Talking about a person from history is a really common topic for IELTS Speaking Part 2 and IELTS speaking in general.
It sometimes comes up on speaking part 1 or 3 as well.
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This is a sample answer from Nguyen on our YouTube Channel, our first ever customer for Band Scores and Corrections and a current employee.
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She lived in Australia for years, which you can tell from her really nice accent and the range of natural vocabulary that she uses.
I’m a former IELTS examiner and I’m going to go over exactly how I would mark her for this section and give you some great vocabulary and grammar to practice to make sure you can get at lease a band 7!
Nguyen’s topic for this section was to talk about a person from history and she chose Leonardo DaVinci.
Let’s let Nguyen talk:
And here is the full tapescript with corrections in magenta:
Ok so a person from history I’m going to talk about today is Leonardo DaVinci. Leonardo DaVinci was an Italian Renaissance polymath whose areas of interest included invention architecture, sculpting, science and there are so many more that I can’t remember them all right now. But in general he was a multi-talented man. Um … and he’s also considered one of the greatest painters of all time. And many historians and scholars regard Leonardo DaVinci as a universal genius or a Renaissance man. And among his works the Mona Lisa is the most famous and duplicated portrait with ‘The Last Supper’ being the most reproduced religious painting of all time. And I think one – there was a historian – that I can’t remember the name – once said that “Leonardo DaVinci went beyond his time” – that he could – he could think of inventions that were so advanced that most of his work and designs weren’t feasible during his lifetime, and most of his designs weren’t recognised or realised until 100 years later. And during his time, which was like 500 years ago, he was able to conceptualise the flying machine, armored fighting vehicle and even concentrated solar power. The reason why I admire him is because I think that he – I agree with all other historians and scholars that he was one of the greatest painters of all time and somehow I think his personality and – his personality was quite mysterious and remote in a way that it has made me more curious to learn more about him.