Sunday, 12 July 2015

IELTS SPEAKING PART 3

SPEAKING PART 3 TOPICS
(A discussion with the examiner - 4-5 minutes)

     The examiner will ask a broader range of questions based on the topic that you had in speaking part 2. The questions require you to expand your answers further with explanation and examples.
1. Art
(i) What kind of art do you enjoy?
(ii) What are the tradition art forms in your country?
(iii) What makes a good painting?
(iv) Do you think children should study art at school?
(v) How can children benefit from learning art?
(vi) How has art changed in the last few decades in your country?
2.  Clothes
(i) Can clothing tell you much about a person?
(ii) Why do some companies ask their staff to wear uniforms?
(iii) What are the advantages and disadvantages of have uniforms at work?
(iv) When do people wear traditional clothing in your country?
(v) How have clothes fashions changed in your country over the last few decades?
(vi) What is the difference between clothes that young people and old people like to wear?
3. Education
(i) What makes a good student?
(ii) What role should the teacher have in the classroom?
(iii) Do you think computers will one day replace teachers in the classroom?
(iv) How has teaching changed in your country in the last few decades?
(v) What is the difference between the way children learn and the way adults learn?
(vi) How can a teacher make lessons for children more interesting?
4. Family
(i) Is family important in your country?
(ii) How has the size of the family changed in the last few decades in your country?
(iii) How do you think the family will changed in the future?
(iv) What role do grandparents play in the family in your country?
(v) Who do you think should be responsible for the care of the elderly, the family or the government?
5. Food
(i) Do you think diet is important?
(ii) What is balanced diet?
(iii) What is the typical diet of people in your country?
(iv) Do many people eat in restaurants in your country?
(v) Why do some people enjoy eating out?
(vi) What's the difference between restaurant food and home cooked food?
6. Health
(i) How can people improve their health?
(ii) Do elderly people do much exercise in your country?
(iii) Do you think all illness can be prevented?
(iv) Do you think there will be less illness in the future?
(v) Do you think health care should be free?
(vi) What makes a good doctor?
7. Internet
(i) Do most people have a computer at home in your country?
(ii) Do you think all information on the internet is true?
(iii) How can people find reliable information on the internet?
(iv) How has the internet changed the way we live?
(v) How has the internet changed the way we work?
(vi) Do you think the internet is safe for children to use unsupervised?
8. Media & News
(i) Do you believe everything you read in the newspapers?
(ii) How do most people get their news in your country?
(iii) How do you think people will get their news in the future?
(iv) How has TV changed our lives?
(v) Do you think TV influences the way we think?
(vi) Should children be allowed to watch a lot of TV?
(vii) Are all people on TV famous?
(viii) Do you think famous people have a responsibility to act as role models for the younger generation?
9. Nature
(i) What are the main environmental problems in your country?
(ii) Why should people be concerned about the environment?
(iii) How can people protect environment?
(iv) Do you think money should be spent on protecting animals?
(v) Do you think more should be done to protect natural beauty spots in your country?
10. Society
(i) What social problems are there in your country?
(ii) What can be done to alleviate poverty?
(iii) Are there many charities in your country?
(iv) What is the difference between major crime and minor crime?
(v) Do you think all criminals should go to prison?
(vi) Why do so many people move to live in cities?
(vii) What problems does over population cause?
11. Travel
(i) Why do some people prefer to travel abroad rather than in their our country?
(ii) Do you think traveling to another country can change the way people think?
(iii) Do you think it is good for children to experience life in a foreign country?
(iv) How have holidays changed over the past few decades?
(v) Do you think it is safer to travel now than in the past?
12. Work
(i) Do you think job satisfaction is more important than salary when choosing a job?
(ii) What skill do you think are needed to get a good job these days?
(iii) Do you think women should be able to do all the same jobs that men do?
(iv) How has technology changed the way we work?
(v) What is the difference between white collar and blue collar jobs?
(vi) What jobs do you think are most valuable to society?

Thursday, 9 July 2015

IELTS SPEAKING PART 2 TOPICS


SPEAKING PART 2 TOPICS 
(A face to face talk to the examiner - 3-4 minutes)

      Your will be given a topic card. You will have 1 minutes to prepare your talk and then you will need to give your talk to the examiner for 1-2 minutes. Most topics are stories about yourself or something that happened in your life. 
1. Art
Describe a piece of art you like. 
Your should say:

  • what the work of art is
  • when you first saw it
  • what you know about it
  • and explain why you like it. 
2. Book
Describe a book you have recently read. 
You should say:
  • what kind of book it is
  • what it is about
  • what sort of people would enjoy it
  • and explain why you liked it. 
3. Communication
Describe a piece of advice you recently received
You should say: 
  • when this happened
  • who gave you the advice
  • what the advice was
  • and explain how you felt about the advice
4. Daily Routine
Describe a time of the day you like. 
You should say:
  • what time of day it is
  • what do you do at that time
  • who you are usually with
  • and explain why you like it. 
5. Exercise
Describe an exercise you know
You should say:
  • what it is
  • how it is done
  • when you first tried it
  • what kind of people it is suitable for
  • and explain why you think it is a good exercise
6. Family
Describe a member of your family you get on well with.
You should say:

  • who it is
  • what relationship you have to that person
  • what that person is like
  • what you do together
  • and explain why you get on so well
7. Gift
Describe a gift you recently gave to someone. 
You should say: 
  • whom you gave it to
  • what kind of person he/she is
  • what the gift was
  • what occasion the gift was for
  • and explain why you chose that gift. 
8. Hobby
Describe an interesting hobby. 
You should say: 
  • what it is
  • what kind of people do it
  • how it is done
  • and explain why you think it is interesting
9. Internet
Describe a useful website. 
You should say
  • what it is 
  • how often you visit it
  • what kind of site it is
  • what kind of information if offers
  • and explain why you think it is useful. 
10. Journey
Describe a journey that didn't go as planned. 
You should say: 
  • where were you going
  • how were you travelling
  • whom were you with
  • and explain what you would do differently. 
11. Kindness
Describe a person you know who is kind. 
You should say: 
  • who it is
  • how do you know this person
  • what sort of person he/she is
  • and explain why you think they are kind. 
12. Language
Describe a language you have learned. 
You should say: 
  • what it is
  • when you started learning
  • how did you learn it
  • what was difficult about it
  • and why you decided to learn that language. 
13. Music
Describe a song you like. 
You should say: 
  • what kind of song it is
  • what the song is about
  • when did you first hear it
  • and explain why you like it. 
14. News
Describe some good news you recently received. 
You should say: 
  • what the news was
  • how did you receive the news
  • who gave it to you
  • and explain why this was good news
15. Old People
Describe an old person you know
You should say:
  • who this person is
  • how old he/she is
  • what this person is like
  • and explain why you like this person. 
16. Photograph
Describe a photograph you like. 
You should say:
  • what can be seen in the photo
  • when it was taken
  • who took it
  • and explain why you like it. 
17. Respect
Describe someone you respect.
You should say:

  • who the person is
  • how you know about this person
  • what this person does
  • what this person is like
  • and explain why you respect this person
18. Sport
Describe a sport you would like to learn. 
You should say:
  • what it is
  • what equipment is needed for it
  • how you would learn it
  • and explain why you would like to learn this sport. 
19. Travel
Describe a place you have recently visited. 
You should say: 
  • where you went
  • whom you went with
  • how you got there
  • and explain why you enjoyed it. 
20. Unexpected
Describe an unexpected event. 
You should say:
  • what it was
  • when it happened
  • who was there
  • why it was unexpected
  • and explain why you enjoyed it
21. Vocation
Describe a vocation you think is useful to society. 
You should say: 
  • what it is
  • what it involves
  • what kind of people do this work
  • and explain why you think it is useful to society
22. Water
Describe a place near water. 
You should say:
  • where it is
  • how you get there
  • how often you do there 
  • what you can do there
  • and explain why you like it. 
23. Your Favourite Shop
Describe your favourite shop. 
You should say: 
  • where it is
  • how often you go there
  • what it sells
  • and explain why you think it is a good shop. 
24. Zoo
Describe a place with animals. 
You should say: 
  • where it is
  • how you heard of it
  • what animals can be seen
  • and explain why it might be an interesting place to visit. 

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

IELTS SPEAKING PART ONE


Topics & Questions IELTS Speaking Part I
(A face to face interview with the examiner - 4-5 minutes)

     Below is a list of topics and questions that the examiner can ask you in Part I of the IELTS speaking test. You will normally be asked about 3 different topics and a total 12 questions. 
1. Work
2. Study
3. Hometown
4. Home
5. Art
6. Birthdays
7. Childhood
8. Clothes
9. Computers
10. Daily routine
11. Dictionaries
12. Evenings
13. Family & Friends
14. Flowers
15. Food
16. Going Out
17. Happiness
18. Hobbies
19. Internet
20. Leisure Time
21. Music
22. Nieighbours & Neighbourhood
23. Newspapers
24. Pets
25. Reading
26. Shopping
27. Sport
28. TV
29. Transport
30. Weather

Main Topics for Part I

1. Work
(i) What is your job?
(ii) Where do you work? 
(iii) Why did you choose that job? 
(iv) Is it a popular job in your country?
(v) Do you like your job? 
(vi) Do you get on well with your colleagues? 
(vii) What was your first day like? 
(viii) What responsibilities do you have at work? 
(ix) If you had the chance, would you change your job? 
(x) Do you plan to continue with your job in the future? 

2.  Study
(i) What do you study? 
(ii) Where do you study that? 
(iii) Why did you choose that subject? 
(iv) Is it a popular subject in your country? 
(v) Do you like that subject? 
(vi) Do you get on with your colleagues? 
(vii) What was your first day like? 
(viii) What are the main aspects of your subject? 
(ix) If you had the chance, would you change your subject?
(x) Do you plan to get a job in the same field as your subject?

3. Hometown
(i) Where is your hometown?
(ii) Do you like your hometown?
(iii) Do you often visit your hometown?
(iv) What is your hometown like?
(v) What is the oldest place in your hometown?
(vi) What is there for a foreigner to do or see in your hometown?
(vii) How could your hometown be improved?
(viii) Has your hometown changed much since your were a child?
(ix) Is there good public transportation in your hometown?
(x) Do you think your hometown is a good place to bring up children?

4. Home
(i) Where is your home?
(ii) Do you live in a house or a flat?
(iii) Who do you live with?
(iv) Are there many rooms in your home?
(v) What is your favourite room?
(vi) How are the walls decorated?
(vii) What would you change about your home?
(viii) What facilities are there near your home?
(ix) What is your neighbourhood like?
(x) Do most people live in houses in your country?

Common Topics for Part I

5. Art
(i) Are you good at art?
(ii) Did you learn art at school when you were a child?
(iii) What kind of art do you like?
(iv) Is art popular in your country?
(v) Have you even been to an art gallery?
(vi) Do you think children can benefit from going to art galleries?

6. Birthdays
(i) Do you enjoy your birthdays?
(ii) Do you usually celebrate your birthday?
(iii) What did you do on your last birthday?
(iv) Can you remember a birthday you enjoyed as a child?
(v) Do most people celebrate their birthdays with a party in your country?
(v) Which birthdays are considered important in your country?

7. Childhood
(i) Did you enjoy your childhood?
(ii) What is your first memory of your childhood?
(iii) Did you have a lot of friends when you were a child?
(iv) What did you enjoy doing as a child?
(v) Do you think it is better for children to grow up in the city or in the countryside?

8. Clothes
(i) Are clothes important to you?
(ii) What kind of clothes do you usually wear?
(iii) Do you ever wear the traditional clothes of your country?
(iv) Where do you usually buy your clothes?
(v) Have you ever worn a uniform?
(vi) Do most people in your country follow fashion?

9. Computers
(i) Do you often use a computer?
(ii) How do you usually get online?
(iii) Do you prefer desktops or laptops?
(iv) What do you use your computer for?
(v) Do you think it is important to learn how to use a computer?

10. Daily Routine
(i) When do you usually get up in the morning?
(ii) Do you usually have the same routine every day?
(iii) What is your daily routine?
(iv) Do you even change your routine?
(v) Is your routine the same today as it was when your were a child?
(vi) Do you think it is important to have a daily routine?

11. Dictionaries
(i) Do you often use a dictionary?
(ii) What do you use dictionaries for?
(iii) What kinds of dictionaries do you think are most useful?
(iv) Do you think dictionaries are useful for learning a language?
(v) What kind of information can you find in a dictionary?

12. Evenings
(i) What do you often do in the evenings?
(ii) Do you do the same thing all evenings?
(iii) Do you prefer to spend your evenings with family or friends?
(iv) Do you even work / study in the evenings?
(v) What is a popular activity for people in your country in the evenings?
(v) Do you do the same thing in the evening as you did when you were a child?

13. Family & Friends
(i) Do you spend much time with your family?
(ii) How are you closest in your family?
(iii) Do you prefer spending time with your family or friends?
(iv) Who is your best friend?
(v) Are you still friends with people from your childhood?
(v) Is family important in your country?

14. Flowers
(i) Do you like flowers?
(ii) What's your favourite flower?
(iii) When was the last time you gave someone flowers?
(iv) Do any flowers have special meaning in your country?
(v) Why do you think women like flowers more than men?

15. Food
(i) What's your favourite food?
(ii) Have you always like the same food?
(iii) Is there any food you dislike?
(iv) What is a common meal in your country?
(v) Do you have a healthy diet?
(vi) What do you think of fast food?

16. Going Out
(i) Do you often go out in the evenings?
(ii) What do you like to do when you go out?
(iii) Do you prefer going out on your own or with friends?
(iv) How often do you go out in a week?
(v) Where do most people like to go out in your country?

17. Happiness
(i) Are you a happy person?
(ii) What usually makes you happy?
(iii) Does the weather ever affect how how feel?
(iv) What makes you feel unhappy?
(v) Do you think people in your country are generally happy people?

18. Hobbies
(i) Do you have a hobby?
(ii) What equipment do you need for it?
(iii) Do you think hobbies should be shared with other people?
(iv) Did you have a hobby as a child?
(v) What hobbies are popular in your country?
(vi) Why do you think people have hobbies?

19. Internet
(i) How often do you online?
(ii) What do you use the internet for?
(iii) How do you get online?
(iv) Do you have your own computer?
(v) What's your favourite website?
(vi) Do you think children should be allowed unsupervised access to the internet?

20. Leisure Time
(i) What is your favourite leisure activity?
(ii) What did you enjoy doing in your free time as a child?
(iii) Do you prefer to spend your free time with other people or alone?
(iv) What is a common leisure activity in your country?
(v) Do most people in your country get two days off a week?
(vi) Do you think leisure time is important?

21. Music
(i) Do you like music?
(ii) What's your favourite type of music?
(iii) Can you sing?
(iv) Did you learn music at school?
(v) If you could learn a musical instrument, what would it be?
(vi) Do you think music is important?

22. Neighbours & Neighbourhood
(i) Do you like your neighbours?
(ii) Are neighbours usually close to each other in your country?
(iii) What is your neighbourhood like?
(iv) Do you think your neighbourhood is a good place for children?
(v) How could your neighbourhood be improved?
(vi) Do you think it is important to have a good relationship with your neighbours?

23. Newspapers
(i) How do you usually get your news?
(ii) Do you often read the newspaper?
(iii) What kind of news do you usually follow?
(iv) How do most people get the news in your country?
(v) Do you think international news is important?

24. Pets
(i) Do you have a pet?
(ii) Do you like animals?
(iii) What's your favourite animal?
(iv) What is a popular pet to have in your country?
(v) Did you have a pet as a child?
(vi) Why do people have pets?

25. Reading
(i) Do you often read?
(ii) What is your favourite kind of book to read?
(iii) Do you often read newspapers?
(iv) Do you have any e-books?
(v) What books did you read as a child?
(vi) Do you think it is important to encourage children to read?

26. Shopping
(i) Do you like shopping?
(ii) What's your favourite shop?
(iii) Do you prefer shopping alone or with others?
(iv) What kinds of shops are there where you live?
(v) Have you ever bought anything online?
(vi) Do you think men and women have different opinions about shopping?

27. Sport
(i) Do you like sport?
(ii) What's your favourite sport?
(iii) Do you often watch sport on TV?
(iv) Did you play sport as a child?
(v) What is the most popular sport in your country?
(vi) How do most people in your country keep fit?

28. TV
(i) Do you often watch TV?
(ii) What sorts of things do you watch on TV?
(iii) What is your favourite TV program?
(iv) Do you ever watch foreign programs or films?
(v) What did you watch on TV when you where a child?
(vi) Do you think children should watch TV?

29. Transport
(i) How did you get here today?
(ii) What is your favourite mode of transport?
(iii) Do you ever use public transport?
(iv) Do you like the transport system in your country?
(v) What is the difference between taking a bus and taking a train?

30. Weather
(i) What's the weather like today?
(ii) What's your favourite weather?
(iii) Do you like the weather in your country?
(iv) Is the weather the same in all parts of your country?
(v) Does the weather ever affect the way you feel?
(vi) Does the weather in your country ever affect transportation?

Thursday, 1 May 2014

IELTS - The Test for Study and Work

GENERAL INTRODUCTION
1. IELTS (The International English Language Testing System) is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. 
2. It is jointly managed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, the British Council and IDP Education Pvt Ltd, and was established in 1989. 
3. IELTS is one of the two major English-language tests in the world, the other being TOEFL
4. There are two versions of the IELTS: the Academic Version and the General Training Version
5. The Academic Version is intended for those who want to enroll in universities and other institutions of higher education and for professionals such as medical doctors and nurses who want to study or practise in an English-speaking country. 
6. The General Training Version is intended for those planning to undertake non-academic training or to gain work experience, or for immigration purpose. 
7. IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand and South African academic institutions, over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, and various professional organisations across the world. It is also a requirement for immigration to Australia and New Zealand. In Canada IELTS, TEF, or CELPIP are accepted by the immigration authority. 
4. No minimum score is required to pass the test. An IELTS result or Test Report Form is issued to all candidates with a score from "band 1" ("non-user") to "band 9" ("expert user") and each institution sets a different threshold. There is also a "band 0" score for those who did not attempt the test. Institutions are advised not to consider a report older than two years to be valid, unless the user proves that he had worked to maintain his level.