Tuesday, June 15, 2010

IELTS WRITING TASKS/TOPICS

IELTS WRITING TOPICS
(Sample answers-Band 5.0 – 8.0)

ACADEMIC AND GENERAL

TITLE/TOPICS

ARTISTS



1.creative artists should be given freedom to express their ideas 9words, pictures, music and films). However, some people think government should take some restrictions with them. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion? Give your reasons with your own knowledge and give examples

2.People spend a great deal of time, money, and energy to see or read about movie stars. TV actors and athletes. What roles do celebrities play in society? Write an essay of about 250 words. Give specific examples.

3.It is generally agree that society benefits from the works of its members. Compare the contributions of scientists to society. Which type of contribution do you think is valued more by your society? Give specific reasons to support your answer.

ATTITUDE


1.Some people trust their first impressions about a person’s character because these judgments are generally correct. Other people do not judge a person’s character quickly because first impressions are often wrong. Compare these two attitudes. Which attitude do you agree with? Support your choice with specific examples.

2.Neighbors are people who live near us. In your opinion, what are the qualities of a good neighbor? Use specific details and examples in your answer.

3.Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? One should never judge a person by external appearances. Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.


ANIMALS


1.Should animals be the friends of people or should they be regarded as the sources of people’s food and clothes? State your position with your own experience.

2.Scientists use living animals to carry out research. Some people think it is interesting, while some people think it is cruel. What do you think?

3.Zoos sometimes are necessary but poor alternatives to the natural environment. Is it necessary to keep animals in zoos? Is it fair to the animals to keep them in zoos?

4.Many people have a close relationship with their pets. These people treat their birds, cats and other animals as members of their family. In your opinion, are such relationships good? Why or why not? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

5.Some people think that humans for farmlands, housing, and industry are more important than saving land for endangered animals. Do you agree or disagree with this point of view? Why or why not? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

6.Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? A zoo has no useful purpose. Use specific reasons and examples to explain your answer.

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1. Advertisement is a positive part of our lives while others say it is negative. Discuss.

2. Advertising is all around us. It is an unavoidable part of everyone’s life. Some people say that advertising is a positive part of our lives while others say it is negative. Discuss both views and give reasons and examples to support your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience. You should write at least 250 words.

3. Some people say that advertising encourages us to buy things we really do not need. Others say that advertisements tell us about new products that may improve our lives. Which viewpoint do you agree with? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

ADOLESCENCE

1. People recognize a difference between children and adults. What events (experience or ceremonies) make a person an adult? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

BUILDING

1. Would you prefer to live in a traditional house or in a modern apartment building? Use specific reasons and details to support your choice.

2. A company has announced that it is wise to build a large factory near your community. Do you support or oppose the factory? Explain your position.

3. What do you consider to be the most important room in a house? Why is this room important to you than any other room? Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

4. Should a city preserve its old, historic buildings or destroy them and replace them with modern buildings? Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

BUSINESS

1. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Business should do anything they can to make a profit. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.

2. Some people prefer to work for themselves or own their own business. Others prefer to work for an employer. Would you rather be self-employed, work for someone else, or own a business? Use specific reasons to explain your choice.

3. Businesses should hire employees for their entire lives. Do you agree or disagree? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.


BEHAVIOR

1. In some countries, children have very strict rules of behavior, in other countries they are allowed to do almost anything they want. To what extent should children have to follow rules?
COMPUTERS/TECHNOLOGY/COMMUNICATION
1. We are increasingly dependent on computers. They are used in business, 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 thongs or should we be more suspicious of their benefits?

2. As computers are being used more and more in education, there will be soon no role for teachers in the classroom.

3. Intelligent machines such as robots widely applied to take the place of human beings. Please discuss the advantages and disadvantages.

4. The development of science and technology benefit our life. However, scientists cannot find effective solutions to the problem they created. To what degree do you agree or disagree?

5. What disadvantages will people meet if they cannot use computers? What should your government do?

6. Some people say that computer can translate languages, so children need not study foreign languages any more. Please state your position.

7. Discuss both positive and negative effects of email on modern life. Support your ideas with reasons and examples.

8. Some people suggests that because today’s computers can translate nearly every language to another language, that children don’t need to learn foreign languages anymore. What’s your position?

9. How will telecommunicating affect the society?


COMPUTER

1. We live in the information era.

2. What extent is nuclear energy technology a danger to life on earth? What are the benefits and risks associated with its use?

3. Discuss both positive and negative effects of the telephone on modern life. Support your ideas with reasons and examples.

4. Some people say that computers have made life easier and more convenient. Other people say that computers have made life more complex and stressful. What is your opinion? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

5. Some people think that governments should spend as much money as possible on developing or buying computer technology. Other people disagree and think that this money should be spent on more basic needs. Which one of these opinions do you agree with? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.

6. Some people say that internet provides people with a lot of valuable information. Others think access to so much information creates problems. Which view do you agree with? Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion?

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

1. Do you believe that societies ought to enforce capital punishment or are there alternative forms of punishment that would be better?

2. “Without capital punishment (the death penalty) our lives are less secure and crimes of violence increase”. Capital punishment is essential to control violence in the society”. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

COUNTRY/NATION

1. Should wealthy nations be required to share their wealth among poorer nations by providing such things as food and education? Or is the responsibility of the governments of poorer nations to look after their citizens?

2. Many people think that countries have a moral obligation to help each other, while others argue that the aid money is misspent by the governments that receive it, so international aids should not be given to the poor countries in the world. Discuss the two views of international aid, and give your opinion.

3. What difficulties will your country face in the next ten years? How can these problems be overcome?

4. In your country, is there need for more land to be left in it’s natural condition or is there more need for land to be developed for housing and industry? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

5. Films can tell us a lot about the country where they were made. What have you learned about a country from watching its movies? Use specific examples and details to support your response.

6. What discovery in the last 100 years has been most beneficial for people in your country? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

COMPLAINTS

1. When people need to complain about a product or poor service, some prefer to accomplish in writing and others prefer to complain in person. Which way do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

COMMUNICATION

1. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Face-to-face communication is better than other types of communication such as letters, emails, or telephone calls. Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.

2. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Television has destroyed communication among friends and family. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

CUSTOMS / CULTURE

1. Describe a custom in your country that you would like other people from other countries to adopt. Explain your choice, using specific reasons and examples.

2. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Dancing plays an important role in a culture. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

3. When people move to another country, some of them decide to follow the customs of the new country. Others prefer to keep their own customs. Compare these two choices. Which one do you prefer? Support your answer with specific details.

EDUCATION

1. Business education and training must promote the environment awareness. Do you agree or disagree?

2. What advantages and disadvantages of the education system in your country?

3. If you could study a subject that you have never had the opportunity to study, what would you choose? Explain your choice, using specific reasons and details.

4. Some people think that children should begin their formal education at a very early age and should spend most of their time on school studies. Others believe that young children should spend most of their time playing. Compare these two views. Which view do you agree with? Why?

5. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Children should begin learning a foreign language as soon as they start school. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.

6. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Grades (marks) encourage students to learn. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

7. Is the ability to read and write more important today than in the past. Why or why not? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

8. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? There is nothing that young people teach older people. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.


ENVIRONMENT

1. Nowadays environmental problems are too big to be managed by individual persons or individual countries. In other words, it is an international problem. To what extent do you agree or disagree to this opinion?

2. Damage to the environment is inevitable consequence of the improvement in the standard of living. To what degree do you agree or disagree?

3. Forests are the lungs of the earth. Destruction of the world’s forests amount to the death of the world we currently know. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

4. Pollution – the cause, effect and solution.

5. Some people argue that international tourism should be decreased in that it may damage the environment and culture in a region. Do you agree or disagree about this opinion and say why?

6. Plats can provide food, shelter, clothing, or medicine. What is one kind of plant that is important to you or the people in your country? Use specific reasons and details to explain your choice.

7. Many parts of the world are losing important natural resources such as the forest, animals, or clean water. Choose one resource that is disappearing and explain why it needs to be saved. Use specific reasons and details to explain your choice.

ENTERTAINMENT

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.

2. Some movies are serious, designed to make audience think. Other movies are designed primarily to amuse and entertain. Which type of movie do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

3. Do you agree with the following statement, dancing plays an important role in a culture? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

4. Films can tell us a lot about a country where they were made. What have you learned about a country from watching its movies? Use specific examples and details to support your response.

5. How do movies influence people’s behavior?

6. People listen to music for different reasons and at different times. Why is music important to many people? Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice.

FAMILIES

1. It is generally that families are not as close as they used to be. Give some reasons why this change has happened and suggest how families can be brought closer together.

2. The position of women in society has changed marked 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 not at home to care for their children. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

3. Should old men live with young people together or should they live in the clubs for old men. Discuss.

4. Many families are having fewer children. Having even just one child can have a dramatic impact on the parents’ lives. Discuss the negative impact, the positive impact or both.

5. 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.

6. Mothers of young children should not go out to work.

7. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Parents or other adult relatives should make important decisions for their (15-18) teenage children. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

8. It is better for children to grow up in the countryside than in a big city. Do you agree or disagree? Use specific reasons and examples to develop your essay.

9. Do you agree with the following statement? Children should be required to help with household tasks as soon as they are able to do so. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

10. What are the important qualities of a good son or daughter? Have these qualities changed or remained the same over time in your culture? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

11. Which would you choose: a high-paying job with long hours that would give you little time with family and friends? Explain your choice, using specific reasons and details.

12. Do you agree with the following statement? Parents are the best teachers. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

FOOD

1. Some people prefer to eat at food stands or restaurants. Other people prefer to prepare and eat food at home. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

FAMOUS PERSON

1. If you could ask a famous person one question, what would you ask? Why? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.

2. Your city has decided to build a statue or monument to honor a famous person in your country. Who would you choose? Use reasons and specific examples to support your choice.

3. A time in the past.

GENERATION

1. Every generation of people is different in important ways. How is your generation different from your parents’ generation? Use specific reasons and specific examples to support your choice.

GIFT

1. Gifts such as a camera, a soccer ball or an animal can contribute to a child’s development. What gift would you give to help a child develop? Why? Use reasons and specific examples to support your choice.

2. People remember special gifts or presents that they have received. Why? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

GAMES/SPORTS

1. Playing a game is fun when we win.

2. 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?

3. Sports encourage competition rather cooperation. Therefore, sports should not be encouraged at schools. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the statement?

4. Should athletes have a high salary?

5. Why do you think some people are attracted to dangerous sports or other dangerous activities? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

6. Some famous athletes and entertainers earn millions of dollars every year. Do you think these people deserve such high salaries? Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

7. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Games are as important for adults as they are for children. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

8. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Games are as important for adults as they are for children. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

9. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Playing a game is fun only when you win. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

HEALTH

1. A healthy person is often describe as someone who has a good diet, gets lots of exercise and avoid stress. What do people do to stay healthy in your country?

HOLIDAYS

1. Holidays honor people or events. If you could create a new holiday, what person or event would it honor and how would you want people to celebrate it?use specific reasons and details to support your answer.

INTERNET

1. Nowadays, for many people, internet is replacing regular books. What do you think will happen in the future and what is your opinion?

2. Some people say that the internet is making the world smaller by bringing people together. To what extent do you agree that the internet is making it easier for people to communicate with one another?

3. Some people believe that internet access create problems. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.

LIFE/LIFESTYLE

1. What are the possible effects of living long on an individual and on the whole society? Give some examples for and against according to your knowledge.

2. It is said that people’s lives is now becoming more and more stressful. What are the causes and how to solve it?

3. Should old men live with young people, or should they live in the club for old men?

4. Some people live in one community all their lives, while others move around almost as much as nomads. Both experiences have their advantages and disadvantages. Discuss.

5. Materialism means placing great importance on material things such as clothes, property, and furniture. Many people complain that modern society is too materialistic. Are people in these times “what they own” or “what they are”? explain your thoughts on the matter in an essay of about 250 words.

6. Some people enjoy change, and they look forward to new experiences. Others like their lives to stay the same, and they do not change their usual habits. Compare these two approaches to life. Which approach do you prefer? Explain why.

7. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Most experiences in our lives that seemed difficult at the time become valuable lessons for the future. Use reasons and specific examples to support your answer.

8. Nowadays, food has become easier to prepare. Has this change improved the way people live? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

9. In general, people are living longer now. Discuss the causes of these phenomena. Use specific reasons and details to develop your essay.

10. Do you agree with the following statement? People are never satisfied with what they have; they always want something more or something different. Use specific reasons to support your answer.

11. Some people spend their entire lives in one place. others move a number of times throughout their lives, looking for a better job, house, community, ot even climate. Which do you prefer: staying in one place or moving in search of another place? Use reasons and specific examples to support your opinion.

LEARNING

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 reason to develop your essay.

2. It is very clear now that English should be the primary foreign language taught in all schools around the world. Learning a different foreign language before english is, in today’s world is a waste of time. Do you agree or disagree with this statement.
3. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of studying / working abroad for a period of time.

4. If you could study a subject that you have never had the opportunity to study, what would you choose? Explain your choice using specific reasons and details.

5. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Children should start learning a foreign language as soon as they start school. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.

6. Learning about the past has no value for those of us living in the present. Do you agree or disagree? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

7. Some people believe that the best way of learning about life is by listening to the advice of family and friends. Other people believe that the best way of learning about life is through personal experience. Compare the advantages of these two different ways of learning about life. Which do you think is preferable? Use specific examples to support your preference.

8. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Parents are the best teachers. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

9. People learn in different ways, some people learn by doing things; others learn by listening to people talk about things. Which of these learning methods is best for you? Use specific examples to support your choice.
10. What is a very important skill a person should learn in order to be successful in the world today? Choose one skill and use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

11. It has been said “not everything that is learned is contained in books”. Compare and contrast knowledge gained from experience with knowledge gained from books. In your opinion, which source is more important? Why?

12. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People should read only those books that are about real events, real people, and established facts. Use specific reasons and details to support your opinion.


LANGUAGE

1. Will the popularity of english and tourism harm the minorities and minor languages?

2. Some people translate languages, so children need not study languages anymore. Please state your position.

3. Some people suggest that because today’s computers can translate nearly every language to another language, that children don’t need to learn foreign languages anymore. What’s your position?

LAW/RULES

1. Should the same laws which prohibit the sale and consumption of heroin be applied to tobacco?

2. In some countries children have very strict rules of behavior, in other countries they are allowed to do almost anything they want. To what extent should children have to follow rules?

LETTERS

1. After being involved in an accident, you were looked after by another person. Write a special letter to express your thanks.

2. You want to apply for the following job. Write a letter to Mr. Moore describing your previous experience and explaining why you would be suitable for the job.

3. Write a letter on how to use the donation money.

4. Write a letter to appreciate the development of a restaurant.

5. Write a letter of request.

6. Write a letter to appreciate the good service of the hospital.

7. One of your friends wants to apply for a job involving working with foreign teenagers. Write a letter of recommendation for him/her.

8. Write a friendly letter.

9. You have a friend who lives in a city abroad. You have decided that you would like to do a course at one of the colleges in this city. Write to your friend explaining what you would like to do. tell him/her what type of work or studies you have been doing for the past few years and ask for assistance in contacting an appropriate institution.

10. You have a pen friend in another country and he/she is curious to know about the major news items in your country. Briefly describe one news story that has been on TV, on the radio, or in the newspaper in your country and explain why people are interested in it.

11. You have recently moved into a new flat. Unfortunately, you lost some money the other day, and cannot afford to pay next month’s rent when it is due. Write a letter to the landlord explaining the situation and that you will pay as soon as your parents send you the money. Also, mention that there are some problems with the flat.

12. You are a member of an organization which meets regularly at a particular restaurant. The most recent meal you had there was not satisfactory, and you were very disappointed with the quality with the food and the behavior of the staff. Write a letter to the manager of the restaurant. Explain what was wrong with the meal and the service and suggest what he/she should do to ensure that you and your group return to the restaurant.

13. You have just spent a weekend staying at the Lilo Hotel in Adelaide. When you got home, you find that you have left a bag at the hotel. Write to the manager of the hotel and enquire whether the bag and its contents are at the hotel. Ask the manager to contact you immediately if the bag is found and tell him/her how the bag can be sent to you.

14. You wish to enroll in a course (of your choice) at an Australian college. you have already written a letter to the college explaining your concern because the course will start in less than two months. You need to know if you can still enroll and you also require further information about the course, including the cost.

15. Although you have never studied computing, you have always been interested in computer- you buy magazines about them and you have taught yourself many skills on your computer at home. You have read about a computer course that really interests you, but it is only for people who have studied computing at college or university. Write a letter to the enrollment officer asking if you can enroll, explaining your circumstances and asking if he/she will make a special exception for you.

16. Write a letter of request.

17. Yesterday you lost a student identification card. You need it to get discounts on public transport and for cinema, and to use the college library. Even more importantly, you need it as proof of identity to withdraw money at the bank. Write to the director of student services explaining the situation and the requesting of a new card as soon as possible.

18. As an employee, make some suggestions for the development of the hotel.

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