Describe the time when you had to sing a song or a poem in front of a public


Describe the time when you had to sing a song or a poem in front of a public

Describe the time when you had to sing a song or a poem in front of a public


Describe the time when you had to sing a song or a poem in front of public.

You should say
Where were you?
What did you sing?
How did you feel?

NOTE – The examiner gives you one minute to plan your answerand to help you prepare for the topic, the examiner provides you with a pencil and a notepad. You’ll have to answer the questions given on the topic for one-to-two minutes

Sample Answer

Sample Answer 1


  • Being a shy person, I always feel uncomfortable while giving a public performance.

Where were you?

  • When I was in the sixth standard, I had one such occasion, where I performed in front of a big crowd.
  • There was a competition of reciting a poem in front of the whole school.
  • I never wanted to participate in such an event.
  • But circumstances prompted me to take such a bold step
  • The competition was between the four sections of the sixth standard.
  • The class teacher chose my classmate Tina as the performer.
  • She had a melodious voice coupled with good command over the English language.
  • Since everyone had implicit faith in her capabilities, we all classmates had this belief that our section would win the first prize.
  • To our dismay, Tina had a sore throat that day.
  • She was coughing a lot.
  • Our teacher decided to replace Tina with our student.
  • My teacher suggested my name.
  • Although I was initially not interested, all my classmates clubbed together convinced me.
  • Being the class monitor, my section’s pride was of utmost importance to me.
  • Therefore I took the bold step of giving a public performance in front of a large audience.

What did you sing?

  • I sang a beautiful poem “We shall overcome one day”.

How did you feel?

  • Initially, I was a bit nervous.
  • But once I started, I was in a state of flow.
  • The poem was over in four minutes.
  • The audience gave me a big round of applause.
  • I emerged as the winner of that show.
  • My confidence got a significant boost that day and there was a paradigm shift in my public performances after that day.
  • Those four minutes are still etched in my memories.

Sample Answer 2


Since my childhood, I have earned plaudits for my family for my melodious voice. But, I would always shy away from giving public performances until I gave one for the first time.

The occasion was the farewell party of our college.

Where were you?

I was with my friends and teachers. Since my amigos were aware of my singing talent, they tried to convince me to sing.

Although I was nervous, I had said a half-hearted yes and begun singing.

What did you sing?

I sang a beautiful composition of Bobby McFerrinDon’t worry be happy“.

The reason for choosing this song was that many of my friends had tension about their future life. They were of the view that their prime days had passed and the rest of their life would be full of ordeals.

To ease their tension, I sang that song.

How did you feel?

Initially, I was a bit apprehensive, but when I started singing, I got into the state of flow.

After a few seconds, I forgot all the worries.

The crowd gave me a good round of applause.

After getting the much-needed appreciation, I was in a state of euphoria.

However, after a few minutes, I started feeling sad.

Because on the one hand, I was happy for my stupendous performance: On the other hand, I had a fear of separation from my friends.

Upon seeing the grin on my face, my friends had joined me, and we sang that song again.

All in all, the quality time I had spent that day would always remain etched in my memories.

Follow Up Questions

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Follow up Questions

Here are some examples of follow up questions that the examiner might ask during your speaking part 3 related to cue card “Describe the time when you had to sing a song or a poem in front of public”.

Q1. Do teenagers and adults enjoy the same kind of songs?

There is a slight difference in the music choice of teenagers and adults. Teenagers pay excessive heed to the tune and music of a song, whereas adults inclination is more towards the lyrics.

Q2. What are the factors that make people like a song?

A likeable song must have wonderful lyrics coupled with an enticing tune. Apart from this, the song must be sung by a singer with a melodious voice.

Q3. On which occasions do people in your country sing together?

In my nation, people usually sing together on festivals, parties and other social gatherings.

Q4. Which kinds of songs are suitable for children? Why?

I think songs which are meaningful like devotional, motivational and informational are suitable for children because children have this rare ability to memorize the lyrics immediately.

Q5. Do you often (like to) sing?

I do not sing because whenever I try to sing, people interrupt me by saying that I have a terrible voice.

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31Describe a time when your computer broke down
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34Describe a person who wears unusual clothes
35Describe a short trip that you often take but you do not like
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37Describe an art exhibition that you visited
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48Describe an expensive activity that you enjoy doing occasionally
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54Describe a time when you received good news
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64Describe a time you made a promise to someone
65Describe a person who helps others in his or her spare time
66Describe a good decision you made recently
67Describe a risk you have taken which had a positive result
68Describe an ambition that you have for a long time
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