IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics Jan to Apr 2018

IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics January to April 2018

Below you will find some IELTS speaking part 2 topics that students have posted so far this month. These topics will probably continue to be used for the next few months: January, February, March and possibly April.

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Using IELTS Speaking Topics

This topics are not predictions – they are reported topics. I will continue to up-date this page over the next few months as students report their topics to me.

  1. Will you get one of these topics?
    1. It is not possible to predict topics. However, current topics are frequently repeated in the IELTS speaking test. You need to prepare both current topics and common topics for IELTS speaking. It is not possible to do more. Below are current topics and here is a link to common topics: IELTS Speaking Page
  2. How can I use this list of topics?
    1. You can use the list to prepare ideas for your talk. DO NOT MEMORISE A FULL TALK OR A FULL ANSWER. If the examiner thinks you have actually memorised a talk, line by line, you will be given a different topic. IELTS do not accept memorised answers. So, use this list to develop your ideas and plan some words to use but not to memorise full sentences and answers.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics List Jan-Apr 2018

  1. A recreational center that could be started in your town
  2. A day that cost you nothing (think of activities that are free to do)
  3. Something you bought recently that made you very happy
  4. An activity for health living
  5. A, interesting school subject
  6. A difficult decision
  7. A car journey
  8. A country you would like to work or live in
  9. A historical event
  10. A exciting book
  11. A good parent
  12. A good service from a shop or company
  13. Furniture you like
  14. A useful device (not a computer)
  15. Traditional clothing in your country
  16. A public place you visited
  17. An interesting foreign person
  18. A time when you helped an old person
  19. A time you taught someone something
  20. An unusual meal
  21. A school rule you didn’t like
  22. A season you enjoy
  23. A facility you would like to have in your town
  24. A time you saved money
  25. An occasion a visitor came to your house
  26. A popular person you know
  27. A time someone took a nice photo of you (see model answer link below)
  28. An area of water in your country (lake, river etc)
  29. A perfect holiday
  30. A traditional product of your country
  31. A toy from your childhood
  32. A time you had to be polite
  33. A good story you have been told
  34. A time you were glad you had your mobile phone
  35. An important letter
  36. Your biggest achievement
  37. A time you went out with friends
  38. A TV show
  39. A recent development in the place where you live
  40. A successful business person
  41. A special occasion in your life

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You can find a model answer for topic number 27: Model Answer Nice Photo of you

For IELTS speaking tips, model answers and free videos, click here: MAIN IELTS SPEAKING PAGE. Use the RED BAR at the top of the website to find your tips and lessons 🙂

All the best

Liz

Comments to IELTS Liz 2018

Hi guys,

Please read this full page, particularly the thank you message for my supportive students at the bottom of the post.

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Recently I have been receiving some angry responses from students who demand I answer their questions.

Let me make things clear: I do NOT offer a free answer/question service.  

  • So far, I have responded to over 20,000 comments. I cannot respond to ALL comments.
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I hope you all appreciate the work I do and the support I offer students. My website contains more replies to comments than any other IELTS website in existence. Let me give you four idioms relating to this issue:

  1. Give an inch and they take a mile.
    1. This means if you give one thing to someone, they demand more and more. Let’s avoid this.
  2. Respect is a two way street.
    1. This means you respect me and I will respect you.
  3. Pick someone’s brains.
    1. This means to get information or ideas from someone. I know you would all like to pick my brains, but I am only one person – take it easy on me 🙂
  4. Great minds think alike.
    1. This is used when people have similar ideas to each other. I hope, from this point onwards, we will all have similar understanding 🙂

The majority of students on my site are polite, kind and supportive – to you, I wish to say thank you. It is your support and encouragement that helps me continue 🙂

USEFUL LINKS for IELTS

Read this carefully:

  1. All main pages for IELTS (which contain 300 pages of free materials, tips etc) are accessed through the RED BAR at the top of the website. You MUST visit those main pages for the tips and lessons: Click on the Red Bar
  2. There are excellent, vital pages linked in the right hand side column of each page. Read them.
  3. Also read the comments boxes which contain thousands of extra tips and pieces of advice. Most questions have already be asked and answered before.
  4. For basic test information (using pens, pencils, handwriting, answer sheets etc), see the Test Information page.
  5. Again, let me repeat – there are over 300 pages of tips, model answers and lessons – all free. Use them to find your answers and use them to learn IELTS.

I wish you all good luck with your tests 🙂

All the best

Liz

 

Answers to Villa Listening Lesson

Below you can find the transcript and answers to the villa listening lesson.  I have also posted the audio again so you can listen and read the transcript at the same time. This is a good way to improve your speaking skills and pronunciation.

If you haven’t done this listening lesson, please do it now before you look at the answers. Click here: Villa Listening Lesson

Transcript

This spacious 3 bedroom villa in the south of France contains not only an infinity pool but also a sauna and gym. The gardens are quite extensive and are well managed by a gardener. It is situated on the outskirts of a small town but within easy walking distance of both shops and restaurants. On offer in the area is skiing in the winter, while in summer there are plenty of cycle paths, lake swimming and canoeing, as well as horse riding. And don’t forget that this area is also famous for its top quality golf courses. This would be a perfect villa for a family aiming to escape from the hustle and bustle but also have plenty of outdoor activities on offer. The only downside is that it can’t be rented by the week. It is on offer as a long term rental property with a minimum of a one month stay.

Audio

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Answers

  1. INFINITY POOL
    1. You can’t have the answer “pool” only because the article in the sentence is “an” which means the next word starts with a vowel. Always check your grammar!
    2. You can’t have “garden” because this list is about facilities.
    3. Look at the picture on the listening page to see what an infinite pool looks like – there is no visible edge to it.
  2. (EASY) WALKING DISTANCE
    1. What do brackets means? This means you can use the word or not. Both answers are fine: easy walking distance and walking distance.
    2. You can’t use brackets in your test. They are used in books only. One student used brackets – their answers would be marked wrong.
    3. You can’t have the word “outskirts”. The sentence does not allow for this word to be used. The sentence must be grammatically correct. So, you are choosing answers not only for meaning but also grammar.
  3. CANOEING
    1. The spelling must be correct.
    2. Horse riding is wrong because this is about lake activities.
  4. HUSTLE AND BUSTLE
    1. You need all three words and they must be spelled correctly.
  5. 1 MONTH
    1. You can write the number 1 as a word if you want because it is possible to have up to three words in your answer.
    2. You can’t have the word “stay” in your answer because it would make the sentence wrong.

Answers have been written using all capital letters – it is not a requirement but I highly recommend it.

I hope this lesson was useful.

All the best

Liz

Listening Practice: Villa Rental

This listening practice is to help you with your IELTS preparation. The topic “villa for sale” was reported in the IELTS listening test this month, so I’ve created this listening practice based on renting a villa.

Prepare the questions first and then listen to the recording only once.

Listening Topic for IELTS: Villa Rental

Questions 1-5

Fill in the gaps using no more than three words and/or a number.

  1. The villa has a sauna, gym and an ………………
  2. The town is within ……………….. of the villa.
  3. It is possible to do swimming and …………. at the lake.
  4. Families hoping to avoid the ………………. of life would like this villa.
  5. Rental must be for …………. or longer.

Recording: Listen only once

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Answers

The answers are now available for this lesson.

For answers click here: Answers to Villa Listening

 

I will post the transcript and answers tomorrow. For more listening practice, see the Main IELTS Listening Page

All the best

Liz

Answers to Magnet Therapy Reading Exercise

Below you will find both questions and answers to the reading about Magnet Therapy. Make sure you finish the reading exercise before you look at the answers. Click here to do the reading practice: Magnet Therapy Reading

Questions 1-6

Complete the sentences using no more than one word and/or a number from the passage above.

  1. Magnetic therapy aims to ease ………
  2. It is possible to buy ………… to wear on the wrist that contain therapeutic magnets.
  3. Devices using magnetic therapy are considered to have only a …….. effect.
  4. The magnetic therapy market is said to be worth at least ……….. per annum.
  5. Magnets have been historically used to ………. disease from a sick person.
  6. The magnetic fields are unable to ……… human skin which is approximately …….. in thickness.

Answers

  1. PAIN
    1. You can not have two words.
  2. BRACELETS
    1. The word should be plural.
    2. The key word was “wrist” and this indicates the answer is “bracelets”.
  3. PLACEBO
  4. $1 BILLION
    1. You must have the “$”. Your task is to write what is missing and the “$” is missing.
    2. $1 = one number / $1 billion = one number and one word
  5. DRAW
    1. No other answer is possible.
  6. PENETRATE  3MM
    1. It is not necessary to use any punctuation. If you want to divide the answers using a “,” then it’s fine. You can’t write the word “and”.
    2. It is also find to write 3mm – using small letters.
    3. Both answers should be written in the answer box for question 6 – they are both required for one point.
    4. No other answer is possible.

I hope this lesson was useful. Find more reading exercises on my main reading page: Main IELTS Reading Page

All the best

Liz

 

Reading Practice Magnetic Therapy

This is a practice reading lesson for IELTS students that focuses on sentence completion questions. This topic was reported in the IELTS test this month. Tip: make sure your sentences are grammatically correct when complete.

Reading Passage: Magnetic Therapy

Magnetic therapy is an alternative medical practice that uses static magnets to alleviate pain and other health concerns. So-called therapeutic magnets are typically integrated into bracelets, rings, or shoe inserts, though therapeutic magnetic mattresses and clothing are also on the market.

Many well-conducted studies over the past three decades have shown that static magnetic devices offer no more or no less benefit than sham devices devoid of a magnet. These studies suggest that static magnetic therapy devices may not work at all beyond having a placebo effect on those who wear them. Despite a lack of scientific evidence to support claims that commercially available magnetic therapy devices work, wearable magnets remain extremely popular. Global sale of therapeutic magnets is estimated to be at least $1 billion a year.

Magnetic therapy dates back at least 2,000 years. Folk healers in Europe and Asia are believed to have used magnets to try to treat a variety of ailments. These healers may have believed that magnets could actually draw disease from the body. Regardless, the therapeutic magnets sold to ease aches and pains have magnetic fields that are generally too weak to penetrate your skin. This can be tested by observing the weak interaction between a magnetic shoe insert and a paperclip when separated by a sock. Human skin is about 3mm deep, thicker than some socks.

Questions 1-6

Complete the sentences using no more than one word and/or a number from the passage above.

  1. Magnetic therapy aims to ease ………
  2. It is possible to buy ………… to wear on the wrist that contain therapeutic magnets.
  3. Devices using magnetic therapy are considered to have only a …….. effect.
  4. The magnetic therapy market is said to be worth at least ……….. per annum.
  5. Magnets have been historically used to ………. disease from a sick person.
  6. The magnetic fields are unable to ……… human skin which is approximately …….. in thickness.

You can download the passage here:  Reading Passage However questions must be viewed online.

Notice: The passage above has been adapted from a livescience.com article. You can read the full article here: Magnetic Therapy. The picture is from www.emfscience.com. You can read their article on this page: Does magnetic therapy work

Answers

The answers are now available.

Click here: Answers to Magnet Therapy Reading

All the best

Liz

For more reading practice lessons for IELTS preparation, see my Main IELTS Reading Page

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Model Answers for IELTS Essays January 2018

Below are two essay questions with model answers that were reported in IELTS writing task 2 in January.

Model IELTS Essays Jan 2018

Essay Question 1: Some people consider price as most important thing to think about when buying product (such as cell phone) or service (e.g. medical treatment). Do you agree or disagree?

It is thought by some people that the price of a product or service is essential to consider before deciding to purchase something. While I agree that people need to consider carefully before spending large amounts of money in order to avoid debt, the necessity of the purchase must play a role in the decision to buy.

It is essential that people take time to reflect on how much money they should spend on an item or service, and whether or not they can actually afford it within their available budget. Over the last few decades, the rise in personal debt has escalated as people are tempted to buy goods and services due to pressure from advertising and the increasingly easy access of credit cards. For this reason, any purchase that is costly and is bought using credit ought to be well thought through, particularly when the item is a luxury item that is not actually essential.

On the other hand, there are circumstances when the cost of a service or item becomes an irrelevant consideration. A typical example of this would be when someone’s life depends on a product or service, such as a new treatment for a disease not offered through normal channels. In such a case, a person’s budget becomes redundant and the expense should not deter someone from proceeding with the purchase. However, these situations are rare and in most circumstances price ought to be considered so that excessive spending is planned and budgeted to avoid serious debt problems.

In conclusion, people should deliberate carefully before spending large sums of money on goods and services, except in cases of dire necessity.

  • Words 275
  • You do not need to write the word count at the end of your essay.  I am stating it here for your benefit.

Essay Question 2: In many cities, many people are living in large apartment blocks. Does this accommodation have more advantages or disadvantages.

An increasing number of people are choosing to live in high rise apartment blocks. In my opinion, although these blocks of flats are often cheaper, they offer cramped living space and can present serious fire risks.

One obvious advantage to living in a multi-story apartment block is that it offers people affordable accommodation in urban areas. With the growth of urban populations, land is becoming increasingly expensive and, as a result, many people are no longer able to afford their own house. Large apartment blocks require a small area of land but can provide a lot of flats which enable people on low incomes to continue living near city centers and near their jobs.

However, high rise apartment blocks usually offer small apartments with no outdoor areas. For families, this can be a problem as each individual member of the family has little personal space which can result in a build up of tension as relationships can become strained. Another problem is that such restricted living quarters offer no space for exercise which is a vital requirement for healthy living.

Finally, one of the worst problems of living in a high rise block of flats is the fire risk that it presents. If a fire should break out in one of the flats, the number of floors in the building means that people can become easily trapped on the top floors, unable to escape the fire. This was unfortunately illustrated by the Grenfell Tower block fire that claimed  71 lives in London in 2017. The speed with which the fire spread through the 24 floors, made it impossible for everyone to escape.

In conclusion, large blocks of flats may be offer a cheaper living option, but they also offer people lower quality accommodation with serious fire risks.

Words 297

 

 

IELTS Writing Task 2 Questions January & February 2018

Below are some IELTS Writing Task 2 Questions used in January and February 2018 so far. These topics are not predictions. No one can predict your topic. These questions have been reported by IELTS students in their test.

To prepare for IELTS writing task 2, you need to prepare both trending topics (below) and also common essay questions: see my 100 essay questions.

Notice: I am on holiday until May. I will not be answering questions. I will continue to work with the Recent Questions Page and the Post Results Page.

January 2018 IELTS Essay Questions

IELTS writing task 2 questions reported so far this month. I will continue to add topics when students report them.

  1. The tendency of human beings to copy one another is shown in the popularity of fashion clothes and consumer goods. To what extent do you agree?
  2. Some countries encourage teenagers to have part-time job and see it as a good thing, while others disagree. Give your opinion and explain both views.
  3. Some people think it is more beneficial to play sports that are played in teams, e.g. football. However, some people think it is more beneficial to play individual sports, e.g. tennis and swimming. Discuss about both views and give your own opinion.
  4. In many cities today, most people live in large apartment blocks. Does this kind of accommodation have more advantages or disadvantages?
  5. Some people consider price as most important thing to consider when buying a product (such as a cell phone) or a service (e.g. medical treatment). Do you agree or disagree?
  6. Some people think it is a good thing for senior management positions to have very high salaries compared to other workers of the same company or organisation. To what extent do you agree?
  7. Many people prefer to spend money and not save it. What are the reasons? Is this a positive or negative development?
  8. Companies use a variety of methods to improve the sales of their products. What are those methods? Which is the most effective method?
  9. Nowadays, people living in large cities face many problems in their daily lives. What are these problems? Do you think the government should encourage people to move to smaller towns?
  10.  Science tells us about the activities which are good for our health and others which are bad. Millions of people all over the world knows this and still do unhealthy activities. Why do you think this is and what can be done to change it?
  11. Maintaining public libraries is a waste of money since computer technology is now replacing their functions. To what extend do you agree or disagree?
  12. Some people become famous at young age. Is it good thing or bad thing ?

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February Essay Topics 2018

These questions are NOT predictions. I do not know what question you will get in your test. These are recent questions reported by students. It is useful to prepare both recent and common topics for your test.

  1. Most people believe that stricter punishment should be given for traffic offences. To what extent do you agree?
  2. Nowadays more and more people want to get things done instantly (services, information, tasks). Why is this? Do you think it is a positive or negative development?
  3. Scientific research should be carried out and controlled by the government, rather than by private companies. To what extend do you agree or disagree?
  4. People who go to live in other countries, should follow the customs and traditions of the new country. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  5. Some people say that the government should decide what subjects a student can study, while others believe the students should decide what they want to study. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  6. Fewer and fewer young people are choosing to become teachers. Why do young people not want to be teachers? How this could be changed?
  7. People living in the 21st century are enjoying better quality of life compared to people who lived in the previous centuries. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  8. In many countries, the tradition of families having meals together is disappearing. Why is this happening? What will be the effects of it on the family and society?
  9. More and more people are finding it increasingly important to wear fashionable clothes. Is this attitude to wearing clothes a positive or negative development?
  10. Some people argue higher taxes should be collected from industries causing higher industrial pollution, whereas others argue there are better ways to deal it. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  11. Some people want the government to spend more money for looking life on other planets, however others think it is waste of public money when there are so many problems on earth that the government should be solving. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.
  12. Some people believe school children should be given multiple short vacations, while others believe they should get one long vacation. Give the advantages of both and express your own point of view.
  13. Students in school and university learn far more from lessons with their teachers compared to other sources, such as the television or the internet. Do you agree or disagree?
  14. Some people believe that not all criminals should be kept in prison, but that some of them should be allowed to do unpaid work to help the community.Do you agree or disagree?
  15. Music should not be taught in schools Instead other subjects such as computers and science should be taught. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Model Essays: You can find model essays for number 4 and 5 on this page: Jan 2018 Model Essays. you can find writing task 2 tips and more model essays on this page: Main IELTS Writing Task 2 Page

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