Friday, 2 August 2013

Speaking IELTS - Part 2 & 3 (Model notes)

PART 2

Describe a present you bought which gave someone a lot of pleasure. You should say:
  • What the present was (describe the gift - size, color, price, where you bought it)
  • Who it was for (person e.g. family member, relative, friend, girlfriend/boyfriend, classmate etc.) 
  • Why you chose it (based on person's character, cost, convenience etc.)
  • and explain why the person who received it was so pleased (you thought of them, they like that item etc.)
PART 3

PRESENTS FOR CHILDREN

What kind of presents do children ask for today? Expensive, brands, electronic games, latest trends.

What effect has advertising had on this? Children like to copy their friends and classmates and are influenced more by them than TV advertising.

Is there a case for banning advertising directed at children? Children are naive, vulnerable and don't understand how advertising works so are ideal victims. They can apply pressure on their parents to buy products for them.

CONSUMERISM

Is it better to shop in big supermarkets or in small local shops? Local shops support the community but prices are higher and they don't have the variety available in large supermarkets.

What are the dangers of credit cards? Spend too much without realizing it. High interest rates. Fraud.

How can children be encouraged to develop a responsible attitude towards money and spending? Should do chores around the home in return for money so they can understand how difficult it is to earn money. They will appreciate money and be responsible with spending.

Question taken from Focus on IELTS, Longman p.183

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