Topic : Reading Books
In this post, we would like to put an emphasis on IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic Books.
1. Do Chinese people like to read?
Like most countries it depends on individual preference, but I would say it is not so popular an activity as in countries where the pace of life is slower. Most readers in China are students who have to read technical subjects. But reading is becoming more common especially among the young. I imagine that as books find a wider audience, reading will become more common.
2. Do young and old people like to read the same books?
No. The interests of young and old vary greatly. Young people mostly like fantasy and fiction best. Older people often prefer serious or historical works.
3. What kinds of books are most popular in China?
I think martial arts stories are favorites. Some Chinese classics are famous and widely read as well. Of course, knowing what is the favorite of many people is difficult.
4. Compare reading habits today to those of the past.
Today education is widely available so many people can read. Also, these days, printing is faster than it once was so many books of different kinds can be printed. In the past, fewer people could read and there were fewer books so people enjoyed and appreciated reading more. Modern inventions have also made more time for reading.
5. How do you think reading habits will change in the future?
I am not sure. Maybe reading will become more widespread. Maybe it will become less common as new technology, such as virtual reality, becomes more readily available. Of course people who like to read simply because they can get along with their thoughts will continue to read.
6. Do you think it’s a good idea to teach children to read when they are very young?
Yes. They can learn more. Also they may be able to enjoy a new pastime. Many children, instead of playing games which develop social skills or doing things which promote good values such as reading good books, play computer games and watch TV, which often causes anti-social behavior.
7 What do children like to read?
Children especially enjoy reading stories. They also like reading books about nature. If a book has pictures, children will really enjoy it. Many children like reading stories with silly themes often because they were never given anything else. If parents or teachers introduce their children to a wider variety of choices, children will enjoy a broader range of books.
8. Do parents read stories to their children in China?
Some do and some do not. My parents read to me when I was a child, they were teachers. Some of my friends’ parents did not read to them. In poor families, the parents may not be able to read at all. Of course with their parents being so busy, to even have the time to read is a real challenge in this day and age.
9. How do you think these stories influence children?
Children are very much affected by the stories their parents read to them. These stories are sometimes the first education a child receives. I can remember many of the stories my parents first read to me. Values found in children’s books will often affect the young readers. Because their parents are reading the stories, the children will listen more.
10. Why do you think people sometimes idealize characters in stories?
People need to have heroes they can look up to and learn from. Role models are very important in life, as many teachers can tell us. Children often imitate what their heroes or older people do. Idealistic characters in stories have a great effect on individuals; even whole societies have changed to imitate a famous character in a story.
Vocabulary for Speaking Part 3
- Fantasy: The faculty or activity of imagining impossible or improbable things.
Ex: There are different kinds of fantasies in the world.
- Fiction: Literature in the form of prose
Ex: Children should read fiction to develop their minds
- Idealistic: Characterized by idealism; unrealistically aiming for perfection.
Ex: She’s still young and idealistic.
- Imitate: Take or follow as a model.
Ex: I had the ability to imitate.