توجه داشته باشید که سوالات و موضوعات اسپیکینگ در اولین ماه هر دوره پیش بینی سوالات (ژانویه، می،سپتامبر) دستخوش تغییرات میشود، و ممکن است سوالات و موضوعاتی اضافه و کم شوند. این تغییرات به مرور تا اواسط ماه بعد پیش بینی سوالات رفته رفته کم تر می شوند و پیش بینی ها دقیق تر میشوند. لذا توصیه می کنم به طور مداوم و منظم با سایت در تماس باشید تا در جریان آخرین تغییرات قرار بگیرید و در روز آزمون با سوال نا آشنا روبرو نشوید.

Part 1 Questions

Advertisements

  1. Are there many advertisements in your country
  2. Why do you think there are so many advertisements now?
  3. What are the various places where we see advertisements?
  4. How do you feel about advertisements?
  5. What kind of advertisement do you like the most?
  6. Do advertisements (ever) influence your choice about what to buy?
  7. Have you ever bought anything that you have not seen advertised?
  8. Where can we (or, what are the various places where we can) see advertisements?
  9. Do you like advertisements on TV?
  10. Do you prefer advertisements on TV or those in magazines?
  11. What do you think is the purpose of advertisements (or, advertising)?
  12. Do you think advertising plays a very important role in today's world?
  13. What sorts of advertisements leave the deepest impression on people?
  14. What do you think about the developments in advertising in your country today?
  15. Why do you think companies advertise themselves (or, their products)?
  16. (In your opinion), which is more effective, TV ads or newspaper and magazine ads?
  17. Do you think there are too many advertisements?

Animals and Pets

  • Have you ever had (or, raised) a pet?
  • (Similar to above) Did you have any pets when you were a child?
  • Do many people in your country have a pet?
  • Is there any animal you would like to have as a pet?
  • What animal(s) would you not like to have as a pet?

Questions about animals

  • Do you like animals?
  • What's your favourite animal? (Why?)
  • What's your favourite wild animal? (Why?)
  • Are people in your country fond of animals?
  • Do people keep animals in your country? -->What kinds of animals do people in in your county (or, hometown) keep?
  • Compared with the past, have there been any changes concerning pets in your country/hometown?
  • Do you think pets are important?
  • Do you think cities are suitable places for keeping a pet?
  • Compared with the past, have there been any changes concerning pets in your country/hometown?
  • Do you think cities are suitable places for keeping a pet?

Children and Animals (or, Pets)

  • Do children like animals?
  • Did you ever visit a zoo when you were a child?
  • Do you think it's important for children to visit a zoo?
  • What was your favourite animal when you were a child?
  • Do a have a pet? (or, Have you ever had a pet?)
  • Did you have any pets when you were a child?
  • What do you think are the benefits of a child having a pet?
  • (Possibly the question above is this) What benefits did you get from having a pet?
  • If you havechildren in the future, will you allow them to raise a pet?
  • Why do (you think) some people have a pet?

Farm Animals

  • What farm animals do you have in your country?
  • Do you think farm animals are important?
  • How are these animals used?
  • Do you think raising farm animals is important?

Wild Animals

  • What's the most famous wild animal from your country?
  • What's your favourite wild animal (from your country)?

Apps and Social Media

Which do you prefer (to use), an information app or a chat app?

Apps

  • Do you have many apps on your phone?
  •  (Similar to above) Do you often use apps on your phone or computer?
  • What kind of apps do you use the most?
  • Do you like to chat with your classmates online?
  • Do you think computer and mobile phone apps are helpful (or, useful)?
  • What are some popular apps in your country?
  • Are there any apps that you would like to have in the future?
  • Would you like to create (your own) a mobile phone app one day?

Social Media Websites

  • Which do you prefer (to use), an information app or a chat app?
  • Do you (often) use social media websites?
  • When did you first use one of these websites?
  • (Possibly the question above is this) How did you first find out about social media websites?
  • Is social media (or, are social media websites) very popular in your country?
  • Do you think social media will become more popular in the future?
  • In the future, do you think you will use social media more than you do now, or less?
  • Do you feel social media is more a positive thing, or more negative thing?
  • (Similar to above) What do you think are the advantages and the disadvantages of (using) social media websites?
  • Do you like to use Facebook?

Some vocabulary:

  • to maintain contact with friends / to keep in contact with friends / to communicate quickly with others
  • to broaden one’s range of social contacts / to broaden one’s social network (either in real-life or one’s “virtual” [= online] social network)
  • face-to-face communication
  • a substitute for real (real-life) relationships with others
  • better than feeling alone; to help overcome loneliness / to help overcome of sense of isolation
  • a sense of connectedness (to others/to the world)
  • sharing photographs
  • voice/ text messages
  • sending/receiving computer files
  • an avenue for expressing opinions / for exchanging information
  • to bring an issue to the attention of a wide audience
  • to spread the word
  • a marketing tool
  • If or when you name a particular social media platform, slow down a little and pronounce it especially clearly.

Barbecue

Do Iranian people like barbecue ?

What kind of food do you like to eat for barbecue?

Would you like to have barbecue with your family or your friends?

Did you have barbecue when you were a child?

Car trip

  • Do you like travelling by car?
  • What is the farthest place you have traveled to by car?
  • When do you travel by car?
  • Do you like to sit in the front or back when traveling by car?

Colours

  • What's your favourite colour?
  • (Similar to above) What colours do you especially like?
  • Are colours important to you?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think colours are important?
  • Were colours important to you when you were a child?
  • (Similar to above) Were any colours important to you when you were a child?
  • Is colour very important to you when you are buying clothes?
  • Do you prefer light or dark (or, bright) colours?
  • (Similar to above) Do you prefer to wear light or dark (or, bright) coloured clothes?
  • If you were to paint the walls of your room, what colour would you choose?
  • Is there any colour you would not want your walls to be? (Why?

Vocabulary:

  • In English, when talking about the colours, especially the basic colours (e.g., red, blue, green, white, black, yellow etc.) we just say, “red” not “red colour”. However we do say something is “coloured red” and, “the colour red” etc.
  • Rainbow
  • the colours of the spectrum
  • Lavender, purple, violet, turquoise, grey = gray, beige, scarlet (deep red), olive green, pastel, mauve, tan, pink, crimson (a type of red), auburn
  • A “dark colour” e.g., dark blue, dark green; a “light colour”; a “bright colour”.
  • Other adjectives that are commonly used to describe colours – "cool", "warm", "soft"
  • Grey (gray) is sometimes described as a "bland" colour.
  • Multi-coloured
  • To dye, a dye, e.g., cloth, hair
  • A faded colour
  • Other uses of colours (besides decoration, art and for clothes) – Colours are often used symbolically, to represent something. The best example is traffic lights where red means "stop", green means "go" and orange (or yellow) means, "prepare to stop soon". Another example is the use of colours to represent different things in graphs. For example, the different sectors of a pie chart are often shown with different colours to make the pie chart easier to read. Yet another example is the use of colours to represent a group, such as people in a club or organization all wearing the same colour. This is similar to people wearing a uniform. Look on the internet for "Colour Revolution" (or, "Color Revolution") when people who were engaged in a revolution all wore a certain colour to show their solidarity as a group.

Concentration

  • When do you need to stay (or, be) focused?
  • Do you ever find it difficult to stay focused (= hard to concentrate)?
  • What distracts you (= What are some examples of things that distract you) when you're trying to stay focused?
  • Do you ever do anything to help you concentrate?
  • (Similar to above) What do you do to help you concentrate? ?
  • (Similar to above) What do you do when you are trying to (= want to) concentrate?
  • Do you think you can do two things at the same time?

More Questions

Do you prefer to study/work in a quiet environment, or in a place that has some noises (or sounds)?

What do you do if there's too much noise (and you want to work / study)?

When (or, at what times) do you find it easiest to concentrate? (Why?)

(Similar to above) When you are studying/working, how long can you concentrate (or stay focused)?

How do you think a person could improve their ability to concentrate?

Do you think children can concentrate very well?

(Similar to above) Do you think children can concentrate better than adults?

(Similar to above) Could you concentrate when you were a child?

(Similar to above) Could you concentrate better when you were a child than you can now?

(Similar to above) Did you learn how to concentrate when you were a child?

Environmental protection

  • Would you like to work in a company related to environmental protection?
  • How can we protect the environment?
  • (similar to above) What can individuals do to protect the environ
  • What should be done to protect the environment?
  • What can people do together to protect the local environment?
  • Do you think you've done enough to protect the environment?
  • Is there education about environmental protection at school?
  • What is the importance of environmental education?
  • Is it important to teach students environmental protection at school?
  • Do you think it is necessary to make environmental protection as a subject?

Festivals

  • What is the most popular festival in your country?
  • What is your favourite festival?
  • Is it important to celebrate traditional festivals?
  • What is the difference between your traditional festivals and western festivals?
  • How do people/you celebrate festivals in your country?
  • What special food and activities do you have for these festivals?
  • How do you celebrate Spring Festival?
  • Do young people in your country like to celebrate foreign festivals?

Flowers

  1. Do you like flowers? (Why?)
  2. What flowers do you like? (Why?)
  3. Which/What is your favorite flower?
  4. Do you think flowers are important?
  5. On what occasions are flowers important?
  6. Do people in your country ever use flowers for special occasions?
  7. In your country, do people (ever) give flowers as a gift?
  8. What are the occasions when people give or receive flowers?
  9. When was the last time you gave (or, possibly, sent) flowers to someone?
  10.  When was the last time you yourself bought flowers?
  11. When was the last time you bought flowers for yourself?
  12. Where did you buy these flowers?
  13. What meaning do flowers (= does giving flowers) have for people in your country?
  14. What flowers have special meaning in your country?
  15. Do you like to have flowers in your home?
  16. Do you (ever) grow flowers at home? (Give details)
  17. Do many people in your country grow flowers at home?
  18. Do people in your country like growing flowers?
  19. Does anyone in your family like growing flowers?
  20. Do old people in your country like gardening?

Getting lost

  • Have you ever lost your way?
  • How can you find your way when you are lost?
  • Can you read a map when you get lost?
  • Have you ever helped someone who got lost?

Handwriting

  • Can we guess someone’s personality from his or her handwriting?
  • Do you often write with a pen?
  • What impression does a person’s handwriting have on other people?
  • Can we tell someone’s personality from their handwriting?
  • Do you usually write by hand or write using the computer?
  • Nowadays, how do most people write things?
  • Do you often write with a pen?
  • What is the difference between writing with a pen and typing on a computer?
  • Do you think handwriting is important nowadays?
  • Do you think computers might one day replace handwriting?
  • When do children begin to write in your country?
  • How did you learn to write?
  • How can children today improve their handwriting?
  • Did you like writing things when you were a child?
  • Is your handwriting easy to read for other people?

Headphones

  • Do you use headphones?
  • What type of headphones do you use?
  • When do you use headphones?
  • On what occasions would you not use headphones?

Holidays

  • Do you like holidays?
  • Which (type of) holiday is your favorite, a public or personal holiday?
  • Does your country have many public holidays?
  • Do you have a favorite holiday?
  • What public holidays do you have in your country?
  • (If you don't say this in answer to above) Why do you have those holidays?
  • Would you say most people in your country know why you have those holidays?
  • What do you usually do during a holiday?
  • Which would you prefer, a city break or a beach holiday?
  • Which do you prefer, a long holiday or a short one?
  • (Similar to above) Which do you prefer, long holidays or a short ones?
  • What kinds of places do you want to travel to on holiday?
  • (Similar to above) What kinds of places would you like to travel to on holiday?
  • Do you think holidays are important?
  •  Do you think holidays are becoming more and more important?
  • Do you think there should be more public holidays?  (public holidays)
  • (Similar to above) Do you think people should have more holidays? (personal holidays)
  •  Are there many tourists in your country?
  •  What do most people do during their holidays in your country?
  •  Do you prefer to travel alone or in group?

Parks and Gardens

  • Do you often go to a park or a public garden?
  • When was the last time you went to a public garden?
  • Can you suggest how parks in your city could be improved?
  • Do you prefer a park with open space or entertainment facilities?

Primary School

  • What was the first school you attended?
  • (Similar to above) What primary school did you attend?
  • Was it a good school?
  • Did you like it?
  • What were the good things about your primary school?
  • (Similar to above) What did you like most about it?
  • Was it far from your home?
  • How did you go to (or, travel to) school?

Possibly used as the topic, "Your First School"

  • How old were you when you started school?
  • What can you remember about your first school?
  • Do you remember your first day at primary school?
  • Where did you go to school?
  • How many schools have you attended?
  • (Similar to above) What different types of schools have you been to?
  • Which school did you like the most? (Why?)
  • What was the first school you attended?
  • (Similar to above) Do you remember the first school you attended?
  • (Similar to above) What primary school did you attend?
  • Can you describe the first school you attended?
  • (Possibly the question above is this) Can you describe your primary school?
  • Was it far from your home?
  • How did you go to (or, travel to) school?
  • How did you get to school each day?
  • Tell me something about the school.  (= Can you describe it?)
  • Did you enjoy (or, like) it? (Why?/Why not?)
  • Was it a good school?
  • Would you say it was a good school?
  • Do you think that your primary school is (or, was) special?
  • What were the good things about your primary school?
  • (Similar to above) What did you like most about it?
  • What were some of the most popular activities (in the playground?) at primary school?
  • Have you ever returned to see your old school again?
  • Are you still in contact with any of the friends you had in primary school?
  • Would you send your child to that school today?
  • Did your parents choose your secondary school (= high school) for you?
  • (Similar to above) Did you parents let you choose your secondary school (= high school)?
  • If you could, how would you change your primary school?
  • (Similar to above) If you could, what's one thing you would change about your primary school?

Relaxing

  • What do you do to relax?
  • Do you think doing sports is a good way to relax?
  • Do you think vacation is a good time for you to relax?
  • Do you think students need more relaxing time?

Rest

  • How often do you take a rest?
  • Do you take a nap when you have a rest?
  • How you feel after taking a nap?
  • (Similar question) how do you feel after taking a rest?

Science

  • Did you like your science classes at school?
  • What kinds of science did you learn (or, study) at school?
  • Do you think it’s important to study science?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think people should study science?
  • Do you like science? (How much? Why or why not?)
  • Does / did your high school offer any science-related classes?
  • Do you think all schools should have science classes available?
  • Do / did you enjoy your science classes at school?
  • What do you find most interesting about science?
  • What scientific fields are most popular in your country?
  • Is there anything about science that you don't like?
  • Do you like watching television (documentary) programs about science?
  • Do you find those programs to be useful?
  • Can you suggest why people like to watch science fiction programs?
  • Are science museums very popular in your country?
  • (Similar to above) Do people in your country often visit science museums?
  • Have you ever visited a science museum?
  • What future scientific developments do you think we will see?
  • Is there any scientific topic that you would like to learn more about?

Shoes

  • How often do you buy shoes?
  • Do you ever buy shoes online?
  • (Similar to above) Have you ever bought shoes online?
  • How many pairs of shoes do you have?
  • Do you know anyone who likes to buy a lot of shoes?
  • Do you prefer to buy comfortable or fashionable shoes?
  • Do you like shoes (or, are you interested in shoes)?
  • Is price important when you chose shoes to buy?
  • What kinds of shoes do you usually buy? (or, prefer to buy / prefer to wear)
  • Do you have a pair of shoes that you especially like (a favourite pair of shoes)?
  • Do you think men and women are equally interested in (buying) shoes?

Special costumes

  • Do you like to wear special costumes?
  • Did you try any special costumes when you were younger?
  • When was your last time to wear special costumes?
  • Do you ever buy special costumes?

Spending Time With Others

  • Do you like talking with people?
  • How do you like spending time with your friends?
  • Would you prefer to study alone or with others?
  • Do you remember a time when you need to cooperate with others?

The Sky

  • Do you often look at the sky? (Why?)
  • Do you prefer to look at the sky in the daytime, or at night?
  • Can you see the moon and stars at night where you live?
  • Is there a good place to look at the sky where you live?
  • Do school students learn much about planets and the stars (at school) in your country?
  • (Similar to above) Did you learn anything about the planets and stars at school?
  • (Possible question) Do you know much about the stars and planets?

More Questions

  • Do you like to look at the sky?
  • (Possibly) Do you like to look at the sky when it's cloudy?
  • Do you prefer to look at the sky in the day time or the night time? (the "night sky")
  • (Similar to above) Which is better to look at, the sky in the daytime or the night sky?
  • How do you look at it?
  • Do you like to look at the stars?
  • (Similar to above) Do you ever look at the stars?
  • Do you go anywhere special to do that?
  • (Similar to above) Where is the best place to look at the stars?
  • (Similar to above) Where do you like to look at the sky?
  • (Similar to above) Where is the best place to look at the sky?
  • Did you learn about the stars (or, the planets in our solar system) in school?

Some vocabulary:

Note: Many people look at the sky in the morning in order to know what the weather is going to be like that day.

  •  We “look at” things that are not moving; we “watch” things that are moving. We “see” when our eyes are open.
  • A cloud, cloudy, cloudiness
  • Cloud formations (the shapes of the clouds)
  • Fine weather
  • clear skies (a clear sky)
  • At dawn = when the sun is coming up; at dusk = when the sun is going down
  • smog, smoggy
  • The sun, solar
  • Astronomy, astronomical, astronaut [Note: “astrology” is completely different to astronomy. Most people consider astrology to be superstition.]
  • A galaxy
  • The Solar System
  • The planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto
  • Mercury , Venus , Earth , Mars , Jupiter , Saturn , Uranus, Neptune , Pluto 
  • The moon, lunar
  • A telescope
  • An observatory
  • A planetarium
  • An eclipse of the moon; An eclipse of the sun
  • A meteor (“a shooting star”); an asteroid; a meteorite (= a meteor that has hit the earth)
  • A constellation
  • Outer Space
  • A space ship; a space station; a rocket
  • A satellite
  • To “contemplate the mystery of the universe”, “to marvel at the mystery of the universe”, “to wonder about the mystery of the universe”
  • The Universe = The Cosmos
  • Infinite
  • Alien life forms; extraterrestrial life (forms)
  • A UFO (An Unidentified Flying Object)

The Weather

The Weather:

  • What's the weather like in your city?
  • Does the weather in your country change often?
  • Do you have a favorite type of weather?
  • Would you move to another city because of the weather?

The Seasons and Weather: 

  • Do you prefer a warm, or a cool climate? 

  • Would you say most people prefer a warm climate?

  • Do you like it when it's raining?

  • Which season do you like best?

  • Are there four different (or, distinct) seasons in your hometown?

  • Do you feel the climate is changing?

  • Does the weather change often where you live?

  • Do you do different things in different weather (or different seasons)?

  • Would you prefer to live in a place that has the same weather all year, or a place that has four seasons?

  • Do you think the weather is more important to people who play sports?

Some other questions:

  • Which season do you like best?
  • Are there four distinct seasons in your hometown?
  • Do you feel the climate is changing?
  • Does the weather change often where you live?
  • Do you do different things in different weather (or different seasons)?
  • What kind of weather do you like (best)? (Why?)
  • What sort of weather do you least like?
  • Do you like sunny weather?
  • What do you usually do during your favourite weather (or season)?
  • What's the weather (usually) like in your hometown?
  •  (If doing the test away from your home country) How is the weather here different to the weather in your home country?
  • Do you like that weather (or, that kind of climate)? (Why?/Why not?)
  • How often is the weather good in your hometown?
  • Are there any bad points about the weather in your city?
  • Have there been any changes in the weather over the past few years?
  • Have you ever been to any place where the weather is different to your hometown?
  • (If doing the test far from your hometown) Compare the weather in your hometown and the weather here.
  • Which city in your country (or, which part of your country) has the best weather?
  • Which city in your country (or, which part of your country) has the worst weather?
  • Does the weather ever affect what you do?
  • How does the weather affect people (or, you)? (If yes, how?)
  • How do you feel when the weather is cloudy?
  • Do you always (often/usually) pay attention to the weather forecast? Why?/Why not?
  • Can you give any examples of unusual weather?
  • In your country, are there ever any problems caused by the weather? (= caused by extreme weather?)
  • Do you like snow? (Why? / Why not?)
  • Would you prefer to live in a place that has just one, warm season that lasts the whole year or a place with different seasons?
  • Do you (or, do people in your country) do the same things in the different seasons of the year?
  • Do people (in your country) play the same sports in different seasons of the year?

Some vocabulary:

“Do you prefer a hot, or a cold climate?” – If this is the exact wording of the question, you are being asked to choose between two extremes. Hot is not warm, cold is not cool.

The meaning of that question is probably, “If you had to be/live in a place with a cold or a hot climate, which would you prefer?”

Only say, “I would prefer” if you also say something like, “if I had to choose between those two extremes”.

It’s possible to say, “I don’t like either of those” but still make a choice.

Always give at least one reason when answering a question about your likes, dislikes, preferences, favourite etc.

Reasons – 1) Your feelings of comfort; 2) the activities you prefer to do in different seasons or weather conditions; 3) certain aspects of the weather or of the seasons that you especially like or dislike such as flowers blooming in spring, the fact that rain damages your shoes, the clothes you wear etc.

Rainy days, wet days, wet weather, sunny says, a sunny day, ice, snow, slippery footpaths,

“When it’s raining” is not the same as “a rainy day”, which means a whole day, or most of it, that experiences rain.

to drizzle

sunny

A warm climate; warm weather. (or cool, or hot or cold weather). Notice that “climate” is a count-noun, “weather” is not.

TV Programs

  • Do you often watch programs and tv or on your cell phone?
  • What kind of TV programs do you like?
  • Do like watching the same kind of program all the time?
  • Do you talk with your friends about a program you watched?
  • (Similar question) Do you share a good TV program with your friends?

Wallet

  • Do you use a wallet?
  • Do most of your friends use a wallet?
  • Have you ever lost your wallet?
  • Have you ever given a wallet to someone as a gift?

Weekends

  • What do you usually do (or, like to do) on weekends?
  • Are there any places in your city that you like to go to on weekends for recreation?
  • Do you often (or ever) go to a cinema on weekends?
  • Do you prefer to go to the cinema alone, or in a group?
  • What do you plan to do next weekend?

Others

   Possibly this topic is simply, "Leisure Time"

    • What do you do in your spare time?
    • (Similar to above) What do you do for entertainment?
    • When do you spend time with your family?
    • What do you usually do on weekends? (
    • What did you do last weekend?
    • What do other people in your hometown (or, in your country) usually do on weekends?
    • What are you going to do next weekend?
    • (Similar to above) What do you plan to do next weekend?
    • (Similar to above) What do you think you might do next weekend?
    • Do you think it is important to make the most of your weekend?
    • Do you feel that weekends now are more important to you than when you were a child?
    • Do you think employees should have to work on weekends?
    • Are weekends important to people?
    • (Similar to above) Are weekends important to you?
    • What do people in Iran do on the weekends?
    • Is it important for people to have weekends off?
    • Do you think people should be paid more money if they work on weekends (or public holidays)?
    • Do you think working people need to rest on weekends?
    • (Possibly) What's your favourite part of the weekend? (Why?)
    • What did you do last weekend?
    • Who was there with you?
    • Do you (prefer to) plan your weekends ahead of time?
    • Do you mostly spend weekends on study or on leisure?

Wild Animals

  • Have you ever seen any wild animals?
  • Do you have a favourite wild animal?
  • Do you think wild animals should be protected?
  • Do you like going to the (or, a) zoo?

 

Your Home/Accommodation

Do you live in a house or a flat?

What kind of building do you live in?

Do you like your current accommodation?

Are there many (or, any) markets near your home?

Are there many public facilities near your home?

Have you lived there for a long time?

What do you do at home?

How long have you lived there?

What's your favourite room?

What kind of places would you like to live in (in the future)?

Which do you (or, would you) prefer living in, a house or a flat?

Your Living Area

Main Questions

  • Where are you living (where do you live) at the moment?
  • Have you lived there for a long time?
  • Do you like it?
  • (Similar to above) Do you like the environment around where you are living?
  • Are there good facilities in your area, such as shops?
  • What are some of the most popular (recreational) activities that people do in your community?
  • Where do people in your community usually gather for social activities?
  • Are there many people living around you?
  • What do you like about the area around where you live?
  • Is there anything you dislike about your city/local area?
  • Where do you like to go to in your area?
  • Who do you live with?
  • Do you know the people (or, many people) living around you (living nearby)?
  • Do you have many friends there?
  • Are you planning to move to another area to live?
  • What changes have you seen in this area (since you have been living there)?
  • What changes (= what improvements) would you like to see in this area?
  • (Different to above) What changes are you expecting (to see) in this area?

Possible Other Questions

  • Is that far from here (the test centre)?
  • Please describe the area you live in.
  • Would you say it's a good place to live?
  • Is this place famous for anything?
  • Are there any interesting places near (or, in) this area?

YOUR WORK OR STUDY

YOUR WORK OR STUDY

Do you work or are you a student?

WORK

:Main Questions

  • What work (or job) do you do?
  • Do you enjoy that work?
  • Why did you choose to do that type of work (or,/that job)?
  • Would you recommend this job to other people? Do you like your job?
  • What do you do in this job?
  • What do you find interesting about your work?
  • (Similar to above) What's the most interesting part of your work?
  • What are your responsibilities at work?
  • Where do you work? 
  • What is your work environment like? 
  • How much (how many hours) do you work every week (or, every day)? 
  • Are you satisfied with the place where you work? 
  • Would you say that's a good place to work? 
  • Would you like to change the place where you work?  
  • (The question above might be this) Would you like to make (or see) any changes to the place where you work?
  • (Similar to above) How do you think your workplace could be improved?
  • What's the most important part of your work? 
  • Do you do anything that especially helps you in your work? 
  • How do you think you could improve your efficiency at work? 
  • What work do you plan to do in the future?
  • What’s your dream job like?
  • (Similar to above) What is (or, would be) your ideal job?
  • Have you (ever) changed your job? 
  • Do you prefer to work in the morning(s), or the afternoon(s)?
  • Do you prefer to take long breaks from work, or short breaks? 
  • How do you take a break during your working hours?

:Possible Other Questions

  • Is that what you wanted to do when you were a child?
  • Do you work part-time, or full-time?
  • What do you do in that job? (= What are your responsibilities in that job?)
  • What does that company do?
  • How long have you been working?
  • What did you do to get your first job?  *
  • Did you enjoy your first day at work?
  • (Similar to above) How did you feel on your first day at work?
  • Are you friends with the people you work with with?
  • (Similar) Have you made many (or any) friends at work?
  • Do you think it's important to be friends with the people you work with?
  • What time of the day do you work the best?
  • (Similar to above) Do you work better in the morning, or in the afternoon?
  • Did you have any training for this job?
  • Would you like to have some (or, more) training in the future?
  • Will you always do this job? ( = Will you continue to do this job / this type of work?)

STUDY 

Main Questions:

  • What subject are you studying?
  • Why did you choose to study that?
  • Do you like it (your subject)?
  • What do you do/learn in this subject?
  • What's the most enjoyable part of your studies? 
  • Is it (your subject) interesting?
  • Would you say your studies (or, your subject) is what you expected it to be? 
  • What's your favourite subject? (for high school stds)
  • (Similar to above) What classes do you like the most?
  • Do you like to study? (= Do you like studying?) 
  • How much study do you do every week?   
  • What would you say is the most important part of your studies? 
  • Where do you usually study?  
  • (Possible question) Where did you do your studying yesterday? 
  • Do you do anything that especially helps you to study? 
  • How do you think you could improve your efficiency as a student?  
  • What school/university do (or, did) you study at? (= Where do you study?)
  • Do you like your school university?  
  • What do you like most about your school / university? 
  • Why did you choose to study at that school/university?
  • How do you think your school/university could be improved? 
  • Would you like to change your school (or university)?  
  • What will you do (or, what do you plan to do) after you graduate from university finish secondary school?
  • Do you prefer strict teachers, or fun teachers?
  • Do you like your teachers and classmates?
  • Who do you think are the more important in a school, the students or the teachers?
  • Would you say that communication is important when/for studying?
  • Do you prefer to study in the morning or in the afternoon?

Possible Other Questions:

  • Do you think it (your subject) will be helpful for you in the future?
  • Is that a popular choice among your friends?
  • Do you plan to (or, will you) continue your studies in the future?
  • Do you plan to (or, will you) continue studying this subject?
  • Have you made many (or any) friends at school/university?

Part 2 & 3 Questions

A Bicycle, Car or Motorcycle Trip

Describe a bicycle / motorbike / car trip that you would like to go on in the future.

        You should say:

       Where you would go?

       Who you would go with?

       What you would do there?

and explain why you would like to make this trip.

Part 3

Transportation in Your Country

  • How is the transportation system in your hometown?
  • Which kinds of transportation are popular in your country?
  • (Similar to above) What is the most popular form of transport in your country?
  • What are the most popular forms of public transport in your hometown?
  • What do you think are the advantages of public transport?
  • How is the subway system in your city?
  • Why do some people drive cars while others take the subway?
  • Do you think transportation differs in different places?
  • What are the differences between transportation in the city and in rural areas (the countryside)?
  • How do most people in your country travel between cities (e.g., a a trip of several  hundred kilometers)?
  • If you were in the government, how would you improve the traffic situation?
  • (Possibly the above is this) If you were in the government, how would you improve the transport systems?
  • Is it safe to ride a bicycle in your hometown (or where you are living now)?
  • Would you say your hometown (or city) is a suitable place for walking?
  • Do you think the footpaths (sidewalks, in US English) could be improved?
  • Is it safe for pedestrians to cross the roads in your city?
  • Should there be more pedestrian crossings?
  • Do you think there should be more pedestrian malls in the cities?

Bicycles & Motorcycles vs Cars

  • Which are more popular in your country, cars or bicycles?
  • Are bicycles old-fashioned?
  • Do you think bicycles will be replaced by cars?
  • Do you think motorcycles (= motorbikes) are suitable for everyone to use?
  • Can you explain why so many people want to have a car?
  • What are the benefits of having a car?
  • What is the impact of cars on the environment?
  • What should governments do to reduce this impact?

Holidays

  • Do you have many (public) holidays in your country?
  • (Similar to above) How many (public) holidays do you have in your country?
  • Do you think that's a suitable number of holidays?
  • How do people spend these holidays?
  • Do people prefer to travel within the country or to travel abroad when they have a holiday?
  • Can you explain why some people don't like (public) holidays?

A big company or organization

Describe a company or organization in your area that employs many people.

You should say:

What it is

How you knew about it

What this company does

And explain how you feel about it

Part 3

  1. What’s the difference between big companies and small companies?
  2. Are there many big companies in your country?
  3. What are the good things about working for a big company?
  4. How can a small company grow big?
  5. Should big companies donate more to charities?
  6. Should big companies be punished more seriously if they break the law?

A businessman You Admire

Describe a businessman you admire

You should say:

Who this person is

How you know this person

What kinds of business this person does

And explain why you admire this person

Part 3

  • What do you think is the retirement age for men and women?
  • What kinds of qualities do people need to run their own business?
  • What do you think are the key factors that contribute to the success of a business?
  • If you had the opportunity to have your own business, what business would it be? Why?

A Café You Like To Visit

Describe a café you like to visit

You should say:

Where it is

What kinds of food and drinks it serves

What you would do there

And explain why you like to go there

Part 3

  • What kind of people would like to go to a café?
  • Why do young people like studying in a café instead of at home?
  • Do old people like to drink coffee?
  • Do Iranian people like to drink coffee?

A City You Would Like To Live In

Describe a town or city where you would like to live in the future

You should say:

Where it is

How you knew it

What it is famous for

And explain why you would like to live there

Part 3

  • Why do more and more people live in the city?
  • How does this affect the environment and nature?
  • What are some factors that attract people to settle down in certain places?
  • What are the differences of the young and old when choosing where to live?
  • What are some factors that affect people to settle in some places?
  • Why have many cities become so densely-populated?
  • Is it possible that all of the population move to cities?
  • What changes do you think would make cities better places to live?
  • Is it good for elderly people to live in large cities?

A Creative Person

Describe a creative person who you admire (e.g., a scientist, an artist, a musician, an inventor etc.)

            You should say:

                          who this person is

                          how you know about this person

                          what their greatest creation has been

             and explain why you admire this person.

Possible follow-up questions:

  • Have you met him / her personally?  Or: Would you like to meet him / her personally?
  • Would you say you are a creative person?

Part 3

Creativity in Society

  • Do you know any other local artists?
  • Besides your example from Part 2, in what other ways are people creative? *
  • What do you think are the characteristics (or, the qualities) of creative people? *
  • Do you consider yourself a creative person?
  • Do you think creative people are important to (or, beneficial to) society?
  • Why do some people prefer to copy the ideas (or creations) of other people (rather than generate their own ideas or creations)?
  • Do you think creative people are born that way or did they develop their creativity in childhood? *
  • Do you think engaging in artistic activities can make a person more creative?

Creative Work

  • Can you give me any examples of jobs that require a lot of creativity?
  • In general, would you say that most employees need to be creative at work?
  • Does your government do anything to encourage (or support) employment in the "artistic creative industries", such as working in the musical, artistic and entertainment industries?

Creativity in Childhood

  • What's the most creative thing that you have ever done or made?
  • Would you say you were more creative when you were a child than you are now?
  • Can you explain why some children (or people) are not very creative?
  • Can you suggest some ways in which creativity can be developed (or, stimulated) in children?
  • What can schools do in order to nurture (or, encourage) the development of creativity in children?
  • Do you think participating in extra-curricula activities can help children develop creativity?
  • Do you think it helps a child's creativity for him or her to engage in art, such as painting and drawing?
  • Do you think it helps a child's creativity for him or her to engage in science, such as doing experiments with insects or plants?
  • Do you think learning to play a musical instrument can help a child develop creativity?
  • Do you think learning to play a musical instrument , or painting, can help a child develop the ability to be innovative?
  • Would you say that developing one's powers of analysis can increase one's creativity?
  • Would you say using a computer can help a child's development of creativity?
  • Would you say playing computer games can help a child to develop creativity, or not?
  • Which do you think is better for a child, to spend a lot of time playing computer games, or engaging in some form of artistic activity?

Creativity in the Media

  • Can you suggest why many adults enjoy watching children's cartoons on TV?
  • What do you think is the impact of advertising on people?

A Difficult Decision

Describe a difficult decision (or choice) that you made.

               You should say:

what decision it was

                                 what difficulties you faced

                                 how you made the decision

                                 what the results of your decision were

and explain what the results of your decision were

Possible follow-up questions:

  • Do you think you made the right decision? = Would you make the same decision today?
  • (Possible question if the real Part 2 wording is Version A)  Did it take you a long time to make that decision?

Part 3

Everyday Decisions

  • What are some of the typical, everyday decisions that people have to make?
  • Besides your example from Part 2, what other difficult decisions are many people faced with at times in their lives?
  • What determines people's daily plans? (For example - What will I do tomorrow/)
  • (Similar to above) When people make their plans for the day, what factors do they consider when they make these plans?

How to Make a Decision

  • Do you prefer to shop at many different shops or just a few?
  • Do you prefer to shop in big shops or in small ones?
  • How do you (or, people) decide which one to shop at? ?
  • When shopping in a shopping mall or a big department store, do you think it's easy to decide what to buy?
  • How do people decide what to buy when faced with many choices of the same thing, such as clothes?
  • When buying clothes, do you prefer to go to a shop with a wide selection of choices, or to a shop that has a small number of choices?
  • How do you (or, people) decide what clothes to wear?
  • Can you explain what makes a decision a "difficult" decision?
  • In general, do you think it's easier to make a decision when you have few choices, or many choices?
  • Do you think teachers should help students make decisions?
  • What (sorts of) factors do people consider when they make decisions?
  • How can one choose what is the most important factor when making a decision?
  • Can you suggest why people sometimes make a quick decision?
  • (Unreported but possible question) How can someone know that they have made the right decision? *
  • In the future, do you think people will find it easier to make decisions than they do today, or will they find it harder?

Decisions Throughout Life

  • What do you think are the most important decisions that people have to make in their lifetimes?
  • Do you think children and adults usually have the same decisions to make?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think children and adults have the same choices in life?
  • Do you think children and adults make choices (or, decisions) in the same way that adults do?
  • Who do you think has a harder time making decisions, children or adults?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think the decisions that children make are more difficult (for them) than the decisions that adults have to make?
  • Do you think it's a good idea to get the advice of other people when making a decision (or choice)?
  • Who do you think we should ask for advice?
  • Do you think children should make their own decisions, or should they follow the advice of adults?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think parents should make decisions for their children?
  • What sorts of decisions do young people have to make?
  • Do you think parents can help young people decide what subject to study at university?
  • What decisions about the future do people have to make?

A Difficult Thing You Did Well

Describe a difficult thing you did well.

               You should say:

                               what it was

                               how you did it

                               why (or how) it was difficult

                and explain how you felt after you did it.

Possible follow-up questions:

  • Have other people (you know) had this success?
  • Did people congratulate you for doing this?

Part 3

Challenges and Difficulties

  • Do you like facing difficult (or, challenging) tasks?
  • What challenges do young people face today?
  • How do (young people) handle difficult or challenging tasks?
  • Which do you think is better, to face these difficulties and challenges alone or to seek the help of others?
  • Do you think there's much difference between the challenges that (young) people face today and those that (young) people faced in the past?
  • Do you think there's much difference between the challenges that (young) people face today in your country and those that (young) people face in other countries?
  • Do people in different age groups face the same (or similar) difficulties and challenges?
  • (Possible question) Do different types of people face the same (or similar) difficulties and challenges?
  • Why is there intense competition in some situations?
  • Do you think being challenged is good for a person?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think people need to be challenged?

Dangerous (or challenging) Jobs

  • What are some examples of dangerous (or challenging) jobs in your country?

Ambition

  • Do you think it's good to be ambitious?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think ambition is good for young people?
  • What ambitions (or, aspirations) do most young people have today?
  • Some people who are highly ambitious never let anything stop them from reaching their goal, even if it includes hurting other people in order to achieve this goal. Do you think that is good?
  • Some people say that ambitious people are never satisfied with their achievements. Do you agree with that statement?

A Family Member who Made You Feel Proud

Describe a family member who did something to make you feel proud.

            You should say:

                            who he or she is

                            what he or she did

                            how often you spend time together

            and explain why you felt proud.

Part 3

Feeling Pride

  • What are some situations when people feel proud of themselves?
  • What kinds of things are adults proud of?
  • When are adults proud of their work?
  • Do you think people are always proud of their jobs, no matter what job they do?
  • Do you think any person, in any job, can be proud of their work?
  • In your county do most people feel proud of their work?
  • How important do you think it is for people to feel proud of their work?
  • What are the differences between what people feel proud of nowadays compared to the past?
  • What do children do to (try to) make their parents proud?
  • Do you think children are under pressure to make their parents proud?
  • (Possibly) Do you think children are under too much pressure to make their parents proud?

 Giving Prizes and Rewards to Children

  • In your opinion is it a good idea to give prizes to children?
  • (Similar to above) Should parents give rewards &/or prizes to their children?
  • Do you think parents reward their children too much nowadays?
  • What prizes or rewards do schools give to children?
  • Which do you think is better to give to children as a reward, money or honour?
  • Do you think prizes (and rewards) really influence children to improve themselves?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think these children are trying more to improve themselves, or are they trying more to simply get the prize or reward?

A famous athlete

Describe a famous athlete you know

You should say:

Who he or she is

How you know him or her

What he or she has achieved

And explain why he is famous

Part 3

  • What kinds of exercises do Iranian people like?
  • What characteristics do you think an athlete should have?
  • Why are there so few top athletes?
  • What's the best way to become a top athlete?

A Famous Person That You Are Interested in

Describe a famous person that you are interested in
You should say:
Who this person is
How you know about this person
What sort of life they had before they became famous
How this person became famous
And explain why you like this person
 
Part 3
What sorts of people are famous in your country?
How do people become famous?
Are there any differences between the people who were famous a few years ago (eg. 10 - 15 years ago and the people are famous today?
What kind of celebrities do you think will be remembered forever?
Do you think you can be famous by being beautiful? 
Which one do you think is important for becoming famous, talent or hard work?
What do you think is necessary to become a celebrity?  
Do you think celebrities should have privileges? 
Do you think people will change their favorite celebrities with time?
Do you think famous people ever have a negative influence on ordinary people?
Through what kind of media can these people be famous?
What qualities do famous people have in common?
What do you think about nepotism amongst the famous people?

A Film That You Liked

Describe a Film that you liked

You should say:

When you watched it

Where you watched it

What it was about

And explain why you like it

Part 3

Do you think having a film industry has an impact on a country’s reputation?

Is it important that a country have its own movies?

What kinds of movies are popular in your country?

Do you think watching films is a good way to have a rest/relax?

Why do people spend so much money on producing films?

Are action films popular in your country?

What makes an actor or actress a famous movie star?

Are films a waste of money?

Are movie stars important to a movie?

Are foreign movies popular in Iran?

A Friend’s Habit

Describe a habit of one of your friends that you would like to have.

               You should say:

what the habit is

who the friend is

when / where your friend uses this habit

and explain why you would like to have (or, develop) that habit.

Part 3

Habits

  • What are some examples of good habits, and of bad habits that people have?
  • How do we develop our habits?
  • (Similar to above) How do people develop bad habits?
  • How do people (adults) judge what is a "bad" habit and what is a "good" habit?
  • What can be (or, are) the results of having bad habits?
  • Why do people sometimes change (or try to change) their habits?
  • Do you think adults (or possibly, old people) can easily change their habits (or, break bad habits)?

The Habits of Children (and Young People)

  • Do you think it's important for people to develop good habits when they are children?
  • What good habits do you think children should develop (or, have)?
  • Do you think that children have different habits to adults?
  • (Similar to above) What are some examples of habits that people usually only develop when are become adults?
  • Do you think that people change their habits as they grow from childhood to adulthood?
  • Some children change their habits. Can you suggest why that might happen?
  • Why do some children develop bad habits?
  • Do you think parents have a responsibility (duty, obligation) to encourage the development of good habits in their children?
  • How can parents cultivate good habits in their children?
  • Do you think the dietary habits of children are important?
  • Do you think there are good and bad habits of thinking? (= ways of thinking, attitudes) *

    Behaviour

Possible this is sub-topic or possibly it was reported erroneously. "Behaviour" is not really the same as "habits". Both behaviour and habits are (mostly) learned but the meaning of the two is not exactly the same.

  • Why do many children behave badly?
  • How can parents encourage the development of good behaviour in their children?
  • Do you think parents have a responsibility to teach their children good manners?

Routines

  • Do you think it's good to do the same things every day?
  • What benefits do (some) people get from doing the same thing every day?
  • What do you think are the advantages, and possible disadvantages, of having routines (or, a daily routine)?
  • Do you think have a daily routine helps people who have a bad memory? ( = a poor ability to remember things)

A Law On Environmental Protection

Describe a law on environmental protection

You should say:

What it is

How you first learned about it

Who benefits from it

And explain how you feel about this law

Part 3

Are there laws about education in Iran?

What kinds of rules do schools in Iran have?

What can teachers do to make students obey rules?

What should parents do to educate children about laws?

Laws (in society)

  • Do you think it's important to have laws in society? *
  • Is it important to (always) obey the law?
  • Do you think it is a good idea to have international laws that apply to all the countries of the world?

Rules (Regulations)

  • Can you suggest why some people say that "rules are made to be broken"?
  • Do you think it's OK to break rules sometimes?

        In Schools

  • What sorts of rules do schools in your country typically have? 
  • Do you like these school rules?
  • Why do schools have these rules?
  • Do schools have any rules concerning cell phones at school?
  • Do you think school students should take their cell phones to school?
  • Do you think it is necessary for school children to wear school uniforms?
  • How do you think students can be prevented from forming romantic relationships with other students at school?
  • (Similar to above) How do you think students can avoid forming romantic relationships with other students at school?
  • Do you think the wearing of school uniforms helps to avoid having high school students form romantic relationships at school?
  • Do different schools have different rules?
  • Do you think it would be a good idea for school children to (help) decide what rules to have at their school?
  • What sorts of punishment (or penalties) do schools (and universities) use when students break the rules?

        In the Workplace

  • What are some typical rules that exist in most (or, some) workplaces?
  • (If you are working) What are some of the rules in your company?
  • Do you think all jobs (or workplaces) have rules?
  • In your opinion, why is it important to have rules at work?
  • Can you think of any jobs (or types of work) that especially need to have rules (rules that might not exist in other jobs)?
  • (Similar to above) What kinds of jobs do you think should have stricter rules than other types of jobs?
  • Do you think that employees should (be able to) participate in creating the rules at their workplace?
  • Do most work places have rules about what (clothes) to wear at work?
  • Do you think there should be strict rules about what people can wear at work?
  • Do you think people should wear a uniform at work?
  • Would you like to wear a uniform at work?

Children and Rules

  • Do you think it's important that children follow certain rules?
  • In what ways do children benefit from following these rules?
  • How can parents and teachers help children learn to follow rules?

Environmental Problems

  • What do you think are the causes of environmental pollution?
  • Do you know of any laws about the environment that exists in other countries but not in your country?

A Natural Talent You Want To Improve

Describe a natural talent (sports, music,etc) you want to improve

You should say:

What it is

When you discovered it

How you want to improve it

And explain how you feel about it

Part 3

Do you think artists with talents should focus on their talents?

Is it possible for us to know whether children who are 3 or 4 years old will become musicians and painters when they grow up?

Why do people like to watch talent shows ?

Do you think it is more interesting to watch famous people's or ordinary people's shows ?

A Person Who Impressed You In Primary School

Describe a person who impressed you most when you were in primary school

You should say:

Who he/she was

How you knew him/her

Why he/she impressed you most

And how you feel/felt about him/her

Part 3

  • Why do people always miss their childhood?
  • Are kids happier than adults? Why?
  • Why do people still remember many of their friends from primary school?
  • What kinds of primary school teachers will impress students?

A Person Who Solved A Problem In A Smart Way

Describe a person who solved a problem in a smart way

You should say:

Who this person is

What the problem was

How he/she solved it

And explain why you think he/she did it in a smart way

Part 3

  • Do you think children are born smart or they learn to become smart?
  • How do children become smart at school?
  • Why are some people well-rounded and others only good at one thing?
  • Why does modern society need talents of all kinds?

A Place You Visited On Vacation

Describe a place you visited on vacation

You should say:

Where it is

When you went there

What you did there

And explain why you went there

 

Part 3

  • What are some popular attractions that people like to visit in your country?
  • Do old people and young people choose different places to go on vacation? Why?
  • What do young people and old people think about when making travel plans?
  • How do people get to know a new place?

A Plan (not work or study related)

Describe a plan that you have (not related to work or study). You should say: what the plan is when you want to achieve it what preparation is (or will be) needed and explain why you want to achieve this plan.

Possible follow-up questions:
• Have you told anyone else about this plan?

Part 3

Planning in General

• Do you like to make plans?
• Why do many people make plans?
• What sorts of (everyday) plans do average people make?
• What are some examples of plans that people need to make?
• Who needs to (or, should) make plans?
• Would you say planning is important?
• Do you think that people should have plans in their lives?
• What do you think are the benefits of having plans?
• Do you think it's a good idea to make a plan for each day?
• Do you think most people actually implement their plans (= put their plans into action)?
• Do you think most plans are implemented exactly as they were originally planned?
• What do you suggest people do when their plans turn out to be unsuccessful?
• Do you think it's possible to be successful without a plan?
• Some people think success is more a question of luck than a question of planning. What do you think?
• Can you explain why some people don't make plans?
• (Not exactly the same as above) Can you explain why some people don't like to make plans?
• What would you say is the difference between those who plan, and those who don't?
• (Similar to above) What sorts of people don't make plans?
• (Similar to above) What sorts of people dislike plans?
• Can you suggest why some people think they don’t need to make plans?
• Do you think making plans is difficult?
• What do you think a plan should include?
• Do you think life is possibly more interesting without a plan?
• Do you think we need to make a plan before we do everything?
• Can you think of any unplanned things that people do in life?

The Plans of Young People

• Would you say most young people (or, teenagers) have career plans?
• How do (young) people in your country make career plans?
• Do you think young people should prepare career plans while they are in high school?
• Would you say it's a good idea to seek the help (or, advice) of others when making important plans?
• In general, would you say young people like making plans for their future?
• Do parents influence the career plans of their (teenage) children?
• (Similar to above) In your country, what is the role of parents in making decisions that involve their children?
• How important do you think the opinions of parents are when it comes to the future of their children?
• Do you think parents should make plans for their children?
• What do you suggest people should do when parents and their children cannot agree on a plan?
• Do young children in your country make plans for their future?
• Do parents in your country often have (career) plans for their children when the children are still very young?
• How could parents teach their children the skills of making their own plans (decisions about their futures)?
The Plans of Governments and Organizations
• Would you say businesses (companies) need to make plans for the future?
• Can you give any examples of the plans that governments make?
• What could governments do to plan better?

A Puzzle You Have Played

Describe a(jigsaw, crossword, etc) puzzle you have played

You should say:

What it is like

How easy or difficult it is

How long it takes you to solve

And explain how you feel about it

Part 3

Why do parents let their children play puzzles ?

What kinds of puzzles improve people's intelligence ?

Why are detective stories attractive to people ?

Which do you think is better, a detective movie or its original novel?

A Quiet Place You Like To Spend Your Time In

Describe a quiet place you like to spend your time in

You should say:

Where it is

How you knew about it

How often you go there

What you do there

And explain why you like the place

Part 3

Are there many quiet places in your city?

Why do people sometimes prefer to be alone?

Why do people go to quiet places?

Does this noise affect you in any way?

Is there much noise around your home?

Do you think noise in cities could be reduced?

Why do some people like to listen to music while they are working?

Is there any place that is absolutely quiet?

Why is it difficult to stay in a quiet place?

Is it hard to find quiet places in cities?

Why is it quieter in the countryside?

Compared with young people, do old people prefer to live in quiet places?

A Singer You Like

Describe a singer you like

You should say:

Who he/she is

What his/her personality is like

What kind of style his/her music belongs to

And explain why you like him/her

Part 3

  • What kinds of music do you like to listen to?
  • What kind of music do people like at different ages?
  • What kind of music is popular in Iran now and what kind will be popular in the future?
  • Do Iranian parents require their children to learn to play musical instruments?
  • Why do some people like to listen to live music while others prefer CDs?
  • Do you think music concerts are suitable for old people to attend?

A Skill That Was Difficult For You To Learn

Describe a skill that was difficult for you to learn

You should say:

When you learned it

Why you learned it

How you learned it

And explain how you felt when you learned it

Part 3

  • What skills do students need to master?
  • Is it hard for students to learn new skills?
  • Is it hard for old people to learn new skills?
  • Is a good teacher very important for students’ learning experience? Why?

A Tall Building

Describe a tall building that you like or dislike.

        You should say:

what you know about it

what it looks like

where it is located

        and explain why you like or dislike it.

Part 3

Why do people like to design their homes by themselves?

What are the advantages of this behaviour?

Is it difficult to be an architect?

What do you think about building new buildings in the place of historical buildings?

Is it better to extend existing city or build a new one?

Hi-Rise Buildings

  • Are there many tall buildings in your country?
  • Do you think there will be more tall buildings in the future?
  • Would you prefer to live in an apartment in a tall building, or live in a cottage (a house)?
  • In general, do people in your country like living in tall buildings?
  • Why do some people like to live in high-rise buildings?
  • Did many people in your country live in tall buildings 40 or 50 years ago?
  • What caused more people to live in tall buildings today?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in tall buildings?
  • Overall, do you think (living in) tall buildings bring benefits to society, or does it harm society?
  • (A more general version of above) What are the advantages and disadvantages of tall buildings?
  • Do you think hi-rise buildings are environmentally friendly?

Building Design (especially homes) in Your Country

  • Are buildings in your country all the same?
  • Do you think the design of a building influences people’s moods?
  • What factors influence the design of buildings?
  • (Similar to above) What factors are (or, should be) considered when a building is designed?
  • What types of accommodations are do people in your country live in?
  • What impact does climate and the environment have on the design of houses in various parts of the world?
  • (Similar to above) What impact does climate and the environment have on the design of houses in different parts of your country?
  • For examples, is the style of roof on a building important in areas that have heavy snowfall?
  • Do you prefer a home facing the north, or the south?
  • When homes are designed (by architects), do you think the needs of future residents are always considered?
  • Do you think any people design or build their own homes?
  • Why do some people like to design their own homes?
  • (Similar to above) Why do some people (want to) build their own houses?

Where People Live

  • Do people in your country generally prefer to live in cities or in the countryside?
  • Can you suggest why neighbours communicate less with each other today, compared to years ago?
  • Do you think more people will move to the suburbs in the future?

A Time When You Gave Advice to Others

Describe a time when you gave advice to others

You should say:

When it was

To whom you gave the advice

What the advice was

And explain why you gave the advice

 

 

Part 3

Do you often ask others for advice?

Do you often seek advice from your parents or friends?

Why do old people sometimes ask young people for advice?

Do others often ask for your advice?

What do you think of a person who often asks different people for advice?

What are the problems if you ask too many people for advice?

Is it a good thing to seek advice from many people before making a decision?

When do you ask a friend for advice instead of asking your parents for advice?

Do the elderly often seek advice from young people?

Will you think carefully before giving advice to others?

In general, what kind of person is more suitable for giving advice to others?

When somebody gives you some advice, do you usually follow this advice or do you usually insist on your own opinion?

You prefer advice from your family or your friends?

Who do young people turn to for advice?

Which you think is better, advice from young people or advice from old people?

Why do so many young people not accept the advice of older people?

Some people find it easier to accept advice that other people do. Why do you think there is this difference?

Should people prepare before giving advice?

Is it good to ask advice from strangers online?

What are the personalities of people whose job is to give advice to others?

When do older people seek advice from young people?

In what situation do young people ask their families for advice?

For which situations do people need to give careful advice?

A Time When You Moved To A New Home/School

Describe a time when you moved to a new home/school

You should say:

When you moved

Where you moved

Why you moved

And explain how you felt about it

Part 3

  • Why do people move to a new home?
  • What problems will people face after moving to a new place? How do people solve these problems?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in the same place?
  • Is it good to move to a new place frequently? Why?

A Time When You Tried To Do Something But Not Successful

Describe a time when you tried to do something but was not very successful

You should say:

When it was

What you tried

Why it was not very successful

And explain how you felt about it

Part 3

  • What's your definition of success?
  • What things do children try to succeed in?
  • Which do you think is more important for people to become successful, hard work or
  • opportunities?
  • Is it important to have goals in life in order to feel happy?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think people will be happy if they don't have any goals to achieve?
  • In general, how do people judge or assess the success of others?
  • Do you think that mistakes can help people achieve the greatest success?
  • What skills are important for success in business?
  • What are the reasons for failure?
  • What does it take to become successful?
  • Why is it that some people achieve success faster?
  • Do you believe being successful and making a lot of money are the same thing?
  • How do people achieve success at school?
  • Which do you think is more important, academic success or success in more practical, everyday skills?
  • Is it important to have goals in life in order to feel happy?
  • Should dreams be abandoned if they don't come true?
  • What do teenagers need to do to make their dreams come true?

A Time When You Waited For Something Special

Describe a time when you waited for something special to happen

You should say:

What you waited for

Where you waited

Why it was special

And explain how you felt while you were waiting

Part 3

  • On what occasions do people usually need to wait?
  • Who behaves better when waiting, children or adults?
  • Compared to the past, are people less patient now, why?
  • What are the positive and negative effects of waiting on society?

A Time You Bought Something From A Street Market

Describe a time you bought something from a street (or outdoor) market

You should say:

When it was

Where the market was

What you bought

And explain how you felt about it

Part 3

  • What kinds of markets are there in Iran?
  • Do you think small markets will disappear in the future?
  • Have people's shopping habits changed in recent years?
  • What are the differences between shopping in street markets and big shopping malls?
  • (similar to above) what is the difference between street markets and supermarkets?
  • Do many people go to street markets in your country?
  • Do you like going to street markets?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of shopping at a big shopping center?
  • What makes large shopping malls popular?
  • Why is online shopping so popular these days?
  • Have people’s shopping habits changed in recent years?
  • Do you think men and women have the same shopping habits?
  • How often do people in your country go shopping?
  • What kinds of places are popular for shopping in your country?
  • Is shopping popular in your country?

A Time You Got Up Early

Describe one morning when you got up very early.

               You should say:

 when (or, what time) you got up

 what you did

 why you got up early

 and explain why you remember this.

Part 3

Sleep

  • Can you think of any other occasions when people have to get up early?
  • What effect would sleeping late have on one’s life?
  • What kinds of (or, what are some examples of) jobs require people to get up early?
  • What do you think are the benefits of getting up early?
  • Can you suggest why some people like to get up early?
  • Do you think old people find it easier to get up early than young people?
  • What time do people usually get to bed (in your country)?
  • Do people (in your country) usually (or, like to) have a nap in the middle of the day?
  • What do you think are the benefits of having a nap?

Working and Studying Times

  • What do you think of people who work night shifts?
  • Do you think it's better for young people to study in the morning, or in the evening?

Some vocabulary:

Early

  • Proverb: “The early bird catches the worm.”
  • An early riser
  • At dawn, before dawn, at sunrise, before sunrise; when the sun comes up
  • Frost (on the ground), dark, fresh air, quiet, birds
  • Shiftwork
  • (Sleeping late) - Miss out on part of the day; miss the best part of the day; spend too much time alone late at night; a “night owl”
  • Benefits of early – experiencing the best part of the day; getting out of the house; meeting different people; getting more done during the day; a positive start to the day

Sleep

  • about eight hours a day
  • to “hit the sack” (colloquial)
  • my bedtime
  • a “night owl”
  • a “morning person”
  • to “recharge the batteries” (or battery)
  • “put my head down on my desk”
  • A “cat nap” = a nap for just a few minutes
  • To/a snooze
  • old people – You can say you’re not sure or you can talk about your grandmother who used to live with you.
  • insomnia
  • importance of sleep – mood, alertness (ability to concentrate), general health, attractiveness, . . .

A Time You Helped A Friend

Describe a time when you helped a friend

You should say:

When it was

How you helped him/her

Why you helped him/her

And explain how you felt about it

Part 3

  • How do people usually help each other?
  • How is online help different from real-life help?
  • Should schools be responsible for teaching students how to cooperate?
  • What are the differences between help from friends and help from family?
  • Do you think that people should show that they care about someone by actions, not words?
  • How do people in your community help each other?
  • Do you think that people are less willing to help others these days compared to the past?
  • Why are some people willing to help others?
  • Do you like to help others?
  • In what kinds of professions do people help others more?
  • Who should teach children to help others, parents or teachers?
  • In your view, should children be taught to help others?
  • How can we encourage children to help others?

A time you saw lots of people were smiling

Describe a time you saw lots of people were smiling

               You should say:

 who they were

 when and where it was

 what happened

 and explain why they were smiling

 

Part 3

Do you think people who like to smile are more friendly?

Why do most people smile in photographs?

Do women smile more than men? Why?

Do people smile more when they are younger or older ?

Smiling

  • Who would you say smiles more, men or women?
  • Who would you say smiles more, the young or the old?
  • Can you explain why people smile?
  • (The question above might be this) Can you give some examples of when (on what occasions or in what situations) people smile?
  • Can you suggest why most people smile when they have their photo taken?
  • What would you say is the difference between a fake smile and a genuine smile?

Expressing & Controlling Emotions

  • How do people express their emotions?
  • Who would you say can control their emotions better, males or females?
  • Who would you say can control their emotions better, young people or older people?
  • On what occasions do most people not show (or try not to show) much emotion?
  • Do you think there are times when people should control (or hide) their feelings?
  • Do you think people sometimes laugh to hide heir real feeling?
  • Do you think parents sometimes control showing their emotions in front of their children?
  • Do you think employees should show their emotions to their supervisor or boss at work?
  • Is that the same between friends?

A Time You Saw Something Interesting On Social Media

Describe a time you saw something interesting on social media

You should say:

When it was

Where you saw it

What you saw

And explain why you think it was interesting

Part 3

  • Why do people like to use social media?
  • What kinds of things are popular on social media?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of using social media?
  • What do you think of making friends on social networks?
  • Is it easy to find real friends on social networks/media websites?
  • What kind of people do you like to be friends with on these websites?
  • What kind of social networking websites do you like to use?

A Useful Piece of Equipment

Describe an important piece of equipment that you use at home.

              You should say

                               what it is

                               how often you use it

                               with whom you use it

               and explain why you think this thing is important.

Part 3

What kinds of machines are there in people's homes?

(similar to above) What electrical appliances do people in your country have at home?

What are the differences between the young and the old in their attitudes towards machines?

What kinds of professions require people to use machines?

Will many people's work be done by robots in the future?

Is there a benefit to technical machines?

(similar to above)what benefits do people get from using electrical appliances?

Do you think there are any shortcomings or dangers to using electrical equipment in the home?

Do the elderly use advanced equipment?

Do you think modern technology make people lazier?

What can people do to protect their equipment from technical problem?

When an electronic item of yours does not work, what do you do?

How do you feel about young children using them?

Is it good to use more robots  nowadays?

What are the benefits of robots to humans?

An Activity Near the Sea

Describe a leisure activity you would like to do on or near the sea.

            You should say:

                                what it is

                                what preparations you would need to do

                                how easy it would be

            and explain why you would like to do this activity.

Part 3

At a Beach

  • Can you explain why many people like going to a beach?
  • What sorts of things (leisure activities) do people do when they visit a beach?
  • What sorts of things to children like to do at a beach?
  • What sorts of things do adults like to do at a beach?
  • Who do you think prefers to be at the beach, children or elderly (= old) people?
  • Who do you think prefers to be at the beach, children or adults?
  • Do you think it's good (= there are benefits) for people to spend time at the beach?
  • Do you think sunbathing is a beneficial activity?
  • Can you explain why many people sit or lie under a beach umbrella when they go to a beach?
  • Can you suggest why people like to (or, want to) spend their time on the beach or near water?

Work on or Near the Sea

  • Can you give any examples of people who make a living from the sea (or from being connected to the sea)?
  • Comparing fishermen (= "fishers") and farmers, which group would you say has a tougher life?
  • Are there any jobs related to the sea that you would like to do?

Living Near the Sea

  • Can you suggest why some people like living near the sea (or in coastal cities)?

An Activity That You Do After School/Work

Describe an activity that you do after school/work

You should say:

What it is

When and where you do it

Who you do it with

And how you feel about it

Part 3

  • Why do some people enjoy extreme sports?
  • Are men more likely to do extreme sports than women?
  • What are the most popular outdoor activities in Iran?
  • What do young people usually do in groups?

An Activity You Usually Do That Wastes Your Time

Describe an activity you usually do that wastes your time

You should say:

What it is

When you usually do it

Why you do it

And explain why you think it wastes your time

Part 3

  • How do you balance life and work?
  • Will you continue doing something when you are aware that it’s a waste of time?
  • What kinds of things make people feel pressured?
  • Why do some people refuse to abide by rules?

An Argument Two Of Your Friends Had

Describe an argument two of your friends had

You should say:

When it happened

What it was about

How it was solved

And explain how you felt about it

Part 3

What do brothers and sisters argue about?

Do you think argument is important?

What do family members usually have arguments about?

(similar to above) What arguments occur between family members?

Is it easier for you to have arguments with your family or with your friends?

Do you think people should change the way they think when having arguments?

What is the main reason for disagreements in the family?

With whom do young people have more disagreements, with friends or family?

Why do you think nowadays young people can’t get on well with their family?

An Art Or Craft Activity You Had

Describe an art or craft activity (e.g. painting, woodwork, etc.) that you had (at school)

You should say:

What you made

How you made it

What it looked like

And explain how you felt about the activity

Part 3

What hand crafts do people in your country like to make?

Do like making things by hand?

Do you think it is good for children to learn to make things by hand?

Did you make any hand craft items in your childhood?

What traditional hand crafts are popular in Iran?

What do young people think of traditional hand crafts?

Do people in your country give hand crafts as gifts?

What are the benefits of making hand crafts?

An Article You Read about Health

Describe an article you read in a magazine or on the internet about health.

       You should say:

                when you read it 

                where you read it  (or, how you read it)

                what it was about               

       and explain why (you think) it could improve your health.

Possible follow-up questions:

  • Do you often read that kind of magazine / website?

Part 3

Being Healthy

  • What sorts of things do some people do today to try to maintain good health?
  • Are there any differences between the way old people and young people try to stay healthy?
  • How do you think people could become more healthier?
  • Do you think people in the future will be doing more exercise and eat healthier than they are today?
  • Would you like to learn how to swim?
  • Do schools in your country have any special activities to enhance the fitness of students?

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An exciting/interesting book you have read

Describe an exciting/interesting book you have read

You should say:

When you read it

What type/ kind of book it is

What it is about

And explain why you read it/ why it is exciting/interesting

PART 3

  1. Which group would read more, young people or old people?
  2. What's the difference between men and women in their reading habits?
  3. Do you prefer books or movies?
  4. Which gender reads more, male or female?
  5. Is it necessary for parents to read stories to their children?

An interesting person from another country

Describe an interesting person from another country

You should say:

Who this person is

What this person does

Why this person is interesting

And explain how you think of this person

 

Part 3

  1. Do you think communicating with foreigners is a good way to learn about foreign culture?
  2. What are the disadvantages of working for an international company?
  3. What kinds of problems will people have when they travel or live in a foreign country?
  4. Do you like to make friends with people from other countries?

An Item On Which You Spent More Than Expected

Describe an item on which you spent more than expected

You should say:

What it is

How much you spent on it

Why you bought it

And explain why you think you spent more than expected

Part 3

  • Do you often buy more than you expected?
  • What do you think young people spend most of their money on?
  • Do you think it is important to save money? Why?
  • Do people buy things they don’t need?

An Older Person Who You Admire

Describe a person (you know), much older than you, who you admire.

               You should say:

who this person is

how you know this person

how this person has influenced you

and explain why you admire this person.

Part 3

Generational Differences

  • In your view, what is "an old person"?
  • How do you know when you are looking at an old person? For example, do all old people have white hair?
  • Do you think there an increasing proportion of old people in the population today, compared to the past, or a decreasing proportion?
  • What would you say are the main differences between "young people" and "old people"?
  • Do you think the media today is more focused on young people, or on old people?
  • Do you think young people would have difficulty living with old people?
  • Do you think young people and old people have difficulty communicating with each other?
  • Do you think there is such a thing as, "the generation gap"?
  • What do you and X (the person you spoke about in Part 2) have in common?
  • How is this generation gap formed?
  • In what ways is the thinking of young people and that of old people different?
  • Which group do you think spends more money shopping, old people or young people?
  • What sources of income do old people in your country have?
  • In general do young people in your country respect old people?
  • Do you think the young people and older people (or, old people) can learn anything (or, learn much) from each other?
  • Do most old people know how to use modern electronic products?
  • Can you suggest why many elderly people are not interested in learning how to use modern technology such as using the internet?
  • What do you think young people can learn from older people (or, old people)?
  • What do you think young people should learn from older people (or, old people)?
  • Why do young people sometimes ask older people about the past?
  • Can you explain why young people ask older people for advice?

The Lives of Elderly People Today

  • What sorts of things do old people like to do with their time?
  • (Similar to above) What sorts of leisure activities do old people like to do?
  • Do elderly men and elderly women like to do the same things?
  • Do you think old people today do different activities than old people did in the past?
  • If you were an old person, what would you do with your time?
  • Do old people like to go on long trips?
  • What sorts of outdoor activities do old people like to do?
  • Do they like to do outdoor exercise (or sports)?
  • Do they use any particular exercise equipment?
  • Do they prefer to watch films at home, or in a cinema?
  • How would you compare the lives of old people in your country with the lives of old people in other countries?
  • Would you say that old people today have better lives (e.g. better living conditions; happier lives) than old people had in the past?
  • Do you think old people in the past were more optimistic than old people are today?
  • In what ways do you think the lives of old people today could be improved?
  • How do you think young people could help old people?
  • In many parts of the world, people are living longer than they did in the past. Can you suggest why that is happening?
  • Would you say modern technology has improved the lives of old people, compared to the past?
  • Do you think old people need to know how to use modern technology?
  • In your country, how are the medical costs of old people paid?
  • In your country, is there much media coverage of elderly people?
  • In general, what is the attitude towards old people expressed in the media?
  • Do you think there are benefits for some old people to delay retirement?
  • Can you suggest why many old people like to talk about the past?
  • Many old people talk about the "good old days". What do you think they mean? *
  • Do you think old people only remember the good things from their past?
  • (Similar to above) Many old people feel their life was better when they were younger. Why do you think they feel that way?
  • (Similar to above) Why do you think (old) people tend to remember the good things from the past and tend to forget what was not so good?
  • When old people talk about their past to their grandchildren, do you think they always speak accurately?

Friendly to a Person You Didn’t Like

Describe a person you were friendly to, although you did not really like them (him or her).

               You should say:

who this person was

when and where it happened

what the situation was

why you didn't like this person

and explain why you were (or, had to be) friendly to this person.

                                    or

and explain what the results were after you were friendly to this person.

Part 3

Friendliness

  • (Besides the example you just spoke about in Part 2 ... ) What are some other situations in which people have to be friendly (or polite) to others, even when we don't like these other people?
  • In your opinion, why do some people seem to be friendly and other not?
  • In general, in what situations is it easier to be friendly towards others?
  • How important do you think it is to be friendly towards others?
  • What types of people are you (or, people in general) most friendly towards?
  • Some people can make others believe that they are charming when, in fact, they are not sincere. How do they achieve that?
  • How do some people give a stronger appearance of being friendly than other people (when, in fact, they might not be friendlier at all)?
  • Is it possible to be too nice?
  • Would you say people in your country are friendly towards foreigners?

Communication

  • Do you agree that there are times when we need to speak directly?
  • Under what circumstances do (or, can or should) people show their real feelings about another person?
  • Do you think it's possible to communicate without words?
  • Do you think using certain types of body language is bad manners (= is impolite / is offensive)?
  • Do people in your culture use body language very much?
  • What are some examples of body language that people in your country use?

Good Manners

  • What jobs especially require people to always be friendly or polite towards others?
  • Can you suggest why some people, who are not very nice, act in a friendly way towards others?
  • What's the difference between being friendly and being polite?
  • Do you know of any differences between politeness in your country. and politeness in (English-speaking) Western cultures?
  • Who do you think has the "more polite" culture, your country or those Western countries?
  • Who do you think has the "friendlier" culture, your country or those Western countries?
  • In your judgment, why do people sometimes lose their patience with other people?
  • Do you think someone is more likely, or less likely, to get what they want if they show impatience?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think a person will be better treated if they are not polite when dealing with others?
  • Are there times when we need to speak directly (less politely) with others?
  • How should parents teach good manners to their children?
  • Should children be punished if they are rude (impolite) to other family members?

Good Service

Describe an occasion that you received good service from a company or shop.

You should say:

What the service was

When and where you received the service

Whom you were together with

And explain why you think it was a good service.

Part3

  • What jobs require staff to get in touch with many people?
  • What qualities do the staff need? Why?
  • How does a company train the staff?
  • What kind of jobs have to interact with the public?
  • Do they need special training?
  • Will all of them benefit from special training?
  • How do companies deal with the complaints from customers?
  • Did you recommend this shop to your friends? Do they like it?
  • What should a company do in the face of the problems with its products?
  • How could a company pick up its reputation after negative events?
  • What kind of jobs require good communication skills?
  • What if you cannot get high-quality products?
  • What might be the difficulties that you face when you have transaction with foreign companies?

Not Allowed to Use Mobile Phone

Describe a time when you couldn't (= were not allowed to) use your mobile phone.

            You should say:

where it was

what you were doing at this time (what the situation was)

when it was

            and explain why you were not able to (or, allowed to) use your mobile phone. 

                                                            or

            and explain how you felt when you were not able to (or, allowed to) use your mobile phone. 

              

Part 3

Mobile Phones

  • Do you think there should be regulations on the use of mobile phones?
  • What do you think of primary school students owning a mobile phone?
  • What (minimum) age do you think is appropriate for owning a cell phone?

Some Local News

Describe some local news that people in your locality are interested in.

               You should say:

what the news is

how you know about this news

who is involved in this news

and explain why it is interesting to people.

Part 3

Why do local people like to read local news?

Why do people like local news more than international news?

How often do people in your country buy newspapers?

What do you think of news on social media?

How do people in your country get news?

What kinds of news do people in your country watch or read?

Local News

  • Are there many local newspapers in your city (or town)?
  • Do you (or people in your country) generally prefer local news, or international news?
  • (Similar to above) Which do you think is more important, local news or international (= world) news?
  • (Different to above) Which news are people in your country more interested in, local news or national news?
  • Do you think people in one locality, such as a city, are interested in the local news from another locality or city?
  • Do people get local news from the internet?
  • How do you think a community benefits from local news?
  • Do you think local news can help people keep a sense of local identity?
  • If you wanted to be in the local news, how would you do it?

Ways of Getting News

  • How do people in your country get the news?
  • Which way of getting the news is best, in your opinion?
  • (Similar to above) Which do you think is better for getting the news, newspapers or the internet?
  • How do people in your country get local news?
  • Has there been any changes in the past few decades in how people get the news?
  • In your community, do people generally get their local news from TV or from newspapers?
  • In your community, do people generally get their local news from newspapers or from the internet?
  • Is it easy (or convenient) for people in your country to get the news on the internet?
  • How often do people in your country buy a newspaper these days?
  • Do you think newspapers will disappear one day?
  • Do you (or, do people in your country) prefer to watch the news on domestic (= national or  local) TV channels, or on international news TV channels (such as CNN & the BBC)?
  • Are children very interested in the news?
  • (The question above might really be this) Are young people very interested in the news?
  • Do you think there's too much news about crimes?

Communities (frequent sub-topic)

  • Can you suggest why some people are interested in doing community work (or, volunteer work)?
  • And why do some people not like doing that kind of work?
  • Who do you think tends to do community work more, old people or young people?
  • What do you think motivates people to engage in community work?
  • Would you say there are more groups doing community work than there were 20 or 30 years ago, or fewer of these groups?
  • Would you say people in local communities today are closer to each other than before, or not?
  • (Similar to above) Would you say local communities today are stronger than before, or not?
  • Would you say that the use of mobile phones tends to cause people to be estranged from each other?
  • Can you suggest why some people want to be a part of a community, and why other people do not care about that?

National Identity

  • Can you explain what is meant by the term, "national identity"?
  • How important would you say it is for people to have a (sense of) national identity?
  • Some countries (or, some people) don't place much value on national identity. Can you suggest why?
  • How do you think a sense of national identity can be cultivated among the people?

Something That You Are Interested To Learn Or Improve

Describe something that you are interested to learn or improve You should say: What it is How you will learn or improve it Why you are interested in it And explain how you feel about learning it

Part 3

  • Is it hard for adults to continue learning? Why?
  • Is it the government's responsibility to assist people to learn?
  • What are the differences between education in the past and now?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of distance learning?

Something You Shared

Version A

Describe something that you have shared with others (or another person) 

You should say:

        what you shared

        who you shared it with.

        why you shared it

and explain how you felt about sharing it

Version B

Describe something that you share with others (or another person)

You should say:

        what you share

        who you share it with.

        why you share it

and explain how you feel about sharing it

Version C

Describe something that you would like to share with others (or another person) 

You should say:

        what you would like to share

        who you would like to share it with.

        how you would prepare for this

and explain how you feel about sharing it

                            or

          and explain how you would feel after sharing it

Part 3

Sharing in Society

  • Besides your example from Part 2, what are some other things that people commonly share?
  • What are some things that people don't (usually) share with others?
  • (Similar to above) What are some things that people cannot share with others?
  • What do you share with your friends?
  • What are the benefits, and possible disadvantages, of sharing?
  • Do people in your country generally prefer to live alone, or do they prefer to share accommodation with others (non-family members)?
  • Should students share accommodation?
  • Do you think it's good to share a dorm room with others?
  • Would you say living in a dorm with other students is an example of sharing?
  • (If you share a dorm room) Do you have any conflicts with your roommates?
  • Have you developed any rules for your room?
  • Do you think the benefits of living with someone else outweigh the disadvantages?
  • Do you prefer to share public transport with others, or do you prefer to use private transport?
  • (Similar to above) Do people in your country generally prefer to share public transport with others, or do they prefer to use private transport?
  • Would you ever share your food with someone?
  • When eating with others (at a meal table), why do some people pay more attention to their mobile phones than to the people they are eating with?
  • Do you think working in teams is very important in society?

Children and Sharing

  • Do you think young children naturally share things?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think young children (people) are born with the instinct to share things?
  • How do children learn to share with others?
  • Why should children be taught to share?
  • Should parents teach their children to share?
  • Should teachers of young children teach their pupils to share?
  • How could parents and teachers teach young children to share?
  • (Similar to above) How could parents and teachers teach young children not to be selfish?
  • How do children benefit by sharing with others?
  • Do you think there are things that children cannot share (or, have difficulty sharing) with others?
  • Do you think there are things that children should not share with others?
  • Are there things that we don't need to share with others?
  • How can we judge what to share and what not to share?

Internet Privacy  (Unconfirmed sub-topic)

  • Have you ever shared personal information on the internet?
  • What do you know about data privacy?
  • Do you think sharing information on the internet is a good idea?
  • Why do researchers share information online?