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A time you needed to use your imagination

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 288 with Model Answer:

Describe a time you needed to use your imagination.

You should say:
  • what the situation was
  • why you needed to use imagination
  • what the difficulties were
and explain how you felt about 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 1:
When I was in my school, I had to attend literature class. The class was filled with enjoyment. But I had to experience trouble as I was told to narrate a story. In fact, I had to imagine the entire story and it was extremely difficult for me as a young boy to imagine a good number of stories.

It was the class of literature. The teacher was supposed to tell us stories, poems and discuss other literary works of different times. So, when she finished each of her lessons, she used to hear from us. So, all of the students had to tell a story. In fact, the attempt was made to make us creative. It was aimed to expand the creative faculty of the student. But the students of the class, including me, were too young to be that much creative. As a result, the stories were immature. I also had to tell stories and use my imagination to develop them.

I needed to use the imagination for creating a fictional story plot. Most of the times, I used to tell stories about aliens and their activities. Actually, at that time I did not have any clear idea about aliens. But I took a pose that I knew a lot of information about the aliens. I generated the ideas from the other storybooks about the aliens that my dad bought me marking my birthday. But I could not directly tell the stories from the book that I read before. Hence, I applied my imagination. I created some newer characters and formulated new stories that were almost unbelievable. But with the tone of my storytelling, that I used to tell the stories in the class, everyone present there believed the incident. But the teacher could have understood about my fictions and thus she smiled at me.

It was really difficult to tell a story on my own. I think almost all the students of the class had to experience the same trouble as like me. Most of them were unable to complete the story and wasted time unnecessarily. On the other side, I was bit dissimilar than them. Before the literature class, I read some stories at home and generated an exceptional plot. It was hard to make a new plot and at the same time, I had to make it credible to everyone. I used my imagination that knew no bounds at that time. I actually understood how difficult it was to develop a story and felt a deep sense of respect for the writers who provide us with a good number of stories and other literary works.

But at the end of the class, I felt very good. The teacher praised me highly. Though she knew that my plot was not unique rather a mixture of many other stories and their plots, she inspired me. In the beginning of this class, it was hard for each of the students to come up with a unique story but gradually they had a sharp sense to form an attractive and appealing story. Sometimes, I tried to bring tragic events in the story of aliens and on that day, everyone seemed unhappy with the ending. I felt a sense of joy inside that I was able to make people happy and sad with my imagination. Unluckily, I lost the ability to tell stories due to lack of practice. But the feelings were great for me then, and I am proud of it.

Model Answer 2:
Making a blind presentation is really tougher for those who do not have the slightest idea about the projects. Being a junior employee, I recently had to undergo such a situation in my office. I am a fresh sales analyst for a reputed table fan making corporation in Bolivia. Thank you for the smart question and I will describe the situation when I had to apply my imagination here.

Though I have to remain busy with my usual official tasks at the office, last week my immediate boss asked me to prepare presentations for him. He was unable to prepare the presentation and only informed me about the presentation theme. So, I had to use my imagination and prepare that for him. It was extremely difficult for me to create a presentation where I did not have any idea what to do or how to do. Moreover, my boss forgot to describe the detail but wanted the presentation within the shortest possible time.

I was unaware of situations, and my boss could not describe anything except the presentation theme owing his extreme business. In fact, he was moving to a business tour in an Asian country that day. So, he had to take care of the other things at the same time. As a result, he relied on me. He knew about my skills of storytelling and exploited that. So, finding no other ways, I had to complete the presentation and applied my skills to make it more realistic. Besides, based on the theme, I added some of my own ideas. Moreover, it was a hefty task for me as there was a time-frame to complete the task. My boss was supposed to leave by noon while he asked me to complete and show it around one hour before his departure from office.

It was difficult indeed to complete the presentation. In fact, I did not have the slightest idea about the markets and target groups of the Asian region. So, it was challenging to prepare the presentation. I used the internet to generate ideas and analysis of appliance using behaviour of the Asian people. My boss was moving to have some business deals on behalf of the company. It was known from various reliable sources that the market of tablet fans in the Asian region is wider and if any corporation could gain the trust of consumers, there will be chances of a sustainable business in those countries. I was not informed about the meeting agendas or other issues. But I prepared a presentation that covers almost all the available aspects. It was made in such a manner that the audience will get some new insight into my office and products we manufacture.

Making the presentation made me feel happy. In fact, I took it as a challenge for me and if I failed to complete it, I would have lost to myself. But it was difficult and my boss also admitted that. He was glad about the presentation style and resources inserted there. I added the usual behaves of using electronic equipment in the region and how many of them use table fans (data gathered from different internet sources). Moreover, I described the quality and sustainability of our products and other relevant issues. Finally, it was an enriched powerpoint presentation that was made entirely based on my imagination. And it was one of the nicest one I made ever.

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