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|IELTS ESSAY TOPICS Cambridge Past Papers 1- 5||IELTS ESSAY TOPICS Cambridge Past Papers 6-10||IELTS ESSAY TOPICS Cambridge Past Papers 11-13||Official Practice Materials 1 & 2||Insight into IELTS||The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS|
|IELTS 1 AT 1||There are many different types of music in the world today. Why do we need music? Is the traditional music of a country more important than the International music that is heard everywhere nowadays?||MUSIC, CULTURE||NB! The format of the IELTS writing test was changed after BOOK 2 was published, so you should not worry that you will get a topic worded in a way similar to that used in books 1-2. Yet, it would make sense to brainstorm ideas and revise the vocabulary that the essay topics in books 1-2 touch upon - these will come in handy when you do the SPEAKING test, especially in part 3 which follows the short talk task.||IELTS 6 AT 1||Today, the high sales of popular consumer goods reflect the power of advertising and not the real needs of the society in which they are sold. To what extent do you agree or disagree?||BOOK 11 (AT - Academic Traning, |
GT - General Traning)
|OPM 1 AT 1 p30||In many countries children are engaged in some kind of paid work. Some people regard it as completely wrong, while others consider it as valuable work experience, important for learning and taking responsibility. Discuss both these views and give your opinion.||CHILDREN, EMPLOYMENT, LAW||A vs B||Insight into IELTS (1999), CB, page 120||Disruptive school students have a negative influence on others. Students who are noisy and disobedient should be grouped together and taught separately. Do you agree or disagree?||DISCIPLINE||OCG AT 1||Some people work for the same organisation all their working life. Others think that it is better to work for different organisations.Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.|
|IELTS 1 AT 2||Should wealthy nations be required to share their wealth among poorer nations by providing such things as food and education? Or is it the responsibility of the governments of poorer nations to look after their citizens themselves?||SOCIAL WELFARE, FOREIGN AID (hint: development aid vs humanitarian aid)||IELTS 6 AT 2||Successful sports professionals can earn a great deal more money than people in other important professions. Some people think this is fully justified while others think it is unfair. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.||IELTS 11 AT 1||Governments should spend money on railways rather than roads.|
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
|OPM 1 AT 2 p33||Many old buildings are protected by law because they are part of a nation's history. However, some people think that old buildings should be knocked down to make way for new ones because people need houses and offices. How important s it to maintain old buildings? Should history stand in the way of progress?||OLD BUILDINGS||pros and cons||Insight into IELTS (1999), CB, page 158||Coins and paper money will soon be replaced by credit and bank cards. Eventually we will have a cashless society which will be safer and more convenient for everyone. Do you agree or disagree?||PAPER MONEY - CASH / PLASTIC MONEY - CREDIT CARDS||OCG AT 2||One of the consequences of improved medical care is that people are living longer and life expectancy is increasing. Do you think the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?|
|IELTS 1 AT 3||News editors decide what to broadcast on television and what to print in newspapers. What factors do you think influence these decisions? Do we become used to bad news? Would it be better if more good news was reported?||TELEVISION, NEWSPAPERS, NEWS MEDIA||IELTS 6 AT 3||Some people believe that visitors to other countries should follow local customs and behaviour. Others disagree and think that the host country should welcome cultural differences. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.||IELTS 11 AT 2||Some people claim that not enough of the waste from homes is recycled.|
They say that the only way to increase recycling is for governments to make it a legal requirement.
To what extent do you think laws are needed to make people recycle more of their waste?
|OPM 1 AT 3 p36||Television is dangerous because it destroys family life and any sense of community; instead of visiting people or talking with our family we just watch television. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?||TELEVISION||pros and cons||INSTANT IELTS||OCG AT 3||Car ownership has increased so rapidly over the past thirty years that many cities in the world are now ‘one big traffic jam’. How true do you think this statement is? What measures can governments take to discourage people from using their cars?|
|IELTS 1 AT 4||The idea of having a single career is becoming an old fashioned one. The new fashion will be to have several careers or ways of earning money and further education will be something that continues throughout life.||EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT||IELTS 6 AT 4||Some people prefer to spend their lives doing the same things and avoiding change. Others, however, think that change is always a good thing. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.||IELTS 11 AT 3||Some people say that the only reason for learning a foreign language is in order to travel to or work in a foreign country. Others say that these are not the only reasons why someone should learn a foreign language.|
Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
|OPM 1 GT 1 p 51||Many people say that cooking and eating at home is better for the individual and the family than eating out in restaurants and canteens. Do you agree or disagree?||FOOD and COOKING||A vs B||SOURCE||WORDING||THEME||OCG AT 4||In some countries an increasing number of people are suffering from health problems as a result of eating too much fast food. It is, therefore, necessary for governments to impose a higher tax on this kind of food. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?|
|IELTS 1 GT||We are becoming increasingly dependent on computers. They are used in businesses, hospitals, crime detection and even to fly planes. What things will they be used for in the future ? Is this dependence on computers a good thing or should we be more suspicious of their benefits ?||COMPUTERS||future uses, pros and cons||IELTS 6 GT A||Some people think it would be a good idea for schools to teach every young person how to be a good parent. Do you agree or disagree with this opinion? Describe the skills a person needs to be a good parent.||A vs B||IELTS 11 AT 4||Many governments think that economic progress is their most important goal. Some people, however, think that other types of progress are equally important for a country.|
Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
|OPM 1 GT 1 p 54||People should be allowed to continue to work for as long as they want to, and not to be forced to retire at a particular age such as 60 and 65. Do you agree or disagree?||OLD PEOPLE, EMPLOYMENT||pros and cons||Instant IELTS, page 115||Nowadays many students have the opportunity to study for part or all their courses in foreign countries. While studying abroad brings many benefits to individual students, it also has a number of disadvantages. Do you agree or disagree?||STUDYING ABROAD||OCG AT 5||Nowadays technology is increasingly being used to monitor what people are saying and doing (for example, through cellphone tracking and security cameras). In many cases, the people being monitored are unaware that this is happening. Do you think the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?|
|IELTS 6 GT B||Using a computer every day can have more negative than positive effects on young children. Do you agree or disagree?||CHILDREN, COMPUTERS||reasons, solutions||IELTS 11 GT 1||Employers sometimes ask people applying for job for personal information, such as their hobbies and interests, and whether they are married or single. Some people say that this information may be relevant and useful. Others disagree. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.||OPM 2 AT 1 p 29||In many countries today insufficient respect is shown to older people. What do you think may be the reasons for this? What problems might this cause in society?||OLD PEOPLE||reasons, drawbacks||Instant IELTS, page 116||In some countries it is common for students leaving school to do a gap year in which they travel, do voluntary work, or do a job before going on to higher education. Although this may benefit students in a number of ways, it also has a number of disadvantages. Do you agree or disagree?||DOING A GAP YEAR||OCG AT 6||In the past, when students did a university degree, they tended to study in their own country. Nowadays, they have more opportunity to study abroad. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this development?|
|IELTS 2 AT 1||Fatherhood ought to be emphasised as much as motherhood. The idea that women are solely responsible for deciding whether or not to have babies leads on to the idea that they are also responsible for bringing the children up. To what extent do you agree or disagree?||IELTS 7 AT 1||It is generally believed that some people are born with certain talents, for instance for sport or music, and others are not. However, it is sometimes claimed that any child can be taught to become a good sports person or musician. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.||SKILLS, ABILITIES, SPORTS, MUSIC, EDUCATION||IELTS 11 GT 2||Some people say that in all levels of education, from primary schools to universities, too much time is spent on learning facts and not enough on learning practical skills.|
Do you agree or disagree?
|OPM 2 AT 2 p 32||It is important to ensure that children with a wide range of abilities and from a variety social backgrounds mix with each other at school. To what extent do you agree or disagree?||CHILDREN, EDUCATION||pros and cons||Instant IELTS, page 110||Life nowadays is generally much more stressful than in the past. Give some reasons why people suffer from stress nowadays, and say what they can do to reduce it.||STRESS||OCG AT 7||The continued rise in the world’s population is the greatest problem faced by humanity at the present time. What are the causes of this continued rise? Do you agree that it is the greatest problem faced by humanity?|
|IELTS 2 AT 2||"Prevention is better than cure." Out of a country’s health budget, a large proportion should be diverted from treatment to spending on health education and preventative measures. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?||IELTS 7 AT 2||Some people believe that there should be fixed punishments for each type of crime. Others, however, argue, that the circumstances of an individual crime, and the motivation for committing it, should always be taken into account when deciding on the punishment. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.||CRIME, PUNISHMENT||IELTS 11 GT 3||News stories on TV and in newspapers are very often accompanied by pictures.|
Some people say that these pictures are more effective than words.
What is your opinion about this?
|OPM 2 AT 2 p 35||Some people think that strict punishments for driving offences are the key to reducing traffic accidents. Others, however, believe that other measures would be more effective in improving road safety. Discuss both views and give your opinion.||TRAFFIC, SAFETY||A vs B||Instant IELTS, page 112||Computers and modems have made it possible for office workers to do much of their work from home instead of working in offices every day. Working from home should be encouraged as it is good for workers and employers. Do you agree or disagree?||WORKING FROM HOME||OCG AT 8||Some people get into debt by buying things they don’t need and can’t afford. What are the reasons for this behaviour? What action can be taken to prevent people from having this problem?|
|IELTS 2 AT 3||Without capital punishment (the death penalty) our lives are less secure and crimes of violence increase. Capital punishment is essential to control violence in society.|
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
|IELTS 7 AT 3||As most people spend a major part of their adult life at work, job satisfaction is an important element of individual wellbeing. What factors contribute to job satisfaction? How realistic is the expectation of job satisfaction for all workers?||JOB SATISFACTION, JOBS||IELTS 11 GT 4||Some people say that it is possible to tell a lot about a person’s culture and character from their choice of clothes.|
Do you agree or disagree?
|OPM 2 GT 1 p 51||Even though doctors all over the world agree that fast food is bad for people's health, more and more people are eating it. Why are more people eating fast food? What can be done about this problem?||FOOD and DIET||reasons, solutions||Instant IELTS, page 113||It is often difficult for young people to find a good job without previous work experience. Governments should encourage employers to choose young people when they need new workers. Do you agree or disagree?||EMPLOYMENT POLICIES /YOUNG PEOPLE||OCG GT 1||It is sometimes said that people should be encouraged to get married before they are 30, as this is best both for the individual and for society. Do you agree or disagree?|
|IELTS 2 AT 4||The position of women in society has changed markedly in the last twenty years. Many of the problems young people now experience, such as juvenile delinquency, arise from the fact that many married women now work and are not at home to care for their children. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?||IELTS 7 AT 4||Some people think that universities should provide graduates with the knowledge and skills needed in the workplace. Others think that the true function of a university should be to give access to knowledge for its own sake, regardless of whether the course is useful to an employer. What, in your opinion, should be the main function of a university?||SKILLS, JOBS, EDUCATION, UNIVERSITIES, TRAINING||BOOK 12 (AT - Academic Traning, |
GT - General Traning)
|OPM 2 GT 2 p 54||Some people think that wild animals should not be kept in zoos. Others believe there are good reasons for having zoos. Discuss both these views and give your opinion.||ANIMALS, ZOOS||A vs B||Instant IELTS, page 109||In general, people do not have such a close relationship with neighbours as they did in the past. Why is this so, and what can be done to improve contact between neighbours?||NEIGHBOURS||OCG GT 2||Many people like to wear fashionable clothes. Why do you think this is the case? Is this a good thing or a bad thing?|
|IELTS 2 GT A||Some governments say how many children a family can have in their country. They may control the number of children someone has through taxes. It is sometimes necessary and right for a government to control the population in this way. Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer.||IELTS 7 GT A||Some people prefer to live in a house, while others feel that there are more advantages to living in an apartment. Are there more advantages than disadvantages of living in a house compared with living in an apartment?||HOUSES, FLATS||IELTS 12 AT 5||Some people believe that it is good to share as much information as possible in scientific research, business and the academic world. Others believe that some information is too important or too valuable to be shared freely. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.||Cambridge Action Plan for IELTS, General Training Module|
|IELTS 2 GT B||Millions of people every year move to English-speaking countries such as Australia, Britain or America, in order to study at school, college or university. Why do so many people want to study in English ? Why is English such an important international language ? Give reasons for your answer.||FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNING||reasons, benefits||IELTS 7 GT B||Some people feel that entertainers (e.g. film stars, pop musicians or sports stars) are paid too much money. Do you agree or disagree? Which other types of job should be highly paid?||CELEBRITIES, ENTERTAINERS, MONEY, JOBS||IELTS 12 AT 6||At the present time, the population of some countries includes a relatively large number of young adults, compared with the number of older people. Do the advantages of this situation outweigh the disadvantages?||SOURCE||WORDING||THEME||IELTS TRAINER, Cambridge University Press|
|IELTS 3 AT 1||Popular events like the football World Cup and other international sporting occasions are essential in easing international tensions and releasing patriotic emotions in a safe way. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?||INTERNATIONAL SPORTING EVENTS, SOCIAL TENSIONS, PATRIOTISM||IELTS 8 AT 1||Some people think that parents should teach children how to be good members of society. Others, however, believe that school is the place to learn this. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.||SOCIETY, CHILDREN, PERENTS, SCHOOL, SKILLS||IELTS 12 AT 7||In a number of countries, some people think it is necessary to spend large sums of money on constructing new railway lines for very fast trains between cities. Others believe the money should on spent on improving existing public transport. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.||Cambridge Action Plan for IELTS, General Training Module, page 66||These days, noise and air pollution are serious environmental problems. Some people think that air travel is to blame. Other believe that we should reduce the number of vehicles on the roads. Discuss both these views and give your opinion.||ENVIRONMENT / TRANSPORT||SOURCE||WORDING|
|IELTS 3 AT 2||When a country develops its technology, the traditional skills and ways of life die out. It is pointless to try and keep them alive. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?||TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT, TRADITIONAL SKILLS||IELTS 8 AT 2||Nowadays the way many people interact with each other has changed because of technology. In what ways has technology affected the types of relationships people make? Has this become a positive or negative development?||RELATIONSHIPS, TECHNOLOGY||IELTS 12 AT 8||Some people believe that allowing children to make their own choices on everyday matters (such as food, clothes and entertainment) is likely to result in a society of individuals who only think about their own wishes. Other people believe that it is important for children to make decisions about matters that affect them. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.||Cambridge Action Plan for IELTS, General Training Module, page 67||For some people, the ideal holiday is to get away from from their normal routine by staying in a hotel or camping in the countryside. Others prefer to stay at home and do things they do not normally have time for. What do you think are the benefits of going away on holiday?||HOLIDAYS / TRAVELLING||IT, TEST 1 AT/GT||In many parts of the world there is continuous coverage of sport on television. Some people think this discourages the young from taking part in any sport themselves. Discuss this view and give your opinion.||SPORT, TELEVISION|
|IELTS 3 AT 3||In many countries children are engaged in some kind of paid work. Some people regard this as completely wrong, while others consider it as a valuable work experience, important for learning and taking responsibility. What are your opinions on this?||CHILDREN, PAID WORK||IELTS 8 AT 3||Increasing the price of petrol is the best way to solve growing traffic and pollution problems. To what extent do you agree or disagree? What other measures do you think might be effective?||TRAFFIC, POLLUTION||IELTS 12 GT 5||Today more and more tourists are visiting places where conditions are difficult, such as the Sahara desert or the Antarctic. What are the benefits and disadvantages for tourists who visit such places?||Cambridge Action Plan for IELTS, General Training Module, page 68||In some countries, government safety laws include things such as wearing a hard hat on a building site or wearing safety clothes in certain factories. To what extent are laws if this kind a good idea? What sort of safety law would you introduce?||RISK & SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE / SAFETY LAWS||IT, TEST 2 AT/GT||In the past, shopping was a routine domestic task. Many people nowadays regard it as a hobby. To what extent do you think this is a positive trend?||SHOPPING, HOBBIES, DOMESTIC CHORES|
|IELTS 3 AT 4||Improvements in health, education and trade are essential for the development of poorer nations. However, the governments of richer nations should take more responsibility for helping the poorer nations in such areas. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?||INTERNATIONAL AID|
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|IELTS 8 AT 4||In some countries the average weight of people is increasing and their levels of health and fitness are decreasing. What do you think are the causes of these problems and what measures could be taken to solve them?||HEALTH, OBESITY, FITNESS||IELTS 12 GT 6||In many places, new homes are needed, but the only space available for building them bis in the countryside. Some people believe it is more important to protect the countryside and not build new homes there. What is your opinion about this?||IELTS Preparation and Practice, General Training Module||IT, TEST 3 AT/GT||Some people argue that it is more important to have an enjoyable job than to earn a lot of money. Others disagree and think that a good salary leads to a better life. Discuss both views and give your opinion.||JOB SATISFACTION, MONEY|
|IELTS 3 GT A||Some people believe that children's leisure activities must be educational, otherwise they are a complete waste of time. Do you agree or disagree ? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your experience.||CHILDREN, EDUCATION, LEISURE||pros and cons||IELTS 8 GT A||Today more people are travelling than ever before. Why is this the case? What are the benefits of travelling for the traveller?||TRAVELLING, TOURISM||IELTS 12 GT 7||Some people say that parents should encourage their children to take part in organised group activities in their free time. Others say that it is important for children to learn how to occupy themselves on their own. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.||SOURCE||WORDING||THEME||IT, TEST 4 AT/GT||It is generally believed that the Internet is an excellent means of communication, but some people suggest that it may not be the best place to find information. Discuss both these views and give your opinion.||INTERNET, SOURCES OF INFORMATION|
|IELTS 3 GT B||It is generally accepted that families are not as close as they used to be. Give some reasons why this change has happened and suggest how families could be brought closer together. Include any relevant examples from your experience.||FAMILY, RELATIONSHIPS||reasons, solutions||IELTS 8 GT B||Some people think that it is better to educate boys and girls in separate schools. Others, however, believe that boys and girls benefit more from attending mixed schools. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.||EDUCATION, CO-EDUCATION, SCHOOLS||IELTS 12 GT 8||In recent years, many small local shops have closed because customers travel to large shopping centres or malls to do their shopping. Is this a positive or a negative development?||IELTS Preparation and Practice, General Training Module, page 120||Television is now widespread in all communities. Almost everyone has access to this medium on a daily basis. However, the effects of television are not always positive. What are some of the negative effects of television? What can be done to minimize these bad effects?||TELEVISION||IT, TEST 5 AT/GT||In some countries it is thought advisable that children begin formal education at four years old, while in others they do not have to start school until they are seven or eight. How far do you agree with either of these views?||CHILDREN, AGE, FORMAL EDUCATION||see cell C28 - a similar topic|
|IELTS 4 AT 1||Compare the advantages and disadvantages of three of the following as media for communicating information. State which you consider to be the most effective.|
* comics * books * radio * television * film * theatre
|INFORMATION MEDIA||IELTS 9 AT 1||Some experts believe that it is better for children to begin learning a foreign language at primary school rather than secondary school. Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?||LANGUAGES, PRIMARY SCHOOL||BOOK 13 (AT - Academic Traning, |
GT - General Traning)
|IELTS Preparation and Practice, General Training Module, page 100|
Some people think it is important to use leisure time for activities that improve the mind, such as reading and doing word puzzles. Other people feel that it is important to rest the mind during leisure time. Discuss both these views and give your opinion.
|LEISURE ACTIVITIES||IT, TEST 6 AT/GT||Some people choose to eat no meat or fish. They believe that this is not only better for their own health, but also benefits the world as a whole. Discuss this view and give your own opinion.||HEALTH, FOOD & DIET, GLOBAL PROBLEMS|
|IELTS 4 AT 2||Happiness is considered very important in life. Why is it difficult to define? What factors are important in achieving happiness?||HAPPINESS||IELTS 9 AT 2||Some people believe that unpaid community service should be a compulsory part of high school programmes (for example working for a charity, improving the neighbourhood or teaching sports to younger children). To what extent do you agree or disagree?||CHARITY, TEACHING, |
|IELTS 13 AT 1||Living in a country where you have to speak a foreign language can cause serious social problems, as well as practical problems. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?|
|IELTS 4 AT 3||Creative artists should always be given the freedom to express their own ideas (in words, pictures, music or film) in whichever way they wish. There should be no government restrictions on what they do. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?||CREATIVE ARTS, FREEDOM, GOVERNMENT(al) REGULATION||IELTS 9 AT 3||Some people say that the best way to improve public health is by increasing the number of sports facilities. Others, however, say that this would have little effect on public health and that other measures are required. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.||SPORTS, PUBLIC HEALTH||IELTS 13 AT 2||Some people believe that nowadays we have too many choices. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?|
|IELTS 4 AT 4||In many countries schools have severe problems with student behaviour. What do you think are the causes of this? What solutions can you suggest?||STUDENT BEHAVIOUR, DISCIPLINE||IELTS 9 AT 4||Every year several languages die out. Some people think that this is not important because life will be easier if there are fewer languages in the world. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?||LANGUAGES||IELTS 13 AT 3||Some people say History is one of the most important school subjects. Other people think that, in today's world, subjects like Science and Technology are more important than History. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.|
|IELTS 4 GT A||In the past, many people had skills such as making their own clothes and doing repairs to things in the house. In many countries, nowadays, skills like these are disappearing. Why do you think this change is happening? How far is this situation true in your country?||PRACTICAL/TRADITIONAL SKILLS, MAKING CLOTHES, DOING REPAIRS||IELTS 9 GT A||Being a celebrity– such as a famous film star or sports personality–brings problems as well as benefits. Do you think that being a celebrity brings more benefits or more problems?||FAME, CELEBRITIES||reasons, benefits||IELTS 13 AT 4||In spite of the advances made in agriculture, many people around the world still go hungry. Why is this the case? What can be done about this problem?|
|IELTS 4 GT B||Some people believe that children should be allowed to stay at home and play until they are six or seven years old. Others believe that it is important for young children to go to school as soon as possible. What do you think are the advantages of attending school from a young age?||FORMAL EDUCATION, AGE, CHILDREN|
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|IELTS 9 GT B||Some people think that the teenage years are the happiest times of most people’s lives. Others think that adult life brings more happiness, in spite of greater responsibilities. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.||HAPPINESS, TEENAGERS||A vs B||IELTS 13 GT 1||In some areas of the US, a 'curfew' is imposed, in which teenagers are not allowed to be out of doors after a particular time at night unless they are accompanied by an adult. What is your opinion about this?|
|IELTS 5 AT 1||Universities should accept equal numbers of male and female students in every subject. To what extent do you agree or disagree?||IELTS 10 AT 1||It is important for children to learn the difference between right and wrong at an early age. Punishment is necessary to help them learn this distinction. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion? What sort of punishment should parents and teachers be allowed to use to teach good behaviour to children?||IELTS 13 GT 2||Many working people get little or no exercise either during the working day or in their free time, and have health problems as a result. Why do many working people not get enough exercise? What can be done about this problem?|
|IELTS 5 AT 2||In some countries young people are encouraged to work or travel for a year between finishing high school and starting university studies. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages for young people who decide to do this.||IELTS 10 AT 2||Some people think that all university students should study whatever they like. Others believe that they should only be allowed to study subjects that will be useful in the future, such as those related to science and technology. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.||IELTS 13 GT 3||Some people say that now we can see films on our phones or tables there is no need to go to the cinema. Other say that to be fully enjoyed, films need to be seen in a cinema. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.|
|IELTS 5 AT 3||Some people think that a sense of competition in children should be encouraged. Others believe that children who are taught to co-operate rather than compete become more useful adults. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.||IELTS 10 AT 3||Countries are becoming more and more similar because people are able to buy the same products anywhere in the world. Do you think this is a positive or negative development?||IELTS 13 GT 4||Some people say it is important to keep your home and your workplace tidy, with everything organised and in the correct place. What is your opinion about this?|
|IELTS 5 AT 4||Research indicates that the characteristics we are born with have much more influence on our personality and development than any experiences we may have in our life. Which do you consider to be the major influence?||IELTS 10 AT 4||Many museums charge for admission while others are free. Do you think the advantages of charging people for admission to museums outweigh the disadvantages?|
|IELTS 5 GT A||Some people believe that children are given too much free time. They feel that this time should be used to do more school work. How do you think children should spend their free time ?||CHILDREN, EDUCATION, LEISURE||IELTS 10 GT A||In many countries, the amount of crime is increasing.|
What do you think are the main causes of crime?
How can we deal with those causes?
|IELTS 5 GT B||Nowadays we are producing more and more rubbish. Why do you think this is happening ? What can governments do to help reduce the amount of rubbish produced.||ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION, RECYCLING||IELTS 10 GT B||Some parents buy their children a large number of toys to play with.|
What are the advantages and disadvantages for the child of having a large number of toys?