IELTS Speaking: Updated topics in September

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Here are the up-dated IELTS Speaking topics in recent tests in Oceania and Asia (Indexed from the newest to the oldest)

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Boating (NEW)

1. Do you like boating? 2. Why do you like it? 3. What have you ever done by boat? 4. Do people in your country travel by boat?

Childhood Activities (NEW)

1. What kind of games/activities did you often do when you were young? 2. Do you prefer playing games alone or sparing time with your friends? 3. Did you often play indoor activities or outdoor ones? 4. Which one is more popular in your country, indoor or outdoor activities? 5. Do you think parents should encourage their children to attend educational activities, like playing piano? 6. Do most of parents spare time with their kids frequently in your country? Or they just go for work and let the kids play alone? 7. Do you think parents should often keep accompany with their children?

Bicycle (NEW)

1. Did you often ride bicycle in your country? 2. Do you like riding bicycles? 3. Do you think it is good/ healthy to ride bicycle regularly? 4. Is it safe to ride bicycle in urban area? 5. Is the cycling the most popular way to go to work in your country?

Singing (NEW)

1. Do you like singing? 2. Do you think it is a good way to relax? 3. What kind of people like singing? 4. Is it easy to sing well?

Tourism (NEW)

1. Have you ever travelled to other countries/cities before? 2. Which country/city was the most impressive one? 3. Do you think tourism has positive influence or negative ones? 4. What can the government do to attract tourists? 5. Do you think tourism helps to develop a multi-cultural country or eliminate the specialty of that area? 6. What are the benefits of tourism in terms of local residents? 7. What are the drawbacks of tourism for local people? 8. In your opinion, what’s the best frequency of travelling?

Interest (NEW)

1. What kind of field are you mostly interested in? 2. Have you ever changed your interests? 3. How did you develop your interests? 4. Will lifestyle impact the development of interests? 5. Do you think you will have other interests in the near future? 6. What kinds of interests are most popular in your country? 7. Are there any gaps between the interests of the old and the young in your country? 8. If yes, why different generations have different interests?

Plan (NEW)

1. What’s your future plan for your work/study? 2. Do you think it is achievable for you? 3. How much effort will you put into this plan? 4. Did you carry out any of your plans before? 5. Was it very hard for you to make it come true? 6. Do you think it is very important for people to make plans?

Transportation (NEW)

Transportation (NEW) 1. How did you get to the test today? (What form of transportation?did you use?) 2. Why did you choose that form of transport?) 3. Do you often use public transportation? 4. What kind(s) of transport do you usually use? 5. For you, what are the benefits (advantages) of using that form?of transportation? 6. Is it very expensive (= very dear)? 7. Is transportation very important where you live? 8. What’s the most common means of (= form of) transport in your hometown? 9. What do you think of the transport conditions in your hometown? 10. How do you think the transport system could be improved? 11. Do you think transportation costs (gasoline, subway, bus & taxi?fares, etc) are expensive in your hometown? 12. How has the transport system in your hometown changed in the past few decades? 13. How do you think transport (in your hometown) will change in the future (or, in the next 20 or 30 years)? 14. In your country, is transportation in the big cities the same as?transportation in small towns and villages?

Work

1. What job do you do? 2. What is the nature of that work? 3. Why did you choose to do that job? 4. Is that a popular choice of career in your country? 5. Would you say your job is very important? 6. How do you think your subject will help you in the future? 7. How did you get that job? 8. Is it easy to find work doing your job? 9. Where do people get information about jobs, from newspaper or from TV? 10. Are there other ways for people to get information about jobs? 11. Which do you enjoy more, communicating with people at work, or the work itself? 12. Which do you enjoy more, working or studying? 13. What do you like about your work? 14. Do you think it’s very important for people to do a job that they like? 15. What other job do you think you would enjoy, apart from your present job?

Hometown

1. Where do you come from? 2. What tourist attractions are there in your hometown? Would a foreign visitor enjoy them? 3. Did you learn much about the history of your hometown in school? 4. What do you think needs to change in your hometown? 5. What place(s) in your hometown do you go to in your spare time? 6. Why did you choose to live here/there? 7. What do you like about your hometown? 8. What do you think needs to be done to make your hometown a better place to live in? 9. For you, what benefits are there to living in a big city? 10. What facilities does your hometown have? 11. What sorts of buildings are there in your hometown? 12. What’s the most attractive part of your hometown? 13. What forms of transport do visitors use to come to your hometown? 14. How could your hometown attract more visitors? 15. Has the weather in your hometown changed much in recent years?

Accommodation

1. Can you describe the place where you live? 2. What do you usually do in your house/flat/room? 3. Are the transport facilities to your home very good? 4. Please describe the room you live in. 5. Is there anything you don’t like about the place where you live? 6. What kind of decorations does it have? 7. How do you think this room could be improved? 8. What can you see when you look out the window of your room? 9. How well do you know your neighbors? 10. What kind of people are your neighbors? 11. Do you spend much time socializing with your neighbors in your neighbors’ homes? 12. Do you like the environment where you live? 13. Would you say the place where you live is good for families with children? 14. In the future, what type of place would you like to live in? 15. What kind of neighborhood/environment/surroundings would you like to live in?

Being Patient: (NEW)

1. Are you a patient person? 2. Is it important to be patient? 3. Is it easy to be patient? 4. Howcan people be patient? 5. How to develop people’s patience? 6. Have ever you lost your patience before£¿

Cooking (NEW)

1. Do you know how to cook? 2. Do you like cooking? 3. Have you thought about learning how to cook? 4. What do you like to cook? 5. Do you think everyone should learn how to cook? (Why?) 6. Do you eat at home or do you usually eat outside?

Photography

1. Do you like to take photographs? 2. How did you become interested in photography? 3. In what situations do you take photographs? 4. What kind of photos do you like to take? 5. Do you prefer to take pictures of people or of scenery? 6. How do you keep your photos? 7. Do you frame any of your photos? 8. Do you prefer to send postcards to people or to send photos that you took yourself? 9. Is photography a popular hobby in your country? 10. Why do some people do not like taking photographs? 11. Why do you think some people like taking photographs when they visit another place? 12. Do people in your country like to visit photograph exhibitions? 13. What kind of photos do they like to look at? 14. Do you think being a photographer would be a good job? 15. What factors make a good photograph?

Music (NEW)

1. Do you often listen to music? 2. How much time do you spend listening to music every day? 3. Where do you listen to it? 4. How do you feel when you listen to this music? 5. Have you ever been to a musical performance? 6. What musical instrument is most popular in your country? 7. Which instrument would you prefer to study – the piano or the violin? 8. What benefits do children gain by studying music? 9. Do you think it’s important to learn to play a musical instrument? 10. Do you think schools should teach children how to play a musical instrument? 11. Is music an important subject at school in your country? 12. Did you often listen to music when you were a child? 13. How does music affect people? 14. Compare the music that young people like and the music that old people like. 15. Why do many old people dislike pop music?

Building: (NEW)

1. What kind of buildings does most of the young and old people like in your country? 2. What kind of buildings does attract visitors in your country?

Cooking: (NEW)

1. Who does cooking in your home? 2. Would you like to take a cookery lesson? 3. Do many people learn cooking by watching TV in your country?

Internet

1. Have you ever bought anything on the internet? 2. What do you think is the best way to learn about the internet? 3. Is there anything you don’t understand about the internet? 4. Do you think the internet is a good thing? 5. Is there anything that’s not so good about the internet? 6. Do you think the use of the internet needs to be controlled? 7. Is the internet very popular in your country? 8. What kinds of people most often use the internet? 9. What age group of people most often uses the internet? 10. How can people best make use of the internet? 11. In general, what impact does the internet have on people’s lives? 12. How can people learn things on the internet? 13. What sorts of things can people learn on the internet? 14. What do you think are the benefits of “e-learning”? 15. Do you think information on the internet is very reliable?

Television

1. Do you like watching TV? 2. What types of TV programmes do you (most) like to watch? 3. Do you prefer reading a newspaper, (or reading a magazine) or watching TV? 4. What types of programme do children in your country like to watch? 5. How do you feel about advertisements on TV? 6. Do you prefer to watch TV or listen to the radio?

Toys

1. What toys did you like to play with when you were a child? 2. Do you think you learned anything from playing with toys? 3. Did you (prefer to) play with those toys alone or with other children? 4. If you had children, what toy would you give them? 5. If you had to choose a toy for a child, what toy would you give them? 6. Is there any difference between the boys’ toys and girls’ toys?

Clothes

1. Do you think it’s important what clothes a person wears? (Why?/Why not?) 2. Is it important what clothes you wear at your job? (your company) 3. Do you think the clothes a person wears leaves an impression on others? 4. What kinds/styles of clothes do you like (or, prefer) to wear? (Why?) 5. Do you wear the same clothes both at work and after work? 6. Do you wear the same kinds of clothes in winter and summer? 7. Do your friends have the same tastes in clothes as you? 8. What kinds of (or, style of) clothes do people in your country like to wear? 9. Do you think you will still be wearing the same kinds of clothes when you are old? 10. Do you prefer informal or formal clothes? (Why?) 11. Do you feel comfortable when wearing formal clothes? (Why?/Why not?) 12. Do you think formal clothes are important? 13. When do people wear formal clothes? 14. Are you very interested in fashion (or, clothes fashions)?

Writing (NEW)

1. Do you often write things? 2. What do you usually write? 3. How often do you send e-mails? 4. What are your main reasons for using e-mails? 5. Do you usually write by hand or write using a computer? 6. Do you think computers might one day replace handwriting? 7. When do children begin to write in your country? 8. Do you think handwriting is very important (nowadays)? 9. How can children today improve (or, practice) their handwriting? 10. What impression does a person’s handwriting have on other people?

Emails

1. Do you like to write letter and/or emails? 2. Do you think emails are useful? 3. Do you think it is a good thing that some companies send out spam emails for the purpose of advertising? 4. What sorts of letters (or emails) do you think are the most difficult to write? 5. Do you prefer to write letters or emails? (Why?) 6. Do you think email might one day replace handwritten letters?

Countryside (NEW)

1. Have you ever been to the countryside? 2. Do you like living in the countryside? 3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in the countryside? 4. What are the differences between living in cities and living in the countryside? 5. The difference between the relationship of neighbours in the countryside and that in the city? 6. Are people who live in the countryside healthier than people who live in the city?

Painting

1. Do you like drawing (or painting)? 2. What kind of pictures do you like to draw? 3. Do you think drawing (or painting) is difficult? 4. Do you think it’s important for children to learn to draw? 5. What’s the difference between an adult and a child learning to draw? 6. To draw (or paint) well, what factors do you think are important?

Trees (NEW)

1. Do you like going into the forests? 2. Do you think we should protect the forests? 3. Would you like to live in (near) the forests? 4. Is it important to plant trees? 5. Are forests important for people? 6. How can we protect the forests?

Personal hygiene (NEW)

1. What is your opinion on personal hygiene? 2. How to keep personal hygiene in schools? 3. What you can do in order to keep your body healthy?

Garden (NEW)

1. Do you like going to garden quite often? 2. Is there any difference between the gardens in Australia and your hometown? 3. Do you think there will be more gardens in the near future?

Housework (NEW)

1. Do you do housework quite often? 2. Who do most of housework in your family? 3. Do you think it is good to let children undertake some housework?

Sleeping (NEW)

1. What are your average hours of sleeping? 2. Do you think it is good to have a sleep in the afternoon? 3. Do you think elderly people should have longer hours sleep than the youth? 4. How many sleeping hours do you think is better for you? 5. What do you do before sleep?

Museums (NEW)

1. Are there many (or, any) museums in your hometown? 2. Do you think museums are useful for visitors to your hometown/country? 3. Do you often visit a museum? 4. Did you go to any museums when you were a child? 5. When was the last time you visited a museum? 6. Do you think museums are important? 7. Do you think it’s suitable for museums to sell things to visitors? 8. What do you think is the role of museums and art galleries? 9. Which kind of art do you think is more important, the art we see in the cinema or the art we see in art galleries and museums? 10. Do you think going to museums and art galleries is beneficial for children? 11. Do schools in your country have excursions to museums? 12. Do you think teachers should take their students on visits to museums?

Concentration (NEW)

1. Is it important to focus on things? 2. When do people need to concentrate on things? 3. Is it easy to focus on things? 4. How can people deal with 2 different things at the same time?

A Subject you Don’t like (NEW)

Describe a subject that you didn’t like in your high school. (NEW) You should say: What’s the subject? Who taught that subject? What’s the main reason that made you dislike the subject? And explain are there any things can be done to make you like that subject?

Tourist Attraction (NEW)

Describe a tourist attraction (NEW) You should say: Where is the attraction? When did you visit this attraction? Who did you visit this place with? And explain the reasons why you like/dislike it.

A House or An Apartment(NEW)

Describe a house or an apartment (NEW) You should say: Where is it? Who lives in that house or apartment currently? Do you like it or not? And explain are there any things that you think should be optimized?

A set of Art (NEW)

Describe a set of art (NEW) You should say: What is it? Where is it? When did you first see it? And explain what the meaning of that set of art is?

An Occasion Friend visits your House (NEW)

Describe an occasion that your friend visits your house (NEW) You should say: What did you do? How did you spend your time together? How long did your friends stay in your place? And explain does he/she love your place and why?

A Thing (NEW)

Describe a thing you can’t live without, except mobile phone and computer (NEW) You should say: What is that thing? Why you cannot live without it? What can you get from it?

Interesting Conversation (NEW)

Describe an interesting conversation that you made with someone you don’t know. (NEW) You should say: When did that conversation happen? What did you talk with that person? How did you start the conversation? And explain why you think it was interesting?

Recent Change

Describe any recent change in your life. You should say: What is the change? How you felt about the change? Is it a positive change or negative change? Part3 Lifestyle Change 1. Should children be exposed to many things or few things? 2. Do you think it’s important to have a healthy lifestyle? 3. How do you think people’s life-styles today are different to people’s lifestyles in the past? 4. How do you think busy people can still maintain a healthy lifestyle?

A Party to your Friends

Describe a party you would give to your friends Describe a party you would give to your friends You should say: when will be the party held? Who will be invited to the party? How is the party going to be organized? Part3 Holidays 1. How do people enjoy their holidays in your country? 2. Are there any special events or activities during the holiday celebrating? 3. Do you think it is positive or negative to celebrate national events internationally?

Healthy Lifestyle Change

A Healthy Lifestyle Change Describe a lifestyle change you made to improve your health. You should say: what change you made how you made this change how difficult you think it was and explain why you think this change improved your health. Part 3 1. Do you think it’s important to have a healthy lifestyle? 2. How do you think people’s life-styles today are different to people’s lifestyles in the past? 3. How do you think busy people can still maintain a healthy lifestyle? 4. What effects do you think stress has on people’s health? 5. How do you think people can deal with? stress? 6. Is there much difference between the exercise that young people do and the exercise that old(er) people do?

Means of Transportation

Means of Transportation Describe your favorite means of transportation. You should say: What this transport is When you began to use it The advantages and disadvantages of using this form of transportation and explain why it is your favorite form of transportation Part3 1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of public and private transportation? 2. What are the advantages to society of having more people using mass transportation? 3. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of using mass transportation. 4. Why do some people have to travel a long distance every day to get to work? 5. What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in center of a city and living in the suburbs of a city? 6. What are the advantages to society of having more people using mass transportation? 7. Should it be the responsibility of governments or of individuals to limit the number of cars that are in use? 8. Do you think that governments should control the number of private cars that are on the roads? How could this be done? 9. How can the government encourage more people to use public (mass) transportation?

Favorite Room

Describe your favorite room Describe the room in your home where you spent the most time when you were a child. You should say: what it looked like what were the furniture what you did in that room and explain why you spent most of your time in that room. Part3 1. Do you think children should have their own rooms? 2. How do children benefit from sharing a room with others? 3. In your country, do parents usually have rules about how children keep their rooms? 4. Do you think it’s important for parents to have rules for how children keep their rooms? 5. Do you think people have enough privacy today? 6. What do you think of people who decorate their houses in a very flamboyant manner? 7. Have the rooms in people’s houses changed much compared to the rooms of your parents’ time? 8. How do you think rooms will change in the future?

Picnic or Outdoor Meal

A Picnic or Outdoor Meal Describe a picnic or meal that you ate outdoors. You should say: where you had this meal who was with you what you ate and drank and explain why you ate outdoors. Part3 1. What do you think are the good points and the not-so-good points about eating a picnic lunch? 2. Do you like eating outdoors? 3. What are some differences between eating in an open-air environment and eating indoors? 4. On what occasions do people in your country eat outdoors? 5. Do people in your country often have picnics? (Why?/Why not?) 6. If you were going to have a picnic, what sort of place would you choose to go to? 7. When people are going to have a picnic, what preparations do they usually do? 8. Which do think is better, eating in a restaurant or eating outdoors?

Place For Work or Study

A Place For Work or Study Describe a place for work or study that you know. You should say: what kind of place it is how you know this place what people do there and explain how you feel about this place. Part 3 Going to Work 1. How do people in your country travel to work? 2. What do you think is the best location to put companies where people go to work? 3. What impact does the location of the company (or, the workplace) have on the company and on the employees? 4. What problems can (or, do) result when people have to travel a long distance to work? 5. What sorts of problems do you think people have when they move to another country to work?

Rule

Describe a rule in your high school You should say: what rule it is who made this rule when it was made and explain your feelings about this rule. Part3: 1. Why do we have laws in society? 2. Do you think that laws should be updated from time to time? 3. Do you think the laws of a country reflect the society of that country? 4. Do you think the law is applied equally to all people, no matter what social class they belong to? (give examples) 5. Would you say that people in your country usually obey the law?

Speech

Describe an interesting speech You should say: who gave the talk what the talk was about where you heard it and explain why the talk was interesting/ what you learned from this talk. Part3 1. What different kinds of speeches or lectures have you attended in your life? 2. What qualities (attributes) should these visiting speakers have? 3. Why do many people find it hard to give a talk to young people? 4. Why do you think many people are nervous before they give a speech? 5. Why do people give speech to children? 6. Who make people to do so? 7. How media relate to the speech to children in school? 8. What kind of people can give speech to children? 9. How about people on normal jobs? 10. What’s the aim of the speeches to children?

Cafe

Describe a Cafe Describe a cafe that you know in your hometown. You should say: where it is how often you go there what kind of food they serve there and explain why you like to choose in this place. Part3 1. What foods are most nutritious and what foods are not nutritious? 2. Do you think advertising has an effect on what foods people eat? 3. Do you think that junk foods should be banned? 4. What measures should be taken to increase public awareness of proper nutrition? 5. Are there any cafes near your home/school/university/work? 6. What (different) types of cafes are there in your hometown? 7. What are some of the factors that make a cafe a good one? 8. Does the food in the cafe you just talked about (in Part 2) taste different to western food? 9. Is it important in your culture to eat outside with other people?

Friend

Describe a person that you met and become good friend. You should say: who is he/she where you met each other what does he/she do and explain why you guys become good friends. Part3 Friendship 1. What is your understanding of friendship? 2. Do you always tell truth to your friends? 3. In your opinion, what is the most important thing to build up long-term friendship? 4. Do you say everything to your friends?

Holiday

Describe a perfect holiday You should say: where did you go what did you do during this vacation who did you go with and explain how did you feel at the end of this vacation. Part3 1. How do people in your country spend their free time? 2. Do people of different age groups do the same kinds of leisure activities? 3. Do people of different income levels all do the same kinds of leisure activities? 4. Have there been any changes in people’s leisure activities in the past 20 or 30 years? 5. Do you think there will be more changes in the future? (If yes, what? why? or how?) 6. Do you think people would work harder if they were given more leisure time? 7. What do you think is a suitable retirement age for people?

Interesting Person

Describe an interesting person You should say: when you met this person where you met them how often you meet this person and explain why you think he or she was interesting. Part 3 1. What do you and your friends or family usually chat about? 2. Do you think it’s important to communicate well (or, clearly)? 3. What do you think is good communication? 4. Do you think everyone can learn these skills? 5. How would you suggest these skills be taught to children? 6. Do you think adults and children communicate the same way? 7. Who do you think learns language faster, children or adults? 8. Can you think of any examples of work (or, jobs) that require good communication skills? 9. What (personal) qualities do you think good communicators have?

Polite Person

Describe a polite person Describe a most polite person you know. You should say: who the person is how you know the person what the person looks like and explain why you think the person is most polite. Part 3 1. Are you a polite person? 2. How do people usually show courtesy? 3. Do you think people living in the city are more polite than people in the country? Why? 4. Are people in your country more polite than before? Why? 5. What behavior do you think is polite? 6. Is it important to be polite?

Meal

Describe a special meal you were invited to. You should say: Where did you have the meal? Is there anything special? Who did you go with? Part3 Food 1. How do people normally have meals in your country, dining out or cooking at home? 2. Would you like to try different kinds of food? Why? 3. What is your opinion on food poisoning? 4. Do you think it is necessary for governments to do the censorship on food?

Shopping Center

Describe a shopping center that you like You should say: where is it located? how often do you go there? what does it sell? and explain why you would like to go there. Part3 1. Sometimes people choose to move to the countryside from a city. Can you suggest why these people do that? 2. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of living in big cities with those of living in a village or small town. 3. If a big city had no public transport, do you think it would be a good place to live? 4. Who do you think is more suited to living in big cities, old people or young people? 5. Do many young people from villages and small towns choose to leave their hometowns? Why? 6. Do you think living in a village would have any advantages for old people?

Public Library

Describe a public library. You should say: what kind of the library is? Where is it located? What is the function of this library now? Part3 Public library 1. Should governments provide more funds to support public library every year? 2. Do people often go to public libraries in your hometown? 3. Do you think public libraries will be replaced by online E-books? 4. Do you think more and more free downloads should be provided online?

Learn From Family Member

Describe something you learnt from your family member You should say: what it was who you learned it from how you learned it and explain why you think it is useful. Part 3 1. In general, what do parents usually teach their children? 2. Do you think what children learn at home is important? 3. Do you think children learn anything when they play games with their parents (or, a parent)? 4. Do children learn the same sorts of things from their parents as they learn from their friends? 5. Do you think strict parents are good for children?

Seaside

Describe a seaside place you would like to go You should say: where this place was what you did at this place who you went there with and explain why you liked this place. Part3 1. Do you think oceans are important? 2. What benefits do the oceans bring to people? 3. What is the importance of the ocean to your country? 4. Do you think the oceans should be protected? (Why?) 5. How do you think we could protect the ocean environment? 6. Do you think the world should work together to protect the oceans? 7. What rivers do you have in your country? 8. In general, do you think people like to live near water? (Why?) 9. What benefits do they get from living near water?

Good Parent

Describe a good parent you know. You should say: who the parent is how you know the parent what the parent looks like and explain why you think the parent is good. Part3 1. How do parents take care of their kids in your country? 2. Are kids free in your country? 3. Do you think who is good at taking care of kids, father or mother? 4. What is the most valuable thing that parents give to their kids? 5. How do you think about the relationship between the parents and children? 6. Should parents be strict with the kids? 7. What can parents teach their children?

Late Occasion

Describe an occasion that you were late You should say: what is the situation Why were you late did someone blame you and explain the importance of being on time. Part3 Time management 1. Are you often late when meeting up with friends? 2. Do you think it is important to keep on time? 3. Do people in your country have a strong sense of time management? 4. What should you do if you were late?

Book Film about Future

Describe a book or film you read or watched about the future You should say: what is the name of the book or the film When did you read or watch it what have you learnt from this book or film and explain what did the book or film say about the future. Part3 Books and other Media 1. Besides textbooks, what other materials (or teaching media) are used in schools in your country? 2. Do you think textbooks will be replaced in future by other teaching media such as small notebook computers? Education 1. Is education important? (Why?) 2. How do people in your country consider teaching, as a profession? 3. Who should decide what is taught in schools & universities – the students, the teachers or the government? The Importance of Reading 1. Why do children like adults reading stories to them? 2. What are some of the main differences between books and films?. 3. What can a person learn from reading books from overseas? 4. Do you think it’s a good idea to learn a foreign language by reading materials such as novels in that language?

Favorite Room

Describe your favorite room Describe the room in your home where you spent the most time when you were a child. You should say: what it looked like what were the furniture what you did in that room and explain why you spent most of your time in that room. Part3 1. Do you think children should have their own rooms? 2. How do children benefit from sharing a room with others? 3. In your country, do parents usually have rules about how children keep their rooms? 4. Do you think it’s important for parents to have rules for how children keep their rooms? 5. Do you think people have enough privacy today? 6. What do you think of people who decorate their houses in a very flamboyant manner? 7. Have the rooms in people’s houses changed much compared to the rooms of your parents’ time? 8. How do you think rooms will change in the future?

Advertisement

Describe an advertisement make you want to buy something. You should say: where you saw or heard of it what is in the advertisement how you saw or heard about it and explain why this advertisement made you want to buy this thing. Part3 Online shopping 1. Do you go shopping online? 2. What are the differences between traditional shopping and online shopping? 3. What was your most recent online shopping experience? What did you buy? 4. How to ensure quality when doing online purchase? 5. Dose online shopping become more and more popular in your country?

Relaxing

Describe something you did make you relaxing. You should say: when did you have that experience Where did you relax yourself who did you go with and explain why this make you relaxing. Part3 entertainment & relax 1. Is that difficult to relax in nowadays? 2. Compared with your country, what are the differences among the ways people relax themselves? 3. Do people change their ways of relaxing themselves nowadays?

Future Plan

Describe a future plan which is not related to work or studies. You should say: What is the future plan When does that future plan come into your mind Who are involved in that plan and explain how you are going to achieve it. Part3 entertainment & relax 1. Is that difficult to relax in nowadays? 2. Compared with your country, what are the differences among the ways people relax themselves? 3. Do people change their ways of relaxing themselves nowadays? Describe a future plan which is not related to work or studies

Clothing

Describe an item of clothing that was bought for you. You should say: what it is what it looks like why it was bought for you and explain how you feel (or felt) about this item of clothing. Part3 1. Does everyone like to go shopping for clothes? 2. Why do you think some people don’t like shopping for clothes? 3. Do you think it’s important to follow the current fashions in the clothes you wear? 4. Why do you think many people feel it’s important to wear clothes that are “in fashion”? 5. Do you think people tend to judge others by the clothes they wear?(Why?) 6. Do you think these differences in clothes reflect differences in personality? 7. Do you (Did you) like wearing school uniform? 8. Do you think it’s good for people (such as school students) to wear school uniform? 9. What impact do you think the fashion industry has on the economy of your country?

Radio Programme

Describe a radio programme that you find interesting. You should say: what this programme is when and where you listen to this programme what the contents of the programme are and explain why you like this programme. Part 3 1. Is listening to the radio popular in your country? (Why? Why not?) 2. Compare the impact of local radio stations with that of national radio stations. 3. Do young people and old people like listening to the same kind of radio programmes? 4. How have radio programmes changed in the recent past? 5. How do you think radio programmes will change in the future? 6. Compare listening to the radio to watching TV. (What are the differences and advantages of each?) 7. Do you think radio is outdated, now that we have television? 8. Which do you think is better for advertising, radio or TV? 9. What skills or personal qualities does a person need to work at a radio station?

Successful Advertisement

Describe an advertisement that you think is successful. You should say: what is advertised what the advertisement contains what kinds of people would be (or, are) interested in and explain why you think this advertisement works well. Part 3 The Nature of Advertising 1. What are some examples of places where we often see advertisements? 2. Why do you think many (most) advertisements use good-looking people (to promote the product or service)? 3. The influence of advertisements 4. What are the different kinds of advertising? 5. What kind of advertising is most common in your country? 6. What are the ways in which advertisements catch the attention of viewers? 7. Is advertising on the internet very influential? 8. How do advertisements attract the attention of people? 9. What is the purpose (= the function) of advertising? = Why do companies spend money on advertising? 10. What kinds of advertisements are most attractive to children (or, young people)? 11. Do you think advertisements are a good or bad influence on children? 12. Do you think advertisements actually influence people to buy things (perhaps things they don’t really need)? 13. Do overseas advertisements used in, or adapted for use in your country affect Chinese culture and values? Controls on Advertisements 1. Does the Chinese government control advertisements in any way? 2. What should happen to those people or companies who engage in false advertising? 3. Do you think there should be controls on (= laws concerning) advertising, for example cigarette and alcohol advertising?

Wild Animal

A Wild Animal Describe a time when you saw a wild animal. You should say: what animal it was where you saw it what happened when you saw it and explain how do people in your country feel about this animal. Part 3 Zoos 1. Do you think zoos are good or bad? 2. Do you think it’s cruel to keep wild animals in zoos? 3. Why do you think so many cities have zoos? 4. In your opinion, what features should a good zoo have? 5. Do you think zoos might disappear in the future? 6. What future developments do you think we will see concerning zoos? The Protection of Wild Animals 1. Why do you think wild animals should be protected? 2. In what ways does human activity result in the extinction (or near extinction) of some animal species? 3. At present, many animals are already facing extinction. How do you think average citizens could (help) protect wild animals? 4. Why do you think films or books for children so often include animals?

Film About Real Person

A Film about a Real Person Describe a film about a real person or event that you have watched. You should say: when (and where) you saw this film what person or event the film was about what happened in the film and explain how you felt about this film. Part 3 Film-watching Preferences in Your Country 1. What kinds of films are most popular in your country? 2. What kinds of films do young people (i.e., people aged 15 to 25) like to watch? 3. What kinds of films do children (i.e., people aged 4 to 12) like to watch? 4. What kinds of films do you prefer to watch? 5. Do you think films have much influence on young people? 6. What about children – what impact do films have on children? 7. Do you think films that show violence can affect children? 8. Do you think parents should supervise what films their children watch? 9. Do you ever learn anything from watching a film? 10. Do you think that you can learn about other (foreign) cultures from watching films? 11. In what ways can a country’s culture be represented in a film? 12. To what extent do films influence a country’s culture? 13. How could a film enrich (or, strengthen) a country’s culture? The Film Industry 1. In your opinion, what is a “good” film (and what is a “bad” film)? 2. In your opinion, what is a “successful” film? 3. Do you think it’s necessary for film-makers to spend a lot of money in order to produce a successful (or, a good) film? 4. Do you think we will continue to have cinemas in the future? 5. In the future, do you think that cinemas will be replaced by DVD’s (and/or films downloaded off the internet)? 6. What do you think would be the result if everyone watched films on DVD (instead of going to the cinema)?

Book Recommend to Friend

A Book you would Like to recommend to you friend You should say: what’s the name of the book what type of book it is what content it has and explain why you like to recommend this book to your friend. Part 3 Books and other Media 3. Besides textbooks, what other materials (or teaching media) are used in schools in your country? 4. Do you think textbooks will be replaced in future by other teaching media such as small notebook computers? Education 4. Is education important? (Why?) 5. How do people in your country consider teaching, as a profession? 6. Who should decide what is taught in schools & universities – the students, the teachers or the government? The Importance of Reading 5. Why do children like adults reading stories to them? 6. What are some of the main differences between books and films?. 7. What can a person learn from reading books from overseas? 8. Do you think it’s a good idea to learn a foreign language by reading materials such as novels in that language?

Wrong Decision

A Wrong Decision Describe someone you know who made a wrong decision. You should say: who the person was what the situation was what decision they made and explain why you think it was the wrong decision. Part3 1. What do you think are the most important decisions that people make in their lives? 2. What skills are necessary when making decisions? 3. How can people improve their decision-making skills? 4. How do you think computers will change the way people make decisions? 5. Do parents in your country allow their children to make important decisions about the future? 6. Do you think that parents should make important decisions for their children? 7. How can older people (parents) help young people (their children) make their own decisions wisely?

Polite Occasion

An Occasion You Had To Be Polite Describe an occasion when you had to be polite. You should say: what the occasion was where it was who was with you and explain why you had to be polite. Part3 1. What are some ways that people in your country show politeness towards others? 2. Do you think people are equally polite at home (with their family) as they are outside the home (with strangers)? 3. What do you think are the differences between a polite person and a friendly person? 4. Do you think telling lies is impolite? 5. Are there any times when it might be polite to tell a lie? 6. Do you always tell the truth to people? 7. Which do you think is better, to always show your feelings or to sometimes conceal your feelings? 8. On the question of showing emotions, do you think males and females are the same? 9. Do you think pretending to smile is polite?

Enjoy Talking to Someone

A Person You Enjoy Talking To Describe a person you enjoy talking with. You should say: how often you speak with this person when you usually talk with him/her what topics you usually speak about and explain why you enjoy speaking to them (= him or her). Part3 Communication Skills 1. What do you and your friends or family usually chat about? 2. Do you think it’s important to communicate well (or, clearly)? 3. What do you think is good communication? 4. And what do you think are some examples of bad (or, poor) communication? 5. Do you think everyone can learn these skills? 6. How would you suggest these skills be taught to children? 7. Do you think adults and children communicate the same way? 8. Who do you think learns language faster, children or adults? 9. Can you think of any examples of work (or, jobs) that require good communication skills? 10. What (personal) qualities do you think good communicators have?

Garden

Describe a garden you visited and liked. You should say: where it was what you saw in this garden what you did there and explain why you liked it. Part3 1. What do people usually do when they go to a garden in the city? 2. Do people of different ages do different things when they visit a garden? 3. Do you think the governments (mainly city governments) have built enough public gardens in your country (or, hometown)?

Childhood Toy

A Childhood Toy Describe a toy that was special to you when you were a child. You should say: when you got it what it looked like who gave it to you and explain how you used it (how you played with it). Part 3 Toys 1. What are the most popular kinds of toys in your country? 2. Why do you think children often like certain toys instead of others? 3. Do boys and girls like the same toys? 4. What are the differences between boys’ toys and girls’ toys? 5. Do you think it’s good if parents only buy “educational” toys for their children? 6. Which do you think is better to give a child, a computer or a toy? 7. What effect do you think electronic toys have on children? 8. Do you think watching TV can take the place of playing with toys? 9. Why do you think some children prefer to watch TV rather than play with toys?

Meaningful Song

A meaningful song Describe a song that has (special) meaning for you. You should say: what song it is when you first heard it what the song is about and explain why this song has special meaning for you. Part 3 1. What kinds of music are popular in your country? 2. Do people of different ages like the same kinds of music? 3. Why don’t older people like pop music as much as young people? 4. What do you think are the benefits of learning to play a musical instrument? 5. Do you think the playing of musical instruments is beneficial to mankind?

Favourite Part of the Day

Your Favourite Part of the Day Describe your favourite part of the day. You should say: when it is what you do at this time who is usually with you at this time and explain why it is your favorite part of the day. Part3 1. How do people plan their routines? 2. What are the advantages of planning your time? 3. What are the disadvantages of routines? 4. Do you think there are any differences between the ways young people and old (or, older) people plan their time? 5. Are there any special tools (or methods) that people use to plan their time?

Important Job

A Person Who Has An Important Job Describe a person who has an important job. You should say: who the person is where the person works what the person does in the job and explain why you think the person’s job is important Part 3 1. What kind of job do young people like to do nowadays? 2. Why do many people lose their jobs? 3. Why do many people fail to find a job?

Gift

A Gift You Would Like to Give Describe a gift you would like to give to one of your friends. You should say: who you would like to give this gift to what the gift would be how much it would cost and explain why you would like to give this gift to this person. Part 3 Gift Giving 1. Why do people give gifts to others? 2. When do people in your country give gifts? 3. What should people consider when choosing a gift? 4. Do you think some parents give too many things to their children? 5. Can you suggest any ways to improve that situation?

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