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IELTS - News

Homework : Objective: To help you prepare for the IELTS exam by practicing your speaking, writing, listening, and reading skills with a focus on the topic of the news.

Part 1: Speaking Task 1: Speaking Practice Record yourself answering the following questions:

Do you like watching the news? Why or why not?

How often do you read or watch the news? What is your favorite news source? Why do you prefer it?

Do you think it is important to keep up with the news? Why or why not?

Have your news consumption habits changed over time? How?

Speaking Part 2: Long Turn

Prepare a 2-minute speech on the following topic and record yourself:

Describe a piece of news that you recently read or watched. You should say: What the news was about Where you read or watched it How you felt about the news And explain why you found this news interesting or important Task 2: Speaking Discussion

Discuss the following questions with a partner or record your responses:

What are the different ways people get news today? Do you think traditional newspapers are still important in the digital age? Why or why not? How do you think the internet has changed the way we consume news?

What role do you think social media plays in spreading news?

How can we ensure the news we consume is accurate and reliable?

More Questions:

1. Describe a news story that had an impact on you.

  • You should say:

  • What the news story was about

  • Where you read or heard it

  • How it impacted you

  • And explain why it had such an impact on you

What the news story was about:

The recent news story that really struck me was about the ongoing tensions between Israel and Palestine. Specifically, it focused on a recent flare-up of violence in the Gaza Strip. I came across this story through a reputable international news website ( or while browsing for updates on current affairs.

How it impacted me:

The story had a profound impact on me. It's always unsettling to hear about violence and the loss of innocent lives, especially in a region with such a long history of conflict. This particular story highlighted the human cost of the ongoing tensions, showcasing the struggles of ordinary people caught in the crossfire.

Why it had such an impact:

There are a couple of reasons why this story resonated with me so deeply. Firstly, the idea of such a beautiful and historic region being constantly marred by violence is heartbreaking.  Secondly, it's a reminder of the fragility of peace and the importance of seeking diplomatic solutions.

Expanding on your answer:

  • You can mention specific details from the news story that resonated with you, like civilian casualties or the plight of refugees.

  • Briefly discuss your personal connection to the issue. Perhaps you have friends or family in the region, or maybe you've always been interested in Middle Eastern history.

  • You can even express your hope for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.


  • Speak clearly and fluently.

  • Use appropriate vocabulary related to current events and conflict.

  • Show your emotions in a controlled manner to emphasize the impact.

2. Describe a journalist or news presenter you admire.

  • You should say:

  • Who the journalist or news presenter is

  • How you first learned about them

  • What type of news they report

  • And explain why you admire them

3. Describe a newspaper or magazine you enjoy reading.

  • You should say:

  • What it is called

  • What kind of content it contains

  • How often you read it

  • And explain why you enjoy reading it

4. Describe a news event you would like to witness in person.

  • You should say:

  • What the event is

  • Why it is significant

  • How you would feel witnessing it

  • And explain why you would like to witness this event in person

5. Describe a time when you discussed news with others.

  • You should say:

  • What the news topic was

  • Who you discussed it with

  • What their opinions were

  • And explain how the discussion influenced your understanding of the news

6. Describe a piece of fake news you encountered.

  • You should say:

  • What the fake news was about

  • How you found out it was fake

  • What you did after learning it was fake

  • And explain how you felt about encountering fake news

7. Describe a news program you regularly watch.

  • You should say:

  • What the program is called

  • What it covers

  • Why you watch it regularly

  • And explain what you like about this news program

8. Describe a social media platform you use to get news.

  • You should say:

  • What the platform is

  • How often you use it

  • What kind of news you get from it

  • And explain why you use this platform for news

9. Describe an important historical news event.

  • You should say:

  • What the event was

  • When it happened

  • How it was covered in the media

  • And explain why it was significant

10. Describe a documentary you recently watched.

  • You should say:

  • What the documentary was about

  • Where you watched it

  • What you learned from it

  • And explain why it was interesting or informative to you

Part 2: Writing

Task 1: Writing Task 1 (150 words) Write a letter to a friend telling them about a piece of news you found interesting. In your letter:

Describe the news

Explain why you found it interesting

Say how it has affected you or others

Task 2: Writing Task 2 (250 words) Write an essay on the following topic:

Some people believe that the news media have become too negative. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

Part 3: Listening Task

Find a news podcast or a news segment on a website like BBC, NPR, or any other reliable source. Listen to a 5-10 minute segment and answer the following questions:

What was the main topic of the news segment?

Who were the main people involved in the news story?

What were the key points or arguments made?

How did the news segment conclude?

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