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44 Topics for IELTS Essays | September 2020

Topic 1

Many young people regularly change their jobs over the years. What are the reasons for this?

Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

Topic 2

In some countries it is now illegal to reject someone applying for a job because of his or her age.

Do you think this is a positive or negative development?

Topic 3

Scientists agree that many people are eating too much junk food and it is damaging their health. Some people think that these problems can be solved by educating people to eat less junk food. Other people believe that education will not work.

Discuss both opinions and give your own opinion.

Topic 4

Some people think that companies and private individuals should pay to clean up the pollution that they produce, not the government.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Topic 5

As more and more students enter universities, academic qualifications are becoming devalued. To get ahead in many professions, more than one degree is now required and in future it is likely that people will take a number of degree courses before even starting work. This is an undesirable situation.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Topic 6

Some people think that it is a good idea of all employees to wear a uniform at work. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Topic 7

Some people think that new technology always improves the lives of workers. Other people believe that it results in disadvantages for workers. Discuss both opinions and give your own opinion.

Topic 8

Some of the methods used in advertising are unethical and unacceptable in today’s society.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Topic 9

Some people think that children should be sent to nursery school before they go to primary school, while others think it is better if they stay at home.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Topic 10

Some people think that the Internet makes a person more sociable, while others think it makes a person less sociable.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Topic 11

People nowadays are not as fit and active as they were in the past.

What are the reasons for this? What measures can be taken for this?

Topic 12

Some people think that zoos are all cruel and should be closed down. Others however believe that zoos can be useful in protecting wild animals. Discuss both opinions and give your own opinion.

Topic 13

Although more and more people read news on the internet, newspapers will remain the most important source of news. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Topic 14

People no longer use newspapers and television because The Internet plays the same role as them.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Topic 15

These days many families move abroad for work. Some people believe that this benefits the children in these families. Others believe that it makes their lives more difficult.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Topic 16

Some people believe that lowering the speed limit will lead to maximum road safety. Other people believe that there  are many other ways to improve road safety.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Topic 17

Some people think that in the modern world we are more dependent on each other, while others think that people have become more independent. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Topic 18

People should focus more on solving problems related to the future, and should not spend time thinking about the past. To what extent do you agree or disagree.

Topic 19

In many countries, prison is the most common solution for crimes. However, many think that better education is the most effective way to prevent people from committing further crime.

To what extent do you agree or disagree.

Topic 20

Some people think that in this modern world, getting old is entirely bad. However, other people believe that the life of old people is much better now than it was in the past.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Topic 21

It is not necessary to have access to the Internet to live a full life.

What is your opinion?

Topic 22

Some people prefer to travel by car while others prefer to take the bicycle. Which of these do you prefer?

Topic 23

What are the advantages and disadvantages of traveling by a car and a bicycle?

Topic 24

Some governments spend a lot of public money training up individuals to be successful in international sporting events. Some people believe that this money should be spent on things that will benefit the general public instead.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Topic 25

Pollution and other environmental problems are resulting from the way that many countries are developing and becoming richer. Some think this cannot be avoided.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Topic 26

Some people believe that employment over the age of 60 is not right and creates lots of problems. So people should retire after 60 and not work. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Topic 27

Some people spend a lot of money on tickets to go to sporting or cultural events.

Do you think this is positive or negative development?

Topic 28

In some societies, more and more people choose to live on their own. What are the reasons people choose to do this? Is it a positive or negative trend?

Topic 29

Some people believe that living and working in vertical cities where most buildings are tall is best, while others believe that living and working in horizontal cities where there are few tall buildings is better.

Discuss both opinions and give your own opinion.

Topic 30

Many people use social media on a regular basis in order to keep in touch with the news and with other people. Do you think that the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?

Topic 31

Some people think that new houses should be built in the same style as older houses in the local area. Others believe that local governments should allow people to build houses in the styles of their own choice.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Topic 32

In many countries, plastic bags are one of the main sources of damage to the environment, and so they should be banned. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Topic 33

Teachers are not as important as they used to be because of the choice of other alternatives for students, such as online teaching.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Topic 34

The trend of online shopping is increasing significantly.

What effect is this having on the environment and society in general?

Topic 35

The best way that a government can reduce traffic congestion in cities is to provide public transport free of cost to people 24/7 and 7 days a week. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Topic 36

Some people think that it is a good idea to have a detailed plan for activities to do in their free time. Others disagree with this. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Topic 37

Some people think women should play an equal role as men in the country’s police force, military and the army, while others believe that women are not suited for this work.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Topic 38

People no longer use newspapers and television because The Internet plays the same role as them.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Topic 39

People living in the 21st century generally have better quality of lives than people born in earlier centuries.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Topic 40

Some people think it’s better to put a tax on companies which produce pollution while others think that there are other solutions.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Topic 41

Science tells us which activities are good for our health and which ones are bad for us. Despite knowing this, millions of people still do activities which are bad for them.

Why is this the case and what can be done to change it?

Topic 42

Some people believe that governments should not provide international aid when they have unemployment and homelessness in their country.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Topic 43

It is a positive thing for people who are in senior management positions in companies to have much higher salaries than other employees in the same company or organisation.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Topic 44

It is common for young people to have different attitudes and ideas to those of their parents and grandchildren. In your society, how are these attitudes and ideas different between the generations?

In your view, do these differences lead to any problems?

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