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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 032

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 32

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

We never know when the natural disaster will shatter an area and that is why the government should take every precaution to protect its citizens from natural disaster.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the statement?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


 

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 32

One of the primary responsibilities of government is to ensure that its citizens are safe and protected, and as such it is arguable that this should include consideration of environmental calamities, at least to a certain degree as will now be presented.


Primarily, the purpose of societies forming under a government is that this central authority can provide a level of security against forces beyond the average person’s control. This involves the establishment of procedures and from early warning systems for tsunamis, hurricane shelters and systems for emergency support .

In addition, the government should strongly encourage and support schools and other institutions to provide sufficient education and training to ensure people are prepared for natural disasters. For example, teaching early age school children to find shelter in a doorway or under a table during an earthquake has a direct impact on the number of casualties a natural disaster can cause.

However, this is not to say that the government has the sole responsibility for such preparations. Home owners, parents and citizens of all kinds should also be prepared for unforeseen major events. Simple acts such as having torches with batteries, a supply of fresh water, a radio and some blankets is something that can be done by the majority of people, giving them a much higher chance of surviving a range of natural disasters.

In sum, the first responsibility lies with the government in the form of planning and education, but each citizen is also required to contribute some time and effort to safeguard against unforeseen natural events.

 

(259 words)

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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 031

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 31

All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

International air travel has a negative impact upon the environment and should therefore be restricted.

Do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


 

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 31

There are many strong arguments to be made in favour of any measure aimed at increasing environmental protection, yet imposing limitations on flights may not be the best solution, as will now be discussed.

Primarily, although air pollution is a significant factor, reducing travel by air would not necessarily reduce travel. Instead, people would likely rely even more on motor vehicles, even for longer journeys. This could actually lead to higher rates of pollution. To illustrate, it could potentially take over 300 private vehicles to transport the same number of passengers as can be carried on one flight.

Another issue to be considered is that air travel, although undertaken for many reasons, is a common method of transportation for business people. Reducing the number of flights may result in fewer business trips, which could then lead to less business, especially at an international level. Although this may be advantageous for the environment in the short term, it would not be a positive move for the global economy in the long term.

However, it could be argued that reducing flights may encourage business to be transacted in different ways, especially with increasing technologies. Yet this must be balanced with the environmental impact of discarded and obsolete communication devices, which could arguably pose an equal or greater ecological risk.

To conclude, although there is an impact on the environment, restriction on air travel does not offer the most appropriate solution to the problem. The best way forward is not limitation but research into cleaner, more environmentally friendly ways of air travel.

(285 words)

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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 030

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 30

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Education is very important. How can children who are disinterested in study be motivated to learn?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


 

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 30

Starting as young as aged 5, students are often expected to maintain a desire to learn for upwards of 10 years. For some students, this inevitably leads to a lack of interest in education, as will now be discussed.

A primary reason why some students are not focused during class is the direct result of more traditional forms of teaching which lacks any real interactivity. More active participation by the student during classroom sessions will make the topic more engaging and subsequently motivates the participants to learn. Such interactivity can include field trips, student presentations and other students-driven learning.

There are also many different learning styles, and it would be unrealistic to expect all students to learn in the same manner. Certain subjects and pedagogical styles will suit some students better than others, so it is essential that a teacher vary their teaching style so as to interest the widest variety of students at least some part of each school day.

A final point is that the desire to learn is not simply an issue that should be addressed in schools. Like much of our behaviour, the influence of family, especially parents, is vital. By establishing an environment in which learning is considered positive, rather than simply a duty or necessity, motivation is far less of an issue. This can be achieved by rewarding learning, or the use of educational toys and games.

In short, the motivation of children in an educational context is a complex mix of providing a conductive home environment as well as the environment at school. With more focus on these areas, it can be expected that interest in learning, not only at school age but also throughout life, will continue.

(285 words)

Planning Task 2

Preparing the Task 2 answer Seven tips

Preparing the Task 2 answer Seven tips

Preparing the Task 2 answer Seven tipsHere are the 7 steps you should take to plan your answer for IELTS writing Task 2. To illustrate the steps, we will be using this question:

Advances in technology and automation have reduced the need for manual labour.
Therefore working hours should be reduced.
To what extent do you agree?

Step 1: identify the parts of the question (the topic and task words)

Task 2 writing questions can often be divided into different parts. Commonly, these are:

  1. a situation which is generally accepted as being true – the general topic of the question
  2. an opinion, speculation or suggestion about the situation – the specific aspect you should focus on
  3. the task words which tell you what you should do / how you should respond to the topic.

In the example question above, this would be

  1. Advances in technology and automation have reduced the need for manual labour.
  2. Therefore working hours should be reduced.
  3. Do you agree or disagree?

Step 2: Re order the specific aspect of the question and the task words into a direct question

By creating a direct question, you will have a clearer idea of what you are writing about. In the example above, this could become:

Do you agree that working hours should be reduced because of technology and automation?

Step 3: Brainstorm ideas related to point B – the specific topic

In the example we have been using, this could be the following points:

Most people would be happier – earn less money – more free time – more job availability if people work less – a wider range of people working in the same place = a wider perspective – difficult to complete a project quickly – time spent commuting – less time to socialise with colleagues – more time at home with family / friends – chance to learn new skills when not working – should be a personal choice

Step 4: Remove the weaker ideas from your brainstorming

For example, the idea of having less time to socialise with colleagues is not particular strong, so could be removed.

Step 5: Group similar points together into three sections

This means that you have a clear idea of what you will write about in the three body paragraphs. In the example above, it could be:

Group 1: positive reasons relating to how people feel

  • more free time
  • most people would be happier
  • more time at home with family / friends

Group 2: negative reasons

  • earn less money
  • difficult to complete a project quickly
  • time spent commuting

Group 3: positive reasons relating to the workplace

  • more job availability if people work less
  • a wider range of people working in the same place = a wider perspective
  • chance to learn new skills when not working

 

Step 6: Order your paragraphs

Once you have your three groups, you should order your paragraphs logically, with the third paragraph being the concession or balancing paragraph. Remember that the IELTS writing test does not have to be your personal opinion – it should be from the position that is easiest to write about. From this point, organise them so that the concession paragraph is last.

Paragraph 1: positive reasons relating to how people feel

  • more free time
  • most people would be happier
  • more time at home with family / friends

Paragraph 2: positive reasons relating to the workplace

  • more job availability if people work less
  • a wider range of people working in the same place = a wider perspective
  • chance to learn new skills when not working

Paragraph 3: negative reasons

  • earn less money
  • difficult to complete a project quickly
  • time spent commuting

 

Step 7: add a title for each group of paragraphs

By thinking of a title or heading that covers all of the points in your paragraph, you will be able to write a clear topic sentence (the first sentence of each paragraph that explains what you will present in that particular paragraph). In the example we have been using, this could become

Paragraph 1: quality of life

  • more free time
  • most people would be happier
  • more time at home with family / friends

Paragraph 2: better for the workplace

  • more job availability if people work less
  • a wider range of people working in the same place = a wider perspective
  • chance to learn new skills when not working

Paragraph 3: (the concession or balance paragraph)

  • earn less money
  • difficult to complete a project quickly
  • time spent commuting

You should now be ready to write your essay!

Let’s run through all of the steps once more on another question:

A wide variety of vegetarian food is now available. However, although an increasing number of people are adopting a vegetarian diet, it is not healthy. Do you agree?

Step 1: identify the parts of the question (the topic and task words)

  1. A wide variety of vegetarian food is now available.
  2. A vegetarian diet is not healthy
  3. Do you agree?

Step 2: Re order the specific aspect of the question and the task words into a direct question

Is a vegetarian diet healthy?

Step 3: Brainstorm ideas related to point B – the specific topic

Preservatives in meat – depends on freshness of vegetables – lots of alternative to meat these days – animal cruelty – vitamins and minerals only found in meat products – traditional misunderstandings about vegetarian diets – not a balanced diet – organic farming and free range animals – level of vegetarianism (vegans) – negative attitude to vegetarians – health issues related to meat eating – obesity more common in meat eaters

Step 4: Remove the weaker ideas from your brainstorming

Remove animal cruelty and negative attitude to vegetarians – they do not relate to whether a diet is healthy.

Step 5: Group similar points together into three sections

Group 1: vegetarian diet is not healthy

  • vitamins and minerals only found in meat products
  • Not a balanced diet

Group 2: vegetarian diet is healthy

  • Preservatives in meat
  • Health issues related to meat eating
  • Obesity more common in meat eaters

Group 3: points to consider

  • depends on freshness of vegetables
  • lots of alternative to meat these days
  • organic farming and free range animals
  • level of vegetarianism (vegans)

 

Step 6: Order your paragraphs

Group 2 has more points to write about than group 1, and group 3 would make a good balancing paragraph, so the most logical order would be:

Paragraph 1: vegetarian diet is healthy

  • Preservatives in meat
  • Health issues related to meat eating
  • Obesity more common in meat eaters

Paragraph 2: vegetarian diet is not healthy

  • vitamins and minerals only found in meat products
  • Not a balanced diet

Paragraph 3: points to consider

  • depends on freshness of vegetables
  • lots of alternative to meat these days
  • organic farming and free range animals
  • level of vegetarianism (vegans)

Step 7: add a title for each group of paragraphs

Group 1: negatives of vegetarian diet

  • vitamins and minerals only found in meat products
  • Not a balanced diet

Group 2: reasons not to eat meat

  • Preservatives in meat
  • Health issues related to meat eating
  • Obesity more common in meat eaters

Group 3: depends on specifics of food

  • depends on freshness of vegetables
  • lots of alternative to meat these days
  • organic farming and free range animals
  • level of vegetarianism (vegans)

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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 029

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 29

All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

In many countries, schoolchildren are required to wear school uniforms.

Do you think this should this be enforced in all schools?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


 

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 29

In many countries, pupils are required to wear uniforms when attending school, and this is something that should be enforced for the following reasons.

Primarily, students, especially those in their teenagers years, are under pressure both academically and socially; insisting on a standardised uniform within the school alleviates some of this as it means that the student does not have to worry about whether their peers think that they are dressed well or in the latest fashions. This has the added advantage for those from lower income families who may simply not be able to afford the clothes worn by those from more affluent families.

Not only does it remove the social pressure, but wearing a school uniform also has a psychological advantage, as the student is dressed in the mode of attire used for study. Much like wearing a suit and tie may signal going to work for many people, wearing a school uniform prepares the child for the day of learning.

However, this perhaps works best for younger students. By age 16 or 17, it may be appropriate for the student to wear more casual clothing when they reach their later teens, as the idea of ‘conforming’ by wearing a uniform could discourage the student from pursuing further education and this is often the time in which young adults are looking to establish their own clear identity. It is at this point that it may be more productive to allow more relaxed clothing such as jeans.

In conclusion, although a school uniform does have advantages at certain stages of a student’s academic career, there is also a time when the enforcement of a standardised set of clothing may be counterproductive.

(282 words)

 

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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 028

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 28

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

We have become a disposable society, preferring to buy new products rather than repair existing items.

Why do you think this is? How can this trend be reversed?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


 

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 28

It has become common not to try to extend the life of items but rather to purchase replacements, and this can be attributed to a number of social changes, as will now be presented along with some thoughts on how this attitude can be altered.

Of the many reasons why society in general opts not to repair items, perhaps the most influential is changes in technology. Modernised production methods allow goods to be mass produced at a lower cost, but often at the expense of quality; this means that although they may not have the longevity of handmade items, they are cheaper and thus can be replaced. In addition, evolutions in technology are now rapid, and the impulse to own the latest gadget encourages purchasers to continually buy new items. A clear indication of this is mobile phones, where in the last decade new features and abilities are released constantly.

To address this, there are a number of potential approaches. One is that governments could raise the level of tax on brand new items whilst lowering the taxation on repair shops, therefore supporting those who are happy with their existing technology and penalising those who constantly race to acquire the very latest model. In turn, this would encourage the companies producing such items to build them in a way that new developments can be incorporated into it, rather than requiring it to be disposed of.

To conclude, it is only by a change in attitude that we can decrease the continued consumption of new items and increase the retention of those that may need some repair.

(273 words)

 

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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 027

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 27

All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

The mark of a successful person is to be wealthy and have a successful career.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


 

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 27

The measure of success is a subjective issue that some argue is represented by having both money and being successful in one’s profession. However, there are many less tangible factors that are better indications of success, as will now be argued.

Primarily, a person can be said to have succeeded in life only if they are, for the majority, happy with their life. This does not necessarily require vast sums of money or even a rewarding job. It could derive from family and friends, from a feeling of being connected to the community around them. To illustrate, a rich person with a successful career cannot be said to be successful if he is lonely.

In addition, success is defined as meeting or exceeding set goals which may have nothing to do with finances or occupations. For example, people who climb mountains or sail solo across the sea. Neither of these challenges are directly linked with a profession or with money, yet meeting personal goals can make a person, by definition, successful.

However, to objectively measure success, wealth and career are two indicators that can be most clearly compared between people, so to that extent they can be considered representative of success. Yet even with the markers, it is difficult to judge what makes a career successful. A lawyer who wins all his cases even though he personally may feel he is supporting guilty people, would perhaps not feel his triumphs to be a success.

To sum up, although money and profession are perhaps easier to quantify as measures of success, they are not as significant as factors such as happiness and the achievement of one’s own goals.

(256 words)

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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 026

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 26

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

An increasing number of families have computers at home.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of internet access for minors?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.


 

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 26

There is rising concern that being able to surf the World Wide Web poses significant risks to the younger generation, although there are a vast number of positive aspects, as will now be discussed.

In defence of unrestricted internet access, the use of technology as an education tool is undeniable. Through computers, children can be presented with interactive and dynamic learning environments in which play and education can coexist. There are many websites which cater for the younger surfer yet still have a strong educational focus.

In addition, in an age of increasing information technology, the ability to navigate methods of communication as found on the internet is now almost essential for future growth and professional development.

There are, of course, legitimate concerns about what children could potentially be exposed to on the internet. Certain sites show content not suitable for such viewers, and some material is too often freely available even accidentally. There are also more predatory dangers for younger children in chat rooms and in online communication.

Not only this, but there are concerns that the sedentary nature of the internet does not motivate children to seek more traditional, healthier pastimes, and may also be adversely affecting their ability to socialise in face to face situation.

In sum, therefore, it is clear that there are advantages and concerns with regards internet access for younger users. The best course of action would seem to be allowing internet access to minors, but under controlled, supervised conditions and with a strict limit to the amount of time given.

(256 words)

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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 026

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 26

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 26

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The charts show the distribution of money spent on music in three different years in Northern Ireland.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.


 

The pie charts illustrate the changes in spending patterns in Northern Ireland with regards to music.

The first set of data is for 2003, where it can be seen that the majority of expenditure was for CDs, accounting for well over half. Just under one third of the money was spent attending concerts, standing at 31%. Downloaded music was only 6%, and the smallest category was that labeled ‘other’.

Three years later, the order of the four categories was the same, but there was a marked increase in the sale of digital music and an inverse correlation to the sale of CDs, which fell by 20% to 41%.

By 2011, digital purchases had overtaken both concerts and CDs and accounted for nearly half of all sales. The difference between CDs and concert sales narrowed to only 2%, and the ‘other’ category rose slightly to 3%.

Overall, it is clear that while concert sales remained relatively stable at around one third, digital music sales became more common than CD sales.

(170 words)

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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 025

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 25

 

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 25

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The table shows working hours and income for four jobs.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.


 

The information given shows the income and weekly hours of four different occupations, with three of the positions being in the emergency services and the fourth being teaching.

The bar chart shows that teachers work the fewest hours, working less than 30 hours a week on average. Those involved in the police service work about 5 hours a week more than teachers at approximately 35 hours a week.

Employees in the fire service work nearly 40 hours a week, but by far the longest working week is performed by nurses, who exceed 55 hours a week, a clear 15 hours more than those worked in the fire service.

The comparatively low hours worked by teachers correlates with receiving the lowest remuneration for the position. However, the balance between hours worked and pay received is then inverted for the remaining three positions, with nurses earning the least of the three and those in the police service earning nearly £15,000 more at £52,050.

Overall, it is clear that with the exception of teaching, there is an inverse correlation between the number of hours worked and salary received.

(175 words)