

Notes from Lindsay’s answer:

  • I would answer this question in the affirmative.
  • beyond just books (good for pivoting)
  • how-to books
  • that is fostered depending on our families
  • To conclude, I think that…

Speaking Part 3 Question: What are the benefits of reading fiction and non-fiction?

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Notes from Jessica’s answer:

  • benefits that overlap between the two
  • it’s going to bleed into other areas of our lives (great idiom!)
  • as opposed to other areas
  • the imaginative aspect
  • making ends meet… facts and figures
  • alongside crazy characters in a cafe of poets

Speaking Part 3 Question: How could more adults be encouraged to read novels?

Notes from Lindsay’s answer:

  • they’re scattered…all over the place
  • stories above all
  • this genre of true crime
  • grab onto that
  • really gripped adults
  • actively take part in
  • engage people in stories

In that answer, Lindsay mentions the Serial podcast. The first season was truly groundbreaking.

Jessica then mentions a famous true crime novel, about the Manson family, called Helter Skelter.

Note in that last answer how Lindsay pivots to podcasts from novels.

As long as you make it clear that you are headed in a different direction in your answer, you’re good!

Finally, Jessica and Lindsay talk about a podcast that was turned into an Amazon show called Homecoming. Both are amazing!

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