Speaking part 3 - follow-up questions
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After you are done with the ‘Cue Card/Candidate Task Card’, which is the second part of the speaking test, the examiner will move on and ask you some follow-up questions. These follow-up questions are mostly related to the cue card topic you were given. Follow-up questions, also known as ‘details discussion’ comprise the part three of the IELTS speaking test.
At a glance:
- Speaking test – part 3 (Two-way discussion/ follow-up question/ details discussion).
- Questions 4-7. Questions are mostly based on cue card topic/ candidate task card topic.
- Time: 4-6 minutes.
Try to support your answers with examples and reasons. Also, give lengthy and comprehensive answers.
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IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Family.
1. Is family important in your country?
2. How has the size of the family changed in the last few decades in your country?
3. How do you think the family will change in the future?
4. What role do grandparents play in the family in your country?
5. Who do you think should be responsible for the care of the elderly, the family or the government?
6. Why is the number of joint families decreasing in modern time?
IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Sports and competition.
1. Why are some sports fans so passionate?
2. Is there any violence at sporting events in your country?
3. Should athletes be better role models?
4. What benefits do international sporting events bring?
5. Is it important for a country to win lots of medals?
6. The money professional sportsmen earn is significantly higher than that the earning of other professionals. Is it justified?
IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Historic Place.
1. How do people in your country feel about protecting historic buildings?
2. Do you think an area can benefit from having an interesting historic place locally? In what way?
3. What do you think will happen to historic places or buildings in the future? Why?
4. How were you taught history when you were at school?
5. Are there other ways people can learn about history, apart from at school? How?
6. Do you think history will still be a school subject in the future? Why?
IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Films/ Cinema.
1. Do you think the cinema has increased or decreased in popularity in recent years?
2. In your opinion, will this trend continue into the future?
3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of making films of real-life events?
4. How important do you think it is for a filmmaker to remain true to the original story?
5. Should films and television be censored or should we be free to choose what we see?
6. How do you think censorship laws will change in the next 20 years?
IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Humour.
1. What types of programmes do you find funny on TV?
Answer: Personally, I do not watch TV that much though once this has been a great source of entertainment for me. On an average, I watch TV 5-10 hours in a week. I find reality TV shows, comedy TV series and celebrity talk show quite funny and entertaining. TV series like ‘How I met your mother’, and ‘The big bang theory’ are very funny.
2. What types of programmes are most popular in your country? Why do you think this is the case?
Answer: Talk shows, news, and TV series are very popular among the TV viewers in my country. Based on a recent survey published online, talk shows and news analysis are rapidly gaining popularity. I believe that watching the news is quite popular in the whole world. It’s easy to watch, provides updates around us, informs us about the current events and entertain us. Unlike other programmes, we can start watching a news programme anytime and we do not need to pay a great deal of attention to grab the information or the theme of it. Similarly, talk shows give us insights of an event and let us know what experts have to say about an event. Sometimes people with opposite opinions and views sit together and analyse something from their viewpoints. Those sorts of programmes are both entertaining and informative and I guess this is the main reasons people in my country watch these programmes more than other programmes.
3. What kind of things make you laugh? Why?
Answer: I guess this is a tough question to answer as I had to think really hard to come with an answer to this question. I think a good sense of humour, a funny joke, a funny activity of a child, a comedy movie, a serious attitude of a child, an activity or a pet or a funny childhood or adolescent memory make me laugh. I love children, especially for their innocence. Sometimes the acts like adults and this is an enjoyable thing for most of the people. A good movie that has a funny storyline or funny characters makes me laugh as I seriously enjoy these types of movies. A sense of humour, an enjoyable and funny joke is also very refreshing and helps me laugh for a while.
4. Do you like to make people laugh? How?
Answer: Definitely, I love to make people laugh. But that does not mean that I act like a joker or a clown or I try to make others laugh all the time. I sometimes tell a funny joke or story which often make others laugh. Besides, I sometimes mimic someone and that makes my friends laugh. For instance, we had a very funny neighbour and whenever I act like him in front of my friends, they all find it very funny and they laugh quite loudly. I am not sure if I have an acute sense of humour but I believe that this is an important quality to make others enjoy someone’s company and laugh a lot with his story and way of presenting a story or event.
5. Do you think it is important to have a sense of humour?
Answer: As I have just said, a sense of humour is a great quality for anyone and it attracts others to become friends with the person who has a great sense of humour. Having a sense of humour is a great skill and this quality puts someone stands out of the crowd. A good sense of humour also represents someone’s intelligence and wit.
IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Travel and transport.
1. How easy is it to travel around your country?
2. Which method of travel do you consider safest? Why?
3. Has travel become safer in recent years than that was in the past?
4. What are the pros and cons of low-cost air travel?
5. How do you think people will travel in the future?
6. Should the government in a country focus more on rail transports or road transports? Why?
IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Universities.
1. Is higher education too expensive in your country?
2. Should all students pay for their university education? Why?
3. What advantages do universities bring to the society? Is it same in your country?
4. Which is more important, research or teaching? Why?
5. How should students spend their summer vacations? How do/did you spend it?
6. What are the advantages of private universities than public universities?
IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Reading Books.
1. Do you generally read a lot of books or do you prefer watching TV? Why?
2. What kind of books are considered good reads in your opinion?
3. Do you think that people read nowadays as they did in the past?
4. Do you regard famous writers as good role models?
5. If a movie is based on a book, would you prefer to read the book or to watch the film? Why?
6. How our reading habit changes as we grow up? Why does it happen?
IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Media & News.
1. How do most people get their news in your country?
2. How do you think people will get their news in the future?
3. Do you believe everything you read in the newspapers?
4. How has TV changed people's life?
5. What do you think of children watching TV?
6. How has social media changed the way we get and share the news?
IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Internet.
1. Do most people have a computer at home in your country? What do most people use it for?
2. Do you think all information on the internet is true?
3. How can people find reliable information on the internet?
4. How has the internet changed the way we live?
5. How has the internet changed the way we work?
6. Do you think the internet is safe for children to use unsupervised?