IELTS speaking and writing – developing examples

It is a good idea to always consider an example of the topic you are discussing. Consider:

‘an example of behaviour which is typical among teenagers‘ – what would you choose here?

Here is a generic answer. See if you can complete the text with the words:

smoke resists self-confidence adulthood disobedience

maturity rebellious disagreement eligible

A commonly seen behaviour of youngsters is …………………………….. It is easy to tell a child to do what you want, but a teenager sometimes ………………………. it. This is because the teenage years is a period of time when a child tries to make steps to ………………………. . Adolescents, therefore, try to improve their self-esteem, independence and ………………………. by making their own decisions. This explains, for example, the reason why many ………………….. at this stage of their lives, even though they are not allowed to do so. They believe that smoking is a sign of ……………………. as this is an activity that adults are …………….. for. The ………………………… nature of teenagers can cause the most pronounced behaviour which is ……………………………..with their parents on almost everything.

Now choose another example of behaviour that they are known for and write you own answer 🙂


ALISTAIR BROWN: As a writing and speaking examiner for more than 10 years, I bring a lot of experience. I have seen the frustrations that students have with IELTS from a career where I have actively guided and corrected students’ studies. I am looking for the most effective ways to teach IELTS as I understand students’ needs.