IELTS Topic: Sports

Vocab & Idioms

Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

to play tennis/football (not do or go)
to do judo (not go or play)
a football fan someone who likes football
a fitness programme a schedule of activities to keep fit
a football match a game of football
a football pitch the surface on which you play football (as opposed to a stadium, which is the building)
a football season a period in the year when football is played
to get into shape to become fit
 an away game  a football match played in the opposing teams stadium
a home game a football match played in the teams own stadium
to keep fit to stay in good physically condition
to be out of condition to not be physically fit
a season ticket a ticket that gives you entry to most of a team’s home games during the sporting year.
a sports centre a public building where people can do various sports
sports facilities the equipment and services needed to do a sport
strenuous exercise exercise that needs a lot of physical effort

Part 1 Questions

Here are possible questions that might come up during the test. Go over them with your tutor.

Topic

  • Do you like to watch sports on TV?
  • Do you play any sports?
  • Do you have a favorite sports star?
  • What’s the most popular sports in your country?
  • What kind of sports would you like to try in the future?
  • Have you ever tried any dangerous sports?

Part 2&3 Questions

Here are possible questions that might come up during the test. Go over them with your tutor.

Sample A

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe a sport you would like to learn. You should say:
    • what the sport is
    • when you want to learn it
    • how you would learn it
    • and why you want to learn it

Part 3 Questions

  • Should people be encouraged more to take up sport?
  • Why do some people enjoy participating in sport more than others?

Sample B

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe a place that you visit to keep fit. You should say:
    • What is it
    • When do you go there
    • What do you do there
    • and say why do you like it

Part 3 Questions

  • Which sports do you think are best for people who aren’t used to physical activity?
  • What could the government do to make people more active?

Sample C

Part 2 Questions

  • Talk about a sport or exercise that you do. You should say:
    • Why you do that sport or exercise
    • How it compares to other sports or exercises
    • How popular it is in your country
    • And say which kinds of people you would recommend that sport or exercise to
      and why

Part 3 Questions

  •  How much emphasis should sports be given in schools?
  • Should schools move towards boys and girls doing the same sports?

Sample Answers

Here are some sample answers. Go over them with your tutor.

Part 1 Questions

  • Do you like to watch sports on TV?
    • Yes, I’m really into watching sports on TV because it entertains me a lot. Besides, I like seeing other people do the things that I can’t do and wish I could do.
  • Do you play any sports?
    • Yes, I sometimes play football in the morning with my friends in the garden during the weekends to get some exercises.
  • Do you have a favorite sports star?
    • My favorite sports star is a footballer called Messi who is a forward for Barcelona. He has the perfect blend of speed, strength, skill and toughness. He is also an icon in the modern football game.
  • What’s the most popular sports in your country?
    • I guess the most popular spectator sport in China is basketball. Many young people in China play basketball but mainly boys play it. Basketball courts are easy to find and it doesn’t require any specific facilities or expensive equipment other than a basket and a ball.
  • What kind of sports would you like to try in the future?
    • Well, I guess what I’ll try in the future is tennis because it can help me build strength and can improve my flexibility and balance. Besides, tennis is a social activity too; it’s a sport I can enjoy with friends if I play regularly.
  • Have you ever tried any dangerous sports?
    • Oh, no, though my life is quite a bit boring, I’m too scared to do any extreme sports because I don’t think I have enough guts to put myself in these difficult situations.

Part 2&3 Answers

Here are some sample answers. Go over them with your tutor.

Sample A

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe a place you like going to in your leisure time. You should say:
    • what this place is
    • when you go there
    • what you do there
    • and say why you enjoy it there so much.

I’d like to talk about my local sports centre … it’s a place I spend a lot of time in  … it’s a new building with all the latest sports facilities … I probably go there at least twice a week … sometimes more often … it’s a huge place … there’s an outdoor athletics track and some football pitches … I play football so I’m often out there … there are several indoor squash and tennis courts that I use occasionally … a big swimming pool … although I don’t use that very often … I’m not a very strong swimmer … there’s a gym … lots of things really … why do I enjoy going there … it’s just a really fun place to be … there’s a good social side to it all … you can enter competitions … meet up with other people who want to do the same sports … and because there are so many activities on offer it gets you interested in different things … for example I was listening to some people talking about training to run the marathon and I’ve decided I might even think about that … I go jogging a couple of times a week so it would give me something to aim for … so yes … the sports centre … that’s the place I really like to visit …


Part 3 Questions

  • Should people be encouraged more to take up sport?
    • I think young people should be given the chance to discover which sport they might like … watching sport is sometimes a good way to get people started … not on TV but actually getting out … take athletics for example … they could go to an athletics meeting … there are so many different sports on show one might interest them …
  • Why do some people enjoy participating in sport more than others?
    • That’s a good question … I suppose some people are more concerned about their health … they can’t stand the thought of being out of condition … other people might be driven to excel … they want to set records or get personal bests …

Sample B

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe a place that you visit to keep fit. You should say:
    • What is it
    • When do you go there
    • What do you do there
    • and say why do you like it

I would like to talk about my local gym that I visit three times a week… It’s a new sports centre with the latest fitness equipment… It has everything you would ever need to keep fit: treadmills, various dumbbells and exercisers for different muscle groups. Moreover, it offers a wide range of different classes for every taste… I developed my own strength-building strategy, so usually I start with a short warm-up when I jog on the treadmill for a few minutes to sweat… Then, I go to the weights sections and start doing lifting exercises… Finally, I end my workout with stretching… I try not to miss my trainings, because they help me to relax and forget about the daily routine.


Part 3 Questions

  • Which sports do you think are best for people who aren’t used to physical activity?
    • Well … I think people like this should avoid strenuous exercise so things like circuit training are definitely out of the question … maybe just doing a brisk walk every day … or swimming is always a good way to get started …
  • What could the government do to make people more active?
    • That’s a tough question. It’s very difficult to change people’s behaviors. For example, if I like reading at home more than playing soccer or doing any other sports, I don’t know what it will take to change my behavior. I guess getting people interested in various kinds of sports is a start. Perhaps the government can subsidize sports game tickets and promote them.

Sample C

Part 2 Questions

  • Talk about a sport or exercise that you do. You should say:
    • Why you do that sport or exercise
    • How it compares to other sports or exercises
    • How popular it is in your country
    • And say which kinds of people you would recommend that sport or exercise to
      and why

 

I like going to dance classes more than just running on a treadmill. I like it because it’s a group activity and I have my buddy or friends to help me stay motivated and not miss my classes. My favorite kind of dance is salsa, and my dance partner is so good and he always inspires me. I think salsa is relatively new sports, even among dance sports. None of my friends know how to dance salsa, but I think the population who enjoys salsa is growing very fast. I would love to recommend it to my friends and family. I think it will be so much fun if all of my close friends could all do it together!


Part 3 Questions

  • How much emphasis should sports be given in schools?

    • I think sports should be emphasized more in schools. Most students don’t get to exercise because they are always studying for various tests, and I think in the long term it does more harm than good to students.
  • Should schools move towards boys and girls doing the same sports?
    • Well… I think boys and girls should be doing the same sports. Girls can play soccer and boys can do ballet, but we were just not educated that way. I think sports should be enjoyed by everyone equally.

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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