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.

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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?

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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:

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Reading Practice

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

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

This is an IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer related to hunger from the real test.

The topic of hunger is very common and could come up on IELTS reading, writing, listening, or speaking.

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

Some people believe that education is the key to tackling hunger worldwide while others feel that the answer is in food aid.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

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Many feel that education is the best way to tackle hunger while others feel that immediate food aid is a better solution. As far as I’m concerned, education is clearly the better long-term remedy.

Many charities are active in food aid efforts because of its clear impact in emergency situations. A good example of this would be famines in a sub-Saharan African nations. These are caused by unpredictable weather conditions and coupled with governmental instability can result in mass malnutrition and even death. It is impossible to deal with the sources of these famines over time but food aid addresses its symptoms and keeps actual people alive now. The tangible results of this kind of aid are the strongest arguments in its favour.

Although the above mentioned methods are appropriate in emergencies, they do little to disrupt the underlying causes of hunger. If people are better educated then they can get better jobs and hunger disappears as a problem. There may be other relevant economic realities, such as the unemployment rate, that need addressing but education will still go a long way to eradicating hunger. Education can also help in regions that are prone to hunger as farmers will be able to develop better agricultural methods. Simply put, if citizens have good jobs, there is little real threat of hunger even under exceptional circumstances.

In conclusion, although food aid has its use, I feel education is a clearly better option. Governments ought to divert more resources into education to see world hunger ended over the course of the next century.

Analysis

1. Many feel that education is the best way to tackle hunger while others feel that immediate food aid is a better solution. 2. As far as I’m concerned, education is clearly the better long-term remedy.

  1. The first sentence of your essay should paragraphs the topic. Just change some words and write this sentence quickly.
  2. Give your opinion – always!

1. Many charities are active in food aid efforts because of its clear impact in emergency situations. 2. A good example of this would be famines in a sub-Saharan African nations. 3. These are caused by unpredictable weather conditions and coupled with governmental instability can result in mass malnutrition and even death. 4. It is impossible to deal with the sources of these famines over time but food aid addresses its symptoms and keeps actual people alive now. 5. The tangible results of this kind of aid are the strongest arguments in its favour.

  1. Write clear, simple topic sentences that have your main idea at the end of the sentence.
  2. Begin your examples as quickly as possible and develop them for the entire paragraph.
  3. Keep developing your examples with specific details.
  4. Continue to develop the same main idea – don’t switch to a new main idea!
  5. Conclude your paragraph (this is optional).

1. Although the above mentioned methods are appropriate in emergencies, they do little to disrupt the underlying causes of hunger. 2. If people are better educated then they can get better jobs and hunger disappears as a problem. 3. There may be other relevant economic realities, such as the unemployment rate, that need addressing but education will still go a long way to eradicating hunger. 4. Education can also help in regions that are prone to hunger as farmers will be able to develop better agricultural methods. 5. Simply put, if citizens have good jobs, there is little real threat of hunger even under exceptional circumstances.

  1. Write another simple topic sentence for your next paragraph.
  2. As in the last paragraph, develop the same main idea.
  3. Add more and more specific detail to really bump up your task achievement score and use high level vocabulary.
  4. Keep developing the same main idea.
  5. Conclude your paragraph.

1. In conclusion, although food aid has its use, I feel education is a clearly better option. 2. Governments ought to divert more resources into education to see world hunger ended over the course of the next century.

  1. Summarise your opinion.
  2. Add in an extra detail.

Vocabulary

Many feel that education is the best way to tackle hunger while others feel that immediate food aid is a better solution. As far as I’m concerned, education is clearly the better long-term remedy.

Many charities are active in food aid efforts because of its clear impact in emergency situations. A good example of this would be famines in a sub-Saharan African nations. These are caused by unpredictable weather conditions and coupled with governmental instability can result in mass malnutrition and even death. It is impossible to deal with the sources of these famines over time but food aid addresses its symptoms and keeps actual people alive now. The tangible results of this kind of aid are the strongest arguments in its favour.

Although the above mentioned methods are appropriate in emergencies, they do little to disrupt the underlying causes of hunger. If people are better educated then they can get better jobs and hunger disappears as a problem. There may be other relevant economic realities, such as the unemployment rate, that need addressing but education will still go a long way to eradicating hunger. Education can also help in regions that are prone to hunger as farmers will be able to develop better agricultural methods. Simply put, if citizens have good jobs, there is little real threat of hunger even under exceptional circumstances.

In conclusion, although food aid has its use, I feel education is a clearly better option. Governments ought to divert more resources into education to see world hunger ended over the course of the next century.

Answers

tackle hunger fight hunger

immediate food aid food for an emergency

as far as I’m concerned in my opinion

long-term remedy solution that will last

active not passive

food aid efforts working to fight hunger

emergency situations something that need tackling right away

famines massive hunger

sub-Saharan African nations countries in Africa below the Sahara

unpredictable weather conditions hard to predict weather

coupled combined with

governmental instability changing governments

mass malnutrition lots of hunger

addresses its symptoms solves the problem

tangible results clear outcome

strongest arguments in its favour best reasons to support

appropriate well suited

disrupt undermine

underlying causes real sources

relevant economic realities economic facts

unemployment rate number of people without jobs

addressing resolving

go a long way help to

eradicating hunger getting rid of hunger

prone to hunger likely to go hungry

simply put said simply

little real threat not much of chance of it happening

under exceptional circumstances difficult time

divert take away from

over the course of the next century in the nest 100 years

Pronunciation

ˈtækl ˈhʌŋgə 
ɪˈmiːdiət fuːd eɪd
æz fɑːr æz aɪm kənˈsɜːnd
ˈlɒŋtɜːm ˈrɛmɪdi
ˈæktɪv 
fuːd eɪd ˈɛfəts 
ɪˈmɜːʤənsi ˌsɪtjʊˈeɪʃənz
ˈfæmɪnz 
sʌb-səˈhɑːrən ˈæfrɪkən ˈneɪʃənz
ˌʌnprɪˈdɪktəbl ˈwɛðə kənˈdɪʃənz 
ˈkʌpld 
ˌgʌvənˈmɛntl ˌɪnstəˈbɪlɪti 
mæs ˌmælnju(ː)ˈtrɪʃən 
əˈdrɛsɪz ɪts ˈsɪmptəmz 
ˈtænʤəbl rɪˈzʌlts 
ˈstrɒŋgɪst ˈɑːgjʊmənts ɪn ɪts ˈfeɪvə
əˈprəʊprɪɪt 
dɪsˈrʌpt 
ˌʌndəˈlaɪɪŋ ˈkɔːzɪz 
ˈrɛlɪvənt ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪk ri(ː)ˈælɪtiz
ˌʌnɪmˈplɔɪmənt reɪt
əˈdrɛsɪŋ 
gəʊ ə lɒŋ weɪ 
ɪˈrædɪkeɪtɪŋ ˈhʌŋgə
prəʊn tuː ˈhʌŋgə 
ˈsɪmpli pʊt
ˈlɪtl rɪəl θrɛt 
ˈʌndər ɪkˈsɛpʃənl ˈsɜːkəmstənsɪz
daɪˈvɜːt 
ˈəʊvə ðə kɔːs ɒv ðə nɛkst ˈsɛnʧʊri

Vocabulary Practice

Many feel that education is the best way to __________________ while others feel that __________________ is a better solution. __________________ , education is clearly the better __________________ .

Many charities are __________________ in __________________ because of its clear impact in __________________ . A good example of this would be __________________ in a __________________ . These are caused by __________________ and __________________ with __________________ can result in __________________ and even death. It is impossible to deal with the sources of these famines over time but food aid __________________ and keeps actual people alive now. The __________________ of this kind of aid are the __________________ .

Although the above mentioned methods are __________________ in emergencies, they do little to __________________ the __________________ of hunger. If people are better educated then they can get better jobs and hunger disappears as a problem. There may be other __________________ , such as the __________________ , that need __________________ but education will still __________________ to __________________ . Education can also help in regions that are __________________ as farmers will be able to develop better agricultural methods. __________________ , if citizens have good jobs, there is __________________ of hunger even __________________ .

In conclusion, although food aid has its use, I feel education is a clearly better option. Governments ought to __________________ more resources into education to see world hunger ended __________________ .

Listening Practice

Reading Practice

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2009/10/still-searching-for-solutions-to-world-hunger/347737/

Student Sample Corrections

There are two main solutions to solve hunger worldwide: boosting the education and suppor with ting by food aid. In my opinion, both ways are necessary but we should concentrate more on education than food aid for better long-term results.

Food aid is an immediate solution for hunger to help people avoid starvation, such asespecially after a natural disaster. For example, every year in the middle provinces (regions) of Vietnam, floods are the root cause which makes people losing their home, their crops, their animals, etc…and so on. Governments need to organize many assistancet programmes to provide food, water, clothes, daily stuffsgoods, and medicines for people to be alive; andas well as later to rebuild their lives.

In another perspectiveOn the other hand, education may help to improve peoples mindsets. Hunger often mainly comes fromaffects poor people, who do not work effectivelymay have trouble finding good work. To be more specific, ethnic minorities in the highlands of Vietnam often struggle in having enough food for the whole family. Mostly, thereThere is usually only one member of the family who usually is manual labor worker. They do not earn a lot of money because they have low literacy so , it is not easy for them to learn new techniquesskills, which cannot help them to become securea steady long-term employment. The other members of the family may do some agriculture work but they are far behind modern science, so they cannot harvest products which are good in quality and quantity.

Although I concede that food aid has its benefits, I strongly believe that education is of greater importance in this matter. Governments must haveshould develop specific policiesy to encourage education from primary school  to college or university, which provides people a solid foundation for building happy lives by their owns.

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IELTS Writing Task 1 Sample Answer: Water Usage

IELTS Writing Task 1 Sample Answer: Water Usage

This is an IELTS Writing Task 1 sample answer of a pie graph/chart related to water usage in various regions.

It features 3 pie charts and is straightforward.

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IELTS Writing Task 1 Sample Answer: Water Usage

The pie charts below compare water usage in San Diego, California and the rest of the world.

The pie charts compare water usage in San Diego County and California as a whole to worldwide figures. Looking from an overall perspective it is readily apparent that while in San Diego and California the majority of water was used for homes (followed by industry and agriculture), worldwide use focused overwhelmingly on agriculture over industry and finally residential use.

Water usage in San Diego County and California displayed broadly similar patterns. In San Diego, 60% of water was used by households, compared to 39% for all of California. The sector with the second most usage for San Diego and California was industrial with 23% and 33%, respectively. In the final position was agricultural usage at 17% (San Diego) and 28% (California). 

In contrast, worldwide usage was dominated by agriculture at 69%, followed by industry and residential at 23% and 8% in turn.

Words: 143

Analysis

1. The pie charts compare water usage in San Diego County and California as a whole to worldwide figures. 2. Looking from an overall perspective it is readily apparent that while in San Diego and California the majority of water was used for homes (followed by industry and agriculture), worldwide use focused overwhelmingly on agriculture over industry and finally residential use.

  1. The first sentence simply paraphrases the sentence above the graph. Don’t waste time making this sentence perfect, it isn’t that important compared to other sentences in your writing.
  2. My next sentence is the general overview and it is the most important sentence in all of your task 1 writing. It must include the trend, speed and ranking for all charts to get above band 6 for task achievement (learn more about overviews here).

1. Water usage in San Diego County and California displayed broadly similar patterns. 2. In San Diego, 60% of water was used by households, compared to 39% for all of California. 3. The sector with the second most usage for San Diego and California was industrial with 23% and 33%, respectively. 4. In the final position was agricultural usage at 17% (San Diego) and 28% (California). 

  1. The first sentence is a topic sentence comparing San Diego and California in general. You don’t always need topic sentences for task 1 writing but they do help your cohesion and coherence score.
  2. My second sentence begins to compare and describe the data. Always compare, always include the data.
  3. The next sentence continues to the compare the data.
  4. The final sentence finishes the comparison and data. Include all the data.

1. In contrast, worldwide usage was dominated by agriculture at 69%, followed by industry and residential at 23% and 8% in turn.

  1. This last sentence includes all the data for the final pie chart. It is ok to have a one sentence paragraph if you can include all the data in a single sentence.

Words: 143

(You should write between 150 and 200 but technically anything over 141 is fine).

Vocabulary

Try to write a synonym or think of a definition for the words in bold below:

The pie charts compare water usage in San Diego County and California as a whole to worldwide figures. Looking from an overall perspective it is readily apparent that while in San Diego and California the majority of water was used for homes (followed by industry and agriculture), worldwide use focused overwhelmingly on agriculture over industry and finally residential use.

Water usage in San Diego County and California displayed broadly similar patterns. In San Diego, 60% of water was used by households, compared to 39% for all of California. The sector with the second most usage for San Diego and California was industrial with 23% and 33%, respectively. In the final position was agricultural usage at 17% (San Diego) and 28% (California). 

In contrast, worldwide usage was dominated by agriculture at 69%, followed by industry and residential at 23% and 8% in turn.

Answers

as a whole taken all together

figures numbers

looking from an overall perspective it is readily apparent that in general

majority most of

overwhelmingly strongly

displayed broadly similar patterns almost the same trend

sector area

in contrast to compare

dominated was much larger

in turn respectively

Pronunciation

æz ə həʊl 
ˈfɪgəz
ˈlʊkɪŋ frɒm ən ˈəʊvərɔːl pəˈspɛktɪv ɪt ɪz ˈrɛdɪli əˈpærənt ðæt 
məˈʤɒrɪti 
ˌəʊvəˈwɛlmɪŋli
dɪsˈpleɪd ˈbrɔːdli ˈsɪmɪlə ˈpætənz
ˈsɛktə 
ɪn ˈkɒntrɑːst
ˈdɒmɪneɪtɪd 
ɪn tɜːn

Listen and repeat:

Vocabulary Practice

The pie charts compare water usage in San Diego County and California __________________ to worldwide __________________. __________________ while in San Diego and California the __________________ of water was used for homes (followed by industry and agriculture), worldwide use focused __________________ on agriculture over industry and finally residential use.

Water usage in San Diego County and California __________________. In San Diego, 60% of water was used by households, compared to 39% for all of California. The __________________ with the second most usage for San Diego and California was industrial with 23% and 33%, respectively. In the final position was agricultural usage at 17% (San Diego) and 28% (California). 

__________________, worldwide usage was __________________ by agriculture at 69%, followed by industry and residential at 23% and 8% __________________.

Listen and check:

Listening Practice

Watch the video below to review about the topic in general. It may come up on other parts of IELTS so it makes sense to put in some extra practice now.

You can use some of the ideas here to practice.

Reading Practice

Read the article to further review about water in case it comes up on the test somewhere. You can use this post for some ideas about reading the news and improving your IELTS score.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2018/03/world-water-day-water-crisis-explained/

Student Corrections

Read the corrections on a student sample below to get some idea of your own score.

The pie charts demonstrate how much water is consumed in for the purposes of residential, industrialy and agricultural purposese in San Diego County, California, and throughout the world.

What stands out from the three pie charts is that the percentage of water is used in homes is higher than that of industry and agriculture in the two regions of the US. Another striking feature is that agriculture accounts for the highest proportion of water, compared to residential and industry globally.[G1] 

It can be clearly seen that while residential water consumption of residential in San Diego and California was the highest, at 60% and 39 % respectively, water used in homes which is used across the globe is the least, atonly stood at 8%. In contrast, the opposite trend can be witnessed in the domain of aAgriculture, which makes up the highest percentage at 69% of water worldwide is used for this purpose, but it accounts for only 17% and 28 % of water usage in San Diego and California.

Regarding industrial usey, there are no massive changes in the usage of water[G2] the disparity between the charts is smaller. The same proportions are seen in the water consumption of industry in San Diego and around the world, with the figure being twenty three percent(23%), but it occupies the higher percentage at 33% in California.while the number for California is slightly higher at 33%.


 [G1]The overview must touch on all areas if possible. There is no mention at all of industry and agriculture in san diego and California so it is a maximum band 5 for task achievement.

 [G2]This graph does not show change at all – just disparity

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IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: News Media Influence

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: News Media Influence

This is an IELTS writing task 2 sample answer focused on the influence of news media.

It comes from the real test and I’m a real IELTS examiner – read on to see how I handled it!

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IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: News Media Influence

Some people think that the news media has become much more influential in people’s lives today and it is a negative development. Do you agree or disagree?

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It is commonly held that the news has become an invasive force in people’s everyday lives. In my opinion, I completely disagree with this viewpoint because the news contributes greatly to the decision making process of discerning citizens.

Modern news media properly consumed improves its readership’s ability to make quality decisions regarding their own interests. One standout example of this is the way that people follow political issues. In democratic countries, it is difficult to argue that there is anything more important than staying informed of political developments. When Americans learned about the harmful effects of global warming on our environment they began to advocate, through the ballot box and general public sentiment, for reforms. This has led to the election and overhaul of policies related to environmental conservation and is the direct result of information gleaned from experts on the news.

Some rightly argue that the news is not always trustworthy. Individuals and organisations are always attempting to twist the news to their advantage. A good example of this would be the recent rise of online news. Online news goes up immediately and is therefore much more likely to contain mistakes than news verified and published in newspapers. Retractions in newspapers are rarely read and they are almost unheard of for online news, despite their increasing frequency. This is a decided consequence of the way people consume news today but readers can avoid this by only trusting reputable sources like The New York Times or the BBC and not naively believing every article they happen across. 

In conclusion, I believe that the merits of staying informed far outweigh any perceived drawbacks. People should take the time to find reliable news sources and vet the articles most pertinent to them.

Word count: 291

Analysis

1. It is commonly held that the news has become an invasive force in people’s everyday lives. 2. In my opinion, I completely disagree with this viewpoint because the news contributes greatly to the decision making process of discerning citizens.

  1. The first sentence is simply a restating of the topic – write it quickl to get on to the next sentence…
  2. Which is your opinion! Be 100% clear which side you are on to get at least band 6 for task achievement.

1. Modern news media properly consumed improves its readership’s ability to make quality decisions regarding their own interests. 2. One standout example of this is the way that people follow political issues. 3. In democratic countries, it is difficult to argue that there is anything more important than staying informed of political developments. 4. When Americans learned about the harmful effects of global warming on our environment they began to advocate, through the ballot box and general public sentiment, for reforms. 5. This has led to the election and overhaul of policies related to environmental conservation and is the direct result of information gleaned from experts on the news.

  1. My first sentence is a topic sentence with the single main idea for the whole paragraph – people can make better decisions by reading the news.
  2. The second sentence begins an example that I will focus on for the whole paragraph. One main idea, one long example!
  3. My third sentence further develops and makes the example a bit more specific.
  4. The fourth sentence makes it much more specific by focusing on climate change.
  5. My fifth sentence further develops that – be as specific as you possibly can be!

1. Some rightly argue that the news is not always trustworthy. 2. Individuals and organisations are always attempting to twist the news to their advantage. 3. A good example of this would be the recent rise of online news. 4. Online news goes up immediately and is therefore much more likely to contain mistakes than news verified and published in newspapers. 5. Retractions in newspapers are rarely read and they are almost unheard of for online news, despite their increasing frequency. 6. This is a decided consequence of the way people consume news today but readers can avoid this by only trusting reputable sources like The New York Times or the BBC and not naively believing every article they happen across.

  1. My first sentence is another topic sentence with another main idea – news can be untrustworthy.
  2. The second sentence explains my main idea. You might not always need this sentence.
  3. My third sentence starts an example – race to your examples as fast as you can!
  4. The fourth sentence develops the same example by focusing more on online news.
  5. My fifth sentence makes it more specific by focusing on retractions.
  6. The last sentence turns to argue against the main idea of the paragraph. I only do this because my overall opinion is that the news is good.

1. In conclusion, I believe that the merits of staying informed far outweigh any perceived drawbacks. 2. People should take the time to find reliable news sources and vet the articles most pertinent to them.

  1. The first sentence of my conclusion summarises my opinion, just to be safe.
  2. My final sentence gives an extra detail that you must include for band 7+ for task achievement.

Vocabulary

Try to think of a synonym or definition for the vocabulary below in bold. If you’re not sure, use the context of the sentence to guess what the words might mean.

It is commonly held that the news has become an invasive force in people’s everyday lives. In my opinion, I completely disagree with this viewpoint because the news contributes greatly to the decision making process of discerning citizens.

Modern news media properly consumed improves its readership’s ability to make quality decisions regarding their own interests. One standout example of this is the way that people follow political issues. In democratic countries, it is difficult to argue that there is anything more important than staying informed of political developments. When Americans learned about the harmful effects of global warming on our environment they began to advocate, through the ballot box and general public sentiment, for reforms. This has led to the election and overhaul of policies related to environmental conservation and is the direct result of information gleaned from experts on the news.

Some rightly argue that the news is not always trustworthy. Individuals and organisations are always attempting to twist the news to their advantage. A good example of this would be the recent rise of online news. Online news goes up immediately and is therefore much more likely to contain mistakes than news verified and published in newspapers. Retractions in newspapers are rarely read and they are almost unheard of for online news, despite their increasing frequency. This is a decided consequence of the way people consume news today but readers can avoid this by only trusting reputable sources like The New York Times or the BBC and not naively believing every article they happen across

In conclusion, I believe that the merits of staying informed far outweigh any perceived drawbacks. People should take the time to find reliable news sources and vet the articles most pertinent to them.

Answers

It is commonly held that main believe

invasive force negative power

viewpoint opinion

contributes greatly adds to

decision making process how choices are made

discerning citizens intelligent, skeptical people

properly consumed read in the right way

quality decisions regarding good choices pertaining to

own interests what is important for them

democratic countries that elect their government representatives

staying informed being knowledgeable about

political developments events in politics

harmful effects negative impact

advocate push for/support

ballot box where people vote/elections

general public sentiment what the public feels

reforms changes

overhaul of policies reforming laws

environmental conservation protecting the environment

direct result clear consequence of

gleaned learned from

rightly argue correctly believe

trustworthy can be trusted, reliable

twist lie about

recent rise recent increase

verified checked to be accurate

retractions taking back what was written

unheard of not common

frequency how common they are

decided consequence clear result

reputable trustworthy

naively innocently

happen across find randomly

merits positive parts

perceived drawbacks what people think are the negatives

reliable trustworthy

pertinent relevant

Pronunciation

ɪnˈveɪsɪv fɔːs 
ˈvjuːpɔɪnt 
kənˈtrɪbju(ː)ts ˈgreɪtli 
dɪˈsɪʒən ˈmeɪkɪŋ ˈprəʊsɛs 
dɪˈsɜːnɪŋ ˈsɪtɪznz 
ˈprɒpəli kənˈsjuːmd 
ˈkwɒlɪti dɪˈsɪʒənz rɪˈgɑːdɪŋ 
əʊn ˈɪntrɪsts 
ˌdɛməˈkrætɪk 
ˈsteɪɪŋ ɪnˈfɔːmd 
pəˈlɪtɪkəl dɪˈvɛləpmənts 
ˈhɑːmfʊl ɪˈfɛkts 
ˈædvəkɪt 
ˈbælət bɒks 
ˈʤɛnərəl ˈpʌblɪk ˈsɛntɪmənt 
ˌriːˈfɔːmz 
ˈəʊvəhɔːl ɒv ˈpɒlɪsiz 
ɪnˌvaɪərənˈmɛntl ˌkɒnsə(ː)ˈveɪʃən 
dɪˈrɛkt rɪˈzʌlt 
gliːnd 
ˈraɪtli ˈɑːgjuː 
ˈtrʌstˌwɜːði 
twɪst 
ˈriːsnt raɪz 
ˈvɛrɪfaɪd 
rɪˈtrækʃənz 
ʌnˈhɜːd ɒv 
ˈfriːkwənsi 
dɪˈsaɪdɪd ˈkɒnsɪkwəns 
ˈrɛpjʊtəbl 
nɑːˈiːvli 
ˈhæpən əˈkrɒs 
ˈmɛrɪts 
pəˈsiːvd ˈdrɔːbæks 
rɪˈlaɪəbl 
ˈpɜːtɪnənt 

Vocabulary Practice

_______________________ the news has become an _______________________ in people’s everyday lives. In my opinion, I completely disagree with this _______________________ because the news _______________________ to the _______________________ of _______________________.

Modern news media _______________________ improves its readership’s ability to make _______________________ their _______________________. One standout example of this is the way that people follow political issues. In _______________________ countries, it is difficult to argue that there is anything more important than _______________________ of _______________________. When Americans learned about the _______________________ of global warming on our environment they began to _______________________, through the _______________________ and _______________________, for _______________________ . This has led to the election and _______________________ related to _______________________ and is the _______________________ of information _______________________ from experts on the news.

Some _______________________ that the news is not always _______________________. Individuals and organisations are always attempting to _______________________ the news to their advantage. A good example of this would be the _______________________ of online news. Online news goes up immediately and is therefore much more likely to contain mistakes than news _______________________ and published in newspapers. _______________________ in newspapers are rarely read and they are almost _______________________ for online news, despite their increasing _______________________. This is a _______________________ of the way people consume news today but readers can avoid this by only trusting _______________________ sources like The New York Times or the BBC and not _______________________ believing every article they _______________________

In conclusion, I believe that the _______________________ of staying informed far outweigh any _______________________. People should take the time to find _______________________ news sources and vet the articles most _______________________ to them.

Listening Practice

Listen and use some of these activities to practice:

Reading Practice

Read this really interesting article from Wired.com and use these activities to practice:

https://www.wired.com/story/future-of-journalism-gawker-fake-news-facebook/

Student Corrections

Read the corrections that I made for a student in the downloadable file below to get some sense of where your IELTS writing score may be:

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

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

This is an IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer taken from the real test related to reducing stress.

Here it is:

Many pschologists recommend that the best way to relieve stress is to do nothing at all for a period of time during the day.

Do you agree or disagree?

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The structure of the essay is an agree/disagree essay.

For these IELTS essays you must choose a side. You can write about both sides but by the end you must choose an overall point of view.

If you don’t, you will get band 5 for task achievement.

It is a seemingly simple question but when I started to write about it there are a couple of thorny (difficult) issues.

The question is about whether or not taking a break is the best way to reduce stress.

If you write about how taking a break is the best way to reduce stress – it is really hard!

That is because it is obvious: take a break = less stress. How can you further support that?

Read below to see what I did with the question.

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IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer: Stress

Many pschologists recommend that the best way to relieve stress is to do nothing at all for a period of time during the day.

Do you agree or disagree?

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One of the most pressing issues for first world countries is how to reduce their stress levels and this has led some psychologists to propose a daily period of rest. Although I think that daily rest would be helpful, it is more important to take an active role in stress relief.

Proponents of a rest period suggest that taking a break has proven health benefits related to stress reduction. It is very common in Latin American countries and some Southeast Asian countries to take an afternoon ‘siesta’ or short nap before resuming work. Research has supported the myriad health benefits related to this stress-free period. It lowers blood pressure, increases serotonin in the brain, and aids memory function. Besides the statistics from studies that breaks reduce stress, there is also anecdotal evidence that taking a break energises people in both the short and long term. Plowing on without breaks, on the contrary, can lead to an increase in stress and has been linked to related health problems.

Instead of taking a rest, I believe that joining a team sport will do more to relieve stress. Doctors and scientists agree that exercise is the best way to cut down on stress overall. In most parts of the world, football is the most common sport both to watch and participate in. Playing football reduces your stress by releasing endorphins in the brain that make people happier, strengthening the heart to better withstand stressful situations, and helping people to relax by working in a team towards a shared goal. The teamwork aspect cannot be underestimated, and is integral to most sports, as it does more to reduce stress and reset your body for a new day than any other activity.

To conclude, although taking a rest certainly helps reduce stress, the best way to unwind is to play a sport. People should set aside time at least once a week to partake in team sporting activities.

Analysis

1. One of the most pressing issues for first world countries is how to reduce their stress levels and this has led some psychologists to propose a daily period of rest. 2. Although I think that daily rest would be helpful, it is more important to take an active role in stress relief.

  1. The first sentence restates/paraphrases the main topic for the essay. Don’t spend a lot of time on this – write it quikly and get going!
  2. The second sentence gives my opinion – be clear and choose a side!

1. Proponents of a rest period suggest that taking a break has proven health benefits related to stress reduction. 2. It is very common in Latin American countries and some Southeast Asian countries to take an afternoon ‘siesta’ or short nap before resuming work. 3. Research has supported the myriad health benefits related to this stress-free period. 4. It lowers blood pressure, increases serotonin in the brain, and aids memory function. 5. Besides the statistics from studies that breaks reduce stress, there is also anecdotal evidence that taking a break energises people in both the short and long term. 6. Plowing on without breaks, on the contrary, can lead to an increase in stress and has been linked to related health problems.

  1. The first sentence is a topic sentence giving the main idea for the whole paragraph – health benefits related to stress.
  2. My second sentence begins a specific example. Try to be as specific as possible.
  3. The third sentence continues to support the same main idea with research.
  4. The fourth sentence gives specific examples of the parts of the brain impacted by taking a break.
  5. My fifth sentence further supports the same main idea.
  6. The last sentence concludes the paragraph by using a counter-point to again support my main idea. Focus on 1 main idea, fully developed!

1. Instead of taking a rest, I believe that joining a team sport will do more to relieve stress. 2. Doctors and scientists agree that exercise is the best way to cut down on stress overall. 3. In most parts of the world, football is the most common sport both to watch and participate in. 4. Playing football reduces your stress by releasing endorphins in the brain that make people happier, strengthening the heart to better withstand stressful situations, and helping people to relax by working in a team towards a shared goal. 5. The teamwork aspect cannot be underestimated, and is integral to most sports, as it does more to reduce stress and reset your body for a new day than any other activity.

  1. The first sentence of the second paragraph is also a topic sentence with my main idea – doing a sport does more to reduce stress overall. Notice that I keep my opinion weak – it has a greater overall impact.
  2. My second sentence begins my support for this main idea.
  3. The third sentence focuses on the very specific example of football.
  4. My next sentence details the specific ways that football reduces stress – be as specific as possible.
  5. The final sentence adds more support for the same main idea – sports do more to help reduce stress.

1. To conclude, although taking a rest certainly helps reduce stress, the best way to unwind is to play a sport. 2. People should set aside time at least once a week to partake in team sporting activities.

  1. The first sentence of my conclusion restates my opinion – make sure that you have a clear, overall opinion!
  2. My final sentence gives an extended detail that most examiners require for band 7+ for task achievement. Read more about it here.

Vocabulary

Try to figure out what the words in bold mean below or think of a synonym for each one, then check your answers in the answer key:

One of the most pressing issues for first world countries is how to reduce their stress levels and this has led some psychologists to propose a daily period of rest. Although I think that daily rest would be helpful, it is more important to take an active role in stress relief.

Proponents of a rest period suggest that taking a break has proven health benefits related to stress reduction. It is very common in Latin American countries and some Southeast Asian countries to take an afternoon ‘siesta‘ or short nap before resuming work. Research has supported the myriad health benefits related to this stress-free period. It lowers blood pressure, increases serotonin in the brain, and aids memory function. Besides the statistics from studies that breaks reduce stress, there is also anecdotal evidence that taking a break energises people in both the short and long term. Plowing on without breaks, on the contrary, can lead to an increase in stress and has been linked to related health problems.

Instead of taking a rest, I believe that joining a team sport will do more to relieve stress. Doctors and scientists agree that exercise is the best way to cut down on stress overall. In most parts of the world, football is the most common sport both to watch and participate in. Playing football reduces your stress by releasing endorphins in the brain that make people happier, strengthening the heart to better withstand stressful situations, and helping people to relax by working in a team towards a shared goal. The teamwork aspect cannot be underestimated, and is integral to most sports, as it does more to reduce stress and reset your body for a new day than any other activity.

To conclude, although taking a rest certainly helps reduce stress, the best way to unwind is to play a sport. People should set aside time at least once a week to partake in team sporting activities.

Answers:

pressing issues important problems

first world countries rich, developed countries

reduce their stress lessen anxiety

propose suggest

active role more proactive about

stress relief reducing stress

proponents supporters

siesta break

resuming work getting back to work

myriad health benefits many ways it is good for health

lowers blood pressure good for your heart

serotonin a chemical in the brain

aids memory function helps you remember better

statistics figures/facts

anecdotal hearsay

energises gives energy to

plowing on without breaks continuing to work without stopping

cut down on reduce

participate in take part in

releasing endorphins making you happier

strengthening making stronger

withstand get through

shared goal common purpose

underestimated think too little of

integral essential

reset your body recharge

unwind relax

set aside time make time for

partake participate in

Pronunciation

ˈprɛsɪŋ ˈɪʃuːz 
fɜːst wɜːld ˈkʌntriz 
rɪˈdjuːs ðeə strɛs 
prəˈpəʊz 
ˈæktɪv rəʊl 
strɛs rɪˈliːf
prəˈpəʊnənts 
sɪˈɛstə
rɪˈzjuːmɪŋ wɜːk
ˈmɪrɪəd hɛlθ ˈbɛnɪfɪts
ˈləʊəz blʌd ˈprɛʃə
serotonin
eɪdz ˈmɛməri ˈfʌnŋkʃən
stəˈtɪstɪks 
ˌænɪkˈdəʊt(ə)l 
ˈɛnəʤaɪzɪz 
ˈplaʊɪŋ ɒn wɪˈðaʊt breɪks
kʌt daʊn ɒn 
pɑːˈtɪsɪpeɪt ɪn
rɪˈliːsɪŋ endorphins 
ˈstrɛŋθənɪŋ 
wɪðˈstænd 
ʃeəd gəʊl
ˌʌndəˈrɛstɪmeɪtɪd
ˈɪntɪgrəl 
ˌriːˈsɛt jɔː ˈbɒdi 
ʌnˈwaɪnd 
sɛt əˈsaɪd taɪm 
pɑːˈteɪk 

Vocabulary Practice

Remember and fill in the blanks:

One of the most ____________________ for ____________________ is how to ____________________ and this has led some psychologists to ____________________ a daily period of rest. Although I think that daily rest would be helpful, it is more important to take an ____________________ in ____________________.

____________________ of a rest period suggest that taking a break has proven health benefits related to stress reduction. It is very common in Latin American countries and some Southeast Asian countries to take an afternoon ‘ ____________________‘ or short nap before ____________________. Research has supported the ____________________ related to this stress-free period. It ____________________, increases ____________________ in the brain, and ____________________. Besides the ____________________ from studies that breaks reduce stress, there is also ____________________ evidence that taking a break ____________________ people in both the short and long term. ____________________, on the contrary, can lead to an increase in stress and has been linked to related health problems.

Instead of taking a rest, I believe that joining a team sport will do more to relieve stress. Doctors and scientists agree that exercise is the best way to ____________________ stress overall. In most parts of the world, football is the most common sport both to watch and ____________________. Playing football reduces your stress by ____________________ in the brain that make people happier, ____________________ the heart to better ____________________ stressful situations, and helping people to relax by working in a team towards a ____________________. The teamwork aspect cannot be ____________________, and is ____________________ to most sports, as it does more to reduce stress and ____________________ for a new day than any other activity.

To conclude, although taking a rest certainly helps reduce stress, the best way to ____________________ is to play a sport. People should ____________________ at least once a week to ____________________ in team sporting activities.

 

 

Listening Practice

Listen and review the ideas/vocabulary from my sample answer:

Reading Practice

Read and review the causes of anxiety and stress:

https://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/guide/causes-anxiety

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