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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 035

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 35

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

The difference between popular culture and more traditional culture is vast.

Discuss.

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 35The modern and the traditional are often seen, if not as exact opposites, then at least as areas of contrast, and many people hold this to be true of culture. Although there are clear points to support this opinion, there are also a significant number of points that argue against it, as will now be discussed.

The culture of today revolves heavily around changes in technology. Mobile phones, for instance, have become an almost essential part of younger people’s lives, and in this regard it can be said to be an example of the difference. Yet under the surface, it can be seen that this modern trend is actually little more than another method of communication, albeit less personal than speaking face-to-face. In a similar way,  home computers and the Internet, a clear part of modern culture, can be considered to be simply an extension of reading. Using a monitor and mouse rather than a book does not make the two incompatible.

There are some who claim technology is making people less sociable, that culturally communities are isolating themselves with modern appliances. Yet it must be understood that the world can now be seen as a global village, a world wide web which allows people to interact globally.

In conclusion, it is not that the cultures of the past and today are so different, it is simply the methods used to express those cultures which have changed. A culture should flexible, adapting itself to each new generation; if not, then its worth is limited only to historians.

(258 words)

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 034

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 34

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

It is the responsibility of governments to ensure that environmentally friendly policies are adopted.

To what extent do you agree?

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 34
The general public has become increasingly aware of environmental issues, and this has led to a demand from some that the government become more involved. Indeed, it could be argued that green issues have been excessively debated. While concern for the environment is very important, a more relaxed approach to problems may have better results.

One significant way in which environmentally sound policies could be followed is by a better standard of education about the issues in question. Granted, this approach may take a degree of organising, yet educating not just children but whole communities would perhaps be more of an incentive than simply passing new laws.

Naturally some people would argue that without passing laws which are enforceable, people would not actively become involved in more environmental approaches. This is true to a point although as people often act only in self-interest; however, through education people will be able to understand that environmental protection is in their own long-term interest.

Balancing this, there is a point beyond which even dedicated communities cannot lead to a better environment, such as in the field of industry. It on this scale government should be legislating, making it financially worthwhile for industry to operate as cleanly as possible or be faced with stiff penalties.

To summarise, the government should use its authority to govern industrial pollution but should at the same time encourage a better standard of education. By having an industrial and community plan, it would be considerably easier to embrace more environmentally sound policies.

(253 words)

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 033

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 33

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Modern appliances in the home have become more common, leaving no doubt that advances in technology have improved our lifestyle.

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 33The impact of innovations and inventions in people’s daily lives has increased dramatically. Most homes these days have, at the very least, a washing machine and a microwave, yet this has had both positive and negative effects, as will now be presented.

Primarily, the fact that these appliances have to be paid for, serviced, repaired and replaced means that consumers need to work to maintain this cycle. For example, in some countries the average machine is two or three weeks’ wages for most people. Considering the product’s life span, it can be estimated that many people are working at least two or three days a year simply to cover the cost of the appliance, a calculation which is multiplied by all the appliances we acquire.

In addition, an increasing number of appliances are for purposes that were not previously considered necessities, but through marketing techniques, manipulative advertising and human nature many are now keen to acquire them. Electric juice makers are a perfect example.

Of course, there are appliances which in their basic format have improved our lifestyle simply because of the labour they save. The machine, which saves hours every week on handwashing, is an example of this. It is only when such appliances develop functions beyond their basic use, that they become more expensive but more desirable because of the addition of these extra options that most people never use.

It can therefore be concluded that only by carefully considering the use and relevance of the appliances purchased that they can improve a person’s general lifestyle.

(258 words)

Comparison and contrast in Task 2

Comparison and contrast in Task 2

Comparison and contrast in Task 2

To present your ideas and opinions clearly, it is important to know how to accurately use comparison and contrast in Task 2 of the IELTS writing test. Here are some the words that you can use:

Comparison and contrast in Task 2

  • while
  • as opposed to
  • however
  • likewise
  • equally
  • in contrast to
  • in the same way
  • in a similar way
  • as well as
  • like the…
  • as …as …
  • similarly
  • whereas
  • by contrast
  • although
  • instead

Practice your understanding of these words by deciding whether the statements that follow are TRUE or FALSE according to the text below.

Read the passage below. Are the statements that follow true or false? They are not in order.

Although they are both highly respected institutions, there are many factors to be considered when comparing the Louvre and the Guggenheim.

The most important factor is the quality of their displays. The Guggenheim is excellently organized and offers fine examples of most forms of art, including traditional, modern and impressionist. The Louvre, on the other hand, lacks this variety of art forms, concentrating more on the traditional.

As regards location, both museums are well situated with convenient access for the public, although they are both a little expensive to visit. The Louvre, however, is a piece of architectural history in itself, whereas the Guggenheim is far more of a modern building with no real sense of history.

Both The Louvre and The Guggenheim have something to offer the art lover.

    Show answer TRUE

 

Just as the Guggenheim museum displays impressionist works, so too does the Louvre.

    Show answer FALSE

 

Neither The Louvre nor the Guggenheim is cheap to visit.

    Show answer TRUE

 

Compared to the Louvre, The Guggenheim concentrates more on traditional art forms.

    Show answer FALSE

 

The Louvre and the Guggenheim are similar in that they are both well situated.

    Show answer TRUE

 

The Louvre is similar to The Guggenheim in that it has good public access.

    Show answer TRUE

 

The Guggenheim and the Louvre are equally respected.

    Show answer TRUE

 

The Guggenheim is an historic building, whereas the Louvre is relatively modern.

    Show answer FALSE

 

Contrast can also be shown by using specific verbs, adjectives and nouns. Use the table below as a guide (note how the word family changes depending on the word type).

Verbs: Adjectives: Nouns:
Compare to / with Compared to / with In comparison to / with
Contrast with Contrasting In contrast to
Differ from / differentiate between Different from Difference between
Distinguish between Distinct from Distinction between
Resemble Similar to Resemblance to / with
Vary from / between Variable Variation between

IMPORTANT NOTE: Be careful with the use of comparing and compared

Compared to the Guggenheim, the Louvre has a long history.

BUT

Comparing the Louvre and the Guggenheim, the former has a longer history.

More examples

Here are some more examples of comparison and contrast that you could to express comparison and contrast:

While both opera and ballet are considered to represent the finer end of the arts, the former involves more vocal musical content.

DVDs are a highly flexible, user-directed form of entertainment, whereas the cinema is considerably more rigid in its presentation.

Radio plays allow the listener to use their imagination, picturing the scenes and characters involved. By contrast, the theatre presents both characters and scenery.

E-mails are a common form of communication both personally and in business, in the same way as letters were some 20 years ago.

Museums, as opposed to theme parks and other such activities, can offer visitors far more of a cultural experience.

Traditional dances from my country, in the same way as the haka here in New Zealand, are something most people enjoy watching but can’t actually perform.

One of the more obvious changes in communication over the last 20 years is that people are using telephone booths less and less, opting instead for mobile phones.

Facts about the IELTS writing test

Facts about the IELTS writing test

Facts about the IELTS writing testHere’s a collection of some of the most common questions we are asked about the IELTS writing test. If your have a question that isn’t answered here, post it in the comments section at the bottom of the page and we’ll add it to the page with an answer.

Q: Do I write in pen or pencil during the test?

Most exam centres now only allow candidates to write with a pencil.

Q: Can I bring my own writing equipment?

No – you will not be allowed into the test room with your own pen, pencil or eraser.

Q: What should I do if I make a mistake?

Just put a single line through the word or words you want to remove and then continue writing. Don’t waste time with trying to erase anything.

Q: What does the IELTS writing answer sheet look like?

Click a thumbnail below to see a larger image of the writing test answer pages (note that these pages are white, but recent changes in the test mean that you could also have yellow, blue or green pages).

Q: What if I need more paper?

No problem – simply raise your hand until the invigilator approaches, then request more paper. There is no limit to the amount of paper you request, but ALL pages will be collected at the end of the test, even if they were only used for making notes (see below).

Q: Can I get any paper for writing notes / preparing a plan?

Yes, but all the paper you are given is collected and given to the examiner when they are marking your work. We recommend writing your plan or making any notes on the question paper, not the answer sheet. Although the question paper is also collected at the end of the test, it is not submitted to the examiner.

Q: So what counts as a ‘word’ in the writing test?

Take a look at this page: http://ieltsforfree.com/word-count-ielts-writing/

Q: My handwriting is not very good. Will I lose points?

Your writing would have to illegible (can’t be read) before you lose points, but if you are concerned then get in the habit of writing in print (single letters) instead of cursive (joined letters).

Q: Can I write all of my test in CAPITAL LETTERS?

Surprisingly, yes! We recommend it as it avoids you needing to worry about capitalisation of particular words. For confirmation of this, take a look at the official IELTS website here: http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-your-test/test-day-advice/writing-test-advice

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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)

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 031

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 31

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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)

Ending a Task 1 letter

Ending a Task 1 letter

How you end a Task 1 letter depends on whether it was written in a formal, semi-formal or informal style. First, let’s briefly review formal, semi-formal and formal Task 1 examples.

Ending a Task 1 letterFormal: writing a job application letter, making a complaint to a company
Semi-formal: writing a letter to your teacher, booking a hotel room
Informal: writing to a friend or neighbour

Now let’s look at how the different levels of formality (register) determine the ending of the letter.

Ending a formal letter

Most formal letters end with either ‘Yours sincerely’ or ‘Yours faithfully’. Make sure you use the correct one! You should use ‘Yours sincerely’ if you have written the name of the person you are writing to, and yours faithfully if you didn’t use a name. To illustrate:

‘Dear Mr Smith’ > ends with > ‘Yours sincerely’

‘Dear Sir or Madam’ > ends with > ‘Yours faithfully’

 

Ending a semi formal letter

Semi-formal letters often in a shorter phrase or even a single word. For example ‘With thanks’ or just ‘Thanks’.

 

Ending an informal letter

The ending of informal letters often depends on the topic of the letter. For example, if you were writing to a friend who is coming to visit you soon, you could say this:

Anyway, looking forward to seeing you!

John

Or if the letter was about thanking a friend for something they did for you, you could say

Well, thanks again for your help,

John

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)

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 029

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 29

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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)