Latest IELTS Writing Topics

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Latest IELTS Writing Topics


2019

August 2019


At the present time, the population of some countries includes a relatively large number of young adults, compared with the number of older people.

Do the advantages of this situation outweigh the disadvantages?

(India)

July 2019


Today much of the food people eat gets transported from farms that are thousands of miles away. Some people believe it would be better for the environment and the economy if people only consumed food produced by local farmers.

Would the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?

Model Answer >>>


The qualities and skills that a person requires to become successful in today's world cannot be learned at a university or other academic institutions.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(Iran)


Some people think that prison sentences should not be used in dealing with criminals. Education and job training should be used instead.

To what extent do you agree on disagree?

(Myanmar)


Nowadays more and more business meetings and business training are taking place online.

Do the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?


Some people from poor and rural backgrounds find it difficult to get a university education. Universities have to make it easier, especially for such groups, to get into them.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(Sri Lanka)


Some people think that it is the responsibility of governments to take care of the environment, while others believe that it is the responsibility of people to take care of the environment.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

(Australia - General Training)


Most people prefer ready to eat food outside of their home rather than homemade food now.

Do you think this has more advantages or more disadvantages?

(India - General Training)


People spend a lot of money on various things as they earn more money nowadays than before.

Is it a positive or negative development? 

(India - General Training)


Some parents prefer to send their children to preschool while others say they should stay at home until they are older.

What is your opinion?

(Nepal - General Training)

June 2019


Young adults should contribute to their communities by doing unpaid work in their free time.

Do advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?

(Russia)


Many famous sports players advertise sports products.

Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?


Many museums and historical sites are mainly visited by tourists rather than local people.

Why does this happen?

What can be done to encourage local people to visit museums and historical sites?


These days many families move to other countries for work. Some people believe that the children in these families benefit from this move. However, others believe that it makes life more difficult for the children.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.


Universities should develop methods to support students who come from rural and disadvantageous backgrounds.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(Sri Lanka)


Libraries should be shut down as better alternatives are available.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(Sri Lanka)

May 2019


In many countries people are living in a "throwaway society" where things are used for a short time and thrown away.

What are the causes of this and what problems does it lead to?

(Uzbekistan)


Shopping is now one of the most popular forms of leisure activity in many countries for young adults.

Why is this?

Do you think this is a positive or a negative development?


These days many children spend a lot of their time playing computer games but little time doing sports.

Why is this?

Do you think this is a positive or a negative development?


Some people think that one of the best ways to solve environmental problems is to increase the cost of fuel for cars and other vehicles.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?


These days many families move abroad for work. Some people believe that this benefits the children in these families. Others believe that it makes their lives more difficult.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion

(India - General Training)


Some people believe that teenagers are facing more problems in their life than they did in the past and this is  because parents are spending more time at work than at home.

Do you agree or disagree?

(Nigeria / UAE - General Training)


Many people think that more money will make them happier.

How important is money for happiness?

(Nigeria - General Training)

April 2019


Some people say it is manufactures and supermarkets responsibility to reduce the amount of packaging of products they sell and others say it is the consumers responsibility to avoid buying products with too much packaging.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

(India)


These days, many people have their own computer and telephone, so it is quite easy for them to do their job at home.

Does working at home have more advantages or more disadvantages?

Model Answer>>>


In a lot of countries today, people can buy a wider range of household goods, such as  microwaves, televisions, or rice cookers, than ever before.

Is this a positive or negative development?


Some people say that parents should places restrictions on the hours their children spend watching TV and playing computer games, and encourage them to spend this time reading books instead.

Do you agree or disagree?


Some people believe that all teenagers should have to do unpaid work during their free time in order to help the local community. They think this would benefit the teenagers doing the unpaid work but also society as a whole.

Do you agree or disagree?


Some countries are struggling with an increase in the rate of crime. Many people think that having more police on the streets is the only way to reduce these increasing levels of crime.

To what extent to you agree or disagree?

(Azerbaijan)


Some people think parents should supervise their children's activities closely, while others believe children should have more freedom.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

(Azerbaijan)


More and more people are becoming seriously overweight. Some people say that increasing the price of fattening foods will solve this problem.

To what extend do you agree or disagree?


Today, many people do not realise how important the natural world is.

Why is this?

How can people learn more about the importance of the natural world?


Some people believe that to reduce the amount of time people spend commuting (travelling to work),  parks and gardens close to city centres should be replaced by apartment buildings for commuters to live in. However, others disagree with this.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.


In many countries, weddings are getting bigger and more expensive than the past.

Is this a positive or negative development?

(India - General Training)


Some believe that it is the responsibility of people to take care of the environment. Others say it is the government that should take care of the environment.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

(Kuwait - General Training)

March 2019


Some people believe that the increasing number of vehicles is one of the biggest problem facing cities, while others believe that cities have bigger challenges.

Discuss both views and state your opinion.

Nigeria


Some people think that men are naturally more competitive than women.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?


These days, mobile phones and the internet are very important to the ways in which people relate to one another socially.

Do the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?

Model Answer >>>


Scientists believe that in order to protect the environment, people must use less energy in their daily lives. However, most people have not changed the way they live.

Why do you think many people have not taken individual action?

What could be done to encourage them to take action?



Films and computer games which contain violence are very popular. Some people believe they have a negative effect on society and so should be banned. Other people, however, say they are just harmless and help people to relax.

Discuss both these points of view and give your own opinion.


Many doctors say that people in today's world do not do enough physical exercise.

What do you think are the causes of this?

What solutions are there to this problem?

(Iran - General Training)


Some people think that higher institutions should concentration more on academic subjects such as history and the physical sciences, while others think that they should concentrate more on practical subjects such as car mechanics and cookery, etc.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion

(General Training)

February 2019


In many countries, the rich are becoming richer and poor are becoming poorer.

Why is this a problem?

What solutions are there to tackle this problem?

(India)


Some people think that radio is the best way to get news while others think that television is better for this purpose.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

(India)


Over consuming sugar is unhealthy. Some people think that governments should take responsibility to control it. Others think that individuals should take responsibility of sugar intake.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

(India - General Training)

January 2019


People live longer today and so people should stay in the workforce longer.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(Nepal)


Money should be spent on creating new public buildings such as museums or town halls rather than renovating the existing ones.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(Nigeria - General Training)


All the people in a company should be treated equally and provided with the same number of vacations in a year.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(Canada - General Training)


Some people say that a person's success is as a result of the way he has been brought up by his parents.

Do you agree or disagree?

(Pakistan - General Training)


Public celeberations (such as national days, festivals etc) are held in most countries. These are often quite expensive and some people say that governments should spend money on more useful things.

Do you agree or disagree?

(Pakistan - General Training)


2018

December 2018


It is difficult for many people to create a balance between their professional and their personal life.

What are the causes of this?

What can be done to solve this problem?

(India)


Online education and training is becoming increasingly popular in the business world.

Do the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?

(Iran)


More and more parents are allowing their children to play on computers and tablets as they think that children should learn technology skills.

Do the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?

(Oman)

Model Answer >>>


People are living in a 'throwaway society', using things for a short time and then throwing them away.

What are the causes of this?

What problems does it lead to?

(Iran)


Some people view giving presents as an important way to show care to family and friends. Others think there are more important things that can be done to show care and appreciation.

Discuss both views and give your opinion. 

(India - General Training)

November 2018


Some people feel that manufacturers and supermarkets have the responsibility to reduce the amount of packaging of goods. Others argue that customers should avoid buying goods with a lot of packaging.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

(Zimbabwe)


Some people think that the main factors influencing a child’s development these days are things such as television, friends, and music. Others believe that the family still remains more important. 

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

(Zambia / UK)


Food travels thousands of miles from producers to consumers. Some people think that it would be better for the environment and economy if people only ate the local food produced by farmers.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(India)


Some people argue that the fittest, strongest individuals and teams can achieve the greatest success in sports. But other people think that success is as much related to mental attitude.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

(Iran)


Some people become famous when they are at a young age.

Do you think this is positive or negative?

(India)


In many countries day by day rubbish (garbage) is increasing.

Why is it happening?

What can be done?

(Iran - General Training)

October 2018


It is common these days to see famous sports persons advertising sport's products.

Do the advantages of this development overweight the disadvantages?

(Tunisia)


In our society there is far more attention on men's sport than women's sport.

What are the reasons for this?

Do you think that this is positive or negative development?

(Libya & India)


It has been said that reading for pleasure is better in developing imagination and language skills than watching TV.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(Tunisia)


Advertisements are influencing us in a negative way.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(Canada)


School teachers are more responsible for the social and intellectual development of students than parents.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(Australia)


Some people spend a lot of money for their wedding ceremonies. However, others feel like it is unnecessary to spend a lot.

Discuss both view points and give your own opinion.

(Iran - General Training)

September 2018


Some people think that the only way to judge someone’s success in business is by the amount of money they make.

Is this a true indicator of the success of a business and in what other ways could success in a business be measured?

(Canada)


The restoration of old buildings in major cities around the world costs enormous amounts of money. This money would be better spent on providing new housing and road development.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(UK)


Employers should give their workers at least one month holiday a year as it makes them to do better at their job.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(Zambia)


Some people believe the Olympic Games doesn't belong to the 21st century anymore.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(United States - General Training)


Some parents believe that reading books for entertainment is a waste of time for children and they think that their children should only read serious educational books.

What is your opinion?

(General Training)


Some parents believe that reading books for entertainment is a waste of time for children and they think that their children should read only read serious educational books.

What is your opinion?

(UAE / Qatar - General Training)


August 2018


In some cities people can build and design homes and office buildings however they like. This is preferable to having strict controls over the design and construction of housing and office buildings.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(South Korea)


Many young people regularly change their jobs over the years.

What are the reasons for this?

Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

(Canada)


In some countries it is now illegal to reject someone applying for a job because of his or her age.

Do you think this is a positive or negative development?

(UK)

Model Answer >>>


Scientists agree that many people are eating too much junk food and it is damaging their health. Some people think that this problems can be solved by educating people to eat less junk food. Other people believe that education will not work. 

Discuss both opinions and give your own opinion.

(UK)


Some people think that companies and private individuals should pay to clean up the pollution that they produce, not the government. 

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(UK)


As more and more students enter universities, academic qualifications are becoming devalued. To get ahead in many professions, more than one degree is now required and in future it is likely that people will take a number of degree courses before even starting work. This is an undesirable situation.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(Kenya)


Many people are involved in sports when they are young but stop once they are adults.

Why do many adults stop doing physical exercise?

What can be done about this problem?

(India - General Training)


Some people think that it is a good idea of all employees to wear a uniform at work. 

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(UK - General Training)


Some people think that new technology always improves the lives of workers. Other people believe that it results in disadvantages for workers. 

Discuss both opinions and give your own opinion.

(UK / Nigeria / India - General Training)


July 2018


Some of the methods used in advertising are unethical and unacceptable in today's society.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

(Pakistan)


Some people think that children should be sent to nursery school before they go to primary school, while others think it is better if they stay at home.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

(India - General Training)


Some people think that the Internet makes a person more sociable, while others think it makes a person less sociable.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

(India - General Training)


People nowadays are not as fit and active as they were in the past.

What are the reasons for this?

What measures can be taken for this?

(China - General Training)


June 2018


Some people think that zoos are all cruel and should be closed down. Others however believe that zoos can be useful in protecting wild animals.

Discuss both opinions and give your own opinion.

(UK & Nigeria)

Model Answer >>>


Although more and more people read news on the internet, newspapers will remain the most important source of news.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(UK)

Model Answer >>>
 


People no longer use newspapers and television because The Internet plays the same role as them.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(Bangladesh)


These days many families move abroad for work. Some people believe that this benefits the children in these families. Others believe that it makes their lives more difficult. 

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

(UK / India / Nigeria - General Training)


Some people believe that lowering the speed limit will lead to maximum road safety. Other people believe that there  are many other ways to improve road safety.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

(India - General Training)


May 2018


Some people think that in the modern world we are more dependent on each other, while others think that people have become more independent.
 

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

(India)


People should focus more on solving problems related to the future, and should not spend time thinking about the past. 

To what extent do you agree or disagree.

(Japan)


In many countries, prison is the most common solution for crimes. However, many think that better education is the most effective way to prevent people from committing further crime.

To what extent do you agree or disagree.

(Canada)


Some people think that in this modern world, getting old is entirely bad. However, other people believe that the life of old people is much better now than it was in the past. 

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

(Pakistan)


It is not necessary to have access to the Internet to live a full life.

What is your opinion?

(India)


Some people prefer to travel by car while others prefer to take the bicycle.

Which of these do you prefer?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of traveling by a car and a bicycle?

(Pakistan - General Training)


April 2018


Some governments spend a lot of public money training up individuals to be successful in international sporting events. Some people believe that this money should be spent on things that will benefit the general public instead.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(India)


Pollution and other environmental problems are resulting from the way that many countries are developing and becoming richer. Some think this cannot be avoided.

To what extent do you agree or disagree? 

(Sri Lanka)


Some people believe that employment over the age of 60 is not right and creates lots of problems. So people should retire after 60 and not work.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(Canada)


Some people spend a lot of money on tickets to go to sporting or cultural events.

Do you think this is positive or negative development?

(Ukrain - General Training)


In some societies, more and more people choose to live on their own.

What are the reasons people choose to do this?

Is it a positive or negative trend?

(Saudi Arabia & India - General Training)


March 2018


Some people believe that living and working in vertical cites where most the buildings are tall is best, while others believe that living and working in horizontal cities where there are few tall buildings is better.

Discuss both opinions and give your own opinion.

(Nepal)


Many people use social media on a regular basis in order to keep in touch with the news and with other people. 

Do you think that the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?

(UK)


Some people think that new houses should be built in the same style as older houses in the local area. Others believe that local governments should allow people to build houses in the styles of their own choice.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

(India)


In many countries, plastic bags are one of the main sources of damage to the environment, and so they should be banned.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?


Teachers are not as important as they used to be because of the choice of other alternatives for students, such as online teaching.

To what extent to do you agree of disagree?

(Nepal)


The trend of online shopping is increasing significantly.

What effect is this having on the environment and society in general?

(Philippines)


The best way that a government can reduce the traffic congestion in cities is to provide public transport free of cost to people 24/7 and 7 days a week.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(India)


Some people think that it is a good idea to have a detailed plan for activities to do in their free time. Other disagree with this. 

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

(UK & India - General Training)


February 2018


Some people think women should play an equal role as men in the country's police force, military and the army, while others believe that women are not suited for this work.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

(Bangladesh)


People no longer use newspapers and television because The Internet plays the same role as them.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(India)


People living in the 21st century generally have better quality of lives than people born in earlier centuries. 

To what extent do you agree or disagree?


Some people think it's better to put a tax on companies which produce pollution while other think that there are other solutions. 

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

(India)


January 2018


Science tell us which activities are good for our health and which ones are bad for us. Despite knowing this, millions of people still do activities which are bad for them.

Why is this the case and what can be done to change it?


Some people believe that governments should not provide international aid when they have unemployment and homelessness in their country.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(India)


It is a positive thing for people who are in senior management positions in companies to have much higher salaries than other employees in the same company or organisation.  

To what extent do you agree or disagree?


Latest IELTS Writing Topics:

2017


December 2017


It is common for young people to have different attitudes and ideas to those of their parents and grandchildren. 

In your society, how to these attitudes and ideas differer between the generations?

In your view, do these differences lead to any problems?


These days many young people leave school with a negative attitude towards learning.

Why is this happening?

What can be done to help young people to leave school with more positive attitude towards learning?


November 2017


Some people think that is is necessary to travel abroad in order to learn about other countries. Others think that this is not necessary as you can learn everything from The Internet or television.  

Discuss both opinions and give your own opinion.


The most important things in life are free of any cost.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

(Saudi Arabia - General Training)


October 2017


Some people think that children should be taught at school how to avoid waste and recycle. Others think that children should learn this at home.

Discuss both opinions and give your own opinion.


Some people think that having a high number of young people graduating from university is beneficial for a country. Others, however, believe sending a high number of young people to university leads to high levels of graduate unemployment.

Discuss both opinions and give your own opinion.


September 2017


Advertising discourages us from being different individuals by making us all want to be and look the same as each other. 

To what extent do you agree or disagree?


February 2017


In many countries, a few people earn very high salaries. Some people think that this is a positive thing for the country. Other people believe that governments should not allow salaries to be over a certain level. 

Discuss both opinions and give your own opinion.


Latest IELTS Writing Topics:

2016


December 2016


Many people are involved in sports when they are young but stop once they are adults. 

Why do many adults stop doing physical exercise?

What can be done about this problem?


September 2016


Shopping is now a popular pastime for many young people. 

What are the reasons for this?

Should young people be encouraged to do more useful activities in their spare time?


August 2016


Some people are happy to spend the whole of their life living in the same area. However, others prefer to live in many different areas over their life time. 

Discuss both opinions and give your own opinion.


Some governments spend a lot of public money training up individuals to be successful in international sporting events. Some people believe that this money should be spent on things that will benefit the general public instead.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?





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