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YOU

Describe yourself.
FAMILY
o Describe your family?
o Do you have a large or small family?
o How much time do you spend with your family?
o What do you like to do together as a family?
o Do you get along well with your family?
o Are people in your country generally close to their families?
WORK
o What do you do?
o What are your responsibilities?
o How many hours do you work each day?
o Do you enjoy your work?
o Is there some other kind of work you would rather do?
o If you could change your job or profession, what would you do?
o Describe the process of getting a job in your country.
o Describe the company or organization you work for.
o What is your position?
o What do you like about your job?
o What do you dislike about your job?
EDUCATION
o Describe your education.
o What kind of school did you go to as a child?
o Did you go to a co-educational school?
o What was your favourite subject as a child?
o Who was your favourite teacher?
o What is the education system like in your country?
o Do you think your country has an effective education system?
STUDIES
* What are you studying now?
* What is your area of specialization?
HOMETOWN
o Describe your hometown.
o What s special about it?
o Where is your hometown located?
o Is it easy to travel around your hometown?
o What is it known for?
o What do people in your town do?
o What are the main industries in your hometown?
o What problems face your hometown?
o What languages are spoken in your hometown?
o What are the advantages of living in your hometown?
o What are some problems faced by your hometown?
o Compare your hometown with another city.
o What are some environmental problems faced by your hometown?
WEATHER
o What s the weather like in your country?
o Does the weather affect your mood?
o How do rainy days make you feel?
o What s your favourite season of the year?
o What do you like to do when it s hot?
o What do you usually do in the winter?
o How many seasons does your country have?
HOME
o Describe your home.
o What kind of building do you live in?
o How long have you lived there?
WEDDING
o Have you ever been to a wedding?
o Whose wedding was it?
o Where was it held?
o What clothes do people wear?
o Describe the wedding ceremony.
o What sort if gifts do people buy for the bridal couple?
o What kind of clothes did the bride and groom wear?
TRAVEL
o Do you like to travel?
o What kind of places have you visited in your life?
o Which place would you really like to visit? Why?
o What s the best place you ve ever visited?
COMPUTERS
o Do you think computers help society?
o Do you think computers are bad for health?
o How do you think computers have changed the world?
INTERNET
o Do you use the Internet much during the day?
o What do you usually do on the Internet?
o What are some advantages of the Internet?
o What are some disadvantages?
o Do people in your country use the Internet a lot?
o Do you do any shopping on the Internet?
EMAIL
o Do you send and receive email regularly?
o Who do you usually communicate with?
o How often do you check your email?
o Do you think writing email has strengthened or weakened people s writi
ng skills?
o What are some disadvantages of email?
FRIEND
o Describe a friend.
o How long have you known each other?
o What do usually do together?
o What do you like the most about him / her?
o How often do you see each other?
PLACE
o Describe a place you like to go.
o Why is this place special to you?
o When did you first visit this place?
o Where is this place located?
o What language is spoken here? Do you speak this language?
SMOKING
o What do you feel about smoking in public places?
o Do you think smoking should be banned in people s homes?
MARRIAGE
o What is the attitude toward marriage in your country?
o Do most young people plan on getting married in your country?
o What are some of the advantages of marriage?
o What are some of the disadvantages?
o Is the divorce rate high in your country?
o Do you think people should be allowed to get divorced?
HOBBIES
o Do you have any hobbies?
o What are some of your hobbies?
o When did you first develop tis hobby?
o What are some of the advantages of having a hobby?
o How much time do you spend on your hobby?
FILMS
o Do you enjoy watching movies?
o What s your favourite film?
o Who are your favourite actors?
o How often do you watch films?
SHOPPING
o Do you enjoy shopping?
o How do you feel about shopping?
o Do you like shopping on the Internet?
o Do you have any favourite stores?
o What don t you like about shopping?
o Which is the most popular place to shop in your hometown?
SPORTS
o Do you like sports?
o Do you enjoy watching sports?
o Do you enjoy participating in any sports?
o Which sports are most popular in your country?
o What s your favourite sport/
o When did you first become interested in sports?
o How often do you participate in sports?
o What equipment do you need for your favourite sport?
FOOD
o What are some of your favourite foods?
o What foods are popular in your country?
o What are some of the famous dishes of your country?
o Do you enjoy cooking?
FESTIVAL
o What s the most important festival in your country?
o How do people celebrate this festival?
o What special food is associated with this festival?
o What special activities are associated with this festival?
o What do you enjoy most about this festival?
o Do you think festivals are important for a society?
TELEVISION
o Do you watch television a lot?
o What do you usually watch on television?
o How many hours of television do you usually watch?
o What are the most popular shows in your country?
o What kind of shows do you like to watch?
o What are some advantages of television?
o What are someof the disadvantages of television?
o What did you last watch on television?
o Why do you think certain TV shows are so popular?
TOURISM
o Which places would you recommend to a visitor to your country?
o Do a lot of tourists visit your country?
o What do they usually do there?
o How has tourism changed your country?
o Is your country expensive for most tourists?
o What are some famous landmarks in your country?
DAILY ROUTINE
o Describe your daily routine.
o What do you usually do?
o What do you do on the weekend?
o What is you typical weekday like?
o Does your life change much from week to week?
o Do you have any free time during the week?
YOUR COUNTRY
o Describe your daily routine.
o What do you usually do?
o What do you do on the weekend?
o What is you typical weekday like?
o Does your life change much from week to week?
o Do you have any free time during the week?
CLOTHES
o What type of clothes do you like to wear?
o What kind of clothes do people in your country usually wear?
o How important is fashion to you?
o What kind of clothes do you dislike?
o Do you think people behave differently in different kinds of clothes
?
o What kind of clothes do people wear to work in your country?
o Are clothes expensive in your country?
GOING OUT
o Do you like going out or staying at home?
o What do you like to do when you go out?
o How often do you go out?
o Do people in your country go our a lot?
o How and where do people in your country usually socialize?
o What kind of entertainment is popular in your country?
GAMES
o Do you enjoy playing any games?
o What kind of games do you play?
o Do you think adults should play games?
o What do children learn from games?
o What kind of games did you play when you were a child?
o What games are popular in your country today?
o What kind of games were popular when you were young?
o Do you think mental games like chess are good for you?
* COLOURS
o Do you have a favourite colour?
o What are your country s colours?
o Do you think colours affect our moods?
o Can you learn anything about a person from the colours he / she like
s?
o Do you like the same colours now as you did when you were a child?
MUSIC
o Do you like music?
o What kind of music do you like?
o When do you usually listen to music?
o What kind of music did you like when you were younger?
o What kind of music is popular in your country?
o Do you play any musical instruments?
o Do you wish you could play any musical instruments?
o Which is your favourite instrument?

1. What is the meaning of your name?


2. Does your name affect your personality?
3. Tell me something about your hometown.
4. What are the differences in accent between your hometown and Hanoi?
5. What is the character of the people like in your hometown?
6. What is people's favourite food in the region where you live?
7. Do you think that people have enough time for leisure now?
8. Are there any historic monuments in your region?
9. Describe your Job? How do you spend your typical day?
10. Tell me something about the Hue Festival.
11. How have weddings changed in recent years?
12. Tell me something about the <Holi> Festival. <change with the festival name
of your country>
13. Describe a traditional wedding ceremony.
14. Name a person whom you admire? Why? What influence does he / she has on your
life? Would you like to become like him / her in future?
15. Are there any traditions concerning the birth of a baby?
16. How do you like <The test city> Compare it to your hometown. How did you get
to this place?
17. What place do you like best in Hanoi?
18. What places in Delhi should a foreigner visit?
19. What places would you recommend a visitor to go to in your region/hometown?
20. If you had the choice, where would you choose to live in India?
21. Which parts of India would you recommend a foreigner to visit?
22. Tell me something about your family.
23. Which is your favourite colour?
24. Do you think colours influence our life? How?
25. Which is the best place you've been to in India?
26. Who does most of the household chores in your family?
27. Are the traditional sexual roles within the family changing?
28. Why is the divorce rate increasing so rapidly? Is it a problem?
29. What is your opinion of the planning family policy?
30. How do you discipline your child?
31. Is it acceptable for couples to live together without marrying?
32. If you had the choice, would you have a son or a daughter?
33. Are you going to bring your child up any differently to the way your parents
did?
34. What hopes do you have for your child? (if you are married)
35. Do women still have too heavy a burden in their day to day life?
36. Is the increasing influence of the West largely a positive or negative thing
?
37. Are you looking forward to anything in particular in Australia / UK / USA ?
38. What do you do in your leisure time?
39. What will you do if you fail the IELTS?
40. Who should bear the responsibility for payment of tuition fees?
41. What can be done to improve education in rural areas?
42. Have recent changes affected your job in any way?
43. Do you agree with private education? Why?
44. What can be done to close the gap between urban and rural areas?
45. If you had the power, what changes would you carry out within education?
46. Describe a typical working day for you
47. How do you see yourself in ten years time?
48. If you had the opportunity to change your job, what would you do instead?
49. If you had one million dollars, what would you do with it?
50. If you could start your life again, would you do anything differently?
51. What ambitions do you have?
52. Which country/place would you most like to visit?
53. What changes do you think India will see in the next few years?
54. Will any possible future changes affect your job in any way?
55. How do you think you will cope abroad?
56. How does it feel to go abroad for the first time?
57. Are you looking forward to anything in particular in Australia / UK / USA ?
58. What do you do in your leisure time?
59. What will you do if you fail the IELTS?
60. Why are you giveing IELTS? What course / job do you intend to pursue after I
ELTS.?
This is a probable list of questions that may be asked in speaking component of
english (speech exam) Being confident as public speakers does help a lot in the
exam.

GOVERNMENT
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?
What should a government do for a country to become successful?
Should money be spent on space exploration?
Should rich countries forgive all debts for poor countries?
Does foreign aid help donor countries more than the recipients?
Should rich countries pay more for environmental damage?

MODERN SOCIETY
Nowadays doctors can become very rich. Maybe they should not focus on profitable
activities such as plastic surgery or looking after rich patients and concentra
te more on patients health, no matter how rich they are?
Does travel help to promote understanding and communication between countries?
In your opinion what factors contribute to a good movie?
Are famous people treated unfairly by the media ? Should they be given more priv
acy, or is the price of their fame an invasion into their private lives?
Is animal testing necessary?
Some businesses now say that no one can smoke cigarettes in any of their offices
. Some governments have banned smoking in all public places. Do you agree or dis
agree? Give reasons.
To what extent is the use of animals in scientific research acceptable?
Human beings do not need to eat meat in order to maintain good health because th
ey can get all their food needs from meatless products and meatless substances.
A vegetarian diet is as healthy as a diet containing meat. Argue for or against
the opinion above.
Forests are the lungs of the earth. Destruction of the world's forests amounts t
o death of the world we currently know. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Are our zoos cruel to wild animals? Discuss.
Zoos are sometimes seen as necessary but not poor alternatives to a natural envi
ronment. Discuss some of the arguments for and/or against keeping animals in zoo
s.
To what extent will migration from the developing world to the developed world b
ecome a social and political issue in the 21st century?
In Britain, when someone gets old, they often go to live in a home with other ol
d people where there are nurses to look after them. Sometimes the government has
to pay for this care. Who should be responsible for our old people? Give reason
s.

TECHNOLOGY
Does modern technology make life more convenient, or was life better when techno
logy was simpler?
Will modern technology, such as the internet ever replace the book or the writte
n word as the main source of information?
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 us
ed for in future?.Is this dependence on computers a good thing or should we be m
ore suspicious of their benefits?Use specific details and examples in your answe
r.
In what ways has information technology changed work and working practices in th
e past 10 years?

EMPLOYMENT
Should retirement be compulsory at 65 years of age?
Telecommuting' refers to workers doing their jobs from home for part of each wee
k and communicating with their office using computer technology. Telecommuting i
s growing in many countries and is expected to be common for most office workers
in the coming decades. How do you think society will be affected by the growth
of telecommuting?
In some countries the average worker is obliged to retire at the age of 50, whil
e in others people can work until they are 65 or 70. Until what age do you think
people should be encouraged to remain in paid employment? Give reasons for your
answer.

ENVIRONMENT & ECOLOGY


To what extent should economic planning be influenced by the need of environment
al conservation?
Damage of the environment is an inevitable consequence of worldwide improvements
in the standard of living. Discuss.
The rising levels of congestion and air pollution found in most of the world cit
ies can be attributed directly to the rapidly increasing number of private cars
in use. In order to reverse this decline in the quality of life in cities, attem
pts must be made to encourage people to use their cars less and public transport
more. Discuss possible ways to encourage the use of public transport.

EDUCATION
Education is the single most important factor in the development of a country. D
o you agree?
What are factors which are related to academic success in high-school students?
Do the benefits of study abroad justify the difficulties? What advice would you
offer to a prospective student?
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 h
ome because of the difficulties a student inevitably encounters living and study
ing in a different culture. To what extent do you agree or disagree this stateme
nt? Give reasons for your answer.
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 childr
en between the ages of 5 and 15. To what extent do you agree or disagree with th
is statement?
Foreign language instruction should begin in kindergarten. Discuss.
Should sports classes be sacrificed in High School so students can concentrate o
n academic subjects?

PARENTS & CHILDREN


Children should never be educated at home by their parents. Do you agree or disa
gree?
Children learn best by observing behavior of adults and copying it. To what exte
nt do you agree or disagree with this statement?

ENDER ISSUES - ESSAY TOPICS


To what extent has the traditional male role changed in the last 20 years?
Many people believe that women make better parents than men and that this is why
they have the greater role in raising children in most societies. Others claim
that men are just as good as women at parenting Write an essay expressing your p
oint of view. Give reasons for your answer.