Work or studies
Bus or taxi
Being in a hurry
What sports do you like? (Why?)
What sports are most popular in China?
Are boys and girls good at the same sports?
What sports do children prefer?
Do you like to do daily exercise? (Why?/Why not?)
What are the advantages of doing regular exercise?
Where do people in China usually exercise?
Do you like swimming?
How often do you swim?
Where do you swim in your city?
Is it difficult to learn how to swim?
Are there many shops near your home? (What kind?)
Do you like shopping? (Why?/Why not?)
Who usually does the shopping in your home?
How often do you buy something in a shop?
Is food important to you? (Why?)
What kinds of food do you particularly like?
Is there any food you don’t like? (Why?)
What kinds of food are most popular in China?
Do you like cooking? (Why?/Why not?)
Who usually does the cooking in your home?
How do you feel about birds? (Why do you feel that way?)
How do Chinese people feel about birds?
Are there many birds near your home?
Have you seen many different kinds of birds? (near your home)
When do you have free time?
Do you think it's important to have leisure time?
How does that (the way Chinese people like to relax) compare with western countries?
Do your friends ever come to your home in their free time?
Compare the way people in China relax today and the way they used to relax years ago.
Does it rain much in China? (Where? When?)
Is there any part of China where it doesn't rain much? (Where?)
When (in what month/season) does it rain most in your hometown?
What about the other parts of China? (In which season does it rain most in other parts of China?)
Can you remember any time when it rained particularly heavily in your hometown? (When?)
Does rain ever affect transportation in your hometown? (How?)
Television and Radio
What kind of entertainment do you prefer, TV or radio? (Why?)
How are radio programs and television programs different?
What programs do you like to watch/listen to?
When do you watch TV/listen to the radio?
In China, has television/radio changed much in recent years?
How do you think TV/radio broadcasts in China could be improved?
Do you play any indoor games?
Do you prefer to play indoor games or outdoor games?
What indoor games did you play when you were a child?
Is there any particular indoor game that you liked (when you were a child)?
What sorts of indoor games do children play now?
Do you like (to learn about) history?
What historical event do you find most interesting?
Do you think history is important?
Do you like to watch programs on TV about history?
How (or, from where) do you get information about history?
Do you like going out with your friends?
Do you often go out with friends?
What do you do when you go out?
Where do you go when you go out?
Do you prefer to go out with a large group of friends or just a few friends?
What do you think "patience" is?
Do you think patience is important?
(Possibly) Do you think being patient is an important part of being polite?
Would you say you are a patient person?
Have you ever lost your patience?
What do you become impatient about?
Plans and Goals
When do you plan to start that?
How do you intend to achieve that?
When you go abroad, do you plan to live in the countryside or a big city? (Why?)
What's the weather like today?
What's the weather (usually) like in your hometown?
(Similar to above) What is the typical weather in your country?
What's your favourite season? (Why?)
(Similar to above, but different) What's your favourite weather? (Why?)
Do you like snow? (Why?)
Do you watch the weather forecasts?
Does the weather ever affect what you do?
Does your name have any particular meaning?
What's the origin of your name? (or, your surname)
Do you like your name?
What do your friends call you?
Did your family have a certain (nick) name that they called you when you were a child?
What names are popular to give to babies in your country?
Describe a tall building in your hometown you like or dislike
Describe a person/something that made you laugh
Describe your favorite movie
Describe a piece of equipment in your home
Describe a gift that you recently gave to others
Describe a time you needed to use imagination
Describe a person who you have met and want to know more about
Describe a time you were really close to a wild animal
Describe an activity that you prefer to do and is a little expensive
Describe a time you were very busy
Describe an interesting or unusual thing you did recently
Describe an interesting song
Describe a creative inventor or musician
Describe a garden you have visited
Describe a time you made an appointment for something
Describe an area of science that you are interested in
Describe a special meal you have had
Describe a place you often visit
Describe a team project for study or entertainment
Describe a place in other countries where you would like to work
Describe a famous person in your country
Describe a place where you relaxed
Describe an outdoor activity you like to do
Describe an advertisement you have seen recently
Describe a bicycle/motorbike/car trip that is interesting
Describe a website you like to visit
Describe a person that you admire
Describe an interesting photo
Describe an important place (like a stadium) in your city
Describe someone who has a great influence on you
Describe a small business you want to do in the future
Describe a short journey that you often take but disliked
Describe a wedding you have been to
Describe a situation that you got angry
Describe a big company you are interested in.
Describe an activity you do to keep fit.
Describe a program or app in your computer or phone
Describe a mistake that you once made
Describe an occasion when you ate a kind of food for the first time
Describe a positive change you have had
Describe a method that helps you save money
Describe an interesting tradition in your country
Describe a character or personality of yours
Describe an old thing that your family has kept for a long time.
Describe a person that just moved home
Describe an activity that you do after school or work
Describe an interesting public place that you like to visit
Describe a time that you had to get up early
Describe a person who once moved to live with you
Describe a piece of good news that you received
Describe a time that you shared something with someone
Describe a leader that you admire
Describe an important skill you learned when you were a child
Describe a course that you want to learn
Describe a creative person that you admire
Describe a person that you like to spend time with
Describe your favorite part in your city (town)
An Exciting Sport
Describe an exciting sport that you know about.
You should say:
what the sport is
how you know about this sport
how easy it is to play this sport
and explain what it was about this sport that makes it exciting (for you).
Describe a party you would like to arrange for your friends or family.
You should say:
who you would invite to the party
when and where you would hold the party
what you (or, your guests) would do at the party
and explain why you would hold (= have) this party.
and explain what preparations you would do for this party.
A Newspaper or Magazine Article
Describe an article you recently read in a newspaper or magazine.
You should say:
what magazine or newspaper it was
when you read it
what the article was about
and explain why you remember this article.
An Artistic Activity
Describe an artistic activity that you do/did (outside of normal classes) at school or university (such as painting, woodwork or pottery)
You should say:
what the activity is/was
when & where you do/did this activity
who you do/this activity with
how you did this activity
and explain how you felt (feel) about his activity
Describe a success you would like to achieve (in the near future).
You should say:
what it is
how difficult you think it will be
what you should do to prepare for this
and explain why you want to succeed in doing this.
and explain how you think you will feel after you reach this goal.
An Email or Postcard
Describe a holiday postcard or email you received and that you liked.
You should say:
who the postcard/email was from
where it was sent from
when you received it
what the contents of the postcard or email were
and explain why you liked it.
A Place where People Listen to Music
Describe a place you know where people go to listen to music (such as a theatre or a music hall).
You should say:
where it is
what kind of music is performed there
what type of people go there
why people go there
how you know this place
and explain your impressions of this place.
A Person who has visited your Home
Describe a person who visited your home.
You should say:
who the person was
why they visited your home
how you spent the time with this visitor (or how you entertained this visitor)
and explain how you felt about the visit.
An Adventurous Person
Describe an adventurous person who you know.
You should say:
who the person is
how you know this person
what this person does that is adventurous
and explain why you think this person likes to take risks.
(or, explain how you feel about the risks this person takes.)
A Tourist Attraction
Describe a tourist site in your country that you enjoyed visiting.
You should say
where you went (= the name and location of the place)
what sort of this place it was (or, what it looked like)
what you did there
who you went with
and explain why you enjoyed it.
and explain why you think people are attracted to that place.
A Piece of Furniture
Describe an item of furniture, either modern or traditional.
You should say:
what material it is made of
what style it is (modern or traditional)
who bought it (or, who chose to buy it)
and explain (how or) why this piece of furniture was bought. (Or, explain how this piece of furniture is used.)
A Work of Art
Describe a painting or work of art that you have seen.
You should say:
when you saw this work of art
where you saw it
what it looked like
and explain your impression of it.
A Practical Skill
Describe a practical skill that you have (such as driving a car, speaking a foreign language, cooking etc).
You should say:
what this skill is
who taught you this skill; (how and when you learned it)
how long you learned this skill
and explain how this skill is useful to you.
1、 It is not necessary for people to travel to other places to learn about the culture. We can learn as much as from books , films and the Internet. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
2、Some people think government money spent on supporting artists (such as painters, musicians and poets) is better than that spent on other important things. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
3、 Nuclear energy is better than other energy resources in meeting ever-increasing needs of the globe. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
4、Some people think that governments should do more to make their citizens eat a healthy diet. Others, however, believe that individuals must take responsibility for their own diet and health. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
5、 Some people think sports games are important for society, while others believe they should more be taken as leisure activities. Discuss.
6、Some people think that environmental problems are too big for individuals to solve. Others, however, believe that these problems cannot be solved if individuals do not take actions. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.//The international community must act immediately to ensure that all countries reduce their consumption of fossil fuels, such as gas and oil. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
7、Some people think the university education function should prepare the students for employment ,but others believe university education can offer many other functions .Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
8、 Some people think reading stories in books is better than watching TV or playing computer games for children. To what extend do you agree or disagree?
9、 Some people think that students in single-sex schools perform better academically. Others, however, believe that mixed schools provide children with better social skills for adult life. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
10、 Some people think that the main purpose of schools is to teach children to be a good citizen or worker rather than to benefit them as individuals. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
11、 There are many advertisements which are directed at children, such as snacks, toys and other goods. Parents argue that they will impose negative influence to their children. But the advertisers claim that advertisements provide some useful information to children. Discuss the both viewpoints and give your own opinion.
12、 Air travel and telecommunication makes the communication all over the world closer. To what extent do you agree that the society benefits from international tourism and business?
13、Some people say that there is a need to recycle the items that we throw away every day, what are the reasons and what individuals can do?
14、 In some countries, many children are unhappy. What are the reasons? What can parents and schools do to solve this problem?
15、Some people say that teaching the young generations foreign languages is the best way to broaden their visions about the world. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
15、Computers enable people to be able to work at home and children to study at home. Some people believe that it is convenient and cost-saving. Do you think the phenomenon positive or negative?
16、Some people say that governments should spend money on measures to save languages that are used by few speakers, while others believe it's a waste of financial resources. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
17、These days young adults are encouraged to work for a period of time after high school, however, others think they should continue to study. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
18、 Some people think that robots are very important for humans' future development. Others, however, think that robots are a dangerous invention that could have negative effects on society. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
19、 Some children think that some subjects such as mathematics and philosophy are too difficult for them to study at school, so they should be made optional rather than compulsory. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
20、The increasing demand for oil and gas has made it necessary to look for these sources of energy in remote and untouched natural places. Do you think the advantages of locating oil and gas in these areas outweigh the disadvantages of deranging these places?
20、 Some people think that the increasing use of computers and mobile phones for communication has a negative effect on young people's reading and writing skills. Do you agree or disagree?
21、The workplace nowadays is trying to employ the equal number of females and males. Do you think it is a positive or negative trend?
22、 Young people tend to spend money rather than save money, what are the reasons? Do you think it is a positive or negative development?
23、 Some people think that parents have a great influence on their children, others believe that the media is a bigger influence. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
24、 More and more people want to study at university, so competition of university places is increasing. Why do more people want to study at university? Is it positive or negative?
25、Some people think governments should protect local companies when they compete with international companies. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
26、Government funding for universities should only be provided to the best students as scholarship and all other funding for universities should come from tuition fees and private organizations. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
27、 Countries with a long average working time are more economically successful than those countries which do not have a long working time. To what extent do you agree or disagree?//Some countries have a long working day, which is helpful for them to become economically successful, but it also causes some negative social problems. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
28、Some people believe that government should help and look after old people, but others believe that people should save money for their lives in the future. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
29、 In the past, cultural and historical relics were stored in museums. But now, people can see them freely with the internet. Some people believe that museums are no longer needed in the future. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
30、 Some people think that education should help students to be useful to the whole society, while other people think that education should provide students with opportunities to achieve personal ambitions. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
31、More and more people choose online shopping. Some people think this trend will have positive influence (such as creating new jobs), however others think it causes many problems. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
31、 Today, the qualities of life of people in big cities are worse. What are the causes of this problem? Any measures should be taken to solve it?
32、Some people think that maintaining public libraries is waste of time because computer technologies have already replaced its function. Do you agree or disagree?
33、 Some people argue that it is better to be unemployed than to be employed in jobs they do not enjoy. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
33、 Some people think individuals are more and more dependent on each other. Some people think individuals are more and more independent. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
34、 Many young people leave school with a negative attitude. What are the reasons? What can be done to encourage young people to study with a positive attitude?
35、 Some people say that history can teach us many important values and lessons, but others think it is unnecessary to learn from the past. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
36、Many fathers today stay at home and take care of their children while mothers go out to work. What are the causes of this? Is this a positive or a negative development?
37、Some people believe the best way to upgrade social security is to allow people to own weapons like guns. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
38、Some people think that criminals should not be imprisoned. Instead, education and job training should replace the former to deal with criminals. To what extent do you agree or disagree? To what extent do you agree or disagree?
39、 It is more important for a building to serve a purpose than to look beautiful. Architects shouldn't worry about producing building as a work of art. Do you agree or disagree?
40、Some people believe that the subjects and lesson contents should be decided by the authorities such as the government. Some people argue that teachers should make the choice. Discuss the both viewpoints and give your opinion.
41、The costs of medical health care are increasing all the time. Governments are finding it difficult to balance the health care budget. So citizens should be totally responsible for their own health costs. Do you agree or disagree?
1、Some people believe that in order to reduce crime, prisoners should be given longer prison sentence while some people think there are other alternative ways. Discuss the both viewpoints and give your opinion.
2、Young people are often influenced in their behaviors and situations by others in the same age. This is called “peer pressure". Do the disadvantages outweigh the advantages?
3、 Some animal species such as dinosaurs and dodos become extinct because of natural processes. So, it is not necessary to try and prevent this from happening. Do you agree or disagree?
4、Many people in community now could buy consumer goods being cheaper，whether the advantages outweigh the disadvantages？
5、 Nowadays the trend of human beings to copy from one another is shown in the popularity of fashion in clothes and other consumer goods. To what extend do you agree or disagree?
6、Governments should spend money on the repairs and maintenance of old buildings. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
6、 Animal testing has been an important part of scientific research, but some people suggest that it's less practical and it will cause extreme pains to the animals so we should stop doing it, do you agree or disagree?
7、 More and more people are moving from rural areas to cities in search of a better life, but city life has its own problems. What are these problems? Suggest some solutions. \\A rise in the standard of living in a country seems to only benefits cities rather than rural areas. What problems might this difference cause? How might the problems be reduced?
8、 In some countries boarding schools are getting more popular. Is it a positive or negative development? What are the reasons behind it?
9、 Some people believe that students at schools and universities can learn more from teachers than from the internet. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
10、 Some believe advertisement is useful and informative. Others think it is false and only helps to raise prices. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
11、 Some people think that universities should accept equal numbers of male and female students in every subject. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
12、The leaders or directors of organizations are often older people. But some people say that young people can also be a leader. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
12、 Today, more and more people use mobile phones. Do you think the benefits of mobile phones outweigh the drawbacks?
13、 Some people think male leaders always lead us to violence and conflict, but female leaders are better than male leaders to give us the better governed and more peaceful society. Do you agree or disagree？
14、 Some people think traveling abroad is a valuable experience for young people. Others think it wastes too much time and expense. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
15、 Professional workers like doctors, nurses and teachers make a greater contribution to society and so should be paid more than sports and entertainment personalities. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
16、 Some people think we should keep all the money we earn and not pay tax to the state. To what extent do you agree or disagree? // Some people think paying taxes should be voluntary instead of compulsory. Do you agree or disagree?
17、 Some people say that playing computer games is bad for children in every way. Others say that playing computer games can have positive effects on the way children develop.
18、An increasing number of people change careers in their working life. What are the causes？Do you think it has a positive or negative effect on the development of society?
19、Some people believe the range of technology available to individuals today is increasing the gap between poor people and rich people. Others think it is having an opposite effect. Discuss these points of view. What is your opinion?
20、In many countries, average life expectancy has been increasing. What problems will this cause for individuals and for society as a whole? Suggest some solutions.
21、Some people believe that to maintain the cultural identity of a city, the government should build all the new buildings in a traditional way, to what extent do you agree or disagree?
22、 The exposure of international media such as films, TV and magazines has impacts on local culture. What do you think of the impacts have been? Do you agree that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
23、 Many parents go to work in other countries, taking their families with them, do you think the advantages overweigh the disadvantage.
24、Universities and colleges are now offering qualifications through distance learning from the Internet rather than teachers in the classroom. Do you think the advantages of this development overweigh the disadvantages?
25、 Today, fewer elderly people live with their children than in the past. Do you think this is a positive or a negative development?
26、 Some people believe that students should study in groups while others that they should study independently. Discuss the both ways and give your own opinion.
27、Some people think that adults should learn practical skills by themselves, while others believe that learning from a teacher in a classroom is better. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
28、 It is now possible for scientists and tourists to travel to the outer space. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
29、Lifestyles and culture in many countries is becoming similar，is it positive or negative?//The major cities in the world are growing fast, as well as their problems.
What are the problems that young people living in cities are faced with? Give some solutions to these problems.
30 、Some people believe that the government should encourage the business and industries moving from large cities into regional areas. Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
31、In some countries, the rate of crimes committed by teenagers is increasing. What are the reasons and what can be done to relieve the problem?
32、New technologies have changed the way people spend their free time. Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? //Nowadays more and more people have consumer goods, such as refrigerator or washing machines. Do you think this development has more advantages than its disadvantages?
33、 Consumers are faced with increasing numbers of advertisements from competing companies. To what extent do you think are consumers influenced by advertisements? What measures can be taken to protect them?
32、 Many countries are trying to improve the standard of living of their people through economic development. However, some people think that traditional values are lost as a result of this. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?（9.10国内考了是否应该保留传统习俗和行为）
6、Governments should spend money on the repairs and maintenance of old buildings. To what extent do you agree or disagree?(近似命中9.24 北美A类大作文原题)
1、 Some people claim that public museums and art galleries will not be needed because people can see historical objects and works of art by using a computer. Do you agree or disagree with this opinion?（10.8国内A类考了电脑是否该取代图书馆）
21、Some people think that men and women have different qualities. Therefore, some certain jobs
are suitable for men and some jobs are suitable for women. To what extent do you agree or disagree?（10.8原题命中澳洲A类大作文）
2、Detailed descriptions of crimes in the news media、movies and TV programs should be strictly controlled. To what extent do you agree or disagree? (10.10变更) （基本命中10.22国内雅思A类大作文）
8、 Some people think that governments in developing countries should introduce new technologies to people in order to improve the quality of life, while others believe that in order to achieve that governments should offer free education for all. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion. （澳洲10.22雅思A类大作文考了关于政府是否应该提供免费教育）
21、Today, many people prefer to buy goods made in other countries, what are the reasons? What influences will this cause? (近似命中10.29澳洲A类大作文原题)
32、 Many countries are trying to improve the standard of living of their people through economic development. However, some people think that traditional values are lost as a result of this. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?（10.29 澳洲G类考了传统文化丧失的原因）
33、 Some people think individuals are more and more dependent on each other. some people think individuals are more and more independent. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.（原题命中11.5国内A类大作文）
31、 Today, the qualities of life of people in big cities are worse. What are the causes of this problem? Any measures should be taken to solve it?（近似命中11.3国内A类大作文、11.5澳洲A类大作文）
32、In order to solve traffic jam and air pollution, governments should promote the use of bicyles and restrict vehicles. To what extent do you agree or disagree? （10.31新增）（近似命中11.5北美A类大作文）
12、 As countries develop, their populations tend to live individually or in small family units. In your opinion, what is this cause and what are the effects on society. \\In many countries today, people in cities either live alone or in small family units, rather than in large, extended family groups. Is this a positive or negative trend?(命中11.19国内A类大作文)
25、 Some people think news has no connection to people's lives, so it is a waste of time to read the news on the newspaper and watch television news programs. To what extent do you agree or disagree?//Some people take newspapers to be the most effective way to get information, while others believe the best way to learn news is from other media. Discuss both views and give your opinion.（近似命中11.19澳洲A类大作文）
20、 Some people think that the increasing use of computers and mobile phones for communication has a negative effect on young people's reading and writing skills. Do you agree or disagree?（近似命中德国11.26A类大作文）
12、 More and more people rely on mobile phones and computers for long-distance communication. Some people believe that the traditional skill of letter writing will disappear completely. To what extent do you agree or disagree?//Today, more and more people use mobile phones. Do you think the benefits of mobile phones outweigh the drawbacks?（国内11.26考了手机影响人面对面交流的能力）
24、 Consumers are faced with increasing numbers of advertisements from competing companies. To what extent do you think are consumers influenced by advertisements? What measures can be taken to protect them?//Advertising encourage people to buy in quantity rather than promoting its quality. To what extent do you agree or disagree?(11.21补充) (命中11.26澳洲A类大作文)
26、 Some people think the public facilites like parks and libraries should be charged for all visitors.To what extent do you agree or disagree?(10.31新增)（12.3国内A类考了政府只为运动员修建专用场馆）
27、 Some people think that national teams and individual men and women should be financially supported by government. However others argue that national teams and individual men and women should be funded by non-government sources (business, companies). Discuss both of the views and give your own opinion. （12.3国内A类考了政府只为运动员修建专用场馆）
38、 Some people think they have right to use as much natural resources as they want, others believe government should control the use. Discuss both views and give your opinion.(11.7更新) （近似命中12.10国内A类大作文）
14、 Some people think traveling abroad is a valuable experience for young people. Othersthink it wastes too much time and expense. Discuss both views and give your opinion.// It is thought that people who travel outside of their own country are more tolerant and understanding of others. To what extent do you agree?(10.24补充)（近似命中12.10澳洲A类大作文）
2、 Many people believe that scientific research should be carried out and controlled by the governments rather than private companies. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion? (11.28变更)（原题命中12.10英国A类大作文原题！）
17、 Some people say that playing computer games is bad for children in every way. Others say that playing computer games can have positive effects on the way children develop. (11.28新增) （近似命中12.17澳洲A类大作文）
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