IELTS Task 1: Floorplan of a Theatre

IELTS Task 1: Floorplan of a Theatre

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IELTS Essay Task 1: Floorplan of a Theatre

The plans below show a theatre in 2010 and 2012. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and making comparisons where relevant.

The above floor plan delineates a theatre in 2010 and in 2012 after renovations. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that there was a general expansion of facilities allowing for both more customer-oriented business and staff activity.

In 2010, the smaller theater was centred around a large auditorium (unchanged in 2012) with a large dressing room space behind it and a storage area in the top right corner. By 2012, the storage room had moved to the bottom left corner in favour of an administration office, while the dressing room was repositioned to a smaller room in a new wing of the building on the left side, which also includes a room for showers. Replacing the long dressing room is a coordination area.

Near to the entrance, there is now a large restaurant occupying previously empty space and requiring the relocation of the admin and ticket offices (the former is now to the right of the office, displacing a cafe). The main door has remained the same and there are no other alterations since 2010.

Analysis

1. The above floor plan delineates a theatre in 2010 and in 2012 after renovations. 2. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that there was a general expansion of facilities allowing for both more customer-oriented business and staff activity.

  1. Paraphrase what the map or floorplan shows.
  2. Write a clear overview summarising the major trends and differences.

1. In 2010, the smaller theater was centred around a large auditorium (unchanged in 2012) with a large dressing room space behind it and a storage area in the top right corner. 2. By 2012, the storage room had moved to the bottom left corner in favour of an administration office, while the dressing room was repositioned to a smaller room in a new wing of the building on the left side, which also includes a room for showers. 3. Replacing the long dressing room is a coordination area.

  1. Begin writing about the changes.
  2. Compare as much as possible.
  3. Vary some long and short sentences.

1. Near to the entrance, there is now a large restaurant occupying previously empty space and requiring the relocation of the admin and ticket offices (the former is now to the right of the office, displacing a cafe). 2. The main door has remained the same and there are no other alterations since 2010.

  1. Write about the rest of the floorplan.
  2. Make sure you have detailed all the information., even what has not changed.

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean?

The above floor plan delineates a theatre in 2010 and in 2012 after renovations. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that there was a general expansion of facilities allowing for both more customer-oriented business and staff activity.

In 2010, the smaller theater was centred around a large auditorium (unchanged in 2012) with a large dressing room space behind it and a storage area in the top right corner. By 2012, the storage room had moved to the bottom left corner in favour of an administration office, while the dressing room was repositioned to a smaller room in a new wing of the building on the left side, which also includes a room for showers. Replacing the long dressing room is a coordination area.

Near to the entrance, there is now a large restaurant occupying previously empty space and requiring the relocation of the admin and ticket offices (the former is now to the right of the office, displacing a cafe). The main door has remained the same and there are no other alterations since 2010.

Answers

floor plan blueprint

delineates shows

renovations changes

Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that overall

general expansion got bigger

facilities allowing for places where they can…

customer-oriented business services/products to sell

staff activity for people working there

centred around related to

auditorium place to watch

unchanged still the same

in the top right corner towards to top on the right side

in favour of replaced by

administration office place to do paperwork

repositioned exchanged

wing section

replacing in favour of

near to the entrance close to where you enter

occupying previously taking the place of

requiring needing

relocation moving

the former mentioned first

displacing taking the place of

remained the same unchanged

alterations changes

Pronunciation

flɔː plæn 
dɪˈlɪnɪeɪts 
ˌrɛnəʊˈveɪʃənz
ˈlʊkɪŋ frɒm ən ˈəʊvərɔːl pəˈspɛktɪvɪt ɪz ˈrɛdɪli əˈpærənt ðæt 
ˈʤɛnərəl ɪksˈpænʃən 
fəˈsɪlɪtiz əˈlaʊɪŋ fɔː 
ˈkʌstəmər-ˈɔːriəntɪd ˈbɪznɪs 
stɑːf ækˈtɪvɪti
ˈsɛntəd əˈraʊnd 
ˌɔːdɪˈtɔːrɪəm 
ʌnˈʧeɪnʤd 
ɪn ðə tɒp raɪt ˈkɔːnə
ɪn ˈfeɪvər ɒv 
ədˌmɪnɪsˈtreɪʃ(ə)n ˈɒfɪs
ˌriːpəˈzɪʃənd 
wɪŋ 
rɪˈpleɪsɪŋ 
nɪə tuː ði ˈɛntrəns
ˈɒkjʊpaɪɪŋ ˈpriːviəsli 
rɪˈkwaɪərɪŋ 
ˌriːləʊˈkeɪʃən 
ðə ˈfɔːmə 
dɪsˈpleɪsɪŋ 
rɪˈmeɪnd ðə seɪm 
ˌɔːltəˈreɪʃ(ə)nz 

Vocabulary Practice

Remember and fill in the blanks:

The above f__________n d_____________s a theatre in 2010 and in 2012 after r_____________________s. L_________________________________________________t there was a g__________________n of f____________________r both more c______________________________s and s______________y.

In 2010, the smaller theater was c______________d a large a_______________m (u______________d in 2012) with a large dressing room space behind it and a storage area i_____________________________r. By 2012, the storage room had moved to the bottom left corner i_______________f an a______________________e, while the dressing room was r_________________d to a smaller room in a new w____g of the building on the left side, which also includes a room for showers. R_____________g the long dressing room is a coordination area.

N__________________________e, there is now a large restaurant o___________________________y empty space and r____________g the r_____________n of the admin and ticket offices (t___________________r is now to the right of the office, d_______________g a cafe). The main door has r______________________e and there are no other a____________s since 2010.

Listening Practice

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Reading Practice

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Speaking Practice

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Art

  1. Have you ever been to an art gallery?
  2. Would you like to learn more about art?
  3. Do you hang any art in your home?
  4. Do people in your country enjoy making art?

Writing Practice

Practice with the related map below and then check with my sample answer:

IELTS Cambridge 13 Writing Task 1 Map Sports Centre
IELTS Essay: Travelling for Pleasure

IELTS Essay: Travelling for Pleasure

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Nowadays many people travel to foreign countries for pleasure. Some believe this travel has a negative impact on the countries travelled to.

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IELTS Essay: Robots and Jobs

IELTS Essay: Robots and Jobs

This is an IELTS writing task 2 sample answer essay on the topic of robots and jobs from the real IELTS general training exam.

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IELTS Essay: Robots and Jobs

Machines are taking over more and more jobs previously done by humans.

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages and give your own opinion.

There has been growing concern in recent years related to the number of positions robots now occupy in the workforce. In my opinion, though this has clear disadvantages for the average worker, it is a positive overall.

Those who decry this trend towards automation point out its impact on unskilled labourers. The most affected live in poorer, predominately rural areas rather than cities where there are more white collar workers. For example, in the United States in the primarily agrarian economies of the Midwest, the number of jobs for farmers and factory workers has been in steep decline. The result is either than many families now struggle to make ends meet and are embittered towards the current economic model or they leave their homes to earn subsistence wages in the city. This migrations brings its own negatives as cities become overcrowded and the consumer class in the countryside dwindles.

Nonetheless, the forward progress of technology is a positive sign for the future. There is little doubt that the transitional period will be rife with unrest among working class people; however, this will be more than compensated for by future generations. In the future, workers will be free to pursue their passions rather than having to toil in manual jobs better done by robots. This could lead to a concomitant rise in the number of scientists, artists, researchers, artisans, and other skilled positions. There is even consideration these days of a universal basic wage that would sever individuals from the necessity of work and open up a range of leisure options for the average citizen.

In conclusion, though the dominance of robotic technologies has short-term downsides, it will ultimately lead to a flourishing of human creativity and innovation. It is therefore important for governments to capably manage this transition.

Analysis

1. There has been growing concern in recent years related to the number of positions robots now occupy in the workforce. 2. In my opinion, though this has clear disadvantages for the average worker, it is a positive overall.

  1. Paraphrase the overall essay topic.
  2. Write a clear opinion. Read more about introductions here.

1. Those who decry this trend towards automation point out its impact on unskilled labourers. 2. The most affected live in poorer, predominately rural areas rather than cities where there are more white collar workers. 3. For example, in the United States in the primarily agrarian economies of the Midwest, the number of jobs for farmers and factory workers has been in steep decline. 4. The result is either than many families now struggle to make ends meet and are embittered towards the current economic model or they leave their homes to earn subsistence wages in the city. 5. This migrations brings its own negatives as cities become overcrowded and the consumer class in the countryside dwindles.

  1. Write a topic sentence with a clear main idea at the end.
  2. Explain your main idea.
  3. Develop it with specific examples.
  4. Continue to develop it.
  5. State the result or develop the idea fully.

1. Nonetheless, the forward progress of technology is a positive sign for the future. 2. There is little doubt that the transitional period will be rife with unrest among working class people; however, this will be more than compensated for by future generations. 3. In the future, workers will be free to pursue their passions rather than having to toil in manual jobs better done by robots. 4. This could lead to a concomitant rise in the number of scientists, artists, researchers, artisans, and other skilled positions. 5. There is even consideration these days of a universal basic wage that would sever individuals from the necessity of work and open up a range of leisure options for the average citizen.

  1. Write a new topic sentence with a new main idea at the end.
  2. Explain your new main idea.
  3. Include specific details and examples.
  4. The more specific, the better.
  5. Add more detail but don’t add in a new main idea.

1. In conclusion, though the dominance of robotic technologies has short-term downsides, it will ultimately lead to a flourishing of human creativity and innovation. 2. It is therefore important for governments to capably manage this transition.

  1. Summarise your main ideas.
  2. Include a final thought. Read more about conclusions here.

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean?

There has been growing concern in recent years related to the number of positions robots now occupy in the workforce. In my opinion, though this has clear disadvantages for the average worker, it is a positive overall.

Those who decry this trend towards automation point out its impact on unskilled labourers. The most affected live in poorer, predominately rural areas rather than cities where there are more white collar workers. For example, in the United States in the primarily agrarian economies of the Midwest, the number of jobs for farmers and factory workers has been in steep decline. The result is either than many families now struggle to make ends meet and are embittered towards the current economic model or they leave their homes to earn subsistence wages in the city. This migrations brings its own negatives as cities become overcrowded and the consumer class in the countryside dwindles.

Nonetheless, the forward progress of technology is a positive sign for the future. There is little doubt that the transitional period will be rife with unrest among working class people; however, this will be more than compensated for by future generations. In the future, workers will be free to pursue their passions rather than having to toil in manual jobs better done by robots. This could lead to a concomitant rise in the number of scientists, artists, researchers, artisans, and other skilled positions. There is even consideration these days of a universal basic wage that would sever individuals from the necessity of work and open up a range of leisure options for the average citizen.

In conclusion, though the dominance of robotic technologies has short-term downsides, it will ultimately lead to a flourishing of human creativity and innovation. It is therefore important for governments to capably manage this transition.

Answers

growing concern increasing worry

positions jobs

occupy take

clear disadvantages definite negatives

average worker normal person with a job

positive overall good in general

decry argue against

trend pattern

automation things being done automatically/by robots

unskilled labourers work that doesn’t require much skill

most affected impacted greatly

predominately rural areas mostly just in the countryside

white collar workers people with better jobs

primarily agrarian economies mostly based on farming

Midwest the middle and Western area of the United States

steep decline going down a lot

result effect

struggle to make ends meet have a tough time making enough money

embittered angry towards

current economic model the way the economy is now

earn subsistence wages just make enough to survive

migrations travelling/moving

negatives bad parts

overcrowded too many people

consumer class people who buy things

dwindles disappears

nonetheless regardless

forward progress development

positive sign good thing

there is little doubt that it is clear

transitional period time of change

rife full of

unrest unhappiness

more than compensated for more than makes up for

pursue their passions do what they want

toil work pointlessly/hard

manual jobs physical jobs

concomitant rise related increase

artisans skilled makers

consideration area to think about

universal basic wage salary for all people

sever cut off from

necessity of work needing to work

open up allow for

range variety of

leisure not doing anything

dominance supremacy

short-term downsides negatives in the short-term

ultimately in the end

flourishing improving

innovation new ideas

capably manage do well handling

Pronunciation

ˈgrəʊɪŋ kənˈsɜːn 
pəˈzɪʃənz 
ˈɒkjʊpaɪ 
klɪə ˌdɪsədˈvɑːntɪʤɪz 
ˈævərɪʤ ˈwɜːkə
ˈpɒzətɪv ˈəʊvərɔːl
dɪˈkraɪ 
trɛnd 
ˌɔːtəˈmeɪʃ(ə)n 
ʌnˈskɪld ˈleɪbərəz
məʊst əˈfɛktɪd 
prɪˈdɒmɪneɪtli ˈrʊərəl ˈeərɪəz 
waɪt ˈkɒlə ˈwɜːkəz
ˈpraɪmərɪli əˈgreərɪən i(ː)ˈkɒnəmiz 
ˈmɪdˈwɛst
stiːp dɪˈklaɪn
rɪˈzʌlt 
ˈstrʌgl tuː meɪk ɛndz miːt 
ɪmˈbɪtəd 
ˈkʌrənt ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪk ˈmɒdl 
ɜːn səbˈsɪstəns ˈweɪʤɪz 
maɪˈgreɪʃənz 
ˈnɛgətɪvz 
ˌəʊvəˈkraʊdɪd 
kənˈsjuːmə klɑːs 
ˈdwɪndlz
ˌnʌnðəˈlɛs
ˈfɔːwəd ˈprəʊgrəs 
ˈpɒzətɪv saɪn 
ðeər ɪz ˈlɪtl daʊt ðæt 
trænˈsɪʒənl ˈpɪərɪəd 
raɪf 
ʌnˈrɛst 
mɔː ðæn ˈkɒmpɛnseɪtɪd fɔː
pəˈsjuː ðeə ˈpæʃənz 
tɔɪl 
ˈmænjʊəl ʤɒbz 
kənˈkɒmɪtənt raɪz 
ˌɑːtɪˈzænz
kənˌsɪdəˈreɪʃən 
ˌjuːnɪˈvɜːsəl ˈbeɪsɪk weɪʤ 
ˈsɛvə 
nɪˈsɛsɪti ɒv wɜːk 
ˈəʊpən ʌp 
reɪnʤ 
ˈlɛʒə 
ˈdɒmɪnəns 
ʃɔːt-tɜːm ˈdaʊnˌsaɪdz
ˈʌltɪmɪtli 
ˈflʌrɪʃɪŋ 
ˌɪnəʊˈveɪʃən
ˈkeɪpəbli ˈmænɪʤ 

Vocabulary Practice

Remember and fill in the blanks:

There has been g_______________n in recent years related to the number of p___________s robots now o_________y in the workforce. In my opinion, though this has c_________________s for the a_________________r, it is a p___________________l.

Those who d________y this t_________d towards a_________________n point out its impact on u________________________s. The m_____________d live in poorer, p_________________________s rather than cities where there are more w__________________________s. For example, in the United States in the p_____________________________s of the M_________t, the number of jobs for farmers and factory workers has been in s_____________e. The r______t is either than many families now s__________________________t and are e__________________d towards the c________________________l or they leave their homes to e___________________________s in the city. This m___________s brings its own n_____________s as cities become o_______________d and the c___________________s in the countryside d____________s.

N______________s, the f_______________s of technology is a p_______________n for the future. T________________________t the t______________________d will be r___e with u____________t among working class people; however, this will be m______________________________r by future generations. In the future, workers will be free to p________________________s rather than having to t_____l in m___________________s better done by robots. This could lead to a c________________________e in the number of scientists, artists, researchers, a_____________s, and other skilled positions. There is even c________________n these days of a u_______________________e that would s______r individuals from the n__________________k and o___________p a r_________e of l_________e options for the average citizen.

In conclusion, though the d_______________e of robotic technologies has s_______________________s, it will u_____________y lead to a f____________g of human creativity and i______________n. It is therefore important for governments to c___________________e this transition.

Listening Practice

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Reading Practice

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https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/01/iron-chefs/546581/

Speaking Practice

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Work

  1. Why did you choose your job?
  2. How much work do you do in a week?
  3. Do you have to work on weekends as well?

Writing Practice

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Nowadays more tasks at home and work are being performed by robots.

Is this a negative or positive development?

IELTS Essay: The Olympic Games

IELTS Essay: The Olympic Games

This is an IELTS writing task 2 sample answer essay on the topic of whether or countries should invest in hosting the Olympic games from the real IELTS exam.

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IELTS Essay: The Olympic Games

Some believe that the Olympic games help bring people from different nations together, while others claim that holding the Olympics wastes money which could be used for important issues.

Discuss both sides and give your own opinion.

There are many who claim hosting the Olympics unproductively diverts money from more essential areas. In my opinion, despite these valid objections, there is still great value in the unifying impact of the Olympics.

Critics argue there are urgent needs that should be prioritised over a sporting event. This applies to every nation but particularly developing ones. For example, the Olympics in Brazil in 2016 led to mass unrest and protests as locals felt too much money was being spent on the event and not enough on helping to alleviate worsening conditions among underprivileged segments of society. The government could have instead improved the infrastructure used by millions daily, invested more in education, or built more hospitals. These allocations of the federal budget would not only serve an immediate purpose but also have a longer lasting effect than the Olympics.

Nonetheless, most Olympic games are sponsored by developed nations and they occur very rarely which justifies their efforts to unify. The countries competing in the Olympics often have fraught international relationships and competition can counter-intuitively decrease tensions. Supporters may root against other countries at specific instances, such as when watching a football match, but they are united in their love of sports and the shared viewing experience. This has the subtle but powerful unconscious result of fostering greater empathy between diverse ethnic and national groups. When an individual roots for their country and their athletes, and sees other individuals partaking in the same ritual, they will realise that association within a larger tribe is an essential, common human trait.

In conclusion, despite the seemingly inefficient allocation of funds, the Olympics are a mass, cooperative effort that has tremendous value. Therefore, countries should consider hosting the games a great honor.

Analysis

1. There are many who claim hosting the Olympics unproductively diverts money from more essential areas. 2. In my opinion, despite these valid objections, there is still great value in the unifying impact of the Olympics.

  1. Paraphrase the overall essay topic.
  2. Write a clear opinion. Read more about introductions here.

1. Critics argue there are urgent needs that should be prioritised over a sporting event. 2. This applies to every nation but particularly developing ones. 3. For example, the Olympics in Brazil in 2016 led to mass unrest and protests as locals felt too much money was being spent on the event and not enough on helping to alleviate worsening conditions among underprivileged segments of society. 4. The government could have instead improved the infrastructure used by millions daily, invested more in education, or built more hospitals. 5. These allocations of the federal budget would not only serve an immediate purpose but also have a longer lasting effect than the Olympics.

  1. Write a topic sentence with a clear main idea at the end.
  2. Explain your main idea.
  3. Develop it with specific examples.
  4. Continue to develop it.
  5. State the result.
  6. Develop it fully.

1. Nonetheless, most Olympic games are sponsored by developed nations and they occur very rarely which justifies their efforts to unify. 2. The countries competing in the Olympics often have fraught international relationships and competition can counter-intuitively decrease tensions. 3. Supporters may root against other countries at specific instances, such as when watching a football match, but they are united in their love of sports and the shared viewing experience. 4. This has the subtle but powerful unconscious result of fostering greater empathy between diverse ethnic and national groups. 5. When an individual roots for their country and their athletes, and sees other individuals partaking in the same ritual, they will realise that association within a larger tribe is an essential, common human trait.

  1. Write a new topic sentence with a new main idea at the end.
  2. Explain your new main idea.
  3. Include specific details and examples.
  4. The more specific, the better.
  5. Develop the example fully by stating the result.

1. In conclusion, despite the seemingly inefficient allocation of funds, the Olympics are a mass, cooperative effort that has tremendous value. 2. Therefore, countries should consider hosting the games a great honor.

  1. Summarise your main ideas.
  2. Include a final thought. Read more about conclusions here.

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean?

There are many who claim hosting the Olympics unproductively diverts money from more essential areas. In my opinion, despite these valid objections, there is still great value in the unifying impact of the Olympics.

Critics argue there are urgent needs that should be prioritised over a sporting event. This applies to every nation but particularly developing ones. For example, the Olympics in Brazil in 2016 led to mass unrest and protests as locals felt too much money was being spent on the event and not enough on helping to alleviate worsening conditions among underprivileged segments of society. The government could have instead improved the infrastructure used by millions daily, invested more in education, or built more hospitals. These allocations of the federal budget would not only serve an immediate purpose but also have a longer lasting effect than the Olympics.

Nonetheless, most Olympic games are sponsored by developed nations and they occur very rarely which justifies their efforts to unify. The countries competing in the Olympics often have fraught international relationships and competition can counter-intuitively decrease tensions. Supporters may root against other countries at specific instances, such as when watching a football match, but they are united in their love of sports and the shared viewing experience. This has the subtle but powerful unconscious result of fostering greater empathy between diverse ethnic and national groups. When an individual roots for their country and their athletes, and sees other individuals partaking in the same ritual, they will realise that association within a larger tribe is an essential, common human trait.

In conclusion, despite the seemingly inefficient allocation of funds, the Olympics are a mass, cooperative effort that has tremendous value. Therefore, countries should consider hosting the games a great honor.

Answers

claim argue

hosting the Olympics being in charge of the games

unproductively diverts uselessly takes away

more essential areas more important parts

despite regardless of

valid objections legitimate concerns

still great value continues to be worth it

unifying impact keeps people together

critics those who are against this

urgent needs necessary now

prioritised over made more important than

sporting event Olympics, games, matches, etc.

applies is relevant to

particularly especially

mass unrest people unhappy

protests unrest

locals those who live in a country

alleviate worsening conditions make things better

underprivileged segments of society poorer parts of a country

instead improved better choice to help

infrastructure streets, roads, buildings, etc.

allocations how money is assigned

federal budget government’s money to spend

serve an immediate purpose useful now

longer lasting effect more helpful in the future

sponsored by hosted by

efforts to unify try to bring people together

fraught international relationships conflicts between countries

counter-intuitively decrease tensions against expectations help pacify

root against be against the other side

specific instances isolated moments

united brought together

shared viewing experience everyone watching at the same time

subtle less obvious

unconscious result without meaning to the effect

fostering greater empathy increasing understanding between peoples

diverse ethnic and national groups different races, nationalities

partaking taking part in

ritual ceremony

association relationship

tribe group

essential key

common human trait everyone does this

inefficient allocation not a good way to spend

mass everyone together

cooperative effort all working together

tremendous value lots of importance

consider think about

a great honor very important

Pronunciation

kleɪm 
ˈhəʊstɪŋ ði əʊˈlɪmpɪks 
ˌʌnprəˈdʌktɪvli daɪˈvɜːts 
mɔːr ɪˈsɛnʃəl ˈeərɪəz
dɪsˈpaɪt 
ˈvælɪd əbˈʤɛkʃənz
stɪl greɪt ˈvæljuː
ˈjuːnɪfaɪɪŋ ˈɪmpækt 
ˈkrɪtɪks 
ˈɜːʤənt niːdz 
praɪˈɒrɪˌtaɪzd ˈəʊvə 
ˈspɔːtɪŋ ɪˈvɛnt
əˈplaɪz 
pəˈtɪkjʊləli 
mæs ʌnˈrɛst 
ˈprəʊtɛsts 
ˈləʊkəlz 
əˈliːvɪeɪt ˈwɜːsnɪŋ kənˈdɪʃənz 
ˌʌndəˈprɪvɪlɪʤd ˈsɛgmənts ɒv səˈsaɪəti
ɪnˈstɛd ɪmˈpruːvd 
ˈɪnfrəˌstrʌkʧə 
ˌæləʊˈkeɪʃ(ə)nz 
ˈfɛdərəl ˈbʌʤɪt 
sɜːv ən ɪˈmiːdiət ˈpɜːpəs 
ˈlɒŋgə ˈlɑːstɪŋ ɪˈfɛkt 
ˈspɒnsəd baɪ 
ˈɛfəts tuː ˈjuːnɪfaɪ
frɔːt ˌɪntə(ː)ˈnæʃənl rɪˈleɪʃənʃɪps 
ˈkaʊntər-ɪnˈtju(ː)ɪtɪvli ˈdiːkriːs ˈtɛnʃənz
ruːt əˈgɛnst 
spɪˈsɪfɪk ˈɪnstənsɪz
jʊˈnaɪtɪd 
ʃeəd ˈvjuːɪŋ ɪksˈpɪərɪəns
ˈsʌtl 
ʌnˈkɒnʃəs rɪˈzʌlt 
ˈfɒstərɪŋ ˈgreɪtər ˈɛmpəθi 
daɪˈvɜːs ˈɛθnɪk ænd ˈnæʃənl gruːps
pɑːˈteɪkɪŋ 
ˈrɪʧʊəl
əˌsəʊsɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n 
traɪb 
ɪˈsɛnʃəl
ˈkɒmən ˈhjuːmən treɪt
ˌɪnɪˈfɪʃənt ˌæləʊˈkeɪʃ(ə)n 
mæs
kəʊˈɒpərətɪv ˈɛfət 
trɪˈmɛndəs ˈvæljuː
kənˈsɪdə 
ə greɪt ˈɒnə

Vocabulary Practice

Remember and fill in the blanks:

There are many who c_______m h____________________s u______________________s money from m_______________________s. In my opinion, d_________e these v_______________________s, there is s_______________________e in the u_________________t of the Olympics.

C________s argue there are u_______________s that should be p_________________r a s_________________t. This a_________s to every nation but p__________________y developing ones. For example, the Olympics in Brazil in 2016 led to m_____________t and p_________s as l________s felt too much money was being spent on the event and not enough on helping to a__________________________________s among u______________________________________y. The government could have i________________________d the i____________________e used by millions daily, invested more in education, or built more hospitals. These a______________s of the f___________________t would not only s_____________________________e but also have a l______________________________t than the Olympics.

Nonetheless, most Olympic games are s____________________y developed nations and they occur very rarely which justifies their e__________________y. The countries competing in the Olympics often have f_____________________________s and competition can c___________________________________s. Supporters may r__________________t other countries at s_____________________s, such as when watching a football match, but they are u_________d in their love of sports and the s_______________________________e. This has the s____________e but powerful u________________________t of f______________________________y between d_______________________________________s. When an individual roots for their country and their athletes, and sees other individuals p______________g in the same r__________l, they will realise that a________________n within a larger t_______e is an e_______________l, c___________________t.

In conclusion, despite the seemingly i______________________n of funds, the Olympics are a m______s, c______________________t that has t_________________________e. Therefore, countries should c___________r hosting the games a____________________r.

Listening Practice

Learn more about this topic in the video below and practice with these activities:

Reading Practice

Read more about this topic and use these ideas to practice:

https://apnews.com/article/tokyo-coronavirus-pandemic-2020-tokyo-olympics-japan-olympic-games-3c46bce81928865d9aae0832b5ddd9e3#:~:text=TOKYO%20(AP)%20%E2%80%94%20The%20official,billion%20in%20last%20year’s%20budget.

Speaking Practice

Practice with the following speaking questions from the real IELTS speaking exam:

Sports

  1. Which sport do you like to play?
  2. Have you ever been on a sports team?
  3. Do you like watching sports on TV?

Writing Practice

Practice with the related topic below and then check with my sample answer:

Some people think that it is a waste of money for countries to host big sporting events like the world cup, and that the money would be better spent on other things. However, others think that hosting large sporting events has a clear, positive impact on a country.

Discuss both these views and give your opinion.