IELTS Speaking Part 2 & 3 Topic in 2017 – Describe a time you were not allowed to use mobile phone

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IELTS Speaking Part 2 

Describe a time you were not allowed to use mobile phone. You should say:

–   what you did

–   when it was

–   where it was

–   why you were not allowed to use a mobile phone

 

One of the most controversial issues in my high school when I was a senior was the “No-cellphone-allowed” rule under any circumstances. It has been five years when the rule first came into force and until now, the majority of students have still been demonstrating against it and personally, I believe the board of the school should reconsider their decision.

During my time, cellphone was not as popular as they are today mainly because of their exorbitant prices; therefore, only those with money were able to afford them. I, on the other hand, still managed to get one since my house was extremely far from my school and my parents wanted me to be able to contact them in case of emergency. However, considering its negative impacts on students’ performance in school, our principal decided to have it banned on our campus. She was convinced that such device continuously distracted students during class, making them lose their focus and accordingly, discouraging their learning spirit. Unfortunately, reality wasn’t far from her assumption. Take my class for instance, a few classmates of mine who owned a mobile phone could hardly pay full attention as they were constantly checking their phones for messages and the like. As a result, our teachers found it worrisome and disturbing when students using phones in their class and we ended up not being able to bring cellphones to school at all. If anyone needed to call their parents, they were allowed to use the telephone in a supervisor’s room anytime.

Vocabulary

Controversial (a): causing a lot of angry public discussion and disagreement

Come into force: to become valid, effective, or operable

Demonstrate (+against): to take part in a public meeting or march, usually as a protest or to show support for something

Exorbitant (a): (of a price) much too high

Distract (v): to take somebody’s attention away from what they are trying to do

Discourage (v): to make somebody feel less confident or enthusiastic about doing something

Assumption (n): a belief or feeling that something is true or that something will happen, although there is no proof

Worrisome (a): that makes you worry

Disturbing (a): making you feel anxious and upset or shocked

 

QUESTIONS FOR PART 3

Do young and old people use phones in the same way?

There’s a distinct discrepancy about how youngsters and the elders use their cellphones in term of purposes and frequency. It is obvious that mobile phones are indispensable hi-tech gadgets for the majority of young generation. They attach to their phones every second for not only calling and texting but other usages. This is because smartphones nowadays are extremely helpful in one’s personal life: taking photos, setting up meeting, recording and so on. However, the old generation don’t find cellphones that necessary as they often use them for calling anyway.

Distinct (a): easily or clearly heard, seen, felt, etc.

Discrepancy (n): a difference between two or more things

Frequency (n): the rate at which something happens or is repeated

Indispensable (a): too important to be without

Gadget (n): a small tool or device that does something useful

 

What are the differences between writing a letter and writing a text message on a cell phone?

Well, those are two completely different concepts, I believe. Producing a formal or semi-formal piece of writing like letter requires certain amount of time and effort. You have to consider the language as well as punctuation to make your message clear and decent enough for receivers to read. People often assess a person through official papers like letters. Text messages, on the other hand, are usually exchanged among well-acquainted people or for swift response, therefore, people don’t place emphasis on grammar or vocab errors as long as they can understand the main point.

Require (v): to need something; to depend on somebody/something

Punctuation (n): the marks used in writing that divide sentences and phrases; the system of using these marks

Well-acquainted (a): having a good knowledge or understanding of someone or something

Swift (a): happening or done quickly and immediately; doing something quickly

Place/ put emphasis on: emphasize

 

Many people think mobile phones can be annoying at times. Can you give any examples of that?

Honestly, I am one of those people who find mobile phones irritating sometimes. I have been in many situations where I didn’t appreciate the presence of this hi-tech device. One of the things I hate most is people keep checking their phones during their conversation with others and many of my clients have done the same. I felt a little offended since that person didn’t give me his full attention and sometimes got lost for a few minutes to answer his calls. Another example you may have experienced is somebody’s phone rings off in the middle of the meeting, which is unprofessional and disturbing at the same time.

Irritating (a): annoying, especially because of something somebody continuously does or something that continuously happens

Appreciate (v): to be grateful for something that somebody has done; to welcome something

Offend (v): to make somebody feel upset because of something you say or do that is rude or embarrassing

Disturbing (a): making you feel anxious and upset or shocked

 

Do you prefer face-to-face conversations or conversations by phone?

I prefer face-to-face conversations because I think it’s more personal when I talk in this way. Nowadays, the telephone is getting more and more popular. Sometimes, people would spend hours on their phones but neglect the people who live with them. I think it’s not a good phenomenon. We should treasure face-to-face talking opportunities and spend more time with our family members.  

 

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