The Natural World IELTS Speaking Parts One and Three questions

Speaking Part One

Do you have a pet? Why did you choose that one?

Have you ever had a pet? Why not?/ Can you describe it for me?

Would you like to have the same kind of pet again? Why/ why not?

What kind of pet would you like?

Did you have a pet when you were a child? Why not?

Do you prefer to spend your holidays in the city or country? Why?

Are there many green spaces near where you live?

How do you like to spend your time when you go to the countryside?

Do you think your city/ town is a good place to live in? Why/ why not?

Speaking Part Three

What could be the consequences of/ the effect of deforestation?

Do you think your government is doing enough to save endangered species? (Why do you think that?)

What can be done to stop global warming, do you think?

How important is recycling, in your opinion?

Are people your age in your country interested in vegetarianism, do you think?

Do you believe that people your age in your country live ecologically friendly lifestyles?

Do you think that banning plastic bags is a good idea?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of hybrid cars?

In what ways do alternative fuels benefit society?

Why do some people do resist nuclear energy?

Do you think there is a danger that the hole in the ozone layer will grow?

How has people’s awareness of green issues changed over the last 50 years in your country?

What are your predictions for the state of the environment in your country in the next few years?

What do you think the ecological state of your country will be like in 50 years’ time?

Do you think the air quality in the place where you live is getting better or worse? What makes you say that?

Do you think that people’s energy consumption is changing?

Speaking Part Three- Make your own questions

Use the vocabulary below to make similar questions to those above on the natural world and ecology

climate change/ global warming                                     genetic engineering/ GM foods/ GM crops

pesticides                                                                                   desertification

organic foods/ organic agriculture                                  the hole in the ozone layer/ ozone depletion

air/ water/ soil/ visual/ noise pollution/ pollutants             rising sea levels

demographics/ population control                                  carbon trading

fossil fuels                                                                                   birth defects

deforestation                                                                               acid rain

habitat                                                                                        extinction

recycling                                                                       green issues

Green Party                                                                                Greenpeace

whaling                                                                         sustainable development

vegetarianism                                                                              endangered species

rainforest                                                                                    carbon sequestering/ carbon capture

biodiversity                                                                                 degradation of…

ecosystem                                                                                  energy consumption

energy efficiency                                                           energy saving

greenhouse gases                                                          solar energy

wind power                                                                                alternative fuels

biofuels                                                                         hydroelectric energy

hybrid cars                                                                                 electric vehicles

nuclear energy                                                              renewable resources

thermal energy                                                              dams

slash and burn agriculture                                              soil erosion

greenhouse effect 

Useful language“Well, I don’t know much about this, but I’d say (that)…”

“I’m by no means an expert on this but,…”

“From what I’ve heard/ seen on the news/ read, it seems that…”

“At a guess, I’d say…” 

What kind of language can you use to talk about trends (things going up and down) like in the last few Speaking Part Three questions?

Recommended links to practice this vocabulary more:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p002vsn5

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