IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 7
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
It is very important for people to be able to speak more than one language. Therefore, children should start learning a foreign language as young as possible.
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.
Increasing globalisation has made it almost essential for many people to learn more than their native tongue so they can converse with people from other countries, and there are strong arguments to be made in support of acquiring second or even third languages as a young child, as will now be considered.
Perhaps the most persuasive reason is that children have a far better ability to learn when young compared to later on in life. Information is more readily absorbed and put into practice, and younger children are able to retain what they are taught. It has also been proven that when learning a language at a young age, a child is able to better pronounce words or sounds that may be absent in their own language.
In addition, younger children also have fewer external concerns to contend with. To illustrate, a parent with a job, bills and the responsibilities of looking after their children will be less able to focus on learning a new language compared to a child who is simply attending school. The younger the better, as this also means that they are not yet overwhelmed with homework and other preoccupations common to students in their early and mid teens.
Granted, there is an argument that attempting to learn an additional language at an early age may result in the child confusing the primary and secondary language, meaning they may not have as good a grasp on their home language as other children. However, this can be negated by having specific and separate classes for each language, improving skills in both.
In conclusion, assuming the classes are well taught, then the advantages outweigh the negatives.