Here are some IELTS Speaking Part 3 questions and and sample answers about 'competition' topic from an native spearker.
Is competitive sport very popular in your country?
Yeah, I’d say it is. You know, if you look on TV for example, you get competitive sports shown the whole time, especially basketball, and then on the school level, it’s very common for classes to compete against each other in various sports. So yeah, I think this kind of shows that competitive sport is pretty popular.
In your opinion, how beneficial to society is competitive sport?
Well I’m not really all that sure to be honest, but I suppose it’s fair to say that it is pretty beneficial, because if you think about it, competitive sport is really a kind of entertainment for people, you know, it (just) adds something more to people’s lives. So if we didn’t have it, I’m sure you’d agree that our life would be a lot more dull as a result.
What benefits do people derive from taking part in competitive sport?
Well I’ve never really thought about it, but I guess one benefit would be that people get a lot of excitement from taking part in competitive sport, because I mean, one of the beauties of sport is that you never quite know what’s gonna happen, or how the result’s gonna turn out. So it’s generally quite exciting taking part, and not just that, but it’s also a fun way of keeping fit. You know, it’s a lot more fun than simply running on a treadmill for example!
Is there much competition among students in your country?
Umm, I think it kind of depends in what way, really. In terms of academic competition, then for sure, it’s extremely fierce, cos there are just so many students in our country, and they’re all competing for a limited number of places at university, and then also once they’ve graduated, the competition for jobs is even fiercer. But sport wise, I’d say there isn’t that much competition, basically because most students focus on their studies.
What competitions are popular among students?
What competitions are popular? Ummm, well off the top of my head, I’d say it would be things like Top 10 Singers competitions, you know, which always tend to draw big crowds, at least the ones I’ve been to anyway! So that would be one kind, and as well as this, I’d say other things like debating competitions and English speaking competitions also tend to be quite popular. Of course there are a lot of other kinds as well, but these are the ones that come to mind right now.
What rewards do you think are suitable to give to children when they make a big achievement?
That’s a very good question, and I’m not sure really. Let me have a little think! Ummm, well firstly I guess praise and recognition itself is a good reward in a way. You know, I think it’s fair to say that most people like to be recognised for something they’ve achieved, and children are no different! But in terms of actual rewards, then I suppose ones which are educational, such as book vouchers for example, would be especially suitable for children, because they help them develop further. And I mean, that’s what I used to get given as a prize when I was younger, and I remember feeling really excited when I went to the bookshop to choose my prize. And in a way, it also kind of developed my interest in reading, which I think is one of the main benefits of giving book vouchers as rewards.
Do you think competitions are good for children to take part in?
Yeah I do, but only to an extent. You know, competitions are usually quite fun, and they can help children develop a sense of teamwork, which is good of course. But they can also add pressure and anxiety to children if they’re not organized in the right way.
And also I think, in the end, really the most important thing is not trying to be better than other people, but rather trying to be the best you can be. So in other words, competing against yourself and always pushing yourself further, I think, is essentially the most important thing to grasp. And we don’t really need competitions to do that, they’re just one way of motivating us to develop and improve ourselves