IELTS Speaking Part 2&3 #67 Describe a change that will improve your local area

Describe a change that will improve your local area. You should say:
What the change is;
How the change works;
What kinds of problems the change will solve; And how you feel about the change

Sample Answer:

Well, you know, the city of Beijing has become infamous for its heavy smog, which is thought to lead to widespread illness and discomfort. But In recent months, air pollution has dropped significantly, and jokes about Beijing’s pollution have given way to surprised expressions about the lovely weather. So nowadays, I could enjoy more white cloud and blue skies this year.

Beijing had been badly polluted by the toxic industrial exhaust and chemicals, making the whole city unlivable. But nowadays, thanks to the strict pollution control policy, more coal-fired power plants and factories have been closed in the neighboring province, and petrol quality has been improved as well. Therefore, though pollution might still persist for a long time in Beijing, we could enjoy more fresh air in the city.

Since the weather surprisingly turns excellent, my friends and I are in the habit of taking pictures of blue sky with mobile phones, and sharing them in the social media. And I’m keener on doing outdoor activities with my child to enjoy the warm sunshine and clean air.

Follow-up questions:

  1. What are some of the ways people can help others in the community? Which is the most important?
    I think there are many ways to help others in our local communities. For example, where I live, some people volunteer to run activity clubs for children, or they help out in residential homes for elderly people. Others give money, food or clothes to organizations that support people living below the poverty line. In my opinion, there isn’t a scale of importance when it comes to helping others; all forms of help are positive.
  2. Why do you think some people like to help other people?
    Most people get a good feeling when they help others, and they understand that we can all experience difficult times in our lives when we might need support. For example, we all grow old, and we all run the risk of losing our jobs or having a health problem that affects our ability to look after ourselves. So, I think people help others because they empathize with them.
  3. Some people say that people help others in the community more now than they did in the past. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
    I disagree with that kind of opinion. It’s impossible to generalize about how much people help in their communities from one generation to the next, so I don’t think we should try to judge or compare how altruistic people are now or were in the past. There have always been those who help others and those who don’t.
  4. [Also refer to question 62] Other possible questions:
    How has your community changed since you were a child?
    What do you like about your community?
    Would you like to raise your children in a community like yours? Why or why not?
    Do you think recycling is an important community service?