IELTS HOPECO Speaking Practice Test 4 : Tourism

8/20/2015 4:30:56 PM
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Part 1

1. Are there many public or national holidays in your country?
2. Do you think there are enough public holidays?
3. Do you like going away on holidays?
4. Where did you go on your last holiday?
5. Describe a place you like to go to during your holidays.
6. What is the most interesting place you’d like to visit on your holidays?

Part 2

Describe a holiday you would like to go on.
You should say:
  • what place you would like to go to
  • how you would like to get there
  • what you would like to do while you were there
  • and explain why you would like to go on this holiday.

Part 3

1. Which places in your country do visitors enjoy visiting most?
2. What are some of the benefits of going away on holiday?
3. Have there been any recent changes in the types of holiday that are popular in your country?
4. What kinds of benefits might a significant increase in tourist numbers bring to a location?
5. What are some of the negative effects of a dramatic increase in tourism?
6. What developments affecting international travel might there be in the future?

Useful Vocabulary

A. Positive aspects of holidays (personal)
  • chance to unwind                                                                                             
  • visit new places / experience new things / cultures
  • spend quality time with family / friends
  • broaden your horizons
  • get away from work / stressful environment                                                                                                                              
  • visit family or friends abroad
  • have a change of routine / scenery

B. Positive aspects of holidays (commercial)
  • creates new jobs in tourist industry                                                                                                                   
  • improves services for local residents
  • attracts media attention to the resort                                                                                                                                        
  • provides revenue to protect /maintain local heritage
  • ensures good level of infrastructure        

C. Negative aspects of holidays (personal)
  • loss of earnings (if self-employed)                        
  • may not have access to health facilities
  • can be stressful (to be out of your comfort zone)                                                                              
  • may lose your luggage
  • can be difficult to cope in foreign country
    / unfamiliar place                                
  • May not be able to speak the local language
  • may encounter travel problems (plane/train delays / traffic jams)

D. Negative aspects of holidays (commercial)
  • can cause overcrowding                                                             
  • area becomes too built-up due to increase of hotels/shops etc
  • tourists may not respect local customs/traditions                                                                           
  • may cause increase in prices of local services and goods
  • can cause excess of litter / noise
  • may cause damage to local environment

Useful Linking Expressions

A. Adding more reasons / examples
  • in addition (to) …
  • not only … but also
  • furthermore, …
  • both … and …
  • as well as …
  • beside
  • also …

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