IELTS Exam Tasks | Writing & Speaking
Academic Writing Task 1:-
The line graph below shows the number of annual visits to Australia by overseas residents. The table below gives information on the country of origin where the visitors came from.
Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information given
The given line graph illustrates information on the number of overseas visitors traveling to Australia in millions of people. Overall, one notable trend seems to be that Australia has steadily become more popular as a destination spot. For example, there were 20 million more visitors to Australia in 2005 than in 1975. That’s a jump from 10 million to 30 million in 20 years.
The second table gives statistics showing the countries whose residents went to Australia between 1975 and 2005. In both years, the largest number of visitors came from Japan, followed by South Korea and Europe. Britain, the United States and China also had many people traveling to Australia in these years. In fact, the number of people visiting Australia grew in every one of these countries. For example, in 2005, 12 million people went there from Japan compared with only 3.2 million in 1975.
General Writing Task 1:-
You have seen a Tourist Board advert welcoming nominations for a ‘Best City/Town Award.’ Nominates your home city/town. Write a letter to the Tourist Board. In your letter
– Nominate your town/city and refer to its location
– Explain what is special about your city/town
– Say how winning an award would change your city/town
I would like to recommend my home town of Brighton, East Sussex (UK) to be nominated for an award.
Brighton is a lively and cosmopolitan city that appeals to all age groups. There is something in my city for everyone. A number of bars and clubs in the city centre offer a different atmosphere to suit every taste and occasion. People can also enjoy a stroll along the seafront or a wander through the fascinating old part of Brighton, The Lanes.
Brighton also has a huge variation of architectural styles. From the elegant 18th century Regency houses to the modern Marina, Brighton is an architectural treasure. The most famous building is Brighton’s eccentric Indian-style palace, the Royal Pavilion.
There are also other perks to living in Brighton. Unlike other seaside resorts, due to its many tourist attractions, it receives visitors all year round. It is also within easy reach of London by train, coach or car.
I believe, for all the above reasons, that my town should be eligible for an award. Giving an award to our city would be a source of great pride to its residents. It would also acts as an encouragement to those who have business in the city to maintain their high standards so that visitors and residents continue to use the city shops, entertainment venues and eating places . I hope that I have highlighted the merits of Brighton and that the city will receive the recognition that it deserves and win best city/town award.
Writing Task 2 (AC+GT):- (7 BAND)
‘The older you get, the more difficult life becomes.’ Discuss.
Society as a whole sometimes seems to turn its back on its ageing members. Ageing can go hand-in-hand with a decline both in physical health and the state of your bank balance, as your retirement years eat into your savings. However, advancing years may also bring increased contentment and happiness. Maturity may also allow you to broaden your horizons. The process of ageing may, in fact, bring with it as many benefits as youth, if one is prepared to maintain a positive outlook.
When you are very young, they say ‘the world is your oyster.’ Getting a good job and starting a family are viewed as exciting challenges. But they also bring with them great uncertainty and stress. Older members of society, however, around retirement age and beyond, do not have those responsibilities and worries. They have already raised their families and are possibly enjoying the benefits of having grandchildren without the responsibility of being a parent. Neither is income so much of a concern for some pensioners. They have a state pension and, if they are lucky, a lifetime’s savings at their disposal to enjoy at leisure.
Also, freed of family and work commitments, older people have plenty of leisure time. For the first time in their lives, they can pursue interests and hobbies or travel, which work and family responsibilities did not permit before.
So, whilst there are downsides to getting older, they are more than compensated for by the many advantages of old age. Being older is really an opportunity to do all those things that you have been meaning to do but didn’t have the time to do when you were young.
IELTS Speaking Full Interview:-
PART – 1 Intro Part
May I know your full name?
My name is Baljinder Singh.
How may I address you?
You could call me b my first name Baljinder.
May I see your ID?
Here is my passport.
Where do you come from?
I am from Moga, which is in Northern part of Punjab.
Do you work or study?
I am a student. I am doing my business management and entrepreneurship from Mumbai.
Which magazines and newspapers do you read? ( Why?)
I read Times of India, India Today magazine, daily newspapers that specializes in economics and business issues, and related social and political aspects. Why do I read them? It’s simple. Being a complete human being makes a person more effective and marketable in business and management.
What kinds of articles are you most interested in? (Why?)
I mostly like to keep myself updated in regards to the economics and business. Other than that I like to learn about what is happening at the sports front.
Are people in your country interested in reading newspaper or magazines?
Most people in my country start their day with the newspaper over a cup of tea or coffee and one likes to be well informed of things happening around them.
PART – 2 Cue Card
A story/tale you heard in your childhood
– What that story was
– Who told to you and when
– The message/moral of the story
I heard and read many stories in my childhood. My parents and grandparents told me many stories about various aspects of life. Here, I would like to talk about a story that I heard from my grandmother when I was seven years old. This is actually an incident from the great epic Mahabharata, where the Pandavas and Kauravas went to learn archery and other skills in the hermitage of Draunacharya. As we all know, Arjuna was expert in archery among Pandavas. One day the mentor Draunacharya asked all the candidates to sit under a tree. He then kept a wooden idol of a bird on the branch of a tree and informed all disciples that they had to target the eye of the wooden idol of the bird and hit it with the arrow. After that he called all students one by one and asked them that what they could see. The reply came that they could see sky, branch, bird, other students and so on. Listening to such answers, the mentor didn’t allow any of the candidates to hit the target. Finally, he called Arjuna and asked the same question. Arjuna replied that he could see the bird only. Listening to this the mentor asked him the same question again, and this time Arjuna replied that he could see the eye of the bird only and nothing else. Listening to this, the mentor immediately handed the bow and arrow to him and permitted him to take a shy in which Arjuna was successful in hitting the eye of that wooden bird.
The moral of the story is, ‘we should learn to be focused about the goals in our life. If we are focused kn the target and not on other trivial things, we are bound to get success’.
PART – 3 Follow ups/Discussion
What other stories do you remember from your childhood?
I heard plenty of stories in my childhood. I don’t remember many of them today, but I can recall stories about Ramayana, Mahabharata, Akbar Birbal, Panchratna Chanakya and stories of our independence from my grandfather as he took an active part in the fight for freedom for our country. He also took part in ‘Quit India Movement’ in 1942.
What are the benefits of grandparents telling stories to children in family?
This is one of the best ways to pass on the cultural heritage to our offspring. What is more, this tradition is very important in joint families because in such families grandparents get a creative activity by which they can pass their time, and they also help in taking care of children.
What is the difference between the stories of the past and the present?
In the past, stories were based on history, tradition and religion and moral values. But stories these days are largely based on fantasy, fiction and super natural characters for example Barbie’s, Superman, Spiderman, Pokémon and so on.
How do stories affect youngsters / teenagers?
Stories can produce life-changing effects in both youngsters and teenagers. Stories can divert their minds to religion, culture and patriotism. There are incidences in all societies that teenagers change the direction of life towards positive after hearing stories or parables.
Do you think children have lost their interest in stories?
No, I don’t think children have lost their interest in stories. However, I do admit that they have more options of entertainment and hence their interest has changed in terms of the subject of stories. Now, they prefer hearing stories about fantasies and fairies rather than old parables. But it doesn’t mean that they have lost their interest in stories.
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