Discussing censorship in IELTS Writing and Speaking

If you have been keeping up with the news, you would know that a film has been at the heart of a controversy recently. There had been questions about whether or not to release the film called ‘The Interview’ and today, Sony has decided to stream it on the internet as well as release it to cinema-goers. The story behind this film could be used as a point of argument on censorship if your examiner asks you questions in IELTS Speaking Part 3, such as:

Censorship and the freedom of the film-maker/TV producer
• Should films and television be censored or should we be free to choose what we see?
• How do you think censorship laws will change in the next 20 years?

This topic may even come up in an IELTS Writing Task 2 question:

Some people believe that the media, such as the press, TV and Internet should be more strictly controlled. Others feel that controls should be loosened to give people freer access to information.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

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To help you along with the topic of films/movies, here is a short task. Can you identify these common words from their definitions?

Word Definition
1) ? female performer
2) ? a big budget film (usually from Hollywood) that makes millions at the box office
3) ? be (n) or act (v) as one of two main actors in a film
4) ? film genre about emotions e.g. family _____
5) ? a film which is long and contains a lot of action, usually dealing with a historical subject e.g. Lawrence of Arabia
6) ? a film that failed
7) ? film genre, e.g. The Others
8) ? break which some cinemas provide in the middle of the film
9) ? place where the film is shot
10) ? the American word for film
11) ? a film that has just come out
12) ? the most prestigious award in the film industry
13) ? acting in a particular film e.g. She gave a great _________ .
14) ? film genre combining both love and humour
15) ? film genre which has an exciting story often about solving a crime e.g. Seven, Silence of the Lambs
16) ? film that hasn’t been cut by the authorities
17) ? acts of aggression, making a film unsuitable for children

Try to use these words to gain marks for topic vocabulary during your interview.

Of course, it would be wise to also read up on the subject that you are going to discuss in your interview or your essay. Here is a list of websites that could help you with ideas or language when you give your opinion:

Until next time!

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