In part 2 of the IELTS speaking test, you will be asked lớn describe something. This is often a person, a place, or an object, but there are many other possibilities. Today, we are going to look at a cue thẻ that asks you to describe a company. Specifically, it says “Describe a large company that you are interested in.”

In this article, I will show you have khổng lồ give a good answer to lớn this question by examining the cue card, making notes, and picking the right language. I will also show you my own sample band 9 answer khổng lồ this question.

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Cue card: Describe a Large Company

There are many ways that you could be asked khổng lồ describe a company in the IELTS exam but today we are specifically looking at one form: “describe a large company that you are interested in.” (Note those two important details in bold.)

Whenever you go into the exam, you should not try to lớn anticipate the questions you will be given because that is impossible. Instead, you should be prepared for any question và you should face those questions as individual questions by paying attention lớn the specific wording.

Here is our cue card for today:

Describe a large company you are interested in.

You should say:

– what kind of company it is

– what the company does

– why you are interested in it

and explain how you became interested in this company.

Analysing the Cue Card

The important thing to cảnh báo here is that you aren’t just writing about any company. It must be (1) a large company, và (2) one that is interesting khổng lồ you. Thus, you cannot talk about a small company or one that you vị not find interesting.

As for the bullet points, these are mere recommendations. You vì chưng not have to lớn talk about these, but it is worth trying lớn discuss them as they may help you speak more fluently for a longer period of time.

Planning your Answer

Once you are given the cue card, you will have about 1 minute lớn prepare your answer. This is not much time, so you should think quickly. Try lớn decide immediately upon one company. Even if it is not perfect, you can try your best lớn talk about it. Ideas:


Think of a few interesting things to say và some useful phrases that you might want to include. You can also chú ý down some words on a piece of paper. If these help you structure your answer, that would also be an advantage. However, don’t overthink it.

It can sometimes be a good idea just lớn follow the cue card in order to guide you logically through your response. It’s really a personal choice and depends on your own ways of thinking.

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The language that you would use khổng lồ answer this question would differ greatly dependent upon the company that you choose khổng lồ talk about. Talking about a công nghệ giant like Apple or Google would be quite different than a supermarket like Tesco or Walmart. Talking about a music company like Spotify might be quite different from an agricultural one lượt thích Monsanto.

However, there are definitely some words & phrases that can help you to discuss large companies in general. For this, you might find it useful lớn learn some business English phrases or else khổng lồ read articles about big businesses.

Here are some useful words and phrases:

Start-upNoun – a relatively new companyBizBooks is an exciting start-up that aims to revolutionise the publishing industry.
FoundVerb – to begin a companyThis company was founded by two women in 2014.
SpecialiseVerb – to do a particular thingThey specialise in making shoes for disabled people.
MonopolyNoun – having control over a whole market or areaIt is said that Google now has a monopoly on internet searches.

There are many more words. Here’s a PPT that I made many years ago that shows some vocabulary & examples about how lớn describe companies:

Finding New Vocabulary about Companies

If you want to lớn find vocabulary for a particular company, then you might benefit from going to their Wikipedia page and reading it carefully, noting down language that is interesting or useful.


Notes on the Answer

You can see that I have basically followed the outline of the cue card, although at the end it became a little blurred. I have used some business language and also some topic-specific language:

high-endgreenerpetrol-powered vehiclesCEOtech worldposition

I have tried to make this answer sound natural & logical. This is important as it allows you lớn transition from one idea khổng lồ the next easily and logically. There was no mention of CEOs on the cue card, but I decided to lớn bring up Elon Musk as it allowed me khổng lồ frame the latter part of my answer more effectively. Don’t be afraid to bring an extra dimension to your answer as long as it doesn’t stray too far from the question prompt.