Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 5 – Episode 18 – Developing Speaking – Personal Interview (IELTS Speaking Part II Feature)

IELTS Part II and developing speaking is here! I’m hoping to also bring a teacher on from Belgium this upcoming weekend for this same interview, but nonetheless, I’m excited about this for those of you who are learning IELTS. Speaking banks, useful phrases, success techniques and the questions are located down below (or on my blog)…so make sure you check it out!


  1. How long have you known your best friend?
  2. Have you celebrated anything recently?
  3. What kind of plans have you made for you rfuture?
  4. How long have you lived in your current home?
  5. How have you been spending your weekend recently?
  6. How much time have you spent on social media this week?
  7. Who has had the greatest influence on your life? In what way?
  8. What kind of music have you been listening to lately?
  9. What film have you seen that has left a strong impression on you?
  10. Where have you travelled to that you would recommend to other people?
  11. In which subjects have you performed best at school?
  12. How do you think you’ve changed in the last few years?

Listening: Here are the questions that you need to answer for the interviewees in the podcast down below.

  • Which question above does each person answer?
  • What do they do if they can’t remember a word or make a mistake?
  • What attitude does each person express towards the topic?
  • Does each person make a good impression? Why/why not?

Speaking Bank

Useful expressions in personal interviews.

Moving the conversation on.

  • Well, in any case,
  • So anyway,

Reporting something you believe to be true

  • Apparently, it seems that….
  • They say that…

Giving emphasis

  • Actually, In actual fact,
  • In fact,

Repeating or paraphrasing information you’ve already given

  • as I was saying, like I mentioned already…..
  • Like I told you,

Expressing your attitude towards what you’re saying

  • To be honest with you, Honestly,
  • Basically,

Points to remember for IELTS

  • Relevance and the ability to extend answers
  • Intonation and pronunciation
  • Range of vocabulary and grammar
  • Accuracy and self-correction

Exam Success Technique

When answering personal questions in a speaking test, you don’t always need to produce full sentences. Native speakers (in an language) often stop mid-sentence and start again, hesitate, repeat themselves and so on. Just imagine you’re taking part in a normal conversation.

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