Video: Speaking Part 3 Trick- How to Use Headlines!

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Today you’ll learn a high-scoring IELTS Speaking Part 3 trick about using the headlines to support your opinions.ielts speaking part 3 trick use headlines

On IELTS Speaking Part 3, many students are worried about how to effectively support their opinions and reasons.

You know you must provide specific examples, but what examples should you give?

Describing personal examples is always an option, as these can be easy to think of. Also, when we describe a personal memory, our pronunciation tends to be more expressive.

However, you can’t use personal examples in every answer!

Do you want to appear more mature and more informed than other students? Use real stories and examples that you have read or seen in the news. This DEFINITELY impresses the IELTS examiner!



Of course, in order to do this, you need to be living the culture of thinking. Read the newspaper, watch news on TV, and listen to talk radio.

As you watch today, write down the opinion phrases that I use instead of “I think”, high-level vocabulary, and specific examples I offer.

Question 1: Why are national celebrations important?

I say:

I feel that…


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Celebrations like the Fourth of July help people recognize their common history, which is vital today, due to the divisive reality among the right and left-wing American citizens. This truth can be seen in many headlines about our government today.

Question 2: How can teachers teach problem solving skills?

I say:

I’m of the mindset that…


I heard a story yesterday on NPR about a low-income school in Flagstaff, Arizona. 46 students from this school are attending the national chess championships this year. One of the students, an adorable 10-year old girl, said that chess helps her solve problems in real life, approaching it from a different perspective and strategically keeping the end goal in mind.

Practice answering these sample questions, using support from news that you have heard about!

How would you handle these questions on the IELTS Speaking Exam?

Share your answers in the comments section below!

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  • I just can’t stop working . Life is forcing me to be BUSY between work and family . My brain starts functioning as soon as I wake up . I don’t put off any work load and let the deadline fly by . Happiness is having the work done on time . Hardwork is in my DNA . Time is not given , it is taken with my pleasure . Feel freely with globally / socially growing trends but I just want to be literally ME !


  • Taeko

    “In the US being busy means that you are a slow worker, so it’s not very cool to tell the others you are busy. They enjoy free time a lot, different from you Japanese ”

    That is said in Japan, in the articles mostly in the internet.

    As I listened to this podcast, i found that was not actually true and people in the some religion of the States think in the same way. That’s really interesting 🙂

    I want to be born in Italy in the next life, if any!

  • Jake Amberson

    Hi from Turkey! when you ask someone how she/he is, they are most likely or maybe always say that they’re fine. this is an automaticly given answer.
    how are you -fine thanks, how are you? if you keep talking with them maybe then they say how they really are

  • Pattarasai Markpeng

    For Thai, being busy doesn’t refer to be wealthy or have higher level standard. It means nothing at all.

    However, if you have much free times while you can use many brand names products, travel abroad or have a expensive dinner. Those will classify you as a rich and smart person because you can earn many income with lower time.

  • Jara Zbrna

    In my country (The Czech Republic), if you ask someone “how are you?”, you probably get the answer “I cannot complain” or “Not so bad”. I think it comes from the comunist era when no one could be really fine 😉 It would have been suspicious if he/she would have been fine. Now we are one generation far away from comunist era and I think we try to say “I’m fine” more often and it’s nice to hear “I’m great” from time to time. But still … we could hide it somehow in irony. So you can hear something like “If i’m better I could not stand it” 😉 … In general, talking about busyness, I think people here try to look busy as in US. I agree with you that being busy looks like being more successful. It’s strange. I would say that being free and showing a higher status (by cloth, car etc..) should be clearer who’s successful and who’s not. But the world today is more about the words than about the facts.
    Thanks for your podcast. I say it in each of my posts … and I will keep saying it as long as you do such a great job 😉

  • neelam

    Yeah this generally happens to me,
    When people asks me about my how is my life going, I prefer to say I pretty busy these days, even after not having any work

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