Задания из IELTS в марте 2017

Посмотрите на некоторые задания по Writing и Speaking с официальных экзаменов в марте 2017 года и используйте их для подготовки! Темами делятся люди, сдававшие IELTS. Мы даем свои комментарии на особенно интересные и каверзные, на наш взгляд, темы.

Конечно, не стоит надеяться на то, что эти темы будут повторяться на будущих экзаменах, но помните, что чем больше тем вы проработаете, тем понятнее вам станет формат IELTS и тем подкованнее вы будете. Тематика по сути имеет свои пределы, и, возможно, темы их подобных сфер жизни могут оказаться на вашем экзамене!

Указанные темы взяты с отличного англоязычного сайта для подготовки к IELTS www.ielts-blog.com. Для вашего удобства я собрал темы в один пост.

 
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IELTS WRITING

Writing task 2
Governments spend a lot of money on wildlife protection instead of starting new projects. Is this a positive or a negative trend? Give your opinion and examples from your experience.

комментарий от www.myielts.kz
Не совсем ясно, что понимается под new projects. Кандидат, который сообщил об этой теме сайту ielts-blog.com, вероятно не совсем точно передал ее. Скорее всего, под new projects понимаются инвестиции в технологии, строительство объектов инфраструктуры и так далее. Тем не менее попробуем найти доводы в пользу этого утверждения и аргументы против:
Positive trend: (1) сохранение окружающей среды – это важный аспект жизни страны, и охрана природных богатств для будущих поколений должна быть приоритетом для государства. (2) инвестирование в охрану природы может быть оправдано тем, что в страну могут приезжать многочисленные экотуристы, и государство может извлекать их такого вида туризма материальную выгоду.
Negative trend: (1) финансирование новых проектов в сфере экономики и общественной жизни – это ключевая задача правительства, чтобы развивать экономику и повышать уровень жизни населения. (2) новые проекты могут помочь стране улучшить свой имидж на международной арене.

Готовое эссе можно посмотреть здесь

 
 

Writing task 2
Foreign tourists must be charged higher fees than local people to visit cultural places and historical sites. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give your own opinion including relevant examples.

комментарий от www.myielts.kz
Иностранные туристы должны платить больше местных жителей за помещение местных достопримечательностей.

Намного быстрее можно найти доводы в пользу того, чтобы иностранцы платили больше местных. Мы помним, что дается всего 40 минут на написание, поэтому пойдем по легкому пути.

Доводы:
(1) это будет дополнительным заработком для каждой конкретной достопримечательности, потому что поддержание объекта (музей или галерея) в надлежащем состоянии требует постоянных расходов.

(2) иностранные туристы, по мнению местного правительства, могут позволить себе платить больше местного населения, раз уж они уже потратились на приезд и проживание – возможно, иностранцы один раз в жизни увидят эту достопримечательность, в то время как местные могут регулярно ее посещать.

Итог: Я бы согласился с этим утверждением.

 
 

Writing task 2
Many people believe that more money should be allocated to teaching science than any other subject in order for a country to progress. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give your opinion and examples.

комментарий от www.myielts.kz
Тема говорит о том, что нужно больше выделять больше денег на преподавание научных дисциплин, чем на преподавание других дисциплин, чтобы обеспечить развитие страны.
Стоит рассмотреть обе стороны проблемы.

Аргументы в защиту научных дисциплин:
(1) научный прогресс напрямую влияет на развитие страны, поэтому акцент на науках крайне важен в системе образования.
(2) научные дисциплины очень востребованы среди учеников и студентов, потому что, как показывает практика, специалисты в этой сфере имеют высокие доходы и широкие возможности трудоустройства во всем мире.

Аргументы в защиту других дисциплин:
(1) “другие” дисциплины (логично, что имеются в виду гуманитарные) также важны, потому что развитие и сохранение культуры и истории является необходимым для любой нации, и финансирование преподавания таких предметов также должно быть в достаточном объеме.
(2) “другие” дисциплины развивают образное мышление, способность рассуждать, развивают художественные таланты. не все ученики и студенты находят себя в науке, а избирают профессии в гуманитарной сфере – хотят стать художниками, писателями или музыкантами.

Итог: я бы согласился с тем, что нужно финансировать преподавание научных дисциплин в большем объеме, т.к. мы живем в эру динамичного технического прогресса, но и другие дисциплины не стоит забывать, потому что они также важны для ненаучных сфер жизни.

Готовое эссе можно посмотреть здесь

 
 

Writing task 2
Nowadays the population of the world is increasing rapidly. New homes and accommodation should be built for this additional population. Some believe that more houses should be constructed in existing towns and cities. Others believe that creating entirely new towns in the countryside to accommodate these houses is the best way. What is your opinion?

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Тема говорит о том, что стоит ли строить новое жилье для растущего населения в существующих городах или создавать новые города в сельской местности.
Каверзная тема – боюсь, не каждый чиновник, отвечающий за развитие города, сможет сразу ответить на этот вопрос.
Давайте попробуем рассмотреть обе стороны.

Доводы в пользу того, чтобы строить новое жилье в существующих городах:
(1) строить жилье будет проще, потому что будет более легкий доступ к квалифицированным инженерам и строительным материалам.
(2) строить будет проще, потому что в городах уже развита инфраструктура и коммуникации, чтобы подключить новые жилые здания к электросетям, водопроводу и канализации, а также обеспечить население общественными услугами (образование, здравоохранение, торговля).

Доводы в пользу того, чтобы строить новые города:
(1) такой вариант позволит разгрузить большие города и снизить стоимость жилья, потому что земля в сельской местности значительно дешевле земли в городах.
(2) появление новых городов позволит развивать малозаселенные регионы и распределять население равномерно по стране.

Итог: решение зависит от страны и ее территории – если территория позволяет строить вне больших городов, то стоит выбрать этот вариант, чтобы развивать малонаселенные регионы.

 
 

Writing task 2
Some people believe that professional workers such as doctors and teachers should be paid more than sports and entertainment personalities. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Give your opinion and relevant examples.

 
 

Writing task 2
Some people think that children should learn to paint or draw at school. Others believe it is just a waste of time. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

 
 

Writing task 2
Nowadays schoolchildren and students are taught to be competitive towards their classmates and aren’t encouraged to help the weaker students. Do the disadvantages of this outweigh the advantages? Give your own opinion and support it with relevant examples.

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Writing task 2
Some people say that use of mobile phones should be banned in public places or crowded areas, while others disagree. Give your own opinion and relevant examples.

 
 

Writing task 2
Nowadays children spend more time playing computer games than doing sports. Why is it happening? Does it have a positive or negative effect on their development?

 
 

 
 


IELTS SPEAKING

 
 

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you think is special about your home?
– What indoor games do you play?
– Which indoor game are you learning to play?
– When you leave the house what do you take along with you?
– What do you often forget when you go out?

Cue Card

Describe an interesting house or apartment you visited. Please say

– where this place is
– what it is like
– why you consider it interesting
– and whether you would like to live in it

Discussion

– How many types of houses are there?
– What are the differences between a new house and an old house?
– How are people wasting energy at home?
– How can solar heaters help to save energy?

 
 

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Do you work or study?
– Where are you from?
– Did you like your hometown when you used to live in it?
– What was your favorite place in your hometown?
– What special celebrations do you have in your hometown?
– What do you do with pictures you take?
– Do you have a lot of pictures of you as a child?
– Do you like to take pictures when you travel?

Cue Card

Talk about your favorite movie. Please say

– What is the movie?
– What is it about?
– When did you see it for the first time?
– Why is this your favorite movie?

Discussion

– What kind of movies do you have in your country?
– What is the difference between movies that older and younger people like to watch?
– Do you think that movie industry in your country can compete with Hollywood?
– Do you think a lot of money is spent on making movies?
– Why do people like the old, black and white movies?
– Do you go to the cinema often?
– Do you think the next movie stars will be computer generated?

 
 

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Let’s talk about your hometown.
– Where do you live?
– Did you grow up there?
– Is it a good town for families with kids?
– Do you live in a house or an apartment?
– Can you describe your place?
– Do you like taking pictures?
– What do you do when you take photos?
– Do you have many childhood photos?

Cue Card

Describe a place such as a swimming pool, skyscraper or any other building in your hometown or city. Please say

– What is it?
– Where and when was it build?
– Do you like to visit this place? Why?

Discussion

– Let’s talk about materialism and competitive world.
– Do you think our behaviour these days is affected by materialism? How?
– How do you expect things to change in the future?

 
 

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Where do you live now?
– Do you like this place? Why?
– Do you think it is a good place to live in?
– Would you recommend it to your friends?
– Do you like shoes?
– How many pairs of shoes do you have?
– Do you like comfortable or fashionable shoes?
– Do you think people have too many shoes these days?

Cue Card

Talk about something you plan to do in the future apart from your work or studies. Please say

– What do you plan?
– When and why do you want to do it?
– How will you achieve it?

Discussion

– Do you think planning is important?
– Why do you think so?
– What do you think about routine planning?
– Can you give some examples?
– What could governments do to plan better?
– What is the difference between those who plan and those who don’t?
– Why is it so in your opinion?

 
 

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– How often do you look at yourself in the mirror? Why?
– Do you look in the mirror after shopping?
– Do you think a mirror is a good choice for decoration?
– What items do you take with you when leaving the house?
– Why is that?
– How do you make sure that nothing is forgotten?
– Do you have different items with you in the morning and evening?
– Why is it so?

Cue Card

Talk about a famous or successful person who is important to you. Please say

– Who is this person?
– Why is this person important to you?
– How did he/she influence your life?

Discussion

– Do you think it is easier to become famous now compared to the past?
– Why is that?
– What kind of people were becoming famous in the past?
– How about now?
– What sorts of people become famous in your country? Why?
– Do you think to be famous one needs a certain talent?

 
 

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Describe your hometown.
– Let’s talk about handwriting.
– How often do you write by hand?
– Do you prefer handwriting or typing on a computer?
– Let’s talk about teaching.
– Do you enjoy teaching?
– Have you ever taught somebody?

Cue Card

Describe a foreign country where you would like to work for a period of time. Please say

– What country would it be?
– What would you like to do there?
– Why do you want to go to this place?

Discussion

– What is so special about this country?
– Why do people choose going abroad to study or work?
– What are the advantages of working or studying abroad?
– Will it benefit you back in your country?

 
 

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Do you like sports?
– Do you enjoy watching sports?
– What kind of games do you play?
– What kind of games did you play as a child?

Cue Card

Describe an interesting song. Please say:

– what kind of song it is
– how you found out about it
– what it is about
– explain why it is interesting to you

Discussion

– Do you like music?
– What kind of music do you like?
– When do you usually listen to music?
– What kind of music did you like when you were younger?
– What kind of music is popular in your country?
– Do you play any musical instruments?
– Do you wish you could play any musical instruments?
– Which is your favourite instrument?

 
 

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Do you live in a house or an apartment?
– What does it look like?
– What can you see from your window?
– What is your favourite colour?
– Did you like this colour as a child?
– What are popular colours among your friends?
– Why is that?

Cue Card

Talk about your favourite movie. Please say

– What is this movie?
– Where and when did you watch it?
– What is the movie about?

Discussion

– Explain why you like the movie.
– What films are popular in your country?
– What films are popular with teenagers and the elderly?
– Why do some people love watching black and white movies?
– Are there any black and white movies screening in your country?
– People spend too much money on making movies, do you think they really need to spend that much to make a good movie?
– Most of the movies have computer-generated graphics, why do you think it is so?
– In the future, do you think computer generated movies will be still popular?

 
 

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– What do you do for a living?
– What do you think shoes tell about someone’s personality?
– Do you like to wear formal or casual shoes?
– Do you purchase shoes online?
– Do you think people have too many pairs of shoes?
– Do you like to spend money on shoes?

Cue Card

Describe customer service you received in any shop or a hotel. Please say

– What was the place?
– What was the name of person serving you?
– How did you feel about it?

Discussion

– How can customer service affect a person’s life?
– What are the main differences of customer service provided by retail and brands’ shops?
– Have you felt angry because of bad customer service? Why?
– Why do people feel bad about customer service?

 
 

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you do?
– What are your future plans?
– Do you like holidays? Why?
– What do you prefer to do on holidays?
– How long do you usually enjoy holidays?
– Do you like celebrities?
– Who is the favourite celebrity from your country? Why?

Cue Card

Describe a place where you feel relaxed. Please say

– What and where is this place?
– Who do you go there with?
– Why do you find it so relaxing?

Discussion

– Are there any other activities where people feel relaxed?
– What should companies do for their employees’ relaxation?
– Are there any changes now in relaxing activities compared to the past?
– Why do you think it is so?
– Are there any other ways for relaxation?

 
 

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you do for a living?
– Do you find your job stressful?
– What do you do with your friends on weekends?
– Do you like to make new friends?
– Do you remember your dreams after you wake up?
– Do you like to hear dreams of others? Why?
– Do you like to learn about dreams? Why?

Cue Card

Describe a disagreement that you had with someone. Please say

– When and where was it?
– What was it about?
– How did you feel about it later?

Discussion

– How can decisions affect a person’s life?
– What are the main decisions youngsters have to make nowadays?
– Did you get advice from somebody before making crucial decisions? Why?
– Why do people make wrong decisions sometimes?

 
 

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What work do you do?
– Why did you choose this kind of work?
– Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
– Would you like to become a celebrity, if you had a chance?
– Why is that?

Cue Card

Talk about time you were very busy in your life. Please say

– What did you do?
– Where and when was it?
– Did you enjoy that part of your life?

Discussion

– Do you like visitors? Why?
– What do you do when visitors come to your place?
– What do you prefer, to visit people or to invite them to your place?
– Do you think children nowadays are overburdened? Why?
– What can be done about it, in your opinion?
– Do you think children learn more in school or during playtime?
– What would be your suggestion about it?
– Do you think workers should be rewarded for working overtime? Why?
– How should it be done?

 
 

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Do you like relatives coming to your home?
– What do you usually do with your relatives?
– Do you prefer visiting relatives yourself, or for them to come to your place?

Cue Card

Talk about a car, bike or bicycle trip you would like to make in the future. Please say

– Where and when would you like to go?
– Who would you go there with?
– What would you do there?

Discussion

– What is your reason for choosing such a trip?
– What mode of transport do you use to get to work?
– What mode of transport do countryside people prefer?
– Do you think we have enough footpaths for pedestrians?
– What should our governments do to curb pollution?

 
 

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