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Childhood activity that you used to do after school

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 281 with Model Answer:

Describe a childhood activity that you used to do after school.

You should say:
  • what it was
  • how long you did that
  • how often you did this
and explain why you no longer do it.  

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:
Childhood is a memorable part of our life, and perhaps the best part for many. Our childhood is full of joy and boundless possibilities. Like many others, when I was 10 or 11 years old, I used to play with my schoolmates and friends after school hours. We played a wide number of outdoor sports but cricket was the most common sport that we played at that time. I am glad to recall these days here for this great topic.

Most of the time, I used to play cricket in the local school playground after school. Cricket was (and still is) the most popular sport in our country and it was natural that we loved to both play this sport and watch it on TV.

Our school used to begin at 10:00 in the morning and end at 3.00 pm. So after returning home, having lunch and taking a nap for a while, we used to go out to play in the evening hours. We usually played from 4:30 pm to 6.30 pm. As far as I recall, we played the whole time we were in our school which would be around 6 years - from my 10th year of age till I turned 16.

How often did we do this? Well, we played cricket almost every single day of the week unless it was torrential rain or we were ill. In fact, we used to ignore some light rainfall and played anyway in a wet field which seems pretty challenging as I recall those days.

I no longer participate in such activities (or play cricket to be more precise) for many reasons. Firstly, I do not get enough time in the evening to play it. I remain busy in my office and I mostly leave my office after dusk. Second, I do not have the same passion for playing this sport that I used to possess in my childhood and teenage time. Finally, even if I sometimes want to play this sport, I do not know where and with whom to play it.

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