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Most Frequently Asked IELTS Speaking Questions in 2010 The Standard Introduction Questions Good morning/afternoon. My name’s … What can I call you? Can you tell me where you’re from? Can I see your identification, please?

Can you tell me your full name, please?

Part One Your Work 1. What job (or, what work) do you do? 2. Why did you choose to do that job (or, that kind of work)? 3. Is that a popular choice of career in your country? 4. What skills do you need for that job? 5. What do you do (in a typical day) at work? 6. (Similar to above) What are the main tasks that you do at work? 7. (Similar to above) What are your (main) responsibilities at work? 8. How did you get that job? 9. Was it easy to get that job? 10. Is it easy (for other people in your country) to find work doing your job? 11. (Similar to above) In your country, is it easy for people to find a job? 12. Where do people get information about jobs, from newspaper or from TV? 13. Are there other ways for people to get information about jobs? 14. What's your job like? 15. Do you like (or, enjoy) your job (or, your work)? 16. (Similar to above) How do you like your current job? 17. (Similar to above) Is your job (or, your work) very important to you? 18. What do you like about your work? 19. Do you think it's very important for people to do a job that they like (or, a job that they are interested in)? 20. Would you say it's a good job? 21. What's the best thing about your job? 22. Is your work very easy to do? 23. Do you plan to continue in this same job (or, kind of work) in the future? 24. Would you like to change your job? 25. What other job do you think you would enjoy, apart from your present job? 26. (Similar to above) If you had a choice, what would be your ideal job? 27. (Similar to above) If you had change your career, what other job would you choose? 28. What are your plans for the future? 29. (Similar to above) What are your work plans for the future? 30. What job (or, work) would you like to do (in the future)? 31. Why are you taking the IELTS test? 32. Do you remember your first day at work? 33. What did you do on your first day at work?

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Did you like your first day at work? (Similar to above) How did you feel on your first day at work? Do you think the first day at work is important? (Similar to above) Do you think a person's first impressions of a new job are important?

Your Studies 1. What subject(s) are you studying? 2. Why did you choose to study that subject? 3. (For high school) Why did you choose those subjects? 4. Is that a popular subject (to study) in your country? 5. Do you think it's popular because people want to gain knowledge or is there some other reason? 6. Have you always wanted to study _____ (your subject)? 7. What are the most popular subjects (= university degree courses = majors) in China? 8. Did your family help you choose that course? 9. (Similar to above) Did your family have any influence on your choice of subject? 10. (Similar to above) How do your parents feel about your choice of subject? 11. (Similar to above) Did your parents agree with your choice of subject? 12. (Similar to above) Do your family support your choice of subject? 13. What school (or university) do you go to? 14. Why did you choose that university (or, school)? 15. Do you have any recreational or entertainment activities at your school/university? (Past tense if not at school or university right now) 16. How do you like your subject? 17. (Similar to above) Do you like your subject? (= your major = your subjects if a high school student) (Why?/Why not?) 18. What do you like about your subject? 19. (Similar to above) What part of your subject do you like the most? 20. Do you think it's important to choose a subject you like? (Why?) 21. (For university students) What are your favorite classes/courses/subjects at university? 22. (For high school students) What's your favorite subject at school? 23. Is your subject interesting? (Why?/Why not?) 24. Do you think it's important to choose a subject you are interested in? (Why?) 25. (What's the most interesting part of your subject? 26. (Similar to above) What's the most interesting part of your studies? 27. (Similar to above) For you, what's the most interesting part (or subject or class) of your course? 28. (For high school) What's the most interesting of your subjects at school? 29. What are your future work plans? (after you graduate) 30. (Similar to above) What do you plan (or, do you want) to do after you finish your course? 31. (Similar to above) What work would you like to do after you finish your studies? 32. Do you think what you are studying now will be very useful (or, relevant or, important) for this type of work? 33. How will you (or, how do you plan to) get the job you want?

34. Do you think it will be easy to find that kind of work? 35. (Similar to above) Do you think it will be easy to find that kind of work (without help)? 36. (Similar to above) Do you think it will be easy to find work (or, find a job) after you graduate? 37. (Similar to above) Is it easy to find a job with this major? 38. Why are you taking the IELTS test? 39. What country do you plan to go to for further study? (Why?) 40. What do you plan to study at university? 41. Did you like your first day at university? 42. (Similar to above) Did you have a good first day at university? 43. (Similar to above) How did you feel on your first day at university/high school? 44. Do you think the first day at university is important? 45. How important do you think it is for people to have an enjoyable first day at university (or, school)? 46. (Similar to above) Do you think a person's first impressions of a new school or university is important? Your Hometown 1. Where do you come from? 2. (Similar to above) Where is your hometown? 3. Where do you live at the moment? 4. How long have you been living there/here? 5. Do your parents also live there? 6. (Similar to above) Does your whole family live there? 7. Did your family ever move away from the place you were born? (Why?/Why not?) 8. (Similar to above) Has your family always lived in that city/town? 9. What tourist attractions are there in your hometown? 10. Would a foreign visitor enjoy them? 11. (Similar to above) What parts of your hometown would you recommend (or, suggest) a visitor go and see? 12. (Similar to above) What tourist attractions would you recommend to visitors who come to your hometown? 13. Is your hometown famous for anything? 14. (If you answer no) How could it become famous? 15. Do you know much about the history of your hometown? 16. Did you learn (or, have you learned) much about the history of your hometown in school? 17. (Possible question) How has your hometown changed, compared to historical times? 18. (Possible question) In what ways has your hometown changed in the past few years? 19. What do you think needs to change in your hometown? 20. What form of transport do you prefer to use in your hometown? 21. What do people in your hometown do in their free time? 22. (Similar to above) What do you do in your hometown in your leisure time? 23. What place(s) in your hometown do you go to in your spare time? (Why? Include what you do there.)

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Why did you choose to live here/there? (If not living in your hometown) Do you like _____? (The place you are living in now / your hometown) (Why?/Why not?) (Similar to above) Do you like living here/there? Would you say it's a good place to grow up (in)? What do you like (most or, best) about (living in) your hometown (or, about living where you are living now)? What do you think needs to be done to make your hometown a better place to live in? (Similar to above) How do you think your hometown could be improved? (Similar to above) Is there anything in your hometown that needs to be improved? Do you plan to live there/here for a long time? What (other) place would you like to live in (in the future)?

Daily Routine 1. What do you do mainly do with your time? 2. (Similar to above) What do you do in your daily life? 3. What is the best part of the day for you? (Why?) 4. (Similar to above) What time of the day do you like best? 5. (Similar to above) What part (or time) of the day do you feel most active (or, feel your best)? (Why?) 6. When do you do most of your study? 7. How do you think your daily routine could be improved? 8. (Similar to above) Would you like to change your daily routine (in any way)? 9. (Similar to above) Is there anything you would you like to change about your daily routine? Food 1. What foods do you usually eat? 2. Did you like to eat the same food when you were a child? 3. (Similar to above) What food did you like to eat when you were a child? 4. Do you still like that food now? 5. (Similar to above) Would you want your children to eat the same food now? 6. (Similar to above) If your children asked for that food now, would you make it for them? 7. If you had children, what foods would you recommend they eat? 8. (Similar to above) In the future, if you have children, what food will you recommend they eat? 9. Do you think it's good to (often or sometimes) take children to restaurants? 10. How has food in your country changed since you were a child? Sport 1. Are you interested in sport? 2. (Similar to above) Do you like sport? 3. What sports do you like? (Why?) 4. (Similar to above) What sports do you usually do? 5. Do most people in your country like sport? 6. (Similar to above) What sports do people in your country like to play?

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Do men and women feel the same about sport? (Possibly the question above is) Do men and women do the same sports? What benefits do you think sport can bring us? Do (did) you often play sport at school? (What sport?) (Past tense if you have finished school.) What sports did you play when you were a child? What are the benefits of doing sport? What are the differences when boys and girls do sports? Do you think we should encourage children to do sport in school? (Similar to above) Do you think it's important for children to do sports? Will you let your children do sport? (Similar to above) Would you let your children do sport? (Similar to above) Would you encourage your children to do sport?

Leisure Time 1. How much free time (or time to relax) do you have (per week)? 2. How do you relax? 3. What do you do in your spare time (= free time)? 4. What do you do on weekends? 5. (In the evenings), do you prefer to relax at home and watch TV or go out with your friends? 6. (Similar to above) Would you prefer to relax at home and watch TV or go out with your friends? 7. (Similar to above) Would you prefer to relax at home and watch TV or go shopping? 8. Do you think it's important to (have time to) relax? 9. Do men and women relax ( = spend their free time) in the same way? 10. What do you usually do with your family? 11. Do you think modern people like to do things with others, in a group? 12. Do you often do things in a group? 13. Do you prefer to do things in a family group or in a group of friends? 14. How did you spend your last holidays (vacation)? Mobile Phones 1. Do you have a mobile phone (= "a cell phone")? 2. (Similar to above) Do you use a cell phone? 3. Is your cell phone important for you in your daily life? 4. What do you use it for? 5. How often do you use it? 6. When did you get it? 7. (Similar to above) When did you get your first mobile phone? 8. How did you get your first mobile phone? 9. How did you feel when you got your first mobile phone? 10. What feature (or, function) of your cell phone do you like the best? 11. Is there anything you dislike about using cell phones?

Colors 1. What's your favorite color? (Why?) 2. Do you usually (or, often) wear clothes in your favorite color? 3. Are there any colors that have a special meaning in your country? 4. What color would you choose to paint the walls of your room? (Don't use, "will".) 5. Do you think different types of people like different colors? Animals 1. What's your favorite animal? (Why?) 2. Are people in your country fond of animals? 3. (Similar to above) Do many people in your country keep animals at home (or, keep a pet)? 4. Do you think cities are suitable places for keeping a pet? 5. Do children like animals? 6. (Similar to above) What animals do children like? 7. What was your favorite animal when you were a child? 8. Did you have any pets when you were a child? 9. (Similar to above) Have you ever raised (or, had) a pet? 10. What do you think are the benefits of a child having a pet? 11. (Possibly the question above is this) What benefits did you get from having a pet? 12. If you have children in the future, will you allow them to raise a pet? 13. (Similar to above, but different!) If you were a parent, would you let your children raise a pet? Sounds and Noise 1. Do you prefer a quiet environment or an environment with some sounds? 2. (Similar to above) Do you prefer a quiet environment or a noisy environment? 3. (Similar to above) Do you prefer to study (or work ) in a quiet environment or an environment with some noise (or, sounds)? 4. (Possibly the question above is this) Would you prefer to study (or work ) in a quiet environment or an environment with some noise (or, sounds)? 5. Does your school have any quiet places for studying? 6. What natural sound do you like (the most)? (Why?) 7. What sounds do you dislike? (Why?) 8. (Possibly the question above is worded this way:) Are there any sounds that you dislike? (Why?) 9. What sounds remind you of your childhood? Collecting 1. Did you collect anything (such as stamps or CD's) when you were a child? 2. Do you still collect them now? 3. Do you collect anything as a hobby now? 4. Why do you like collecting things? 5. Do people in your country like to collect things? 6. Why do you think people like collecting things? 7. What are some examples of things that some people collect (as a hobby)?

8. Do you think you will collect anything in the future? 9. If you had a lot of money, what would you like to collect? 10. (Similar to above) If you had a lot of money, what would you collect? Language 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. What foreign languages have you studied (or, learned)? (Similar to above) How many languages can you speak? Why did you choose to study that language? How did you learn that language? (Similar to above) How did you learn (to speak) English? How long have you been learning that language (or, learning English)? Would you say it's a difficult language to learn? (Why?) (Similar to above) Compared to other languages, would you say English is difficult? (Why?/Why not?) (Similar to above) Is that language hard for you? Do people in your country have many chances to practice oral English? Do you think it's important to know more than one language? If you had the chance, would you be willing to learn another language? (Similar to above) What other language would you like to learn, (if you had the opportunity)? (Why?)

Weather and Seasons 1. What's the weather (usually) like in your hometown? 2. (Similar to above) What has the weather in your hometown been like recently? 3. Do you like that weather (or, that kind of climate)? (Why?/Why not?) 4. Have there been any changes in the weather over the past few years? 5. What's your favorite season? (Why?) 6. (Similar to above, but different) What's your favorite weather? (Why?) 7. What do you usually do during your favorite weather (or season)? 8. Is there any season you dislike? (Why?) 9. Would you prefer to have (or live in a place that has) the same climate all year, or a place that has different seasons? 10. When is (what season has) the best weather in China (or, in your hometown)? 11. How often is the weather good in your hometown? 12. What did you do the last time the weather was good? 13. (Similar to above) What do you usually do when the weather is fine? 14. Do you (or, do people in China or, in your hometown) do the same thing in different seasons? 15. Do you pay attention to (or, watch/listen to) the weather forecasts? 16. Does the weather ever affect what you do? 17. (Similar to above) Does the weather ever affect you? (If yes, how?) 18. (Similar to above) Does the weather affect your life? 19. (Similar to above) How does bad weather affect your mood? 20. (Similar to above) How does bad weather affect people's mood?

21. How do you feel when the weather is cloudy? Films 1. Do you like to watch films? 2. How often do you watch a film? 3. What types of films do you like? 4. Are there any types of films that you dislike? 5. What kinds of films did you like to watch when you were a child? 6. Where do you prefer to watch films? 7. Do you like to watch films in a cinema? (Why?/Why not?) 8. Do you prefer to watch films at home or in a cinema? (Why?) Clothes and Fashion 1. Do you like shopping for clothes? 2. (Similar to above) Is shopping for clothes important to you? 3. Where do you buy your clothes? 4. Where do you think you can buy the most fashionable clothes? 5. Where do you usually buy your clothes? 6. When was the last time you went shopping for clothes? 7. Do you think men and women think the same about clothes? 8. Do you like to try on clothes before you buy them? (Why?/Why not?) 9. For you, is the color of the clothes very important when you are shopping for clothes? 10. What kinds of (or, style of) clothes do people in your country like to wear? 11. What kinds of (or, style of) clothes do you usually wear (or, buy)? 12. (Similar to above) What kinds of (or, style of) clothes do you like? 13. Do you wear the same clothes both at work and after work? 14. Do you wear the same kinds of clothes in winter and summer? 15. (Possible question) Do you think you will change the style of clothes you wear in the future? 16. Are you very interested in fashion (or, clothes fashions)? 17. (Similar to above) What do you think of (or, about) fashion? 18. (Similar to above) What do you think about fashion nowadays in your country? 19. Are people's ideas about fashion (or, ideas about what is 'fashionable') today the same as people's ideas in previous years? 20. What types of clothes are in fashion now? 21. Are the clothes that people in your country wear today the same as people's clothes in previous years? 22. Do many people (in your country) follow fashion? 23. What are the benefits of following fashion? 24. Do you think your tastes in fashion will be the same when you are old? 25. (Similar to above) Do you think fashion trends will be the same when you are old(er)? Shopping 1. Do you like (going) shopping? (Why?/Why not?) 2. How often do you go shopping?

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When do you think is the best time to go shopping? Which day of the week do you usually go (or, do you like to go) shopping? What do you usually buy when you go shopping? When was the last time you went shopping? (Include what you bought.) What did you buy? What are some differences between men and women concerning shopping? In what ways do you think people's present and past shopping habits are different? Do you prefer to buy things in small shops or in big shops such as supermarkets and department stores? (Similar to above) Do you enjoy shopping in big shopping malls (big shopping centers)? (Similar to above) What are the pros and cons of buying things in big shops compared to buying things in small shops? What do you buy in big shopping centers? Do you think it's good that there are more and more big shops nowadays? Is there anything you dislike about shopping? Do you like window shopping?

Flying 1. Have you ever traveled by (= flown in a) plane? 2. (Similar to above) Do you often travel by aeroplane? 3. (Similar to above) Do you often travel by air? 4. Do you like it (like flying)? 5. (Similar to above) What do you think about traveling by plane? 6. How does flying compare to other forms of transport? 7. Would you like to travel by plane again? 8. (Similar to above) Do you think you will be using aircraft more in the future? 9. (Possibly not a real question) Do you think aircraft will be used more in the future? 10. If you travel by plane again, where do you think you will go (or, you will be going)? Museum 1. Are there many (or, any) museums in your hometown? 2. (Similar to above) Are there many museums in your country? 3. (Similar to above) Are there any famous museums in your country? 4. Do you think museums are useful for visitors to your hometown/country? 5. Do you often visit a museum? 6. Did you go to any museums when you were a child? 7. When was the last time you visited a museum? 8. Do you think museums are important? 9. Do you think it's suitable for museums to sell things to visitors? 10. (Similar to above) Do you think museums should sell things to visitors? News 1. How do you usually get your news? * 2. Do you prefer to read newspapers or watch TV to get your news? NC

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Holiday 1. What do you usually do when you have holidays? 2. What did you do in your last holidays? 3. Would you like to go to the seaside for a holiday? 4. Why do you think people who don't live near the ocean like going to the seaside for a holiday? 5. Do you think holidays are important? 6. (Similar to above) Do you think it's important (for people) to have holidays? 7. Is there anything you dislike doing during holidays? 8. Do you prefer spending holidays alone or with other people? 9. (Similar to above) Do you prefer to go on holidays alone or with other people? 10. (Similar to above) Would you prefer to spend a holiday alone or with other people? 11. Do you think we have enough holiday time (or should people's holidays be longer)? 12. (Similar to above) Do you think people in China need more holidays (vacation time)? Traveling 1. Do you like travelling? 2. Where do you like to go when you go traveling? 3. (Similar to above) What places have you traveled to? 4. Have you ever traveled for a long time? = Have you (ever) been on any long trips? 5. Do you like long trips? 6. What's the longest journey you've been on? 7. How do you feel when you travel? 8. What form of transport do you prefer to use when you travel? 9. What was the last place you traveled to? 10. Which city (or place) that you have been to did you like the most? (Why?) 11. Have you ever been to any unusual (or, strange) places? 12. Have you ever travelled alone? 13. Where (which country or place) would you like to travel to (in the future)? 14. What makes a place attractive for visitors (or, tourists)? 15. What places in China are (or, would be) attractive for foreigners to travel to? 16. (Similar to above but note the wording) What places in China would you recommend (or suggest) foreigners travel to? 17. Why do you think traveling is so popular nowadays? 18. Do you think finding out about other people's culture is important? (Why?) Cooking 1. Who usually does the cooking in your family (or, in your home)? 2. Do you know how to cook? 3. Would you like to (learn to) cook in the future? (If you say you don't know how to cook.)

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(Similar to above) Do you think you will learn to cook in the future? What (food/dishes) would you like to (learn to) cook in the future? (If you say you don't know how to cook.) Do you like cooking? When did you learn how to cook? (Similar to above) Did you learn how to cook when you were younger (or, when you were a child)? (Similar to above) Did you ever cook (or, make a meal) when you were a child? Who taught you how to cook? When was the last time you did some cooking? Can you see yourself cooking more in the (near) future? Why? (Similar to above) In the future, do you think you will be cooking more than you do now, or less? (Why?)

Dancing 1. Do you like dancing? 2. Have you ever learned to dance? 3. When was the last time you danced? 4. (Similar to above) When was the last time you went dancing? 5. (Similar to above) When was the last time you went to a party where people danced? 6. Do you like to watch dance performances? 7. (Similar to above) How do you feel when you watch dance performances on TV? 8. Why do you think some (or, many) people like dancing? 9. (Similar to above) Why do young people like dancing? Reading 1. Do you like reading books? (Why?/Why not?) 2. What (kinds of ) books do you like to read? 3. Did you read much when you were a child? 4. What (kinds of) books did you like reading when you were a child? 5. (Similar to above) When you were young, what books (or, what kinds of books) made the greatest impression on you? 6. Do (young) children like reading books? 7. For children, what do you think are the benefits of reading? 8. (Possible) What do you think are the benefits of reading to children? (= someone else reading while the child listens) 9. Do you think children should learn to read at an earlier age than they do now? 10. Is reading books important for you now? 11. (Similar to above) Do you read a lot nowadays? 12. Would you like to write a book? 13. Do you like receiving a book as a gift? 14. (Perhaps the above question is this) Would you like to receive a book as a gift? 15. (Perhaps the above question is this) How would you feel if someone gave you a book as a gift?

16. Do you think it's important to have public libraries? 17. Do you think the government has a responsibility to provide public libraries for everyone? Ocean 1. Have you ever been to the seaside? 2. How many times have you been to the seaside? 3. Did you like the ocean it? (or, like he sea; or, like the seaside) 4. What interests you most about the beach? 5. What would you enjoy doing if you were at the seaside? 6. Would you like to live in a house near the ocean? Friendship 1. Do you have many friends? 2. What do you usually do with your friends? 3. Where did you (first) meet your friends? 4. Do you often make new friends? 5. Where do you go to make new friends? 6. How do young people meet others in order to make new friends? 7. (Similar to above) Where do young people go to make new friends? 8. What do they do there? 9. Where do children (i.e., aged 4 to 12) make new friends? 10. Do you ever meet any foreigners where you live? 11. Where can you (go to) speak to foreigners in your country? Emails and Letters 1. Do you write many letters or emails? 2. What are the differences between emails and letters? 3. What do you usually write about? 4. Is it hard to think of what to write? 5. What kind(s) of letter/email do you think is (are) the hardest to write? h 6. What kinds of emails (or letters) do you receive that make you feel excited? Part Two & Part Three Describe an area of your hometown that has recently changed. You should say: what part of your hometown has changed what it used to be like * what changes have been (or, were) made what caused this change and explain how you feel about these changes. 1. In general, what are some of the reasons why changes occur to cities? 2. What effects do (or can) changes to a city have on people's lives? 3. Are these changes always beneficial to everyone? 4. Who benefits most (and who benefits least) from these changes?

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How do young people feel about changes to their hometown? Do you think some people can cope with these changes better than others? (Who? How? Why?) (Similar to above) Does everyone like changes to their hometown? Do young people and old people feel the same about these changes? What are the most important needs of people when they live in a city? The Decision-Making Process Concerning Changes to Cities (and Towns) In your country, who decides what changes are to be made to a city (or town)? Do you think government should consult the views of the people before these changes are carried out? (Similar to above) Do you think government should respect the views of the people when these changes are proposed? How do (or, how could) the government find out the opinions of the public on questions of changes to a city? Should people have the right to ask for changes when they are dissatisfied with something about their city? What effects does a fast-growing population have on a city? (Similar to above) What effects does a fast-growing population in a country have on the cities in that country? (Similar to above) What problems are caused when many people move to the cities (from the countryside) in a short time? What do you suggest could be done about these problems? In some countries, many people are trying to move from the country-side to the cities. How do you think this should be (or could be) managed in order to minimize the bad effects of this on the cities? What are some differences between young people in the past and at present? Among people, what differences in attitudes are there about change? What kinds of people like change and what kinds of people dislike change? When governments make changes to society, who usually benefits the most? Changes in Government Policy In your country, how do changes in government policy come about? ("come about" = "happen" = "occur") Do you think the traditions in your country (or culture) are changing (or, have changed)? Do you think traditions should be preserved, unchanged, or is there some value in changing traditions? What do you think is the value of traditions? Do you think old people think about traditions (or, value traditions) more than young people do? How will you teach your (cultural) traditions to your children? (Similar to above) If you had children, how would you teach them your (cultural) traditions?

Describe a time when you helped someone. You should say: who you helped

how you helped them why you helped them (or, why he or she needed help) and explain how you felt when/after you helped this person. 1. Do you like helping people? 2. Why do you think people generally like to help others? 3. What skills (or, personal traits) does one need when helping an old person or a child? 4. Who would you prefer to help, a child or an elderly person? 5. What are some differences between helping (or, taking care of) children and helping (or taking care of) old people? 6. Can you think of some examples of work that involve helping other people? 7. Why do you think some people want to do "helping" jobs such as nursing? 8. Do you think people should be paid more to do this type of work than they are paid now? 9. Do you think the community, as a whole, has a responsibility to help those in the community who need help? 10. Why do some people choose to do volunteer work? 11. Children Learning to Help Others 12. Do you think (young) children should help each other? 13. Do you think it's natural for (young) children to help each other (or, to help others)? 14. (Similar to above) Do you think people are born with a natural instinct to help each other (or, to help others)? 15. Do you think children should be (or, need to be) taught to (or, encouraged to) help others by their parents? 16. How could this be done? 17. (Similar to above) How do you think parents could teach a child to be less selfish? 18. Do you think it's good for parents to reward their children for good behavior? 19. How do you think the behavior of parents affects the attitudes that children develop concerning helping others? Describe a useful piece of equipment (not a computer) that you use at home. You should say how you got it what you use it for how often you use it and explain why you think this thing is useful. 1. How do you think modern equipment has changed the way we work, (compared to the past)? 2. Do you think equipment at work improves the efficiency of employees? 3. Is it possible that modern equipment in the office could sometimes increase the work we do, instead of decreasing it? 4. Does any modern equipment at work help to improve the work environment? (health) 5. Do you think that operating equipment at work can ever have some bad effects on the body? 6. Do you think it's important for employees (in industry) to be trained to use the equipment at work? 7. What are some of the different examples of modern (electrical) equipment that people use in the home today?

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Which of those do you think is the most important? Are there any of those that you think are not very important? Why do people have these things if they are not really necessary? (Similar to above) What are some examples of modern equipment that you think are necessary for people to have in their homes? What do you think are the benefits of using modern equipment and devices (in the home)? Are there any disadvantages from using modern equipment so much in the home? (Similar to above) What are the advantages and (possible) disadvantages of using advanced technology nowadays? Do you think that the use of so much labor-saving equipment in the home tends to make people lazy? Do you think using modern electrical equipment affects people's health in any way? Do you think that people in some countries rely too much on modern equipment? How do you think the use of modern communication equipment has affected people's interpersonal communication skills? (Similar to above) How do you think the use of modern communication equipment will affect people's interpersonal communication skills? Besides the equipment that you use at home, what other equipment is there in your home? Do you think there are advantages for old people to use electrical equipment in the home? Do elderly people use advanced equipment? (Similar to above) Do elderly people like to buy newer equipment? Do you agree that older people have difficulties in using (advanced) modern equipment? (Similar to above) Do you think elderly people find it easy to use (advanced) modern equipment? How can we help elderly people to use these modern devices?

Describe something new you have learned to do on computers. You should say: what you learned when you learned it how you learned it who helped you and explain how you have benefited from learning this. 1. What effects do you think the introduction of computers has had on the workplace? 2. In what ways are computers useful at work? 3. What do you think of people playing computer game at work? 4. What do you think are the benefits of using computers at home? 5. Do different people all do the same sorts of things on the computer at home? 6. Are there any differences in computer usage between young people and old people? 7. Why don't old people use computers very much? Describe a type of music that is popular in your country. You should say: what type of music it is

where people listen to (or, can hear) it on what occasions people hear this music what types of people usually like this type of music * 1. What is the importance of music in people's lives? 2. Do you think that music adds something to people's lives? 3. What's your favorite style of music? 4. What are the differences between the music old(er) people like and the music young people like? 5. Why do you think older people have different tastes in music to young people? 6. How (or why) do you think people's preferences in music change with age? 7. What do you think are some of the reasons why a particular type of music becomes popular? 8. Why does some music stay popular for a long time while other music stays popular only for a short time? 9. Why do you think traditional music is gradually becoming less popular while modern pop music is becoming more and more popular? 10. Why do you think songs about love and friendship are so popular? 11. In what ways is foreign music (or, Western music) different to music in your country? 12. (Similar to above) In what ways is foreign music (or, Western music) different to traditional music in your country? 13. Do you think traditional music will eventually disappear in your country? 14. How can a person know what music is (of) high quality (and what music isn't (of) very high quality)? 15. How does music affect people's mood? 16. Do you think music can affect people's decisions when they are shopping? 17. Do you think aggressive music has an effect on people? (If yes, what effect?) 18. The Music Industry 19. Do you think music can become commercialized? 20. (Similar to above) Do you think the music industry is a very big industry? 21. Is there a lot of money in the music business? (Why?/How?) 22. Do you think that's good? 23. Is the internet having any effect on the music industry? 24. What do you think of downloading music from the internet free of charge? ... Do you think this will (or could) have an effect on the music industry? 25. What do you suggest the government (or the music industry) could (or, should) do about this problem? 26. Would you like to work in the music industry? 27. Many young people go through a stage when they dream of being a being a pop singer or a musician. Why do you think they have this dream (or, this ambition or, this fantasy)? 28. (Similar to above) Why do many young people feel that it would be good to work in the music industry? 29. Do you think it's reasonable to say that since you love music, you would like to make it your profession? 30. (Possible question) What musical instrument would you like to (learn to) play?

A Friend You Admire Describe a friend who did something you admire. You should say: what he or she did why he or she did this what was the most difficult thing he/she had to do * and explain why you admire him/her. 1. What kinds of people do young people (teenagers or children) admire? 2. (Similar to above) What kinds of people do you most admire? 3. Do young people and older people (all) admire the same kinds of people? 4. What kinds of people are most admired in your country? 5. (Similar to above) Who do people in your country most admire? 6. Are there any people who are admired by almost everyone? 7. Do people admire others who have high social status? (Why?) 8. (Similar to above) Do people admire celebrities and political leaders? (Why?) 9. Why do you think people admire popular celebrities such as pop stars and film stars so much? 10. Do you think celebrities such as pop stars and film stars have a responsibility to give some service to the community? 11. Do you think that celebrities (or, famous people) should set an example for the rest of us? (= Is it a responsibility that accompanies being famous?) 12. Would you say that (would you agree that) the people we admire do, in fact, always set a good example? 13. Do young people (in China) admire their parents? 14. Do you think that people should admire their parents? 15. Do you think that all parents should be admired by their sons and daughters? 16. Do you think everybody has someone who they greatly admire (or, respect; or, look up to)? 17. Do you think it's good for people to idolize others (or, to have heroes)? 18. What are the different factors that determine whether a person will be "successful" in their career (or, in life)? 19. Do you think a person's background (e.g., the social status of one's family) can affect how successful they will be? 20. How important do you think it is to get high grades in school exams? 21. (Similar to above) How important is (academic) education in achieving success today? 22. Do you think the value of (the importance of) education (in achieving success) today is the same as in the past? 23. Why is education today more important than it was in the past? 24. Why is a university degree considered to be so important in China? 25. Do you think this great emphasis on university degrees might change in the future? 26. In what fields of work is education most important in order to be successful? 27. Which do you think is more important, academic education or practical knowledge (about important things)? 28. (Similar to above) Which do you think is more important, academic skills or practical skills? 29. Would you say that children and young people today are under a lot of pressure to do well at

school? 30. Do you think such pressure is good for children and young people? Describe a news story that made you feel happy. You should say: what the news was about (= what happened) where you got this news from what people were involved in this news story and explain why it made you feel happy. 1. In general, are you interested in the news? 2. Do you think it's important to pay attention to the news? 3. What sorts of news stories or what sorts of topics are most common in news reports and in newspapers? 4. Do young people care much about the news? 5. Are young people more interested in the news than older people? 6. What are the main ways that people get their news? 7. (Similar to above) How do people in your country get the news? 8. How do they get news from abroad? 9. How can people be sure that the foreign news they receive is true (or, reliable; or, accurate)? 10. What do you think will be the main ways that people get news in the future? 11. Do you think newspapers will be replaced by the internet in the future? 12. Are children interested in the news? 13. Can you suggest some ways to increase children's interest in the news? 14. Should schools have courses based on studying the news? 15. (Similar to above) Should schools teach children how to read the news? 16. (Similar to above) Would it be a good idea for schools to have courses based on studying the news? Describe a toy that was special to you when you were a child. You should say: when you got it what it looked like where you played with it who gave it to you and explain how you used it (how you played with it). 1. What are the most popular kinds of toys in China? 2. Why do you think children often like certain toys instead of others? 3. Do boys and girls like the same toys? 4. What are some differences between boys' toys and girls' toys? 5. Do you think toys have changed since you were a child? 6. Compared to the past, do you think there have been any changes in what is a "boys' toy" and what is a "girls' toy"? 7. Do you think it's important for boys just to play with "boys' toys" and for girls to just play with "girls' toys"?

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Do you think children have too many toys? Can you suggest how parents could avoid that situation? (i.e., too many toys) Do you think the more expensive toys are always better than cheaper toys? Do you think it's good for kids to play with toys? How do you think toys influence a child's future (or, adult) life? Do you think toys can help children develop their intelligence? What are some examples of toys that can help children develop their creativity (or, imagination)? (similar to above) What types of toys that can help children develop their creativity (or, imagination)? Do you think it's good if parents only buy "educational" toys for their children? Which do you think is better to give a child, a computer or a toy? In what ways are traditional (or, "old-fashioned toys") different to modern electronic toys? What effect do you think electronic toys have on children? Do you think watching TV can take the place of playing with toys? Why do you think some children prefer to watch TV rather than play with toys? What is your opinion about children spending a lot of time in front of the TV? Who do you think is responsible for that, parents or children? Do you think parents should prevent their children from watching too much TV? (How?) How do you think parents could use toys as a means to communicate with their children? What difference is there between games for children in the past, and games for children now? What effects do computer games have on children? Can computer games help a child interact better with other children? Do you think games should be educational? If you had children, would you allow them to play computer games? Do you think that the relationship between children and their parents is suffering these days because of computer games? Why? How could we solve this problem?

Describe a TV or radio presenter who you like. You should say: what kind of program he or she presents what he or she does in this program and explain what you like this person. Describe a TV or radio presenter you know. You should say: what kind of program he or she presents what he or she does in this program and explain what how you feel about this person. 1. Would you like to be a radio or TV host? 2. Do you think many people would like to do that kind of work? Why? 3. What kinds of people want to do that job? 4. What are some differences between a radio presenter and a TV presenter? 5. What skills and qualities does a person need to be a TV or radio presenter?

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How important is the personality of the radio or TV host? What are some differences between a TV or radio host and a TV or radio reporter? What is the effect of technology on broadcasting? (This is referring to the internet and the future amalgamation of TV, radio, cell-phones and the internet.) What kinds of (categories of) people become public figures? What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a public figure? Why do you think some people want to be public figures? In general, what character (or, personality) traits do these people have? Do you think it's suitable for TV or radio hosts to express their personal opinions on current issues (or, on certain news topics)? (Similar to above) Do you think it's suitable for TV news presenters to express their personal opinions on current issues (or, on certain news topics)? Are newspapers neutral in the way they report certain topics? Do you think we need to have news commentators? Do you think a TV or radio presenter can influence people's opinions? What are the differences between a TV news commentator and a news commentator in a newspaper? What qualities does a person need in order to be an effective news commentator? Do you think a news commentator can ever use humor as an effective tool (to influence the audience)? Do you think it's suitable to treat the news as a topic of humor?

Describe a long journey that you have been on. You should say: where you went how you went there who was with you and explain why you made this journey. 1. What are the differences between traveling alone and traveling with a friend? 2. What's the difference between young people and old people when they travel (long distance)? 3. What are the pros and cons (or, the good points and the bad points) of long-distance traveling? 4. Forms of Transportation for Long-Distance Travelling 5. Do you think the way people travel now is different to the way people used to travel in the past? 6. In your country, when people travel long distance, do they prefer to go by public transport or to drive their own car? 7. (Similar to above) Which do you think is better for long trips, going by public transportation or driving your own car? 8. Do people like to drive a car to go for long trips? 9. Do you think you will ever drive a car to go on a (long) trip? 10. (Similar to above, but different) If you had the money, would you buy a car and use it for long trips? 11. Do people use the same means of transport for going to different (kinds of) locations?

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What are the different forms of transport that people use for long journeys? What do you think are the benefits of traveling by plane? How would you compare traveling by plane and traveling by high-speed train? (Similar to above) Would you prefer to take a trip by plane or by high-speed train? Why do some people prefer train travel to traveling by plane? (Similar to above) Why do some people feel uncomfortable when they travel by plane? How could (long distance) transportation be improved? (Similar to above) How could plane travel be improved? What do you think traveling (or, travel) will be like in the future? What do you think of space travel? Where do people from your country like to travel to when they take a holiday trip? Do you think traveling to a place that has many other travelers is worth the trouble? Have you ever traveled overseas? What overseas location would you like to travel to? (Similar to above) If you had the chance to travel overseas, where would you go? What do you think you would lean from that trip? (Similar to above) What can people learn from traveling to another country? Why do you think most people prefer to go to another country (e.g., Thailand) to see the culture rather than see examples of the culture (for example, music, a dance, food) at home (e.g., Beijing)? If you wanted to take a holiday trip to a distant location, how would you choose where to go? When people go (as tourists) to another city, how do they choose (or decide) what hotel to stay in? (Similar to above) If you went to another city, how would you choose what hotel to stay in? Long-Distance Traveling for People of Different Ages What are some differences between (long distance) travel for old(er) people and for young people? What do (you think) children enjoy most when they go on a long trip?

Describe a hobby you had when you were a child. You should say: what it was how you did this activity (Or: What was involved in this hobby) how (and when) you became interested in this hobby (Or: How you started doing this hobby) and explain why you liked doing this 1 Do you think hobbies are important? 2 What hobbies do young people in your country have? 3 What are some popular hobbies in your country? 4 What hobbies for children do you think will be most useful for them when they grow up? 5 (Similar to above) Do you think children can learn any skills from a hobby that will be useful to them when they grow up? 6 In what ways are (young) people's hobbies today different to people's hobbies in the past (about 30 years ago)? 7 (Similar to above) In what ways are children's hobbies today different to children's hobbies in

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the past (about 30 years ago)? (Similar to above, but different!) In what ways are children's hobbies today different to children's hobbies when you were a child? How are the interests of children today different to when you were a child? Compare men's and women's hobbies. Do you think young people today have more free time than young people in the past? Do you think students have more free time than people who work? (Why?) How are the leisure time activities of students different to those of working people? Do you think people will have more free time (for hobbies) in the future? No-one has reported the following questions yet but they are highly likely. What benefits do people get from having hobbies? Can a hobby ever become a "problem"? Do people of different ages have the same hobbies? Compare children's hobbies with adults' hobbies? Compare young people's hobbies with old(er) people's hobbies? What influences (factors) cause people to choose one hobby instead of another? How do you think people's choice of hobbies will (or might) change in the future? If you had the choice of any new hobby, which one would you choose (and why)?

Describe an interesting job you have heard about or read about. You should say: what job it is what people do in that job where you heard or read about it and explain why you think it would be interesting work to do. 1 What are the effects on a person of having a good job? 2 What do you think of the working conditions in your country at the moment? 3 Do you think most people's working conditions in your country today are better than in the past? 4 Do you think working conditions will improve in the future? 5 In what ways do you think working conditions still need to be improved? * 6 What minimum working conditions should all employees be given, by law? 7 Do you think working overtime is good? 8 If a job required frequent overtime or travel, would you take that job? 9 If a job took up a lot of your private time, how would (or, could) you balance your work time and your time with your friends and family? 10 Do you think long working hours can have an effect on the family lives of employees? 11 What effects does (or can ) working overtime have on the lives of employees, especially women? 12 Do you think it's reasonable (or, fair) that people have different salary levels? 13 What are some examples of jobs that you think should be paid at a higher rate than other jobs? 14 Besides a salary, how do you think employers could reward employees for doing a good job? 15 As well as a salary, what other (minimum) benefits do you think all employees should

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receive? Do you think companies should provide rest and recreational facilities for the employees at work? What job do you think is the hardest to become successful in? (Possibly this means "the job with the lowest social status".) How do you think people who do that kind of work should be rewarded? What influences young people to choose a certain career (and not another career)? Do you think young people need guidance in choosing a career? How can young people get help in choosing a career? Do you think it's good for parents to force a young person to choose a career that the parents think is best but the young person doesn't really want to do? Do you know anyone who has made a change of career? (not just a change of jobs) Do you think there are any jobs where people can combine their job and hobby? What does work bring to people's lives? What kind of life do (old) people have after they have retired? What do you think is the best age to retire from work? Do people in your country generally retire at that age? Who should be responsible for the welfare of old people after they retire, the government or their children? (Why?) When people retire, do you think it puts pressure on the nation? Do you think that men and women should get the same pension payments when they retire? What do you think makes a "good employee"? In addition to what the boss tells an employee to do, do you think employees have certain other responsibilities that they should fulfill?

Describe a film you have recently seen. You should say: where you saw it what the film was about who you saw it with what you liked or disliked about this film. and explain why you chose to watch this particular film. 1 What kinds of films are most popular in your country? 2 What kinds of films do young people like to watch? 3 What kinds of films do you prefer to watch? 4 Do you prefer to watch Chinese-made films or foreign films? 5 (For some of these questions, the word "children" or the word, "teenagers" might be used.) 6 What kinds of films do teenagers prefer to watch? 7 What kinds of films do children like to watch? 8 What impact (or, influence) do films have on the people who watch them? What about children - what impact do films have on children? 9 Do you think films that show violence can affect children? 10 Do you think parents should supervise what films their children watch? 11 In what ways can a country's culture be represented in a film?

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To what extent do films influence a country's culture? How could a film enrich (or, strengthen) a country's culture? Do you think films have much influence on young people? Do you ever learn anything from watching a film? Do you think parents should control what films their children watch? Many parents are too busy (for example, with work) to supervise what films their children watch. What do you suggest could be done to control what films their children watch? In your opinion, what is a "good" film (and what is a "bad" film)? In your opinion, what is a "successful" film? In addition to the actors, what factors can make a film successful? Do you think that all films are made just to make money? (Similar to above) There are some good films that do not make much money. Why do you think this happens? There are some poor quality films that make a lot of money. Why do you think this happens? Do you think it's necessary for film-makers to spend a lot of money in order to produce a successful (or, a good) film? How could we judge the success of an "educational film", that is, a film that was not made simply in order to make money? Do you think we will continue to have cinemas in the future? (Similar to above) In the future, do you think that cinemas will be replaced by DVD's (and/or films downloaded off the internet)? What do you think would be the result if everyone watched films on DVD?

Describe a (the) job you want to do in the future. You should say: what the job is what training you will need for this job where you would like to work and explain why you have chosen ( or, chose) to do this job in the future. 1 Is it difficult for people to get a job in China? 2 (Similar to above) Is it very difficult for recent university graduates in your country to find a job? 3 What's the most difficult part about finding a job? 4 How do people find (or, get) a job in your country? 5 Where do people get information about jobs, from newspaper or TV? 6 Are there any other ways to get this information? 7 What do you think is the most important thing (the most important factor) that people should consider when deciding what job to take (= what company to join)? 8 How do employers (companies) find the employees that they need? 9 What factors do employers consider when they choose who to employ? 10 What are the main qualities that employers want (or, require) their employees to have? 11 What are the main abilities (or skills) that people need to have in order to work (as an employee)? 12 Are communication skills very important in careers such as advertising and sales?

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How do schools (in your country) prepare students for working life? What do you think schools should (or, could) do to prepare students for the working life? (This is asking for things that schools don't do now.) After a student finishes high school, which do you think is more important, to go straight to a university, or to get some experience working?

Describe a person you met (or, who you know) who spoke (or, speaks) a foreign language. You should say: where you met this person (or, how you know him/her) what this person is (or, was) like what this person does (work, study etc.) and explain what you learned from this person. 1 Do you like communicating with new people? 2 How do you communicate with them? 3 Where do you think is the best place to communicate with (or, find) new people (to communicate with). 4 Are you planning to go overseas? (Where to? Why?) 5 Why do you think so many people want to (or, choose to) go abroad? 6 Do you think migrating to a different country is good? 7 (Similar to above) Do you think it's beneficial for people to live (to move) overseas? 8 What benefits do people get from going abroad to live? 9 Do you think people have problems with the different culture when they go overseas? 10 (Similar to above) Do you think that, for immigrants to a new country, the new culture overseas can clash with (or, conflict with) the immigrants' native culture? 11 How do immigrants to a new country learn the new language? 12 What are some ways that different two countries could engage in cultural exchange? 13 What changes (or, what benefits) do you think "globalization" has brought to your hometown? Describe a useful practical skill that you learned. You should say: why you learned this skill how (and when) you learned it how difficult it was to learn and explain how this skill is useful to you. 1 What are some differences between the skills people learn today and the skills people learned in the past? 2 Do you think it's better to learn things in "real life" or from textbooks? 3 (Similar to above) Do you think it's better to learn practical skills in "real life" or from textbooks? 4 Children and Skills 5 What skills do you think children should (or, need to) learn? 6 What are the earliest skills that children learn? 7 Do you think children learn skills faster than adults?

Describe a place you have been to that had a lot of noise. You should say: what place it was (or, where it was) why you went there why it had a lot of noise and explain how you felt about this noise. 1 What noises (= sounds) can we hear in a city? 2 (Similar to above) What are the sources of noise? 3 Do you think noise ever has any benefits? 4 Does noise ever cause a problem for you? 5 Do you think noise can be considered to be a form of pollution? 6 What harm can noise do to people's health? 7 How do you suggest this noise could be controlled (or, decreased)? 8 Has your government made any attempts to control noise? 9 (In the future), what do you think the government should do (or, could do) about excessive noise? 10 What sorts of penalties should be imposed on people (or companies) who produce excessive noise? 11 Do you think it's possible to completely eliminate all noise? 12 Do you think the noise that crowds of people make can be a problem? 13 If someone (or some group of people) were making too much noise, what could be done about this problem? 14 Do you think they should be reminded to be a little more quiet? 15 Would you agree to your neighbors having a party on the weekend? 16 What time would you want them to finish the party? Describe something you want to buy (but have to save money to buy it). You should say: what it is how much it costs how you plan to save for it and explain why you want to buy this. 1 Do you think it's easy to save money? 2 Do you think people should have the habit of saving money? 3 What about children? 4 Does your country have a savings scheme (e.g., school banking) so that children can save money? 5 (If you answer no to the question above) Do you think such a scheme would be a good idea? 6 What do you think is a suitable age for children to start learning how to save? 7 Do you think parents should always buy whatever their children want? Describe a new law (or regulation) that you would like to see introduced in your country. You should say:

what the law would be why this law is needed how popular this law would be how this law would be enforced and explain why you would like to have this law in your country. 1 Do you think the police have a difficult job enforcing the law? 2 (Similar to above) Do you think the police have a difficult job to do in your country? 3 In your country, if people need help from the police, do they approach the police on the street or do they go to the police station? 4 Are there any differences between policemen and policewomen? 5 Are there any differences between the kinds of work that male police do and the kinds of work that female police do? 6 Which would you prefer to have contact with, a policeman or a policewoman? 7 Do you think men and women make equally good police officers? 8 Do the police carry guns in your country? 9 Do you think the police should carry guns? 10 (Similar to above) Do you think it is a good idea for the police to carry guns? 11 Have you ever used a lawyer? 12 In what ways do people use a lawyer? (= What do lawyers do?) 13 What are the responsibilities of lawyers? 14 What qualities do you think good lawyers have? 15 Do you think men and women are equally as good as lawyers? Describe a teacher you had when you were a child and who you would like to meet again. You should say: the name of the teacher what he or she taught how often you saw him or her and explain why you would like to see him or her again. 1 Would you say teaching is a good job? 2 Do many young people in your country want to teachers? 3 Would you say that teachers today have less status in society than they used to have? 4 What would cause more people to want to be teachers? 5 Do you think teaching is just a job (or is it more than that)? 6 How do teachers contribute to society? 7 Do you think the government should encourage more (suitable) people to become teachers? 8 How do you think the government could do that? 9 What do you think the government could do to encourage good teachers who have left the profession to return to teaching? 10 What do you think are the most important qualities that a good teacher should have? 11 Do you think a person who is not very "nice" can still be a good teacher? 12 (Similar to above) Do you think it's possible for a person who is not very "nice" to become a good teacher? 13 Do you think a teacher can still be a good teacher if the students are "bad" (= misbehave) in

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class? Do you think that people's ideas about how to evaluate a teacher are different today, compared to the past? Do you think there are any differences between male and female teachers? Do you think it's possible for school students to become friends with (their) teachers? Who do you think has the greater influence on students, teachers or their parents? In what ways do teachers influence students? How do you think teachers can (or could) motivate students to learn?

Describe a place where you sometimes go to eat lunch (or dinner). You should say: where it is what it looks like who you usually eat with what you usually eat and explain why you like to go to this place. 1. Where do most people (go to) eat their lunch? 2. (Similar to above) Where do people go when they eat out? 3. Do people in your country prefer to eat at home or in a restaurant? 4. Do people in your country usually eat lunch at home? 5. Why do people like to eat in restaurants? 6. (Similar to above) What are some reasons why people eat in restaurants? 7. What kinds of restaurants do people most like eating in? 8. What are some of the benefits of eating in restaurants? 9. Do you think restaurant food is always good? 10. Do you think the food in the restaurants is safe? 11. How can a restaurant impress its customers? 12. (Similar to above) How can (or do) restaurants attract (or, keep) customers? 13. Can you think of any examples of restaurants that could be called "special" or unique? 14. What (kind of) food do you like to eat? (Why?) 15. What do you think is "healthy food"? 16. Do you think home-cooked meals are usually healthy food? 17. How do you think school students can maintain a healthy diet? 18. How do you think schools could encourage students to eat healthy food? 19. Do you think advertisements for food (or, for eating places) are useful? 20. Do you think advertising affects what people choose to eat? Describe an important celebration (in your culture). You should say: when this celebration is held who attends this celebration (or, who is involved in this celebration) what people do during this celebration and explain why this celebration is important. Describe an important celebration (in your culture) that you have taken part in. *

You should say: when this celebration was held who attended this celebration (or, who was involved in this celebration) * what people (or, you) did during this celebration and explain why this celebration was (or, is) important. 1. Do you think celebrations are important? 2. How important do you think it is to observe traditional celebrations? 3. How do people in your culture learn about traditional celebrations? 4. Do people all celebrate these traditional celebrations in the same way? 5. (Similar to above) Does everyone do the same things when you have a traditional holiday in your country? 6. Are celebrations today different to the (traditional) celebrations in the past? 7. Do you think that, today, there's too much emphasis on making money from celebrations? 8. How do feel about spending a lot of money for traditional celebrations? 9. What do most people do when they have a national holiday in your country? 10. How much do young people in China know about traditional culture? 11. How do young people in your country learn about traditional culture? 12. Is there much difference between the attitudes of young people and older people concerning traditional culture? 13. Can you suggest how traditional culture could be promoted among young people? 14. Do you think "globalization" will eventually bring all the cultures of the world closer together? 15. Are there any celebrations that are celebrated in both western and Chinese culture? 16. Do you think that traditional celebrations all over the world have certain things in common? Describe a friend you have known for a long time. You should say: how you first met how you keep in contact what kind of person he or she is and explain how your friendship has lasted so long. 1. Do you think having friends is important? 2. What are some differences between friendship in the past and friendship today? 3. Are there any benefits from having long-term friendships? 4. How can people maintain (keep) the friendships they have for a long time? 5. How do people in your country meet (make) new friends? 6. Where do people go to meet new people (make new friends)? 7. What do you think is the most important factor when making new friends? 8. Do you think it's easy for people to make friends with others who are (much) older or younger than themselves? 9. Do you think the way people make new friends today is different to the way people used to make friends in the past? 10. Do you think modern technology influences how people make friends? 11. Do you like making new friends on the internet?

12. What's the difference between making friends on the internet and making friends by face to face contact? 13. Why do you think some people have problems making (new) friends? Describe an important occasion when you were late. You should say: when this happened what occasion you were late for why you were late (Or, how you explained your lateness) and explain the result of your being late. 1. What do you think is the main reason why some people are late for something? 2. Do you think people are often late because of the daily rush hour, when everybody is going to work or school at the same time? 3. Can you suggest any ways to ease the problems caused by of the daily rush hour? 4. Do you think many people tell lies as excuses for being late? 5. And do you think these lies are serious or can they be forgiven? 6. Are there any occasions when it doesn't matter (very much) if you're late? 7. (Similar to above) What are some times when punctuality is very important and some times when it's not so important? 8. In your country, what do people think about the concept of time? ( = being on time, etc.) 9. Do you believe this thinking could be changed? 10. (Similar to above) What would cause people's attitudes towards time to change? 11. Do you think people's concept of punctuality (in your country) has changed in the past generation or two? 12. What caused this change? 13. Why do you think many people feel the "pressure of time" in their lives? (What causes it?) 14. Can you suggest any ways that people could use to relieve this feeling of pressure? Describe a project or some work that you did with others. You should say: what the project or work was. who was with you how easy or difficult it was and explain why you did this with other people. 1. Do you think it's very important for people to co-operate with others (or, with each other)? 2. Is co-operation very important in your culture (your country)? 3. Can you give any examples of how people in your culture co-operation with others? 4. What do you think are the benefits of co-operation? 5. What are some differences between working (or, doing something) alone and working (or, doing something) in a group? 6. Do you think co-operation at school (or university) and at work are the same? 7. How is co-operation in education (at school) important? (Give examples) 8. Do people co-operate with others in the business world? 9. How is co-operation at work (or, in business) important? (Give examples)

10. Do you think children are co-operative by nature or do they need to learn it? 11. How could a parent teach their child to co-operate with others? Describe something you are good at doing. You should say: what it is how often you do it when you learned to do it how you learned to do it (or, who taught you how to do it) and explain how you feel when you do it 1. If a parent wants his/her child to be exceptionally talented in a certain area, how do you suggest they achieve this goal? 2. When children are learning (or studying) something, do you think it's important for them to be interested in what they're learning? 3. How do suggest this interest could be formed in a child? 4. Do you think exceptionally intelligent children have more problems (as a result of their talents) than average children? 5. Do you think they have difficulty making friends? 6. What solutions can you suggest for this problem? 7. Do you think very intelligent children should only spend time with other very intelligent children? 8. Sometimes, there are very intelligent children about the age of 14 or even younger who have already passed all the exams for entering university. Do you think it's a good idea for them to go to university at such a young age? 9. What are some examples of skills that people learn? 10. Compared to a few decades ago, do people in your country now have more opportunities to learn new skills, such as foreign languages? 11. Are there different methods (or ways) of learning new skills? 12. What do you motivates some people to make something great (or, wonderful)? 13. (Similar to above) What do you motivates some people to make something that's really big? Describe an outdoor activity that you like doing (or do regularly). You should say: what this activity is where you do it when you do it (or, how often you do it) and explain why you like it. 1. How do people (in your country) feel about outdoor activities? 2. What are the benefits of doing outdoor activities? 3. Are there any differences between what young people do outdoors and what old (or, older) people do? 4. Who do you think spends more time outdoors, young people or old(er) people? 5. What are some examples of open-air transport that people use in your country? 6. What are some examples of work that people do outdoors?

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Compare the advantages and disadvantages of working indoors and working outdoors? Is there any difference between the city and the countryside in the number of people who work indoors and the number of people who work outdoors?

Describe something naughty you did when you were a child. You should say: what you did when this happened who was with you why you did it and explain what happened after that. 1. What sorts of things do children do that are considered to be "naughty" by their parents? 2. (Similar to above) What are some examples of "naughty behavior" that children should stop doing? 3. Do you think naughty children should stop (or, change) their behavior? 4. Do you think it's natural for children to stop doing everything that their parents think is naughty? 5. Are there any examples of "naughty" behavior that you think children don't really need to stop doing? 6. What do you think are some reasons for "naughty behavior" in children? 7. Do you think children should always obey (or listen to) their parents? 8. What are a child's attitudes influenced by? (Or: How are a child's attitudes formed?) 9. How (much) do you think the attitudes of parents affect their children? 10. When do you think people can be said to have "grown up"? 11. (Similar to above) At what age do you think children (or young people) become adults? 12. (Similar to above) In your country, at what age are people considered to be "adults"? 13. Do people in your country have a special celebration when someone reaches that age? 14. What's your understanding of the word, "adult"? 15. What are some of the main differences between children and adults? (Don't just talk about physical differences.) 16. What are the responsibilities of being an adult? 17. Are there any celebrations when a child becomes an adult in your country? Describe a quiz show on TV that you would like to take part in. You should say: what kind of quiz show it would be what kinds of questions would be asked what preparation you would need to do for this show and explain why you would like to be a competitor in this program. 1. Is this kind of TV program (i.e., quiz shows) popular in your country? 2. Do you like to watch these shows? 3. Do old(er) people like to watch these shows? (Why?) 4. Do many people want to compete in quiz shows? (Why?) 5. What kinds of people do you think compete in quiz shows on TV? (Why?)

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Do many people want to (or, try to) compete in these quiz shows? Do you think there'll be more quiz shows (more than now) on TV in the future? How do you think quiz shows might change in the future? Would you say you are a competitive person? Do you think there is much competition in everyday life? Some people say that there are disadvantages in competition. Do you agree? (Similar to above) Do you think competition is good? (Similar to above) Do you think it's good to be a competitive person? Are there any disadvantages from being a competitive person? Do you think people are born competitive? (If not, how do they become competitive?) (Similar to above) Do you think people are born more competitive than cooperative? Do you think living in a big city makes people more competitive than living in a small place such as a village? In general, what are the benefits of competition? Are your friends very competitive? Do you think competition between friends can affect their friendship? What do you think of commercial competition? (competition in business) In business, do companies need to be competitive? Do you think there are benefits from having competition in business?

Describe an item of clothing that was bought for you. You should say: what it is what it looks like why it was bought for you * and explain how you feel (or felt) about this item of clothing. 1. Where do people in your country usually buy their clothes? 2. What are the differences between buying clothes in big shops and buying clothes in small shops? 3. Are there any differences between men and women when they go shopping for clothes? 4. Is there much difference between young people and old(er) people when it comes to shopping for clothes? 5. How do people buy clothes online (on the internet)? 6. Do you think buying clothes online is a good idea? 7. Why are some clothes considered to be "luxury" clothes? 8. Why are some people so keen to buy "designer clothes"? 9. (Similar to above) Why are some people so keen to buy "brand name clothes"? 10. If you had the money, would you buy designer brand clothes? 11. Why do you think some designer brand clothes are so expensive? 12. Do you think the quality of these luxury clothes (designer brand clothes) is really better than ordinary clothes? 13. Do people in your country ever buy second-hand clothes? 14. What do you think of the idea of buying second-hand clothes? 15. What kinds of people do you think buy second-hand clothes?

16. Do you think there are any advantages to buying second-hand clothes? 17. Would you ever buy any second-hand clothing? 18. What are the advantages of having your clothes made for you by a tailor (or dressmaker)? Describe a person who you think is successful. You should say: who he or she is (or, who they are) what they did (or, what they do) why (or how) he or she became so successful why you choose to talk about this person and explain how his/her success has contributed to society. 1. What do think the word, "success" means? 2. How do you think success can be measured (or judged)? 3. Do you think it's only associated with material success ( = money)? 4. (Similar to above) Do you think a rich person is the same as a "successful" person? 5. Do you think career success can ever cause problems in one's personal life? 6. Do you think it's important for children (and young people) to have role models? 7. Do you think the criteria for (defining or judging) success might change in the future? 8. Which do you think is more important, success in one's career or a happy family life? 9. How do you think one could achieve a balance between (spending time on) success in one's career and a happy family life? Describe an advertisement that you think is successful. You should say: what is advertised what the advertisement contains (the contents of this advertisement) what is the function (purpose) of this advertisement what kinds of people would be (or, are) interested in (or attracted to) this advertisement and explain why you this advertisement works well. 1. In what sort of places can you see advertisements? 2. Advertisements in which of those places will be seen by the largest number of people? 3. What types of advertisements do you have in your country? 4. How do people feel about advertisements on television? 5. If so many people find television advertisements annoying, why do companies create them? 6. What do you think are the characteristics of all 'good' advertisements? ('Good' probably means 'effective' or 'successful'.) 7. Do you think advertisements really influence people's buying decisions? 8. Do you think it's fair that advertisements influence people this way? 9. What role do celebrities play when they appear in advertisements? 10. Why do you think many (most) advertisements use good-looking people (to promote the product or service)? 11. Do you think these good-looking people (in the advertisements) actually use those products (or services) themselves? 12. Do you think it's good to have advertisements aimed at young children?

13. Do you think it's good to have young children appearing in advertisements? 14. What do you think is the result of using children in advertisements? Describe a gift you gave to a friend. You should say: what the gift was who you gave it to why you gave it and explain why you chose to give that gift. 1. What do you think is better, giving or receiving a gift? 2. Where do people buy things to give as gifts? 3. Do they often buy gifts on the internet? 4. Are gifts from the internet of high quality? 5. What are the occasions (or, the circumstances) when people in your country give gifts? 6. In your country, do people give special gifts on festive occasions (festivals)? 7. Do you think it's difficult to choose gifts for people? 8. Why is it sometimes difficult to give people gifts? 9. How do you choose a gift for someone? 10. (Similar to above) How would you choose a gift for someone? 11. How would you choose a gift if you didn't know much about what the other person likes? 12. Do you think gifts for boys and girls (men and women) are (or, should be) different? 13. Where do people usually buy gifts? 14. Do many people buy gifts on the internet? 15. How is the quality of the products that people buy on the internet? 16. How can people know the quality of what they are buying on the internet? 17. Do you think that when someone receives a gift from a friend, they care about the financial value (the cost) of that gift? 18. Do you think that the more expensive the gift, the better it is? 19. Which do you think is better, to give a gift or to give money and allow the other person to buy a gift for themselves? 20. Is it a good idea just to give money to people and let them choose to buy a gift for themselves? 21. How would you feel if you were given money as a gift, instead of a thing? 22. What do you think of charities? 23. Do people in your country place much importance on charities? 24. Have you ever donated to a charity? 25. If you had a lot of money, what charity would you donate to? 26. Do you agree that rich people should donate part of their wealth to charity? 27. Do you think we will see more charities in the future, or fewer than we have now? Describe a small thing that you do to help the environment. You should say: what it is you do why you do it (why you want to help the environment)

how you know about this and explain how you think this will help the environment. Describe a small thing that you, as an individual, could do to help the environment. You should say: what it would be why you want to help the environment how you know about this how difficult or easy it would be and explain how you think this would help the environment. 1. Do you think there is any relationship between people's lifestyles and the environment? 2. Can you give any other examples of how people (or governments) could improve the environment? 3. What are the different kinds of pollution that exist in our environment? 4. Do you think that if people changed their lifestyles it would help improve the environment? 5. Do you think people will change their lifestyles in the future (in response to the needs of the environment)? 6. What do you think are the chances that this will, in fact, happen? 7. Do you think it will be (or, would be) difficult for people to change their lifestyles, such as using public transport instead of driving their own cars? 8. How do you suggest this difficulty could be overcome? 9. Do young people today and old(er) people have the same level of awareness (or, understanding) about environmental problems? 10. Some people think that, as individuals, there's nothing much we can do. (They think that this is a problem for governments to tackle.) Do you agree? Describe an occasion when a piece of equipment at home broke down or stopped working. You should say: what the equipment was how badly it was broken how this affected your life and explain how you handled this situation. 1. What are some examples of equipment at home that most easily break (or, stop working)? 2. What are some of the reasons why (some) things break down? 3. Do you think the quality of products (in your country) has improved, compared to the past, or has it deteriorated? (What are the reasons?) 4. Can you give any examples of that? 5. What are some examples of equipment (or, goods) that people can buy second-hand in your country? 6. Why do some people buy second-hand things? 7. What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of buying second-hand goods? 8. Would you ever buy a second-hand car? Describe a member of your family who you admire. You should say:

who this person is what kind of person he or she is what you and this person usually do together and explain why you admire him or her (or, why you admire them). 1. In your country, who usually makes the important decisions at home? 2. What is the role of the oldest family members (grandparents) in the family today? 3. What do you think is the difference between a relationship with one's parents and one's parents? 4. How do you think a person can maintain a good relationship with the members of his or her family? 5. What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a big family (= many children)? 6. Do you think children should carry more responsibility towards the family than most children do now? 7. Do you think the role of children in the family (or, the parent-child relationship) will change in the future? 8. Are young people today as willing to stay living with their parents as young people used to be in the past? Describe a situation when you needed some advice. You should say: who gave you the advice what the advice was and explain why you needed this advice. 1. In what situations do children need advice? 2. In what situations do young people need advice? 3. How do parents give advice to their children? 4. Which advice do you think is more important (or better), advice from parents or advice from friends? 5. Do you think it's part of a teachers job (i.e., one of the responsibilities of being a teacher) to give advice to his or her students? Describe a hotel you visited (or stayed at) or have seen. * You should say: where it was what the name of the hotel was what the hotel looked like (or, what type of hotel it was; or what facilities it had) and explain why people like to/choose to stay at this hotel. 1. What are the different types of hotels? (in general) 2. What are the different types of (or, choices of) hotels in your hometown? 3. Is there anything special about the hotels in your hometown? 4. Which hotel(s) would you recommend people stay in? (Why?) 5. If a foreigner was visiting your hometown, which hotel would you recommend they stay at? 6. In general, what are the differences in quality between the different types of hotels? 7. Do many people stay in five star hotels?

8. How important are hotels to the tourism industry? 9. (Similar to above) What role do hotels play in the tourism industry? 10. When judging the quality of a hotel, what do you think is the most important thing to consider? 11. How important do you think the service is? 12. What skills do you think hotel employees should have? 13. If you were in a position to change (or improve) the hotels in your country, what changes would you make? 14. Do you think the tourism industry in your country has much potential for development? 15. How do you think the tourism industry in your country compares to that in other countries? Describe a subject that you are studying (in school) that you think is interesting You should say: what the subject is what your teacher is like how long you have been studying this subject and explain why you think it is interesting. Describe a subject that you studied (in school) that you thought was interesting You should say: what the subject was what your teacher was like how long you studied this subject and explain why you thought it was interesting. 1. What are some differences between what people study in university and what they study in (high) school? 2. What are some differences between the way people study in university and the way they study in (high) school? 3. How do university students in your country choose what they study in university? 4. Is it possible in your country for all students to choose to study in university something that they are interested in? 5. Do you feel that university courses in your country prepare the students well for future employment? 6. Do universities have a responsibility to prepare students for "the real world"? 7. (Similar to above) Do you think that universities should prepare students for the "real world"? 8. How is modern technology used in education today? 9. (Similar to above) What impact does modern technology have on education today? 10. (Similar to above) How do you think technology is changing the future of teaching? 11. Do you think that the use of advanced technology in teaching is actually helping the students? 12. What are the most popular high school subjects in your country? 13. In general, are the favorite subjects of boys and girls the same? 14. How do you think teachers could make their classes more interesting? 15. Do you think elderly people are capable of learning new things?



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