IELTS Speaking Tips – Part 3

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?


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?


Things to buy

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


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


  • 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 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?


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?


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)?


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


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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