March 1, 2020 at 11:43 am / by PV
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Describe a difficult challenge that you completed/met (IELTS CUE CARD Jan to April 2020)
You should say:
- What was the challenge?
- When and where did you complete/met it?
- Why was it difficult?
- How you felt about it?
- I think life would be very boring without challenges.
- Challenges not only make life more exciting but also more meaningful.
- Today I am going to talk about an assignment in school which challenged me.
- The assignment was quite daunting for me, as it involved a group presentation.
- And I am very afraid of public speaking.
- I am very comfortable when talking with my friends but when I have to talk in front of strangers I choke.
- And for that assignment, I had to talk 10 minutes on the environment.
- I was really worried and so I went to my uncle who regularly gives speeches in public for advice.
- He told me that the key to a good speech is mastery over the subject matter.
- So, I spent one whole week memorizing the content.
- The next thing he told me to do was to divide the topic in different sections.
- I divided my presentation into five halves of 2 minutes each.
- The first half was for introducing the topic and the last half for concluding the topic.
- The remaining three halves were for the main content.
- After breaking the speech into sections, I felt a lot more confident.
- My friends also knew about my fear of public speaking and so every evening they used to come to my home and help me prepare.
- Slowly, I started feeling that it was doable.
- I was nervous but I wasn’t worried anymore.
- When finally, the day of the presentation arrived, I not only gave the whole presentation but also received an A grade for it.
- My teacher told me that I did a really good job and she actually asked me if I had prior experience of public speaking.
- That is the day I realized that rather than fearing challenges we should welcome them.
- Do you think parents should give challenges to children?
Yes, I really believe parents should regularly give challenges to their children. I think it makes children confident and better prepared for adult live, which is full of challenges.
- What is the most challenging thing for kids?
I think there are many things which are challenging for kids and it’s hard to single out one. I would say making friends is challenging for some, public speaking is challenging for some and for some calculations in mathematics are very challenging. It varies from person to person.
- Can parents reduce the challenges kids have? How?
I think they can, but they shouldn’t. If they try to reduce challenges, their child will not become independent. What parents should do I feel is to make children understand that challenges help us improve and we should not fear but face them head on.
- What challenges do you think children might have to face up to?
I think the major challenge children today face is the challenge of making friends and fitting in. Besides that, I feel there is challenge of balancing academics with physical activity. There are a very few children who are able to excel at both physical education and academics nowadays.