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An 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, house 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 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 been studying science in 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 had trouble with her Physics. She could not complete the entire course for her insincerity. And now it was my turn to make her skilled in the subject a few days before the final exam. I do not know what she did across the academic year. And it was not a happy task for me.

I taught her Physics. Though the subject was interesting to me, it was not similar to her. She did not understand the basics of the subject let alone the equations. So, I had to begin with the initial parts of the subject. I taught her for about three weeks and she did well in the exam. In fact, I forced her to study and change her daily routine. I told her to study Physics for at least half an hour a day. She followed my advice and the grade on the subject was good.

In the beginning, it was challenging for me to teach her because I did not have the experience before. Moreover, there were some adjustment problems with her. She did not want to learn from me. But finding no other ways, she was compelled to study under my directives. And now she is happy and thanked me for forcing her. She is also committed that she will never leave her studies in future.

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