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MODULE 1

Part 1
What is your full name? How should I call you?
Where do you come from?

Transport
How do you usually travel around your town or city? Why?
What do you think of public transport in your town or city?
How do you think we could persuade more people to use public transportation?

Entertainment
Do you go out a lot or do you prefer home entertainment?
What kind of things do you watch on TV?
Can you easily entertain yourself when you are alone?
Are there many places for entertainment in your area?

Part 2
Describe someone who has taught you something useful in your life.
You should say:
who the person is,
what he/she taught you,
how he/she taught you,
and explain why the thing you learned was useful.

Do you still meet this person or not?


Do you know someone else who was also taught by that person?

Part 3
Schools
What would you say the most important thing you learnt (or are learning) at school?
Could you compare the effectiveness of schools in the past with that at present?
In what ways do you think schools will change in the future?

Careers
How important is it for people in your country to get a university education?
What kind of jobs can people do without a university education?
What are the advantages of starting work at a young age?
Do you agree with the saying that we are never too old to learn?
What are the advantages of continuing education as high as possible?
MODULE 2

Part 1
What is your full name? How should I call you?
Where do you come from?

Visitors
What would you suggest a visitor should see and do in your country?
Are there any traditional arts or music you would recommend?
Tell me about the kind of foreign visitors or tourists who go/come to your country.
In what ways has tourism changed your country?

Festival
Tell me about the most important festival in your country.
What special food and activities are connected with this festival?
What do you most enjoy about it?
Do you think festivals are important for a country? Why?

Part 2
Describe a memorable event in your life.
You should say:
when the event took place,
where the event took place,
what happened exactly,
and explain why this event was memorable for you.

Would you think that something could have made this event even more memorable?
Is it a good thing to remember such events?

Part 3
The role of ceremony in our lives
How important are ceremonies in our lives?
Do you see the role of private and public ceremonies changing in the future?

Attitudes to marriage in your country


Have attitudes to marriage changed in recent years?
In what ways do men and women feel differently about marriage, in your opinion?

Events of national/global significance


What sort of national events make headlines in your country?
Does the media in your country pay more attention to global or national events?
MODULE 3

Part 1
What is your full name? How should I call you?
Where do you come from?

Family
Do you have a large family or a small family?
Can you tell me something about them?
How much time do you manage to spend with members of your family?
What sort of things do you like to do together?
Did/do you get on well with your family?

Daily Routine
What would you like to change in your daily routine?
Are all your days the same?
Tell me about your typical weekdays and weekends.
What is the balance of work/study and free time in your normal day?

Part 2
Describe a teacher who has influenced you in your education.
You should say:
where you met him/her,
what subject he/she taught,
what was special about him/her,
and explain why this person influenced you so much.

Do you still meet this person or not?


Do you know someone else who was also taught by that person?

Part 3
Development in education
How has education changed in your country in the last 10 years?
What changes do you foresee in the next 50 years?

A national education system


How are expectations of today’s school leavers compared with those of the previous generation?
What role do you think extracurricular activities play in education?

Different styles/methods of teaching


What method of learning works best for you?
How beneficial do you think it is to group students according to their level of ability?
MODULE 4

Part 1
What is your full name? How should I call you?
Where do you come from?

Friends
Are your friends mostly your age or different ages? Why?
Do you usually see your friends during the week or at weekends? Why?
The last time you saw your friends, what did you do together?
In what ways are your friends important to you?

Leisure
Dou you have any hobbies or interests? What are they?
How did you become interested in that activity?
What is there to do in your free time in your home town?
How do you usually spend your holidays?

Part2
Describe an interesting historic place.
You should say:
what kind of place it is,
where it is located,
what you can see there now,
and explain why this place is interesting.

Will you go to that place again sometime in the future?


Will you recommend this place to your friends?

Part 3
Looking after historic places
How do people in your country feel about protecting historic buildings?
Do you think an area can benefit from having an interesting historic place locally? In what way?
What do you think will happen to historic places or buildings in the future? Why?

The teaching of history at school


How were you taught history when you were at school?
Are there other ways people can learn about history, apart from at school? How?
Do you think history will still be a school subject in the future? Why?
MODULE 5

Part 1
What is your full name? How should I call you?
Where do you come from?

Food and cooking


What kind of food do you like to eat?
What kind of new food would you like to try? Why?
Do you like cooking? Why/Why not?
What was the last meal you cooked?
Do you prefer home-cooked or food from restaurants? Why?

Cold weather
Have you ever been in a very cold weather? When?
How often is the weather cold where you come from?
Are some parts of your country colder than others? Why?
Would you prefer to live in a hot place or a cold place? Why?

Part 2
Describe an interest or hobby that you enjoy.
You should say:
how you became interested in it,
how long you have been doing it,
why you enjoy it,
and explain what benefits you get from this interest or hobby.

Do many of your friends also enjoy this?


Will you recommend this interest or hobby to your other friends?

Part 3
The social benefits of hobbies
Do you think having a hobby is beneficial for people’s social life? In what way?
Are there any negative effects of a person spending too much time on their hobby? What are
they?
Why do you think people need to have an interest or hobby?

Leisure time
In your country, how much time do people spend on work and how much time on leisure? Is this
a good balance, do you think?
Would you say the amount of free time has changed much in the last fifty years?
Do you think people will have more or less free time in the future? Why?
MODULE 6

Part 1
What is your full name?
How should I call you?

Leisure
Do you have any hobbies or interests? What are they?
How did you become interested in this activity?
What is there to do in your free time in your hometown?
How do you usually spend your holidays?

Your favorite place


What place do you most like to visit? Why?
How often do you visit this place?
Is it popular with many other people?
Has it changed very much since you first went there? In what way?

Part 2
Describe a useful website you have visited.
You should say:
what the website was,
how you found the address for this website,
what the website contained,
and explain why it was useful to you.

Do your friends have the same opinion as you?


Is browsing the internet an enjoyable activity for you?

Part 3
The internet and communication
What effect has the internet had on the way people generally communicate with each other?
Why do you think the internet is being used more and more for communication?
How reliable do you think the information/news from the internet is? Why?

The internet and shopping


Why do you think some people use the internet for shopping? Why doesn’t everyone use it this
way?
What kinds of things are easy to buy and sell online? Can you give me some examples?
Do you think shopping on the internet will be more or less popular in the future? Why?
MODULE 7

Part 1
What is your full name? How should I call you?
Where do you come from?

Keeping in contact with people


How do you usually contact your friends? Why?
Do you prefer to contact different people in different ways? Why?
Do you find it easy to keep in contact with friends and family? Why/Why not?
In your country, did people in the past keep in contact in the same ways as they do today?
Why/Why not?

Laughing
What kinds of thing make you laugh?
Do you like making other people laugh? Why/Why not?
Do you think it’s important for people to laugh? Why/Why not?
Is laughing the same as feeling happy, do you think? Why/Why not?

Part 2
Describe a party that you enjoyed.
You should say:
whose party it was and what it was celebrating,
where the party was held and who went to it,
what people did during the party,
and explain what you enjoyed about this party.

Do you always go to a party if you are invited?


Have you ever thrown a party?

Part 3
Family Parties
What are the main reasons why people organize family parties in your country?
In some places people spend a lot of money on parties that celebrate special family events. Is
this ever true in your country? Do you think it is a good trend or a bad trend?
Are there many differences between family parties and parties given by friends? Why do you
think this is?

National celebrations
What kinds of national celebration do you have in your country?
Who tends to enjoy national celebrations more, young people or old people? Why?
Why do you think some people think that national celebrations are a waste of government
money? Would you agree or disagree with this view? Why?
MODULE 8

Part 1
What is your full name? How should I call you?
Where do you come from?

Travelling to work or college


How do you usually travel to work or college? Why?
Have you always travelled to work/college in the same way? Why/Why not?
What do you like about travelling to work/college this way?
What changes would improve the way you travel to work/college? Why?

Friends
How much time do you spend with your friends?
What kind of things do you like to do with your friends?
What kinds of work do your friends do?
What does being a good friend mean to you?

Part 2
Describe a piece of electronic equipment that you find useful.
You should say:
what it is,
how you learned to use it,
how long you have had it,
and explain why you find this piece of electronic equipment useful.

Is it easy to find electronic equipment where you live?


Do you like to buy electronic equipment?

Part 3
Technology and housework
What kinds of machine are used for housework in modern homes in your country?
How have these machines benefited people? Are there any negative effects of using them?
Do you think all new homes will be equipped with household machines in the future? Why?

Technology in the workplace


What kinds of equipment do most workers need to use in offices today?
How have developments in technology affected employments in your country?
Some people think that technology has brought more stress than benefits to employed people
nowadays. Would you agree or disagree?
MODULE 9

Part 1
What is your full name? How should I call you?
Where do you come from?

Student’s life
Are you currently studying or working?
What qualities do you think you need to have to be a successful student?
To what extent have your parents contributed to your success as a student?

Technology
Are computers an important part of your life? Why or why not?
Would you say that you are a person who enjoys new technology?
Is new technology important in your professional field? In what way?

Part 2
Describe an event or activity that has made you happy.
You should say:
what this event or activity is,
how often you have participated in this event or activity,
whether you would do it more often if you could and why,
and explain how your life has been enriched by this event or activity.

Do you think of yourself as generally a person who enjoys life?


Do you always feel happy?

Part 3
Families
Describe some of the factors which make one family and another unhappy?
Do you think that it is essentially the same thing that makes all people happy? What about
children?
Assess the importance of wealth in determining a person’s happiness.
Can people in developing countries be as happy as people in developed ones?

Happiness
Could you define happiness?
What are the things that can steal people’s happiness?
Do you think it is still possible for someone to be happy in the midst of unfortunate events and
misery?
What can ensure people to always be happy in any circumstances?
MODULE 10

Part 1
What is your full name? How should I call you?
Where do you come from?

Being a visitor
Tell me about a place that you just visited lately.
Was that the first time you went to that place?
What do you think of that place?
Where do you think is the best place to live in your country?

Travel
How did you get here today?
Is this how you usually travel? Why or why not?
Has travel been an important part of your life so far? In what way?

Part 2
Describe a job that you think would be ideal for you.
You should say:
what this job is,
what qualifications people usually have to get this kind of job,
why you think this job would be ideal for you,
and explain why it is likely or unlikely that you will have a job like this in the future.

How important do you think it is to have a job that you enjoy?


Is it easy to have a job where you live?

Part 3
Job choice
Compare the importance of salary and job satisfaction in choosing a job or career.
Evaluate the importance of good relationships in a work environment.
What are the things that can attract one job seeker to be employed in a particular company?

Gender and employment


Are there any jobs or fields of work which are considered to be more appropriate for males or
females? Why?
Consider employment in your country. Do you think it is more or less segregated in terms of
gender than in previous generation?
Is it common to have women sitting in high positions in the companies where you live?
MODULE 11

Part 1
What is your full name? How should I call you?
Where do you come from?

Hometown
Tell me about you hometown.
Do you think you will be living there in 10 years time? Why or why not?
Is there anything about your hometown that would be interesting to foreign visitors?

Learning
Tell me something that you have really enjoyed learning about.
Why did you choose this topic in the first place?
Is it something that you are still interested in?

Part 2
Describe a possession which is important to you.
You should say:
what the possession is,
how you got it,
what it looks like,
and in what way it is important to you.

Will you always keep it?


Is it worth much?

Part 3
The importance of possession at different ages
Describe the kinds of possessions which are important to children in your culture these days.
How do these things differ from the kinds of possessions that were important to you or your
parents’ generation when you were children.

Materialism
These days individuals and families seem to have more possessions than they did in previous
generations. Do you think this it is true? Why, why not?
Most people these days have more than they need. Do you think this is a good or bad situation?
Will people in the future generations be more consumptive?
MODULE 12

Part 1
What is your full name? How should I call you?
Where do you come from?

Hometown
Tell me about your hometown.
Is it an economically successful city? Why/Why not?
What factors do you think make some regions or cities more successful than others in your
country?

Writing
Do you often write?
When you do write, is it for pleasure or because you have to?
What type of writing do you usually do?
Will you ever consider to write for magazines or newspapers? Why or why not?

Part 2
Describe a great achievement of your life.
You should say:
what the achievement was,
why you consider it to be a great achievement,
in what way, if any, it has affected your life,
and what you think made you successful.

Do you tend to talk about this with other people?


Is it something you would recommend other people doing?

Part 3
People who achieve great things
Many achievements are due to people who performed in extraordinary ways. What made them
do this?
Can greatness be learned?

Leadership
What are some of the qualities of a great leader?
Which is more important: The qualities of the leader or of the team?
Do you believe that shared leadership among the team members is better than one-man show?
Why/Why not?
Some people said that leadership is influence and influence is leadership. Do you agree to that
comment?
MODULE 13

Part 1
What is your full name? How should I call you?
Where do you come from?

Weather
What has the weather been like lately where you are living?
Is this the typical weather for this time of year?

Hometown
Is Manado your hometown?
Describe your favorite part of your hometown.
What is so special about this place?
Is this area going to change or do you expect it to always be the same? In what way?

Part 2
Describe a holiday destination you have experienced going to.
You should say:
where, when and how you got there,
why you went to this place,
how you heard about this place,
and explain what you expected it to be like before you went and whether it lived up to your
expectations.

Did you go there alone?


Have your friends ever tried the same method of travel?

Part 3
The tourism industry
Compare the tourist trip of local people and foreign visitors to your country.
Evaluate how important tourism is to your country.
Discuss any disadvantages you think there may be for your country in having a large tourist
industry.
What can a government do to promote its tourism to a wider world?

Eco-tourism
Do you think tourism should also pay attention to the surrounding environment?
What can a government do to make sure that the tourists do not destroy the environment?
Will eco-tourism be popular in the future?
MODULE 14

Part 1
What is your full name? How should I call you?
Where do you come from?

Work/Study
Are you working or are you a student?
Can you tell me about your job/study?
Tell me about the people you work/study with.
Do you socialize with them too? Why/Why not?

Eating habits
What are your favourite and least favourite foods?
What did you eat the last time you invited a friend for a meal?
Do you prefer eating at home or in a restaurant? Why?
What special dish from your country would you recommend to a visitor?

Part 2
Describe a film or TV performer you admire.
You should say:
what he/she looks like,
what he/she does,
where and when you saw him/her,
and explain why you admire this person.

Do you see a lot of films/TV?


Would you recommend the performance you mentioned to a friend?

Part 3
A famous person
What would it be like to be famous in your country?
Evaluate the contribution of a famous person in your country.

Performers
Do you think that acting is a good profession for young people to enter? Why/Why not?
What would be the advantages and disadvantages of being a famous actor or actress?
Do you think there is too much interest in the private lives of famous people?
What do you think about well-known TV and movie stars appearing in advertisements?
Are there any ways they could use their fame to do good in the world?
MODULE 15

Part 1
What is your full name? How should I call you?
Where do you come from?

Hometown
Tell me something about your hometown.
What is the main building in your city?
What is the main transportation in your city?
What’s the best thing you like in this part of your country?

Holiday
Does your country have some special occasions or celebrations?
What will you do in this next holiday?
What is the changing pattern, if any, in going holidays in recent years?

Part 2
Describe a well known person you admire.
You should say:
who he/she is,
what he/she does,
why he/she is well known,
and explain why you admire him/her.

What kind person tends to be famous?


Would you want to be a famous person?

Part 3
Being famous
What are the advantages and disadvantages of being famous person?
Are famous person being shown in advertisement in your country? Why?
Generally, are there any changes in the attitudes of the famous people? Why?
What is media’s attitude about public person?

Fame
Is fame always associated with arrogance?
What are the negative things that fame can bring about to people?
What should famous people do to make sure that their fame is used for something helpful to
most people?
MODULE 16

Part 1
What is your full name? How should I call you?
Where do you come from?

Job/Study
Do you work or study now?
Tell me something about your job/study.
Do you plan to change your job/study?
What’s your future plan?

Accommodation
What are the advantages and the disadvantages of living in your current accommodation?
What’s the weather like in your hometown? Which season do you like most?
Is your accommodation weather-proof?

Part 2
Describe one sport that you like to play or watch.
You should say:
how you began to like it,
why you like it,
how you play or watch it,
and explain why you prefer this sport to other sports.

What do you think the importance of playing sports?


If someone doesn’t like sport, how do you push him/her?

Part 3
Watching sport
What are the differences between watching sports on TV and in the stadium?
Why do people like to watch sports on TV?
Do you think that the high price of tickets could discourage the number of spectators?
Will broader TV coverage have any impact on the number of crowd attending live matches?

Sports
Do you think playing too many sports is harmful? Why?
How does advertisements affect sports?
Which sports do you think demand courage?
With the increasing popularity of computer games, do you think sports will have fewer
participants?
MODULE 17

Part 1
Could you tell me your name please?
Where are you from?

Hometown
Can you describe your hometown?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in your hometown?
What changes have you seen taking place in your hometown in the last 5-10 years?

Time
What are your peak hours for working/studying?
Do you suffer from clutter at home or work? What’s the best way to prevent it?
Is there anyone you can delegate jobs to when you’re short of time?
How do you prioritize?

Part 2
Describe your hobby or interest.
You should say:
what your hobby or interest is,
how you began to love it,
how long you have kept your hobby,
and explain why you like it.

Why do people need hobbies?


What do you think about the balance between the work and the leisure?

Part 3
Hobbies and leisure activities
Is it dangerous for people to spend too much time on hobby?
Do you think hobby is beneficial to social life?
Why is it a good idea for a child to have a hobby?
Do young people get enough physical exercise these days?

Watching television
Is watching television a good way of relaxing?
Do you think the time that people spend watching television should be limited?
What leisure activities would you recommend as a way of combating stress?
The number of homes with television in their children’s bedroom has increased. Is it a good
trend or something that has to be curbed?
MODULE 18

Part 1
Could you tell me your name please?
Where do you come from?

Study/Work
Do you study or work?
Tell me something about your study/work.
What is so special about your study/work?

Food
What’s your country’s main food?
What do you like to eat best?
Do you often eat alone or with others?
Do you like western food?

Part 2
Describe your best friend.
You should say:
who he/she is,
when you first met him/her,
how he/she impresses you,
and explain why you consider him/her your best friend.

How many close friends do you have?


Will you add more?

Part 3
Making friends
Do you think it is easy to make friends in your country?
What do you think the difference between adult and children in making friends?
How do children make friends?
Do we need any special skills in making friends?

Important thing in friendship


What is the most important thing in friendship?
What is the second important thing in friendship?
What makes friendship breaks up?
How do we mend broken friendship?
MODULE 19

Part 1
Could you tell me your name please?
Where were you born?

Hometown
Describe your hometown.
What is the weather like in your hometown?
Which season do you like most?
What are the disadvantages and advantages of living in your hometown?

Accommodation
Tell me something about the accommodation you live in, either here or in your hometown.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of your accommodation?

Part 2
Describe one thing you would like to learn.
You should say:
what it is,
why you want to learn it,
where you would like to learn it,
and explain how it may be important for you.

What is the most important skill nowadays?


Are there any traditional skills in your country? What are they?

Part 3
Educational style
Is there any change on educational style between generation of your parents and current
students?
Do students get some non-academic training at school? Give some examples.
Should schools be responsible for teaching these non-academic courses?

Teachers and students


What is the most important quality in a good teacher?
Do well-behaved children deserve more of a teacher’s attention than badly-behaved children?
Should a teacher encourage children to treat him/her like a friend?
Which is more important for children: freedom of expression or formal correctness?
MODULE 20

Part 1
Could you tell me your name please?
Are you currently studying or working?

Schooldays
What do/did you enjoy about schooldays?
What are/were your favourite subjects?
How much homework do/did you have each night?
What was your worst exam result?

Hometown
What is the main building in your city?
What is the transportation like in your city?
What is the most popular transport system in use? Talk about its reliability, frequency, and fare.
Do you have any problems using the public transport?

Part 2
Describe a book you have read which you like.
You should say:
when you read it,
what it was about,
who wrote it,
And explain why you like it.

What are the popular books in your country?


Why do people in your country read books?

Part 3
Book preferences
What books do men generally like to read? Why?
What books do women usually like to read? Why?
What are the impacts of the development of technology on books?

Children and books


Why do children like to read books?
What should children read?
Why should children read books about the animals?
What do you think of the role of books in the next generation?
MODULE 21

Part 1
Could you tell me your name please?
Where are you from? Are you living there now?

Jobs
What do you do?
Can you tell me one of your typical working days?
Do you like your current job?
How do you spend the weekends?

Learning language
How many foreign languages can you speak of?
What’s your opinion of the importance of learning a foreign language?
What do you hope to do in the future with the language you are currently learning?

Part 2
Describe the best present/gift you received.
You should say:
what it is,
who gave it to you,
when you received it,
and explain why this gift is important for you.

When do people in your country give presents/gifts?


What kind of gifts/presents do people give there?

Part 3
Kinds of gifts
Compare the gifts which people received 10 years ago to the presents that people now are
receiving. What’s the difference between them?
Imagine the gifts in the future people will receive.
Imagine the gifts in the future children will receive.

Value of gifts
How do people think of the value of gifts?
What do you think about the brand name of the gifts given?
What do you think of the meaning of the brand name to a company?
Do you think people who receive the gifts consider the values of gifts that they receive?
MODULE 22

Part 1
Could you tell me your name please?
Where do you come from?
Can you describe your hometown?
Can you tell me about your hometown history?

Name
What is the meaning of your given name?
Does your name affect your personality?
Who can give children’s names in your country?

Holiday
How do you usually spend your holiday?
What’s the best holiday you ever had?
How do you prefer to travel, by road, rail, or air?
Would you rather go on holiday with one or two friends, or in a group?

Part 2
Describe your English learning.
You should say:
where and when you started to learn English,
when you had the most interesting English class,
what the most difficult thing to learn is,
and explain the best way to learn English.

What other languages can you speak of?


Can your friends also speak English?

Part 3
The importance of learning language
Do you think learning foreign languages like English will benefit your further study?
What should be changed in learning language process in your country?
What are the difficulties when foreigners learn your own language?
What do you think that are the difficulties in learning a new language?

The process of learning a new language


How has learning foreign languages changed in where you live?
What should people consider when they want to learn a new language?
Compare the ways of learning a language by yourself and with a help of a teacher.
What would language learning be like in the future?
MODULE 23

Part 1
Could you tell me your name please?
What do you do?
Why do you choose that study/job?
What will you do in the next 10 years?

Music
Do you like music?
What kind of music do you enjoy listening to most?
Is there any kinds of music you don’t particularly like?
How do you feel about modern folk music?

Free time
Do you have any special hobbies or interests?
How long have you been interested in that?
What do you enjoy about it?

Part 2
Describe a big public event that you have attended.
You should say:
what it was,
when it was held, and why,
what happened,
And describe how you felt about being there.

Did many people attend it?


What benefits can you get from it?

Part 3
The way to celebrate
What changes have there been in the last 10 years or so in the way people celebrate public
events?
Would you say that the commercialization in the way people celebrate things have been for the
better?
What new developments will there be in celebrating events in the future, do you think?

More significance of such events


What is the role of media in this particular event?
Do you think it is a good idea to invite visitors from foreign countries to attend such
celebrations?
Can these events foster more cultural understanding among different people from different
nationalities? Why or why not?
MODULE 24

Part 1
Could you tell me your name please?
What is your hometown shape? Can you describe it for me?
What is your hometown history?

Going out
Do you prefer going out or staying at home? Why?
What will do if you go out?
Do you enjoy going out by yourself or with others?
Will you stay outside until late at night or do you have your limit?

Future plans
What are you planning to do after the IELTS test?
What about longer term? Do you have any long-term plans for work or study?
Where would you like to be living in five years?

Part 2
Describe an equipment of your household that is important for you.
You should say:
what it is,
what you do it for,
how you use it,
and explain why it is important for you.

Will you always keep it?


Is it worth much?

Part 3
Household items
Could you please explain with some examples about the changes of technology which are used
by people in our daily life between now and the past 20 years?
Do you still use them in your home? How about in other homes?
Compare two household things that are still traditional and modern.

The significance of household inventions


What are the most significant household inventions do you think created in the last 20 years?
Why?
Do you think that good and effective products should be expensive?
What new household inventions you think will further improve the way we live today?
MODULE 25

Part 1
Could you tell me your full name, please?
How should I call you?

Study/Job
What do you do?
Where do you study/work?
What does an average day at school/university/work involve?
How did you become interested in the type of study/work you do?
Are there things you would like to change about your study/work?

Festivals
Tell me about the most important festival in your country.
What special food and activities are connected with this festival?
What do you most enjoy about it?

Part 2
Describe a film or TV programme which has made a strong impression on you.
You should say:
what kind of film or TV programme it was,
when you saw the film or TV programme,
what the film or TV programme was about,
and explain why this film or TV programme made such an impression on you.

Do your friends have the same opinion with you?


Do you want to watch it all over again?

Part 3
People’s cinema-going habits nowadays
Do you think the cinema has increased or decreased in popularity in recent years? Will this
trend continue into the future?

Making a film or TV drama of real/fictional events


What are the advantages and disadvantages of making films of real life events?
How important do you think it is for a film-maker to remain true to the original story?

Censorship and the freedom of the film-maker/TV producer


Should films and television be censored or should we be free to choose what we see?
How do you think censorship laws will change in the next 20 years?
MODULE 26

Part 1
Could you tell me your full name, please?
How should I call you?
Where do you live?

Your country
What’s the best thing about living in your country?
How do people enjoy themselves in their free time there?
What places are there for a tourist to visit there?

Visitor
What would you suggest a visitor should see and do in your country?
Are there any traditional arts or music you would recommend?
Tell me about the kind of foreign visitors or tourists who come/go to your country?
In what ways has tourism changed your country?

Part 2
Describe a memorable event in your life.
You should say:
when the event took place,
where the event took place,
what happened exactly,
and explain why this event was memorable for you.

Do you like to capture events through camera or video?


How do you usually remember good events?

Part 3
The role of ceremony in our lives
How important are ceremonies in our lives?
Do you see the role of private and public ceremonies changing in the future?

Attitudes to marriage in your country


Have attitudes to marriage changed in recent years?
In what ways do men and women feel differently about marriage, in your opinion?

Events of national/global significance


What sort of national events make headlines in your country?
Do the media in your country pay more attention to global or national events?
MODULE 27

Part 1
Could you tell me your full name, please?
How should I call you?

Yourself
Where do you live?
What family members do you live with?
What are you studying?
What do you like about your studies?

Studying English
What do you like about learning English?
When did you first start learning English?
How often do you use English?
Which English skill do you find easiest to learn? Why?
In what ways do you practice your English?
How will improving your English benefit you personally?

Part 2
Describe a city you have visited that is so spectacular.
You should say:
what the name of the city is,
where it is situated,
when and why you visited it,
and explain why this city is so spectacular.

Do you like cities generally?


Would you like to live in the city you spoke about?

Part 3
City live
What are the advantages of living in a big city?
What are the negative aspects of crowded cities? What can be done about it?
Do you think we should pay for the services that we get from the city?

City design
Tell me about the architectural design that is very interesting for the tourists.
Compare the cities that still preserve their historical buildings with those that are modern-
looking.
With the lack of space, cities tend to grow upward. What are the advantages of disadvantages of
this development?
MODULE 28

Part 1
Could you tell me your full name, please?
How should I call you?

Sports
Which sports do you enjoy watching on TV?
Do you prefer to watch or play sports?
What kind of physical activities do/did you do when you are/were at school?
What are the most popular sports in your country? Has this changed in recent years?

Daily Routine
What would you like to change in your daily routine?
Are all your days the same?
Tell me about your typical weekday and your typical weekend?
What is the balance of work/study and free time in your normal day?

Part 2
Describe something you own which is very important to you.
You should say:
where you got it from,
how long you have had it,
what you use it for,
and explain why it is important to you.

Do you still have it now?


Do you want to replace it with something newer?

Part 3
How values can change
What kind of possessions shows status in your country?
Do you think it was different for your grandparents?

The consumer society


Modern society is often called ‘materialistic’. Why do you think this is?
Do you think consumerism is a positive or a negative development?

The consumer market


What is the role of advertising?
How do you think the Internet will affect buying patterns in the future?
MODULE 29

Part 1
Could you tell me your full name, please? How should I call you?

Art
What kind of artwork do you like?
When did you last visit an art exhibition?
Where do they usually hold exhibitions in your country?
Would you rather have a painting or a photograph of a person? How about of a place?

Transport
What kinds of public transportation which is available in your home town?
How much do you have to pay for the cost? Are there any discounts for students?
What time does the public transportation operate every day?
Is there any transportation system that you will recommend to your state government?

Part 2
Describe a perfect meal you would like to invite friends to.
You should say:
what the meal would be like,
where you would eat it,
who you would invite,
and explain why you would choose this kind of meal.

Is it common to invite friends to come for a meal together in where you live?
Do you like this kind of occasion?

Part 3
Eating Habits
Can you describe some of the eating habits in families where you live?
Can you consider how eating habits have changed in recent years?

Different types of food


Can you describe what kind of foods people eat to be healthy?
Can you consider what other factors influence people’s choice of diet today?
Can you explain why some people become vegetarians?

The food industry


Can you compare different places for buying food where you live?
Do you agree or disagree with the idea that the food produced and sold today is of poorer
quality than in the past?
Can you speculate on changes in food production and shopping in the future?
MODULE 30

Part 1
Could you tell me your full name, please?
How should I call you?

Hometown
Where do you live?
Do you like the town or city you’re living in now?
How do you usually travel around this town/city [why?]
Would you prefer to live in a larger or smaller town?

Family
Do you have a large family or a small family?
Can you tell me something about them?
How much time do you manage to spend with members of your family?
What sorts of things do you like to do together?

Part 2
Describe a local event that regularly takes place in your hometown.
You should say:
what the event is,
how often it takes place,
who is involved in,
and explain what happens during that events.

Do you enjoy it?


What could make it more interesting?

Part 3
Local events
Can you describe the types of local event that are common in your culture?
Can you explain what makes some events more popular than others?
Do you agree or disagree that local events are very important for building the sense of
community?

Organizing local events


Can you suggest what sorts of people enjoy helping to organize local events?
Can you identify what is needed to put on a local event?
Can you consider how the local event should be funded?

Local versus National events


Can you compare how hosting local and national events can affect local areas?
Can you consider the part played by the media in local and national events?
Can you predict the future of both types of events?
MODULE 31

Part 1
Could you tell me your full name, please?
How should I call you?

Hometown
Where do you live? Do you like the town or city you’re living in now?
Would you prefer to live in a larger or smaller town?

Transport
What kinds of public transportation which is available in your home town?
How much do you have to pay for the cost? Are there any discounts for students?
What time does the public transportation operate every day?
Is there any transportation system that you will recommend to your government?

Part 2
Describe a photograph you like.
You should say:
what it shows,
when it was taken,
who took it,
and explain why you like this photograph.

Do you still keep it with you now?


What do your friends think about it?

Part 3
Personal and travel photograph
Can you explain why some people use a personal photographer for family photos?
Can you consider the importance of photographs as a record of family life?

Photographs for public


Can you consider why photographs are used in the advertisement?
Can you assess the impact of photographs in communicating the news?
Can you evaluate the importance of photographs as a record of history?

Photography and other media


What is your opinion about the function of the photograph of the author or performer on a book
or CD?
Can you speculate on the ways in which technology will affect the future of photographs?
MODULE 32

Part 1
Could you tell me your full name, please?
How should I call you?

Clothes
What kinds of clothes do you like to wear?
Do you always wear the same style of fashion everyday?
Do you prefer bright-coloured clothes or the dark ones?
How often do you buy your clothes?

Music
What kinds of music do you like to listen to?
Who are your favourite artists/bands/singers?
Do you prefer to only listen to the songs or also watch the music videos?
Would you spend your money on the merchandises endorsed by your favourite musicians?

Part 2
Describe someone from your past who you would like to meet again.
You should say:
who that person is,
how you first met this person,
what you liked to do together,
and explain why you like to meet this person again.

Do you often meet people from your past?


Do you usually keep in touch with old friends?

Part 3
Past failures and mistakes
How important do you think it is to not dwell in the past failures?
How can we learn from the mistakes we made in the past?
How would you encourage people who stop trying because they kept making mistakes again
and again?

Past memories
Why do people cherish past memories?
What do you think of the people who like to live in the past glories?
People often said that the crown of the elderly is their memory. Would you agree or disagree
with this statement?

Reminiscence of the past


People generally make statues, towers, or monuments in memorial of past heroes or events. Do
you think it is an appropriate token?
Can you speculate on the ways in which technology will be used in the future to memorise
important events?
MODULE 33

Part 1
Could you tell me your full name, please?
How should I call you?

City
Do you like the town or city you’re living in now?
How do you usually travel around this town/city? why?
Would you prefer to live in a larger or smaller town?
Are you a student or are you working?

Internet
Do you like to spend your time browsing on the internet?
Do you often use internet for entertainment, study, or work?
Do you always open the same websites every time you browse? Why/Why not?
Do you buy or sell things on-line?

Part 2
Describe a TV or radio programme you enjoyed when you were a child.
You should say:
what the programme was about,
what you watched/listened to,
where you watched or listened to it,
and explain why you enjoyed this programme when you were a child.

Did you listen to the radio or watch the TV a lot in your childhood?
Did you listen to the radio or watch the TV alone or with other people?

Part 3
TV or radio in your country
In your country, which do people prefer: watching TV or listening to radio? Why?
What kinds of programmes are most popular?
Do men and woman tend to like the same kind of programmes? Why/Why not?

The effects of TV
Some people think that watching TV can be a negative influence, do you agree?
What benefits can TV bring to people?
What priorities do you think TV stations should have?

Development in programming
What kind of ‘interactive’ programmes are there in your country?
Are these a good or bad development? Why?
What kind of programmes will there be in the future, do you think?
MODULE 34

Part 1
Could you tell me your full name, please?
How should I call you?

What you do in your spare time


Do you have any hobbies or interests?
How did you first become interested in that?
What other things like that would you like to do?

Travelling and transport


What kinds of transport do you use regularly?
How do people in your country travel on long journeys?
How has transport there changed over the last fifteen years?

Part 2
Describe someone you know, or somebody famous, who has achieved great success.
You should say:
who they are and what they do,
where they come from: their background,
how they become successful,
and explain why you admire this person.

Is success something you are trying to achieve?


Are successful people admired where you live?

Part 3
Personal Success
How does present-day society measure the success of an individual?
How can we ensure that more people achieve their aims in life?
Would you rather be successful in your job or in your social life?

Winning and losing


Which is more important in sport: winning or taking part?
What makes some sports people take drugs to improve their performance?
Why are some countries more successful than others in events such as the Olympics?

The competitive society


How do competitive relationships between people differ from cooperative relationships?
In what ways has society become more competitive in the last twenty years?
MODULE 35

Part 1
Could you tell me your full name, please?
How should I call you?

Food and eating


What are your favorite foods?
Is there anything that you never eat?
Where do you normally eat? Why?
In what ways are people’s eating habits changing these days?

The news media


Where do you normally get your news from?
How do you think news reporting in your country differs from abroad?
Tell me about an interesting news item you’ve read or heard recently.

Part 2
Describe a music video or a concert that has made an impression on you.
You should say:
which kind of music it was and who performed it,
what it was like musically,
what it was like visually,
and explain why you liked or disliked it.

Do you always watch your favourite bands’ concert?


Do you like to collect interesting music videos?

Part 3
Music in the world
Why is pop music so popular globally?
Which do you prefer: traditional music from your country or classical music from abroad?

The psychology of music


How do different kinds of music affect the way people feel?
What is the best music to listen while studying?

Changes in music
What are the main differences between music today and that of previous decades?
Which contributes more of the success of modern singers and bands: their music, or their
appearance and image? Why do you think so?
What kinds of music will people be listening to ten years from now?
MODULE 36

Part 1
Could you tell me your full name, please?
How should I call you?

Going Abroad
What experience do you have of traveling to other countries?
Which country would you especially like to visit? Why?
What are the best ways to get to know a country?
What are the biggest cultural differences between your country and English-speaking countries?

Different kinds of entertainment


What sort of television programmes do you like watching?
How has television in your country changed in recent years?
Which do you prefer: the cinema, the theatre, or live music? Why?
Tell me about a popular form of public entertainment in your country.

Part 2
Describe a place that has a special meaning to you.
You should say:
what kind of place it is and where it is,
what it looks like,
what makes you feel connected with it,
and explain why you particularly like the place.

Do you want to return to that place?


Do other people also enjoy this place?

Part 3
Leaving the family home
Why do many people leave home when they are still quite young?
What personal qualities do you feel are required for a young person to live on their own?

Moving from place to place


In many countries there has been large-scale migration from the countryside to the cities. Do
you think this is positive or negative?
Do you think that the possibility of working from home via the internet will lead to many people
going back to the countryside?

Growing cities
In what ways do the new megacities of Asia, Africa, and South America differ from older ones
such as London or New York?
Should there be a limit on the size of cities?
MODULE 37

Part 1
Could you tell me your full name, please?
How should I call you?

Visitors to your country


What are the main tourist attractions there?
What else would you recommend to foreign visitors?
Would mass tourism benefit your country? Why/why not?

Communicating: by post, phone, e-mail, text message, etc.


How do you keep in touch with your family and friends?
Tell me about an important message you have received.
How have mobile phones changed the way people communicate?

Part 2
Describe a present which you very much enjoyed receiving.
You should say:
what it was,
who gave it to you,
what the occasion was,
and explain why you were so pleased to receive it.

Do you still keep that present?


Do you like to give away presents?

Part 3
Giving gifts
On what occasions do people in your country give each other presents?
Do you feel the commercialization of gift-giving, e.g. Christmas in certain countries, has gone too
far?

Charities
What is the role of charities nowadays?
Which charity would you like to be able to give a lot of money to?

Helping other countries


Should rich countries give much more financial assistance to poorer ones?
How can we encourage more young people to do voluntary work abroad?
MODULE 38

Part 1
Could you tell me your full name, please?
How should I call you?

Your family
Is your family small or quite large?
What do you do when you are all together?
Which of them do you get on with best? Why?

Food and eating


What are your favorite foods?
Is there anything that you never eat?
In what ways are people’s eating habits changing these days?

Part 2
Describe a house or apartment you have lived in and which you liked.
You should say:
when you lived there,
how it looked inside,
what kind of area it was in,
and explain why you liked living there.

Do you like living in a house more or in an apartment?


Where will you stay in the next 5 years, a house or an apartment?

Part 3
Finding a place to live
How do people usually find a place to live?
What other factors do you think determine where people choose to live?
What are the differences between living in a house and living in a apartment?

Home ownership
Do most people rent their homes or own their homes where you’re from?
What are the different attitudes between someone who is renting a home and someone who
have their own house?

Residential areas
Why do you think that some residential areas are more pleasant to live than the others?
What is the best requirement for a residential area?
MODULE 39

Part 1
Could you tell me your full name, please?
How should I call you?

Friends
Are your friends mostly your age or different ages?
Do you usually see your friends during the week or at the weekends?
The last time you saw your friends, what did you do together?
In what ways are your friends important to you?

Your school days


What do you remember about your first school, when you were a child?
In what ways did life at school change as you became older?
What was your favorite subject? Why?

Part 2
Describe something difficult that you are going to do and that you want to do.
You should say:
what it is,
when you’re going to do it,
why it will be difficult,
and explain why you want to do it.

Do you feel nervous about doing it?


How do you prepare yourself so that you can be successful in doing that?

Part 3
Making plans
What are some things in life which people need to plan for carefully?
Are there any important things that you cannot prepare for?
Why do you think some people don’t like making plans?

Hopes and dreams


What are some things that many people hope to achieve?
Could you compare these with the hopes and ambitions people had when you’re parents were
young?
Why do people need to have hopes and dreams?

Attitudes towards the past and future


Do you think all school students should study history?
Compare the different attitudes of young people and old people towards the past?
Is it better in life to focus on the past, the present, or the future?
MODULE 40

Part 1
Could you tell me your full name, please?
How should I call you?

Festivals
Tell me about the most important festival in your country.
What special food and activities are connected with this festival?
What do you most enjoy about it?

Food
Which traditional foods from your country you like to eat?
Do you prefer western food or Asian food?
Do you always want to try out new restaurants?
Which food you will never try to eat?

Part 2
Describe a film you have seen or a song you have heard.
You should say:
what it was about,
how popular it was,
what you thought about the actors or singer,
and explain why you remember it.

Did you watch/listen to it alone or with friends?


Is it recommended?

Part 3
The importance of entertainment
What kinds of entertainment are popular in your country?
Could you compare types of entertainment children like and which adults like?
Why is entertainment important in people’s lives?

Famous performers
Why do you people are interested in the lives of famous performers?
In your opinion, is the amount of money earned by celebrities justified?
What would it be like to be famous?

Global culture
How much influence does American culture have in your country?
What are Hollywood films like in comparison with films produced in your country?
How can a country prevent itself being dominated by a foreign culture?