IELTS Topic: Books

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

bedtime reading (n) something to read in bed before you go to sleep
a classic (n) of the highest quality
an e-book (n) a digital book
couldn’t put it down (idiom) wasn’t able to stop reading a book
to flick through (v) to look quickly through a book
hardback (n) a book with a rigid cover (see ‘paperback’ below)
a historical novel (n) a story set in the past
a page turner (n) a book that you want to keep reading
paperback (n) a book with a flexible cover (see ‘hardback’ above)
o read something from cover to cover (idiom) to read a book from the first page to the last

Part 1 Questions

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

Topic

  • Do you like reading books? Why or why not?
  • What (kinds of) books do you like to read?
  • Did you read much when you were a child?

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 favourite book in your childhood. You should say:
    • What is it
    • Who is the writer of the book
    • What was the story of the book
    • and explain why it is your favorite book from childhood.

Part 3 Questions

  • Let’s consider first of all why people write books. What do you think makes people want to write a book?
  • What qualities does a writer need?

Sample B

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe a book that had a major influence on you. You should say:
    • what the name of the book is & who the author is
    • how you first heard of the book
    • what the main story of the book is
    • and explain why it played such an important role in your life.

Part 3 Questions

  • Is reading as pleasurable in digital format?
  • Do you think bookshops will survive the digital revolution?

Sample C

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe a book that you enjoyed reading. You should say:
    • When you first read it
    • What it was about
    • Why you enjoyed
    • And say whether this book is popular in your country.

Part 3 Questions

  • Do you think it’s a good idea to teach children to read when they are very young?
  • How do you think reading habits will change in the future?

Sample Answers

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

Part 1 Questions

  • Do you like reading books? Why or why not?

    • Yes, I am really into reading because I believe that reading can be both entertaining and educational. Reading broadens my knowledge by opening up the whole world to me. While I’m reading, I can be visiting another country of a different time period, or traveling trough space. I can find out how people solved problems or think up new ideas.
  • What (kinds of) books do you like to read?
    • Oh it’s a tough question, or it should be more of what books I don’t read. I have a really open mind towards books and what genre they are. Classic literature, novels, autobiography, historical story–whatever I love reading them all.
  • Did you read much when you were a child?
    • Yes, I remember when I was a kid I’d like to take some historical books from my father’s bookshelf, and read the historical stories, which were really entertaining and educational for me. As a result, I’m very familiar with our ancient Chinese history.

Part 2&3 Answers

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

Sample A

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe a favourite book in your childhood. You should say:
    • What is it
    • Who is the writer of the book
    • What was the story of the book
    • and explain why it is your favorite book from childhood.

‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ which is also known as ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’, was one of my most favourite books in my childhood. I was so touched by this books and enjoyed it so much that I read it 2-3 times. This book was published from a diary written by a young girl named Anne Frank. My father gave this book as my 11th birthday gift and I read it when I was 11 years old. I have even read it when I grew up and was a student of the college. To my surprise, the book was as appealing and touchy as I found it in my childhood.

The book was adapted from the diary Anne Frank, who was a teenage girl around 13 years old at the time of writing her diary. She originally wrote in Dutch language and later this book was translated into more than 60 languages worldwide. She wrote the diary when she and her family were in hiding for two years during the Nazi occupation of the Netherland during the Second World War.

Anne got a diary as a birthday gift when she turned to 13 and she began to write in it from 14th June 1942. At that time, the Nazi invaded the Netherland and they were in hiding into a sealed-off upper room of Anne’s father’s office building in Amsterdam. They remain hiding there for two years and Anne wrote the events of the people living there, her personal thoughts and what happened that time.

She has a good relationship with her father and a poor relationship with her mother. She admired her sister’s talent and intelligence and calm nature. She was initially irritated about Peter, a boy of her own age and later on they two became very close. Thus a little girl wrote about the relationship, people’s mentality, perceptions of human, little joys and sadness of life and revealed the suffering of the people due to the war.

Anne dies when she became 15 years old after they were betrayed and found by the Nazi. Sadly she dies only 2 weeks before the British troops liberated the prisoners from the concentration camp. After her death, the diary was bit censored and was published with her father’s permission who was the only survivor from the Nazi camp.

The suffering of the people during the war, the feelings and thoughts of a young girl, her complaints and happiness, her perception of life were so brilliant that it touched my heart. I could not leave the book until I finished it and I was deeply touched to read the thoughts of a young and brilliant girl who was killed at her 15.


Part 3 Questions

  • Let’s consider first of all why people write books. What do you think makes people want to write a book?
    • To my way of thinking, there are various reasons why people decide to write a book. Some people have an important story to tell and that’s why they write their own autobiography. For instance, I recently read Richard Branson’s and it was fascinating. Writers of fiction, on the other hand, may just enjoy writing. Look at Stephen King, he’s written countless books and shows no sign of stopping. People like him seem to have a real passion for writing.
  • What qualities does a writer need?
    • Well, being a professional writer is a tough job and the whole creative process of planning, writing and redrafting a book can take years. So, I guess that dedication and self-discipline are prerequisites for any aspiring or established writing. I also believe that being able to connect with readers is essential.

Sample B

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe a book that had a major influence on you. You should say:
    • what the name of the book is & who the author is
    • how you first heard of the book
    • what the main story of the book is
    • and explain why it played such an important role in your life.

Whenever I get time, I try to read books and the ranges vary from profession related books, technical, religious, fiction, classic and contemporary books. The book I would like to describe is a novel called ‘Kane and Abel’ and is written by the famous British writer Jeffrey Archer. Sometimes I read book reviews on the internet and after reading 2/3 books by Jeffrey archer, I tried to get the list of all books by Jeffrey Archer. I found that most of the Jeffrey Archer fans have recommended the book ‘Kane & Abel’. Some people even commented that this is the best book ever written by the same author. I made my mind at this very moment to read this book. After one month or so, I bought the book from a bookstore and started reading it.

The book was first published in 1979 in the United Kingdom and in the USA in 1980. The book was the international success and reached No. 1 position on the New York Times best-selling book list. The storyline started with the birth of two infants named Kane and Abel in the year 1906. One of them was born to a life of prosperity and ease in the USA in a rich family while the other one to a world of hardship and struggle. On different sides of the Globes, they grew up: one shaped by a luxurious upbringing, fine schooling and history he read, the other one who lost his mother at the time of his birth and did not know who his father was, well tempered by war, slavery and history he was part of. The story telling of Jeffrey Archer is magical and enchanting. Most of his story simply mesmerises the readers and for Kane and Abel the attraction worked even more. Every page I turned tempted me to read further. Not for a single moment, I could have stopped thinking about the events and characters of the books and that had a major influence on me. The characters have their own charismatic powers and followed their own paths. One is gold, meritorious while the other one is steel and have forfeited the Dead himself. On their journey in life, they confront each other and became the ultimate adversary of each other. In their relentless battle, both men knew that there could be only one victor- and one vanquished.

Across three generations and around a rapidly changing world, their war rages unchecked, for the love of a dream, the loss of an empire, and the lure of a fortune. Kane became the owner of the largest bank in the USA while Abel came to the USA as a penniless emigrant after the World War I. With intelligence Kane started flourishing the banking business, while Abel made his fortune at last in Hotel business. The first time they confronted each other as a bank owner and a debtor. Though Kane wanted to help Abel regain his business by financing further, but could not do so because of the bank’s board members’ decision. After that, Abel considered Kane as his greatest enemy and sought to destroy Kane. As time passed both had to fight their own fates but the vendetta remained in their hearts. When both men finally grew older, their son and daughter fell in love and got married. They never agreed on the marriage because of their personal hatred of each other. Abel succeeded to buy the bank stocks of Kane’s Bank to hold the power to veto Kane. At the end of the story both confronted each other for the second and last time. After that Kane died and after his death, Abel learned that it was Kane who backed him financially to start his hotel business. The story was told like a magician and is a powerful portrait of a world and two men that a reader would never forget.


Part 3 Questions

  • Is reading as pleasurable in digital format?
    • Personally I prefer reading a paperback or hardback … especially if I’m reading a classic which I don’t think feels right as an e-book … but I can see it can be good for others … my grandmother has an e-reader and she loves the way you can enlarge the text …
  • Do you think bookshops will survive the digital revolution?
    • I think so … at least I hope so … I love flicking through books in a bookshop … online shopping is useful … finding out on Amazon if a book you want has got a good review … maybe getting one that is difficult to find … but I still love the experience of being in a bookshop …

Sample C

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe a book that you enjoyed reading. You should say:
    • When you first read it
    • What it was about
    • Why you enjoyed
    • And say whether this book is popular in your country.

Although reading books is not my cup of tea, there is a book that I consider priceless in my life. That is “Twenty Forver”, a gift given to me by my father on my 18th birthday. It was written by a young student at University of Hanoi, Nguyen Van Thac who gave up his studying to join the army against US-backed South Vietnamese forces. The diary is about what he saw, what he felt on the way being moved to the South battlefield as well as in the fierce combats.
I still remember the time when I read the very first pages of the book. I was so fascinated by his sophisticated and polished writing style. Not to mention the vivid images about the daily life of young soldiers devoting their youth for national liberation.
futhermore, what I’m quite into this book is its truthfulness. you know, since it’s a diary, there is neither plot nor creation. Everything is real and seen under the , the optimistic vision of the student-aged soldier.
Um, in Vietnam, “Twenty Forever” has been so popular, so well-known that it became a bestseller in Vietnam and was adapted into a film in 2009, if my memory serves me right. This diary is a valuable source to stir the patriotism among the young generation.


Part 3 Questions

  • Do you think it’s a good idea to teach children to read when they are very young?

    • In my experience, I think teaching children that reading is fun–and not boring–from when they are young is very important. My grandmother used to say one’s education is finished by third grade–meaning once a kid knows how to enjoy reading and finding out information through text, they will learn on their own.
  • How do you think reading habits will change in the future?
    • Well.. the change has already begun, I think. We are consuming so much information on computers and phones, and we are no longer reading every details of a story but scheming through and moving onto the next topic. Maybe in the future, we don’t even need to read anymore; the information is fed into your brain directly!

Wrap-up

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IELTS Topic: Advertisement

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

advertising agency (n) a company that creates adverts for other companies
brand awareness (n) how well people know a particular brand
call to action (n) something that encourages someone to take a particular action, such as making a purchase or clicking a link on a website
celebrity endorsement (n) to have a well-known person promote a product
commercial break (n) the short period during TV programmes when advertisements are shown
to go viral (v) to quickly become extremely popular on the Internet through social medi
mass media (n) large media outlets like TV, newspapers and magazines
to place an advert (v) to put an advert somewhere
prime time (n) the time during the viewing schedule when most people watch TV or listen to a broadcast
target audience (n) the people a company want to sell their product or service to

Part 1 Questions

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

Topic

  • Are there any TV channels in your country that don’t have adverts?
  • Do you enjoy watching adverts on TV?
  • What are the best ways for ordinary people to advertise something they want to sell in your country?

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 an advert you once saw that was very effective. You should say:
    • where this advert appeared
    • when you saw it
    • what it was advertising
    • and say why you thought it was so effective.

Part 3 Questions

  • What is it that makes an advert effective?
  • What kinds of media are available for advertising in your country?

Sample B

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe an advertisement that made you want to buy a product . You should say:
    • Where you saw the advertisement
    • What was the product?
    • What was the advertisement about?
    • Why did it make you want to buy that product?

Part 3 Questions

  • Are there any other traditional kinds of media for advertising other than TV and the Internet?
  • What things do advertising companies do that might give it a bad name?

Sample C

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe an unforgettable advertisement that you saw or heard . You should say:
    • What the product was
    • What the advertisement was about
    • Who was in the advertisement
    • Why it was unforgettable.

Part 3 Questions

  • In general, what are the pros and cons of advertising?
  • Do you think there’s too much advertising in our daily lives?

Sample Answers

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

Part 1 Questions

  • Are there any TV channels in your country that don’t have adverts?

    • No … they’re all commercial channels and show adverts all day long … too many really … and there’s also a lot of product placement going on … especially in soap operas where they place an item just behind the actors.
  • Do you enjoy watching adverts on TV?
    • No … not really … I hate commercial breaks during a film … it really spoils the flow … and during prime time viewing they seem to squeeze even more ads in than usual … celebrity endorsements also get on my nerves … everyone knows they’re only doing it because they’re getting paid.
  • What are the best ways for ordinary people to advertise something they want to sell in your country?
    • The simplest way is to place an advert in something like the classified ads section of a local paper … or there’s the Internet of course … there are lots of sites like eBay where you can buy and sell things online.

Part 2&3 Answers

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

Sample A

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe an advert you once saw that was very effective. You should say:
    • where this advert appeared
    • when you saw it
    • what it was advertising
    • and say why you thought it was so effective.

OK … well this was about 4 years ago … I was looking for some software to create videos … one day I got an email from a mailing list I’d signed up to … there was a link in it to a press release … a company had written something about a new product that was similar to what I was looking for … at the end of the press release there was a link to the sales page … I hadn’t heard of the company but I was interested and clicked the link to the ad …. what caught my attention immediately were the number of testimonials from people who had bought the software … I think testimonials are like the online equivalent of word of mouth advertising and are really persuasive … anyway … when I got to the bottom of the page there was a great big call to action button inviting me to buy … I was totally persuaded and ended up making a purchase … what made it so effective I think was the power of those testimonials … they’d been written by people very much like me … they’d had a need and the software had obviously turned out to be just what they were looking for … when you think that this was a newish company they wouldn’t have had any brand awareness at all … they probably wouldn’t have had much of a budget for advertising … obviously you wouldn’t advertise a product like this through the mass media on TV … they probably didn’t even have an advertising agency to support them …and yet they’d managed to create a great deal of brand loyalty from previous customers … I think that was really effective.


Part 3 Questions

  • What is it that makes an advert effective?

    • Well … when a company launches a product they have to consider the Internet … especially how it can be used to spread the word on social media … so in this context a video that goes viral is probably the most effective type of advert you could make.
  • What kinds of media are available for advertising in your country?
    • To name a few, I think TV, radio, and social media are some advertising channels that are big in my country. Although people are watching less TV than before, commercials with celebrity endorsement always has somewhat big impact on products’ or companies’ brand awareness. Also, recently I’ve been seeing a lot of online ad placements on social media such as Facebook.

Sample B

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe an advertisement that made you want to buy a product. You should say:
    • Where you saw the advertisement
    • What was the product?
    • What was the advertisement about?
    • Why did it make you want to buy that product?

There are several advertisements that we see on the TV daily and some of them are very boring and others are average while some are very interesting and creative. One such advertisement that I really liked was regarding the unmatched contributions of mothers for their kids which I saw a few months back. The advertisement was broadcasted for the ‘Mother’s Day’ and it was not for any product. The ministry of child & mother care of health department was the sponsor of this ad and I saw it 3-4 days before the last ‘Mother’s Day’.

This ad was a very creative one and it was not like the most other ads that publicise or advertise their products. Rather it was an advertisement dedicated to the mothers and it reminded us that the toughest job in the world is the job done by mothers. They take care of their kids with the utmost care and dedication. They sacrifice their own wished and will to properly bring up the kids.

I saw this ad in the (…say a channel name..) UR TV channel. This was a creative ad that effectively delivered the message it intended to. It has shown some successful person in the history at the end and before that it showed how mothers are taking care and inspiring their kids to do good things and in the end, it shows the tribute to the mothers of the world for their valuable and second to none contribution.


Part 3 Questions

  • Are there any other traditional kinds of media for advertising other than TV and the Internet?

    • I’d imagine the main advantage is you can reach your target audience much more effectively … if you bring out a niche product for example … or you have a tight advertising budget … you can advertise on particular sites that the people you want to reach visit … that’s not something you can do on TV.
  • What things do advertising companies do that might give it a bad name?
    • For me the most irritating is cold calling … we must get two or three of these every day at work … then there’s junk mail that gets posted through the letterbox … and of course the online equivalent of this … spam emails … I think it’s this kind of advertising that tends to annoy people.

Sample C

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe an unforgettable advertisement that you saw or heard. You should say:
    • What the product was
    • What the advertisement was about
    • Who was in the advertisement
    • Why it was unforgettable

I’m going to talk about an advertisement for Coca-Cola, which is one of the biggest brands in the world. I’ve seen Coke advertised everywhere, on posters and TV commercials. The advert shows a picture of Santa Claus smiling and holding a bottle of Coke. I think the aim is to target children and associate (link/connect) the brand with Christmas time. The advert is interesting because the company is deliberately trying to influence and attract children. The marketers are trying to capture young customers. They are presenting the drink as something special, a gift for Christmas. However, Coca-Cola is not necessarily a healthy drink for children; it contains a lot of sugar. Maybe this kind of advertising manipulates children and encourages them to pester their parents.


Part 3 Questions

  • In general, what are the pros and cons of advertising?

    • Well, looking at the advantages, I’d say that the main one is that it can help increase the awareness of a product or service, and in a lot of cases, you can reach a very wide target market through advertising, for example with TV and Internet ads.

      And as for the drawbacks, well I suppose the most obvious one is the cost, because as I’m sure you know, advertising isn’t cheap, and you have to pay for it up front, before you can start enjoying the benefits. So in other words, there’s quite a big element of risk to it, because you know, you could end up losing quite a lot of money if your advertising campaign isn’t successful.

  • Do you think there’s too much advertising in our daily lives?
    • Yeah, I’d say there is, because it seems that wherever we look nowadays, there’s something being advertised. You know, it’s almost impossible going anywhere without seeing an advert of some sort. So it kind of feels like we’re being constantly bombarded with information, left, right and centre! And for the most part, people don’t have the slightest desire to see any of it. So yeah, I think there’s way too much advertising at the moment!

Wrap-up

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IELTS Topic: TV

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

Couch potato (n) a person who spends little or no time exercising and a great deal of time watching television.
Genre (n) a category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter.
Commercials/Informercials (n) Radio and Television. a paid advertisement or promotional announcement.
Network (n) a company or organization that provides programs to be broadcast over these stations:
Prime time (n) Prime time or peak time is the block of broadcast programming taking place during the middle of the evening for television programming.
Dub (v) to add (music, speech, etc.) to a film or tape recording (often followed by in).
Subtitle (n) words that appear on the screen during a movie, video, or television show and that are translations of what the actors are saying — usually plural
Feature film (n) a film  with a running time long enough to be considered the principal or sole film to fill a program.
To be in the limelight (idiom) to receive attention and interest from the public
To steal the show (idiom) attract the most attention and praise.

Part 1 Questions

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

Topic

  • Do you often watch TV?
  • What sorts of things do you watch on TV?
  • What is your favourite TV program?
  • Do you ever watch foreign programs or films?
  • What did you watch on TV when you were a child?

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 piece of (electrical or electronic) equipment in your home. You should say:
    • What it is
    • How often you use it
    • Who you usually use it with
    • And explain why this item is important to you

Part 3 Questions

  • How popular is watching television in your country?
  • Tell me about the types of programme that are generally on television in your country.

Sample B

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe a piece of modern technology you own. You should say:
    • What it is
    • What you use it for
    • How long you have owned it
    • And explain why it is important for you

Part 3 Questions

  • Why do people like watching television?
  • Do you think state or private television is better?

Sample C

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe the most useful household appliance that you have. You should say:
    • What it is
    • How it works
    • How life would be without it
    • and explain why it is so important to you to you.

Part 3 Questions

  • What effects can watching television have on children?
  • Do you think children should watch TV?

Sample Answers

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

Part 1 Questions

  • Do you like watching TV?
    • I don’t get time really to watch TV and I don’t like the fact that you have no choice about what to watch, so no I would say I don’t really like watching normal TV, I much prefer streaming something on my iPad and watching it when I like.
  • How often do you watch TV?
    • I’d say maybe only a few times a month when there is a good football match on. I prefer watching football on TV with other people around because it’s a great atmosphere, but if it’s a normal TV show I will just watch it alone at home on my tablet.
  • What kind of TV programs do you like to watch?
    • I like dramas and thrillers. I don’t really like anything that is not set in the real world, so I’m not a big fan of sci-fi or fantasy, although I have been getting in to the latest season of Game of Thrones. I also really like to watch documentaries about military history, especially anything to do with the Second World War.

Part 2&3 Answers

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Sample A

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe a piece of electronic equipment that you find useful. You should say:
    • what it is
    • how you learned to use it
    • how long you have had it
    • and explain why you find this piece of electronic equipment useful.

Science has made human life comfortable. With the advancement of age, we have started reaping the benefits of the past inventions and discovered technology, and marching towards an advanced and digitized world. Thereby, we are surrounded by electronic equipment almost everywhere regardless of home or working stations.

I have a desktop computer at my home with the latest configuration. It is the most important and valuable thing for me when I am at home. It helps me in different ways. When I get back home from work, I play songs on the computer. Sometimes I and my wife watch thrilling movies too on the computer. It has become an essential part of my life. I also use the electronic equipment for many other purposes and use the sophisticated applications made for various purposes. Mostly I play different video games on the computer during my holidays and y wife uses it for editing photographs. It is truly useful equipment for me and my family.

But learning to run the applications were not so easy for me as it is today. Now I can perform some extraordinary tasks with the computer. I can edit photos using photo editing software, write anything on the word writing applications like Ms Word, make presentations for my office using PowerPoint, analyze numerous data using data analysis software and more others tasks. I took admission at a training school where I mastered the skills. Now I am also able to edit photos or create images and give them shapes after needs with the editing applications. All I learnt from the training school and took a six-month training there. In the beginning, I made silly mistakes to run the applications but now I am highly skilled in running those and even I do not need to check the keyboard if I am pressing the right key.

I had to buy the computer for my wife in 2014 as she is a wildlife photographer, captures still picture of the animals and needs to edit those before submitting to different agencies. Although she has a small laptop, she is uncomfortable to work with the equipment and thus I had to buy the computer. The computer owns a higher configuration and allows running almost all the heavy, available and complicated applications. It works at an unimaginable speed. Moreover, after having the computer, I have learnt its use which I was ignorant before. By the span of a year, I have turned into an expert.

The computer is greatly helpful for me and my wife as well. Both of us use the electronic equipment to meet our daily needs. Most of the time of the day, my wife uses the machine to edit her captured wildlife images from different parts of the earth. Besides, I make logical and beautiful presentations to be presented before my office while taking any important decisions. Thereby, I am highly beneficial by the applications. Sometimes I am assigned from the office to design some logos or banners over specific events to be printed, I make them at home which has a great role in my career development. Moreover, this is the age of communication and I browse social networking websites using the computer to reach my other family members or friends. I prefer computer rather than cellular phones to browse the internet. The large screen is really enjoying.


Part 3 Questions

  • How popular is watching television in your country?
    • That’s an interesting question. I would say there are many popular tv programs, but people just don’t watch it on television. At least the young generation either watch the TV shows on their mobile phones or they use streaming services like Netflix. So I think TV programs are still high in demand, but people are watching them on different devices other than television.
  • Tell me about the types of programme that are generally on television in your country.
    • In my opinion, there are three types of programmes on television. The first one is drama. There are many popular shows that became so famous that we began to export the contents to other countries. The second one is funny shows. They may include the typical talk show or comedy skits, like SNL, but I think there are a lot more different types of comedy shows in my country. Sometime people on the show play games, or sometimes they compete in a music competition. The last but not least would the serious kind, like news or documentaries.

Sample B

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe a piece of modern technology you own. You should say:
    • What it is
    • What you use it for
    • How long you have owned it
    • And explain why it is important for you.

I have several pieces of modern technology and electronic gadgets that I often use and among them I would like to talk about the laptop I have. This is a laptop computer which is manufactured by HP. This laptop has a good configuration and it supports most of the latest software. It came with the Windows 8 operating system and it was bit expensive for me to buy. I bought it a few months ago when I replaced my old Dell laptop with this new one.

I use it for my official purposes as well as personal purposes. I use the internet, communicate with my friends using this laptop. I sometimes prepare some documents, surf internet and play games in it as well. This laptop serves my entertainment also. I watch movies, listen to music and play games in it. In fact, I use this laptop more frequently than any other electronic device I have except the cell phone.

I own laptop for more than 10 years but I bought this current one 3-4 months ago. Since the technology changes and to use the latest software and to get faster performance, we need to upgrade our computers and laptops, I replaced my old laptop with this new one.

As I have already mentioned, I use this laptop to use the internet, play games, create documents, contact my friends, maintain my blogs, watch movies, listen to music and for many other important purposes. This laptop has become an unavoidable technology for me that I use almost every day.


Part 3 Questions

  • Why do people like watching television?

    • That’s a tough question to ask. I think people watch TV to decompress and unwind from the stressful day. Also it is a way to have different kinds of experience through screen– like traveling to Italy or be friends with Joey and Chandler– that people cannot have in their daily lives. I personally watch TV to learn about American cultures by watching American TV shows or drama, in hopes that I can make many international friends in the future.
  • Do you think state or private television is better?
    • Well… When it comes to the quality of the shows, I don’t think there is a big difference in quality– at least in my country. However, when it comes to news I think it is better that the media company stays neutral to political issues. For example, a private broadcasting companies was able to cover a huge political scandal when government-owned broadcasting companies were not willing to investigate. I think it is very important for broadcasting companies to stay objective.

Sample C

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe the most useful household appliance that you have. You should say:
    • What it is
    • How it works
    • How life would be without it
    • and explain why it is so important to you to you.

Lots of household appliances are really useful to have, but today I’m going to tell you about the most useful appliance I have in my home. I’ll tell you what it is, how it works, and how life would be without it, and why it is so important to me.

I didn’t have to think very long about which appliance to choose to talk about for this topic, for me it is easy. I picked the item I just could not live without.  What is it? It’s a kettle. How it works? Well, I fill it with water from my tap – and I’m lucky, where I live in Yorkshire we have lovely soft water that boils quickly and tastes great – then I simply replace the kettle on its base, flick a switch and wait for the kettle to boil. There is an element within the kettle that gets hot from the electricity, and that’s what heats the water, I don’t really know how to explain it any more fully… We have a saying in our country ‘a watched kettle never boils’ I think that’s true! The more you impatiently watch a kettle waiting for it to come to the boil the longer it seems to take.

The principle of a kettle is very simple, and it’s something that is easy to take for granted, but life without a kettle for me is unthinkable. I can think of three main reasons and all are important to me!

Firstly, I have to start my day with a cup of strong tea, I can’t do anything or speak to anyone until I’ve had that first cuppa of the day. I like Yorkshire tea, made in a pot and served with unsweetened soya milk which I always put in first. I like the pot to stand for a bit before I pour, and the tea has to be made with water that has literally just boiled or it really doesn’t taste the same. I also ideally like to have my tea in my favourite mug – never a cup.  So without a kettle, I just couldn’t face my day!

The second reason is because in my country, if anyone ever visits your house, whether that is a friend or a tradesperson come to do a job for you, the first thing you do to be polite and welcoming is offer a drink of either tea or coffee.  Without a kettle to hand that little ritual would be impossible, it would feel so wrong.

Thirdly, and possibly most importantly of all, there is nothing as bonding as sitting down with a hot cup of tea with a friend and talking to put the world to rights. Biscuits welcome too, but tea will suffice. It is my firm belief that no problem is so great it cannot be resolved with – or at least diminished by — a shared pot of tea. If you think I am placing too much importance on a kettle you are wrong! I don’t have to imagine life without a kettle, as unfortunately, I have experienced it. One day I went to put my kettle on and it immediately fused, it wouldn’t work!  Even though it was early in the morning it was unthinkable to go to my job without having had my cup of tea first. Before I did anything else, I hauled some trousers and a top on over my pyjamas and headed to a 24 hour supermarket so I could buy a cheap kettle, return home and have my cup of tea as usual before my shower and dressing for work. That might sound extreme, but for me, it was the only sensible practical option. When we have an occasional power cut in the UK, it’s horrendous. I can manage without electric light or hot water, but no kettle? That’s really challenging!

A kettle is a much overlooked household appliance, but in my experience, it is the most important one. Tea starts the day, shows hospitality, and I my culture is the one sure fire way to make everything better. A sit-down and a cup of tea (or coffee) with a close friend is one of the best stress busters in the world, and without a kettle, it would be much much harder to deliver on demand!


Part 3 Questions

  • What effects can watching television have on children?
    • To begin with, if a child watches television from very young age, they will end up with a bad eye sight. I used to watch television all day when I was a kid, and that’s why I have to wear glasses. On the other hand, children who watches too much TV means they are not playing with friends, which means they will not learn how to make friends until they go to school.
  • Do you think children should watch TV?
    • I think TV for children is like candies. Children love watching children’s TV programme as much as they like candies. I think it is important for them to know that they can watch TV for an hour or so, but they can’t binge watch TV because it is fun. I think it is very important to teach them how to control oneself.

Wrap-up

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

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IELTS Topic: Music

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

a catchy tune a song that is easy to remember and makes you want to sing it
to download tracks to obtain music from the Internet
to go on tour to go on a planned series of performances around a region or country
a huge following a large number of fans
to be/sing out of tune to not be in harmony/to sing the wrong notes
a piece of music an item of music
to read music to understand and follow written musical notes
a sing-song to sing informally, often with other people
taste in music the music someone likes
to take up a musical instrument to begin learning a musical instrument

Part 1 Questions

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

Topic

  • Which types of music do you like? Why?
  • Do you play any instruments?
  • Have you got any hobbies or interests?

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 concert that you went to . You should say:
    • when it was
    • where it was
    • who you went with
    • and what you enjoyed the most about it

Part 3 Questions

  • Do you think there will be further changes in the music industry in the future?
  • Should music be treated as seriously as subjects like maths or sciences at school?

Sample B

Part 2 Questions

  • Talk about a song that reminds you of a particular time in the past. You should say:
    • what the song is
    • who the singer is
    • what it reminds you of
    • and explain how you feel when you listen to the song.

Part 3 Questions

  • Do you think the music young people listen to in your country is becoming more globalized? Why/Why not?
  • Is the Internet a good or bad thing for the music industry?

Sample C

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe your favorite musician. You should say:
    • who he/ she is
    • when you found out about him/ her
    • what type of music he/she sings
    • and why you like this person

Part 3 Questions

  • Do you think that the language of the song matters? Why do you think that?
  • Why do you think that some local singers or musicians aren’t as successful as some from other countries?

Sample Answers

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

Part 1 Questions

  • Which types of music do you like? Why?

    • I’m a big fan of classical music … it doesn’t make me very popular with my children … their taste in music is completely different … they always want to listen to their favourite rock bands …
  • Do you play any instruments?
    • No I don’t … I’ve always wished I’d taken up a musical instrument … I’d love to be able to play the guitar … but I think I’m a bit tone deaf so perhaps I’d find it hard …
  • Have you got any hobbies or interests?
    • I’m really into live music … I go to a lot of music festivals … I think a live performance always sounds more exciting than a recorded version … as long as the performers can sing and play well of course …

Part 2&3 Answers

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

Sample A

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe a concert that you went to. You should say:
    • when it was
    • where it was
    • who you went with
    • and what you enjoyed the most about it

 

I went to see Big Bang’s concert last year. If you don’t know this group, Big Bang is a famous K-pop group that has many good musics and amazing performance. To be honest, the first time I listened to their music, I didn’t really like it. It was in a language that I didn’t understand, and for me understanding lyrics is the most important thing. However, my perception has completely changed when I saw their performance on the TV. I thought the dance moves were completely in sync with the music, and the beat felt completely different from what I had previously heard. After that, I have been following the group, watching more concert recordings and listening to their music online.

My sister knew I was a big fan, so last summer when Big Bang was on a world tour, she told me she got two tickets for us. On the day of the concert, we were the first ones to wait in line, and I think this is why the concert was so much more fun. I mean, I really like the music but the concert was hundred time more fun because I was excited with my best friend in the whole world and share this amazing memory.


Part 3 Questions

  • Do you think there will be further changes in the music industry in the future?
    • Yes, I think piracy, file sharing and streaming will have a detrimental effect on the industry. In addition, technology has now replaced a lot of the talent which was associated with creating music. Most pop songs today are created by a computer program which creates a song in such a manner that it is instantly likeable and memorable, like following a recipe with all the right ingredients. Then a singer is chosen to sing it and this is the reason why so many pop songs sound almost identical. It’s a formula, not a creative process and that’s kind of sad. But some things will never change. There will always be an increasing fixation on the private lives of musicians, especially the younger ones with paparazzi hounding them and their love lives splashed across the front pages of tabloids.
  • Should music be treated as seriously as subjects like maths or sciences at school?
    • I think it should … I don’t think it should be taught in a boring way … I mean making children read music … but I do think they should be encouraged to play instruments and to play things by ear perhaps … to keep the lessons fun …

Sample B

Part 2 Questions

  • Talk about a song that reminds you of a particular time in the past. You should say:
    • what the song is
    • who the singer is
    • what it reminds you of
    • and explain how you feel when you listen to the song.Question. You should say:

Okay, so a song that I have listened to over the past few decades is Mama Mia by Abba, a Swedish rock band from way back. It has to be one of my favorite songs of all time … great beat and very uplifting. This is what I call feel good music. I remember the first time I heard it, I was on holiday, on an island, with my family and it was playing on the beach, through some old fashioned speakers hooked up to a wooden pole. I was mesmerized by the sound and the feeling it gave me. At the time I was looking lying on the beach, building a sandcastle, loving the feel of the sun on my back and the sea at my feet, with clear blue skies above and angel fish darting around my ankles …. and suddenly this song blasted through the silence! It was loud and catchy and vibrant and the locals who walk along the beach selling sarongs and stuff started dancing to it. I recall dropping my bucket and spade and joining them. Interestingly, I was at the train station in Milan recently when I heard the song again … I soon realized that the musical, a live rendition, was being staged that very week. I immediately booked my tickets and spent an amazing Saturday night singing Mama Mia along with some very enthusiastic Italian fans. It is a very powerful piece that takes me back to a different time, a different world – it’s a really powerful piece of music. I still listen to it regularly and every time that I do, I am back in time, to Mauritius, to the beach, dancing with locals … a simpler time … a thrilling time, an enchanting world.


Part 3 Questions

  • Do you think the music young people listen to in your country is becoming more globalized? Why/Why not?
    • Definitely, thanks to the internet, Twitter, You Tube, more and more young people are sharing the same culture across the world. Nowadays, you can be living anywhere and listening to the same songs and music, watching the same TV series and movies as another person on the other side of the planet. In the 70s, 80s and 90s, that wasn’t really possible; culture, and music was much more localized, but technology now allows the same culture to be shared across the globe. I think that this is the aim of the big labels like Sony, to distribute their products on a global scale, in a global market, through the creation of global culture – it’s better business for them and it’s all about the bottom line, isn’t it?
  • Is the Internet a good or bad thing for the music industry?
    • On the one hand it’s good for marketing new musical talent or particular bands but it’s so easy to share and download tracks for free I think it is costing the industry a lot of money …

Sample C

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe your favorite musician. You should say:
    • who he/ she is
    • when you found out about him/ her
    • what type of music he/she sings
    • and why you like this person

Well, I am actually going to talk about a singer, creator, songwriter and dancer who is no longer with us … the larger than life Michael Jackson who passed away a few years ago. Though he was a tormented soul with many issues, he was, in my opinion, a creative genius. I remember when I first heard his music … I think that I was in high school and his smash hit Thriller had just been released. It was mind blowing … a break through … the first time that a full length video accompanied a song. Michael started singing at the age of five which means that he had a very long career, an impressive body of work, even though he had a short, chaotic life. He started out as a clean cut guy but that changed. Despite all the allegations and rumors, I consider him to be one in a million. I’d like to add that I went to his concert sometime in the nineties. The tickets cost an arm and a leg but it was worth every penny, an unforgettable night, a once in a lifetime experience. I was left in awe. He was inventive and kept the audience on their toes … So yes, I am an adoring fan of the King of Pop 🙂 Talking about him really brings back memories., especially the Grammys when he won all those awards! Multi platinum albums … If he hadn’t died so young, who knows what else he would have accomplished?


Part 3 Questions

  • Do you think that the language of the song matters? Why do you think that?
    • Yes, maybe it shouldn’t but it does seem to matter in terms of the amount of commercial success that the artist enjoys. For example, take Shakira, who was tremendously popular in her own country and the rest of Latin America, but became even more famous and sold more songs when she began to sing in English. She appealed to more people than when she used to sing in Spanish only. The English speaking market for songs is the biggest globally so it makes sense that if you want to sell as many songs as possible worldwide – you sing in English.
  • Why do you think that some local singers or musicians aren’t as successful as some from other countries?
    • Well, there might be several reasons, for example, not all singers or musicians are interested in creating commercial music and that’s the main kind that the music industry promotes because there’s a lot of money involved. Then there’s the issue of language, English is the main language of the most successful and most promoted popular music and English speaking countries such as the USA and the UK in particular have a long history of creating and exporting music all over the world and the music industry has grown up based on this. So although there may be some local singers and musicians who are excellent musically and extremely popular in their own country – they never become famous worldwide either because their music doesn’t have a universal appeal or their songs are not in English.

Wrap-up

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

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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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IELTS Topic: Family

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

Nuclear family (n) – a family consisting of the parents and their children
Extended family (n) – a family unit that includes grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles, and cousins in addition to parents and children
Single parent (n) – someone who has a child or children but no husband, wife, or partner who lives with them
Sibling (n) – a brother or sister
Relative (n) – a member of your family
Grow up (phrasal verb) – to go from being a child to an adult
Divorce (n or v) – a legal process to end a marriage
Childcare (n) – the care of children by a day-care center, babysitter, or other providers while parents are working
Your own flesh and blood (idiom) – a member of your family
It runs in the family (idiom) – an ability that is passed on through the generations

Part 1 Questions

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

Family

  • How many people are there in your family?
  • What do you like to do together?
  • Who is your favorite family member?

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 happy childhood memory. You should say:
    • when it happened
    • who was with you
    • how you felt at the time
    • and why you remember this specific time.

Part 3 Questions

  • What do role models provide children?
  • How does TV influence children in a bad way?

Sample B

Part 2 Questions

  • Talk about a family member you admire the most. You should say:
    • who it is
    • what is their relationship to you
    • what qualities he/she has
    • and why you admire him/her so much.

Part 3 Questions

  • Why is family important to you?
  • Why do family members argue sometimes?

Sample C

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe a family vacation you went on. You should say:
    • where you went
    • which family members went with you
    • what you did together while on vacation
    • and how you felt about the time together

Part 3 Questions

  • Why is it important to spend time with family?
  • Is it important to spend some time apart from family?

Sample Answers

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

Part 1 Questions

  • How many people are there in your family?
    • Besides my mom and dad, I have three siblings to include two brothers and one sister. I have to say, I’m the third child to be born to some awesome parents.
  • What do you like to do together?
    • Since we are all adults and don’t live together, we spend very little time together. However, when we reunite it’s normally for a holiday such as Thanksgiving or Christmas.
  • Who is your favorite family member?
    • When it comes to family I don’t have a favorite, because all of my family members are equally as important, especially my nuclear family.

Part 2&3 Answers

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

Sample A

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe a happy childhood memory. You should say:
    • when it happened
    • who was with you
    • how you felt at the time
    • and why you remember this specific time.

I have so many joyful memories of me growing up, but sometimes I can’t think of them? Hmmm, let me see? This is not exactly a happy memory, but it ended up in a happy way.

I remember when I was starting 9th grade in high school. It was my first year, so I was the new kid on the block along with the rest of my classmates. My older brother and sister were upperclassmen, therefore I was not nervous or intimidated by the older students. Boy, was I wrong!

My older brother’s classmates, especially the women, knew I was the younger brother. On the first day of school, they made it a point to embarrass me by teasing me in front of my fellow classmates, but also my brother. They blew kisses at me and called me little Johnny until I was red in the face with embarrassment. I ended up running into the bathroom to get away from it all. I stayed in the bathroom until I heard the bell for classes to begin.

I remember, ummm, peeking out the door to make sure none of my brother’s friends were around. After seeing that the coast was clear, I made a mad dash for my class. I made it just in time, but as I entered the class, I saw all my classmates laughing at me. They were calling me little Johnny also!

Looking back on this memory, I would have to say it was probably one of the most embarrassing times in my life. However, it was all in fun and I gained the nickname, Johnny. To this day, my family and good friends call me Johnny.


Part 3 Questions

  • How do role models influence children?
    • This is a good question, and it’s important that every child has good role models while growing up. These people set good examples for children to learn by. Some of these people turn out to be mentors like parents, relatives, or even teachers. A good role model teaches right from wrong, provides support, and encourages success. Unfortunately, there are some bad role models in life, who teach children bad habits like smoking and drinking.
  • How does TV influence children in a bad way?
    • Not all TV programs affect kids in a negative way, although I would have to say lots of them are not suitable for children. It seems to me that the content on TV has changed over the years and keeps getting worse. This alone shows kids that maybe violence, profanity, and killing is acceptable in society.

Sample B

Part 2 Questions

  • Talk about a family member you admire the most. You should say:
    • who it is
    • what is their relationship to you
    • what qualities he/she has
    • and why you admire him/her so much.

I like this question because it’s easy to answer. It’s most definitely my grandfather, even though he’s been dead for almost 30 years.

When I was a teenager he was my hero and I looked up to him in many ways. I’m sure he was an idol to many of my other relatives and extended family.

You can say some of the things he accomplished or did in his life, runs in the family. Umm, take me for example. I followed in his footsteps and played football in high school and served in the U.S. Army.

He was a compassionate and warm-hearted person who always took the time to listen and offer his sound advice. Two of my most unforgettable memories of him were, umm, the loan he gave me to buy my first TV and watching our favorite sports teams on TV, umm, in the evenings after dinner. Oh, I can’t forget to mention all the times he took me fishing.

He was liked by everyone and, he had tons of friends. I can still remember the day we put him to rest. Oh man, was that day hard on us. There must have been approximately 100 people in attendance at his funeral to include his nuclear and extended family and his loyal friends. To say goodbye to your own flesh and blood who you admired so much was one of the most difficult days in my life.


Part 3 Questions

  • Why is family important to you?
    • If you asked me this question when I was younger, my answer would have been different. These days, I absolutely think family is of the utmost importance. They are the backbone of my life, and the main reason is that I’m divorced and, umm, a single parent. They support my daughter and me through thick and thin. Without them, I would struggle to raise my one and only child.
  • Why do family members argue sometimes?
    • I never really thought about this before, but I can think of a few reasons why I argue with my family. Let’s take my daughter as an example. She’s only 10 years old, and she thinks everything should be her way. We end up arguing over stupid things such as the clothes she is wearing to school. Basically, It boils down to families are humans and arguments will happen on occasion.

Sample C

Part 2 Questions

  • Describe a family vacation you went on. You should say:
    • where you went
    • which family members went with you
    • what you did together while on vacation
    • and how you felt about the time together.

This is an interesting question since I just went on a family vacation all but 2 weeks ago. So, I’m going to talk about my recent getaway with my wife.

The hardest part about going on this two-week vacation was trying to find childcare, umm, for our two children. Eventually, my parents, who are retired, decided to look after them. Thank god for your own flesh and blood!

My wife and I went to the tropical islands of Hawaii for a romantic vacation, which was long overdue. We had a fabulous time despite the fact the airlines lost our suitcases. Luckily, we didn’t let it spoil our fun.

The beach resort we stayed at has a breathtaking view of a volcano in the horizon. The only thing I didn’t like about it was that there were too many other people on the beach. There was no privacy. I wasn’t expecting a private beach to ourselves. What I meant was, I was expecting at least some space between us and the couples besides us. It was like we were sitting on top of each other.

All in all, I wouldn’t trade the time away with my wife for anything. I’m happy that my siblings recommended the resort to us.


Part 3 Questions

  • Why is it important to spend time with family?
    • Time spent with your loved ones is high on my priority list. I for one cherish the quality time with not only my nuclear family but also my extended family and good friends. I don’t know what I would do without them. As the saying goes, you never know what you have until, umm, it’s gone.
  • Is it important to spend some time apart from family?
    • Absolutely, I think people should spend some alone time, umm, or time with friends separate from other family members on occasion. It doesn’t mean you don’t want to be with them or don’t love them. It just means absence makes the heart grow fonder. For instance, I’m not with my family now and, I can’t wait to see them later today.

Wrap-up

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

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