Speaking Task 2 Uncategorized Writing

Culture – Speaking Practice

The definition of culture is “a set of ideas, beliefs, and ways of behaving“. It is a fairly common topic in the exam, especially in the speaking test and task 2 essays. Questions are often based on the impact of globalisation and technology on local traditions and cultures – so this is definitely an area worth studying.


Describe a foreign culture that you like.

You should say:

  • what culture it is and why you know about it
  • what differences there are between that culture and your own
  • and why you like that foreign culture


P3S – Foreign culture

  1. What do you think people can learn from travelling to other countries? Why?
  2. Can travel make a positive difference to the economy of a country? How?
  3. Do you think a society can benefit if its members have experience of travelling to other countries? In what ways?
  4. What are some of the challenges for developing countries?
  5. Have you ever experienced culture shock?
  6. What are some things that define a culture? (diversity, music, literature, fashion, language)
  7. What do you think is interesting about your culture?
  8. What don’t you like about your culture?
  9. When people from other countries think about your culture, what do they usually think of?
  10. What has surprised you when you’ve met people from other countries?
  11. Have you ever felt confused by the actions of someone from another culture? What?
  12. Would you ever consider marrying or dating someone from another culture?
  13. Would you ever consider living permanently in a country other than your home country? Why or why not?
  14. What does it mean to be polite in your culture?
  15. What is considered rude in your culture?
  16. What culture besides your own do you admire and why?
  17. What is reverse culture shock? Have you ever experienced it?
  18. What are the five most important values of your culture? (for example, family)

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