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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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476Something that Helped You Learn a Foreign Language  (Jan. 5, 2013)  (Probably no longer used)

477.  A Childhood Toy  (Jan. 5, 2013)  (Probably no longer used)

478A Book or Film about the Future  (Jan. 5, 2013)  (Probably no longer used)

479A Childhood Game  (Jan. 5, 2013)  (Probably no longer used)

480.  A Friend  (Jan. 5, 2013)  (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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476Something that Helped You Learn a Foreign Language   (Jan. 5, 2013)  (Probably no longer used)

Version A

Describe something that helped you learn another language (besides your own language). 

            You should say:

                          what it was

                          where you used it

                          who you used it with

             and explain how this thing helped you.                             

 

Version B

Describe something you did that helped you learn another language (besides your own language). 

            You should say:

                          what it was you did

                          where you did it

                          who you did it with

             and explain how this activity helped you.

 

Version C

Adaptation of Topic 115

Describe another language that you would like to learn.

      You should say:

                the name of this language (& where it is spoken)

                how you would learn it

                what equipment or facilities you would need to study this language *

       and explain what difficulties you think you would have (or, might have) when learning this language. *

                                                        or

     and explain why you would choose to study this language. *

 

Notes

  • I believe the topic in use is something like either Version A or B, which was Topic 171 It is possible that Version C was in use from January to either the end of April or the end of August - this is not clear - but I think Version A is the wording in use now. To be safe, I suggest you at also be prepared to answer Version C in case that really is the wording.

  • Also see the previously written Notes

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 questions for Topics 49, 115, 171 and 280.

The words, "another language" could be used to describe another language that is used within your country. That is, a different language to the one you use but one that is not really a "foreign" language. Examiners probably vary the way they word that in these questions.

Learning Another language

Children Learning languages

Languages and International Relations

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477.  A Childhood Toy  (Jan. 5, 2013)  (Probably no longer used)

Adaptation of Topics 187 & 273

Describe a toy that was important to you when you were a child.

            You should say:

                          how you got this toy (or, who gave you this toy)

                          what it looked like

                          how you played with it  

             and explain why it was important to you. 

 

 

Notes

  • This is probably a repeat of Topic 187 and/or Topic 273.

  • I have not seen a good description of the wording of the current topic so I have combined the wording of Topics 187 & 273.

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Possible follow-up questions:

  • Do you still have it?

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 questions for Topic 187 and Topic 273.

Toys in General

Parents (or Adults) Buying Toys for Kids

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478A Book or Film about the Future  (Jan. 5, 2013)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe a book that you have read or a film that you have seen about the future.

You should say:

        what book or film it was

        how you first heard about this book or film

        what the book or film was about.

and explain how you felt after reading this book or watching this film.

                                or

and explain what you learned from this book or film.

    

 

Notes

  • All of the words above are my guess because I have found no better wording for this topic. Of course, the real wording does not give you a choice for the last line there is only one "and explain" line on the real card..

  • If the wording is similar to above, it allows you to describe either a book or film with a fictional story, or a non-fiction book or film about the future, i.e., a predictive book or film.

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Part 3

The Future as Depicted in Films and Books

Technological Development

You will notice that I use the word "might" much more often than I use the word, "will" for these questions because I believe the examiner probably also often uses "might" for many of these questions. You should do the same in your answers or say, "possibly will", "perhaps will", "maybe will", "probably will", "I imagine .. will" or, "I think ...will". A simple "will" without an adverb or those other words implies certainty about the future.

         Robots  Frequent sub-topic

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479A Childhood Game  (Jan. 5, 2013)  (Probably no longer used)

Copy of Topics 100 & 179

Describe a game you enjoyed when you were a child. (Not a sport.)

            You should say:  

                         what the game was 

                         when, where and with whom you usually played it 

                         how you played it

             and explain why you enjoyed this game.*

                                or

            and explain what was special about this game. *

 

 

Notes

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Games

Sports and Recreation

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480.  A Friend  (Jan. 5, 2013)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe how you became good friends with someone the first time you met.

You should say:

        who they are (= he or she is)

        how you met

        what you did together

and explain why you became good friends.

    

 

Notes

  • It might say, "close friends" instead of, "good friends". The meaning is more or less the same.

  • It might also say, "Describe the time when you first met someone who became a good friend" but most people are reporting the wording above. The difference between this second wording and the wording above is that, the second wording can be interpreted to mean, "Describe the time when you first met someone who later became a good friend". But most people don't have a clear memory of such first meetings when they didn't become friends immediately. For example, most people make friends at school or work and they don't remember the exact time they first met someone who eventually become a friend.

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Part 3

See also any similar questions in the Part 3 of the following topics: Topic 8, Topic 30, Topic 91, Topic 106, Topic 123, Topic 162, Topic 177, Topic 223, Topic 288 & Topic 359

Friendship

  • In general, how do people in your country make friends?  FQ

  • Where do they first meet the people who become their friends?

  • What factors contribute to people becoming friends (as opposed to simply being acquaintances)?

  • What are some differences between friends and co-workers (colleagues)?  FQ

  • Who do working people spend more time with, their co-workers or their friends?

  • What kind of person do you prefer to make friends with?

  • What do you think are the qualities of a (good) friend?  FQ

  • Can you suggest why some friendships only last a short time?

  • How do (or, how can) people maintain (= keep) a friendship with someone (for a long time)? FQ

  • Do you prefer to have a few good friends or many friends?

  • (Similar to above) Which do you think is better, to have a few close friends or be friends (maybe not so close) with many people?

  • At what age did you start to understand (or, think about) this topic of friendship?

  • Do you think it's easier to make friends when you are young or older (possibly: child vrs adult)?

  • How can old (or, older) people make new friends?

  • Do you think it's possible to make new friends on the internet?

Family

  • What are the major differences between friends and family members? FQ

  • Do you prefer to spend time with your friends or with your family?

  • Which do you think is more important, friends or family? FQ

  • Do most young people today spend more time with their friends or with their family? (Why?) FQ

  • (Similar to above) Do you prefer to spend time with your family or your friends?

  • Who do you think it's easier for young to communicate with, their friends or their family members (or, parents)?


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