This is the first full forecast (IELTS SPEAKING FORECAST (September 2020 – December 2020) Part 1, 2 & 3 of the new IELTS Speaking topics collected and provided by my workplace.

Currently, it is not a 100% accurate forecast.

Please note that it is likely to change once we can confirm the topics with our IELTS candidates throughout the month of September. I imagine that we will have a complete list by October.

View the previous season’s topics here

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ielts speaking forecast september to december 2020

Part 1: IELTS Speaking Forecast (September 2020 – December 2020)

Possible new topics:

  • Text messages
  • Sports
  • Recycling
  • Picnics
  • Lists
  • Furniture
  • Clothes
  • Changes
  • Weekends
  • Hurrying

Possible reused topics:

  • Handwriting
  • Concentration
  • Celebrities
  • New people
  • Tidiness
  • Shopping
  • TIme by yourself
  • Parks
  • Laughter
  • Newspapers & magazines
  • Fish & fishing
  • Breaks
  • Getting older

Newly added topics:

Text messages

Do you like texting?

Do you prefer sending texts or calling friends?

Have you ever received a confusing text message?

How often do you text others?

Sport

What sports did you do when you were a kid?

What’s your favourite sport? Why?

Do you watch sports on TV? Why?

Are you a fan of any sports teams? Why?

Recycle

Do you recycle now? Why?

Did you recycle when you were a kid?

Will you recycle in the future?

What kind of things do you recycle?

Picnics

Did you go on a picnic when you were a child?

How often do you go on a picnic now?

Where do you go on a picnic?

What is the difference between a picnic and cooking at home?

Lists

Do you make a list when you shop?

Do you make a list for your work? (does it work?)

Why don’t some people like making lists?

Do you prefer to make a list on paper or your phone?

Handwriting

Do you often write with a pen?

Can we tell someone’s personality from his or her handwriting?

What’s the difference between writing with a pen and typing on a computer?

Is your handwriting easy to read for other people?

Furniture

Do you have a lot of furniture in your home?

Is there anyone who bought furniture for you?

What kind of furniture would you like to buy?

Which furniture do you like best in your home?

Concentration

When do you need to be focused?

What may distract you when you’re trying to stay focused?

What do you do to help you concentrate?

Is it difficult for you to stay focused on something?

Clothes

What’s your favourite colour of clothes?

What kind of clothes do you never wear?

What kind of clothes do you usually wear?

Do you wear the same style of clothes on weekdays and weekends?

Changes

Have you changed a lot since your childhood?

What do you plan to change next year?

Do you like it when things change? Why?

Are there any changes in your hometown?

Weekends

What do you usually do on weekends?

Did you do anything special last weekend?

What will you do next weekend?

What do other people in your hometown usually do on weekends?

In a hurry

What do you always do in a hurry? Why?

What kind of things would you never do in a hurry?

Do you usually go out in a hurry?

Do you like to be in a hurry?

Old topics:

Celebrities

Have you met any famous people?

What kind of celebrity are you interested in?

If you had a chance, which famous person would you like to meet?

Do you want to become famous?

Discussions

Do you prefer to talk or to listen?

What do you like to talk about?

Have your discussion topics changed since you were a child?

Do you change your opinion frequently?

Gifts

What’s the best present or gift you have ever received?

Do you give expensive gifts?

What do you give others as gifts?

What kinds of gifts are popular in your country?

Meeting new people

Do you like meeting new people?

How do you feel when people welcome you?

Do you often meet new people?

Can you tell if you like someone when you meet them for the first time? Why?

Sleep

Do you often stay up late?

What do you do when you stay up late?

How do you feel when you have stayed up late the night before?

Tidiness

Do you like to keep your things tidy? Why/Why not?

Do people in your family think you are a tidy person? Why/Why not?

Are you tidier at work/college, or at home? Why/Why not?

Do you think it’s important to be tidy all the time? Why/Why not?

Shopping

Do you like shopping?

Do you compare prices when you shop? Why?

Is it difficult for you to make choices when you shop?

Home

What did you like most about the house or apartment where you grew up? Why/Why not?

How do you feel about the house or apartment where you live now? Why/Why not?

What kind of home would you like to have in the future? Why?

Spending time with yourself

Do you usually spend time by yourself?

How do you usually spend your time by yourself?

Do you like spending time by yourself?

What did you do the last time you were by yourself?

Parks

Do you prefer natural parks for amusement parks?

Do you often go to the park?

What do you usually do at the park?

Laughter

Are you good at telling jokes?

Do your friends like to tell jokes?

Do you like to watch comedies?

Newspapers & Magazines

Do you prefer to read newspapers or magazines?

Public Transport

Do people usually use public transportation in your country?

What kind of public transport do people in your country use the most? Why?

What do you want to change about public transport?

Will you ride public transport in the future? Why?

Fish & fishing

Do you like eating fish?

Where can you see fish in your city?

Do you like to go fishing?

Breaks

Do you prefer a long break or several short breaks?

What do you usually do during a break?

Why do you need to take a break?

How often do you take a break?

Borrowing

Have you ever borrowed a book from a friend?

Do you think it’s all right to borrow money from friends?

How do you feel if someone asks to borrow something from you?

Would you let someone borrow your mobile phone?

Shopping

What sort of things do you buy most often?

Do you always compare prices before you decide what to buy?

Do you think high prices always mean good quality?

In your country, can people ask shop assistants to reduce the price?

Getting older

Are you happy to be the age you are now?

What’s the most important thing you’ve done in your life so far?

What do you hope you’ll be doing in five years’ time?

At what age do you think people enjoy their lives most?

Part 2: IELTS Speaking Forecast (September 2020 – December 2020)

Disclaimer: These topics were provided by my workplace, they are not 100% accurate yet. If the grammar seems inconsistent, it is because they were not composed by myself. 

I am working on a more accurate list; however, I need to wait for my students to complete their test before that’s possible. Stay tuned for the update. IELTS Speaking Forecast (September 2020 – December 2020).

Possible new topics: IELTS SPEAKING FORECAST (September 2020 – December 2020)

  1. Describe an intelligent person you know

You should say:

Who this person is

How you know this person

What this person does

And explain why you think this person is intelligent

Part 3

Do you think smart people tend to be selfish?

Who do you think plays a more important role in a child’s development, teachers or parents?

Why are some children more intelligent than others?

Are smart people happier than others?

  1. Describe a person who often helps others

You should say:

Who this person is

How he/she helps others

Why he/she helps others

And how you feel about this person

Part 3:

Why are some people willing to help others?

In what kinds of professions do people help others more?

Who should teach children to help others? Parents or teachers?

Do people nowadays help others more than in the past?

  1. Describe an expensive activity that you enjoy doing occasionally

You should say:

What it is

Who you do it with

Why it is expensive

And explain how you feel about it

Part 3:

What kinds of expensive things do people like to buy?

What’s the difference between women and men in buying things?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of being rich?

Why are some sports expensive? Are they for everyone?

  1. Describe a family (not your own) which you like and are happy to know

You should say:

Who they are

Where they live

How you knew them

And explain why you like them

Part 3:

Who is usually the leader in a Vietnamese family?

How do grandparents take care of their grandchildren?

What’s the most important quality of parents?

How can new parents learn about parenting?

  1. Describe a person who you think is very open

You should say:

Who this person is

How you knew this person

Why you think this person is very open

And explain how you feel about this person

Part 3:

Is it difficult for Vietnamese people to express their feelings?

Who do you think talks more? Children or grown-ups?

What’s the difference between males and females in terms of expressing their feelings?

Why do you think people these days are not that open compared to those in the past?

  1. Describe a conversation topic that you were not interested in

You should say:

Who you talked with

When you had the conversation

What the topic was

And explain why you were not interested

Part 3:

What topics do young people in Vietnam talk about?

What’s the difference between the topics popular now and those in the past?

How do you know if others are not interested in your conversation?

What’s the influence of modern technology, such as the internet and emails, on our communication?

  1. Describe a prize that you received

You should say:

What it was

When you received it

What you did for it

And explain how you felt about it

Part 3:

What kind of prizes do students get?

Should students get the same prize in sports and academics?

Why should people be awarded?

Are awards always good for the winners?

  1. Describe an area of science (physics, biology, psychology, etc.) that interests you

You should say:

What it is

When you knew it

How you learned it

And explain why you are interested

Part 3:

What’s the best invention in the past one hundred years?

What’s the influence of science on human life?

What can individuals do for scientific research?

What influence can international cooperation in science bring about?

  1. Describe a time when you first talked in a foreign language

You should say:

Where you were

Who you were with

What you talked about

And explain how you felt about it

Part 3:

At what age should children start learning a foreign language?

Which skill is more important, speaking or writing?

Does a person still need to learn other languages, if he or she is good at English?

Do you think minority languages will disappear?

  1. Describe a time when you saw children behave badly in public

You should say:

Where it was

What the children were doing

How others reacted to it

And explain how you felt about it

Part 3:

What bad behaviour do children usually have?

How should parents stop their children from behaving badly in public?

Are parents these days stricter than those in the past?

Whose influence on children is more important? Friends’ or parents’?

  1. Describe a time when you received good news

You should say:

What the news was

Who told you the news

When you knew it

And how you felt about it

Part 3:

Where do people get news?

What kind of news do people like to read? Why?

How can companies tell the public their news? On the Internet or through press conferences?

What do you think of the news on social media?

  1. Describe a book you read that you found useful

You should say:

What it is

When you read it

Why you think it is useful

And explain how you felt about it

Part 3:

What are the types of books that young people like to read?

What’s the difference between the reading habits of old people and young people?

What’s the difference between paper books and e-books?

Do you think it is easier for children who start reading from a young age to succeed

  1. Describe an occasion when you forgot something important

You should say:

When it was

What you forgot

Why you forgot it

And how you felt about it

Part 3:

What kinds of things do people forget easily?

What kinds of people are more forgetful?

How can people improve their memory?

What do you think of people using calendars to remind themselves of things?

  1. Describe a line (or a few words) that you remember from a poem or song

You should say:

What it is

Which song or poem it is from

How you knew it

How you feel about it

Part 3:

Do you think children would like the rhythm of songs and poems? Why?

Do you think it is easier for children to learn a song or poem than adults? Why?

What can people learn from songs or poems?

  1. Describe an energetic person that you know

You should say:

Who this person is

How you knew this person

Why you think this person is energetic

And explain how you feel about this person

Part 3:

What kinds of jobs need a lot of physical work?

What’s the difference between the payment for physical and that for mental work?

Can physical workers receive higher salaries in the future?

Do you think machines could replace human workers in the future?

  1. Describe a good decision you made recently

You should say:

What it was

When you made it

What the result was

And explain how you felt about it

Part 3:

What decisions do people make every day?

Why do people sometimes make the wrong decisions?

Can children make decisions on their own?

When do people change their decisions?

  1. Describe a short-term job you want to have in a foreign country

You should say:

What the job is

Where you want to do it

How you knew it

And explain why you want to do it

Part 3:

What kind of work can young people do in foreign countries?

Is it good for young people to have the experience of living in other countries?

Why are some people unwilling to work in other countries?

What’s the difference between working in an international company and working in a domestic one?

  1. Describe a film that made you laugh

You should say:

What it is

When you watched it

Who you watched it with

And explain why it made you laugh

Part 3:

Do people like comedy?

Why do people of all ages like cartoons?

Why do some people like to make others laugh?

Should teachers tell jokes in class?

  1. Describe an event you experienced which you didn’t like the music played

You should say:

What the event was

Where you were

What the music was like

And explain why you did not enjoy the music

Part 3:

Why do many young people spend a lot of money on music concerts?

Do you think older people like the same music as young people?

Do you think music concerts are suitable for old people to attend?

Why do shopping mails often have background music?

  1. Describe an old friend that you got in contact again

You should say:

Who he or she is

What he or she is like

How you got in contact with him or her again

And explain how you felt about it

Part 3:

What’s the influence of social media on friendship?

Why do people lose contact with their friends after graduation?

Do people in your country like to make new friends?

Do you think old friends are more important to the old generation or the young generation?

  1. Describe a photograph of you that you like

You should say:

Where it was taken

When it was taken

Who took it

And explain how you felt about it

Part 3:

Why do people take photos?

What do people use to take photos these days, cameras or phones?

Is it difficult for people to learn how to take good photos?

How do people keep their photos?

  1. Describe an ambition that you have had for a long time

You should say:

What it is

What you did for it

When you can achieve it

And explain why you have this ambition

Part 3:

What kinds of ambitions do people have?

Why should parents encourage children to have ambitions?

Should parents interfere with children’s ambitions?

Is there any difference between children’s ambitions and those of grown-ups?

  1. Describe a tradition in your country

You should say:

What it is

Who takes part in it

What activities there are

And explain how you feel about it

Part 3:

How do people value traditional festivals?

What’s the difference between festivals now and those in the past?

Do you think western festivals like christmas are replacing traditional festivals in your country?

Do you think it is wrong for children not to celebrate traditional festivals?

Possible reused topics: IELTS Speaking Forecast (September 2020 – December 2020)

  1. Describe a person who taught you a skill when you were a child

You should say:

Who this person was

What the skill was

How you learned it

And explain how you felt about this person

Part 3:

What skills should children learn before school?

What’s the difference between the roles of teachers and parents in education?

How do adults learn a new skill?

Is the Internet good for learning new skills?

  1. Describe an indoor game you played as a child

You should say:

What you played

Who you played it with

Why you played it

And explain how you felt about it

Part 3:

What indoor games do children like to play nowadays

What is the difference between the games children play now and those in the past?

Can children benefit from playing computer games?

What’s the difference between boys’ and girls’ games?

  1. Describe something you did with a group of people that you really enjoyed

You should say:

What you did

Who the people were

Where and when you did this

And explain why doing this thing with a group was so enjoyable

Part 3

What kinds of jobs need people to work in a team?

What can parents do with their children to make them happy?

How can children improve their social skills?

What are the benefits of boys and girls playing together?

  1. Describe a public building you enjoy spending time in

You should say:

Where the public building is

What the building looks like

When and why you first went to this building

And explain why you enjoy spending time in this public building

Part 3:

Who should be responsible for conserving the old buildings?

Do you think the appearance of a building is important?

What is the most important to a public building? Design, location or facilities?

Do more people prefer to live in houses or apartments in Vietnam?

  1. Describe a time when you were surprised to meet a friend

You should say:

Who the friend was

Where you met this friend

What you did after you met this friend

And explain why you were surprised to meet this friend

Part 3:

Why do friends meet up?

Are there any meetings that people need to plan in advance?

Are there any jobs related to unexpected things?

Do unexpected things lead to progress in your civilization?

  1. Describe a sport you would like to try for the first time

You should say:

What sport you would like to try

How you could learn to do this sport

How easy or difficult this sport would be for you

And explain why you would like to try this sport

Part 3:

Do teens like doing sports in your country?

Is doing sports beneficial?

Can you keep fit by doing sports?

What are the advantages of children joining sports groups?

  1. Describe something you did that you felt was a waste of your time

You should say:

What you did

Where you were when you did this

Why you did this

And explain why you felt what you did was a waste of your time

Part 3:

How can we avoid wasting time?

Is time management important?

Should parents help children manage their time?

Do you think relaxing is a waste of time?

  1. Describe a film you saw that made you think a lot

You should say:

When and where you saw the film

What the subject of the film was

What happened in the film

And explain why this film made you think a lot

Part 3:

What do you think makes a good film?

Is the film industry important for a country?

What kinds of films are popular in Vietnam?

Why are special effects used in some movies?

  1. Describe an occasion when you got lost in a place you didn’t know

You should say:

Where you were going

When you knew you were lost

How you found the right way

And explain how you felt about getting lost

Part 3:

Why do some people get lost more easily than others?

Do you think it is important to be able to read a map?

Do you think it is important to do some preparation before you travel to new places?

How can people find their way when they are lost?

  1. Describe a city you have visited which you would like to go back to again

You should say:

Which city you visited

When you visited this city

What you did there

And explain why you would like to go back to this city again

Part 3:

What is the difference between the city and the countryside?

Some people say large cities are suitable for old people. What do you think?

Do you think it is possible that all of the population move to cities?

Do you think people in the countryside are friendlier than people in the city?

  1. Describe a place you visited that has been affected by pollution

You should say:

Where it is

Why you visited this place

What kind of pollution you saw

And how you feel about it

Part 3:

What kind of pollution do cities have?

Why do some people not care about the environment?

Do you think there is more or less pollution than in the past? How about the future?

What should we do about environmental pollution?

  1. Describe an occasion when somebody or something was making a lot of noise

You should say:

Where you were

What you were doing

Who/what was making the noise

And explain how the noise affected you

Part 3:

Where can people hear a lot of noise?

What may happen if one listens to very loud music using earphones when they are running or hiking?

What can be done to reduce traffic noise?

Do you think the world will be noisier in the future?

  1. Describe a person who you are happy to know

You should say:

Who this person is

How long you have known this person

What you do when you are with this person

And explain why you are happy to know this person

Part 3:

How can children feel happy?

What is the difference between adults’ and children’s happiness?

Do you think everyone shares a similar definition of happiness?

Some people say that living in a happy city is boring. What do you think?

  1. Describe an old person that you know and respect

You should say:

Who this person is

What you know about his/her younger life

What you usually do together

And explain why you respect this old person

Part 3:

What qualities does a person need to take care of old people?

Is it better for old people to live with their families?

Do you think young children should spend time with their grandparents?

How can people in the neighbourhood help the elderly?

  1. Describe a place you go to relax

You should say:

Where the place is

What the place looks like

How you spend your time in this place

And explain why this place helps you to relax

Part 3:

How do students relax?

What activities do employers organize to help employees relax?

Do people nowadays have more ways to relax than in the past?

Do you think natural sceneries are more helpful than indoor activities?

  1. Describe a program or app that you like using on your computer or phone

You should say:

What this program or app does

When you use the program or app

How you found out about the program or app

And explain why you like using this program or app

Part 3:

Which phone app is the most popular in your country?

Should parents limit the time that their children spend on the phone?

Do you agree that people depend on phone apps too much?

Do you think some apps will help people to study?

  1. Describe an occasion you wore the best clothes

You should say:

When it was

What you wore

What it looked like

And explain why you wore it

Part 3:

Do you think people need to wear formal clothes in a workplace?

Why do many people like to wear traditional clothes?

Will traditional clothes disappear in the future?

Do old people change their style of dressing?

  1. Describe a (long) car journey you went on

You should say:

Where you went

What you did at this place

Who you went there with

And explain why you went on that journey by car

Part 3:

Why do people like to have private cars?

What are the differences between bicycles and private cars?

What’s the difference between men and women’s preference in cars?

What will cars be like in the future?

  1. Describe a person you are happy to know

You should say:

Who this person is

How long you have known this person

What you do when you are with this person

And explain why you are happy to know this person

Part 3:

What are the things that often make children happy?

Are there any differences in the things that make children and adults happy?

Do you think children are generally happier now than they were in the past?

Which is more important? Being happy at work or having a high salary?

  1. Describe a dinner that you really enjoyed

You should say

When it was

What you are

Who you were with

And explain why you enjoyed it

Part 3:

Why do people like to have food on special occasions?

What’s the difference between eating at home and eating out on special occasions?

What national identity can be seen in a nation’s culinary?

Why do global leaders like to gather around for dinner?

  1. Describe a time when a family member asked you for help

You should say:

When it was

Who asked you for help

How you helped

And how you felt about it

Part 3:

What can children help parents with?

What are the benefits of children helping their parents?

Should parents reward their children when they help others?

Do parents help children because they need their children to help them when they are old?

  1. Describe a large company that you think is interesting

You should say:

What the company does

How you know about the company

Whether you think the company would be a good place to work

And explain why you think the company is interesting

Part 3

What are the differences between a big company and a small company?

Are there any big companies in your hometown?

What are the advantages of working in a big company?

Is it difficult to get a promotion in a large company?

  1. Describe a friend who is a good leader

You should say:

Who this person is

How you knew this person

How this person behaves

And why you think this person is a good leader

Part 3

Who is the head of the family in your culture?

Are men better in decision making in a family?

Should a leader discuss with team members when making decisions?

Do you think that more men than women are leaders will change in the future?

  1. Describe a risk you have taken which had a positive result

You should say:

What it was

Why you took it

What the result was

And how you felt about it

Part 3:

Why do some people enjoy extreme sports?

Are action films popular in your country?

Do you think it is a good thing that a leader likes taking risks?

Do you think men and women would make a different choice when taking risks? What about the young and the old?

  1. Describe a time when you learned something from a mistake you made

You should say:

What it is

Where and when you made it

Why you made it

And what you learned from this mistake

Part 3:

What can we learn from our mistakes?

Do children make mistakes easily?

What should parents do if their children make mistakes?

How do children benefit from using dictionaries?

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