IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topics and Questions

Initial general questions which are asked to everybody

  • What is your full Name?
  • How may I address you?
  • Can I see your Identification?
  • Simple questions about your hometown, yourself and about your family.
  • Are you working or studying?

1) Study

  • What do you study?
  • Where did you study that?
  • Why did you choose these subjects?
  • Do you enjoy these subjects? Why/Why Not?
  • Are these popular subjects at your University/College?
  • Do you get along with your classmates?
  • If you could change to any other subject what it would be?
  • Do you prefer to study in mornings or afternoons?
  • What is the most difficult part of your subject?
  • Why did you choose this University/College?
  • What would you like to study in future?
  • What do you plan doing after finishing your studies?

2) Work

  • What work do you do?
  • Where do you work?
  • What are your job responsibilities?
  • How long have you been in this job?
  • What prompted you to choose that job?
  • Do you enjoy your present job?
  • Is it a well liked job in your country?
  • Do you get along with your fellow workers?
  • How was your first day at work?
  • If provided a chance, would you like to change your job?
  • Do you miss your student life?
  • Would you like to shift your job in future?
  • How is your normal day at work?
  • What might you change about your work?

3) Your Home

  • Where is your house?
  • What kind of accommodation do you live in?
  • Can you describe your home?
  • Do you intent to live there for a long time?
  • Which is your preferred place in your home?
  • How you have kept your place to look decent?
  • With whom are you living in your house?
  • In which room do you spend your time with your family?
  • How have you decorated your house/apartment?
  • What thing you want to change about your house?
  • Do you have a garden in your house?
  • Are there many facilities/amenities around your house?
  • What is your neighbourhood like?
  • Do most people live in houses in your country?

4) Your Hometown

  • Where is your hometown?
  • What do you appreciate about your hometown?
  • What aspects you don’t like about your hometown?
  • How frequently you visit your hometown?
  • Which is the most popular place in your hometown?
  • What is the oldest part of your hometown?
  • How many people visit your hometown and why?
  • What suggestions would you like to make to improve your hometown?
  • How has your hometown changed over a period of time? / How your hometown has changed since you were a child?
  • Is your hometown having a robust transportation system?
  • Would you like to suggest families with kids to visit your hometown?
  • How would a foreigner enjoy in your hometown? / What activities can a foreigner do in your hometown?
  • Do you consider that your hometown is a good place to bring up kids?

5) Jokes

  • Are you good at cracking jokes?
  • Do you like listening to jokes?
  • Do your friends like to tell jokes?
  • Are there any comedy shows held in your country?
  • Have you ever watched a live comedy show?
  • How would you understand what jokes are appropriate to state to your companions?
  • How can a joke hurt anyone?
  • What are a few circumstances when it is rude to chuckle at a joke?
  • What are some basic topics on which individuals like to joke about?
  • What kind of things make you laugh?
  • Do you enjoy making other people laugh? Why/Why Not
  • Do you believe that it is imperative to make others laugh? Why/Why Not
  • Is “laughing” the same as “feeling happy”. Why/Why Not

6) Politeness

  • Do you think people should be polite? Why
  • How do individuals in your culture express good manners towards others?
  • Do you consider yourself to be polite? Why
  • Who taught you to be polite?
  • Is it necessary to be polite in your country?
  • Have there been any changes in politeness in the past few decades?
  • Are good manners dependent on different cultures? Why?
  • When do you think it is important to be polite?
  • Is being polite different than being nice?
  • Are rules of politeness changing in your culture?
  • How people show politeness in your country?
  • How important is politeness for you?
  • Are we less polite with members of our families than with people we don’t know?
  • How the way people show politeness changed?

7) Hobbies

  • Is it important to have a hobby?
  • What hobbies and interests do you have?
  • What do you love about your hobby?
  • Do you need to use any special equipment to do this hobby?
  • Do you prefer to do your hobby with other people or do you prefer to be alone?
  • Why do you think so many people have hobbies?
  • Do you think that it is harmful to spend too much time on hobby?
  • What types of hobbies are popular among the teenagers in your country?
  • How have your hobbies benefited you?
  • Why do hobbies keep changing from generation to generation?
  • According to you what types of hobbies will future generation have?
  • If given a chance what type of new hobby would you choose and why?
  • Do people usually continue their hobbies when they get older?

8) Indoor & Outdoor activities

  • What do you do in your leisure time?
  • Do you like to indulge in outdoor activities often?
  • Would you pick outdoor activities or indoor activities?
  • What options are available to engage in outdoor activities in your city?
  • Is there an age restriction for some specific outdoor activities?
  • What outdoor/indoor activities you like the most?
  • How often do you do that? OR How much time you spent on outdoor activities?
  • What are the most common outdoor activities that people enjoy in your country?
  • How and where do people in your country usually socialize?
  • Would you say that people spend more time outdoors today, than they did 20 years back?
  • In your opinion are there any indoor & outdoor activities which people used to do but nowadays they have stopped doing it?
  • Do young and old people like to same type of outdoor activities?
  • Can you describe an outdoor activity which you would like to do for the first time?
  • What indoor games did you play when you were a child?
  • What sorts of indoor games do children in your country play now?

9) Money

  • Is money important? {Why/Why Not}
  • How much money is adequate?
  • Why do people care too much about money?
  • Do people in your country save their money? [Why/Why Not]
  • What kind of things do people save money for?
  • Do you think that it is impossible for some people to save money?
  • What sort of things do young people spend their money on? [Why]
  • How do you feel when you don’t have enough money to buy something you want? [Why]
  • What problems does money cause in your society?
  • Why do parents give money to their children to spend every week?
  • Do you agree that schools should teach students how to manage money?
  • Do you agree that parents should teach their children about saving money?
  • According to you is it a good idea that children earn money while studying?
  • Do you think that money can buy happiness?
  • What disadvantage the society has if the gap between rich and poor is large?

10) Food and Meals

  • What is your favorite meal, e.g. breakfast, lunch or dinner? [Why]
  • How important do you think it is to have three meals a day? [Why]
  • Who do you think enjoys cooking more, older or younger people? [Why]
  • Do you think more people will eat more micro waved meals in the future?[Why]
  • Can you cook?
  • Who does the cooking in your home?
  • What is the most famous dish in your country?
  • What is your favorite dish?
  • What kind of food do you like?
  • What is your main meal of the day?
  • Do you prefer eating at home or in a restaurant?
  • On what occasions do you eat special food?

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