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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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776.  A Day in the Countryside (Jan. 2017)  (Probably no longer used)

777.  A Polite Person (Jan. 2017)  (Probably no longer used)

778.  An Interesting Talk or Speech (Jan. 2017)  (Probably no longer used)

779.  A Popular Place for Swimming (Jan. 2017)  (Probably no longer used)

780.  A Holiday You Would Like (Jan. 2017)  (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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776.  A Day in the Countryside (Jan. 2017)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe an enjoyable day you had in the countryside.

            You should say:

when and where you went

who you went with

what you did there

            and explain why you think it was enjoyable.

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Notes

  • A "day in the countryside" does not simply mean a day away from the city. It means a day out of a city, a town or even a village, a day that is usually spent in the open air (unless you are in a car or other vehicle). It could be on a farm, climbing a mountain, fishing from a boat on a lake, hiking in a forest or even driving along a road in the countryside. But a day at the beach or on the coast is not usually expressed as, "in the countryside".

  • English speakers sometimes use, "in the country" to mean, "in the countryside". This usage of "country" is a short form of "countryside"; it does not mean, "nation".

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 Possible follow-up questions:

  • Do you often go to the countryside?

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Part 3

See also any relevant or similar questions (only some questions are relevant for this topic) in the Part 3 of the following topics: 713, 667, 653, 620, 570, 567, 528, 422, 409, 403, 394, 387, 313, 266,  246, 243, 235, 122, 195, 180, 174 & 24

The Countryside in Your Country

  • What are the differences between rural and urban areas FQ

  • Have there been any changes in the countryside in recent years FQ

  • What are the differences between the countryside now and in the past FQ

  • How do you think the countryside should be developed?

  • Do you think should (or needs to) do something to protect the natural environment of the countryside?

Living in the Countryside

  • Do most people in your country live in cities or in the countryside FQ

  • Was this the same situation several decades ago FQ

  • What caused this change FQ

  • Do you (or, would you) prefer to live in the countryside, or in the city?   FQ

  • (Similar to above) In your opinion, is it better to live in the countryside or in the city FQ

  • (Similar to above) What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in the countryside FQ

  • (Similar to above) What are the differences between rural and urban life FQ

  • Do you think itís good for people to live in the countryside?

  • Do you think people like living in the countryside?

  • Do you think rural life is difficult?

  • Why do some people think itís harder to live in the countryside?

  • Why do people move from the countryside (to cities and towns) FQ

  • In the future, will people prefer to live in the city or countryside FQ

  • What effects will there be if more people move to the countryside?

Age Groups Living in the Countryside or the City

  • What groups of people are more likely to live in the countryside?

  • Do you think the countryside is a suitable place to live for people of all ages FQ

  • Do young people want to live in the countryside FQ

  • (Similar to above) Do you think many young people living in the countryside would prefer to live in the city FQ

  • Some people think cities have better educational facilities (or opportunities) than the countryside. Do you agree?

  • Do you think there are advantages for elderly people to live in the countryside FQ

  • What do you think are the differences between medical services in the city and in the countryside?

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777.  A Polite Person (Jan. 2017)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe a polite person you know.

            You should say:

who it is

how you know this person

when you knew this person

            and explain why this person is polite.

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 Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of Topics 472 and 405

Politeness in General

Politeness and Children

International Politeness

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778.  An Interesting Talk or Speech (Jan. 2017)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe an interesting talk or speech you heard.

            You should say:

who gave the speech

where it was

what it was about

            and explain why you thought (or, think) it was interesting. *

              .

Notes

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 Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of Topics 473 and 185. Especially read any notes that accompany those two sets of questions.

Note: Know the differences in meaning between, "a speech", "a talk" and, "a lecture".

When We Hear Speeches

Speeches and Talks Given to Children

Speech-Giving Skills

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779.  A Popular Place for Swimming (Jan. 2017)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe a popular place for people to go swimming.

            You should say:

where it is

what it is like

who likes to swim there

            and explain why it is popular for swimming.

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of the following topics that are similar to this Part 2 topic: 390 & Topic 84

Swimming

Sports (and exercise) Facilities

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780.  A Holiday You Would Like (Jan. 2017)  (Probably no longer used)

Version A

Describe a holiday you want to go on in the future.

            You should say:

where it will be

who you will go with

what you will do

            and explain why you want to go there.

              .

Version B

Describe a holiday you would like to go on in the future.

            You should say:

where it would be

who you would go with

what you would do

            and explain why you would like to go there.

 

Notes

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 Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

See also any similar or related questions to those questions below in the Part 3 of the following topics: 711, Topic 658, 466. 399, 206, Topic 112, 90, 78, 66, & 32

Having (taking) a Holiday

See Note 8

Going on a Holiday / Being a Tourist

Travelling Abroad

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Note 1

If somebody disrespects you, will you still respect them?

This question might be asked using the following grammar: If somebody disrespected you, would you still respect them?

Your answer should be expressed in the same grammar as the question, whichever grammatical form is used. Never use "would" to answer a "will" question, and never use "will" to answer a "would" question.

Note 2

Would you say people are more polite today than in the past?

Some native English speakers use, "politer" and "the politest" but most people use, "more polite" and "the most polite". I suggest you also use those two-word forms because some examiners might consider the one-word forms to be incorrect English.

Note 3

"Besides speeches, what are some other methods schoolchildren can learn?" That is how this question was reported. Here, "learn" means, "learn the lesson that the speech-giver was trying to convey", or "receive the message the speech-giver was trying to convey to the audience". 

Note 4

What kinds of visitors give speeches at schools? 

This is what was reported as a question. Obviously that question would only be suitable if you had previously answered "Yes" to the question, "Do schools in your country ever invite visitors to give a talk to their students?"  If you had answered "No" or "I don't know" then a more suitable wording for the question would be, "What kinds of visitors do you think would be suitable to give speeches at schools?"

Note 5

What kind of people enjoy going to speeches?

This is what was reported as a question. But the word, "enjoy" is not very suitable in this situation because speeches are usually serious, not "joyous" or "giving people great joy or happiness". The real question is more likely to be simply, "What kind of people go to listen to speeches?" or, "What kind of people attend speeches?"

Note 6

Do you think it's useful to invite guests to give a talk (or, a speech) to children at school?

This question was reported as, "Do you think it's useful to invite guests to give speeches to children at school?" but I have changed the wording. I changed the wording because, in most cases, I think the examiner will actually use, "a talk", not "a speech" in this question.

In order to give good-quality answers to the questions under this topic, it is vital for you to know the difference between a speech and a talk. Schoolchildren, especially primary school children but even senior high school students, quickly become bored by listening to "speeches" and are much more receptive to listening to "a talk". If the examiner uses the word, "speech" or "speeches" in this question then he or she might be testing you to see if you know the difference between "a speech" and "a talk".

Note 7

Do you think it's good for students to listen to speeches given by criminals?

This is the wording that was reported as a question, and it is possible that the examiner actually used those words. But the real meaning here is "given by reformed criminals" or "given by former criminals", i.e., people who are no longer criminals.

In some Western countries, people who have served gaol (jail) terms for their crimes are sometimes invited to visit schools where the students are in danger of becoming criminals, such as schools in high crime-rate areas of cities. These former criminals then warn the students not to make the same mistakes that they made.

Note 8

Although I have grouped the questions for this Part 3 into three sub-topics, it is possible for an examiner to mix some of these questions under these topics.

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Let's look at some definitions.

The word, "holiday" could be replaced by the word, "vacation" for any of these questions. British English tends to use, "have a holiday" which means the same as the more American English, "take a vacation". However, some British English speakers and some American English speakers do use either form.

A "holiday" is similar to "a break" taken from work or school attendance, besides the usual two weekend days, which are not classified as "holidays". A "holiday" can even be a one-day public holiday. This break can be spent at home, without travelling anywhere.

To "go on holiday" means to spend your holiday away from home. There are two main forms of "going on a holiday".

One type of holiday spent away from home would be if you spend your holiday at one place such as a beach, either in your home country or abroad, without especially looking at new or different sights. You simply spend your time enjoying the new environment, swimming in the ocean etc.

The other type of holiday spent away from home involves a lot of travelling, as a "tourist". A tourist visits at least one place that is new or different in order to look at these different sights, and usually take some photographs. Some tourists might spend a whole month overseas travelling to various locations, for example visiting various parts of Europe. Essentially, they spend their holiday "travelling".

But it is also possible to be a tourist even when you are not on holiday. For example, if you spend just a Sunday or a weekend visiting another place in your home country (or abroad) as a tourist, then that one or two-day period is not really a "holiday", as I have already mentioned above. It's simply (time spent on) a short trip away from home for pleasure.