Describe a time you were not allowed to use a mobile phone – IELTS Speaking Part 2 & 3 Topic 2017
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- 3 Questions for Part 3
- 3.0.1 Do young and old people use phones in the same way?
- 3.0.2 What are the differences between writing a letter and writing a text message on a cell phone?
- 3.0.3 Many people think mobile phones can be annoying at times. Can you give any examples of that?
- 3.0.4 Do you prefer face-to-face conversations or conversations by phone?
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IELTS Speaking Part 2
Describe a time you were not allowed to use a mobile phone.
You should say :
– what did you do
– 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 since the rule first came into force, and until now, the majority of students are demonstrating against it, and personally, I believe the board of the school should reconsider their decision.
During my time, cellphones were not as popular as they are today mainly because of their exorbitant prices; therefore, only the rich could afford them. On the other hand, I still managed to get one since my home was way too far from my school and my parents wanted me to contact them in case of an emergency. However, considering its negative impacts on students’ performance in school, our principal decided to ban it on campus. She was convinced that such a device continuously distracted students during class, making them lose their focus and thus, discouraging their learning spirit. Unfortunately, the reality wasn’t far from her assumption. Take my classmates, for instance, a few of them who owned a mobile phone could hardly pay full attention as they were constantly checking their phones for messages. As a result, our teachers found it worrisome and disturbing when students used 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 the supervisor’s room anytime.
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
IELTS Actual Tests Questions (January - April 2021) with Answers
Questions for Part 3
Do young and old people use phones in the same way?
There’s a clear difference between youngsters and the elders on how they use their cellphones in term of purposes and frequency. It is obvious that mobile phones are indispensable hi-tech gadgets for the majority of the young generation. They get attached to their phones every second not only for calling and texting but for other usages, as well. This is because smartphones nowadays are extremely helpful in one’s personal life: taking photos, setting up meetings, recording and so on. However, the elder generation doesn’t find cellphones necessary as they often use them for calling anyway.
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 a letter requires a 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 and understand. 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 quick responses. 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
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 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 the most is how 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 ringing in the middle of the meeting, which is not professional and is disturbing.
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 this way. Nowadays, telephones are gaining popularity. 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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