The “1-2 and Stop” is a simple technique you can use to give perfect IELTS Speaking Part 1 answers, every time. It works because it forces you to give strong, confident answers without getting stuck for words.
Many of my students have used this technique to make a great first impression on the IELTS examiner and get ready for IELTS Speaking Parts 2 and 3.
Here’s how it works:
- Answer the examiner’s question by paraphrasing the question and including your answer.
- Support your answer with a reason or an example.
- STOP TALKING and let the examiner ask his/her next question.
Sample Questions and Answers
Let’s look at a few example questions from the British Council IELTS Site. I’ve colored the answers to show you how I use the “1-2 and STOP” technique.
Topic: Let’s talk about your home town or village
Question 1: What kind of place is it?
A: Well, the city I’m from is the largest in my country so we have a variety of people from around the world there to do business. It’s quite cosmopolitan. STOP
Question 2: What’s the most interesting part of your town/village?
A: The most exciting area is definitely the shopping district. There are so many stores from brand names like Gucchi to small, local merchants selling freshly made food. STOP
Question 3: What kind of jobs do the people in your town/village do?
A: It’s a big city so people have a variety of different jobs. We have everything: salesmen, teachers, firefighters, politicians, even farmers. STOP
Question 4: Would you say it’s a good place to live? (why?)
A: Actually, I don’t think it’s a very nice place to live. Maybe because it’s such a big city and everyone living there is always so busy, in general the people don’t seem too happy. STOP
In order to become skilled at the “1-2 and Stop” technique you need to practice. Here are 5 sample questions to start with:
- What’s your favorite color? Why?
- What do you like to do in your spare time?
- Do you enjoy sport?
- At the moment, do you work or study?
- How has your hometown changed over the years?
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