IELTS Speaking Part 3 | Do you think cinemas will close in the future?

Suggested Answer:

I think it’s inevitable that we’ll1 see a lot of movie theatres closing down over the next couple of decades. Nowadays, streaming sites2 such as Netflix are becoming more popular, which is putting pressure on cinemas because people are becoming more accustomed to home-based convenience. This change in consumer preference will lead to fewer customers, causing many profit-making cinemas to start turning losses, with many forced to close their doors for good.3 I don’t think they’ll completely die out,4 though, as there will always be some demand from people who enjoy the novelty factor5 of going out to watch a film.

Notes:

1 – One big problem that students have in IELTS Speaking is tense agreement. This question asks about the future, so you need to use the future tense when discussing the outlook for cinemas.

Note that most of the time, native speakers don’t pronounce the full word will when it comes after a pronoun (I, you, she, it, etc.) It’s a lot more common for it to be abbreviated to ‘ll.

I think she’ll get the job.
We’ll go to Italy in the summer.
My friends said you’ll take the exam next week.

This is, of course, a generalisation, and as always in English there are exceptions to the rule. For example, if you really waned to stress that something is going to happen, you would pronounce the whole word. For example:

He said I won’t be able to score band 7, but I will get that score by December.

2Streaming site(s) is a good collocation to use. These are websites used for watching videos or listening to audio which don’t require you to download the file.

YouTube is the world’s most popular streaming site.
Streaming sites use a lot of data.
Downloading is becoming less popular as streaming sites become more so.

3 – Okay. Let’s forget language for a minute and concentrate on strategy. One of the easiest ways to “speak at length” (essential for Band 6+ in Fluency) is to layer your points. To do this, you need to TREAT THE EXAMINER LIKE AN IDIOT, which in many cases will be true. The easiest way to layer your points is to explain even the simplest of concepts. In this example, I have explained failing businesses like I’m talking to a child. (1) Fewer people go to the cinema. (2) Cinemas make less money. (3) Cinemas have to close. This kind of layering is also useful in IELTS Writing Task 2. Don’t be afraid to explain simple concepts. It’s a great way to showcase your language skills.

4 – Phrasal verbs are a good way of sounding more native-like. For example, to die out is used in English to describe the situation when a group of something ceases to exist. For example:

The dodos died out in the 17th century.
Due to the Internet, brick and mortar shops will probably die out.
Sheffield Wednesday’s hopes of promotion have died out.

Note that we don’t use it for individual items within that group.

Michael Jackson died out.
Michael Jackson died.

5 Novelty is a noun. It is used when something is new, fresh, interesting and unusual.

In the past, going to the cinema was popular, but in the future, it will be a novelty.
We always eat at home, so going to restaurants is a real novelty.

Novelty factor is an aspect of something that is new, fresh, interesting and unusual. It is typically used for experiences. For example:

I enjoy the novelty factor of eating at unusual restaurants.
We went on holiday to Albania for the novelty factor.

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