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Monday, 23 May 2011

IELTS Essay Questions of 2008 Exams.


1. 10-1-2008
Some people think children’s spending time on TV, video and PC games is good, while others think it is bad.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

2. 12-1-2008
Some people think that criminals should be given longer terms in prison, so as to reduce the crime rate.  Others think there are more alternative ways to reduce crime rate.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

3. 19-1-2008
Old generations often hold some traditional ideas on the correct way of life, thinking and behaviour. However, some people think that it is not helpful for the young generations to prepare for modern life in the future.

What’s your opinion?

4. 24-1-2008
In countries where there is high unemployment most pupils should be given only primary education.  There is no point in giving secondary education to people who have not hope of finding a job.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

4. 26-1-2008
Unemployment is getting increasingly serious in many countries. Some people think students only need to get primary education, while others think secondary education is necessary.

What’s your opinion?

5. 2-2-2008
Some people think people can exploit animals for any purpose they need, while others do not think so.

What is your opinion?

6. 14-2-2008
An increasing number of people choose to live in big cities. What problems will this bring about? Should the government encourage people to live in small towns?

7. 16-2-2008
An American film actor once said, “Tomorrow is important and precious.”  Some people think individuals and society should pay more attention to the future than to the present.

Do you agree or disagree?

8. 23-2-2008
Some people think imported food exerts positive impacts on our lives.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

9. 1-3-2008
Schools offer a wide range of courses such as literature, economics, philosophy, mathematics, physics, history, English, geography, foreign languages, physical education and music. Among all these subjects, which one do you think is the most important and which one is the least important?

10. 8-3-2008
The number of cars keeps increasing, so road systems should be expanded. Some people think the government should pay for it, while others think the car owners should pay for it.

What’s your opinion?

11. 13-3-2008
People should look after their health as a duty to the society they live in rather than personal benefits.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

12. 29-3-2008
Some people think government should ensure a healthy lifestyle of people, but others argue that it should be decided by individuals themselves.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

13. 5-4-2008
One long distance flight uses more fuel that a car uses in several years time, but both produces the same amount of pollution. So some people suggest we should discourage non-essential use of aircraft such as for tourist travel rather than limit the use of cars.

Do you agree or disagree?

14. 12-4-2008
Many people are busy with work and do not have enough time to spend with family and friends.  Why does this happen? What in your opinion are the effects of this on family life and society as a whole?


15. 19-4-2008
Figures show that some countries have an ever-increasing proportion of the population who are aged 15 or younger. What do you think are the current and future effects of this trend for those countries?

16. 24-4-2008
School teachers used to be the source of information.  However, some people argue that teachers are not as important as before in modern education, with the wide variety of information sources.

Do you agree or disagree?

17. 10-5-2008
Some children can learn efficiently by watching television. Therefore, they should be encouraged to watch television regularly both at home and in school.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

18. 22-5-2008
Some people think schools should teach children some academic subjects which will be beneficial for their future careers.  Therefore other subjects such as sport and music are not important.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

19. 31-5-2008
Some people argue that the fittest and strongest individuals and teams can achieve the greatest success in sports. But other people think mental attitude is equally important.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

20. 5-6-2008
Some people think that university students should specialize in one subject, while others think universities should encourage students to learn a range of subjects.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

21. 14-6-2008
Some people think the cheap air travel let more people to chose it, but others think that in order to fix the environmental problems created by increase in flights, cheap flights should be banned.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

22. 21-6-2008
Some people think that children should obey rules or do what their parents and teachers want them to do, but others think that children controlled too much cannot deal with problems well by themselves.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

23. 28-6-2008
With technology speeding up, more and more young people begin to use mobile phones and the Internet, but old people have little chance to be exposed to them.  What ways could mobile phone and the Internet be useful to old people? How do old people be encouraged to use this new technology?

24. 5-7-2008
Some people think that theoretical subjects such as maths, philosophy and economics should not be taught in universities and they should focus on practical subjects such as computer technology and accounting. 

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

25. 12-7-2008
Some people support development of agriculture, like factory farming and scientific creation of fruits and vegetables, while others oppose it.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

26. 24-7-2008
Some people think that in the modern society individuals are becoming more dependent on each other, while others say that individuals are becoming more independent of each other.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

27. 26-7-2008
Some people think international cooperation has brought about benefits to world environmental protection, while others think that more gains have been made by international business.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

28. 9-8-2008
The government should encourage industries and businesses to move out of big cities and go to rural areas.

To what extent do you think the advantages outweigh disadvantages?

29. 16-8-2008
Giving detailed description of crimes in newspapers and television can create arguments.  Some people think that it has negative consequences.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

30. 21-8-2008
International travel makes people prejudiced rather than broad-minded.
What are its causes and what measures can be taken to solve this problem?

31. 30-8-2008
Some people think that students should be organized into groups to study, while others argue that students should be made to study alone.

What are the benefits of each study method and which one do you think is more effective?

32. 6-9-2008
Once children start school, teachers have more influences on their intellectual and social development than parents.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

33. 13-9-2008
Many people think it is important to protect the environment, but make no effort for it themselves. Why is this happening?  How can we solve it?

34. 13-9-2008

Criminals are usually imprisoned but many think and job training and education should replace this way of dealing with criminals.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

35. 27-9-2008
Poor students or students who come from rural areas often find it is difficult to get access to university education.  So some people think that university education should be made easier for such people.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

36. 11-10-2008
Society is based on rules and laws. If individuals were free to do whatever they want to do, it could not function.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

37. 23-10-2008
Many people use distance-learning programs to study at home through television or internet is better, but some people think that it cannot bring as much benefits as attending college or university.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

38. 25-10-2008
Economic progress is one way of measuring the success of a country.  Some other factors should also be taken into consideration.  What other factors should be considered.  Within these factors, which one do you think is more important than others? 

39. 8-11-2008
Fashion has become more and more important for people to choose clothes.  Why is it? What are the positive and negative effects does this trend on the society?

40. 15-11-2008
More and more people work at home and study at home with the development of computer technology.

Do you think it is positive or negative development?

41. 20-11-2008
International travel is becoming cheaper than before, so more and more countries open their doors to tourists.

Do the advantages of the increased tourism outweigh the disadvantages?

42. 29-11-2008
Some people think modern games can help children to develop a wide range of skills, but other people argue that traditional games can be much better for developing such skills.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

43. 4-12-2008
Because of the global economy, many goods including the ones that we use daily are basically produced by other counties and have to be transported a long distance.

To what extent do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

44. 6-12-2008
Memorization of information by frequent repetition, namely rote learning, play a major role in most education systems.

To what extent do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

45. 13-12-2008
Some people believe that a country benefits greatly while so many students graduate from universities, while others believe that sending a large percentage of young students to university leads to graduate unemployment.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

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