Here are some Part 3 questions in IELTS Speaking Exams, with answers given by John, who is a British guy works as an IELTS tutor in China.
1. Do you think people have more free time today than they did before?
No, I wouldn’t say they do, at least for the majority of people anyway. Because if you think about it, the workload that students have at school is continually getting bigger. And at work, it seems that people are working longer hours than before. So yeah, I think it’s generally the case that people have less free time than they used to.
No, I wouldn’t say they do = No, I don’t think they do.
2. What are the sources of pressure in people’s lives?
The sources of pressure? Um, well I suppose it’s different for different age groups. So in other words, for children, I think it comes from always trying to live up to their parents expectations. So when children take exams, for example, they are terrified of letting their parents down. And in terms of adults, I guess the sources of pressure are a bit more varied, for instance pressure to get married, have children, buy a house, and get a stable income.
Let someone down
3. How do you think people can deal with this pressure?
That’s a good question, and thinking about it, I’d say one thing that they could do is to let those close to them know how they’re really feeling, instead of keeping it bottled in. And I know it sounds a bit simple, but I think in this way, friends and family will be able to help someone share the burden they are feeling, and hopefully help them get rid of the pressure. Or at the very least, they can support them in dealing with it.
Keep feelings bottled in
at the very least
4. Do you think teamwork is important?
Yeah, I’d say it’s extremely important, because I mean so much of what we do in life involves working together with others. And not only that, but I think it’s also true to say that what we can achieve with others is so much more than what we can achieve individually.
Not only that, (but)
5. In the future, do you think students will be studying and working more as individuals or more in groups?
Well it’s hard to say for certain, but my guess would be that students will probably be working more in groups.And the reason for this, I think, is that group work develops a wider range of skills in students than individual study.
So I’d say it’s likely that group work will be the preferred method of study in the future. And I mean, it seems to be that schools and universities have already realized the value that doing group work brings to students, because a lot more of it is being done now.
6. Do you think the Internet has brought people closer together, or has it created a greater gap between people?
That’s an interesting question, and I know there are arguments for both, but my personal feeling is that the Internet has generally brought people closer together. I mean, admittedly, there’s nothing that can really replicate the value of face-to-face communication. But when that’s not possible, you know, being able to communicate with each other through the Internet has helped a lot in bringing people closer, including those that we would never have known if it wasn’t for the Internet.
replicate = copy
if it wasn’t for the Internet
7. In the future, do you think these inventions will lead to people spending time with each other people less than they do today?
I don’t think it will make too much difference to be honest with you, because the way I see it, what determines whether we spend more or less time with each other is not so much the technology we use, but the decisions we make in life, for example how we prioritize our time.
The way I see it = from my point of view
How we prioritize our time