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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 040

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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 40

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

As we move into the digital age, books and newspapers are becoming less important. Within the next 20 years, computers will have entirely replaced any other such form of media.

To what extent do you agree with the above?

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

Write at least 250 words.


There is little doubt that computers and the Internet have had an effect on more traditional forms of media, but it is unlikely that these more contemporary forms will be the only option available within two decades.

Consider, for example, the impact television had in the mid-1900s, and the fears that this would lead to the end of more traditional pastimes like reading. Yet books remain popular across all generations. For many employees, computers have become a part of their working day, and as such they are not always so keen to use them at home as well. Packing for a holiday, sitting by the bed, in the garden on a warm summer’s day – these are all situations where books have remained, and almost certainly will remain, the media of choice. Even among the young, there has been something of a resurgence of interest in reading, as the Harry Potter phenomenon illustrated.

The future for newspapers, however, is less clear. Certainly there is something of a ritual about collecting and reading the morning paper, be it over breakfast or the way to work, but there is a clear possibility that the Internet, offering the most up-to-date news, the clearest pictures and the widest coverage, will soon replace this.

To summarise, therefore, while there have been rapid developments in the field of computing, it is unlikely that the technology of today and the media of the past are mutually exclusive. As such, it is unlikely that society will see the disappearance of traditional media, and certainly not within the next 20 years.

(261 words)

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 039

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 39

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

A course of study that has no direct employment opportunities serves no purpose.

To what extent do you agree with the above?

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

Write at least 250 words.


For many people, the main purpose of education is to provide the necessary knowledge and training to obtain a job, yet there are also people who hold that any further education can be said to have potential in the job market. Agreeing with this latter view, this opinion will now be supported.

Primarily, there is the difficulty in knowing exactly which course of study is likely to have clear employment possibilities. For those students opting to study arts subjects such as English literature, there is no direct path; potential opportunities could include becoming a librarian, author or teacher but none of these can be said to be direct. Yet there is undeniable value in studying these subjects, as they allow for a more open-minded view of the world, an attitude which could later be useful in a business setting.

Another point to consider is the job market itself. With many industries in a constant state of evolution, studying for a particular path of employment may be redundant as the industry could well have changed direction by the time of graduation. Moreover, at the time of entering university, the majority of people do not have a clear career path and thus they choose those study courses that appeal to them rather than those that offer a clear future.

To sum up, perhaps the best solution would be to adopt a more developed system of apprenticeships  and work training, so that students can be moulded alongside changes in the industry, while those students with unfocused or general employment plans can continue with the current system.

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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 038

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 38

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

What factors do you think are important in promoting a higher standard of education?

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

Write at least 250 words.


Globally, there is an increasing requirement for ever-higher levels of education, with many students opting to study overseas to ensure they have the best available opportunities. This has been the result of a number of both external and internal influences as will now be presented.

Internally, there have been a number of definable factors. With the governments of most nations eager to have more educated citizens, more funding has also been allocated to education. Given this, it follows that there is the potential for increased resources, which would then inevitably allow for a higher educational level. Better teacher training, thus allowing for better teachers, has also been influential.

Externally, the job market often requires potential employees to have qualifications and certificates, often at the expense of experience, which has resulted in pressure from students to raise the educational level. With many industries and companies becoming increasingly specialised, there has also been a demand for equally specialised courses and higher education programmes. This in turn has led to a higher standard of education. In addition, the majority of people find a correlation between their expected salary and their educational achievements, and this naturally acts as a factor in promoting further education.

One final factor which can be considered is that a higher standard of education has been directly affected by abusing the government’s interest in educating its citizens, as this allows for people to remain studying for some considerable time with the only goal being to maintain a stress-free life of a student. However, the costs of student loans is now reducing this negative factor.

In conclusion, it can be observed that there are a number of both internal and external factors contributing to a higher level of education.

(288 words)

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 037

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 37

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

The number of car accidents is increasing annually. This is the result of poor driving skills.

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.


When reading a local newspaper, it is common to see articles about serious car crashes. The reasons for car crashes vary, but at its root the problem is usually bad driving as will now be explored.

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 37Over the last decade, it has become more commonplace to travel longer and longer distances, journeys which can cause fatigue in drivers. Accidents arising from this are the result of not adhering to the practice of taking breaks and therefore poor driving habits are to blame. The same indirect cause can be seen when bad weather is blamed for accidents and yet driver did not allow for the conditions of the road in either the speed or manner of his or her driving. cars

Developments in car production have also indirectly led to accidents. Despite cars becoming ever safer, they have also become faster, with better acceleration and, for impatient or inconsiderate drivers, this has led to problems. This can be witnessed at most intersections regulated by traffic lights; stopping on an orange light is increasingly rare as drivers attempt to cross before the light changes to red.

Yet there is a point that needs to be included when considering the cause of accidents: the number of vehicles on the road is rising, and therefore a rise in the number of car accidents is statistically inevitable.

Generally speaking, then, it can be said that poor driving is the root cause of most accidents, although whether this is causing an increase in accidents or whether it is simply the rising number on the road that is increasing would involve considerable research.

(266 words)

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 036

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 36

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

In many countries, government sponsorship of the arts costs millions in taxpayers’ money. There are many more important things to spend money on.

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 36There are some who claim that it is important to maintain the arts and an equal number of people who are opposed to continued government funding. This essay will argue in favour of the latter point for a number of reasons.

The strongest point is that money spent on the arts could have been used for considerably more vital purposes. While the arts are important to a country’s identity, it must also be given that a nation’s health and wellbeing should be paramount. To illustrate, the idea that elderly people are forced to wait for essential operations whilst the money required to increase available medical provision is spent on opera and ballet is plainly immoral.

In addition to health concerns, there are also more deserving social causes for the money that should be considered before the arts. Homelessness, unemployment, education levels and the crime rate are just some of the issues which deserve to be addressed before money is spent on what is essentially little more than entertainment.

A third factor is that some people have no interest in preserving or funding the arts, feeling that they have little practical value. If the arts are so much in need of sponsorship, then perhaps this is a reflection of their lack of popularity, in which case they should not be supported. The money could go to more popular events instead.

For each of these reasons, it can be concluded that there is little reason to continue funding the arts. Yet perhaps a compromise could be reached by which those keen to maintain the arts could raise a percentage of their own funds and the government could reduce its level of sponsorship

(276 words)

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)

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)