IELTS Cue Card Sample 521 - Describe a good law in your country

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a good law in your country.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • how you know about it
  • what people think about this law 

and explain why you think that it is a good law.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Sample Answer 1:
As a citizen of the United States of America, I am aware of some excellent laws which ensure social justice, human rights, prevent influential people to use their power and make the USA one of the safest countries in the world. ‘Fair Housing Act’ is a law that I think is quite a significant and excellent law and for this cue card topic, I would like to talk about it.

The Fair Housing Act was first adopted in 1968 and it has gone through several amendments and up until now. This law was implemented to ensure a fair housing policy and to eliminate the discrimination on rent or sell for any property in the USA. The legislation was in place to make it illegal for anyone to refuse to sell, rent or make housing available to someone based on their race, color, sex, religion, country of origin, family status, or handicap. The Fair Housing Act also protects citizens in mortgage landing circumstances, making it illegal for anyone to discriminate when appraising property or require different fees or contacts of someone just because of their race, color, national origin or religion.

I first learned about this law from an assignment one of our teachers gave us during our second term in the college. We were supposed to complete a lengthy and thorough assignment on housing rent discrimination in Michigan state. As part of the assignment, I had to study the acts and laws related to housing rent and property sell. Later on, I read a newspaper editorial that explained some unfairness on renting houses in the USA and how laws prohibit it.

I think most of the people believe that this is a vital law in place to reduce the racism and social prejudice. For some people, it is quite a life-saving law. Most of my friends think that this is quite an important law in place.

I personally believe that this law protects thousands of US citizens to be unfairly treated while renting or purchasing a property. This act ensures the equal rights of the US citizens and maintains the social just. Laws are meant to establish the fact that all human beings are equal and they should never be discriminated due to their economic conditions, sex, race, social status, country of origin, religion color, and this law I am talking about perfectly reflects this important issue and makes housing rules fair. Without this law, there would have been a widespread discrimination on property renting and selling. Doubtlessly this is one of the most important laws in our country. 


Sample Answer 2:
Smoking is undoubtedly a bad habit with numerous detrimental impacts. Not a single benefit of smoking found until today and so the government of Australia has become rigid on the issue of smoking here and there. Smoking is banned in public places and cigarettes are sold in plain packets.

Besides, the government has also initiated plain packaging for tobacco products. It points that all the tobacco products should be sold in a generic packet. There should be no advertisements of tobacco products on the packets. And all the brands will have the same colour in their pack. Any sort of imagery or branding is banned after the recent law that came into force in 2012. However, the brand name of the cigarette brand should be placed in a preset font and on a specific part of the packet. The health warning should be mentioned clearly. The plain packaging system is also introduced in some other states but Australia is the leading one in the case.  

When the stringent anti-smoking law came into force, it was publicised on mainstream media. I came to know about the issue from the mass media reports and other publications. Moreover, there were some silent moves by the tobacco companies and they tried to stop the process of plain packaging. But they were a failure. Despite the barriers from the tobacco companies, the government implemented the law and made it a must for them to sell cigarettes in plain packets. Disobeying the law is subject to specific punishment in terms of monetary fine and sentence for imprisonment. After the initiation, it became difficult for the smokers to get their respective brands as all the cigarette packets were of the same colour.  

People across the country and islands are highly satisfied with the anti-smoking law provisions. In fact, it was troublesome to tolerate cigarette smoke in public transports and places like bus stoppages, medical centres, theatre halls, schools, colleges and other educational institutions, shopping malls and other places covered by walls on four sides. This was a great problem for the non-smokers to comply with the cigarette smoke. As a result, the number of health disorders was on the rise. But with the initiation of the new anti-tobacco law, now the non-smokers are relieved to a great extent. The rate of smoking in public places has reduced to a great extent. Besides, there is a decline on cigarette sell as well. So, it appears that people have accepted the law gladly and abiding it as much as they can.   

This is really a good law for the state. Smoking causes a good number of damage both the smokers and the non-smokers. Besides, smoking cigarettes is also harmful to the environment. But because of its addictive nature, people smoke a lot and cause damage to their body and mind. The attempt from the government to stop the use of tobacco is really appreciating. As part of the plan, the government is marching ahead with the activities like banning smoking in public places, initiation of pictorial warning on tobacco packets and plain packaging etc. It is anticipated that someday the use of tobacco will come down to a great extent and that is the expectation from everyone.

More Ideas to talk about this Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card topic:

Topic: Describe a good law in your country.

1. The hike in the minimum wage for workers is a very good law in the UK. I came to know about the law from a local newspaper here in Yorkshire. People are happy with the decisions, particularly the law has changed the lives of the working class people. This is a good constitution because it helps to elevate the lives of working-class people across the country. They are having access to a decent life. So, I think, this is a good law for the country indeed.

2. The child abuse prevention act of the USA government is a great law. I came to know about the law during a research work about child molestation in the country. People also have welcomed the law warm-heartedly. The law prohibits all forms of child abuse and the violators will be punished severely after the law provisions. The law also has ordered to reduce the juvenile harassment and all sorts of negligence to the children in the country.

3. Escorting females to the police station by female police officers is a great law in India. I came to know about the law through a television advertisement. The common people have admitted that this is a good law for the country. Earlier, to control situations or violence, the police force used to take control of everything and the male police members used to arrest everyone including females. But such arrests created unwanted situations. Hence the law orders to use female police officials to arrest females or deal with them. So, I think this a good law in reality.

4. A law in Japan orders all the foreigners to keep their passports all the time with them. This is a very good law to prevent unwanted crimes and situations. I came to know about the law from a newspaper article. People of the country have also praised the regulation to the extreme extent. This is the law that will help make all the foreigners in the country aware and they would not dare to get involved in criminal activities. Considering the ground, this is an effective law, I believe.

5. Drinking alcoholic beverages is usual in Thailand but if someone takes a photo with the beverage, that is a punishable offence. While reading an article on the Internet, I came to know about the law. There is a mixed reaction among the Thai people about the law. Some of them have praised it while some others oppose it. But I think this is a good law because it will refrain people from posting photos with alcohol. It will help to reduce the moral degradation as well because often such photos go viral that may have detrimental impacts on the society.

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