IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Television (Real IELTS Test)

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Television (Real IELTS Test)

This is an IELTS writing task 2 sample answer essay on the topic of television from the real IELTS test.

I took the question in an interesting direction by focusing on television in terms of how it is streamed online and not actually watched on a physical TV.

It is a little risky so let me know what you think of it in the comments!

-Dave

(Check out my online courses here or sign up for my patreon here, my other sample answer for task 1 are here and task 2 is here).

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Television (Real IELTS Test)

Nowadays children watch much more television than they did in the past and spend less time being active or creative.

What is the reason for this?

What measures should be taken to encourage children to be more active?

Today children spend more time watching television than at any point in the past. The reason for this is the development of online streaming websites and parents should eschew smartphones to curb this trend towards passivity.

The main reason that many children today spend an outsized amount of time watching television is that it is widely available on streaming websites. YouTube was the earliest, and now the most popular, streaming website for video content. Children are often allowed to watch it on smartphones or iPads. The more recent rise of streaming websites like Netflix and Hulu provide the same experience as television on the internet. Simply put, children spend more time watching because they have the ability to choose whatever show they want, pause it, and binge watch TV shows on a variety of portable devices with limited adult supervision.

In order to discourage children from watching television, parents should not give their children smartphones under any circumstances. This is the first step that responsible parents must undertake. Once children are no longer tempted by phones, it is much easier to get them interested in creative outlets. Parents can sign up their children for art or music lessons. They could encourage them to do art at home and instead of putting a TV in their room, fill it with books and art supplies. Children’s natural curiosity and artistic energy will naturally take over from that point and parents then need only supervise, guide and intervene when called upon.

In conclusion, parents can counterbalance the rise of streaming by banning portable devices and stocking up on art supplies. Unfortunately, it will take a concerted effort from the majority of parents to prevent children without devices from being ostracised socially.

Analysis

1. Today children spend more time watching television than at any point in the past. 2. The reason for this is the development of online streaming websites and parents should eschew smartphones to curb this trend towards passivity.

  1. Your first sentence should simply restate the topic for the essay – write it quickly and simply.
  2. For the second sentence, answer the two questions clearly. You will repeat this again in the conclusion.

1. The main reason that many children today spend an outsized amount of time watching television is that it is widely available on streaming websites. 2. YouTube was the earliest, and now the most popular, streaming website for video content. 3. Children are often allowed to watch it on smartphones or iPads. 4. The more recent rise of streaming websites like Netflix and Hulu provide the same experience as television on the internet. 5. Simply put, children spend more time watching because they have the ability to choose whatever show they want, pause it, and binge watch TV shows on a variety of portable devices with limited adult supervision.

  1. Your first sentence should be a topic sentence that clearly states your main idea. Read more about topic sentences here.
  2. In the next sentence, I begin to talk about YouTube. Start your examples quickly and make them as specific as you can.
  3. Your third sentence should keep develop the same example. Don’t introduce a new main idea or a second example.
  4. The fourth sentence also develops the same example with more specific detail. Be specific!
  5. My fifth sentence also develops the same example. Develop, develop, develop!

1. In order to discourage children from watching television, parents should not give their children smartphones under any circumstances. 2. This is the first step that responsible parents must undertake. 3. Once children are no longer tempted by phones, it is much easier to get them interested in creative outlets. 4. Parents can sign up their children for art or music lessons. 5. They could encourage them to do art at home and instead of putting a TV in their room, fill it with books and art supplies. 6. Children’s natural curiosity and artistic energy will naturally take over from that point and parents then need only supervise, guide and intervene when called upon.

  1. Just like the last paragraph, this first sentence is a topic sentence with the main idea for this paragraph. In this essay the first paragraph describes the reason and the second one describes my solution.
  2. My second sentence here explains my main idea. You don’t always need this sentence.
  3. Your third sentence should give specific support through an example or hypothetical situation.
  4. The fourth sentence should continue developing…
  5. The fifth sentence does the same – don’t go off topic – stick the same main idea!
  6. Conclude your paragraph with more support.

1. In conclusion, parents can counterbalance the rise of streaming by banning portable devices and stocking up on art supplies. 2. Unfortunately, it will take a concerted effort from the majority of parents to prevent children without devices from being ostracised socially.

  1. The first sentence of the conclusion should repeat your answer to the two questions asked. If you don’t answer them directly, you will get band 5 for task achievement.
  2. You last sentence should add a final thought/extra detail. Don’t forget to include this sentence.

Vocabulary

Today children spend more time watching television than at any point in the past. The reason for this is the development of online streaming websites and parents should eschew smartphones to curb this trend towards passivity.

The main reason that many children today spend an outsized amount of time watching television is that it is widely available on streaming websites. YouTube was the earliest, and now the most popular, streaming website for video content. Children are often allowed to watch it on smartphones or iPads. The more recent rise of streaming websites like Netflix and Hulu provide the same experience as television on the internet. Simply put, children spend more time watching because they have the ability to choose whatever show they want, pause it, and binge watch TV shows on a variety of portable devices with limited adult supervision.

In order to discourage children from watching television, parents should not give their children smartphones under any circumstances. This is the first step that responsible parents must undertake. Once children are no longer tempted by phones, it is much easier to get them interested in creative outlets. Parents can sign up their children for art or music lessons. They could encourage them to do art at home and instead of putting a TV in their room, fill it with books and art supplies. Children’s natural curiosity and artistic energy will naturally take over from that point and parents then need only supervise, guide and intervene when called upon.

In conclusion, parents can counterbalance the rise of streaming by banning portable devices and stocking up on art supplies. Unfortunately, it will take a concerted effort from the majority of parents to prevent children without devices from being ostracised socially.

Answers

at any point at any time

online streaming sites like YouTube and Netflix

eschew avoid

curb slow down

passivity not active, lazy

outsized too much importance

video content videos

simply put said in a simple way

binge watch watch multiple episodes in a row

portable devices phones and tablets

limited adult supervision parents not paying attention

discourage frown on

under any circumstances in any situation

undertake do

tempted want to do

creative outlets ways to use your imagination

natural curiosity interested innately

artistic energy imaginative impulses

take over control

supervise wathc over

intervene step in

called upon when needed

counterbalance make even

banning not allowing

stocking up storing

concerted focused

ostracised socially no friends

Pronunciation

æt ˈɛni pɔɪnt 
ˈɒnˌlaɪn ˈstriːmɪŋ 
ɪsˈʧuː 
kɜːb 
pæˈsɪvɪti
ˈaʊtsaɪzd 
ˈvɪdɪəʊ ˈkɒntɛnt
ˈsɪmpli pʊt
bɪnʤ wɒʧ 
ˈpɔːtəbl dɪˈvaɪsɪz 
ˈlɪmɪtɪd ˈædʌlt ˌsjuːpəˈvɪʒən
dɪsˈkʌrɪʤ 
ˈʌndər ˈɛni ˈsɜːkəmstənsɪz
ˌʌndəˈteɪk
ˈtɛmptɪd 
kri(ː)ˈeɪtɪv ˈaʊtlɛts
ˈnæʧrəl ˌkjʊərɪˈɒsɪti 
ɑːˈtɪstɪk ˈɛnəʤi 
teɪk ˈəʊvə 
ˈsjuːpəvaɪz
ˌɪntə(ː)ˈviːn 
kɔːld əˈpɒn
ˈkaʊntəˌbæləns 
ˈbænɪŋ 
ˈstɒkɪŋ ʌp 
kənˈsɜːtɪd 
ˈɒstrəsaɪzd ˈsəʊʃəli

Vocabulary Practice

Today children spend more time watching television than _______________ in the past. The reason for this is the development of _______________ websites and parents should _______________ smartphones to _______________ this trend towards _______________.

The main reason that many children today spend an _______________ amount of time watching television is that it is widely available on streaming websites. YouTube was the earliest, and now the most popular, streaming website for _______________. Children are often allowed to watch it on smartphones or iPads. The more recent rise of streaming websites like Netflix and Hulu provide the same experience as television on the internet. _______________, children spend more time watching because they have the ability to choose whatever show they want, pause it, and _______________ TV shows on a variety of _______________ with _______________.

In order to _______________ children from watching television, parents should not give their children smartphones _______________. This is the first step that responsible parents must _______________. Once children are no longer _______________ by phones, it is much easier to get them interested in _______________. Parents can sign up their children for art or music lessons. They could encourage them to do art at home and instead of putting a TV in their room, fill it with books and art supplies. Children’s _______________ and _______________ will naturally _______________ from that point and parents then need only _______________, guide and _______________ when _______________.

In conclusion, parents can _______________ the rise of streaming by portable devices and _______________ on art supplies. Unfortunately, it will take a _______________ effort from the majority of parents to prevent children without devices from being _______________.

Listening Practice

Watch the video below and review the ideas/vocabulary from my sample answer:

Reading Practice

Read more about the impact of television on children:

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/tv-affects-child.html?WT.ac=ctg

Comment any questions or comments that you have below!

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Social Networking Sites (Real IELTS Test)

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Social Networking Sites (Real IELTS Test)

This is an IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer related to social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram from the real IELTS test.

This is a question that I actually have very strong feelings about and it is reflected in my writing below.

Do you feel strongly about this question too?

Dave

(Read my other task 2 sample answers here, my task 1s here and sign up for my online courses here).

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Social Networking Sites (Real IELTS Test)

Many people believe that social networking sites (such as Facebook) have a huge negative impact on both individuals and society.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

The advent of social networking sites, mainly Facebook and Instagram, in the early decades of the 21st century have transformed the ways that people interact with their friends and community. I am in complete agreement that they have had a negative overall impact on both individuals and society.

Social networking sites hurt individuals by replacing more active forms of enjoyment with transitory, unhealthy self-esteem boosts. In the past, people were more likely to take up an active hobby such as painting, playing a sport or learning a musical instrument. Over time those hobbies increase self-esteem, provide hours of enjoyment, and can be seen as active and healthy to varying degrees. Facebook and Instagram replace not only the time spent on worthwhile hobbies but users also get stuck in a feedback loop which gives them temporary bursts of dopamine in place of longer lasting feelings of accomplishment.

Just as social media has undoubtedly hurt individuals, it has also taken its toll on society. It is a common refrain to hear older people complaining about how generations today are narcissists, glued to their phones. There is an element of truth in this. Social networking sites, coupled with smartphones, allow people to withdraw and be anonymous in public places. Over time people will come to feel they have less in common with their fellow man and society will become fragmented and more insular with deeply complex political, individual and social consequences.

In conclusion, the rise of social networking platforms has hurt individuals and society greatly. In order to combat this, governments and parents should at least better regulate their availability to children and young teens.

Analysis

1. The advent of social networking sites, mainly Facebook and Instagram, in the early decades of the 21st century have transformed the ways that people interact with their friends and community. 2. I am in complete agreement that they have had a negative overall impact on both individuals and society.

  1. My first sentence gives the topic for the whole essay – keep this sentence short, simple and clear (mine is a bit long because I try to show off with it).
  2. Your second sentence should give your opinion. I chose to agree completely so that I could fully develop my ideas about individuals and society in separate paragraphs – use this structure in your writing!

1. Social networking sites hurt individuals by replacing more active forms of enjoyment with transitory, unhealthy self-esteem boosts. 2. In the past, people were more likely to take up an active hobby such as painting, playing a sport or learning a musical instrument. 3. Over time those hobbies increase self-esteem, provide hours of enjoyment, and can be seen as active and healthy to varying degrees. 4. Facebook and Instagram replace not only the time spent on worthwhile hobbies but users also get stuck in a feedback loop which gives them temporary bursts of dopamine in place of longer lasting feelings of accomplishment.

  1. Your first sentence should be a simple topic sentence containing the topic and your single main idea. Read more about topic sentences here.
  2. For the second sentence begin to develop, not explain, your main idea.
  3. Keep developing it – be as clear, specific and detailed as possible. Notice the strong vocabulary that comes out in my answer because I’m writing very specifically.
  4. Finish developing the main idea for the paragraph. Don’t mention a second main idea!

1. Just as social media has undoubtedly hurt individuals, it has also taken its toll on society. 2. It is a common refrain to hear older people complaining about how generations today are narcissists, glued to their phones. 3. There is an element of truth in this. 4. Social networking sites, coupled with smartphones, allow people to withdraw and be anonymous in public places. 5. Over time people will come to feel they have less in common with their fellow man and society will become fragmented and more insular with deeply complex political, individual and social consequences.

  1. Just like in the last paragraph, simple topic sentence!
  2. Develop this main idea as well – try to show off a bit with your vocabulary like I did.
  3. Vary your sentences – sometimes long and complex, sometimes simple and accurate. Like taking a pause when you talk.
  4. The more nuance and detail the better!
  5. My last sentence concludes the main idea for this paragraph.

1. In conclusion, the rise of social networking platforms has hurt individuals and society greatly. 2. In order to combat this, governments and parents should at least better regulate their availability to children and young teens.

  1. The first sentence of your conclusion should repeat your opinion (and offer some summary).
  2. Your final sentence must add a final detail that many examiners require for band 7+ for task achievement.

Vocabulary

Try to figure out what all the words in bold mean below:

The advent of social networking sites, mainly Facebook and Instagram, in the early decades of the 21st century have transformed the ways that people interact with their friends and community. I am in complete agreement that they have had a negative overall impact on both individuals and society.

Social networking sites hurt individuals by replacing more active forms of enjoyment with transitory, unhealthy self-esteem boosts. In the past, people were more likely to take up an active hobby such as painting, playing a sport or learning a musical instrument. Over time those hobbies increase self-esteem, provide hours of enjoyment, and can be seen as active and healthy to varying degrees. Facebook and Instagram replace not only the time spent on worthwhile hobbies but users also get stuck in a feedback loop which gives them temporary bursts of dopamine in place of longer lasting feelings of accomplishment.

Just as social media has undoubtedly hurt individuals, it has also taken its toll on society. It is a common refrain to hear older people complaining about how generations today are narcissists, glued to their phones. There is an element of truth in this. Social networking sites, coupled with smartphones, allow people to withdraw and be anonymous in public places. Over time people will come to feel they have less in common with their fellow man and society will become fragmented and more insular with deeply complex political, individual and social consequences.

In conclusion, the rise of social networking platforms has hurt individuals and society greatly. In order to combat this, governments and parents should at least better regulate their availability to children and young teens.

Answers

advent beginning

early decades of the 21st century 2000 – 2020

transformed revolutionised

interact with communicate

complete agreement agree 100%

overall impact total effect

replacing swapping positions with

active forms not passive ways

transitory not lasting

unhealthy self-esteem boosts bad ways to feel good about yourself

active hobby not passive pasttime

increase self-esteem feel better about yourself

varying degrees different levels of

worthwhile hobbies worth spending time on

stuck can’t get out of

feedback loop back and forth relationship

temporary bursts short jolts

dopamine a happy neurochemical

in place of longer lasting instead of something more permanent

undoubtedly definitely

taken its toll had its drag on

common refrain usual words

narcissists self-observed

glued stuck to

element of truth some honesty

coupled with combined with

withdraw take away from

anonymous unknown

public places for everyone to see

in common with both have

fellow man others in a society

fragmented split/broken up

insular alone

deeply complex very complicated

consequences effects

better regulate keep an eye on

availability access to

Pronunciation

ˈædvənt 
ˈɜːli ˈdɛkeɪdz ɒv ðə ˈtwɛnti fɜːst ˈsɛnʧʊri 
trænsˈfɔːmd 
ˌɪntərˈækt wɪð 
kəmˈpliːt əˈgriːmənt 
ˈəʊvərɔːlˈɪmpækt 
rɪˈpleɪsɪŋ 
ˈæktɪv fɔːmz 
ˈtrænsɪtəri
ʌnˈhɛlθi sɛlf-ɪsˈtiːm buːsts
ˈæktɪv ˈhɒbi 
ˈɪnkriːs sɛlf-ɪsˈtiːm
ˈveəriɪŋ dɪˈgriːz
ˈwɜːθˈwaɪl ˈhɒbiz 
stʌk 
ˈfiːdbæk luːp 
ˈtɛmpərəri bɜːsts 
dəʊpəmiːn ɪn pleɪs ɒv ˈlɒŋgə ˈlɑːstɪŋ 
ʌnˈdaʊtɪdli 
ˈteɪkən ɪts təʊl 
ˈkɒmən rɪˈfreɪn 
nɑːˈsɪsɪsts
gluːd 
ˈɛlɪmənt ɒv truːθ 
ˈkʌpld wɪð 
wɪðˈdrɔː 
əˈnɒnɪməs 
ˈpʌblɪk ˈpleɪsɪz
ɪn ˈkɒmən wɪð 
ˈfɛləʊ mæn 
ˈfrægməntɪd 
ˈɪnsjʊlə 
ˈdiːpli ˈkɒmplɛks 
ˈkɒnsɪkwənsɪz
ˈbɛtə ˈrɛgjʊleɪt 
əˌveɪləˈbɪlɪti 

Vocabulary Practice

Try to remember and fill in the vocabulary from my sample answer:

The ______________ of social networking sites, mainly Facebook and Instagram, in the ______________ have ______________ the ways that people ______________ their friends and community. I am in ______________ that they have had a negative ______________ on both individuals and society.

Social networking sites hurt individuals by ______________ more ______________ of enjoyment with ______________, ______________. In the past, people were more likely to take up an ______________ such as painting, playing a sport or learning a musical instrument. Over time those hobbies ______________, provide hours of enjoyment, and can be seen as active and healthy to ______________. Facebook and Instagram replace not only the time spent on ______________ but users also get ______________ in a ______________ which gives them ______________ of ______________ feelings of accomplishment.

Just as social media has ______________ hurt individuals, it has also ______________ on society. It is a ______________ to hear older people complaining about how generations today are ______________, ______________ to their phones. There is an ______________ in this. Social networking sites, ______________ smartphones, allow people to ______________ and be ______________ in ______________. Over time people will come to feel they have less ______________ their ______________ and society will become ______________ and more ______________ with ______________ political, individual and social ______________.

In conclusion, the rise of social networking platforms has hurt individuals and society greatly. In order to combat this, governments and parents should at least ______________ their ______________ to children and young teens.

Listening Practice

Listen and use these ideas to practice:

Reading Practice

Read the news article below and practice with these ideas:

https://www.wired.com/story/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-15-months-of-fresh-hell/

Student Sample Corrections

Write your questions or comments below!

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer General Training: Shopping Malls (Real IELTS Test)

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer General Training: Shopping Malls (Real IELTS Test)

This is an IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer from the general training test on the topic of whether or not towns should be building shopping malls or public parks/sports facilities.

The only tricky area is whether or not you need to write about both parks and sports facilities.

I think that they are similar enough that you can group them together.

If you need to learn more about IELTS structures, you can read about them here.

My other sample answers are here.

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IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer General Training: Shopping Malls (Real IELTS Test)

Some people think that it is better to build more public parks and sports facilities in new towns rather than shopping malls.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Real Past IELTS Tests

It is often suggested that it would be better to erect parks and exercise facilities in new urban developments rather than shopping malls. I agree that this would be an ideal solution as it would spur on increased health awareness.

The main reason detractors are in favour of shopping malls is their benefit to the economy. Malls employ hundreds of workers from cashiers to store clerks to managers as well as the various members of janitorial staff charged with maintaining the mall itself. The benefits are clear when you couple these factors with the increased revenue that businesses bring in the form of taxation and propping up the local consumer product market.

Notwithstanding the economic returns malls bring, parks and sports facilities would do more to encourage better health. In most developed nations, buying more products, especially with online services such as Amazon readily available, is no longer a pressing issue. However, health has become the dominant concern of the decade as obesity soars and heart disease has reached pandemic levels. Well maintained, beautifully landscaped parks and outdoor exercise facilities would instill in residents an obligation to work out. If they are numerous, then older people and children, who may not be able to travel far, will also be able to access them.

In conclusion, the job market is less important than the health of ordinary residents. The bigger issue is the feasibility of such an approach given the lack of financial incentive for those towns to prioritise the foundations for their residents’ well-being over business interests.

Analysis

1. It is often suggested that it would be better to erect parks and exercise facilities in new urban developments rather than shopping malls. 2. I agree that this would be an ideal solution as it would spur on increased health awareness.

  1. Your first sentence should restate the topic for the essay. Simple and clear.
  2. The next sentence must include your opinion. Choose a side and be 100% clear about your opinion.

1. The main reason detractors are in favour of shopping malls is their benefit to the economy. 2. Malls employ hundreds of workers from cashiers to store clerks to managers as well as the various members of janitorial staff charged with maintaining the mall itself. 3. The benefits are clear when you couple these factors with the increased revenue that businesses bring in the form of taxation and propping up the local consumer product market.

  1. You should write a topic sentence for both paragraphs. This one contains my single main idea: benefit for the economy.
  2. Your second sentence should begin to develop that main idea with specific examples/ideas. Be as specific as you can!
  3. The third sentence in this paragraph also develops the same main idea. This paragraph is a little bit short – aim for 4 – 5 sentences.

1. Notwithstanding the economic returns malls bring, parks and sports facilities would do more to encourage better health. 2. In most developed nations, buying more products, especially with online services such as Amazon readily available, is no longer a pressing issue. 3. However, health has become the dominant concern of the decade as obesity soars and heart disease has reached pandemic levels. 4. Well maintained, beautifully landscaped parks and outdoor exercise facilities would instill in residents an obligation to work out. 5. If they are numerous, then older people and children, who may not be able to travel far, will also be able to access them.

  1. You should always start the paragraph with a topic sentence. Make it very clear and only include one main idea per paragraph.
  2. After your topic sentence, begin to develop your main idea and be as specific as possible!
  3. Your third sentence should also develop the same main idea.
  4. The fourth sentence continues to develop the main idea. The more specific, the better your vocabulary and cohesion/coherence score will be!
  5. Your last sentence can either summarise or continue to develop. It is better to continue to develop because it will help your task achievement score.

1. In conclusion, the job market is less important than the health of ordinary residents. 2. The bigger issue is the feasibility of such an approach given the lack of financial incentive for those towns to prioritise the foundations for their residents’ well-being over business interests.

  1. The first sentence of your conclusion should repeat your opinion. Don’t worry about summarising.
  2. Your final sentence should add an extra detail. Read more about that here.

Vocabulary

It is often suggested that it would be better to erect parks and exercise facilities in new urban developments rather than shopping malls. I agree that this would be an ideal solution as it would spur on increased health awareness.

The main reason detractors are in favour of shopping malls is their benefit to the economy. Malls employ hundreds of workers from cashiers to store clerks to managers as well as the various members of janitorial staff charged with maintaining the mall itself. The benefits are clear when you couple these factors with the increased revenue that businesses bring in the form of taxation and propping up the local consumer product market.

Notwithstanding the economic returns malls bring, parks and sports facilities would do more to encourage better health. In most developed nations, buying more products, especially with online services such as Amazon readily available, is no longer a pressing issue. However, health has become the dominant concern of the decade as obesity soars and heart disease has reached pandemic levels. Well maintained, beautifully landscaped parks and outdoor exercise facilities would instill in residents an obligation to work out. If they are numerous, then older people and children, who may not be able to travel far, will also be able to access them.

In conclusion, the job market is less important than the health of ordinary residents. The bigger issue is the feasibility of such an approach given the lack of financial incentive for those towns to prioritise the foundations for their residents’ well-being over business interests.

Answers

often suggested many advise

erect build

new urban developments new towns/cities

ideal solution best way forward

spur on encourage

health awareness caring about your health

detractors opponents

in favour of rathering

cashiers people who ring up your purchases

store clerks people working in shops

janitorial staff charged cleaners

couple combine

increased revenue more money

taxation taxes

local consumer product market items being sold there

notwithstanding regardless of

economic returns money generated

bring create

readily availablecan be found anywhere

no longer not anymore

pressing issue important problem

dominant concern most pressing worry

obesity soars people getting fatter

reached pandemic levels has become a crisis

well maintained kept in good shape

landscaped the ground well-shaped

instill cause to be in

obligation responsibility/feel obligated to

numerous lots of

access get into

job market employment

ordinary normal

feasibility possibility

lack of financial incentive no money in it

prioritise focus on

well-being health

business interests financial factors

Pronunciation

ˈɒf(ə)n səˈʤɛstɪd
ɪˈrɛkt 
njuː ˈɜːbən dɪˈvɛləpmənts 
aɪˈdɪəl səˈluːʃən 
spɜːr ɒn 
hɛlθ əˈweənəs
dɪˈtræktəz 
ɪn ˈfeɪvər ɒv 
kæˈʃɪəz 
stɔː klɑːks 
ˈʤænɪtə rɪəl  stɑːf ʧɑːʤd 
ˈkʌpl 
ɪnˈkriːst ˈrɛvɪnjuː 
tækˈseɪʃən 
ˈləʊkəl kənˈsjuːmə ˈprɒdʌkt ˈmɑːkɪt
ˌnɒtwɪθˈstændɪŋ 
ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪk rɪˈtɜːnz 
brɪŋ
ˈrɛdɪli əˈveɪləbl
nəʊ ˈlɒŋgər ˈprɛsɪŋ ˈɪʃuː
ˈdɒmɪnənt kənˈsɜːn 
əʊˈbiːsɪti sɔːz 
riːʧt pænˈdɛmɪk ˈlɛvlz
wɛl meɪnˈteɪnd
ˈlænskeɪpt 
ɪnˈstɪl 
ˌɒblɪˈgeɪʃən 
ˈnjuːmərəs
ˈæksɛs
ʤɒb ˈmɑːkɪt 
ˈɔːdnri 
ˌfiːzəˈbɪlɪti 
læk ɒv faɪˈnænʃəl ɪnˈsɛntɪv 
praɪˈɒrɪˌtaɪz
wɛl-ˈbiːɪŋ 
ˈbɪznɪs ˈɪntrɪsts

ˈprɛsɪŋ ˈɪʃuː
ˈdɒmɪnənt kənˈsɜːn 
əʊˈbiːsɪti sɔːz 
riːʧt pænˈdɛmɪk ˈlɛvlz
wɛl meɪnˈteɪnd
ˈlænskeɪpt 
ɪnˈstɪl 
ˌɒblɪˈgeɪʃən 
ˈnjuːmərəs
ˈæksɛs
ʤɒb ˈmɑːkɪt 
ˈɔːdnri 
ˌfiːzəˈbɪlɪti 
læk ɒv faɪˈnænʃəl ɪnˈsɛntɪv 
praɪˈɒrɪˌtaɪz
wɛl-ˈbiːɪŋ 
ˈbɪznɪs ˈɪntrɪsts

IELTS Vocabulary Practice

Remember and fill in the blanks:

It is __________________ that it would be better to __________________ parks and exercise facilities in __________________ rather than shopping malls. I agree that this would be an __________________ as it would __________________ increased __________________.

The main reason __________________ are __________________ shopping malls is their benefit to the economy. Malls employ hundreds of workers from __________________ to __________________ to managers as well as the various members of __________________ with maintaining the mall itself. The benefits are clear when you __________________ these factors with the __________________ that businesses bring in the form of __________________ and propping up the __________________.

__________________ the __________________ malls __________________, parks and sports facilities would do more to encourage better health. In most developed nations, buying more products, especially with online services such as Amazon __________________, is __________________ a __________________. However, health has become the __________________ of the decade as __________________ and heart disease has __________________. __________________, beautifully __________________ parks and outdoor exercise facilities would __________________ in residents an __________________ to work out. If they are __________________, then older people and children, who may not be able to travel far, will also be able to __________________ them.

In conclusion, the __________________ is less important than the health of __________________ residents. The bigger issue is the __________________ of such an approach given the __________________ for those towns to __________________ the foundations for their residents’ __________________ over __________________.

IELTS Listening Practice

Listen and use some of these ideas to practice:

IELTS Reading Practice

Read the article below and improve your IELTS reading using these ideas:

https://www.wired.com/story/photo-gallery-retail-apocalypse/

IELTS Student Sample Corrections

It is often suggested that municipal government should provide more public parks and sports facilities in new towns instead of shopping centres. I will discuss both views but personally, I agree that the rewards of building new sports facilities and parks, which include encourage a healthy lifestyle, outweigh the benefits of establishing new shopping malls. [G1] 

Generally speaking, one of the benefits of building new shopping malls is that local residents can more easily shopping near their residence. The majority of households go shopping regularly regular shopping for food, clothes or other household goods. If there is a shopping mall in their towntheir town lacks a shopping mall, people could shoppingcan find all the items they need in one shopping mall instead of going to scattered shops or driving an hour to access other shopping centres from closer to their home. This results in a regional shopping centre offering a convenient lifestyle for your typical the residents who go shopping on a regular basis. [G2] 

Despite of the advantage of building shopping centres in a town, providing sports facilities and public parks has a greater number ofmore positive impacts on local residents. Sports centres and parks play an important role in improving a healthy lifestyle for people. If there are those facilities next to their house, people are can easily to access and can spend time together with their family and friends. For example, children can play football with their pupils after school, and parents can go to swimming after finishing work. If these facilities were located in their town, people readily can acres and use them, it would help maintaining their healthy life style. [G3] 

In conclusion, I feel that there are clear advantages building new sports centre and parks in a new town, include a health life style benefit, rather than adding a new shopping centre. Improving public health is more important than creating a convenient shopping experience.[G4] 

Word count: 297


 [G1]Really great intro – nice to include your overall opinion as well as the main idea for it – great sentence!

 [G2]Good clear paragraph, the vocabulary is good but nothing special

 [G3]Also good, it could be a bit more specific and detailed to fully support your reasons. If people life far from parks, especially in poorer neighborhoods where children need the exercise the most, they are unlikely to have the time or ability to get there. Or focus as well on older people who need exercise but are unlikely to have the desire or ability to travel far.

 [G4]Great last sentence!

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Recycling (Real IELTS Test)

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Recycling (Real IELTS Test)

This is an IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer on the topic of recycling taken from the real exam.

The essay features a common topic (the environment) as well as a common question structure (who should be responsible?).

Reading and practicing below can really help to boost your IELTS score if this topic or question type come up when you take the test!

You can access my online courses here for more detailed lessons and feedback from me.

My other sample answers can be found here.

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Recycling (Real IELTS Test)

Most agree that we should be training children to recycle waste to preserve the Earth’s natural resources. However, some believe that it is parents who should teach their children to recycle waste while others feels schools are more responsible.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Real IELTS Past Tests

The general sentiment in most quarters is that recycling is an integral part of combatting climate change and most debate now circles around whether parents or teachers should be most responsible. In my opinion, schools reach the largest number of children overall.

Many believe that instilling values is a parental right. Parents have the basic right to influence their children according to their own beliefs. For example, a Muslim living in a Christian country will likely still follow many Islamic traditions. Even if the child learns implicitly or explicitly about Judeo-Christian tenets in school, the parents have a right to raise their child in the manner they think is most culturally fitting. This also applies to recycling, though it is hardly a matter of subjective belief to most informed citizens today.

Despite the rare potential parents who may be against recycling, schools should be where recycling is taught because government mandates will reach all children. There is simply no way to legislate every single family to make their children recycle but this can be easily enacted in schools. A good example of this would be in Japan where school children take an active role in cleaning and separating their own rubbish for recycling. Not only does this make a huge difference in it of itself but it is also a nationally comprehensive approach to fostering life-long environmentally conscious habits across an entire generation.

In conclusion, schools are more likely to have a larger impact on recycling habits and therefore this is their responsibility. Governments ought to make recycling one of their top educational priorities in the future as part of a cohesive plan to better the environment.

Analysis

1. The general sentiment in most quarters is that recycling is an integral part of combatting climate change and most debate now circles around whether parents or teachers should be most responsible. 2. In my opinion, schools reach the largest number of children overall.

  1. The first sentence simply paraphrases the main topic. Don’t waste too much time making this sentence perfect.
  2. You should write a clear opinion for a second sentence. My opinion here isn’t 100% clear but that is ok because I will make it clearer in my conclusion.

1. Many believe that instilling values is a parental right. 2. Parents have the basic right to influence their children according to their own beliefs. 3. For example, a Muslim living in a Christian country will likely still follow many Islamic traditions. 4. Even if the child learns implicitly or explicitly about Judeo-Christian tenets in school, the parents have a right to raise their child in the manner they think is most culturally fitting. 5. This also applies to recycling, though it is hardly a matter of subjective belief to most informed citizens today.

  1. For you first sentence, write a simple clear topic sentence with your main idea for the whole paragraph.
  2. My second sentence explains my main idea. You might not always need this sentence if your main idea is obvious.
  3. The next sentence should begin an example focused on that main idea. Focus on just 1 main idea, just 1 example, fully developed.
  4. My fourth sentence develops the example.
  5. The last sentence extends the example to the topic of the essay to make a clear connection.

1. Despite the rare potential parents who may be against recycling, schools should be where recycling is taught because government mandates will reach all children. 2. There is simply no way to legislate every single family to make their children recycle but this can be easily enacted in schools. 3. A good example of this would be in Japan where school children take an active role in cleaning and separating their own rubbish for recycling. 4. Not only does this make a huge difference in it of itself but it is also a nationally comprehensive approach to fostering life-long environmentally conscious habits across an entire generation.

  1. My first sentence is another topic sentence. A bit longer this time but still with a single main idea.
  2. The second sentence develops the main idea.
  3. My third sentence begins a specific example. These are the centerpieces of your writing.
  4. The last sentence conludes the paragraph and my example.

1. In conclusion, schools are more likely to have a larger impact on recycling habits and therefore this is their responsibility. 2. Governments ought to make recycling one of their top educational priorities in the future as part of a cohesive plan to better the environment.

  1. In my conclusion, I make my opinion crystal clear.
  2. Add in an extra detail or final thought at the end of your essay – it is important – don’t forget it!

Vocabulary

Try to figure out what the words in bold mean. If you’re not sure, use the context of the sentence and paragraph to work it out!

The general sentiment in most quarters is that recycling is an integral part of combatting climate change and most debate now circles around whether parents or teachers should be most responsible. In my opinion, schools reach the largest number of children overall.

Many believe that instilling values is a parental right. Parents have the basic right to influence their children according to their own beliefs. For example, a Muslim living in a Christian country will likely still follow many Islamic traditions. Even if the child learns implicitly or explicitly about Judeo-Christian tenets in school, the parents have a right to raise their child in the manner they think is most culturally fitting. This also applies to recycling, though it is hardly a matter of subjective belief to most informed citizens today.

Despite the rare potential parents who may be against recycling, schools should be where recycling is taught because government mandates will reach all children. There is simply no way to legislate every single family to make their children recycle but this can be easily enacted in schools. A good example of this would be in Japan where school children take an active role in cleaning and separating their own rubbish for recycling. Not only does this make a huge difference in it of itself but it is also a nationally comprehensive approach to fostering life-long environmentally conscious habits across an entire generation.

In conclusion, schools are more likely to have a larger impact on recycling habits and therefore this is their responsibility. Governments ought to make recycling one of their top educational priorities in the future as part of a cohesive plan to better the environment.

Answers

general sentiment opinion of most people

most quarters the majority of people

integral part important element

circles around surrounds

reach decide on

instilling values enforcing beliefs

parental right parents should be able to

Islamic traditions values from Muslims

implicitly not overtly

explicitly overtly

Judeo-Christian tenets values from the Bible

manner way

culturally fitting that accords with their culture

hardly barely

subjective belief personal feeling

informed citizens educated voters

against recycling oppose recycling

government mandates proclamations/rules from the government

legislate make laws about

easily enacted simple to create and enforce

take an active role be a big part of

in it of itself just by itself

nationally comprehensive approach way of reaching the whole country

fostering life-long environmentally conscious habits encouraging good habits for their whole life

top educational priorities important educational goals

cohesive plan good idea of how to proceed

better improve

Pronunciation

ˈʤɛnərəl ˈsɛntɪmənt 
məʊst ˈkwɔːtəz 
ˈɪntɪgrəl pɑːt 
ˈsɜːklz əˈraʊnd 
riːʧ 
ɪnˈstɪlɪŋ ˈvæljuːz 
pəˈrɛntl raɪt
ɪzˈlæmɪk trəˈdɪʃənz
ɪmˈplɪsɪtli 
ɪksˈplɪsɪtli 
ʤuːdeɪəʊ-ˈkrɪsʧən ˈtiːnɛts 
ˈmænə 
ˈkʌlʧərəli ˈfɪtɪŋ
ˈhɑːdli 
səbˈʤɛktɪv bɪˈliːf 
ɪnˈfɔːmd ˈsɪtɪznz 
əˈgɛnst ˌriːˈsaɪklɪŋ
ˈgʌvnmənt ˈmændeɪts 
ˈlɛʤɪsleɪt 
ˈiːzɪli ɪˈnæktɪd 
teɪk ən ˈæktɪv rəʊl 
ɪn ɪt ɒv ɪtˈsɛlf 
ˈnæʃnəli ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnsɪv əˈprəʊʧ 
ˈfɒstərɪŋ laɪf-lɒŋ ɪnˌvaɪərənˈmɛntli ˈkɒnʃəs ˈhæbɪts 
tɒp ˌɛdju(ː)ˈkeɪʃənl praɪˈɒrɪtiz 
kəʊˈhiːsɪv plæn 
ˈbɛtə 

Vocabulary Practice

Remember and fill in the blanks:

The __________________ in ___________________ is that recycling is an ___________________ of combatting climate change and most debate now ___________________ whether parents or teachers should be most responsible. In my opinion, schools ___________________ the largest number of children overall.

Many believe that ___________________ is a ___________________. Parents have the basic right to influence their children according to their own beliefs. For example, a Muslim living in a Christian country will likely still follow many ___________________. Even if the child learns ___________________ or ___________________ about ___________________ in school, the parents have a right to raise their child in the ___________________ they think is most ___________________. This also applies to recycling, though it is ___________________ a matter of ___________________ to most ___________________ today.

Despite the rare potential parents who may be ___________________, schools should be where recycling is taught because ___________________ will reach all children. There is simply no way to ___________________ every single family to make their children recycle but this can be ___________________ in schools. A good example of this would be in Japan where school children ___________________ in cleaning and separating their own rubbish for recycling. Not only does this make a huge difference ___________________ but it is also a ___________________ to ___________________ across an entire generation.

In conclusion, schools are more likely to have a larger impact on recycling habits and therefore this is their responsibility. Governments ought to make recycling one of their ___________________ in the future as part of a ___________________ to ___________________ the environment.

Listening Practice

Watch this video to see the example that I wrote about in the third paragraph:

Reading Practice

Read below and use these ideas to practice:

https://fee.org/articles/the-worlds-recycling-system-is-falling-apart-whats-going-on/

Student Sample Corrections

Waste recycling is among the major concerns of the public nowadays. Some people claim that children should be taught  waste recycling by their parents, others argue that it will be more effective for children when they was learned it at school. This essay discusses both sides of the argument and then I will give my own perspective.[A1] 

On the one hand, there are some understandable reasons why it is necessary to educate children to reuse waste by their parents. [A2] Firstly, children spend most of their formative years with their parents. Therefore, they will likely take cues from how their parents doing and mirror those actions. If parents demonstrate the way of using different bins for recyclable and non-recyclable products, children are more likely to follow their example. Another reason is that the majority of recycling takes place in the home and parents could more easily control the recycling habits of their children. [A3] [A4] [A5] 

On the others hand, it is believed[A6]  that school would be more effective in terms of teaching students to recycle waste. The main reason is that school is the place that children are taught about life’s knowledge [A7] and could also heighten children awareness of environmental problems. For example, teachers could educate their students about the limit of all natural resources and how the world are being faced with this issue. As a result, it could make an contribution to raise children awareness about recycling of waste.[A8] 

In conclusion , I firmly believe that both sides of the argument have their positive points. However, I am inclined to believe that recycling of waste should be educated to children by their parents, cause parents spend more hours with their children and serve as a role model for the development of youngsters. [A9] 

290 words[A10] 

This would also be band 6.5. Lots of good accurate vocabulary and grammar but nothing too remarkable. The arguments are good and well supported and it is clear. To get to band 7 you need better more detailed examples and more natural vocabulary.

Dave


 [A1]In this essay, I will examiner both sides of the argument and then present my own opinion.

 [A2]Awkward phrasing better to say ‘there are reasons why it is better for parents to …’

 [A3]Very well supported!

 [A4]Very well supported!

 [A5]

 [A6]Often argued

 [A7]Too vague

 [A8]Good but could be more specific

 [A9]Very clear!

 [A10]Good!

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Academic/Practical Knowledge

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Academic/Practical Knowledge

This is an IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer related to the conflict in schools between learning academic and practical knowledge.

That is, for example, the difference between learning about math and learning how to cook.

It is a question from the real exam.

If you want to read my other sample answers, you can find them here.

My writing task 1 sample answers are here.

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IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Academic/Practical Knowledge

Students should be primarily taught academic subjects so that they can pass exams, and practical skills such as cooking should not be taught.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Real Past IELTS Tests

Many educators today feel pressure to teach to the test and emphasise academic subjects over more practical ones. In my opinion, this approach is overtly short-sighted and practical skills play an important role in a well-rounded education.

Those who support a singular focus on academics can point to its tangible outcome in higher test scores. A good example of this would be accelerating academic progress at inner city schools. There have been numerous reforms in the last several decades to help the poorest performing districts catch up. The results have been uneven at times but overall more students from impoverished or troubled backgrounds can now go to college, often being the first person in their family to do so. Passing exams has the very real benefit of giving them opportunities outside of menial work and, in the most extreme cases, crime.

Though there might be a case for overemphasis on academics in select districts, learning practical skills is an important part of becoming an all around person. Those who possess certain skills, such as a sharp memory and logical thinking, will perform better in academics like math and physics. This means that these skills are rewarded and may become over-developed at the expense of skills related to practical work such as spatial thinking and multi-tasking. Graduates who know how to please their teachers and get good grades in academic subjects will find themselves lacking in real world skills. Adding in practical skills goes a long way towards making this a reality.

In conclusion, the argument for academics only applies to niche segments of society and learning practical skills has tremendous benefits. Schools should find ways to balance both despite external pressure from the government and parents for the reductive measure of higher marks.

Word count: 293

Analysis

1. Many educators today feel pressure to teach to the test and emphasise academic subjects over more practical ones. 2. In my opinion, this approach is overtly short-sighted and practical skills play an important role in a well-rounded education.

  1. The first sentence restates the overall topic of the entire essay.
  2. My second sentence gives my opinion. Always state your opinion clearly, never sit in the middle!

1. Those who support a singular focus on academics can point to its tangible outcome in higher test scores. 2. A good example of this would be accelerating academic progress at inner city schools. 3. There have been numerous reforms in the last several decades to help the poorest performing districts catch up. 4. The results have been uneven at times but overall more students from impoverished or troubled backgrounds can now go to college, often being the first person in their family to do so. 5. Passing exams has the very real benefit of giving them opportunities outside of menial work and, in the most extreme cases, crime.

  1. This is a topic sentence that has my main idea for the whole paragraph.
  2. My second sentence begins my example – don’t waste any time – get right to your example as fast as possible!
  3. The third sentence develops the example. The whole paragraph will be developing this single example.
  4. My fourth sentence also develops the example with more specific detail.
  5. The fiffth sentence summarises my point and further develops the same example.

1. Though there might be a case for overemphasis on academics in select districts, learning practical skills is an important part of becoming an all around person. 2. Those who possess certain skills, such as a sharp memory and logical thinking, will perform better in academics like math and physics. 3. This means that these skills are rewarded and may become over-developed at the expense of skills related to practical work such as spatial thinking and multi-tasking. 4. Graduates who know how to please their teachers and get good grades in academic subjects will find themselves lacking in real world skills. 5. Adding in practical skills goes a long way towards making this a reality.

  1. The next paragraph also begins with a topic sentence with a new main idea: practical skills help people become more well rounded.
  2. My second sentence begins a specific, detailed example.
  3. The third sentence continues to develop this example – be as specific as you can!
  4. My fourth sentence adds more specific detail.
  5. The last sentence ties this back to the importance of practical skills.

1. In conclusion, the argument for academics only applies to niche segments of society and learning practical skills has tremendous benefits. 2. Schools should find ways to balance both despite external pressure from the government and parents for the reductive measure of higher marks.

  1. The first sentence of my conclusion repeats my opinion – be simple and clear!
  2. My final sentence adds an extra detail that many examiners will require for band 7+ for task achievement.

Vocabulary

Try to figure out what the words in bold mean. If you’re not sure, use the context of the sentence and paragraph to work it out!

Many educators today feel pressure to teach to the test and emphasise academic subjects over more practical ones. In my opinion, this approach is overtly short-sighted and practical skills play an important role in a well-rounded education.

Those who support a singular focus on academics can point to its tangible outcome in higher test scores. A good example of this would be accelerating academic progress at inner city schools. There have been numerous reforms in the last several decades to help the poorest performing districts catch up. The results have been uneven at times but overall more students from impoverished or troubled backgrounds can now go to college, often being the first person in their family to do so. Passing exams has the very real benefit of giving them opportunities outside of menial work and, in the most extreme cases, crime.

Though there might be a case for overemphasis on academics in select districts, learning practical skills is an important part of becoming an all around person. Those who possess certain skills, such as a sharp memory and logical thinking, will perform better in academics like math and physics. This means that these skills are rewarded and may become over-developed at the expense of skills related to practical work such as spatial thinking and multi-tasking. Graduates who know how to please their teachers and get good grades in academic subjects will find themselves lacking in real world skills. Adding in practical skills goes a long way towards making this a reality.

In conclusion, the argument for academics only applies to niche segments of society and learning practical skills has tremendous benefits. Schools should find ways to balance both despite external pressure from the government and parents for the reductive measure of higher marks.

Answers

educators teachers

teach to the test focus on exams

overtly short-sighted not a long-term vision

play an important role an important part in

well-rounded education wide range of knowledge

singular focus driven, with blinders on

point reference

tangible outcome clear result

accelerating getting faster

inner city schools poor, urban schools

reforms changes

poorest performing districts schools doing badly

catch up get up to date

uneven at times inconsistent

troubled backgrounds difficult history/home life

very real benefit clear positive

menial work physical work

most extreme cases outliers

overemphasis too much focus on

select districts some neighborhoods

all around everywhere

sharp memory never forgets

logical thinking rational thinking

perform better get better marks

rewarded receive something good

over-developed too much skill at

at the expense of negelecting

spatial thinking thinking about objects and physical space

multi-tasking doing multiple things at once

please make happy

lacking not having

adding in also having

goes a long way towards begins to remedy

making this a reality makes it true

niche segments outside the main

balance keep equal

external pressure pressure from outside

reductive measure overly simplifying action

Pronunciation

ˈɛdju(ː)keɪtəz 
tiːʧ tuː ðə tɛst 
ˈəʊvɜːtli ʃɔːt-ˈsaɪtɪd 
pleɪ ən ɪmˈpɔːtənt rəʊl 
wɛl-ˈraʊndɪd ˌɛdju(ː)ˈkeɪʃən
ˈsɪŋgjʊlə ˈfəʊkəs 
pɔɪnt 
ˈtænʤəbl ˈaʊtkʌm
əkˈsɛləreɪtɪŋ 
ˈɪnə ˈsɪti skuːlz
ˌriːˈfɔːmz 
ˈpʊərɪst pəˈfɔːmɪŋ ˈdɪstrɪkts 
kæʧ ʌp
ʌnˈiːvən æt taɪmz 
ˈtrʌbld ˈbækgraʊndz 
ˈvɛri rɪəl ˈbɛnɪfɪt 
ˈmiːniəl wɜːk 
məʊst ɪksˈtriːm ˈkeɪsɪz
ˌəʊvərˈɛmfəsɪs 
sɪˈlɛkt ˈdɪstrɪkts
ɔːl əˈraʊnd 
ʃɑːp ˈmɛməri 
ˈlɒʤɪkəl ˈθɪŋkɪŋ
pəˈfɔːm ˈbɛtə 
rɪˈwɔːdɪd 
ˈəʊvə-dɪˈvɛləpt 
æt ði ɪksˈpɛns ɒv 
ˈspeɪʃəl ˈθɪŋkɪŋ 
ˈmʌltɪ-ˈtɑːskɪŋ
pliːz 
ˈlækɪŋ 
ˈædɪŋ ɪn 
gəʊz ə lɒŋ weɪ təˈwɔːdz 
ˈmeɪkɪŋ ðɪs ə ri(ː)ˈælɪti
niːʃˈsɛgmənts 
ˈbæləns
ɛksˈtɜːnl ˈprɛʃə 
rɪˈdʌktɪv ˈmɛʒə 

Listen and repeat:

Vocabulary Practice

Remember and fill in the blanks:

Many ________________ today feel pressure to ________________ and emphasise academic subjects over more practical ones. In my opinion, this approach is ________________ and practical skills ________________ in a ________________.

Those who support a ________________ on academics can ________________ to its ________________ in higher test scores. A good example of this would be ________________ academic progress at ________________. There have been numerous ________________ in the last several decades to help the ________________. The results have been ________________ but overall more students from impoverished or ________________ can now go to college, often being the first person in their family to do so. Passing exams has the ________________ of giving them opportunities outside of ________________ and, in the ________________, crime.

Though there might be a case for ________________ on academics in ________________, learning practical skills is an important part of becoming an ________________ person. Those who possess certain skills, such as a ________________ and ________________, will ________________ in academics like math and physics. This means that these skills are ________________ and may become ________________ skills related to practical work such as ________________ and ________________. Graduates who know how to ________________ their teachers and get good grades in academic subjects will find themselves ________________ in real world skills. ________________ practical skills ________________ ________________.

In conclusion, the argument for academics only applies to ________________ of society and learning practical skills has tremendous benefits. Schools should find ways to ________________ both despite ________________ from the government and parents for the ________________ of higher marks.

Listen and check:

Listening Practice

Use the video below to practice your listening skills. Here are some ideas for how to practice.

Reading Practice

Here are some ideas for how to read the news and improve your IELTS reading score:

https://theirworld.org/news/secondary-schools-must-teach-relevant-job-skills-says-unicef-chief

Student Sample Answer (with Corrections)

Some argue that schoolchildren should study academic subjects at school to pass examinations and fundamental life skills should not be taught. From my perspective, I think that both academic subjects and life skills are equally essential.[G1] 

One the one hand, there are various reasons why academic subjects play a more crucial role. First, they equip students with the basic knowledge which is used in tertiary education. When students enter many colleges, they must pass mandatory subjects like macroeconomics, microeconomics and advanced math. If undergraduates learn math in high school, they will find it easier to study these subjects later and , be more likely to avoid failing final tests and wasting money to retake exams[G2] . Second, studying academic subjects well will enable high school students to get into any universities they desire. [G3] One specific example is that Vietnamese students will sit university entrance exams at 18. Those who have good grades in academic subjects such as literature, math, English, chemistry and physics will have a higher chance of being admitted to higher educational institutions. [G4] Therefore, mastering academic knowledge will continue to be vitally important to high school students.

Nevertheless, I disagree with the idea that practical skills should not be incorporated into the school curriculum for multiple reasons. [G5] The main benefit of teaching skills at school is that they can live independently when they live far away from their families. For instance, those who study in universities in other regions will have to prepare their own meals on a regular basis. Life skills such as cooking will be helpful for students to prepare healthy and affordable meals on their own in lieu of eating out at prohibitively expensive eateries[G6] .  Another advantage is that people can better secure a job after leaving high school. This is particularly true for some high school students, who do not have the ability to pass university exams [G7] or who do not have the financial means for higher education. They can land a job right away to support themselves and their families based on the skills that they are already taught in fields such as cosmetics and car maintenance. Moreover, attending skill-building classes at school is an effective way to unwind after many hours of studying academic subjects. Through a wide range of exhilarating activities, students are able to decompress and as a result perform better in exams.[G8] 

In conclusion, although studying academic subjects are critical to students’ success in exams, I believe that learning skills such as cooking, make-up and car maintenance is extremely useful to students[G9] .[G10] [G11] 

MARKING CRITERIAS FOR THE ABOVE ESSAY

Task achievement                               : 6[G12] 

Coherence and cohesion                     :  7[G13] 

Lexical resource                                  :  7[G14] 

Grammatical range and accuracy        :   7[G15] 

OVERAL SCORE              6.5               


 [G1]Yes, technically it is ok to sit in the middle in this way – but why do it? It is very risky and there are some examiners you will get a band 5 for this possibly! Just choose a side!

 [G2]Keep your claims weak!

 [G3]That’s clearly not true… Be careful making outrageous generalisations

 [G4]This is perfect – keep your claims weak and reasonable!

 [G5]Why still writing the multiple main ideas paragraphs? You are hurting your Task Achievement score for no reason at all…

 [G6]Very good sentence

 [G7]In the last paragraph you said these same students could get into any university they want…

 [G8]No need to keep tacking on main ideas…

 [G9]Extra sentence require for band 7+ for task achievement

 [G10]There is no opinion here – this is why it is a mistake to sit in the middle as you did in the introduction. The introduction was fine, technically. The conclusion is not and most examiners will lean band 5 or 6 for TA – definitely not band 7 despite all your support for your ideas.

 [G11]Word count is 422 words – way too long and unrealistic so it is very difficult to mark…

 [G12]1 main idea per paragraph + clear opinion!

 [G13]Better, clearer sentences, lots of good referencing and some ellipsis

 [G14]Great vocabulary throughout. Very very close to band 8 just needs a bit more nuance in meaning.

 [G15]Fewer mistakes and much better complex sentences. Very solid 7

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