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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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996.  A New Building  (Sep 2019)   (Probably no longer used) 

997.  A Leisure Activity with Family  (Sep 2019)   (Probably no longer used) 

998.  A Person Often in the News  (Jan 2020)

999.  A Family Member You Spend Time With  (Jan 2020)

1000.  A Crowded Place You Went To  (Jan 2020)

 

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996.  A New Building  (Sep 2019)   (Probably no longer used) 

A) Describe a new building you would like to visit.

or

B) Describe a new public building you would like to visit.

or

C) Describe a building you would like to visit.

               You should say:

 where it is

 when it was built

 what it looks like

 how you know about it *

 and explain why you would like to visit it.

              .

Notes

  • What is the difference between A & B? Not much. A public building is basically one that you can enter, unlike a private building such as someone's home. If the card just says A then it would be possible to say that you would like to visit a new private home or building but just look at it from the outside, without entering it. In fact, it might be Version C.

  • "New" could be any building that was built in, say, the past 5 years. That's relatively new. It doesn't have to be a building that was built this year, but it could be.

  • Although it is possible to "visit" a building by just standing outside it and not going inside, it might be best to describe a building that you would also like to enter.

  • This refers to a building that you have not actually visited or entered yet. However, it might possible to say that you have been there (visited it) before and would like to visit it again. If you say that. mention why you'd like to visit it again.

  • This topic is strongly testing your ability to accurately make sentences of the type, "If + past tense + would + verb". For example, "If I went there I would certainly take many photographs." Understand that, "would + verb" is more than, "would like to + verb".

  • The term, "public building" does not only refer to government buildings that the general public can enter to conduct business with the government such as applying for a passport or applying a driver's licence. A train station, for example, could be called a "public building". These are examples of buildings that are publicly owned (owned by the government)

Even a public toilet could be called a public building! You could even tell the examiner that you would like to visit (use) that building right now! :)

A privately-owned building such as a cinema that the public pays to use is also a "public building" in the sense that it is used by the public.  Assuming that the word "public" is actually used in the question wording, it would be a good idea to say a few words (not too much) in your answer to explain how your choice of a building is a "public building".

I have a suspicion that "public" is not included in this Part 2 wording, but is included in some Part 3 questions.

  • A "structure" is something that is built, or constructed. All buildings are structures, but not all structures are buildings. For example, walls and bridges are structures but are not buildings. The Great Wall of China is a structure but not a building. A building has one or more doors that allow people to go inside it. The Eiffel Tower in Paris is a structure but not a building. The Forbidden City in Beijing is not a building - it's a group of buildings!

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of Topic 956

(Public) Buildings in Your Country

Old & New Buildings

People's Homes

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997.  A Leisure Activity with Family  (Sep 2019)   (Probably no longer used) 

Describe a leisure activity you enjoy doing with your family. *

               You should say:

 what activity

 when you do it

 where you do it *

   and explain why you enjoy it. *

 

Notes

  • This wording is my guess at the most likely wording.

  • Speak in the present tense. You should not use the past tense unless you mention a particular example of when you did this activity, at a particular time in the past.

  • The words, "your family" mean "all of your family members", not just a leisure activity with one member of your family.

  • Possible examples Ė watching TV or movies together; going for walks together, such as a walk in the park every Sunday or hiking in the countryside; playing games together such as cards, majiang or other games; playing a recreational sport together such as badminton or table tennis; going fishing together; gardening together; singing or playing music together; engaging in some hobby together . . . .

  • Going shopping together is not a very good example because people go shopping to fulfill a practical need rather than for recreation. Simply "chatting" together is also not a very good example of a leisure activity because "leisure activities" are more examples of "recreational activities" than just "non-work activities" or "at-home activities".

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998.  A Person Often in the News  (Jan 2020)

Describe a person who is often in the news, and who you would like to meet.

               You should say:

                            who this person is

                            how you know about him/her

                            why he/she is often in the news

               and explain why you would like to meet him/her.

 

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of Topic 672 and the several instances of topics about a 'famous person" on the page, http://ielts-yasi.englishlab.net/COMPLETE_P2_LIST.htm

Famous People

The News (especially in your country)

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999.  A Family Member You Spend Time With  (Jan 2020)

Describe a family member you spend a lot of time with.

or

Describe the family member you spend the most time with.

               You should say:

                            who this person is  

                            what you usually do together

                            what kind of person he/she is

                and explain why you spend the most time with him/her. 

              

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Part 3

The last time this topic was used was Topic 680

Family Life in Your Country

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1000.  A Crowded Place You Went To (Jan 2020)

Describe a crowded place youíve been to

               You should say:

                            when you went there

                            where the place is (or, was)

                            who you went there with

                and explain how you felt about the place.               

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Part 3

See some vocab

See the previous times this topic was used - Topic 789 & Topic 467

Crowded Places in General

  • Do you think people enjoy going to crowded places? 

  • Do you think the traffic situation today is more serious than in the past?        

  • How do you think people should deal with traffic congestion?        

  • Where (or what) would you say is the most crowded place in your city?           

  • What do you suggest the governments could do to solve the problem of crowding (and/or traffic congestion)?       

City Life

  • Would you say it's important for a city to have amusement (and/or recreational) facilities?           

  • Why do you think people choose to live in big cities (despite the problems)?

  • How do you think cities overseas are different to those in your country?

  • Would you say urban planning is important? *

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Note 1

Do you think itís necessary to rebuild old buildings?

The word "rebuild" has been reported for this question but that might be a mistake. A building is only rebuilt after it has been demolished. Sometimes buildings are dismantled and moved to another location and rebuilt there, to look exactly like they did originally.

Instead of "rebuild", the word, "maintain" might be used in this question. "Repair' could be used when you are talking about a building that has not been maintained Ė we "repair" something that is damaged, or broken or, in the case of buildings, we often use the word, "dilapidated".

Note 2

Should the government build more new buildings, or should they preserve more historical buildings?

For questions such as this that only ask about the responsibilities of government (i.e., preservation), it is very possible to include in your answer the fact that private companies can (or might be able to) do what the question asks (preservation).

 Although you should answer the question, it would also be suitable for you to include a general statement about what you think the responsibilities of government are, and are not. "Government", of course, can refer to local government (town or city), provincial government or national government.

A key point in this question is that "historical" buildings more or less "belong to" all the citizens of a country or a particular location. In this case, governments would probably be more suitable for assuming the responsibility of preserving these buildings than private enterprises, although a government could assume a lot of responsibility by having a large amount of control over what any private company does when preserving an historical building.

Of course, there are differences between simply "an old building" and, "an historical building".

Note 3

In general, do you prefer old or new buildings?

For any "prefer" questions, avoid simply using the word, "like" to directly answer this question, such as, "I like new buildings". Use "prefer". You can "like" both old & new buildings but which do you like more (= prefer)?

Note 4

The building that is most representative of your country to people in your country might be different to the building that most represents your country to foreigners (= people living in other countries). You might not be able to make a guess at the latter but you should be able to make some suggestions for the former.

Note 5

Another word for " a skyscraper" is "a high-rise building".

Note 6

These two questions, especially the second question, are not so much asking you about events that are reported as news, but more about the news media i.e.,  the news broadcasts on TV, the radio, the internet and news reports in newspapers.