Month: May 2014

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Emotions (Anger)

Here are some sample IELTS Speaking Part 3 questions relating to emotions, specifically anger.

 

1. Do you think men and women feel angry about the same things?

2. When is anger justified?

3. What are the physical and mental effects of getting angry?

4. In your culture, how do people generally respond to anger?

 

Read how to answer IELTS Speaking Part 3 questions. Write your answers in the comments below. I’ll give you a sample answer next week.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.18

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. This one is again on the popular ‘favorites’ theme. While it might seem quite easy to talk about your favorite item of clothing, it’s important that you look up some useful vocabulary on the topic so you can impress your examiner. Write your answer in the comments box below. Next week, I’ll post a model answer.

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Before you begin, see how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and manage your time effectively.

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Youth – Model answer

Here is the model answer to the question I gave you last week. 

I do not think the youth of today are more selfish than the older generations or that the youth of tomorrow will be more selfish than our generation. Every generation thinks that they are better than the next one but I feel since every generation grows up in different circumstances compared to the previous ones, a comparison is futile. The environment we grew up in is vastly different from our parents and will be even more different from the next one but that is not to say that our choices are more selfish than the ones of the prior generation. With each successive generation arise better technology and more opportunities which result in the options available for each being distinct and unique to them. So while some of our choices can seem selfish to our elders, for us our priorities are probably different. Like a lot of women today choose to focus on their career and not stay at home with their children and while that might seem selfish to a person from an older generation, it is a perfectly reasonable choice.

The youth of today can learnt a lot from the older generation as they can be great source of knowledge and advice. They have seen  things we have not and maybe never will and this experience that comes with age must be respected by younger individuals.  It is easy for the older generation to be out of touch because our world involves so much more options in every aspect today which seems unfamiliar to them. It makes our lifestyles sometimes even incomprehensible to them but any open minded elder can still keep in touch with the youth today as long as there is communication from both sides.

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Age – Model Answer

Here is a sample answer to last week’s question relating to age.

I think every age is unique to a person’s life so there is no perfect or best age to be.  Being younger in your 20s is generally seen as the best time since you have fewer responsibilities and you can take more risks. The next decade is probably when you start settling down so each age has its charm.

The appropriate age for getting married in my culture differs for men and women. While the latter are expected to get married starting the age of 23, men are given time till their late 20s to settle down. This might not be true for everyone but is by and large indicative of the societal expectations. (more…)

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.17

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. Questions related to urban spaces, especially architecture, are also popular with IELTS examiners. Write your answer in the comments box below. Next week, I’ll post a model answer.

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Before you begin, see how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and manage your time effectively.

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Advertising – Model answer

Here is the answer to a question on advertising I posted last week. 

Advertising has a huge impact on our shopping habits. It influences us from the very first stage of what we think we need. We are constantly bombarded with ads whether on TV, during movies in a theater, while browsing the Internet or reading a newspaper.The role of advertising traditionally is to inform the masses about what products and services are available. More often than not, what it does is to convince consumers they should have a certain product. Different kinds of companies use different advertising methods depending on whether they are selling a basic commodity or a luxury good.

I strongly feel that advertisers should not be able allowed to target children. This issue evokes criticism regularly as a large section of the society perceives targeting children to be unethical. Some countries like Belgium ban advertisements during the time children shows are aired on television. Advertising also negatively influences children by encouraging unreasonable notions of body sizes, lifestyles and violence. They overestimate the importance of material possessions and promote shopping as an activity.

Kids and teenagers are more affected by advertising because while adults possess the ability to discern between informative ads and manipulative ads, children are still in the stage of forming their minds. Constant exposure to such ads can prevent them from making a sound judgment about the content of advertisements. Ultimately it is the adults who are affected since they are the ones paying because the successful commercials will results in the child making a persistent demand which the parents will have to oblige. Although advertising is of undeniable importance, companies should ensure that they do not manipulate audiences specifically children.

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Culture and politeness

Here are some sample IELTS Speaking Part 3 questions about society and culture .

 

Lets talk about your culture.

1. How important is it to be polite in your culture?
2. How do you show politeness in your culture?
3. What are some behaviours that are considered impolite in your culture?
4. Do you think we are more polite with strangers than people we know?

 

Read how to answer IELTS Speaking Part 3 questions. Write your answers in the comments below. I’ll give you a sample answer next week.

IELTS SPEAKING PART 2 – Q.15 MODEL ANSWER

Here’s the answer for last week’s Speaking Part 2 question.

I am going to talk about Hindustani and Carnatic music. They’re the traditional forms of music in India.

Hindustani music is prevalent in the northern part of the country while Carnatic is associated uniquely with the southern states. They’re both based on ragas, but the style differs according to the “gharanas” that one trains in. There are also many instruments such as the sitar, the tabla, the harmonium, etc., that are integral to these forms of music.

Neither form of music is widely popular, however, fusions with Western music are becoming increasingly popular. Most commercial singers are trained in classical Indian music to some extent.

Personally, I enjoy both forms of music. Although, I prefer instrumental performances as I have never been trained in classical music and so feel that I cannot appreciate the nuances of a vocal performance.

In case you missed it, here’s last week’s question.

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Learn more about how to answer questions in Speaking part 2 and manage time efficiently.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.20

Here’s a sample Writing Task 2 question othat falls under the category of Modern life & Technology.

 

Childhood obesity is becoming a serious problem in many countries. Explain the main causes and effects of this problem, and suggest some possible solutions.

 

This is another straightforward agree-disagree type of question. Before you start writing, look at how to organize your answer for this type of question.

Here’s a good, easy-to-read article on childhood obesity – its causes and effects. Have a read, underline or note down the good vocabulary and use it to write the essay above. Share your essay structure ideas in the comments below.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.16

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. Questions about traditions and culture also appear occassionally in this part of the exam. Write your answer in the comments box below. Next week, I’ll post a model answer.

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Before you begin, see how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and manage your time effectively.

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Culture and Politeness – Model Answer

Here are a sample answer to the question I posted last week on society and culture.

It is very important to be polite in my culture. Your character is based on how you treat people and so it has been ingrained in us from a young age that we should treat everyone with courtesy. Being well mannered is a sign of good upbringing and your behavior in our society reflects on your parents. Being respectful to everyone talks volumes about the values instilled in you by your family. (more…)

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.19

Here’s a sample Writing Task 2 question othat falls under the category of Modern life & Technology.

 

In the last century, the first man to walk on the moon said it was “a giant leap for mankind”. However, some people think it has made little difference to our daily lives. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

 

This is another straightforward agree-disagree type of quesiton. Before you start writing, look at how to organize your answer for this type of question.

Share your essay structure ideas in the comments below.

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Tourism and hospitality – Model answer

Here is the answer to last week’s question. 

My country is a popular tourist destination and so receives a lot of foreign tourists around the year. Since religion is of profound importance in my country as well, we receive many foreigners who come to reside here in monasteries and such.  They are treated with a lot of respect as in our culture we equate guests to God. However lately there have been incidents of racism against people of African background. Instances of violence towards them have seen a spike with men being beaten up and women even being molested. This however is a very recent occurrence and I think in this specific case, people were more hospitable in the past than today.

At the same time due to expanding technology, people host and receive more foreigners now with the help of websites such as Airbnb that allow natives to put up their houses for rental. This has led to an increase in natives being more hospitable today than before where such concepts were unheard of and people would be more afraid to host strangers especially of a different nationality.

It is definitely better to stay with a friend when visiting a foreign country than staying at the hotel. The added intimacy of friendship makes your trip more worthwhile. You get a peek into how people in a different country live as well such as their food preparations at home and everyday lifestyle.  When you stay with locals, you can visit the hidden gems and not just the destinations that tourists visit. Natives know more about the best places to eat, shop, travel to and the best modes of travelling. This can really help you in having a better trip since otherwise you have to rely on travel guides or tour packages which are not personalized.

 

 

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.18

Here’s another Writing Task 2 question on the topic of education and society.

 

Behaviour in schools is getting worse. What are the possible causes and effects of this problem. Suggest some possible solutions.

 

Note the way the question is worded: this is a two-part question and answering each question in appropriate detail is equally important. Before you start writing, look at how to organize your answer for this type of question.

Here’s a good Telegraph article on the same theme – bad behavior among school children. As you read, underline or note down vocabulary you could use to answer the question above.

Share your essay structure ideas in the comments below.

IELTS SPEAKING PART 2 – Q.14 MODEL ANSWER

Here is the answer to last week’s Speaking Part 2 question.

I am going to talk about reading as a hobby.

As a child I used to read comics but it was the Harry Potter series that was my first. I remember falling asleep three times while trying to get through the first chapter but my persistence paid off and I’m very glad it did.

I read nearly everyday now. It’s cemented its place in the nightly ritual of bedtime reading and even now I find myself reading at least one chapter of  a book before I turn in for the night.

The reason I enjoy reading is because it is the easiest and cheapest way to discovering new places that not only exist on this Earth but also in peoples’ imagination. It has expanded my capacity to empathize with a variety of characters and opened my mind to new perspectives.

This is last week’s Speaking Part 2 question.

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IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.15

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. Write your answer in the comments box below. Next week, I’ll post a model answer.

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Before you begin, see how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and manage your time effectively.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.17

Here’s a sample Writing Task 2 question on education and society.

 

Some people think the main purpose of schools is to turn children into good citizens and workers, rather than to benefit them as individuals.What are the possible reasons for this problem? Suggest a solution.

 

Note the way the question is worded: this is a two-part question and answering each question in appropriate detail is equally important. Before you start writing, look at how to organize your answer for this type of question.

Here’s a great video on the same theme – education and its impact on children. It’s a video lesson, so watch the video, answer the questions and note down vocabulary you could use to write the essay above. Then, jot down some ideas in the comments below.

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Emotions – Model answer

Here is the answer for the question I posed last week. 

I think men and women can be equally emotional but women tend to be more expressive and so, vocal about their emotions.  It is not fair to decide the emotional depth of an individual based on their gender though the fact that women are more open about their feeling as compared to men is generally known. (more…)

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.16

Here’s a sample Writing Task 2 question on global issues.

 

Differences between countries become less evident each year. Nowadays, all over the world people share the same fashions, advertising, brands, eating habits and TV channels. Do the disadvantages of this trend outweigh the advantages?

 

Note the way the question is worded: it’s asking you to examine the advantages and disadvantages of cultural globalization. Before you start writing, look at how to organize your answer for this type of question.

Here’s a good article that examines the same question. Read it carefully and note down vocabulary that you could use. Then, jot down some ideas in the comments below.

Make shy students speak

Got shy students – use Morfo to make them speak. This app will come in handy if you and your students have Apple devices at school or personal machines. It’s also available on Windows phones but how many of those are there in this world!

Too bad they haven’t released an Android app. I’d love to play with this, especially because I work with Saudi female students. Saudi women usually don’t like having their photos or videos taken by anyone. While selfies are popular, most women don’t share their photos via the internet for fear of private data getting leaked over the internet.

So, in my case, all of my students would be categorized as camera-shy. (more…)