IELTS Cue Card 94: Describe A Good Law In Your Country

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Describe A Good Law In Your Country

IELTS Speaking Cue Card with Sample Answer. Describe A Good Law In Your Country. IELTS Speaking Part 2 With Model Answer. Also Sample answer for Part 3 discussion.

Describe A Good Law In Your Country

You should say:

  • what the law is
  • how you first learned about this law
  • who benefits from this law

and explain why you think this is a good law.

Model Answer:

One law that I think is good is the law that says all buildings have to be earthquake-proof.

I learnt about this law in the aftermath of the Sichuan earthquake. I found out that many of the buildings that fell down were not built according to this law and that’s why they collapsed.

Anyone who lives in a building benefits from this law because it makes them safer in an earthquake. In fact, anyone who lives in an urban area also benefits because collapsing buildings aren’t good for anyone. The only problem is that sometimes the companies that build apartments want to save money so they don’t obey the law.

It‘s definitely a good law because it makes people safer. It steps towns and cities being destroyed in earthquakes and saves many lives. It also shows that the government wants to make strong buildings and stand up to selfish building companies who only want to make money. If this law was properly implemented in Sichuan province, the damage would not be anywhere near as bad as it was. Hopefully people will learn from this tragedy and make sure that the law is followed strictly in the future. This law has a moral principle behind it. I  wish to keep people safe and happy in their lives. As such, it exemplifies the best spirit of the law. The law should be a way to make people more moral as well as merely punishing people who break it.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 Question and Sample Answer:

How successful do you think the laws are in your country?

On the whole I’d say that the laws work pretty well. The law ensures that criminals and other people who wish harm to people are not tolerated. Some people think they need improvement to protect the interests of minorities who may feel that the law does not look out for them as much as it does for other people. Others complain that some laws are too harsh and that they want more freedom, but there aren’t that many. To be honest, I’m groping in the dark when it comes to telling you about the law in China because I‘m not a citizen here.

Do you think it’s important for people to obey laws?

On the face of it this sounds like a ridiculous question. Of course it’s important for people to obey laws! If they didn’t, there’d be anarchy and chaos in the streets. The rule of law is the main reason why society can function. Yet, despite this obvious answer, there are some occasions where following the law to the letter is not always necessary. Most of us have broken the law at least once in our life, even if it’s something very minor. There are many laws that are good to follow in general, but if they are broken once in a while there’s no real harm. Also, some laws are just downright unfair and should be broken as a form of protest. The Civil Rights Movement in the U.S.A. saw thousands of people deliberately breaking the law to achieve greater justice in their country.

What are some ways that people can be encouraged to obey the law?

Following the law is generally in everybody’s self-interest. If we break the law, we can’t complain about other people who break it also, so that’s one logical argument to make. One way people are “encouraged” to obey the law is by the threat of being punished if they break it. Most people know that if you break the law you will be arrested and either fined or sent to jail. There are no two ways about it. Another reason people obey the law is that they know the law is there to make their lives better and safer, and so they choose to follow it.

Many people think that an occasional, minor breach of the law is OK. What do you think?

I tend to agree, especially if the law in question is pointless or does more harm than good. For example, it’s illegal to cross a busy road at any point other than a pedestrian crossing. This is a stupid law. It does absolutely no harm to cross the road, so why is it illegal? I’d say it’s merely because it seems more orderly for everyone to cross the road in one place. But this doesn’t actually make people’s lives better; in fact it makes them worse by making them walk a long way just to cross the road in a particular place. Indeed, many policemen will turn a blind eye to very minor infringements like this because they would rather use their time stopping real crimes from happening like thefl or assault.

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