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IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Clothes.

1. Can clothing tell you much about a person?
2. Why do some companies ask their staff to wear uniforms?
3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of having uniforms at work?
4. When do people wear traditional clothing in your country?
5. How have clothes fashions change in your country over the last few decades?
6. What is the difference between clothes that young people and old people like to wear?

IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Sports.

1. What types of sports are popular in your country? Why?
2. What are the benefits of playing a sport?
3. Do you often play a sport? Why/ why not?
4. Do you think the types of sport that are popular will change in the future?
5. How can sports bring people from different countries closer together?
6. Why are some international sports more popular than others?

IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Advertising.

1. What makes an advertisement effective?
2. What is the purpose of advertising?
3. How have advertisements changed since you were a child?
4. What are the advantages and disadvantages of advertising?
5. Do you think that advertisements should be strictly regulated?
6. How important is it for advertisers to tell the whole truth in advertisements?

IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Childhood Memory.

1. Is it important to have pleasant childhood memories?
2. Do you think that people are permanently affected by negative childhood memories?
3. What do you think it means to ‘live in the past’?
4. Nowadays many parents try to make their children happy by buying them many toys. How do you feel about this?
5. Is it important for a child to have a lot of toys in order to be happy?
6. What is more important for a child’s happiness, many toys or many friends?

IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Photography.

1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of taking photographs?
2. How has modern technology changed the way we take photographs?
3. How has sharing photographs changed since your grandparents’ time?
4. How well do photographs capture special moments?
5. Do you think that people nowadays spend too much time taking photographs?
6. Why do you think people photograph themselves?

IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Inventions and copyright.

1. Which invention has transformed your country most?
2. Would you like to be an inventor? Why/ why not?
3. How long should someone be able to profit from an idea?
4. Do you think intellectual property laws are too strict?
5. What is your opinion about the copyright of an intellectual property and idea?
6. Can you cite one example when you noticed a copyright violation? Wha was it?

IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Leisure Activities.

1. What type of leisure activities are popular in your country.
2.  Why it is important for people to have leisure activities?
3.  Why are some leisure activities more popular than others?

1.  What type of leisure activities are popular in your country.
Answer: Well, the leisure and recreational activities in my country greatly vary based on the age group, economic and employment status, gender and location of people. However, watching TV, surfing the internet, walking in the park, reading daily newspapers and participating in sports like cricket and football are some very common past time activities of the people in my country.

To be more specific, teenagers and young people mostly like to watch TV programmes, use the internet and social networking sites like Facebook, play online games, sometimes collect stamps, and play outdoor games and sports while adults most of the time Watch TV, walk in the park and read newspapers. The choice of hobbies and leisure activities are quite different among the city-dwellers and villagers. For instance, a teenage boy in a city would mostly play a video game or chat with friends online in his free time, a teenager in a rural area, on the contrary, would be busy fishing or playing outdoor games.

How these activities vary are quite prominent in our country. Even I can feel that by just looking at the different members of my family.  While my younger brother loves to travel, my elder brother plays cricket. Two of my cousins collect stamps and coins while I mostly read books and magazines. My parents walk in the park and other family members mostly enjoy movies and other TV programmes.  

2.  Why it is important for people to have leisure activities?
Answer: I believe that leisure activities are quite important for us as these activities often define who we are, what we like and how we chose to spend our time. Furthermore, these activities refresh our mind, motivate us and help us reinvent ourselves. For instance, one of my cousins started taking painting classes as his hobby a few years back. Initially, it was a simple past time activity has was passionate about. Later on, he found that he had a great potential in painting and now he is a full-time artist. This is a real-life example of how a simple leisure activity can help us re-explore our hidden talent and passion.

Human, physically and psychologically, is not prepared to work stay idle all day long. They need a perfect schedule for working, relaxing, and enjoying their free time. Thus leisure activities help us enjoy our time, get refreshed, relax, and get recharged for working more. Interestingly, people who work very hard need more enjoyable free time activities. Otherwise, they will suffer from fatigue and get distracted soon. 

3.  Why are some leisure activities more popular than others?
Answer: It is quite natural that people would prefer some sort of leisure activities than others. The preference and choice depend on the way someone has spent his childhood and how he was influenced by the other family members. Besides, it varies from country to country and sometimes even cities to cities. The history and socio-cultural background of a nation also influence the type of leisure activities people have. To cite an example, teenagers in some Asian countries often make kites and fly them while this is not the case in many western countries.

Personally, I believe that the leisure activities of people are often determined by the society they live in and their socio-economic status. Finally, some leisure activities are more common and popular due to their attractions and engagements.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Studies.

1. What are you studying?
2. Why did you choose this particular course?
3. What job would you like when you have completed all your studies?
4. What are the differences between a private university and a public university? Which one do you prefer?

1.  What are you studying?
Answer: I am studying Business Administration and my major is economics. I am in my fifth semester and now I am planning to transfer my credits to an Australian university.

2.  Why did you choose this particular course?
Answer: Honestly speaking, I did not have much choice about picking up a particular course at my university. I had always been a commerce major student and taking business administration as my bachelor course might have been a great decision, but that was not an open option for me. I took the admission test and the university authority offered this course to me. I was also offered to study finance but I chose business administration over this course.

However, if you ask me if the business administration was a good choice for me, I would say ‘yes’ without any slight hesitation.

3.  What job would you like when you have completed all your studies?
Answer: To be honest, I have not given any serious thought regarding my future career. I still need to complete my graduation and post-graduation degrees. However, my preference would be to work in an international NGO for the first 2-3 years after my studies and then move on to work in any large organisation where I’ll be able to use my knowledge and experience to further enhance my career. My ultimate objective would be to become an entrepreneur someday and besides own a charity organisation which will work for the less privileged children.  

4.  What are the differences between a private university and a public university? Which one do you prefer?
Answer: Well, as the name suggests, private universities are privately owned universities contrary to the government or state-owned public universities. Private universities are quite expensive and in many cases, offer a few selected courses. On the other hand, public universities are funded by the state and do not require a high tuition for the students. From my personal experience I can say that, public universities large campuses and a great number of students while the opposite is the case for private universities.

Which one do I prefer? Well, as a public university student I personally prefer a public university over a private university. However, I am quite broad-minded in terms of accepting some advantages of studying at a private university. For example, a student from a private university can complete his course in due time while this is not possible at many public universities.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Environmental Problem.

1. Tell me, what do you think are the greatest environmental problems facing your country at present?
2. And what has been done so far to solve these problems?
3. How successful would you say these measures have been?
4. Do you think things are likely to get better or worse in the future?
5. Is what you are going to study likely to be of any use to solve these problems?
6. Should countries try to solve the climate change problems together or individually? Why?

IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Ceremony.

1. How important are ceremonies in our lives?
2. Do you see the role of private and public ceremonies changing in the future?
3. Have attitudes towards marriage changed in recent years?
4. In what ways do men and women feel differently about marriage, in your opinion?
5. What sort of national events makes headlines in your country?
6. Does the media in your country pay more attention to global or national events?


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