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IELTS Speaking Part 1: which method is best?

This is part of today's lesson on my member site:

A student asked me whether it's a good idea to give long, detailed answers or short, direct answers in part 1 of the speaking test. Let's look at two example answers for the same question. Do you know which method I recommend?

What do you dislike about your school or your job?

Long, detailed answer:
As much as I enjoy teaching and derive a lot of pleasure from it, there are certain aspects of this occupation that are not so desirable, just like any other line of work, really. One of those things is the unsocial working hours. Teachers usually have to teach in the evening because that’s the only time that makes sense for students and working adults. On top of that, the workload is colossal. I mean, we have to spend a lot of time marking students’ essays and answering students’ questions, and all this invisible hard graft is usually not appreciated. So being a teacher is no small task.

Short, direct answer:
I’d have to say that marking essays is my least favourite aspect of my job as a teacher, because marking is time-consuming and it requires a lot of concentration to do it properly.

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