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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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966 A Sport that You Do  (May 2019)

967.  A Practical Skill  (May 2019)

968.  A Vehicle Breakdown  (May 2019)

969.  A Time You Stayed with Your Friends (or a friend)  (May 2019)  

970.  A Park or Garden  (May 2019) 

 

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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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966 A Sport that You Do  (May 2019)

Describe ....................

               You should say:

 ..................

 .................

 .................

 and explain .......................

              .

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967.  A Practical Skill  (May 2019)

Copy of Topic 281

Describe a useful practical skill that you learned (such as driving a car, speaking a foreign language, cooking etc).

            You should say:

                        why you learned this skill

                        how (and when) you learned it

                        how difficult it was to learn

            and explain how this skill is useful to you.

              .

 

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Part 3

In addition to Part 3 of Topic 281 & Topic 17, also search this page for the word "skill" - COMPLETE_P2_LIST.htm

Skills in General

Jobs and Skills

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968.  A Vehicle Breakdown  (May 2019)

Describe a time when you went on a trip and your vehicle (e.g., car or bus) broke down.

               You should say:

 where you went

 who you went with

 how long it took to resolve this problem

 and explain what the problem was.

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Travel

Public Transport versus Private Transport

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969.  A Time You Stayed with Your Friends (or a friend)  (May 2019)

Describe a time when you stayed with your friends, or a friend.

               You should say:

 who you stayed with

 were you stayed

 what you did together

 and explain how you felt while staying with your friend(s).              .

 

Notes

  • To "stay with someone" means to temporarily live with this person, such as staying overnight at your friend's place. It can also include staying together at a place which is the home of neither you nor your friend, such as on a school camp.

  • This activity is quite popular among girls aged about 8 to 14. They like to “sleep over” at a friend’s place for a night and sometimes it involves more than two girls.

  • The word, "stay" is usually used to describe spending at least one night in a hotel or hospital. In English, we do not normally say "live in a hospital" or "live in a hotel". Possible exceptions to that could be if a hotel manager or employee actually lives in the hotel, or if someone is a long-term resident in a hotel (e.g., 6 months or more) and treats it as his/her only home.

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Some extra vocabulary - http://ielts-yasi.englishlab.net/vocabulary_lists_7.htm#Friendship

Family versus Friends

Relationships

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970.  A Park or Garden  (May 2019) 

Version A

Describe a park or garden you enjoyed visiting.

               You should say:

                        what it was *

                        when you went there

                        why you visited it

                        what it looked like

                and explain why you enjoyed visiting it. 

 

Version B 

Describe a park or garden you have enjoyed visiting.

               You should say:

                        what it was (or, is) *

                        why you have visited it

                        what it looks (or looked) like

                and explain why you have enjoyed visiting it

 

 

Notes

  • This topic has been used many times in the past.

  • It seems that Version A is the wording in use.

  • Notice that the wording above best suits a park or garden that you just visited once or a small number of times, not a place that you have been to many times. However, it would be quite easy to adapt your answer to speak about a park or garden that you regularly visit. Just say something like, "Well, there's a park near my home that I have been visiting regularly for the past five years" or, "Well, my father has a nice vegetable garden at the back of our house and I enjoy going there, and picking some ripe tomatoes or fresh vegetables, quite often." You can then add, "So, there hasn't just been one time when I went there." And you would need to adapt the verb tense to the present tense (for speaking in general) when you say what it looks like, when you go there and why you enjoy visiting it, etc. Or you could use the present perfect tense for that last point - "I've really enjoyed going there because ...."  This adaptability is allowed in Part 2, as long as you are skilful enough to speak as if you were answering someone's question (request), "Tell me about a park or garden you enjoyed visiting."

Of course, if the real wording was, "Describe a park or garden you have enjoyed visiting" then you would not need to specify the time because the present perfect tense is used to talk about an experience some time before now, and whether you went there once or many times would not matter. You could specify a time or some times when you went there, but that would not be absolutely necessary. This is Version B.

  • In previous versions of this topic, the card said something like, "You should say what you did there" or "You should say what people were doing there." Of course you can quickly include that information for this version, even if you are not specifically asked to say that.

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Part 3

See also any related or similar questions Part 3 questions at:

839.  A Park or Garden    643.  A Park or Garden     537.  A Park or Garden     246.  A Garden or Park    
&   102.  An Ideal Park       
For Gardens: Topic 742, Topic 643, Topic 246, Topic 142, Topic 442, Topic 332Topic 102 & Topic 537
and see 403. A Place of Natural Beauty  (Many good questions)

 

Parks

  • What benefits can parks bring to a city?

  • Do you think the parks in your city are clean and attractive?

  • Would you say people should help maintain public parks and gardens?

  • Do young people often go to a park?

Gardens

  • Are public parks and gardens available for planting vegetables?

  • Can you suggest why some people plant flowers at home?

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Note 1

The words, "modern technology" apply to many forms of technology, just just communications technology such as the internet or using a smartphone. However, very often "modern technology" is used to mean, "modern communications technology".