Describe the time when you had to sing a song or a poem in front of public IELTS cue card

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe the time when you had to sing a song or a poem in front of public.

You should say
Where were you?
What did you sing?
How did you feel?

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 the time when you had to sing a song or a poem in front of public IELTS cue card:

Model Answer 1:


  • I grew up in a small town and a close knit family, so we would sit together, Sing songs, or play some board games every afternoon.
  • My cousins who were the elder taught me so many songs and so many rhymes because I could learn them by heart very fast.

Where were you?

  • They had nicknamed me a parrot. I remember once in my city there was a program for children if I am not wrong, I think it was Independence Day.
  • My elder brother gave my name as a participant to sing a patriotic song on the stage.
  • On the day of the ceremony, after the flag hoisting, there was a group song then my name was announced.
  • I had butterflies in my stomach, and my legs were shivering.
  • I remembered my mother’s advice, not look at anyone directly in the eyes; otherwise, you will get confused. I looked straight over the heads of the crowd as if they were not there.

What did you sing?

  • Soon I started singing the patriotic song ‘Sare Jahan Se Achcha.’ as I started singing this song, I forgot about the time of all the audience. I really started enjoying the moment.

How did you feel?

  • The only thing that I remember after that was there was a roll of clapping, and I got a big box full of chocolates as a prize.
  • I think after this day, I got over my fear of stage at a very early age. This little incident also helped me to participate in debates later in my life.

Model Answer 2:


  • Everyone loves singing and humming songs in their daily lives, but it definitely gives goosebumps when it comes to performing in front of the public.
  • I have come across many occasions when I have got a chance to talk in front of the public, but today, I would like to talk about one incident when I had to sing in school.

Where were you?

  • I vividly remember that I was in the first standard when I had to sing a song in front of all the students.
  • It was December and as the Christmas festival was approaching our school had decided to organise an event for the Christmas celebration.
  • So, every student was allotted a different set of tasks, including decorations and performances.

What did you sing?

  • Me and some of my friends had to prepare carols and perform them on the music played by other students. Well, memorizing carols was an easy task for me, but I found singing difficult.
  • Being an introverted person by nature, I was very hesitant in the beginning.
  • It made me quite nervous as I had never performed in front of a lot of people.
  • However, my parents and teachers encouraged me to practice and be confident.
  • At last, the day came, my name was announced, and I stood on the stage with a mic in my hand. I could see my parents’ smiling face who was sitting in the front row and my friends shouting my name.

How did you feel?

  • I felt good, took a deep breath, and started singing. Within few minutes, I was done with my performance, and everyone was clapping for me.
  •  I was so happy to perform well that day, and I thank my parents, friend, and teachers who helped me overcome my stage fear and boost my confidence.


  • That is indeed one memorable experience for me, and I feel nostalgic every time I think about it.

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 the time when you had to sing a song or a poem in front of public”.

Q1. Do teenagers and adults enjoy the same kind of songs?
It depends on personal taste. Generally speaking, teenagers like songs with fast beats, and adults like songs with good lyrics and soft music.

Q2. What are the factors that make people like a song?
A song should have good lyrics, a good composition, a pleasing voice, and an excellent video to be liked by people.

Q3. On which occasions do people in your country sing together?
In my country, people sing together at birthday parties, marriages, anniversaries, national holidays like Independence Day, etc.

Q4. Which kinds of songs are suitable for children? Why?
I think folk songs are very suitable for children because they keep children connected to their culture and traditions. Today’s children are following the global culture, and so, they need to be kept in touch with the traditional culture. Folk songs are an excellent way to connect with our culture.

Q5. Do you often (like to) sing?
Yes, I like to sing, but as my singing abilities are not pretty good, I sing only in the bathroom or alone.

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