• Mai Duc Nguyen

Speaking Part 3 Revision – Questions That Require Future Predictions

In the IELTS Speaking exam, when answering questions that require future predictions, please remember to:

- Use the future tense of verbs when necessary.

- Support your predictions with sound reasons and analyses.

Sample Questions and Answers

Q: What do you think the education system of your country will look like in 20 years?

A: Within the next 20 years, I believe that high school and university students in Vietnam will be able to choose from a wider variety of optional subjects. In addition, more practical training experience will be included in their curriculum to make sure they can sharpen their employable skills. Finally, technological applications, such as software to monitor class attendance and track student progress, will be deployed more widely on a national scale.

Q: Do you think that computers and technology will completely replace teachers in the future?

A: In my opinion, due to their benefits for teachers and students, computers and technology will appear more widely and frequently inside classrooms in the future. However, I do not agree with the view that they will completely replace teachers. In fact, researches show that as the Industry 4.0 era is coming, teachers are among the least vulnerable jobs, because machines are far from being able to provide accurate mental support to humans.

Q: In your opinion, how will the international tourism industry look like in 10 years?

A: In the next 10 years, I believe that traditional guided tours will become less popular, because tourists these days wish to plan their trips by themselves. Not only is this cheaper for tourists, but it also enables them to explore their dream destinations as much as they can, without the time constraints set by guided tours. Furthermore, more travel mobile apps and websites, such as Airbnb and TripAdvisor, will be developed to help tourists best prepare for their trips.

Q: Do you think that social media will still be popular in the next 15 to 20 years?

A: In the next 15 to 20 years, I think social media will still be a common way for users to get news, make friends and share their social experience. Moreover, what I also believe is that new local social media channels will be created to challenge the current world leaders, such as Facebook and Twitter. Finally, other entertainment technologies, such as virtual reality handsets and 3D games, will also threaten the popularity of social media on a global scale.

Q: In your opinion, where will the future generations of our society mainly get news from?

A: Instead of traditional media such as printed newspaper and television, people these days mainly update news via websites and social media channels. In the future, I believe that more personal blogs will be created to deliver news to users. In other words, not only will journalists and major media corporations create news, but users can do so by themselves, too. Furthermore, as the technology of artificial intelligence is developing, machines can selectively collect and read news for users, based on their past interactions, even without the users asking them to do so.

If you were to answers the questions above, how would your answers look like? Please share them by leaving a comment.

Watch this video, produced by The Economist, to see experts’ views on the trends that will affect the ways people live and work in the future.

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