Vocabulary - less common and idiomatic expressions for IELTS, CAE, CPE (TOEFL)

1 - Think of different challenges people have in their every day life, relationships, at work and make a list. Which of them are ….
considerable, tough, daunting, fresh, grave, perennial

2– Which of the things pose a challenge for you personally? (pose a challenge, pose a problem, pose a question)

3- Do such challenges make you feel intimidated, raring to go, do

4- Do you ever underestimate challenges?

5 - Are you prone to trying to circumvent challenges you encounter or do you rise to challenges?

6 – Have you ever taken on a challenge you thought you could take on but in the end you wish you hadn't?

7 - How do you feel when you overcome a challenge?

8 - Do you feel challenges help you hone your skills?




Exam Speaking questions (IELTS, CPE, CAE)

1 - What challenges to people often have in their every day life?

2 - Was this different before?

3 - How important is it for work to be challenging?

4 - Is there a downside to having challenges at work?

5 - Is it important for teachers to challenge their students?

6 - Why do some people not like challenges?

7 - What advice would you give to these people?

8 - What are some of the challenges facing the planet?

9 - What can people do to help solve them?

10 - What about governments?



Long-turn (IELTS 2)

talk about a time you did something challenging

- when was it

- what the challenge was

­- what steps you took

and how successful you were


talk about a challenge you had but didn't want

- what was it

- why didn't you want it

- what did you do

What was the end result


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