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Tuesday, 24 May 2011

IELTS Essay Questions 2009

January 10, 2009
The range of technology available for individuals will increase the gap of rich and poor.  . Others think it is having an opposite effect.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

January 15, 2009
Some people think students at schools and universities learn far more from lessons with teachers than from others sources (such as the internet, television).

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

January 17, 2009
Nowadays, people in some countries can choose to live and work anywhere they want, because of the improvement of the communication technology and transport.

Discuss both the advantages and disadvantages.

February 7, 2009
Rich countries often give financial aid to poor countries, but it does not solve poverty, so rich countries should give other types of help to the poor countries rather than financial aid.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

February 12, 2009
Some people think that development in technology causes environmental problems. Some people believe that solution in these problems is everyone accepts a simpler way of life, while others say that technology can solve these problems.

Discuss both views.

February 21, 2009
Some people believe that environmental problems are too big for individuals to deal with, while others think that individuals should take some action.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

February 28, 2009
Some people believe that to improve public health the number of sports facilities should be improved; others believe that it has little effect and need other measures to improve it.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

March 7, 2009
Some people think music plays an important role in society. Others think it is it is simply a form of entertainment.

Discuss both sides of this argument and give your own opinion.

March 14, 2009
More and more students choose to move to other countries to have the higher education. Do you think the advantages far outweigh its disadvantages?

March 21, 2009
It is more important to spend public money on promoting a healthy lifestyle, in order to prevent illness rather than to spend it on the treatment of people who are already ill. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

April 4, 2009
Nowadays people live in a society where consumer goods are relatively cheaper to buy. Do you think its advantages outweigh its disadvantages?

April 18, 2009
If a product is good and necessary, people will buy it, the advertisement will just be a kind of entertainment. 

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

April 25, 2009
Some people think computer and Internet are important in children's study, but others think students can learn more effectively in schools and with teachers. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

May 9, 2009
Some people believe that teenagers should learn all school subjects, while others claim that students should focus on the subjects that they are best at or that they are interested in. Discuss both views and give your opinion.  

May 16, 2009
It has been believed that people reading for pleasure have developed better imagination and language skills than people who prefer to watch TV. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

May 21, 2009
Hundred years ago, people thought that human race was steadily improving in every area of life. Nowadays, there is no certainty about this.  In which areas do you think we have made ​​important progress nowadays? In which areas do you think we still need to make progress?

May 30, 2009
Fossil fuels are the main sources of energy in many countries, but in some countries the use of alternative sources of energy are encouraged. Is it a positive or negative development?

June 11, 2009
The food travels thousands of miles from farm to consumer. Some people think it would be better to our environment and economy if people only ate locally produced food. What extend does the advantage outweigh disadvantage?

June 13, 2009
Research suggests that majority of criminals who are sent to prison would commit crimes after they are set free. What do you think are the causes? What to be done to solve this problem?

June 20, 2009
Some believe that those who are not talented in language learning should not be required to learn a foreign language. Do you think school should required students to learn a foreign language?

June 27, 2009
Developing countries require international organizations' help. Some people think that financial aid is important. However, others believe that practical aid and advice is more important. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

July 4, 2009
Money for postgraduate research is limited. Some people, therefore, think that financial support from the government should be only provided for scientific research rather than research for less useful subjects. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

July 11, 2009
Some people argue that the companies and private individuals should pay the bill of cleaning up the pollution they produced, while others believe that it is the government's responsibility. What is your opinion?

July 23, 2009
Some think that the 21st century is providing opportunities for us to make some positive changes. To what extent do you agree or disagree? And what kind of changes will be provided?

August 8, 2009
The development of technology changes the way people connect with each other. In which way does the development of technology change the types of relationships among people? Does it have positive or negative effects on the relationships?

August 13, 2009
The subjects and lesson contents are decided by the authorities such as the government. Some people argue that teachers should make the choice. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

August 22, 2009
News media is more influential nowadays. Some people think it is a negative development. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

August 29, 2009
In the past, people used to travel to see the difference from their home country. However, the sceneries in places around the world seem similar nowadays. What are the causes of these similarities? Do you think that the advantages of this similarity outweigh the disadvantages?

September 5, 2009
Some people think that young people should receive college education, while other people say that they should work. What's your opinion?

September 12, 2009
Caring for children is the most important thing of the society. It is suggested that all mothers and fathers should be required to take the childcare training courses. Do you agree or disagree with the statement?

September 17, 2009
Some people think that lawbreakers should be sent to prison, while others say that criminals who are better talents should be made ​​to work. Discuss both viewpoints and give your opinion.

September 22, 2009
In some countries, some school leavers choose to work or travel for a period of time between finishing high school and attending college. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this school leavers’ decision. Give your opinion.

October 10, 2009
An increase in production of consumer goods results in damage of the natural environment. What are the causes and possible solutions?

October 24, 2009
Some people think that a university should prepare students for employment, while others disagree and believe it has other functions. Discuss both sides and give your own opinion.

November 7, 2009
In some countries, the rate of teenagers' criminal acts is increasing. What are the reasons and give your measures to reduce it.

November 14, 2009
Some people say that professional workers such as doctors, nurses and teachers who make greater contribution to the society should be paid more than those people in the field of sports and entertainment. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

November 19, 2009
Some people think governments should introduce new technology to improve people's life, while others think free education is the better choice. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

November 21, 2009
Individuals and individual countries cannot help everyone who needs help in the world, so we should be only concerned about our own communities and countries. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

December 5, 2009
Nowadays, people like to throw away damaged things and buy new ones while people in the past would always reuse them by repair. Why do you think it is the case? What problems might this lead to?

December 12, 2009
Using modern technology to work at home benefits workers only, but not employers. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

December 19, 2009
Crime is a big problem all over the world, and we can do nothing to prevent it. To what extent do you agree?

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