IELTS Speaking Part 3: consumer society
In Part 3 of the Speaking Test you should try to give longer answers with opinions, reasons, comparisons, examples etc. After describing something you own (see last week's lesson), Part 3 could be about possessions, shopping, buying habits or consumer society. Here are some example questions and answers:
In your country, what possessions show a higher status or position in society?
I think people who are wealthy tend to buy big houses and cars. Certain makes of car such as Mercedes, Porsche, Ferrari or Rolls Royce are status symbols. They let other people know that you are well-off or important or powerful. People who want to give this kind of impression might wear expensive designer clothes, or watches by brands like Rolex. I think where you live and the places you go to eat out or socialise also show your position in society.
Do you think we place too much importance on possessions?
Probably, yes. Some people are obsessed with showing off their new mobile phone or wearing the latest fashions. I think it's a problem for teenagers because there's a lot of peer pressure to follow fashion or buy the latest gadget that their friends have got.
Do you think things were different 50 years ago?
Yes, maybe people were less materialistic. I think they bought things that lasted longer; my grandparents talk about how they repaired things rather than throwing them away. Maybe brands and advertising weren't as powerful as they are now.