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
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
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
|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:
PDF version for easy printing: The Natural World IELTS Speaking Parts One and Three questions
IELTS Speaking Parts One and Three page
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