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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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291.  Something You are Good At  (Sept. 4, 2010)  (Probably no longer used)

292.  An Outdoor Activity (2)  (Sept. 4, 2010)  (Probably no longer used)

293.  Something Naughty You Did  (Sept. 4, 2010)  (Probably no longer used)

294.  A Quiz Show  (Sept. 4, 2010)  (Probably no longer used)

295.  An Item of Clothing Bought for You  (Sept. 4, 2010)  (Probably no longer used)

 

RETURN TO PART 2 TOPIC INDEX

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 or at the exact wording of a known question

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291. Something You are Good At (Sept. 4, 2010) (Probably no longer used)

Describe something you are good at doing.

                You should say:

what it is

how often you do it

when you learned to do it (or started doing it)

how you became good at it (or, how you learned to do it)

and explain what benefits you get from it. *

                        or

and explain how it makes you feel to be good at this. *



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Part 3

See also the Part 3 questions for  Topic 43, Topic 109, Topic 77, Topic 173 and especially Topic 214.

Children's Talents Frequent Topic (See also Topic 214)

An Interest

Exceptionally Talented Children

Skills

Invention / Creativity

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292. An Outdoor Activity (2) (Sept. 4, 2010)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe an outdoor activity that you like doing (or do regularly). *

               You should say:

                               what this activity is

                               where you do it

                               when you do it

              and explain why you like it.     

 

      

   Notes

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Possible follow-up questions:

  • Do many people like to do that? *

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 questions for Topic 57 and Topic 246

See note on when to use "outdoor" and when to use "outdoors".

Outdoor (Leisure) Activities

Outdoor Work

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293. Something Naughty You Did (Sept. 4, 2010) (Probably no longer used)

Describe something naughty you did when you were a child.

                You should say:

what you did

when this happened *

who was with you

why you did it *

and explain what happened after that.

 

      Naughty boy!

Notes

  • "Naughty" = 顽皮的;淘气.  It doesn't have to something "very bad" something mischievous would be suitable.

  • Even if it does not say, "when this happened", you should include that information.

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Part 3

Go here to see a funny video of a dog who knows he did something wrong

Naughty Children

   

Examples of Naughty Behaviour

  • What sorts of things do children do that are considered to be "naughty" by their parents? FQx2

  • (Similar to above) What are some examples of "naughty behaviour" that children should stop doing?

  • What naughty behaviour do you think is the most unacceptable?

Reasons for Naughty Behaviour

  • Why do you think children do these things? FQ

  • (Similar to above) What do you think are some reasons for "naughty behaviour" in children? FQ

  • Do you think it's natural for children to stop doing everything that their parents think is naughty?

  • (Similar to above) Do children always listen to what their parents tell them? FQ

  • Do you think children should always listen to everything their parents tell them (or, should always obey their parents)? FQx2

  • Do you think parents should (always) blame their child when he or she does something naughty?

  • Do you think parents can (or do) understand why their children sometimes do naughty things?

  • Do you think that perhaps some parents need to be educated about understanding children's behaviour?

  • Are there any examples of "naughty" behaviour that you think children don't really need to stop doing?

  • (Similar to above) Do you think naughty children should stop (or, change) their behaviour?

Rebellious Children

  • Why (do you think) children sometimes rebel against their parents? FQ

  • Why do you think (many/most) teenagers rebel against their parents (or against authority)? FQ

Disciplining Children

  • Do you think it's easy to discipline children? FQ

  • (Similar to above) Do you think it's easy to control the behaviour of children? FQ

  • Do you think it's easier to discipline a girl or a boy?

  • How would you bring up your child, if you had one? Would you punish your child if he or she didn't do what you told them?

  • Would you ever discipline (or, punish) your child in public if they had done something naughty?

  • In general, who do you think are usually more disobedient, good students or bad students?

  • Do you think teachers should discipline misbehaving students in the same way that parents discipline misbehaving children?

Influences on Children's Behaviour

  • Do you think there are any differences between children today and children in the past?

  • How is life today better for children than it was in the past?

  • What are a child's attitudes influenced by? (Or: How are a child's attitudes formed?)

  • How (much) do you think the attitudes of parents affect their children?

  • Who do you think influences the behaviour of children more, parents or teachers? FQ

Growing Up / Adulthood / Maturity

  • When do you think people can be said to have "grown up"? FQx2

  • (Similar to above)  At what age do you think children (or young people) become adults? FQx2

  • (Similar to above)  At what age do you think young people (or children) are fully responsible for what they do?

  • (Similar to above)  In your country, at what age are people considered to be "adults"?

  • Do people in your country have a special celebration when someone reaches that age? FQ

  • (Similar to above) Are there any celebrations when a child becomes an adult in your country?

  • What's your understanding of the word, "adult"?

  • What are some of the main differences between children and adults? FQ (Don't just talk about physical differences.)

  • What are the responsibilities of being an adult? FQ

Possibly there are questions relating to discipline and punishment, including corporal punishment (hitting). Possibly there is also a question comparing boys and girls and a question asking if rewards for good behaviour are better than punishment for bad behaviour.  (See the "carrot and stick" approach. We can also say, "the carrot or the stick")

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294. A Quiz Show (Sept. 4, 2010)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe a quiz show on TV that you would like to take part in.

                You should say:

what kind of quiz show it would be

what kinds of questions would be asked

what preparation you would need to do for this show

and explain why you would like to be a competitor in this program.

 

Notes

  • Only use the word "want" if you really have a strong desire, a goal or a plan to be in such a game show. And don't use "will" or "can" but rather, use "would" and "could".

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Part 3

Quiz Programs on TV

See also Part 3 of Topic 178

  • Is this kind of TV program (i.e., quiz shows) popular in your country? (Why?/ Why not?) FQx2

  • (Similar to above) Are quiz shows (on TV) very popular in your country? (Why?/ Why not?) FQx2

  • Why do you think some people don't like these TV programs very much?

  • Do you like to watch these shows?

  • Do old(er) people like to watch these shows? (Why?)

  • Which age group most likes to watch quiz shows on TV, old(er) people or young people? FQ

  • Do many people want to compete in quiz shows? (Why?) FQ

  • How do you think a person could prepare if they were going to appear on a TV quiz show?

  • What kinds of people do you think compete in quiz shows on TV? (Why?)  FQ

  • Do many people want to (or, try to) compete in these quiz shows?

  • If the prizes in these quiz shows were worth more money, do you think more people would want to compete in these shows?

Quiz Shows Around the World

  • Do you think quiz shows in your country are different to quiz shows in other countries?

  • Do you think it would be a good thing if quiz shows from your country were shown on TV in other countries?

  • How do you think these quiz shows could be exported overseas?

Future

  • Do you think there'll be more quiz shows (more than now) on TV in the future? FQx2

  • (Similar to above) Do you think TV quiz shows will be more popular in the future? FQx2

  • How do you think quiz shows might change in the future? FQ

  • Do you think it would be a good idea to put these quiz competitions online (on the internet)?

Competition

See also Part 3 of Topic 109

  • Would you say you are a competitive person?

  • Do you think there is much competition in everyday life?

  • What are some examples of how people compete in daily life? FQ

  • Some people say that there are disadvantages in competition. Do you agree? FQ

  • (Similar to above) Do you think competition is good? FQ

  • How can we differentiate between "good" competition and competition that is not positive?

  • (Similar to above) Do you think it's good to be a competitive person? FQ

  • Are there any disadvantages from being a competitive person?

  • Do you think people are born competitive? (If not, how do they become competitive?) FQ

  • (Similar to above) Do you think people are born more competitive than cooperative?

  • Do you think living in a big city makes people more competitive than living in a small place such as a village?

  • In general, what are the benefits of competition?

Competition Between Friends

  • Are your friends very competitive?

  • Do you think competition between friends can affect their friendship?

Competition in Business

  • What do you think of commercial competition? (competition in business)

  • Do you think employees in the same company should be encouraged to compete with each other?

  • In business, do companies need to be competitive?

  • Do you think there are benefits from having competition in business?

  • Do you think fair trade (fair business competition) is important?

  • Do you think fair (公平) competition exists now?

  • How can we have fair competition in business?

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295. An Item of Clothing that was Bought for You (Sept. 4, 2010)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe an item of clothing that was bought for you.

                You should say:

what it was

who bought it

what it looked like

why it was bought for you *

and explain how you felt about this item of clothing.

 

 

    

 

Notes

  • Previously, I thought this was Topic 67, returning to the test, but that was a mistake.

  • Obviously, this could be a gift for you or an item of clothing that your parents bought for you when you were a child (or even recently).

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of Topic 67 and Topic 165

  • Do you think its a good idea to give clothes as a gift?

Shopping for Clothes

  • Where do people in your country usually buy their clothes? FQx2

  • What are the differences between buying clothes in big shops and buying clothes in small shops?

  • Are there any differences between men and women when they go shopping for clothes? FQx2

  • Why (do you think) women are more interested in shopping (for clothes) than men?

  • Is there much difference between young people and old(er) people when it comes to shopping for clothes? FQ

Internet Shopping

  • Have you ever bought any clothes on the internet?

  • How do people buy clothes online (on the internet)?

  • Do you think buying clothes online is a good idea (or, is it safe)? FQ

Designer Brand Clothes (Frequent sub-topic)

  • Why are some clothes considered to be "luxury" clothes?

  • Why do you think some clothes are so much more expensive than other clothes?

  • (Similar to above) Why do you think (some) designer brand clothes are so expensive? FQx2

  • Why do you think (some) designer brand clothes are so popular? FQ

  • (Similar to above) Why are some people so keen to buy "designer clothes"? FQ

  • (Similar to above) Why are some people so keen to buy "brand name clothes"?

  • What are the differences between designer brand clothes and ordinary clothes?

  • Do you think the quality of these luxury clothes (designer brand clothes) is really better than ordinary clothes?

  • Do you like these designer brand clothes?

  • (Similar to above) If you had the money, would you buy designer brand clothes? (Use "would" in your reply, not "will".)

  • Do you think more people will be buying designer brand clothes in the future?

  • There are some fake designer brand clothes on sale in some shops. Do you think this is good?

Second-hand Clothes

  • Do people in your country ever buy second-hand clothes?

  • What do you think of the idea of buying second-hand clothes?

  • What kinds of people do you think buy second-hand clothes?

  • Do you think there are any advantages to buying second-hand clothes? *

  • Would you ever buy any second-hand clothing? *

Custom-made (tailor-made) Clothes

  • What are the advantages of having your clothes made for you by a tailor (or dressmaker)?

The Clothing Industry *

  • Do you think the clothing industry is an important part of the economy? *

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