Describe a person in the news that you want to meet

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a person in the news that you want to meet.

You should say:
Who he or she is?
What did this person show up on TV for?
How do you know what this person?
Why you want to meet him or her?

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 answer :

Introduction :

  • There are countless newsmakers we come across on social media platforms or in dailies, but only some influence us so deeply that we desire to meet them in person.

Who he or she is ?

  • And one such personality is Laxmi Agarwal. She is an acid attack survivor who was in the news lately following the release of her biopic, the Bollywood movie ‘Chhapaak’ starring Deepika Padukone.

What did this person show up on TV for ?

  • So along with news, pictures and trailers of the movie, pictures and stories about Laxmi Agarwal also filled the social media.
  • There were discussions, interviews and videos about her life, and that’s how I came to know more about her.

How do you know what this person?

  • Laxmi Agarwal became a victim of this brutal crime when she turned down a marriage request from a neighbour.
  • She suffered severe burns on her face, and she was so shattered and traumatized that she even contemplated suicide.
  • But her spirit was unbeatable. Contrary to what most victims do, she did not reconcile to her fate. She did not confine herself to the four walls of her house, silently suffering the agony and the humiliation.

Why you want to meet him or her?

  • She rose like a phoenix from the ashes, decided to move on. She completed her diploma, founded an NGO to help victims of such attacks. She spearheaded a campaign to regulate the sale of acids.
  • She received the international woman of courage award from Michelle Obama, and she is now a motivational speaker.
  • In one of her talks, she says “he threw acid on my face, not on my dreams”.
  • I believe Laxmi Agarwal’s resilience and indomitable spirit are an inspiration to others.
  • Her dazzling smile tells the story of grit and confidence in the face of adversity.
  • She is also changing society’s perception of beauty. Facing cameras with her disfigured face, she declares that beauty is not just outward.

Conclusion :

  • Surely I can say Laxmi Agarwal is a trailblazer. An outstanding hero who is a symbol of courage and positivity and I dream of the day that I can meet her.

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 person in the news that you want to meet”.

1. Is all the news that’s available on social media reliable?
Not all of it is reliable. There are cases of hoaxes, fake news and misinformation. So we need to be careful, and we cannot blindly trust all that we get on social media.

2. Differences in the way people received the news in the past and the way they do now.
In the past, people were dependant on traditional media such as newspapers.
Today people get their news online, mainly through social media such as Facebook, twitter, youtube, Snapchat, Instagram etc.

3. What kind of news does the media give more importance to?
Media focuses more on sensational news and negative news because it gets more readership.
So we hear about political scandals—accidents price hikes, disease outbreaks etc.
There’s also great coverage given to celebrities and gossip regarding celebrities such as film stars, sportspersons.

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