New Cue Card Topics For Persuasive Essays

The model essay from February 2017 was reported by IELTS students appearing in their IELTS writing task 2 test this month. It is an opinion essay, otherwise known as an agree/disagree essay or an argumentative essay. Following current topics used in 2017 is essential for success in IELTS.

Also please see that I’ve put some useful links for you at the bottom of the page to help you with your IELTS writing task 2 essay.

IELTS Essay Question February 11th, 2017 (Academic)

It is better for the students to live away from the home during their university studies rather than staying with their parents. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

IELTS Model Essay Feb 2017

While some people think that students ought to live alone whilst studying at university, it is believed by others that it is better for them to remain living at home. In my opinion, I think students benefit from living alone unless their finances prevent it.

Firstly, one of the main reasons why it is advantageous for students to live alone is that they become totally independent of their parents and able to think for themselves. University is a time for students to spread their wings and try new ideas or ways of thinking and learn to cope with making life changing decisions. By living alone, without the influence of their parents, they develop rounder, decisive characters able to function well in the world.

Another advantage to students fleeing the parental nest is that they learn to manage money. Most students see university as a stepping stone to adulthood and so by learning to live on a budget, they develop the skills needed once they are earning a salary and balancing their finances. Renting property also comes with responsibilities to both landlords and housemates, and this is a further lesson to learn in useful life skills.

Finally, however, regardless of how beneficial living alone might be for university students, it might be financially impractical for some. For a small proportion of university students, their finances might require them to stay at home for as long as possible until they are finally able to support themselves through paid work.

In conclusion, while it might not be feasible for all students, living away from parents helps university students develop strength of character and useful life skills needed for when they enter working life.

How to Write Your IELTS Essay:

  1. Spend time anaylising the essay question and brainstorming. Choose your position (your point of view) and select the best ideas. See this page about how to plan your essay properly: IELTS Essay Planning Tips
  2. aim to have either 4 or 5 paragraphs in total. See this page: How many paragraphs in an IELTS essay. Your essay MUST be over 250 words. There is no upper word count. See this page: How long should your IELTS essay be?
  3. Use a range of linking words in your essay. The examiner will mark them and it will affect your score if you spelling them wrong or if you don’t know a good range. See this page: IELTS Linking Words
  4. Before your test, prepare ideas for trending topics in IELTS this year. See this page: IELTS Essay Questions 2017. This page gives a list of essay questions used so far in 2017.
  5. The essay above is an Opinion Essay which means you need to give your opinion. See this page about how you express your opinion correctly: How to Give your Opinion in Writing Task 2
  6. If you are taking the GT test, see this page about writing differences: GT Writing Test Differences
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Recent IELTS Cue Card Topics

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Recent IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card Questions: (2016- 2017)

 

Describe a shop that recently opened in your city/country.

You should say:

  • what its name is
  • where it is
  • who the typical customers are

and say if you have bought anything from the shop. Why/Why not?

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe an invention that changed how people live.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • how it changed people's lives
  • the benefits it brought

and say if it is more important for older or younger people.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Talk about a piece of clothing that you received as a gift recently.

You should say:

  • what it was
  • when you received it
  • who gave it to you

and explain if this gift was important to you.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe a book that had a major influence on you.

You should say:

  • what the book was
  • how you first heard of the book
  • what is the main story of the book

and why it plays such an important role in your life.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe a website you often browse.

You should say:

  • what is it
  • how long have you been using it
  • detailed information about the website

and explain why you often browse this website.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe a subject taught in your school.

You Should Say:

  • what the subject was and who taught it
  • how the teacher taught it
  • What you learned from the class

and explain how this subject helped you.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe a foreign country you have never been to.

You should say:

  • where the country is
  • when you will go there
  • why you would like to go there

and explain why this is a good country to visit.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

A speech that somebody delivered and you heard.

You should say:

  • who gave the speech
  • what the speech was about
  • whether it impressed you or not

and explain why did you like/dislike the speech.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe an important decision/ choice that you made in your life.

You should say:

  •     what the decision/choice was
  •     when you took this decision
  •     What the result of the decision was and whether it was a good choice.

and explain why it was an important decision or choice for you.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe someone you know who is a good cook.

You should say:

  •  who this person is
  •  how you know him or her
  • what kinds of foods s/he cooks

and explain why this person is good at cooking.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe something useful you learned from a member of your family.

You Should Say:

  • what you learned.
  • how this became useful later in your life
  • have you taught it to someone

and explain why it was important for you.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe a stressful day at school/ university/ work.

You should say:

  • how the day started
  • how things went wrong
  • who the people involved were

and explain why it was a stressful day.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Talk about a pet that you or someone you know once had.

You should say:

  • what kind of animal it was
  • what kind of care it needed
  • what you liked/ disliked about it

and explain why this is a popular type of pet.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe an occasion or event when you were congratulated.

You should say:

  • what was the occasion
  • when was it
  • who congratulated you and why

and explain how did this make you feel.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe a nation (not your own) that you know well.

You should say:

  • which nation it is
  • what and how you learned about this nation.
  • why  you are interested about this nation

and explain what you like most about it.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe an outdoor activity that you did for the first time.

You should say:

  • what you did
  • where and when you did it
  • how you felt about it later

and say if you would recommend this activity to your friends.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe a building/structure with architectural interest.

You should say:

  • what is it
  • what is the historical significance of it
  • why should we preserve it

and describe the building/structure in details.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe the job/ career you have or hope to have.

You should say:

  • what the job is
  • what is involves
  • why you would choose it

and explain why you are interested in this job.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe a competition/contest you have entered.

You should say:

  • when the competition took place
  • what you had to do
  • describe the competition

and explain how you felt about participating in the competition/ contest.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe a piece of modern technology you own.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • what you use it for
  •  how long you have owned it

And explain why it is important for you.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe a situation when you were late.

You should say:

  • what was the event you were late for
  • what was the reason that you were late
  • how did you feel about it

and explain how you handled the situation.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Talk about a part of your city that is changing.

You should say:

  • where is it
  • how is it changing
  • why is it changing

and explain how you feel about this change.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Talk about a job that helps make the world a better place.

You should say:

  • what job is it
  • how you learned about it
  • why do you think it helps so much

and explain why do you think it can make the world a better place.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe a good quality you admire in your friend.

You should say:

  • what quality it is
  • how this is a good quality
  • how do you feel about it

and explain why you like this quality.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Talk about a dish you know how to cook.

You should say:

  • what the ingredients are
  • where you learned it
  • how to cook it

and tell if this is an easy dish to cook or not.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe your favourite place to eat out.

You should say:

  • where it is
  • what kind of food is served
  • what the décor is like

And say what kind of people you think would enjoy that restaurant/ cafe, and why.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe an old object which your family has kept for a long time.

You should say:

  • what the object is
  • where it came from
  • how long it has been in your family

and explain why your family has kept it.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe an interesting conversation you had with someone you did not know.

You should say:

  • who the person was
  • where the conversation took place
  • what you talked about

and explain why you found the conversation interesting.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

A famous person you would like to meet.

You should say:

  • who is he/ she
  • why do you want to meet him/ her
  • why he is famous

and explain what would you do if you meet him/ her.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe an important email you have received.

You should say:

  • who sent it to you.
  • when you got it.
  • what was it about

and explain why this email was important to you.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe an interesting advertisement you watched on TV.

You should say:

  • what was it
  • when you watched it
  • what was it about

and explain why it was interesting.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe something special that you saved money to buy.

You should say:

  • what was it
  • why you bought is
  • how long you saved money to buy it

and explain why it was important to you to buy it.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Talk about something that you purchased and had not used much.

You should say:

  • what it was
  • where you bought it from
  • why you bought it

and explain why you didn’t use it that much.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe a thing that has become a fashion or a matter of status nowadays.

You should say:

  • what is it
  • why people use it
  • do you have it

and explain what influences it has on people nowadays.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe a historical event that you find interesting.

You should say:

  • when it took place
  • what historic connection it has
  • how it impacted the history

and explain why you find it interesting.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Describe a TV or radio presenter.

You should say:

  • who is s/he
  • what programme s/he presents
  • how he presents the program

and explain why you like/dislike him/ her.

The Answer to this Cue card Topic

Talk about a hobby one of your friends has.

You should say:

  • what is it
  • who has it
  • what s/he does for it

and explain why this is a good or bad hobby.

The answer to this Cue card Topic

Talk about a musical instrument you would like to be able to play.

You should say:

  • what the instrument looks like
  • what it sounds like
  • what kinds of people it is popular with

and explain why you want to be able to play it.

The answer to this Cue card Topic

 

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