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IELTS 16 August 2014 writing and speaking questions

IELTS 16 August 2014 writing and speaking questions

 

16 august 2014

Hi everyone, I had a lot of requests in my mailbox and website in comments to update this page with 16 August 2014 IELTS Exam questions writing task 1, task 2 and speaking que cards. I am trying my best but you guys need to share as well. As you sit in exam not me . So kindly those who appear today once you come back , please share so it can help others as well. Doesn’t matter if what you share is already on this page, it least we can know that same was in your city.

 

 

Writing Questions

 

16 August 2014

Task 1

Letter – You need volunteer experience , write a letter to manager of your local volunteer organization and let them know.

Why you need it
What your skills you have
How you will do this

 

Task 2 :

Essay – Computer games are very common in children in all nationalities.

Some parents think computer game are more harmful than useful.

Give you opinion

 

Task 2

Country :Myanmar , Bankok , Japan
Essay – In some countries, governments are encouraging industries and businesses to move out of the cities and into regional areas. Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

 

Task 1

Letter – You are living in an English speaking country. Write a letter to a local company and ask for volunteer work. In your letter:

  • describe your skills and knowledge
  • talk about your experiences
  • suggest what sort of volunteer work you can do

 

Country : Karachi, Pakistan,

                   Dubai, UAE

                   Chennai , India


Date : 16 August 2014

Task 1

Write a letter to Union council about the problem of road outside the house.

  • Who are you and where you live
  • problem in which area
  • describe problem

Task 2

Some people think that students, in or outside the school, should be prepared for the competitions. Others think competition is not good

Discuss both views

 

Speaking Questions

 

Date 16/08/2014        Country : Pakistan

1. Describe a garden that you remember visiting.

  • You should say:
  • Where this garden is.
  • When you visited.
  • Who you visited with

And explain why remember this garden.

 

 Date 16/08/2014          Country : Egypt

2. Talk about something that you shared with somebody.

You should say:

  • What it was.
  • When you shared it.
  • Who you shared it.

and explain what made you share it with him or her.

 

Country : Pakistan     Date : 16 August 2014

3. Talk about an animal interesting for you

You should say:

  • What animal it is.
  •  When you learned about it.
  •  what did you learn about it.

and explain why it is interesting for you.

 

31 Responses so far.

  1. Muthukumar says:

    I appeared in Chennai, India and I have written the below response. Your comments are welcome.

    Survival of fittest is an unwritten rule which prevails since the existence of universe and
    introducing the same environment to kids in terms of competition becomes a sensitive topic. Few profoundly disagrees this concept as it would create complexes at child’s mind, nevertheless few welcomes this trend. Out of the both view, I support for competitions , because this essentially equips the skills of the children and these views are presented in this essay.

    Sensible Socialists and even few psychiatrists perceives that indulging a kid in competition would affect the children psyche. This is because as a result of any game or a course, ranks
    are offered by comparing each other, which indeed would create inferiority complex in them and would stop a kid to sicalize. This fact is implemented in Central Board of State Education syllabus in India, Where grades are awarded rather than ranks on comparison basis. However, they could not avoid competitions at the sport events .

    On the contrary, few peple beleive that a scale of comparison would give an idea about where we stand at the mass, by whcih we could improve us further. I second this opinion, because in this competitive world, we could not skip the theme of it. Moreover, it is always better to steadily inclined towards a concept rather than facing a daunting monstrous task at middle ages. For an instance, to seek an employment from a company the act of competition would persist, where perceiving competition as a
    new concept may not secure a job.

    To sum up, Competing eevironments are created for kids and few disagrees that as it displays difference amonsgst the kids. Nevertheless, I reckon differences are in reality and displaying it would prepare them to handle it in future, as competitions are just one of the life sciences.

  2. Kashif says:

    Karachi GT Task 2 of 16th Aug 2014 was like this.

    Some people think that students, in or outside the school, should be prepared for the competitions. Others think competition is bad for children.

    Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

  3. Kashif says:

    Karachi GT Task 2 of 16th Aug 2014 was like this.

    Some people think that children, in or outside the school, should be prepared for the competitions. Others think competition is bad for children.

    Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

  4. Muthukumar says:

    Thanks Alam for your precious time.
    I am aiming for 7 Band. Hope there is a possibility from your estimate.
    Few spelling mistakes in it were a typo and havent made at tests.

  5. Zeeshan says:

    anyone tell me listening answers if they remember ?

  6. Mansoor Iqbal says:

    Sir — Kindly review and evaluate below mention task

    Task 2 :
    Essay – Computer games are very common in children in all nationalities.
    Some parents think computer game are more harmful than useful.
    Give you opinion

    In this age of technology and innovation computer games are becoming very popular in children of all nationalities despite their origin or religion. But some parents think that computer games are harmful than useful

    Computer games are more useful than harmful to children in various ways. Firstly it develops ability to learn new things in children by which mind adaptability increases. Secondly by playing in a group or two will enhance their decision making power. It also increases their leadership skills.

    Parents react on the use of computer games differently. Few of them think that by using different game w can teach our child many things which are very difficult if we try using books or paper. For example if we want our child to recognize alphabet shapes a bubble game is available on net which is becoming very popular nowadays. But few parents say that it’s the computer games which create following harmful effects in child.
    1) Wastage of time
    2) Eye sight problem due to excessive time spent in front of screens
    3) Negative impact on mind if choice of game is not correct. For example war games.

    In my opinion computer games are not harmful if they are played under supervision of parents. Parents should be aware what type pf game their child is playing and for how long. Children should be encouraged to play computer games as well as physical activities.

    • Alam Alam says:

      Dear Mansoor,

      Both sides of the questions have been discussed but not your opinion with full explanation in the body part.

      Giving numbers 1) 2) 3) is not allowed in formal essay. These are details which you need to put in sentence in organized and logical way.

      Some punctuation and grammatical mistakes are there.

      6.0 Band.

  7. kiran karim says:

    Some people think that students in or outside the school, should prepared for the competitions. Other think competition is not good.
    Competition is a good for children in any age or any part of life because it gives motivation through respect to each other in groups and provides a platform to all ages.
    Firstly regarding competition it depends on students and parents how they want to participate in school level programs. In school there are a lot of open-doors for children like art and craft competition, debate competition, essay-writing competition, drawing competition.
    Secondly, now a day there is already a parade about phones and how I look like in school in children they always want expensive things and always ask for parents and grandparents, so these kinds of activities make children always busy and let them think how parents work hard for money.
    Thirdly in this kind of competition children get really encourage by parents, their friends because some children are very shy, it helps them to built their confidence talk to each other in small groups make friends help them to developed physically, emotionally and socially.
    In sum up a word competition means someone will win and one will lose. There are a days in human life where someone win and someone will l would be no people who loose or win all the times. There would be a hope for parents that by child would win this time and there would more trust that people will encourage them

    • Alam Alam says:

      It is a good try to 6 band.

      Keep thesis statement in introduction part.

      Use commas after firstly, secondly, or other phrases for breaks.

      Avoid using phrase “in sum up”. It is not formal use “in conclusion” instead

  8. Alam Alam says:

    Essay – In some countries, governments are encouraging industries and businesses to move out of the cities and into regional areas. Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

    World is developing day by day in all areas including industrialization and business. With respect to rapid pace in development some governments are encouraging business owners and their partners to move production areas out of city. Reasons can be different and have both advantages and disadvantages.

    Moving industries and business out of cities are best in the interest of city in many ways. Firstly it helps to restore nature and greenery of vicinity. Secondly heavy traffic which is required for raw materials to be transported to factories will no longer be in the city thus reducing pollution. Thirdly by moving industries and making a zone can make intra industrial cost less to manufacturers. I think all industries should be out of the city to avoid hazardous health conditions in the city.

    Moving industries have disadvantages too when the businesses are moved away from the cities employees and workers spends lot of time in travelling rather than in production areas, by that companies transportation cost of employee increases because without company transport no one can reach job. Delivery time of goods to customer increases as the distance between city and factory increases.

    In my opinion advantages overweigh disadvantages as described above. By moving industries out of city we can make cities clean and natural. By moving industries we can control intra industrial cost and transport pollution can be reduced.

    Mansoor Iqbal,
    Karachi

    • Mansoor Iqbal says:

      thanks for posting the same. kindly evaluate. Need your comments on above

    • Alam Alam says:

      Dear Mansoor,
      Introduction
      – Introduction is fine but thesis statement could be constructed well accordingly.

      Body par 1
      – There are no commas to show breaks after “firstly”, “secondly” and “thirdly”.

      Body para 2
      – Start new sentence from “by that companies transportation…”
      – in second sentence “transportation cost of employee increases” doesn’t make sense. I think you want to discuss cost of transportation increases. So employee should not be there…
      – Improve coherence in this para.

      Conclusion
      – The phrase “by moving” has been used two times which shows less command on coherence.

      Suggestions :

      – Do not mix topic sentence with details. Keep topic sentence and supporting sentences separate.
      – Make logical connection between all sentences in paragraphs.
      – You could have used better words or rephrased “moving” word to get marking for “Lexical Resource”.
      – Work on punctuations.
      – Avoid repeating same word like “moving industries”

  9. Muthukumar says:

    Thanks Alam. IS it possible to provide your comments for the essay written by me, which would be helpful.

  10. Mansoor Iqbal says:

    Task 2
    Some people think that students, in or outside the school, should be prepared for the competitions. Others think competition is not good

    Healthy competition is very good in any kind of activity from schools to university. But there are few people who think that students in or outside school should be prepared to take part in competition to develop desire of winning. While other don’t take completion as a positive activity.

    In school children should be encouraged to take part in competition. By doing that ability of student flourish in which activity they are taking part. For example a spelling competition may enhance child’s brain for remembering words. But if this exercise is organized as a competition whether in school or outside school than the passion in the child increases and pressure too for winning that game. Children give more than 100% of energy to perform well for themselves, for class and for school.

    But on the other hand some people think that competition may not be god in various ways. During competition most of student take lot of pressure and stress which is not good for mind and body. Though the pressure is not taken by student rather than teacher’s and class fellows. For example if a children is very good in playing cricket but on competition day he does not perform well because so many eyes are watching them. Few of competitors bullies too which is not positively accepted by a child. This results as a bad performance or failure in competition.

    It’s good to take part in competition but teachers and organizers in or outside school should be very careful to not put extra pressure on students. By this confidence level of student also increase which will be helpful for the rest of life.

    • Mansoor Iqbal says:

      Sir need your comment on above essay.

    • Alam Alam says:

      introduction

      – It is fine.

      body para 1

      This paragraph lacks “clear progression in sentences”
      – Second sentence half part “in which activity they are taking part” is repetition. As you have used “by doing that” which refers to word “competition” so no need to use rest of the part to refer to it or repeat it.
      – Fourth sentence – The word “then” should be replaced as “than” to show comparison. And the rest of sentence after it is not well organized. There is also a conditional sentence error.

      Let me show you one of the possibility to write this information correctly.

      “But if this exercise is organized as a competition whether in school or outside school, the passion and pressure among the children for winning that game will increase.”
      – The last sentence is not showing logical connection to previous sentence.

      body para 2

      – Topic sentence says various ways while there is only one way discussed.
      – The word “student” should be plural.
      – In second sentence article “a” should be placed before “student”.
      – In fourth sentence the word “students” should be in singular form. As further reference shows singular status.
      – Bullies word should be “bully”

      conclusion

      Suggestions

      – Always proofread each paragraph for logical connection. Make sure all sentences link to other information wise.
      – Place all words in order to make sentences easily read.

  11. Sai venkata says:

    Competition has become an unwitting part at any given stage of human life. Adapting a healthy competition is very good in any kind of activity from schools to university.However this activity is opposed by some people and also refused by other people.After discussing both the sides, a detailed statement of my opinion is concluded.

    Firstly, school is place where children try to learn each and every thing very carefully. Participating in all the competition in or outside the school would boost the confidence levels rite from the tender age.This in turn would become more like a daily traits, where students share all the information with their groups. Furthermore, students will be very comfortable in expressing their thoughts in large groups which will be an added advantage when they enter the competitive world.

    On the other side, few people think it has a negative impact on the children mind set. For example, a student who good at general knowledge participates in a quiz competition and he doesn’t win the quiz at least once. Thus, winning and loosing would only matter to the students and if they loose repeatedly they are ready to end their life’s without having a second thought.

    In conclusion, students should be well prepared to participate in the competition any where in or outside the school and the positive aspects outweigh the negative once. In my opinion, parents and teachers should clearly explain them winning and losing is a part of healthy competition and both should be welcomed with a smiling face.

    Sir need your comment on above essay.

  12. Hina says:

    Hi everyone,

    I am applying for spouse visa of Australia and I have to pass Ielts exam please guide me and what band should I required for said visa.

    Thanks

  13. kiran karim says:

    Computer games are very common in children in all nationalities. Some parents think computer games are more harmful than useful. Computer games comes under hobby which means it totally depends on family environment how it convey to children and also how parents monitor it. In western societies parents are working they don’t have enough time to expand with children, they preferred at home children keep doing something which means let them do whatever makes children happy and make their life easier.
    Firstly, computer games are more harmful than useful. Computer games are really bad for vision (eye-sight) because children sit in front of TV screen/computer screen for more than 5 hours it breaks a connection between eye and brain. Which give them a headache or pain in the eye, which makes a watery eye as well?
    Secondly sometime some games give children misconnects as well, while they playing or while they watching they start to act in their daily life through behavior, as a parent we can see they start to get violet and aggressive with their friends and siblings at all the times.
    Thirdly, in eastern societies where parents expand a lot of time with their children while doing drawing with them, mother show girls how to cook , how to greet with guests, these little things count big things in real life.
    Instead let children play games all the time, we just need to actually concentrate what they want in their life, while talking to them by showing them concerns what actually they want, by giving them choices to make new hobbies like reading a book or listening to a song playing with the siblings and also encourage them to be a responsible person at home, which makes them proud themselves.

    Kiran,
    Australia

  14. kiran karim says:

    In some countries governments are encouraging industries business to move out of the cities into regional arrears, because they find out there are some scope of life which means people can survive easily, therefore in regional areas the environment is more peaceful where they can enjoyed their family time.
    Firstly, in regional areas there is a new beginning like a new chapter is waiting for them because in this kind of situation there a lot of jobs where people need employee to make this area like a city, where actually they offer a good salary package give employees accommodation and also family benefits as well.
    Thirdly some disadvantages are as follows its far from city like people travel a lot as much as they can to catch buses and ferries, if you travel with family it’s totally different, but still is a travel, like for grocery, shopping centers are very far from cities, people waste time to walk and also it get really hard with children as well to take pram and stuff, carry all this and walk it seem bit dangerous as well.
    In conclusion is important neither informative nor useful let us take or more detailed look at the scenario, in cities people get busy in their lives like non-stop because life get busy in regional areas is just in t a difference about resources in every one lives how they take things and also how to react in different situations of lives.

    Kiran,
    Australia

  15. sneha says:

    Dear sir,
    Can we use idioms and phrases in writing task. Then in what type of letters can it be used.

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