Describe a course that impressed you a lot IELTS cue card

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a course that impressed you a lot.

You should say:

What the course was about?
Where you took the course?
What you did during the course?
And explain why it impressed you a lot?

Note: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

Model Answers and follow up questions to describe a course that impressed you a lot IELTS cue card:

Model Answer 1:

Introduction:
Well, to learn new skills people often attend some short-term courses and I too have attended many of these.

What the course was about?
Here I would like to talk about the one which impressed me the most and it was a two weeks Cookery course that I attended last year.

Where you took the course?
Cooking is an essential skill to possess for all, regardless of gender and age, so to be able to cook food I decided to join this course at an institute in my city. I got impressed by the leaflet I found in the newspaper which stated, become an expert cook in 10 days. Since, I wanted to try my luck in cooking so without thinking much I joined. There were around 10 others in the group and we all were age mates, so I started to enjoy it from day one.

What you did during the course?
The trainer got us familiar with some of the most common ingredients and taught us the basics. The course was well planned and structured that we learnt cooking Indian curries, snacks, desserts and some international food items. We also learnt some kitchen hacks and some instant recipes to prepare food in no time.

And explain why it impressed you a lot?
I was really impressed the way our trainer taught us and his friendly behaviour because of which we could enjoy the lessons.

Conclusion:
Today, I can prepare food for myself and my family especially when my mother is not well. In addition, I am planning to move abroad for my higher study and this skill is going to benefit in long run and the credit goes to the short course I joined and I would definitely recommend others to join this interesting course.

Model Answer 2:

Introduction:
In the recent past, there is one course that is very unique and which has genuinely impressed me a lot. The name of the course is “The science of well-being”.

What the course was about?
This course is about happiness and ways to be happy. It also teaches about offering gratitude and being generous. The course also offers a different kinds of meditations and practical activities.

Where you took the course?
I took this course through an online application. The name of the application is Coursera. It is a very popular application and it offers many useful courses on its online platform. This course had prerecorded videos and student-friendly reading material and assignments. It is offered by Yale University every year and it has many experienced instructors who teach this course.

What you did during the course?
I had amazing and enriching experiences while doing this course. The duration of the course was ten weeks and I indulged in different activities during this time. I started a gratitude journal, did acts of kindness to strangers, made lots of social connections and practised meditation. I also heard a lot of videos and read articles on happiness as well. This course impressed me a lot because of many reasons. I did so many novel things which I had never done before while I studied this course.

And explain why it impressed you a lot?
I realized that the ultimate purpose of a human being’s life is to live a meaningful and good life. Another reason why I was impressed was that almost 3 million people across the world had enrolled for this course during the pandemic.

Conclusion:
Finally, this course changed a lot within me and I was really a happier human being after doing this course. I would recommend this course to all my friends.

Model Answer 3:

Introduction:

  • I took a photography course last month which really impressed me a lot.
  • I have always been interested in photography and I like taking pictures with my smartphone and camera.
  • My brother got me a digital DSLR camera on my birthday this year.
  • I have used a point-and-shoot camera before but never used a DSLR camera.
  • It had so many features and a big lens and at first, it looked very daunting.
  • I started to take pictures in auto mode but was not able to understand the manual settings.

What the course was about?

  • My brother advised me to take a digital photography course to get started.
  • Ever since the pandemic, the number of online courses has increased globally.

Where you took the course?

  • I was able to find many online courses related to digital photography on websites like Skillshare and Udemy
  • I bought the Photography Masterclass course on Udemy. It had a lot of good reviews and was recommended by many students.
  • This course had over 25 hours of videos and everything was explained thoroughly with a lot of visual and written examples.
  • All the instructors were very knowledgeable and started from the very basics.

What you did during the course?

  • I learnt about aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, lens and camera workings, F-stop, ISO, etc.
  • I also learnt to take photographs in different scenarios like landscapes, family portraits, wildlife.
  • It helped me understand the importance of lighting in photography and when to use flash vs natural lighting.
  • In all, it was very comprehensive, easy to follow along with, and made learning very fun.
  • It had activities at the end of every lesson, and I had to put what I had learned into practice.
  • It gave me the confidence to take my camera off auto mode and use manual settings.

And explain why it impressed you a lot?

  • I was very impressed with the kind of pictures I was taking by the end of this course.
  • I was also able to edit pictures using the techniques I learnt in this course.
  • Even the photographs I took with my smartphone were better than before.

Conclusion:

  • It truly helped me be a better photographer and I will recommend it to anyone who wants to learn photography.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “describe a course that impressed you a lot”.

1. Why do some people have a better memory?
The human brain is very complex, and it is very difficult to understand why some people have a better memory than others. Part of the reason can be genetics and some people are just born with better memory. But at the same, I think memory is like a muscle and can be trained. People can use many techniques to train their memories to be better.

2. Which can help people remember things better, words or photos?
Yes, images are far more memorable than words. We are all familiar with saying “a picture speaks a thousand words”. Words are hard to remember because they’re abstract and our brains can’t easily latch onto them. On the other hand, our brains store and recall images much more easily.

3. Can technology help people remember things better? How?
I don’t think that technology helps people remember things better. In fact, relying on technology means we don’t need to remember very much. We can just set reminders on our smartphones for everything and get an alert when it’s time to do it. Also, internet has made information about any topic readily available to us. So we don’t feel the need to remember information that can be easily found through search engines like google.

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Describe a course that impressed you a lot IELTS cue card

Describe a course that impressed you a lot IELTS cue card

Introduction:
Well, to learn new skills people often attend some short-term courses and I too have attended many of these.
What the course was about?
Here I would like to talk about the one which impressed me the most and it was a two weeks Cookery course that I attended last year.
Where you took the course?
Cooking is an essential skill to possess for all, regardless of gender and age, so to be able to cook food I decided to join this course at an institute in my city. I got impressed by the leaflet I found in the newspaper which stated, become an expert cook in 10 days. Since, I wanted to try my luck in cooking so without thinking much I joined. There were around 10 others in the group and we all were age mates, so I started to enjoy it from day one.
What you did during the course?
The trainer got us familiar with some of the most common ingredients and taught us the basics. The course was well planned and structured that we learnt cooking Indian curries, snacks, desserts and some international food items. We also learnt some kitchen hacks and some instant recipes to prepare food in no time.
And explain why it impressed you a lot?
I was really impressed the way our trainer taught us and his friendly behaviour because of which we could enjoy the lessons.
Conclusion:
Today, I can prepare food for myself and my family especially when my mother is not well. In addition, I am planning to move abroad for my higher study and this skill is going to benefit in long run and the credit goes to the short course I joined and I would definitely recommend others to join this interesting course.