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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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316.  Some Interesting News  (Jan. 8, 2011)  (Probably no longer used)

317.  An Adventurous Person (2)  (Jan. 15, 2011)  (Probably no longer used)

318.  A Vehicle You Would Like to Buy (2)  (Jan. 22, 2011)  (Probably no longer used)

319.  A Visit to a Friend or Family Member  (Jan. 22, 2011)  (Probably no longer used)

320.  A Foreign Food  (Jan. 22, 2011)  (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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316.  Some Interesting News  (Jan. 8, 2011)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe an interesting piece of news that you read or heard about recently.

                You should say:

what this news was

how you got this news *

who was involved in this news

where this news event took place

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

 

Notes

  • It seems that the words "news story" (新闻报道) are not being used in this topic. Instead, it seems that words such as,  "an interesting piece of news", or simply, "some interesting news ..." are being used. If this is the case, you could choose to talk about a news item ((新闻) from a newspaper or the TV news or you could choose to talk about a piece of personal news (消息). To be safe, I suggest you prepare to talk about a news item ((新闻).

  • If the word, "recently" is used, talk about some news from within the past 1 or 2 years, not from when you were a kid. (It doesn't have to be as recently as within the past month or week.)

  • See here for the meaning of "interesting".

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Possible follow-up questions:

  • Have you told that to anyone else?

  • Do you think other people you know would also think that was interesting?

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Part 3

The News

  • What kinds of news do you prefer (to read or hear)?

  • What kinds of news are usually reported in your country?

  • How are the lives of people affected by the news?

  • (Similar to above) Is the news very important to modern people?

  • Do you think people really need this information?

  • Do people in your country prefer local (domestic) news or international news? FQx2  See Note

  • (Similar to above) Are you more interested in local (national) news or international news?

  • How do you think local news is different to international news?

  • Who do you think is more interested in local news (national news) and who is more interested in international news?

  • What news have you been recently reading about?

  • Do you think newspapers (or, the news media) always tell us the truth?

  • Do you think governments should be able to control what news is in the media?

The News Media

  • What methods (what media) do you usually use to get news?

  • How do people in your country usually get their news? FQ

  • Does technology ( = electronic technology) play much of a role in delivering the news to people?

  • Do you think the particular media that people use to get their news influences their impression of the news?

  • Do many people in your country listen to the radio?

  • (Similar to above) Do many people in your country listen to the radio to get the news?

  • Which do you think is more important (for receiving the news), newspapers or the radio?

  • Which medium do you think is better for broadcasting news, radio or television?

  • Would you say that the news media (today) is beneficial to people's lives?

Newspapers

  • Do you often read newspapers? FQ

  • What different types of newspapers are there in your country? FQx2

  • (similar to above) What kinds of newspapers (and magazines) do you have in your country? FQ

  • Do you have both domestic and international newspapers?

  • In your country, what are the differences between the domestic and international newspapers?

  • Which do you prefer to read, domestic (or local, or national) newspapers or international (or foreign) newspapers?

  • Why do people read newspapers? FQx2

  • (Similar to above) Why do people buy newspapers? FQ

  • (Similar to above) What do you think is the role (the purpose) of newspapers today?

  • What news content do newspapers usually cover? FQ

  • (Similar to above) What kinds of news do you think a newspaper should contain? FQ

  • What do newspapers bring us (give us)? (Possibly = the benefits of newspapers)

  • Who prefers to read newspapers in your country, old people or young people? (Why)

'Electronic Newspapers' / Internet News

  • What effects do you think new technology has had on the news media?

  • What are the differences between reading the news in a newspaper and getting news from the internet? FQ

  • (Similar to above) What are the differences between the news in an ordinary newspaper and 'electronic' newspapers? FQ

  • (Similar to above) What are the differences between the news in a newspaper and on TV? FQ

  • Which do you prefer?

  • What kinds of people are more likely to get their news from the internet and what kinds of people are more likely to get their news from newspapers?

  • What do you think are the advantages and the downsides of ordinary newspaper and 'electronic' newspapers?

The News Media in the Future

  • What do you think the future of the news media will be like?

  • Do you think newspapers will (or, might) disappear one day? FQ

  • (Similar to above) Do you think the usage of satellite news transmission will mean the end of newspapers?

  • (Similar to above) Do you think news transmission through the internet will mean the end of newspapers?

Broadcasting Technology 

  • Do you think television and radio are important to people? (See Note)

  • What are the differences between television and radio? FQx2

  • In your country, is radio today the same as it was several decades ago?

  • What effects do you think recent new technology has had on the news media? FQ (hint: international satellite TV broadcasting)

  • How do you think broadcasting technology will (or might) develop in the future?

  • Do you think traditional radio (and TV) will one day disappear?

  • Do you think the internet will replace the traditional news media?

  • How do you think future changes in broadcasting will affect people?

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317.  An Adventurous Person (2)  (Jan. 15, 2011)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe an adventurous person who you know.

         You should say:

               who the person is

                how you know this person

                what this person does that is adventurous

    and explain why you think this person likes to take risks.*

    (or, explain how you feel about the risks this person takes.)*

 

 

See  Notes.

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 questions for Topic 3, An Adventurous Person and for Topic 82, A New or Exciting Activity. Also see Part 3 questions for Topic 209, An Exciting Sport that are about extreme sports.

Risky / Adventurous / Challenging Activities

Challenges in Modern Society

Adventurous Sports

Independence

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318.  A Vehicle You Would Like to Buy (2)  (Jan. 22, 2011) (Probably no longer used)

 Describe a vehicle you would like to buy (or, own).

            You should say:

                         what (kind of) vehicle it is

                         what it would look like (e.g., what color it would be)

                         why you would like to have it (or, how you would use it)

                         how you would buy (or, get) it

             and explain why you would prefer this means of transport.*      

 

Notes

  • This is a copy of Topic 7. The new topic might be a little different there is not much information about the new topic yet.

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Possible follow-up questions:

  • Have you ever had one of those before?

  • Do many people around you have that kind of vehicle? *

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 questions for Topic 7 and Topic 222

       

Forms of Transportation

  • What kinds of transportation are there in your hometown? FQx2

  • Is there much difference between the transportation in big cities and in small towns?

  • What kind of transport do you most often use?

  • What kinds of vehicle (or car) do people in your hometown buy?

  • Has the number of cars in your hometown changed over the past few years?

  • Why do you think more and more people want to buy their own car?

  • How do you think transportation will (or might) change in the future? (See Note)

  • Compare transportation today with transportation in the past. FQx2

  • How do you think vehicles could be improved? (Perhaps, the word "cars" or "motor vehicles" is used)

Transportation Problems

  • Are there any problems with transportation in your hometown? *

  • How do you think these problems could be solved? *

  • Why do you think we have traffic congestion in the cities? FQx2

  • (Similar to above) What are the causes of traffic jams? FQx2

  • Why do you think there are more and more cars on the roads?

  • Do you have any suggestions for solving the problem of congested traffic? FQx2

  • What do you suggest the government could do to improve transportation? FQx2

  • What can individuals do to help ease the traffic congestion?

  • Do you think these traffic problems will become worse in the future, or not?

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319.  A Visit to a Friend or Family Member  (Jan. 22, 2011)  (Probably no longer used)

        Describe a visit you recently made to a friend or family member.

                            You should say:

                                           who this person was 

                                           why you visited them 

                                           where you visited them *

                            and explain how you passed the time together. *

                                                    or

                           and explain why you remember this visit. *

 

Notes

  • It is not certain but this topic looks like Topic 44, returning to the test, or a similar topic. The wording above is adapted from Topic 44.

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 questions for Topic 44 Topic 138  and  Topic 233

Visiting Others

  • In general, how do people keep in contact with friends and family?

  • Why do people visit others? FQx2

  • Do you think it's important to visit other people? FQ

  • What do you think is the easiest way to visit someone?

  • Do you think visiting people today is easier than (or more common than) it was in the past? FQx2

  • (Similar to above) Do you agree that people today are busier than people in the past and so have less time to visit others? FQx2

  • In modern society, many people are busy a lot of the time. Do you think it's alright to just drop in to see a friend, unannounced? (= without telling the friend you are coming)

  • Are there any particular groups of (or types of) people in your country who return home to visit their family?

Children Visiting Others Frequent Sub-topic

  • Is there much difference between children visiting other people and adults visiting other people? FQx2

  • Who prefers visiting other people, adults or children?

  • (Similar to above) Who prefers visiting other people, older people or young people?

  • Do you think what children like about visiting is the same as what adults like?

  • Do you think children like being taken along when adults visit someone?

  • How do you suggest this problem could be solved?

Hosting Guests

  • Which would you prefer to be, a guest or a host?

  • How would you entertain a friend who was visiting you?

  • Do you think it's important to make visitors feel comfortable? FQ

  • Do you think that what makes people (or, guests) feel happy about a visit is the same today as it was in the past?

Changes to Interpersonal Relationships Over Time

  • Has modern life changed people's relationships with others, compared to many decades ago?

  • Some people prefer to be alone rather than communicating with or visiting many people. Can you suggest why they are like that?

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320.  A Foreign Food  (Jan. 22, 2011)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe a (type of) foreign food that you would like to try.

                You should say:

what food it is

where you can eat it (Or: what country it comes from. Or, where you can buy it) *

how you know about this food

and explain why you would like to try it.

 

Notes

  • Most people report that the wording is, "Describe a foreign food you would like to try" but one person reported the words, "Describe a foreign food that you like (to eat)". I suggest you prepare for both possible wordings.

  • If the wording is, "a foreign food you would like to try", you should talk about a foreign food that you know something about but have never eaten (or, pretend that you have never eaten it.)

  • For "a foreign food", it would probably be ok to talk about a single thing such as a foreign fruit, vegetable, fish, a type of meat, a type of cheese etc. You probably don't need to describe "a foreign dish" or a prepared type of food such as pizza or spaghetti, although these would be ok, of course.

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Possible follow-up questions:

  • Is it expensive to eat that in a restaurant?

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Part 3

Food in Your Country

  • What do people in your country typically eat? FQ
  • What is the most popular food in your country?
  • Is the food the same in every part of your country?

Eating in Restaurants versus Eating at Home

  • Do many people cook at home nowadays? (Why?/ Why not?) FQx2
  • (Similar to above) Do many people know how to cook nowadays? (Why?/ Why not?) FQ
  • Do you know how to cook?

  • Do you think it's important to know how to cook?

  • Do schools in your country teach cooking?

  • Do you think it's a good idea for schools to teach cooking?

  • If a person didn't know how to cook, how do you think this would affect his or her life?

  • Do you think people in the future will eat at home more than they do today, or less?

  • Which do you think is better, eating in restaurants or eating at home?
  • Which do you think is safer to eat, restaurant food or home-cooked food?
  • Do you think government should control the safety of restaurant food? (If yes, how?)

Cooking Equipment / Kitchen Equipment

  • What kitchen equipment do people typically have in your country? FQ
  • How has kitchen equipment changed (or, improved), compared to many years ago? FQx2
  • (Similar to above) How have changes in kitchen equipment changed the way people cook at home, compared to the past? FQx2
  • (Similar to above) What are the advantages of modern kitchen equipment, compared to the equipment we had before? FQ
  • (Similar to above) What changes have modern kitchen equipment brought to our lives, compared to before? FQ
  • How do you feel about cooking food in a microwave oven?
  • How is cooking in a microwave oven different to other ways of cooking?

Diet and Health

  • What factors determine what foods different people eat?
  • Do you think the food people eat now is healthier than in the past? FQ
  • In your opinion, do any people in industrialized countries have health problems that are related to food? FQ (hint: obesity)
  • (If you say, "Yes") What are the reasons for these health problems?
  • (Similar to above) Why do you think so many people who live in cities have health problems related to food?
  • What food do city people eat?
  • (Similar to above) In general, do city people and rural people eat the same types of food?
  • How do you think people could be better educated about food? FQ

The World Food Supply  (See Note)

  • Do you think that today the world food supply situation is different to a few decades ago?
  • Which country do you think is the world's largest food exporter (or, producer)?
  • Do you think the world's growing population and the accompanying increase in the demand for food is having an effect on the environment?

The Food Industry

  • Do you think there are any benefits from introducing foreigners to the food from your country?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think there would be any benefits from introducing foreigners to the food from your country?
  • Does the food industry play an important part in the overall economy of a country?

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