Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “Describe a piece of technology you own ”.
IELTS Speaking Part 3: Technology
1. What technology do people currently use?
Technology appears everywhere. We use our phones a lot, and within that small device, we have a lot of technologies like wifi, bluetooth, airdrop, … and so on. I guess in the future people will use tons of other cool tech stuff!
2. Why do big companies introduce new products frequently?
I believe that is mainly because they simply want to sell more. It’s a part of consumerism. They launch new lines of products every quarter or year to boost their sales and create this belief that the items one bought 3 months ago is now obsolete, although it still functions perfectly.
3. Why are people so keen on buying iPhones even though they haven’t changed much from one iPhone to the next?
Well, the same thing I just said, consumerism. If one doesn’t get the latest product, the IP 14 promax for example, he might feel that he is falling behind , despite the fact that the IP 12 is still functioning well. Another reason is simply because they want to experience the latest feature such as the “Dynamic Island” on IP 14, and because they can afford it.
4. Why do technology companies keep upgrading their products?
Products are being upgraded constantly is a must when it comes to competition. Nokia is an example of a company that refused to renew themselves, and now that empire is a thing of the past! So I think If you can upgrade your products and have a “Selling point”, that’s your competitive edge in this market.
5. What changes has the development of technology brought about in our lives?
Many things have changed, both positively and negatively. As I can find anything I want online with just a few clicks, I have access to a wide range of products, and I can do comparison shopping to get the best deal. However, there are downsides as we become increasingly dependent on technology. Chat GPT, which is a new kind of AI, is an example. Many students just don’t bother to use their brains to paraphrase or write essays anymore, instead they just need to write the question in the bot and then … everything else is just brainless “copy and paste”.
6. Does the development of technology affect the way we study? How?
Definitely, as technology evolves, students can search for free materials in nearly all fields. Take IELTS as an example, you can literally study IELTS with zero cost thanks to google, there are slides and videos about all 4 skills! On the other hand, the dependence on AI as Chat GPT is a threat that negatively affects students if used the wrong way.