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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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656.  No Topic

657.  A New Skill   (May, 2015)  (Moved to Topic 708 on January 15, 2016)    (This copy no longer used)

658.  A Special Trip in the Future  (May, 2015)   (Probably no longer used)

659.  Something You Forgot  (Sep, 2015)   (Probably no longer used)

660.  An Environmental Law  (Sep, 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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656.  No Topic

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657.  A New Skill   (May, 2015)  (Moved to Topic 708 on January 15, 2016)   (This copy no longer used)

        Describe a new skill you would like to learn.

               You should say:

what skill (= what you would like to learn to do)

how you would learn it

how difficult you think it would be

and explain why you would like to learn this skill.

    

Notes

  • Note (Written January 15, 2016): This topic was moved to Topic 708 on January 15, 2016. From now on, any changes or additional questions will be written at Topic 708, not here.

 

  • See the notes HERE for an explanation of the differences between the two words "learn" and "study". Basically, "learn" is used in reference to doing something while "study" is used in reference to theoretical or abstract knowledge. However, sometimes either word is used, such as "learn (to play) the piano" = "study the piano" and, ""learn to speak English" = "study English".

  • "How difficult you think it would be" is the same as asking, "If you learned it, how difficult do you think it would be?" Most people should not use the word "will" even once in this Part 2 answer. However,  if you say that you certainly will learn it, then to say "it will be easy" or "it will be difficult" is suitable.

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Possible follow-up questions:

  • Do you like learning new skills?

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Part 3

Skills Today Or, "Practical" and "Academic" Skills

  • What skills do you think are most useful in everyday life today? FQ

  • What skills do you think are most useful in the workplace?

  • Do you think a person's skills are more innate, or more learned?

  • What are some examples of (everyday) skills that many people learn today but which were not common a few decades ago?

  • Do you think the elderly should learn some new skills?

  • Do you think the government should provide help for elderly people to learn these skills?

  • Which do you think are more important, academic skills or practical skills? FQ

  • What skills do you think students need to have?  FQ See Note 5

  • What work skills do you think working people need to have?  FQ

  • Which do you think are more important in the workplace, academic skills or practical skills? FQ

  • How are the skills that people learn today different to what they used to learn in the past?

  • How important do you think it is for people to learn to use new technologies?

  • What (new) skills do you imagine will be most important for people to learn in the future?

Skills that Children Need to Learn

  • What (essential) skills do you think children need to learn? FQx2  See Note 2

  • (Similar to above) What (essential) practical skills do you think children need to learn?  FQx2

  • (Similar to above) Do you think it's necessary for children to learn skills such as cooking?  FQx2

  • (Possibly) What skills do you think children need to learn in order to be successful in life?

  • Do schools in your country place much importance on teaching practical skills, or do they focus only on academic skills?

  • What skills do children learn in primary school?

  • Are the skills that children learn at school today the same as the skills that children learned at school in the past?

  • Do children need to learn the same skills that adults learn?

  • What are the differences between the skills that females (or, girls) learn and those that males (or, boys) learn?

  • Do you think boys and girls should both learn the same skills? FQx2

  • (Similar to above) Do you think schools should have classes that teach the same skills to both boys and girls? FQ  See Note 3

  • Do you think junior high school students should have cooking classes at school?

  • Do you think people should learn the skills they need for work while they at high school?

  • Are there any differences between the skills that school children learn today (at school), and those that they learned in the past? FQ

  • Which do you think are more important, the skills that children learn at school or the skills they learn at home? FQ 

  • Do you think academic skills are more important for children to learn than social skills?

  • How important do you think communication skills are?

  • Do you think people are born with different communication skills, or do you think these are learned?

Work Skills

  • What kinds of work skills are most valuable in your country at the moment?

  • Do you think schools should give information to their students about useful work skills?

  • (Not exactly the same as above) Do you think schools should teach their students useful work skills?

  • Do you think men and women (or, males and females) should both learn the same work skills? FQ

  • Do you think vocational high schools should be given more importance than what they have now? *

  • Do you think there should be more vocational high schools in your country?

  • How important do you think teamwork is in the workplace?

  • What kind of work would you like to do in the future?

Computers / Online Study

  • Do you think it's important for people to learn how to use a computer?

  • What do you think is the best way for a person to learn to use a computer?

  • How can parents teach their children to use a computer? FQ

  • What could be done if the parents are too busy to teach things such as computer usage to their children? FQ

  • Do you think children can learn to use computers faster than (or easier than) people of their grandparents' age? (Why?)  FQx2

  • (Similar to above) Who do you think learns to use modern technology faster, children or old people? (Why?)  FQx2

  • What motivates some old people to learn how to use the internet?

  • Do you think computers (or, the internet) are useful tools for the education of children?

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658.  A Special Trip in the Future  (May, 2015)    (Probably no longer used)

Describe a special trip you would like to go on in the future. *

                                or

Describe a special place you would like to go to in the future. *

               You should say:

where you would like to go

 who you would go there with (or, who you would like to go there with)

 what you would do there (or, what you would like to do there)  *

  how you would prepare for this trip

and explain why this trip would be special to you.

 

 

Notes

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Part 3

Places to Travel To

Preparing for a Trip

Business Travel

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659.  Something You Forgot  (Sep, 2015)  (Probably no longer used)  Moved to Topic 737 on May 20, 2016

Describe a time when you forgot something important.

               You should say:

when it happened

 what you forgot

 what was the result of your forgetting

and explain why it was important. *

                or

and explain what you did when you realized you had forgotten this important thing.*

 

Notes

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of Topic 533.

Hint - Learn the meaning of the verb, "to associate" when used in connection with memory.

See also some vocabulary - Memory

The Importance of Memory

Forgetting

Avoiding Forgetfulness / Enhancing Memory

This sub-topic probably includes both remembering everyday things, and remembering things studied at school / university.

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660.  An Environmental Law  (Sep, 2015)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe a law about the environment that you would like to see in your country.

               You should say:

 what the law would be about

  how the law would work *

 what effects this law would have (= what changes would result from this law)

and explain why you would like to see this law in existence. *

                                    or

and explain why you think this law is needed. *

 

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of Topic 558 & Topic 152.

Laws (in society)

Rules (Regulations)

        In Schools

        In the Workplace

Children and Rules

Environmental Problems

See Note 1

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Note 1

Except for the two questions shown, nobody has yet reported any questions about the environment but such questions seem highly likely. The most likely question is, "What sorts of environmental problems are there in your country?"

Don't forget that pollution (air, water & soil pollution) is not the only environmental problem. There is also: i) preservation of endangered species ii) preservation of natural resources such as forests, wetlands, oceanic fish stocks etc., iii) desertification and reclaiming deserts, iv) disposal of human waste materials and garbage, v) soil erosion, vi) soil salinity etc.

My personal opinions on (the unproven theory of) "man-made global warming" and the idea that carbon dioxide (CO2) is a "pollutant" are outlined here. But don't spend too much time reading about this one topic. And be careful how you speak or write about this topic in the IELTS test because, for some examiners, it is truly a new kind of religion for them! I suggest you speak and write objectively, stating what "some people believe" but keeping your personal opinion to yourself on this topic.

Note 2

Don't forget, reading, writing and doing (basic) arithmetic are skills. They might be called "academic skills" but they are essential for living in modern society.

Then there are the so-called "social skills", such as learning to co-operate with others, make friends, communicate with others etc.

And, of course, basic skills on looking after oneself such as how to tie shoe laces and dress oneself.

Note 3

In the West, the traditional situation has long been that boys have a woodworking or metalworking class in junior high school while girls have a "Home Economics" class, which is mainly about cooking and sewing. When I was at school, the boys also had the choice of doing a Technical Drawing class in which they learned the elementary skills of draughting (drafting).  In addition to that, in the U.S., many senior high schools have a class in which the students learn to drive a car and some schools have a class called "Workshop" in which the students learn how to maintain their cars and, to some extent, do minor repairs on the cars. I doubt that any schools would actually restrict girls from taking a woodworking, metalworking, or workshop class, or restrict boys from taking a Home Economics class.

Of course, many high schools all over the world today have a Computing class in which both boys and girls learn how to use a computer.

Note 4

The wording of the question, "What do (or, can)  people do to help them remember things?" is rather broad or general. It can be interpreted to mean "remember things that they study, in order to prepare for exams". Alternatively, it can mean, "remember to do something today". The examiner might ask you a general question like that in order to allow you to choose either meaning.

Note 5

This question was not reported as "primary school pupils" or "primary school students". The word, "pupil" is more suitable for children (i.e., people between the ages of about 4 and 12), while "student" could refer to high school and university students or even mature age people who are learning something. Therefore, your answer would depend on the exact words used in the question. The same person reported this question and the question, "What work skills do you think working people need to have?" so it seems more likely that it is "high school and university students" in contrast with working people.

Note 6

This question was used previously for other topics related to laws and rules.

Note 7

"Enhance" is a better word to use than "improve". To "enhance one's memory"  means, "to help one's memory" rather than improve one's memory itself. 

Note 8

This question might include the expression, "puppy love", which is the immature feeling of being in love that teenagers feel. Some people think that school uniforms minimize the sexual attractiveness of girls, and also eliminate any competition among the girls to dress attractively for the boys.

Aside from the question of school uniforms, many candidates in China will say that one school rule in high school is a prohibition on forming romantic relationships with other students, i.e., having boyfriends or girlfriends at school is not allowed.