IELTS writing topics-how to tame a wild tongue?
The pool of IELTS writing topics for Writing task 2 aims to familiarize students with the most common essay topics from academic past papers. The IELTS writing topics are thematically grouped and require skills for argumentative, discursive, and problem-solution writing. ‘To what extent do you agree or disagree ?’ requires an essay in which you qualify your opinion, but you may still choose a discursive or argumentative approach. All IELTS essay topics are discussed in the IELTS course with The Passionate Shepherd.
Some of the IELTS writing topics may seem repetitive, but they demand a different focus or approach.
IELTS essay topics: Education, formal and informal learning, schooling
- Some people think that technologies can improve the quality of education. Others view them as tools to make students dumb and dumber. What do you think?
- Computers and the internet cannot stimulate critical thinking and reasoning skills in students. Do you agree?
- Formal education is like an assembly line. It kills creativity and legitimizes social conventions. Do you agree?
- Education should not be subsidized. Those who benefit most should pay their bills rather than the taxpayer? Do you agree?
- Private schools should not be subsidized by the government. Do you agree?
- Tuition in private schools is always better than in public schools. What do you think?
- We don’t need more education. We don’t need more self-control. Do you agree?
- It is not the students, but the teachers who should learn. What do you think?
- Does the carrot or the rod serve a better classroom teaching method? What do you think?
- There is too much aggression and violence in schools. What are the reasons and what can be done about it? What do you think?
IELTS essay topics: The media, advertising, censorship
- Some people think that democracy is incompatible with censorship. Others believe that censorship protects the society, in particular children and teenagers, from extreme violence, illicit sex, and intoxicating beverages consumption. What do you think?
- Celebrities are often promoted in the media as role models to be adored and mimicked. Others find them as tools to inculcate stereotypes. What do you think?
- Social networks are nothing more than a useful means for gossiping, espionage, and social distraction. Do you agree?
- Youth delinquency is often attributed to too much violence in movies or in computer games. Do you agree?
- Some view playing computer games as a pure leisure activity. Others find them a powerful educational tool. What do you think?
- Porn and violence moves the web. Do you agree?
- Impartiality and objectivity are what mainstream media aims at. Yet, it is the subjectivity and interactivity of internet communications that people value most. Do you agree?
- In totalitarian societies manipulation through the media is open and unscrupulous, while in democratic societies the means to manipulate are much more subtle. What do you think?
- Advertisements often depict women as either objects of sexual desire, or as guardians of the domesticity cult. Some view those projections as deeply troubling, others as liberating. What do you think?
IELTS essay topics: Science and technology
- Science and technology have brought little progress. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- Only the developed countries have piled up dividends on technologies. Developing nations are unlikely to derive any benefits from technological change.
- Some think that technological innovations have improved the condition of humankind. Others view the wide use and diffusion of technology in areas such as genetic engineering, warfare, and agriculture troublesome. What do you think?
- Public expenditure on speculative research and development is unjustified when problems such as poverty, healthcare, and literacy stay unresolved. Do you agree?
- In spite of the cult of rationality and inductive reasoning in scientific studies, many people resort to clairvoyants, fortunetellers, and spiritual intermediaries as conduits of transcendental knowledge. What do you think are the reasons for this?
- Vaccines or viagra? What dilemma do pharmaceutical companies face?
- Progress is not always good. What do you think?
- Some think computers and internet technologies promote cultural diversity and local traditions. Others view ICT as creating a uniform pro-American culture. What do you think?
- Social networks encourage the worldwide spread of democracy. Do you agree?
- Society benefits more when we share personal information online. Do you agree?
IELTS essay topics: The elderly people, the generation gap
- Some people think that increasing the pension age leads to youth unemployment. Others believe that the elderly people, even after pension age, have a beneficial effect both on the economy and the morals of young people. What do you think?
- Some people think the elderly are too conservative, unadaptive, and therefore burdensome to society at large. Others believe that the wisdom and experience of the elderly can save humankind? What do you think?
- Ageism (discrimination on the basis of age) is a a widespread phenomenon at the workplace. Why do you think employers resort to it? Is that practice justified?
IELTS essay topics: Crime and punishment
- Some people think that punishing the wrongdoer brings peace and justice. Others believe that bargaining with criminals is justified when it puts an end to a war or a bloody dictatorship. What do you think?
- Harsher measures for criminals have to be introduced to prevent crime. Nowadays prisoners have too much comfort in jail.
- Court proceeding and trials should be broadcast on TV. To what degree do you agree with the statement?
- Good citizens have the duty to obey just laws and disobey unjust ones.Which just laws in your country conflict with your personal sense of justice?
IELTS essay topics: Architecture
- Old buildinds should be knocked down and replaced by modern ones. Tradition and modernity are incompatible. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
- It is more important for a building to be functional than to look beautiful. Architects shouldn’t worry about buildings as works of art. Do you agree or disagree?
IELTS pre-writing template for brainstorming, planning, weighing arguments