Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

On the IELTS Exam, sometimes you might get a question about how to improve neighborhoods.

These questions could come up in Speaking Part 3 or Writing Task 2 essays.

You will need to brainstorm quickly and then be able to respond if you want score a Band 7, 8 or 9.

What should you do?

Today you’ll get all of the tips and hints from former IELTS Examiner Jessica about how to think through this topic and how to deliver the highest-scoring answer that you can.

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How to talk about improving neighborhoods

Thank you subscriber Joydev Chaudbury who left a question in the comments section of another IELTS Energy TV video, Band 9 Speaking Part 1 Answers- Neighbors and Neighborhoods.

Joydev wondered how he could talk about improving neighborhoods.

This topic may arise in Speaking Part 3 or Writing Task 2, related to urban areas, your city or area, or residential neighborhoods in general.

3 things you can talk about

  • First, you should talk about the infrastructure. (This is like the bones of an area.) For instance, you could recommend filling in potholes, widening narrow roads, and adding more sidewalks for pedestrian safety.
  • You may also mention public facilities that need to be constructed, such as libraries with early literacy initiatives.
  • Additionally, you could talk about the need for free child care facilities for working parents, rent-controlled apartments and more low-income housing.
  • Also, of course, mentioning parks and other green spaces, as well as community centers, would complete the list of facilities to construct.

Finally, don’t mix up ‘equipment’ with ‘facilities’, as many students do.

‘Equipment’ is the tools you use, like a treadmill at the gym, while ‘facilities’ are the places you use.


This question about improving neighborhoods may come in Speaking Part 3 or Writing Task 2. Be ready for it by working with some of these strategies that we suggested today.

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