The Complete Guide to IELTS Speaking Part 2 – The Future
In previous lessons in this series, I have already explained how to:
Avoid the two most common mistakes in Speaking Part 2
Structure and Plan your Part 2 Answer
Introduce the background to your topic by speaking about the Past
Extend your answer by offering an opposing opinion
It might be useful to take a quick look at these blog posts before reading this one.
Today’s post shows you how you can extend your IELTS Speaking Part 2 answer in a logical, coherent way by looking forward and speaking about the FUTURE.
Speak about the Future in IELTS Speaking Part 2
Imagine that you get the following question in your IELTS Speaking Exam Part 2
Describe your childhood friend. You should say:
-when you met
-where you met
-how you felt about this friend
Let’s say you implemented the following structure in your answer ( For more info on Structures, follow this link )
Having introduced the topic, discussed the background to your friendship and described the positives and negatives of Tom, you could then use the following Future Tense structures to finish your answer.
We use WILL to express belief about the future
Looking forward, I am certain that Tom and I will continue to be great friends in the future.
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Be going to
We use BE GOING TO when talking about plans or intentions
We still try to meet up as often as we can. In fact, we are going to attend our mutual friend’s wedding next month.
We also use BE GOING TO for making predictions based on evidence we can see:
His business is extremely successful and if he keeps growing like this, he’s going to be a very rich man in ten years’ time!
The Present Tense
We use the present tense to talk about things that are scheduled.
Actually, this weekend, we plan to go to a football game together. The game starts at 5pm so we have plenty of time to have a few beers and catch up beforehand.
We use the PRESENT CONTINUOUS to talk about future plans or arrangements
In fact, I am meeting Tom tomorrow for lunch. We plan to go to an Italian restaurant in the city center so I’m really looking forward to that.
Would like, Plan, Hope, Expect,
Going forward, I know that we’d both like to visit Paris someday.
We plan to start a business together.
Regarding his future plans, he hopes to finish his PHD this year.
I expect us to continue our close friendship for many years.
Modal Verbs (May, Might)
We use modal verbs MAY and MIGHT to talk about the future when we are not sure about what will happen
In terms of the future, he might go back to university this year so that will mean that we see each other less.
We are thinking about starting a business together. It may be something we do once we finish university.
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