IELTS Writing task two – Important tips with example

IELTS tips

Task description
You will be given a discussion topic. Your task is to write a 250 word essay on that topic. You should spend around 40 minutes on the task.

What is being tested is your ability to:
  • Present a point of view with convincing evidence
  • Challenge an alternate point of view
  • Focus on the topic and avoid irrelevancies
  • Communicate in a style that is easy to follow and cohesive
  • Use English accurately and appropriately

Sample task


You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Present a written argument to an educated reader with no specialist knowledge of the following topic:

Television has had a significant influence on the culture of many societies. To what extent would you say that television has positively or negatively affected the cultural development of your society?

You should write at least 250 words

Use your own knowledge and experience and support your arguments with examples and relevant evidence.

Your task
Complete the task 2 exercise above. Spend only 40 minutes on the task, then look at the notes and sample answer below.

Sample answer


It has been around forty years since television was first introduced into Australian households and people today still have mixed views on whether it has a positive or a negative influence on the society.

Many people believe that television damages culture. It promotes the stronger cultures of countries such as Britain and North America and weakens the cultures of less wealthy countries. This is because the stronger, wealthier countries are able to assert their own culture by producing more programs that are shown widely around the world. These programs then influence people, particularly young people, in the countries where they are shown.

Also, because television networks need to attract large audiences to secure their financial survival, they must produce programs which are interesting to a broad range of people. In Australia this range is very broad because we are a multicultural society and people of all ages like to watch television. To interest all these different people, most television programs are short in length, full of action and excitement, do not require much intelligence or knowledge to understand, and follow universal themes common to all cultures, such as love and crime. Television programs which concentrate on or develop themes pertinent to one particular culture are not so successful because they interest a smaller audience.

Nevertheless we much acknowledge that television does have some positive effects on the cultures within a society as well. People who do not live within their own culture can, in a limited way, access it through the multicultural station on the television. For example, Aboriginal children who have grown up in white families, or migrants and international students living in Australia, can watch programs from their own culture on the television.

In conclusion, I hold the view that television promotes and strengthens those cultures that are wealthy and influential while it weakens the cultures that are already in a weakened position.

Teacher’s comments on the sample answer


“The essay has a clear introduction which poses the problem. Three paragraphs which makes relevant points on the topic and a conclusion which sums up the main point of the whole essay. The grammar and vocabulary are rich and varied. It is therefore a very good answer.”

Strategies for improving your IELTS score


The style of essay required for Task 2 of the IELTS writing test is standard to academic courses. There are several published textbooks available to assist you to improve your writing skills for this part of the test.

Structure and cohesion should be evident at the essay level, within and between paragraphs and within and between sentences. Structure and cohesion have a very important effect on the readability and clarity of your essay as a whole.

The structure of your essay should show a clear development from introduction, through your points and on to the conclusion. Your essay needs to have an introduction, body and conclusion.

Structure and cohesion should also be apparent within and between paragraphs. Each paragraph will typically contain a topic sentence which states the main point of your paragraph. The topic sentence is usually the first one. This will be followed by the evidence which supports the point of the paragraph. The final sentence will typically lead into the point of the following paragraph.

A good essay will also have structure and cohesion within and between sentences. It is important that you are confident using linking devices such as relative clauses, connectives and transition signals.

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The writing component

IELTS tips

The IELTS writing test takes one hour. In this time you are required to complete two tasks.

TASK ONE is a report based on some graphic information provided on the question paper. With few exceptions, the graphic information will come in one of five forms – a line graph, bar graph, pie chart, table or diagram illustrating a process. You are required to describe the information or the process in a report of 150 words. This task should be completed in 20 minutes. It is important that you are familiar with the language appropriate to report writing generally and to each of the five types of report.

TASK TWO is an essay based on a topic given on the question paper. You should write at least 250 words in 40 minutes. It is important that you keep within the advised time limits as Task Two carries more weight in your final band score than Task One. Remember that illegible handwriting will reduce your final score.

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Online IELTS Course

IELTS tips

We are in the process of adding our online learning courses to the website to help you prepare for the academic or general module of the IELTS exam. You will be able to use the material if your level is around IELTS 4 but if your level is higher you should still find it challenging and useful.


Clearly, the overall aim of the course is to help you maximise your IELTS score, which is why you are here! However, we believe that the best way to do well in IELTS is to develop your overall ability to communicate in English: just doing practice IELTS test is not the best way to prepare for the exam.

To do well in IELTS you need to:

  • speak and write confidently, fluently, and accurately on a wide range of topics.
  • understand information quickly and accurately in different types of reading and listening texts on a wide range of topics.
  • have confident control of a wide range of grammar and vocabulary.

To achieve these goals you should:

  • read and listen to as much as English as you can in your spare time.
  • take the opportunity to speak with and write to English speakers whenever possible.
  • keep your own vocabulary records and continue to build your vocabulary both inside and outside the course.
  • pay attention to your own grammar and pronunciation: accuracy is important.

Keep an eye out as we are hoping to unveil some new courses for the coming year very soon!

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IELTS Speaking

IELTS tips

The Speaking Module is the final part of the exam. It does not need to be taken on the same day as the other Modules. It takes the form of three-part oral interview, which takes between 11 and 14 minutes.

IELTS Speaking Part 1

Introduction and interview (4-5 minutes)
In the first part, the examiner will ask you a number of general questions. Be prepared to introduce yourself and talk about things which are personal to you, for example, your country and home town, your family, your studies or work, what you like doing in your free time and what you might do in the future.

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Individual long turn (3-4 minutes)
In this part, the examiner will give you a card that asks you to talk about a person, place, event or object. You will have 1 minute to prepare to speak, and then you will talk for 1-2 minutes, during which the examiner will not speak. The examiner will then ask one or two rounding-off questions.

IELTS Speaking Part 3

Two-way discussion (4-5 minutes)
In the last part, you will talk with the examiner about issues related to the topic on the card. However, the discussion will be on less personal topics. For example, in Part 2 you may talk about a teacher you had at school, but in Part 3 you might talk about education in your country.

Marking

Performance is assessed on the following criteria:

Fluency and Coherence: Do you express ideas and opinions clearly and coherently, without long hesitations?

Lexical Resources: Do you use a wide range of vocabulary?

Grammatical Range and Accuracy: Do you use a wide range of structures and make only a few minor mistakes?

Pronunciation: Are you easy to understand? Do you use English pronunciation features naturally?

The overall result is translated into a score on the IELTS nine-band score.

What can I do to improve my performance at the Speaking test?

  • Be relaxed and try to be friendly. Remember the examiner is trying to find out what you know, not what you don’t know.
  • You can ask the examiner to repeat the question if you did not understand it the first time.
  • Record yourself or practice speaking on a variety of topics for 1 – 2 minutes. This will help you gain confidence and practice time management.
  •  Vocabulary – don’t use unfamiliar, long words if you are not sure of their meaning.
  • If you cannot remember the exact word you want, paraphrase and try to express your idea using similar words.
  • Practice making notes, spider-grams, and mind maps which will help you to talk on various topics in one minute.
  • Try to develop your answers instead of answering in just one word. Speak loudly and clearly into the recorder.
  • Avoid using slang and abbreviations.
  • Please do not tell the examiner what grade you require or ask how well you have done. This will only cause embarrassment.
  • Do not use memorized chunks of language. Examiners are trained to recognize this. Furthermore, what you have memorized may not be relevant to the topic being discussed.
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IELTS Writing

IELTS tips

IELTS tests candidates’ ability to produce two quite different pieces of writing in a fairly short period of time. The test is divided into two parts and candidates are allowed 60 minutes to complete both parts.

Academic


The IELTS Academic Writing test takes 60 minutes. Candidates have to complete two tasks, of 150 and 250 words. In task 1, candidates are asked to describe some information in the form of one or more bar charts,line graphs, diagrams, pie charts or tables. In task 2, candidates are given an opinion, a problem or an issue to discuss.

IELTS Writing Task 1

In the first part, candidates will be given a task based on some information, presented in graphic and diagrammatic form. Candidates are expected to write a descriptive report of at least 150 words on the information provided.

IELTS Writing Task 2

In the second task, candidates are assessed on their ability to produce a clear and logical argument on a given topic. Most of the topics are of general interest to, suitable for and easily understood by students at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Candidates will have to write at least 250 words and, as task 2 is longer than task 1, it is suggested that about 40 minutes is spent on this task and 20 minutes on the first task.

General


The IELTS General Training Writing test takes 60 minutes. Candidates have to complete two tasks, of 150 and 250 words, as in the Academic module. However, task 1 is always a letter, while task 2 is an essay based on a given topic. The topics of the questions will be of general interest, and no specialist knowledge is required. For example, topics can include travel, accommodation, current affairs, shops and services, health and welfare, health and safety, recreation, social and physical environment.

IELTS Writing Task 1

In task 1, candidates are asked to write a letter which may need to be semi-formal or formal in tone in response to a given problem or situation. Candidates will be asked to include information relating to three bullet points in the question. Candidate answers should be at least 150 words in length for this task.

IELTS Writing Task 2

In task 2, candidates are asked to discuss a topic in response to a statement which presents a particular point of view, argument or issue. The task requires candidates to write a discursive piece of writing in which the question will typically ask them to discuss factual information, discuss a problem and present solutions, evaluate ideas or justify opinions. Candidate answers for task 2 should be at least 250 words in length.

Marking


In IELTS writing test you are assessed on:

Task Achievement (in task 1): This assesses how appropriately, accurately and relevantly your answer meets the requirements of the task.

Task Response (in task 2): This assesses your ability to formulate and develop a position in response to the prompts given in the task.

Coherence and Cohesion: This assesses whether your writing makes logical sense and whether the different parts of your writing are connected to each other correctly.

Lexical Resource: This assesses your ability to use different vocabulary appropriately.

Grammatical Range and Accuracy: This assesses your ability to use different grammatical structures appropriately and accurately.

The overall result is translated into a score on the IELTS nine-band score.

What can I do to improve my performance at the Writing test?

  • Make sure you answer everything that is asked in the question, and that you have written the number of words required. Remember you do not lose marks for writing more but you do lose for writing fewer words than required.
  • This is not a test of your knowledge. You can state your opinions, provided you are able to give evidence to support them.
  • Don’t go off topic. Underline key words in the questions to help you know exactly what is required in the answers.
  • Support the points you make with examples (from your own experiences if possible) or data.
  • Write neatly and clearly and check for mistakes before you submit your answers.
  • Write in complete sentences. Do not use bullet points and do not use short forms of words.
  • Do not repeat the same ideas just to reach the word count needed.
  • Task 2 – Make sure you present a balanced point of view giving both the pros and cons of the statement you are asked to discuss.
  • Spend more time on Task 2 – you have to write at least 250 words for this. Plan your answer, giving an introduction, conclusion and writing each new idea in a new paragraph. You may want to do a brief rough draft before you begin your answer.
  • Do not use memorised answers. They probably won’t be relevant to the question asked and examiners can recognise them easily.
  • Do not begin by copying the questions – especially in Task1 where you may have the description of data or bullet points for your letter. This is a waste of time as these parts are not included in your word count.
  • Make sure the tone you adopt is consistent and relevant to the task.
  • Use linking words to ensure that your ideas flow smoothly.

Avoid common mistakes:


  • Spelling (English is often not written the same way it is spoken)
  • Punctuation (e.g. basic errors with using capital letters and full stops)
  • Not using enough paragraphs and not clearly dividing them.
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IELTS Reading

IELTS tips

The Reading test is the second part of the IELTS test, and lasts for 60 minutes. This includes the time needed to transfer your answers to an answer sheet. Students are given either an Academic Reading test, or a General Training Reading test.

Structure of the Test


There are three sections in the reading test. Each section contains a text (which is called a ‘reading passage’ in the exam). This might come from a magazine, journal, book or newspaper. Each section is a little more difficult than the one before and features authentic reading passages. The Academic module contains three long texts of an academic nature. The General Training module features a mixture of long and short texts of a more general nature, as well as texts related to work situations.

You will be asked a total of 40 questions. In order to access how much of the reading passages you understand, the questions will usually paraphrase (use different words with the same meaning) the words that are in the text.

Question Types


In each section, you have to do several different tasks. These include:

  • Answering multiple choice questions
  • Writing short answer to questions
  • Completing sentences, notes, a summary, a flow chart or a table
  • Labelling a diagram
  • Classifying ideas into different categories
  • Matching (e.g. headings to paragraphs or people to ideas)
  • Deciding if ideas or opinions are correct, incorrect or not given

The questions test a variety of reading skills including your ability to do the following:

  • Identify the writer’s overall purpose.
  • Follow key arguments in a text.
  • Identify opinions and attitudes.
  • Locate specific information.
  • Distinguish main ideas from supporting details.
  • Extract information from a text to complete a diagram, summary, table or set of notes.

Academic Reading Module


The IELTS Reading module consists of three reading passages taken from books, magazines, journals or newspapers. The passages cover academic topics from scientific to historical interests, though the material will be targeted at a general, non-specialist audience. You don’t need to have specialised knowledge of the topics, as any specialised vocabulary needed for the task will be explained in the text or in a glossary.

The first two reading passages have 13 questions each, and the last one has 14 questions. The text will include titles and sometimes captions, photos and illustrations, which can help you to grasp the general meaning of the text. If a text contains technical terms, a simple glossary is provided. The total word length of all the texts can vary between 2000 and 7500 words. At least one passage contains arguments and/or views. This is usually Section 3.

General Training Reading


The texts are about more general topics or related to work. The General Training Reading paper has three sections, each of increasing difficulty.

Section 1: contains two or three short factual texts, one of which may be composite (consisting of 6-8 short texts related by topic, e.g. hotel advertisements). Topics are relevant to everyday life in an English-speaking country.

Section 2: contains two short factual texts focusing on work-related issues (e.g. applying for jobs, company policies, pay and conditions, workplace facilities, staff development and training).

Section 3: contains one longer, more complex text on a topic of general interest.

You’ll be reading real passages taken from notices, advertisements, company handbooks, official documents, books, magazines and newspapers.

Marking and Assessment

The Reading test contains 40 questions and each correct answer is given one mark. The Academic and General Training Reading Tests are graded to the same level. However, because the texts in the Academic Reading Test are more challenging overall than those in the General Training Test, more questions need to be answered correctly on a General Training Test to receive the same grade.

Any answer which is above the word limit specified for the task will not receive a mark, so it is important to read the instructions carefully. For questions where you have to write letters or Roman numbers, write only the number of answers required. For questions where you have to complete a gap, write only the missing word(s) on the answer sheet. Spelling and grammar must be correct. The final score is converted to a whole or half band on the IELTS band scale.

What can I do to improve my performance at the Reading test?

  • Make sure you answer the questions asked. It might help to read the questions before you read the passage.
  • Manage your time. Do not spend too much time on a question you find difficult. Answer the others and then come back to it.
  • Look at visuals and subtitles to get a general idea of what the passage is about.
  • Identify the topic sentence in each paragraph. This will give you a clue to the answers.
  • Use reading strategies such as skimming and scanning to help you find the answers. Don’t worry if you do not know the meaning of every single word in the text. Try to guess the meaning of the words you don’t know from the context.
  • Correct grammar and spelling are important.
  • Make sure you go through your answers to check if they are relevant to the questions asked and if the language used is correct.
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IELTS Speaking Tips – Part 3

IELTS tips

In The third section involves a discussion between the examiner and the candidate, generally on questions relating to the theme which they have already spoken about in part 2.

  • Beautiful places
  • Family
  • Shopping
  • Eating and food
  • Travelling
  • School
  • Adventure
  • Newspapers
  • Sport

Beautiful places


Attitudes to tourism

  • Why do you think people like to travel to different places in their free time?
  • How do you see tourism changing in your country in the future?

Conserving the countryside

  • Why is it important to protect the countryside?
  • In what ways is the countryside in danger in your country?

Historic buildings and monuments

  • Why are historic buildings and monuments important to a city?
  • Is it better to keep old buildings, or build new modern ones?

Family


Attitudes to family

  • In what ways have families in your country changed in recent years?
  • Should husbands and wives have different roles within the family? Why (not)?

Family or friends

  • Which are more important to you: your family or your friends?
  • What conflicts can arise between a person’s family and a person’s friends?

Family responsibilities

  • What responsibilities do parents have towards their children?
  • What responsibilities do children have towards their parents?

Shopping


Things to buy

  • What typical things can visitors to your country buy?
  • What things do young people like to buy in your country?

Money

  • Is it a good idea to save money? Why (not)?
  • Do you think that people are happier if they have money? Why (not)?

Shopping

  • What can shops do to make shopping more pleasant for their customers?
  • Do you think that in the future people will do most of their shopping using the Internet? Why?/ Why not?

Shopping at markets

  • Do people in your country enjoy going to open-air markets that sell things like food or clothes or old objects? Which type of market is more popular? Why?
  • Do you think markets are more suitable places for selling certain types of things? Which ones? Why do you think this is?
  • Do you think young people feel the same about shopping at markets as older people? Why is that?

Shopping in general

  • What do you think are the advantages of buying things from shops rather than markets?
  • How does advertising influence what people choose to buy? Is this true for everyone?
  • Do you think that any recent changes in the way people live have affected general shopping habits? Why is this?

Eating and food


Attitudes to food

  • What do you think a healthy diet consists of?
  • Which do people in your country prefer: traditional food or fast food such as hamburgers or pizzas?

Learning about food

  • Do you think children should be taught about healthy diets and cooking at school? Why (not)?
  • At what age do you think children should be taught to cook?

Food aid

  • What can be done to prevent poor people in the world going hungry?
  • Should rich countries help poor countries with more than just food?

Travelling


Travelling and learning

  • What do people learn from travelling?
  • Do you think the growth of international tourism is a good thing? Why (not)?

Tourism and culture

  • How has tourism changed the way people in your country live?
  • How should tourists behave when they visit your country?

Ways of travelling

  • What do you think is the best way for a tourist to travel if they want to learn about your country?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of travelling by plane?

Reasons for daily travel

  • Why do people need to travel every day?
  • What problems can people have when they are on their journey, for example to work or school? Why is this?
  • Some people say that daily journeys like these will not be so common in the future. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

Benefits of international travel

  • What do you think people can learn from travelling to other countries? Why?
  • Can travel make a positive difference to the economy of a country? How?
  • Do you think a society can benefit if its members have experience of travelling to other countries? In what ways?

School


Attitudes to education

  • How has education changed in your country in the last ten years?
  • Is a good education more important to a boy or a girl? Why?

The focus of education

  • How well do you think schools prepare young people for working life?
  • Do you think schools should teach subjects like art, music and dancing? Why (not)?

Education and technology

  • How important is it for schools to have computers for their students?
  • Is the Internet a valuable educational tool?

Adventure


Safety and danger

  • In what ways is life becoming safer, and in what ways is it becoming more dangerous?
  • Should people always avoid danger, or is it a good idea sometimes to take risks?

Taking risks

  • What risks should people try to avoid?
  • Do you think people take fewer risks as they grow older? Why (not)?

Adventure

  • How important is it to have adventure in our lives?
  • What do people learn about themselves from having adventures?

Newspapers


Attitudes to newspapers

  • In what ways are newspapers better for learning about the news than listening to the radio or watching television?
  • Do you think newspapers should be completely free to say whatever they want?

Tastes in reading

  • What do people enjoy reading in your country?
  • Do you think it is important for people to read a lot? Why (not)?

Public and private lives

  • What sort of stories do newspapers and magazines publish about well-known or famous people in your country?
  • Do you think the media should be allowed to publish stories about the private lives of public figures?

Sport & Health


  • What do you do to keep fit?
  • Are you good at sport?
  • What sports do you play?
  • What is the most popular sport in your country?
  • What are the best ways to keep fit?
  • Do you think most people consider exercise a chore or do they find it fun?
  • What is the most popular form of exercise in your country?
  • Do you think people in your country are less healthy than they used to be?
  • How can we encourage young people to stay healthy?
  • Should governments intervene to force people to be healthier?
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IELTS Speaking Tips – Part 2

IELTS tips

In the second section candidates are given a topic card and then have one minute to prepare after which they must speak about the given topic. The third section involves a discussion between the examiner and the candidate, generally on questions relating to the theme which they have already spoken about in part 2.

  • Beautiful places
  • Family
  • Shopping
  • Eating and food
  • Travelling
  • School
  • Adventure
  • Newspapers
  • Sport

Beautiful places


Take one minute to prepare a talk on the following subject.
Take notes if you like and remember to include reasons and examples.
You should then speak for between one and two minutes.

Describe a beautiful place to visit in your country.

You should say:

  • where it is
  • how to get there
  • what there is to do when you are there

and explain why you recommend this place.

Family


Take one minute to prepare a talk on the following subject.
Take notes if you like and remember to include reasons and examples.
You should then speak for between one and two minutes.

Describe the person in your family who you most admire.

You should say:

  • what their relationship is to you
  • what they have done in their life
  • what they do now

and explain why you admire them so much.

Shopping


Take one minute to prepare a talk on the following subject.
Take notes if you like and remember to include reasons and examples.
You should then speak for between one and two minutes.

Describe your favorite shop.

You should say:

  • where it is
  • what things it sells
  • what sort of people are its customers

and explain why you like the shop so much.

Take one minute to prepare a talk on the following subject.
Take notes if you like and remember to include reasons and examples.
You should then speak for between one and two minutes.

Describe an open-air or street market which you enjoyed visiting.

You should say:

  • where the market is
  • what the market sells
  • how big the market is

and explain why you enjoyed visiting this market.

Eating and food


Take one minute to prepare a talk on the following subject.
Take notes if you like and remember to include reasons and examples.
You should then speak for between one and two minutes.

Describe a special occasion when you had a really enjoyable meal.

You should say:

  • what the occasion was
  • who was at the meal
  • what you ate

and explain why the meal was so enjoyable.

Travelling


Travel is a verb: I enjoyed my travel trip very much. It is only used as a noun in a general sense, e.g. travel broadens the mind.

Trip refers to both a journey: the trip there was fine; or a short stay: a business trip; or a holiday: I’m going away on a trip.

Journey only refers to getting from one place to another: the journey there was very uncomfortable.

Take one minute to prepare a talk on the following subject.
Take notes if you like and remember to include reasons and examples.
You should then speak for between one and two minutes.

Describe a memorable journey you have made.

You should say:

  • where you were going
  • how you were travelling
  • why you were making the journey

and explain what made the journey so memorable.

Take one minute to prepare a talk on the following subject.
Take notes if you like and remember to include reasons and examples.
You should then speak for between one and two minutes.

Describe a journey that you remember well.

You should say:

  • where you went
  • how you travelled
  • why you went on the journey

and explain why you remember this journey well.

School


Take one minute to prepare a talk on the following subject.
Take notes if you like and remember to include reasons and examples.
You should then speak for between one and two minutes.

Describe a school which you went to.

You should say:

  • when you went there
  • how many people studied there
  • how long you spent there

and explain what you liked and disliked about it.

Adventure


Take one minute to prepare a talk on the following subject.
Take notes if you like and remember to include reasons and examples.
You should then speak for between one and two minutes.

Describe an exciting experience in your life.

You should say:

  • when the experience took place
  • where the experience took place
  • what happened exactly

and explain why the experience was so exciting.

Newspapers


Take one minute to prepare a talk on the following subject.
Take notes if you like and remember to include reasons and examples.
You should then speak for between one and two minutes.

Describe a newspaper or magazine you enjoy reading.

You should say:

  • what kind of newspaper or magazine it is, e.g. fashion
  • how often you buy it
  • what articles and information it contains

and explain why you enjoy reading it.

Sport


Take one minute to prepare a talk on the following subject.
Take notes if you like and remember to include reasons and examples.
You should then speak for between one and two minutes.

Describe an exciting competition or sporting event you have witnessed.

You should say:

  • what the competition or sporting event was
  • when and where it took place
  • who won

and explain why it was exciting.

 

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IELTS Speaking Tips – Part 1

IELTS tips

The questions in Part 1 are on general topics about your life. Your answers are from your life and experience. There is no right or wrong answer.

  • About you
  • Study
  • Work
  • Your town
  • Free time
  • Holidays
  • Places to go in your free time
  • Transport
  • Shopping
  • Your neighbourhood
  • Reading
  • Sports and games

About you


  • What is your (full) name?
  • Can I have your name please?
  • Could you tell me your full name please?
  • What shall I call you?
  • How can I address you?
  • Does your name have any special meaning?
  • Is your name important to you?
  • Do Korean people like changing their name? Why?
  • Have you ever changed your name? Why or why not?
  • Why do so many people change their name?
  • Do you work or study?

Study


  • What are you studying?
  • What’s your major?
  • Why did you choose that subject?
  • What do you find most interesting about your course?
  • What is your favorite subject?
  • What do you dislike about your study?
  • What do you hope to do after your graduation?
  • What are your ambitions for the future?
  • Do you hope to gain any qualifications?
  • What are the advantages of studying instead of working?

Work


  • Can you describe your job to me?
  • What do you do for a living?
  • How long have you been doing it?
  • Can you describe one of your typical working days?
  • What’s your daily routine on a working day?
  • Why did you choose to do that job?
  • What things do you enjoy about your work? Why?
  • What do you think is the attraction of your work?
  • What is your ideal job?
  • Do you want to change your current job? Why or why not?
  • Are you willing to keep your job permanently?
  • What are your plans for the future?

Your town


  • Can you describe your town or village to me?
  • Tell me something about your hometown.
  • Where are you from?
  • Where is your hometown?
  • Where do you come from?
  • What is the name of the street you live on?
  • What kind of street do you live on?
  • What do you like about your town?
  • What is the weather like in your town?
  • What building is considered famous in your town?
  • What jobs do people in your town do?
  • How has your town changed over the last twenty years?
  • What changes have taken place in your city in recent years?
  • Do you think it is better to live in the center of town or outside in the country? Why?

Free time


  • What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
  • How much time do you have each week for doing these things?
  • Why do you like doing these activities?
  • How did you start doing this activity at first?
  • Is there some other hobby or sport you would like to try? Why?
  • How has the way people spend their free time changed over the years?

Holidays


  • What do you do when you have a holiday?
  • Who do you usually spend holiday with?
  • Where do you like to spend your holidays? Why?
  • Can you describe a typical day in your holidays?
  • Why are holidays and important to you?
  • If you could take a holiday anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
  • What do people usually do during holidays and in your town?

Places to go in your free time


  • What do people do in your town in their free time?
  • Where can they go out for entertainment, or to enjoy themselves?
  • Which do you prefer: eating in restaurants or eating at home?
  • Which are the best places to eat out?

Transport


  • How did you come here today?
  • What is public transport like in your town?
  • How do you think it could be improved?
  • Do you think people should use public transport more? Why (not)?

Shopping


  • How much time do you spend shopping every week?
  • Do you enjoy going shopping? Why (not)?
  • What is your favourite shop and why do you like it?
  • What problems are there with shopping in your area?

Your neighbourhood


  • Can you describe the house where you live to me?
  • What is there to do in the area where you live?
  • What do you like about the area where you live?
  • How do you think it could be improved?
  • Do you think it is better to live in the centre of town or outside in the country? Why?

Reading


  • Do you enjoy reading? Why?
  • What sort of things do you read?
  • Tell me something about your favourite book.
  • What are the advantages of reading instead of watching television or going to the cinema?

Sports and games


  • What sports are most popular in your country?
  • What sports and games did you most enjoy playing
  • when you were a child?
  • Do people take as much exercise as in the past?
  • Why is exercise good for you?
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Which IELTS Books are the Best?

IELTS tips

Cambridge IELTS 11


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Cambridge IELTS 11 provides students with an excellent opportunity to familiarise themselves with IELTS and to practise examination techniques using authentic test material. You can choose an edition containing either four complete tests for Academic or for General Training module. An introduction to these different modules is included in each book, together with with an explanation of the scoring system used by Cambridge English Language Assessment. A comprehensive section of answers and tapescripts makes the material ideal for students working partly or entirely on their own.

Cambridge IELTS 10 Student’s Book with Answers


IELTS

Cambridge IELTS 10 provides students with an excellent opportunity to familiarise themselves with IELTS and to practise examination techniques using authentic test material prepared by Cambridge English Language Assessment. It contains four complete tests for Academic module candidates, plus extra Reading and Writing modules for General Training module candidates. An introduction to these different modules is included in each book, together with with an explanation of the scoring system used by Cambridge English Language Assessment. A comprehensive section of answers and tapescripts makes the material ideal for students working partly or entirely on their own.

Cambridge Grammar for IELTS Student’s Book with Answers and Audio CD


IELTS

Cambridge Grammar for IELTS provides complete coverage of the grammar needed for the IELTS test, and develops listening skills at the same time. It includes a wide range of IELTS tasks from the Academic and General Training Reading, Writing and Listening modules, and contains helpful grammar explanations and a grammar glossary. A Student’s Book ‘without answers’ is also available.

Cambridge Vocabulary for IELTS Advanced Band 6.5+ with Answers and Audio CD


IELTS

The book covers all the vocabulary needed by students aiming for band 6.5 and above in the IELTS tests and provides students with practice of exam tasks from each paper. Cambridge Vocabulary for IELTS Advanced focuses on moving students to 6.5 and beyond by working on vocabulary-building strategies necessary for success at advanced levels. It includes useful tips on how to approach IELTS exam tasks and covers especially tricky areas such as paraphrase and collocation. It is informed by the Cambridge English Corpus to ensure that the vocabulary is presented in genuine contexts and includes real learner errors. The Audio CD contains the listening and pronunciation exercises from each unit. The material is suitable for self-study or homework tasks, and may also be used in class with the teacher.

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