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IELTS Speaking Topics - Typical Questions

Part 1 of IELTS Speaking Test

Example IELTS Speaking Questions & Topics


I'd just like to ask you some questions about your hometown or city.

  1. What type of place is it?
  2. What was it like growing up there?
  3. Has it changed much since you were a child?


I'd just like to ask you some questions about your studies.

  1. What are you studying?
  2. Why did you choose that particular course?
  3. What job would you like when you have completed all your studies?


I'd just like to ask you some questions about your work.

  1. What work do you do?
  2. What do you enjoy most about your work?
  3. What are your main duties?
  4. Is there any other work you would like to do in the future?
Interview practice

Free Time

I'd like to move on and ask you some questions about your free time

  1. What type of activities do you like to do in your free time?
  2. How long have you been interested in these activities?
  3. Do you like to do theses activities alone or with other people? (Why)?
  4. Do you think people have enough free time? (Why/why not)?


I'd like to move on and ask you some questions about your family.

  1. How many people are there in your family?
  2. Do you all live in the same house? (Why/why not)?
  3. What things do you like doing together?
  4. Who is your favourite family member?
Family Life


Let's move on and talk about being on time for appointments.

  1. Is being late acceptable in your culture? (Why/why not)?
  2. Are you ever late for appointments? (Why/why not)?
  3. What type of excuses do you think are alright for lateness?
  4. How do you feel when someone is late for an appointment with you?


Let's change the topic and talk about your neighbours

  1. Do you know the people who live next door to you?
  2. How often do you see each other?
  3. What kind of relationship do you have?
  4. How can neighbours be helpful?
  5. What kind of problems can people have with their neighbours in a big city?


Moving to a new topic, I'd like to discuss cooking and meals with you.

  1. Do you enjoy cooking? (Why/why not)?
  2. What type of things can you cook? (Why)?
  3. What kinds of food are popular in your country?
  4. Is it an important part of your culture to have dinner parties? (Why)?
  5. Do you prefer to eat with other people or on your own? (Why)?
Cooking and eating food


I'd now like to discuss your night time dreams with you.

  1. Do you dream much at night?
  2. Do you often remember your dreams?
  3. Do you think we can learn anything from dreams? (Why)?
  4. Do people in your country talk about their dreams? (Why)?
  5. Do you think that dreams can come true?
Interpretting Dreams

Magazines and Newspapers

Okay, let's move to a different topic and discuss magazines and newspapers.

  1. Which do you prefer reading, newspapers or magazines? (Why)?
  2. What type of stories do you like to read about? (Why)?
  3. Do you think reading a magazine or a newspaper can help you learn a language? (Why)?
  4. Why do you think some people prefer magazines to newspapers?


Let's change the topic and talk about comedy and humour.
"No, seriously! I'm not joking here."
"Well, actually you are! BOOM BOOM"

  1. What type of programmes do you find funny on TV?
  2. Which types of programmes are most popular in your country? (Why)?
  3. What kind of things make you laugh? (Why)?
  4. Do you like to make people laugh? (How)?
  5. Do you think it is important to have a sense of humour? (Why)?
Did you get the punchline?

Part 2


  1. How are education priorities today different from those in the past?
  2. What is your opinion on the way languages are taught in schools?
  3. How can the type of school you go to affect career success?
  4. What changes do you think will happen in the classroom in the near future?


  1. Is water pollution a problem in your country?
  2. What are some of the causes of water pollution?
  3. What can individuals do to try and ensure water is kept clean?
  4. Do you think problems with the cleanliness of water will improve in the future?

Influence of television

  1. How popular is watching television in your country?
  2. Tell me about the types of programme that are generally on television in your country.
  3. Why do people like watching television?
  4. Do you think state or private television is better?
  5. What effects can watching television have on children?

Influences on the young

  1. What type of people influence the young in your country?
  2. Why it is important to have role models?
  3. Do you think the education system in your country influences young people's behaviour?
  4. What type of person (parents, teachers, friends etc) are best to influence young people's behavior?
  5. What do you think young people will be most influenced by it the future?

Leisure activities

  1. What types of leisure activities are popular in your country?
  2. Why it is important for people to have time for leisure activities?
  3. Why are some activities more popular than others?
  4. Are the types of leisure activities that are popular today the same as those that were popular when your parents were young?
  5. What types of leisure activities may become more popular in the future?
leisure is pronounced differently in the USA. i: or e as the first vowel
Leisure and free time


  1. Is shopping a popular activity in your country
  2. How have shopping habits changed over recent years?
  3. To what extent do you think advertising affects the way people shop?
  4. Do you think shopping habits are likely to change in the future?


  1. What types of sports are popular in your country?
  2. What are the benefits of playing a sport?
  3. Do you think the types of sport that are popular will change in the future?
  4. how can sports bring people from different countries closer together?


  1. How do most people travel long distances in your country?
  2. Have the types of transport people use changed much over the last few decades?
  3. What kinds of improvement have there been in transport in your country in recent years?
  4. Do you think transport is likely to continue to improve in the future?
Speaking Topics to Practice Questions for Discussion Animal Practice
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