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Experience of teaching your friend or family member

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 351 with Model Answer:

Describe an experience of teaching your friend or family member.

You should say:
  • whom you taught
  • when it was
  • what subject you taught
and explain how you felt about teaching this friend or family member.

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


Model Answer 1:
I have never really taught any “arts” to anybody in my entire life, nor have I ever taken any art class after my elementary school in order to claim myself as an “artist”, but still, my 4/5 years old niece somehow got the idea that I could actually give her some “drawing” lessons for her elementary art class.

And, she was never relenting in her pursuit, no matter how hard I tried to convince her that I would be her worst “drawing” teacher ever. So, why exactly she got the idea that I would actually be able to teach her “arts’, to begin with? Well, it might have something to do with the fact that about a few years ago, I was casually learning to do some image editing practice in the process of learning some “image editing software” and graphic design. But, the more I was trying to convince her that drawing something with hands is not the same as drawing something on a computer, the more stubborn she was becoming.

Anyway, after failing to come to any reasoning with her, I finally decided to give it a try. But, before anything, it was me who needed some “drawing lessons” first. So, I started to do some of my own practice by drawing basic things like trees, animals, nature, houses and other kinds of stuff around us. But, it wasn’t as easy as I had initially thought because just drawing something with some lines, circles and dots was not enough. Rather, the drawings also needed to look “natural” and “live” with some perfect colour schemes, as my niece had demanded all along. So, after some more practice, I was finally able to give some good drawing lessons to my niece.

Anyway, after teaching drawing lessons to my niece, I felt really happy as I thought that I was actually able to keep the good faith of my little niece who thought that her uncle wouldn’t disappoint her. Besides, those drawing lessons allowed me to enjoy some really fun and priceless moments with my niece which, I don’t think, would otherwise be possible.



Sample Answer 2:
Recently, I had to teach my younger sister - Julee, and it was an amazing experience for me. In fact, it was the very first teaching experience of mine in my life. I am a college student in Milan in Italy and science is my major. So, my mom asked me to help my younger sister with Physics who is in her ninth grade and was struggling with the subject.

Julee was supposed to appear in her final exam and her progress in physics, an academic subject, was not good enough. And then it was my turn to help her with the subject a few weeks before the final exam. Completing the course and helping her with the intricate topics of physics in a few weeks was not an easy task at all.

But I took the challenge and started teaching her. Though physics was my favourite subject, it was not for her. She did not understand difficult equations or theories and that is why I had to revise from the beginning. I taught her for about five to six weeks and she did really well in the exam. In fact, I advised her to study for at least a couple of hours if she wanted to do well in the exam and she obliged. 

In the beginning, it was challenging for me to teach her because I was not an experienced teacher. It was more difficult because my sister was not attentive to learning initially. But when I tried to grab her interest by telling her many intriguing facts about renowned physicists, the universe, nature and how it works, she got interested to learn a little. After a couple of weeks' struggle and hurdle, she became attentive and dedicated and I started realising what approach to use to teach her. It was a fabulous experience and I am no longer afraid to teach someone as I was before that experience. 

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