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An interesting talk or a lecture you have heard

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 376 with Model Answer:

Describe an interesting talk or a lecture you have heard.

You should say:
  • when it was
  • what it was about
  • what you learned from it
and explain why you think this was an interesting talk/lecture.

[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: 
I have had the opportunities to hear many interesting talks or discussions in my “not-so” long life, which were both intellectually and philosophically stimulating. But, they were not as intriguing as this particular talk, which I am about to describe, as it had kept me thinking for a long time.

The talk place about 10 years ago, when I still was a university student, at a public library. Back then, I used to visit a public library in my hometown almost regularly, as I loved to read different types of newspapers and books while exchanging my views and opinions on an array of issues with the like-minded people there. By the way, I didn’t have any access to computer or internet back then to help me read news online. So, one day, when I was busy looking at the newspaper pages, one of my “acquaintances” there asked me what would have happened if the whole world was only one country with no border, passport or visa restrictions.

I simply stared at him as I didn’t have any clue about how to answer the question. Of course, it was not the first time that he had asked me such a “radical” question, but I found this one be the most intriguing of all the questions, he had previously asked. So, I asked him back the same question again to get some “rational” answer. In response, he told me that the whole world would cease to exist because we would be too busy fighting with each other and destroying ourselves in the process. Initially, I didn’t agree with him, but later on, I was convinced that he was right after carefully ‘scrutinizing’ our violent, past human history.

It was an interesting talk because even though, on the surface, the idea of having a “border-free” world would sound “too good to be true” and tempting, the reality is that this very ‘border” has put a “check” on our “inherent and natural instinct” to overpower and destroy each other. Besides, the talks also proved that we humans don’t necessarily always know what is exactly best for us.

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