IELTS Writing & Speaking: 5 mind maps / brainstorming ideas on unemployment, violence, animal testing, natural disasters & stress; for task 2 essays, speaking part 2 & 3

IELTS Writing & Speaking: 5 mind maps / brainstorming ideas on unemployment, violence, animal testing, natural disasters & stress; for task 2 essays, speaking part 2 & 3

This post on mind maps is for candidates who find it difficult to arrange / find out ideas for IELTS Writing Task 2 and Speaking part 2 / cue card or part 3 questions. Hopefully, these 5 mind-maps, on unemployment, violence, animal testing, natural disasters and stress, will help you gather ideas quickly to write essays or speak on a topic card for sometime.

IELTS Writing & Speaking: 5 mind maps / brainstorming ideas on unemployment, violence, animal testing, natural disasters & stress; for task 2 essays, speaking part 2 & 3

It is quite natural that IELTS candidates often find it complicated to arrange some ideas on diverse topics and it becomes practically tricky for them to write an IELTS Writing Task 2 essay or speak on a topic/cue/task card in IELTS Speaking part 2.

Bearing this in mind, here I’ve arranged the second set of 5 mind-maps on 5 basic IELTS topics which are unemployment, violence, animal testing, natural disasters and stress. You will find these topics in almost all the IELTS books, hand-notes, blogs etc. Let’s have a look.

1. Animal Testing

Here is a mind map on animal testing.

IELTS Writing & Speaking: 5 mind maps / brainstorming ideas on unemployment, violence, animal testing, natural disasters & stress; for task 2 essays, speaking part 2 & 3

You can use this mind-map to generate your ideas for the following IELTS Writing Task 2 essays.

  • In these days experiments on animals are extensively used to develop new medicines and to test the safety of other products. Some people argue that these experiments should be banned because it is morally wrong to cause animals to suffer, while others are in favour of them because of their benefits to humanity. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  • Examine the arguments in favour of and against animal experiments, and come to a conclusion on this issue.
  • Do you agree or disagree on the following statement? Experiments on animals for developing vaccines should be stopped.
  • Animal over-exploitation may increase discrepancy in the ecosystem which may affect biodiversity. Do you agree or disagree?

You can also use the mind-map to generate your ideas for the following IELTS Speaking part 2- cue cards.

Describe an animal that is used in experiments to develop medicine.

You should say:

  • What animal it is
  • Where it is generally found
  • Which medicines have been developed using it
  • And how you felt about the experiments on the animal

You can also use the mind-map to generate your ideas for the following IELTS Speaking part 3 questions.

  • Do you think animal testing should be considered on a case by case basis?
  • Why do you think animal cloning is a controversial issue?
  • Do you think animal testing for cosmetics and household products should be banned?
  • Do you think there will be an alternative to animal testing in future?
  • Why do you / don’t you support animal experiments?

2. Natural disasters

Here is a mind map on natural disasters.

IELTS Writing & Speaking: 5 mind maps / brainstorming ideas on unemployment, violence, animal testing, natural disasters & stress; for task 2 essays, speaking part 2 & 3

You can use this mind-map to generate your ideas for the following IELTS Writing Task 2 essays.

  • It is the liability of the government to guard its citizens from natural disasters. Do you agree or disagree?
  • It is completely uncertain to us when any natural disaster will destroy a particular area and the administration should take every single safety measure to guard its citizens from natural disaster. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
  • Natural disasters are unpredictable and so the government can do very little to alert citizens about them. Do you agree or disagree?
  • Natural disasters are very common nowadays. What measures can the government take to protect citizens from natural disasters?

You can also use the mind-map to generate your ideas for the following IELTS Speaking part 2- cue cards.

Describe a natural disaster in your locality.

You should say:

  • What it was
  • When it happened
  • How it affected your area
  • And give details about your feeling about it

You can also use the mind-map to generate your ideas for the following IELTS Speaking part 3 questions.

  • Do you think natural disasters hinder economic progress of a country?
  • Do you think mass people need education about natural disasters? Why?
  • Who should be responsible for the safety standards when building people’s homes?
  • How can we minimize the effects of natural disasters?
  • Do you think public awareness can prevent post-disaster damages?

3. Stress

Here is a mind map on stress.

IELTS Writing & Speaking: 5 mind maps / brainstorming ideas on unemployment, violence, animal testing, natural disasters & stress; for task 2 essays, speaking part 2 & 3

You can use this mind-map to generate your ideas for the following IELTS Writing Task 2 essays.

  • Human life is becoming more and more stressful day by day. What are the major causes behind the stressful human life? How can this problem be solved?  
  • Many psychologists claim that technology is the main culprit behind stressful lives that we lead. Others, however, disagree and say that technology relieves stress from our life. Discuss both the views and give your personal opinion on this matter.
  • Some people suggest that the present world is more nerve-racking than ever. Others disagree and say that our previous generations led more stressful days compared to modern society. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
  • Our world is becoming stressful. Some say that stressful life is advantageous to us. Do the advantages of stressful life outweigh the disadvantages?

You can also use the mind-map to generate your ideas for the following IELTS Speaking part 2- cue cards.

Find a sample answer for this topic card in this link.

Describe a situation when you felt extremely stressed.

You should say:

  • When it was
  • What happened on that day
  • How it affected your mood
  • And give details on how you handled that situation

You can also use the mind-map to generate your ideas for the following IELTS Speaking part 3 questions.

  • Do you believe that our life will be more stressful in the coming future?
  • How does modern life cause stress?
  • How does stress affect the quality of life?
  • Does our modern lifestyle have anything to do with the stress we face?
  • How can we solve the stressful situations that we face?

4. Unemployment

Here is a mind map on unemployment.

IELTS Writing & Speaking: 5 mind maps / brainstorming ideas on unemployment, violence, animal testing, natural disasters & stress; for task 2 essays, speaking part 2 & 3

You can use this mind-map to generate your ideas for the following IELTS Writing Task 2 essays.

  • The rate of unemployed people is higher in some countries compared to other countries. What are the reasons behind this? What recommendations can you provide to deal with this situation?
  • With the development of information technology a good number of people are become jobless every year. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
  • Some experts claim that the only way to reduce unemployment from society is to lessen our dependence on technology. Others say that technology has nothing to do with unemployment. What is your opinion about it
  • Poor work skills are the main reason behind unemployment in most of the countries. Do you agree or disagree?

You can also use the mind-map to generate your ideas for the following IELTS Speaking part 3 questions.

  • Do you think ‘unemployment benefits’ should be cancelled?
  • Does urbanization play any role in worsening unemployment situation?
  • Does better work skills are a solution to unemployment?
  • Can business be a better option where job crisis prevails?
  • What are the best solutions to tackle unemployment problem?

5. Violence

Here is a mind map on violence.

IELTS Writing & Speaking: 5 mind maps / brainstorming ideas on unemployment, violence, animal testing, natural disasters & stress; for task 2 essays, speaking part 2 & 3

You can use this mind-map to generate your ideas for the following IELTS Writing Task 2 essays.

  • Many experts opine that the amount of violence shown on TV and in the movies seriously affects the behaviour patterns and actions of young generation. It, as a result, increases the amount of violent behavior in our society today. Do you agree or disagree with the above given statement?
  • Vandalism is nothing but an expression of the increasing violence in the society. What are the main causes behind this trend? Is there any way to solve violence in the society?
  • Violence in TV and movies should be banned because it affects the psychology of children negatively. Do you agree or disagree?
  • People of 21st Century are more violent than previous era. Do you agree or disagree?

You can also use the mind-map to generate your ideas for the following IELTS Speaking part 2- cue cards.

Describe a violent situation that you observed.

You should say:

  • Where and when it happened
  • What happened on that particular day
  • And how you felt when you faced that situation

You can also use the mind-map to generate your ideas for the following IELTS Speaking part 3 questions.

  • Violence is one of the major problems in modern society. What can be done to decrease or eradicate from the society?
  • What factors contribute to violence in the society?
  • Do you believe that mass media can be blamed for the spread of violence in the society?
  • Does violence in the films and dramas affect the behaviour patterns of young people?
  • Is there any connection between family breakdown and violence among the youths?
  • Why do you think teenagers are more violent than adults?

Click here for mind maps/brainstorming ideas for 5 more topics (drug addiction, traffic accidents, global warming, brain drain, culture shock)

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