Vocabulary - less common and idiomatic expressions for IELTS, CAE, CPE (TOEFL)

  1. The following describors describe research. Which are + / - ?pain-staking, superficial, in-depth, extensive, meticulous, groundbreaking, haphazard, controversial, exhaustive, thorough, random
  2. Which ones have precise meaning differences?
  3. Do you know anyone who is conducting research into something at the moment ? Do you know anyone who likes to carry out research in their private life?
  4. What's a piece of research you've seen / heard of thata - proved a previously unconfirmed hypothesisb -revealed some unexpected results

    c - indicated or suggested that currently held beliefs may be inaccurate?

    d - yielded impressive results

    e - produced far-reaching findings

    f - provided inconclusive outcomes

    g - generated heated debate within the scientific community

    h - were greatly inconsistent with the hypothesis

  5. If you undertook interdisciplinary research would it help you gain insight into your own sphere?
  6. Who foots the bill for the research in your country? Should funds be provided by a different source?
  7. What area / field of research do you think should be promoted more? If you had to sacrifice fund allocation from a different area to promote this research, where would you choose to take it from?
  8. How important is applicability when it comes to research results?
  9. Do you know anyone whose research methods leave a lot to be desired?

Exam Speaking questions (IELTS, CPE, CAE)

  1. What makes a good researcher? (different opinions by researchers here)
  2. What about research?  (here)
  3. Which areas of research are popular in your country?
  4. Was this different before?
  5. To what extent does your government support research?
  6. How important is the role of the government in research compared to that of private companies? Is the role just financial backing or are there other aspects?
  7. Why do some countries place a higher emphasis on research?
  8. How can a country attract researchers?
  9. What impact has technology had on collaborative research?
  10. Research publications are often in English. Is this a good or a bad thing?
  11. Should we use animals for research?

Long-turn (IELTS part2)

Talk about a piece of research you have read about

  • Where did you read it
  • Why did you read it
  • How difficult was it to understand

What did you think about the results

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