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IELTS WRITING & SPEAKING QUESTIONS
RELATED TO EDUCATION

WRITING TASK 2

STUDYING METHODS

1. Some people think that they can learn better by themselves than
with a teacher. Others think that it is always better to have a
teacher. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons to develop your
essay.

2. Studying the English language in an English - speaking country is
the best but not the only way to learn the language. Do you agree
with this statement?

3. In order to learn a new language well, you should also get to know
the culture and the lifestyle. To what extent do you agree with this
idea?

4. As reading is important for good education, we should encourage
children to read whatever appeals to them. Discuss.

STUDYING ABROAD

1. The idea of going overseas for university study is an exciting
prospect for many people. But while it may offer some advantages,
it is probably better to stay home because of the difficulties a
student inevitably encounters living and studying in a different
culture. To what extent do you agree or disagree this statement?
Give reasons for your answer.

2. Some say that it is good for children to stay away from their families
and go to boarding school. Others say that children had better live
with their families and attend a day school. Discuss.

EDUCATION SYSTEM

1. Foreign language instruction should begin in kindergarten. Discuss.

2. Should sports classes be sacrificed in High School so students can
concentrate on academic subjects?

3. Should children be taught sex education in schools?

4. Computers can translate all kinds of languages well. Do our
children need to learn more languages in the future?

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5. Because of pressure of new subject such as business studies,
many schools have dropped sport or physical education from
curriculum. How important is sport in a young person 's education?

6. Most people think that teachers should teach students how to
judge right and wrong and how to behave well. Some feel that
people should just teach students academic subject. Discuss.

7. Some people think that school children need to learn practical skills
such as car maintenance or bank account management along with
the academic subjects at school. To what extent do you agree or
disagree?

8. Some people think educate children of different abilities together
will benefit them. Others think intelligent children should be taught
separately and give special courses. Discuss.

9. Some people believe that students who want to go to university
after graduation from high school should have about one years
time to get a job to obtain work experience or have a travel to
enlarge their vision. In what extent do you agree or disagree?

10. Should there be a minimum school leaving age, or should students
and their parents be free to decide when they leave school?

EDUCATION & THE SOCIETY
1. Some people believe the aim of university education is to help
graduates get better jobs. Others believe there are much wider
benefits of university education for both individuals and society.
Discuss both views and give your opinion.

2. Some people think that university should not provide theoretical
knowledge, but to give practical training benefit to society. In what
extent do you agree or disagree?

3. Education is the single most important factor in the development of
a country. Do you agree?

4. Education is recognized as vital to the future of any society in
today's world. Governments throughout the world should make
education compulsory for all children between the ages of 5 and 15.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

5. Government should spend more money on education than on
recreation and sports. Do you agree or disagree?

6. Subjects such as Art, Sport and Music are being dropped from the
shool curriculum for subjects such as Information Technology.
Many people children suffer as a result of these changes. To what
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extent would you support or reject the idea of moving these
subjects from school curriculum?

7. Some people say that universities should be concerned with
educating people so that they will have wide general knowledge
and be able to consider important matters from an informed
viewpoint. Other people say that universities should simply train
students to do the jobs required by society and not concern
themselves with broader issues. Discuss.

8. The wealth of a nation is said to depend on the health of its citizens.
Yet, in the modern knowledge-based economies of the world,
education is more and more being seed as the main force in the
development of all countries. In what extent do you agree or
disagree?

9. All educational facilities should be funded by the government. To
what extent do you agree or disagree?

10. University graduates receive higher salaries than those who have a
lower education. Therefore, some people say such students should
pay for all their tuition fees. To what extent do you agree or
disagree?

11. The government has to provide primary and secondary education,
but for university education either students or their parents should
pay. To what extent do you agree?

12. People who have original ideas are of much greater value to society
than those who are simply able to copy the ideas of others well. To
what extent do you agree or disagree?

ASSESSMENT

1. Academic achievement at school or university is the only true
measure of a persons intelligence. To what extent do you agree or
disagree?

2. Too much emphasis is placed on testing these days. The need to
prepare for tests and examinations is a restriction on teachers and
also exerts unnecessary pressure on young learners. To what
extent do you agree or disagree?

3. Most education systems rely on examinations to encourage children
to study, but as a result, children suffer from too much stress and
they never learn to be creative. Therefore, examinations should be
abolished. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

4. Only formal examinations, written or practical, can give a clear
picture of students true knowledge and ability at university level.
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Continuous assessment like course word and project are poor
measures of student ability. In what extent do you agree or
disagree?

OTHERS

1. In many countries schools have severe problems with student
behavior. What do you think are the causes of this? What solutions
can you suggest?

2. Young People are Encourage to travel or work for one year after
high school and before university studies. Write advantages and
disadvantages of this matter.

3. Education is sometime considered as something for the youth.
Some people however, consider as life long task. What is your
opinion? Give reason and support your ideas with specific support.

4. It is good for school and university students to take part in part-time
jobs. Do you agree or disagree?

5. Who should be responsible for childrens education: the school or
parents? Give your opinion and reasons.

6. Too much education is dangerous. If people receive more
education than they need to function in their job, it only breeds
dissatisfaction. In what extent do you agree or disagree?

7. To be successful in education, it is more important to be a good
student than to have good teachers. To what extent do you agree or
disagree?

8. Parents and family background have more influence than teachers
of a young persons learning and academic achievement. To what
extent do you agree or disagree?

SPEAKING PART 1

YOUR EDUCATION (IN GENERAL)

1. What subject are you studying?
2. Why did you choose to study that?
3. Do you like your subject? (Why?)
4. Is it a difficult subject to study?
5. Did your education prepare you well for the work you are doing
now?

YOUR SCHOOLDAYS (THE PAST)

1. What kind of school did you go to as a child?
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2. What was your favourite subject at school?
3. Did you go to a co-educational school?
4. Who was your favourite teacher?

PLACE OF STUDY

1. Where do you study?
2. Why did you choose that school/university?
3. What do you think of your school/university?
4. What is the best thing about your university/school?

YOUR COURSE AND METHOD OF STUDY

1. When did you start this course and when will you finish it?
2. Which part of the course do you enjoy most?
3. What is the most difficult/easiest part of the course?
4. How do you study this subject?
5. What skills have you learned in your studies?
6. What skills are needed to study your subject?

STUDENT LIFE

1. Do you like life at school/university?
2. What part of university life do you like best?
3. How have you benefited from being at school/university apart from
gaining knowledge?
4. What facilities are there at your school/university to help you in your
studies?
5. Did you prefer your life as a student or your life now?

THE FUTURE

1. What are your future study plans?
2. How do you think your studies in school/university will prepare you
for your job in the future?
3. What is your career plan after you graduate?
4. Do you think you will prefer having a job to being a student?
5. Why are you taking the IELTS test?

SPEAKING PART 2

1. What was your favorite subject as a child?

2. Who was your favorite teacher?

3. Describe a subject taught in your school

SPEAKING PART 3

1. What is the education system like in your country?
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2. Do you think your country has an effective education system?
3. How are education priorities today different from those in the past?
4. How do you think the education system in your country might
change in the future?
5. What changes do you think will happen in the classroom in the near
future?
6. What can be done to improve education in rural areas?

7. Is there any difference between the traditional and modern
educational systems?

8. Do you think it is necessary to give comment or criticism to
teachers?

9. Do the benefits of study abroad justify the difficulties? What advice
would you offer to a prospective student?

10. What is your opinion on the way languages are taught in schools?

11. How can the type of school you go to affect career success?

12. Are zoos necessary for education?