IELTS essay topics for 2021

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IELTS Essay Topics for 2021

  1. Art and the Arts
    • importance of the arts for society
    • supporting the arts – government funding
    • theatre and live events
    • freedom of speech and freedom of expression
    • children learning art
    • museums and galleries – importance
  2. Business and Consumerism
    • local business vs international businesses
    • supporting local businesses – buying local produce
    • business skills – important skills / learning skills
    • family run businesses
    • buying goods or saving money
    • the power of advertising in business
    • shopping online
    • businesses supporting local communities
  3. Communication
    • how online communication has changed our lives
    • are people becoming more isolated because of only meeting online
    • face to face or online communication
    • pros and cons of meeting people online
    • has the internet brought people closer or not
  4. Crime & Punishment
    • how to stop criminals re-offending
    • fixed punishment for one crime or not
    • children – should parents be punished for their children’s crime
    • prison or rehabilitation
  5. Culture
    • foreign cultures – learning through language, learning by travel, adapting to another culture
    • music – importance of music, international music
    • fashion – following trends and spending money
    • films – should historical films be accurate, learning about culture from films, foreign films, subtitles
    • how online media has changed local cultures
  6. Environment
    • global warming
    • solving pollution – internationally or domestically
    • major problems and solutions
    • importance of nature for our well being
    • responsibility for problems – government or individual
    • urban nature
    • protecting wild species / endangered species – funding, reasons,
    • why people don’t change their life styles to help environmental problems
    • air / noise pollution in cities
  7.  Education
    • putting children into groups based on age or ability
    • importance of children reading books (types of books)
    • science or art / sciences or music
    • how children learn
    • schools providing meals for children
    • making lessons more interesting
    • importance of science / history / technology in schools
    • disadvantages for children from poorer backgrounds
    • how to improve education in rural areas
    • what age to learn a foreign language
    • exams or on-going assessment / project work
    • university education – costs, funding, courses
    • home schooling / studying from home
    • online education
    • extra curricular activities
  8.  Family
    • single parent families
    • importance of family for old people
    • roles of grandparents
    • supporting vulnerable members of the family: elderly, sick
    • peer pressure for children
    • children growing up in city or countryside
    • children with both parents working
  9. Food
    • childhood obesity – reasons, solutions
    • healthy diet
    • vegetarianism
    • junk food – problems, solutions
    • snacking
  10.  Health
    • funding – prevention or cure 
    • taking care of sick people – government or family
    • funding – health care or other society problems
    • good health – exercise or diet
    • free health care for everyone
    • cosmetic surgery – reasons, value
    • mental health – stress, positive mindset, meditation
  11.  Housing
    • lack of housing – building in cities or rural areas
    • using space in cities for housing or parks
    • funding affordable housing or other problems in society
    • living in flats – pros and cons
  12. Leisure & Free Time
    • importance of hobbies / free time
    • leisure time – importance, activities,
    • spending time with family and friends
  13. People
    • leadership – innate or learned
    • talent – innate or learned
    • ambition – pros and cons
    • important character traits
    • famous world leaders – skills and traits
  14.  Society
    • family, society or government – taking care of the elderly
    • the generation gap
    • city living – positive or negative
    • people moving to cities – reasons, problems, solution
    • spending money on weddings – pros and cons
    • respecting older people
    • traditions – food, clothing, festivals
    • protecting old buildings
    • isolation among people in society
    • supporting vulnerable people in society – government or community
    • roles models in society for children
    • ideal society
    • online media stars
    • reality TV stars
    • importance of charities and charity work
    • importance of green spaces and urban environment
  15. Space
    • exploration – funding, importance
    • communicating with other planets
    • space travel for common people
  16. Sport
    • international sporting event – importance
    • business sponsoring sporting events – pros and cons
    • exercising and health
    • children and sport – importance, who is responsible
    • indoor sports
  17. Technology
    • smart phones – pros and cons, functions, limitations
    • the internet – pros and cons
    • online security (also for children)
    • the future of the internet
    • e-books – pros and cons, libraries
    • children spending too much time online
  18. Tourism & Travel
    • plane travel vs train travel
    • cars in city centres – pros and cons
    • using bicycles rather than cars
    • walking – pros and cons
    • pros and cons of tourism for rural communities
    • tourism and economy
  19. Work
    • working mothers
    • doing volunteer work / charity work
    • work / life balance
    • working long hours – pros and cons
    • experience or education or skills
    • four day working week
    • importance of promotion, salary, job satisfaction
    • working online – pros and cons
    • earning large salaries – films stars, sports people doctors etc
  20. World Issues
    • richer countries should help poorer countries 
    • types of international aid
    • increasing number of old people
    • gap between rich and poor countries
    • violence on TV
    • tackling world issues domestically or internationally
    • news online – reliability of news, sources of news, fake news
    • globalisation
      • work
      • people becoming similar
      • loss of culture (protecting traditions)
      • loss of local language (protecting language)
      • one language

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