Describe a short term goal or ambition IELTS speaking

Guitar, ship, parasol, anchor

Questions to talk about goals

What can be your short-term and long-term goals?

  • dedicate my life to the service to humanity
  • achieve professional goals
  • drive a zero-emissions vehicle
  • store my mind on the computer
  • learn more about different cuisines and flavors

What can be the goals of people living in these areas below?

Types of goals

  1. personal
  2. professional
  3. physical
  4. financial
  5. intellectual
  6. ?

Key video vocabulary

I regret not taking lessons

amateur theater

recreational pilot’s license

Goals video listening exercises

Watch the video. What do they talk about?

  • kinds of music
  • musical instruments
  • acting as a hobby
  • travelling by plane
audio is from Everyday English: goals and dreams

Correct the mistakes:

  • Nick’s goal is to master playing the guitar by the end of this year
  • Charlotte regrets not taking acting lessons before
  • Charlotte hopes to play in a professional musical
  • Nick’s goal is to fly his own plane

Goals and dreams discussion

IELTS speaking cue card Goals

Describe a short term goal or ambition you have

  • what it is
  • for how long you have this goal
  • how difficult it would be to have it fulfilled

and explain what you need to do to achieve it

Additional listening and reading about goals and ambitions

The text is below

I’ve set myself goals around achieving stuff at work, but also achieving stuff personally.

My goal this year is to expand a YouTube channel I started.

Well, I’ve beaten the bullet I’ve given up work and I’m following my dream. I’m going back to school to follow arts.

Fo be contentious first and to be competent in whatever field of enterprise I choose. And that somehow must be of service to humanity.

My goals are basically professional like so publishing papers and doing stuff like that.

I do really well at uni to be a better person within myself and my family life. And to kind of do things properly that’s definitely that’s the main goal.

Key goal and ambition vocabulary

My goal at the end of this year is ..
I wish I could.. it’s my dream to..
But more of a short term goal, I’m trying to do. .
I’m hoping to..
I’ve set myself goals around work
I’m following my dream
It must be of service to humanity
My goals are basically professional
That’s definitely the main goal

Learn more English phrases for talking about dreams and ambitions with a British council video lesson!

Published by Polina

English teacher, cultural explorer and Korean&Slovenian language learner

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