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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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611.  An Exciting Sport  (January, 2015)    (Probably no longer used)

612.  A Subject You Didn't Like Before  (January, 2015)    (Probably no longer used) 

613.  An Occasion When You Helped a Stranger  (January, 2015)    (Probably no longer used)

614.  Someone Who Did Not Tell the Whole Truth  (January, 2015)    (Probably no longer used)

615.  A Family Member You Would Like to Work With  (January, 2015)    (Probably no longer used)

 

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FQ = frequent question = a question that has frequently been reported = a question that is probably in the examiner's question book

* = my guess at a question

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611.  An Exciting Sport  (January, 2015)    (Probably no longer used)

Describe an exciting sport you know.

               You should say:

what sport it is

 how you know about it

 how difficult you think it is

and explain why you think it is exciting.

 

 

Notes

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

On the topic of Sport see also the Part 3 of Topics 516, Topic  395, Topic 343, 265, Topic 209, 128, 176, Topic 6, Topic 572, Topic 64, Topic 516 & Topic 599 on Page 120

On the topic of "exciting" see also the Part 3 of Topics 431 & 82

See also the Part 3 questions for Topic 3, An Adventurous Person, Topic 317 An Adventurous Person (2) and for Topic 82, A New or Exciting Activity.

Sport in Your Country

(This is probably more about the sports that people play, not so much about spectator sports.)

Sports on TV

Extreme Sports / Dangerous Sports

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612.  A Subject You Didn't Like Before  (January, 2015)    (Probably no longer used) 

Describe a subject you didn't like before but are interested in now. *

               You should say:

what subject it is

 when you studied it before

 why you didn't like it before

and explain why you are interested in it now.

 

Notes

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

See also any relevant questions in the Part 3 of 555, 510, 498, 443, 389, 325, 304, 230, 154, 89, 36 & 18

School Subjects

School Teachers

The Internet and TV as Educational Tools

See Note 5

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613.  An Occasion When You Helped a Stranger  (January, 2015)    (Probably no longer used)

Describe a time when you did something to help someone you didn't know.

               You should say:

where it happened

who the person was

how you helped this person 

and explain how you felt after helping this person.

 

Notes

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Part 3

See also (for "You Helped Somebody") the Part 3 of Topics 78, 156, 279 & 550

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See also (for "Somebody Helped You") the Part 3 for Topics 279,  267, 156, 28 & 526

and  the Part 3 for Topics 392, 210 and 104

Professional Helpers

Helping in the Community or in Society (Unpaid Volunteer Work)

See Note 7

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614.  Someone Who Did Not Tell the Whole Truth  (January, 2015)    (Probably no longer used)

Describe a time when (you think) someone (you know) did not tell you the complete truth.

               You should say:

what the situation was

 who did not tell you the whole truth

 in what way did they not tell you the whole truth  (= what they said or did not say that was a lie) *

and explain how you felt when you discovered you had not been told the whole truth. *

                                   or

and explain how you felt when you discovered  the whole truth. *

 

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Part 3

Here's a video about lies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=62C3lYSiHvw. (The lyrics to this song are at Note 11).

See Note 11

See Note 10

Lying 

Crime  Advanced Topic

Children and Lying

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615.  A Family Member You Would Like to Work With  (January, 2015)    (Probably no longer used)

Describe a member of your family who you would like to work with.

               You should say:

who this person is

 whether you have worked together before

 what work you would like to do together

and explain why you would like to work with this person.

 

 

Notes

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of Topics 37, 79, 98, 306, 378 & 398.

Family Businesses / Big and Small Companies

Technology and Business

International Business

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Note 1

This is an old issue that is mainly about the subjects that senior high school students study, especially in their last year or two. The wording "schools to decide" means that the subjects are compulsory.

Note 2

(Especially for Chinese readers)  Make sure you know the differences between "interesting", "fun" and "funny".

Note 3

"Fun" lessons are, at times, more suitable for primary school kids, especially in the first few years of primary school. Very young kids (e.g., under 7 years old) learn best when they think they are just playing!

Note 4

This sort of question has been reported more than once. It's a relevant question but it also could be a trap, testing to see if you confuse "fun", "funny" and "interesting".

Note 5

The questions here might be referring to TV and the internet in general, for everyone, including school children when they are not at school. Alternatively, the questions might be referring to educational tools used in school classrooms. This is not clear.

Note 6

The point here is that many of the people who these professionals help are poor people. So, people such as social workers are usually government employees although sometimes they work for charitable organizations such as the Red Cross (e.g., doctors & nurses).

Note 7

Although most volunteer work is unpaid work, not all voluntary acts are unpaid acts. For example, sometimes in war the soldiers are asked, "Who will volunteer to do this dangerous task?" Or, in the case of a natural disaster in a far-off place, doctors or nurses or other workers might volunteer to go to that place to help but they still might be paid. To "volunteer" firstly means that you offer yourself to do something rather than being told that you have to do it.

Note 8

It's called "perjury".

Note 9

DNA testing

Note 10

In most non-Western cultures, the way one treats a guest is very important, much more important than in Western European culture. If the guest asks for something, including some favour, the host feels obligated to do his (or her) best to satisfy the guest's request. This results in a culture where people avoid saying "No" as much as possible to guests & friends. In some cases, this avoidance of saying "no" becomes a significant part of politeness.

This phenomenon is quite strong in Japan, and to some extent in Korea & among Chinese people.  Some English-speaking visitors to the far East have commented on this and how it leads to a serious cultural misunderstanding. Here's an example. An American goes to Tokyo & replies to a newspaper ad seeking English teachers. After a couple of weeks, he calls the school (from the other side of Tokyo) and asks if there is any progress on his application. He is not told that the application was unsuccessful, when the person at the school knows perfectly well that it was unsuccessful! The Japanese guy at the school suggests he come over to the school, "for a chat" or something like that. So the American guy spends 20% of his remaining cash reserves (he's getting desperate for work now) and most of a day travelling to & from the school, only to be told that, "Sorry this a university-level college. You need an M.A. or Ph. D. in English to teach English here." The American is grateful for the Japanese guy's honestly and nice, polite manners. But he wonders to himself, "Why didn't he just tell me this on the phone yesterday?" To the American, it was similar to, "lying by omission".

This is what some people refer to as the "Japanese lie". I think the culture is of ancient Chinese culture but it is, in all varieties of modern Chinese culture, no longer as strong as it once was .

It's possible that some IELTS examiners might make their own question about this topic, or a related topic.

Note 11

"It's all Lies" sung by "Osama, The Bin Ladens"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=62C3lYSiHvw

"It's all Lies" as MP3:  ALL_A_LIE.mp3

"It's all Lies" Ė lyrics: 'It's_all_Lies'_lyrics.htm

 

Another copy of the song lyrics, here -

Lyrics to, "It's all Lies" sung by "Osama, The Bin Ladens"

You heard it on the evening news,

The voice of authority,

And though it was all a lie, still you believe.

 

They told you about yellowcake,

As a pretext to war.

They embedded reporters cheap,

Like five- dollar whores.

They gave you a bogeyman,

To scare you at night.

And terror threat level alerts,

'Till you were ready to fight!

 

But it's all a lie,

Made of nonsense for you to buy.

Still you believe! Still you believe! Still you believe!

 

They told you earth's heating up,

That we're all gonna stew.

But the only thing cooking here,

Is the data that they use!

 

They told you 'bout Saddam Husein,

And his WMDs,

They were sure that he had 'em too,

'Coz they still had the receipts!

 

But it all's a lie,

Made of nonsense for you to buy.

Still you believe! Still you believe! Still you believe!

 

Still you believe, all of their crap,

Never suspecting, that it's a trap.

You're being had, you're being used,

It's all just a game, and you're gonna lose!

 

You'd better wake up,

Before it's too late,

Before the jig's up,

And you've sealed your fate!

 

And now for the coup-de-grace,

To fool you and me,

They said they just killed the bogeyman,

And buried him at sea!

 

Lies! Lies! Nonsense! Fairy tales! Propaganda! Crap!

Mind-numbing, soul-crushing, psychological trap!

It's the way that they've always worked,

And baby it's fate.

They'll keep doing it,

Until you stop taking the bait!

It's all lies!

 

Note 12

How do you think becoming a famous sportsperson affects people?

In that type of question, the word, "people" means "these people" or "these famous sportspeople". It does not refer to people in general.

Note 13

At what point would you say a sport becomes a "dangerous sport"?

Whenever anything is labelled as "dangerous" then one needs to consider the question, "Dangerous to whom?" or "Who is in danger of being hurt by this?"

This topic could then branch out into politics, such as the legitimacy, or otherwise, of a government calling something "dangerous". Or it could branch out into another socio-political topic, that of victimless crimes, crimes such as drug usage in which the person in greatest danger is the drug user (although many hard-core drug users are forced into becoming thieves, which is a danger to a whole community). Basically, a government can call any activity a "crime" if it really wants to. Here we are getting into the topic of "persona liberties" (even the freedom to endanger oneself) and the topic of "victimless crimes".

Note 14

What would you say is the most "exciting" sporting activity in your country / city?

To answer this, you first need to understand the broad definition of "sporting activity" in English. For example, chess can be considered a "sport", as is trout fishing in the rivers of the north, horseback riding, or even fox hunting. "Sport" is also divided into a) spectator sport b) participatory sport. For example, football (or soccer) is a major spectator sport all over the world and if only a very small percentage of people in your society actually play it, then it is basically a spectator sport where you live.

Then we have the meaning of "exciting". Obviously, this is quite subjective, although there certainly are some sporting activities that are universally "exciting" (everybody is excited by them). But consider that it would be quite legitimate to describe the (exciting) "cut and thrust" of a wei qi game or a chess game! What is exciting to one might be boring to someone else. The key point is Part 2 is being able to generate some good adjectives related to "exciting" and to justify why you say it is exciting, exciting either to you, to others, or even only to participants in these activities.

Note 15

This type of question means that, if there is a need in society (in the community) then why isn't the government providing a person who is paid to do it

Note 16

A lie detector test = a polygraph