Discussing animal conservation in the IELTS

From time to time, IELTS candidates may be asked to discuss the topic of animals in either IELTS Writing Task 2 or IELTS Speaking Part 3.

Here are some examples that could come up in the writing test:

  • Animals should not be used for the benefit of human beings, unless there is evidence that the animals do not suffer in any way. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  • Wild animals have no place in the 21st century. Some people think that preventing these wild animals from dying out is a waste of resource. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

or in the interview:

Describe a wild animal from your country.

You should say

  • what the animal is and what it looks like
  • where it lives
  • and explain how people in your country (or you) feel about this animal.

In Part 3, you may be asked to talk about:

  • endangered animals in your country
  • young people’s awareness of conservation issues in your country
  • your opinions about zoos
  • your opinions about national parks and wildlife reserves
  • preserving wild animals
  • hunting

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So, to prepare well for these types of questions, you may want to collect ideas, information, and language related to this topic. You can do this through observing the kinds of language that speakers normally use when they respond to questions. You can start by watching the video clip below.

The guests below talk about canned hunting, which is a popular sport in some countries. See if you can answer the questions below:

What does canned hunting mean?

  1. Animals are hunted and sold in cans in supermarkets.
  2. Animals are kept and sold to hunters for money.
  3. Animals are given cans of food before they are hunted for money.

Here are a few words or expressions that you could use. You will need to observe how they are being used in the context of sentences in arguments or explanations:

  • breed
  • in captivity
  • the hunting industry
  • shot for trophies
  • exploited
  • petting
  • naive
  • It’s simply not true.
  • end up
  • on a reservation
  • ethical hunting
  • slight moral high ground
  • What sort of logic is that?
  • fair chase hunt
  • fraudulent argument
  • distasteful

Apart from listening to how language is used, candidates can also read up on the same or similar topics to help with IELTS Writing or even Reading. Here is an article that you may want to read and gather interesting vocabulary to use in your essays or keep in your note books.



Until next time!

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