IELTS|Upper-Intermediate|24. Number one website

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Match the things you can do online and the sites providing these services. Comment on the advantages or disadvantages of each site

Rosy, the IELTS candidate, does her IELTS Speaking Part 2. Read the task in the green box, listen to a sample answer and tick the points she does

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Describe a website that you like using.

You should say:

  • what this website is;
  • how people use it;
  • who uses it

and explain why you like using this website.

Well, the website I’m going to talk about is called CD Baby.

Um, it sounds like a music website for babies, but it isn’t that at all. What it is is, it’s basically a site where you can listen to ordinary people. I mean people who aren’t famous, you know, not professionals. You can listen to their music, and they might be a solo artist or a band or whatever. You can buy their CDs on the site, or just play some selected tracks — there are all sorts of… many different types of music like jazz, blues, folk or rock. So … what people do is they make a CD in a recording studio somewhere. I don’t know whether some people set up the recording equipment in their own home, you know, there’s so much software around that you can use if you have the right kind of knowledge and skill, and, um, then they have to make some copies of their CD and send them to CD Baby. I meant to say earlier — it’s an American site … I think it’s based in Oregon, so the CDs have to be sent there. And there are a few online forms that you have to fill in because you’re basically selling something over the Internet. Um, it’s mainly young people who put their music on the site — though there’s no age limit — and they’re usually talented musicians and composers. Some of them might have their own bands or play regularly somewhere and they hope a talent scout will spot them on the website! As well as musicians, anyone can listen to the site and order the CDs online if they want to. I love this website because you get to hear original music, and whatever you choose, it’s always really good.



Choose the correct points and match with the phrases illustrating them

Listen to the recording once more and identify the strategies Rosy uses when she does not know a word/phrase

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Well, the website I’m going to talk about is called CD Baby.

Um, it sounds like a music website for babies, but it isn’t that at all. What it is is, it’s basically a site where you can listen to ordinary people. I mean people who aren’t famous, you know, not professionals. You can listen to their music, and they might be a solo artist or a band or whatever. You can buy their CDs on the site, or just play some selected tracks — there are all sorts of… many different types of music like jazz, blues, folk or rock. So … what people do is they make a CD in a recording studio somewhere. I don’t know whether some people set up the recording equipment in their own home, you know, there’s so much software around that you can use if you have the right kind of knowledge and skill, and, um, then they have to make some copies of their CD and send them to CD Baby. I meant to say earlier — it’s an American site … I think it’s based in Oregon, so the CDs have to be sent there. And there are a few online forms that you have to fill in because you’re basically selling something over the Internet. Um, it’s mainly young people who put their music on the site — though there’s no age limit — and they’re usually talented musicians and composers. Some of them might have their own bands or play regularly somewhere and they hope a talent scout will spot them on the website! As well as musicians, anyone can listen to the site and order the CDs online if they want to. I love this website because you get to hear original music, and whatever you choose, it’s always really good.



Read the sentences and explain the idea as if you have forgotten or do not know the words in bold. Choose the strategy you have used for it

Read the task in the green box, plan your answer and make some notes

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Describe a website that you like using.

You should say:

  • what this website is;
  • how people use it;
  • who uses it

and explain why you like using this website.

Exam tips

Speaking Part 2

Use a range of strategies to express ideas when you can’t think of the right word(s). Showing you can do this will improve your score.


Speak about the topic for about two minutes and tick the strategies you have used

Listen to three candidates answering the questions below. Match the speaker with the question they answer

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Speaker A

Oh, absolutely. I mean, a significant advantage for anyone is that you can stay in touch with so many people using sites like Facebook. Another is that it really doesn’t matter how far away they are. Friends that you might otherwise lose can look at your photos and chat to you at night.

Speaker B

They could be right — yeah, a lot of people would agree with that. To be fair, I think it depends on how much time they spend on it and what purpose they use it for. If they come straight home from school and spend three hours in their room chatting on social networking sites, then I’d say there aren’t many benefits to doing that.

Speaker C

I think so, yes. Although it provides a lot of useful information. I think one of the main drawbacks of using it in education is that children just copy what they read and don’t bother trying to understand it. A real benefit to children of using books is that they’re often better written or they’re designed with a certain age group in mind.



Choose the correct prepositions in the sentences

We can express advantages and disadvantages with these words and dependent prepositions:

🔹advantage/disadvantage

of a situation/circumstance/action

for someone/something affected by the advantage/ disadvantage

The advantage for young people of knowing how to drive is that they are more independent.

🔹give/have an advantage over someone/something, e.g.

Cycling has several advantages over driving; for example, you don’t have to find somewhere to park the car.

🔹benefit (noun)

of a situation/circumstance/action

to/for someone/something affected by the benefit

The benefit of work experience to young people is that they learn things they wouldn’t learn at college.

🔹benefit (verb) from a situation/circumstance/action, e.g.
Francesca’s health has benefited from the fresh sea air.

🔹be of benefit to someone/something affected by the benefit (expression), e.g.
I hope this book will be of benefit to you.

🔹drawback:

of/to a situation/circumstance/action

for someone/something affected by the drawback

The drawback of modern medicine for governments is its high cost.

Note: The phrases pros and cons and ups and downs are informal and best avoided in written work.

Read questions 1-2 in the box, listen to the answers and mark where the students’ voices rise or fall. Repeat the sentences copying the intonation

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Intonation

Speakers use intonation to show that they are engaged in a discussion and to help the conversation flow. Conversely, a monotone with little intonation or movement of the voice often denotes lack of interest, lack of engagement or even hostility.

This is important when you introduce your arguments, particularly if you want to disagree with the examiner but maintain a friendly, interested tone.

The voice moves most on the stressed syllables, so deciding where to place stress in a sentence will help with intonation, too.

1. Some people say we’ve reached the point where technology is intruding on our private lives. Would you agree?

2. Would you agree that the Internet has a negative effect on children’s social lives?

Speaker A Speaker B

Speaker A: Some people say it isn’t good for children to use the Internet a lot in their free time — what do you think?
Speaker B: That could be right — yeah, a lot of people would agree with that.

Speaker A Speaker B

Speaker A: Would you agree that the Internet has a negative effect on children’s social lives?
Speaker B: Oh, well, actually, I think it has a positive one.


Look at the question in the box and the candidates’ responses below. Listen to the recording, underline the stressed words and mark the intonation

Some people say we’ve reached the point where technology is intruding on our private lives. Would you agree?

Some people say we’ve reached the point where technology is intruding on our private lives. Would you agree?

A. Oh, completely. There are CCTV cameras everywhere.

B. I don’t think people notice really — they’re just used to it.

C. I would, yes. Everywhere you go, there are screens of one kind or another.

D. Well, you can’t stop it — new developments are happening all the time.

E. I’m not sure. In some ways it’s a nuisance, but in others it isn’t.

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Look at the Part 3 questions and think of possible ideas and vocabulary for answers. Then answer the questions using appropriate stress and intonation

Speaking Part 3

Entertainment on the Internet

1. Would you say the Internet is a better form of entertainment than television? Why?

2. Would you agree that there are a lot of advantages to watching TV on the Internet? Why?

3. Some people say the Internet is a good place to be ‘discovered’ as an entertainer. What do you think? Why?

Tick the requirements that you have managed to meet


Exam tips

Speaking Part 3

1. Introduce positive and negative points clearly, using appropriate language.

2. Use intonation to help signal agreement and disagreement.

If you open the lesson plan you will be able to assign separate pages as homework or all the homework pages at once.

Урок Homework Курс
  • Warm-up
  • Unusual services
  • Amateur musicians
  • The website worth using
  • Pros and cons
  • Disagree politely
  • What's your opinion?
  • Homework