IELTS Writing Task 2: Essay Topics of Media and Advertising

Reported essay questions are from students who have taken their IELTS test. These questions may vary slightly in wording from the original question.

13 essay questions

1 – Some companies sponsor sports as a way to advertise themselves. Some people think it is good, while others think there are disadvantages to this.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

2 – Violence in the media promote violence in society.

To what extent do you agree?

3 – Most people think that the truth should be objective rather than subjective when it comes to the news.

Do you think all news is true?

What is the function of a newspaper?

4 – More and more newspapers and news channels are using photographs to support their news articles and stories. Some people think that photographs are not a reliable source of news while others consider photographs to be irrefutable.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

5 – The majority of news being reported is bad news such as wars, famines, accidents and crime.

Why do you think that is?

Do you think the news should be a balance of both good and bad news?

6 – In the last few decades there have been more and more cases of famous people being hounded by the press. Some people think that famous people in the media have no right privacy.

To what extent do you agree?

7 – People in the lime light have a responsibility to set an example for others by their good behaviour.

Do you agree?

8 – With the development of the media online, there is no future for the radio.

To what extent do you agree?

9 – Some people believe that what children watch on television influences their behavior. Others say that amount of time spent watching television influences their behavior.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

10 – Companies spend millions each year on advertising online, in magazines and on billboards. These adverts can encourage people to buy goods that they do not really need.

What are the positive and negative affects of consumerism?

11 – One of the prime times for advertising on TV is when children get back from school. Some people think that advertisements aimed at children should not be allowed.

What is your opinion?

12 – Many people buy products that they do not really need and replace old products with new ones unnecessarily.

Why do people buy things they do not really need?

Do you think this is a good thing?

13 – Many people think that fast food companies should not be allowed to advertise while others believe that all companies should have the right to advertise.

What is your opinion?

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