IELTS Speaking Part 1: New topics and questions September-December 2023

IELTS Speaking Part 1: New topics and questions September-December 2023

IELTS Speaking Part 1: New topics and questions September-December 2023

Usually in IELTS Speaking Part 1, the examiner asks questions on 3 topics. This means that you can be asked about any 3 topics from this list.



The first topic is most often one of these: Work / Studies / Accommodation
It is also possible that the first topic will be: Home Decoration, Hometown or Your Country


Do you work or are you a student?
Why did you choose this kind of work/to study this subject?
Do you like your job?
What’s the most interesting part of being a ... (... / student)?
What’s the most difficult part of being a ... (... / student)?
What do you dislike about your work or studies?
What was your dream job when you were a child?
Have you changed your mind since then?
What kind of work would you like to do in the future?

Do you live in a house or an apartment/flat?
Can you describe the place where you live?
What do you like about living there? What do you like about your flat?
Which is your favourite room in your home? Why?
Which room does your family spend most time in?
What can you see from the windows?
Would you change anything about your home? Why/why not?
Would you like to move to a different home in the future?
What sort of accommodation would you most like to live in?

Home Decoration
What kind of decoration do you prefer?
How is your home decorated?
What is your favorite color when decorating your home?
What colour would you never use in your home?
What colour would you choose to paint the walls of your room?
Do people in your country like redecorating their homes?
What is the new decorating trend for this year?

Tell me about your hometown.
What’s your hometown known for?
Do you like your hometown?
Is it big or small?
How long have you been living there?
Do you think you’ll continue living there for a long time?
How has your town changed in the last 20 years?

Your Country
Where is your country located?
Which part of your country do most people live in?
What are the main industries in your country?
What are some of the good things about living in your country?
What are some of the bad things about living in your country?
What makes you feel proud of your country?
Will you stay in your country in the future?


Is fishing popular in your country?
Do you like eating fish?
Have you ever been to a place where there are lots of fish around you?
Have you seen any movies with lots of fish?
Why do people go fishing?

Do you like running?
Where do you go running?
How often do you go running?
Which places do you think are perfect for running?
Do you think running is a good way to stay healthy?

Do you like to drink coffee or tea?
Do most people prefer tea or coffee today?
How often do you drink coffee or tea?
Are coffee and tea popular in your country?

Helping people
Do you usually help people around you?
How do you help people around you?
Do your parents teach you how to help others?

Are you interested in robots?
Would you like to have robots in your home?
Are robots important?
How can robots affect people’s lives?
Would you like to drive a robot operated car?

Do you often use maps?
Are you good at reading maps?
Do you prefer electronic or paper maps?
How often do you maps on your phone?
When was the first time when you used a map?
Did you learn to use maps when you were a child?

Do you like chatting with friends?
What do you usually chat about with friends?
Do you prefer to chat with a group of people or with one friend?
Do you prefer to communicate face-to-face or via social media?
Do you argue with friends?
Have your discussion topics changed since you were a child?

Riding a bike/bicycles
How often do you ride a bicycle?
Did you have a bike when you were a child?
Did you ride a bike to school?
Is it difficult to learn to ride a bike?
Is it popular to ride a bike in your country?
When was the last time you used your bicycle?
Will you teach your children to ride a bicycle?

Do you mind noises?
Do any noises bother you?
Is there too much noise in our world today?
What kind of noise do you come across every day?
What sounds do you like?
What sounds do you dislike?

Did you usually go to the cinema when you were a child?
Do you often go to the cinema with your friends?
Do you still like the same kind of movie you liked as a child?
What films do you like?
How often do you go to the cinema?
Did you usually go to the cinema when you were a child?
What was the 1st film that you watched?
Do you prefer foreign films or films made in your country?
Musical Instruments
Do you know how to play a musical instrument?
Do you think students should learn to play musical instruments at school?
Have you taken any classes on musical instruments in school?

Do you like Geography?
Do you think Geography is useful?
Have you ever studied Geography at school?
Do you want to be a geographer in the future?

What's the best gift you've ever received?
Do you like to give expensive gifts?
How often do you buy gifts for other people?
Have you ever given handmade gifts to others?
Have you ever received a gift you didn't like?
Are you good at choosing gifts?

What  clothes do you like to wear?  
What kind of  clothes do you never wear?
Do you wear the same clothes on weekdays and weekends?
What colour clothes do you like?
Do you prefer to wear comfortable and casual clothes or smart clothes?
Do you spend a lot of time choosing clothes?

Do you like science?
What's your favorite science subject?
When did you start to learn science?
Is there any technology that you think is helpful in daily life?
Do you think science classes are important?

What's the most popular means of transport in your hometown?
How do you go to work/school?
Will you use public transport more in the future?
Will you drive more in the future?
Are there any traffic problems in your area?


Do you like bags?
What kinds of bags do you like?
Do you have different bags for different occasions?
Do you often change bags?
Do you usually carry a bag when you go out?
What do you put in your bag?
What factors do you consider when you buy a bag?
Have you ever lost a bag?
What bags do women like to buy?
Is a bag an ideal gift?

Fixing things
Can you fix things?
What kinds of things can you fix?
Have you ever asked people to teach you how to fix things?
Do you think fixing things is a necessary skill?

Do you like rainy days?
What do you do on rainy days?
What do you usually do when it starts to rain and you’re outside?
Do you think that rain is good?
How does rain affect life in your country?
Does it rain much in your city?
Is there any part in your country where it doesn’t rain much?
Have you ever changed your plans because of rain?
Would you like to live in a dry or wet place?
Do you prefer wet or dry weather?

Ice cream
Do you like ice cream?
What’s your favourite flavour?
Did you eat ice cream when you were a child?
Are there any shops selling ice cream near your home?
Can you make ice cream by yourself?

Wild animals
What’s your favourite wild animal?
Are there many wild animals in your country?
Have you ever seen wild animals?
Have you ever been to a zoo or a safari park?
Where can you see wild animals in your area?
What animal would you like to see in the wild?
Do you like watching animals in the zoo?
Are there TV programs about wild animals in your country?

Would you like to be a teacher?
Do you think you could be a teacher?
Did you have a favourite teacher?
How did this teacher help you?
Do you remember your teachers from primary school?
Do you have a favorite teacher?
Do you want to be a teacher in the future?

Do you think you are an ambitious person?
What was your dream when you were a child?
What is your main ambition in life now?
Are you the kind of person who never gives up on your dreams?

Are you a focused person?
What do you do to help you concentrate?
How do you stay focused?
When do you need to be focused?
Did you stay focused in class when you were a child?
Is it difficult for you to stay focused on something?
When is it hard for you to concentrate?
What may distract you?
Is it easy for you to do 2 things at the same time?

How important are friends to you?
Where do you often meet?
What do you usually do with your friends?
Do you have many friends?
Do your friends think you’re a good friend?
What kind of friend would you like to meet in the future?
What kind of people do you like to have as friends?
Do you prefer to spend time alone or with friends?

Days Off
Do you usually spend your day off with your parents or friends?
What do you often do on your day off?
When was your last day off?
How often do you have days off?

What languages do you speak?
What foreign languages have you studied?
Why did you choose to study that language?
How did you learn that language?
Do you think it's difficult to learn a new language?
Will you learn another language in the future?
Is it hard to learn a foreign language?

Days of the Week
What’s your favourite day of the week?
How do you usually spend your time on this day?
What’s your typical daily routine?
Is there anything that you do every day?
What do you usually do at the weekends?
Which day is your least favourite day?

What do you do to stay healthy?
What is your favourite sport?
Are there health classes in your school?
What is your favorite sport?
Do you have any advice on keeping healthy for youngsters?

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