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This is an IELTS writing task 2 sample answer essay on the topic of the importance of entertainers and scientists in society from the real IELTS exam.

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IELTS Essay: Entertainers and Scientists in Society

Some feel that good entertainers are as important to society as scientists.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Many argue that entertainers serve a role for society as important as scientific researchers. I am in agreement with this proposition despite the more tangible benefits of science.

Detractors claim that science has greatly impacted all humanity. In the last century alone, there have been advances in medicine including various vaccines and treatments that have both lengthened average lifespans and improved living conditions for billions. In the field of technology, scientific research has resulted in revolutionary conveniences such as automobiles, airplanes, televisions, and computers. A clear illustration of the continued present relevance of science would be the race to quickly develop a vaccine to fight against Covid-19 and the dissemination of relevant safety protocols through online media.

Nonetheless, science can merely prolong and improve quality of life, while entertainment satisfies a deeper human need. A good example of this is how most individuals use the technology developed by scientists. The average consumer watches videos on YouTube, listens to songs on Spotify, and streams movies on services such as Netflix and Apple TV. This entertainment is not simply a way to relax and improve mental health, but also often the highlight of the day and the entire reason to purchase a computer, smartphone, or television. In this way, science can be seen as the delivery method for the more essential product, which is created by a variety of entertainers. Without entertainment artists, including singers, comedians, actors, writers, podcasters, and so on, then the advances of science would lose their relative significance.

In conclusion, despite the importance of scientific innovations, entertainers actually have greater value as they enliven and uplift life. This counterintuitive claim rests on the premise that life is about more than simply comfort and longevity.

Analysis

1. Many argue that entertainers serve a role for society as important as scientific researchers. 2. I am in agreement with this proposition despite the more tangible benefits of science.

  1. Paraphrase the overall essay topic.
  2. Write a clear opinion. Read more about introductions here.

1. Detractors claim that science has greatly impacted all humanity. 2. In the last century alone, there have been advances in medicine including various vaccines and treatments that have both lengthened average lifespans and improved living conditions for billions. 3. In the field of technology, scientific research has resulted in revolutionary conveniences such as automobiles, airplanes, televisions, and computers. 4. A clear illustration of the continued present relevance of science would be the race to quickly develop a vaccine to fight against Covid-19 and the dissemination of relevant safety protocols through online media.

  1. Write a topic sentence with a clear main idea at the end.
  2. Explain your main idea.
  3. Develop it with specific examples.
  4. Keep developing it fully.

1. Nonetheless, science can merely prolong and improve quality of life, while entertainment satisfies a deeper human need. 2. A good example of this is how most individuals use the technology developed by scientists. 3. The average consumer watches videos on YouTube, listens to songs on Spotify, and streams movies on services such as Netflix and Apple TV. 4. This entertainment is not simply a way to relax and improve mental health, but also often the highlight of the day and the entire reason to purchase a computer, smartphone, or television. 5. In this way, science can be seen as the delivery method for the more essential product, which is created by a variety of entertainers. 6. Without entertainment artists, including singers, comedians, actors, writers, podcasters, and so on, then the advances of science would lose their relative significance.

  1. Write a new topic sentence with a new main idea at the end.
  2. Explain your new main idea.
  3. Include specific details and examples.
  4. Continue developing it…
  5. as fully as possible!
  6. This paragraph can be slightly longer since you agree with it.

1. In conclusion, despite the importance of scientific innovations, entertainers actually have greater value as they enliven and uplift life. 2. This counterintuitive claim rests on the premise that life is about more than simply comfort and longevity.

  1. Summarise your main ideas.
  2. Include a final thought. Read more about conclusions here.

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean? Make some notes on paper to aid memory and then check below.

Many argue that entertainers serve a role for society as important as scientific researchers. I am in agreement with this proposition despite the more tangible benefits of science.

Detractors claim that science has greatly impacted all humanity. In the last century alone, there have been advances in medicine including various vaccines and treatments that have both lengthened average lifespans and improved living conditions for billions. In the field of technology, scientific research has resulted in revolutionary conveniences such as automobiles, airplanes, televisions, and computers. A clear illustration of the continued present relevance of science would be the race to quickly develop a vaccine to fight against Covid-19 and the dissemination of relevant safety protocols through online media.

Nonetheless, science can merely prolong and improve quality of life, while entertainment satisfies a deeper human need. A good example of this is how most individuals use the technology developed by scientists. The average consumer watches videos on YouTube, listens to songs on Spotify, and streams movies on services such as Netflix and Apple TV. This entertainment is not simply a way to relax and improve mental health, but also often the highlight of the day and the entire reason to purchase a computer, smartphone, or television. In this way, science can be seen as the delivery method for the more essential product, which is created by a variety of entertainers. Without entertainment artists, including singers, comedians, actors, writers, podcasters, and so on, then the advances of science would lose their relative significance.

In conclusion, despite the importance of scientific innovations, entertainers actually have greater value as they enliven and uplift life. This counterintuitive claim rests on the premise that life is about more than simply comfort and longevity.

Answers

For extra practice, write an antonym (opposite word) on a piece of paper to help you remember the new vocabulary:

argue point out

entertainers musicians, actors, writers, etc.

serve a role for society have an important place in the world

as important as scientific researchers just as valuable as scientists

I am in agreement with this I agree

proposition despite suggestion regardless of

tangible benefits clear advantages

detractors claim critics say

greatly impacted hugely affected

humanity mankind

in the last century alone just the 100 past years

advances developments

medicine medical resources

vaccines shots to prevent diseases

treatments ways of dealing with a disease

lengthened average lifespans living longer

improved living conditions better standards of living

in the field of in an area concerning

scientific research learning about medicine, technology, etc.

revolutionary conveniences new comforts

automobiles cars

continued present relevance still important to people now

race to quickly develop a vaccine competing to create a treatment

fight against Covid-19 work against Coronavirus

dissemination spread

relevant safety protocols related information about staying safe

online media websites, shows, etc. on the internet

nonetheless regardless of

merely prolong just lengthen

satisfies a deeper human need meets a desire people have

average consumer normal person

streams watch online

services Netflix, etc. that can be ordered online

not simply not only

improve mental health feel better psychologically

highlight put a focus on

entire reason whole justification

in this way following this

delivery method way of getting something

essential crucial

variety different types

lose their relative significance not have as much importance

despite regardless of

importance value

innovations new things

greater value more importance

enliven make lively

uplift bring up

counterintuitive claim not obvious statement

rests on the premise is founded in

comfort convenience

longevity living a long time

Pronunciation

Practice saying the vocabulary below and use this tip about Google voice search:

ˈɑːgjuː 
ˌɛntəˈteɪnəz 
sɜːv ə rəʊl fɔː səˈsaɪəti 
æz ɪmˈpɔːtənt æz ˌsaɪənˈtɪfɪk rɪˈsɜːʧəz
aɪ æm ɪn əˈgriːmənt wɪð ðɪs 
ˌprɒpəˈzɪʃən dɪsˈpaɪt 
ˈtænʤəbl ˈbɛnɪfɪts 
dɪˈtræktəz kleɪm 
ˈgreɪtli ɪmˈpæktɪd 
hju(ː)ˈmænɪti
ɪn ðə lɑːst ˈsɛnʧʊri əˈləʊn
ədˈvɑːnsɪz 
ˈmɛdsɪn 
ˈvæksiːnz 
ˈtriːtmənts 
ˈlɛŋθənd ˈævərɪʤ ˈlaɪfspænz 
ɪmˈpruːvd ˈlɪvɪŋ kənˈdɪʃənz 
ɪn ðə fiːld ɒv 
ˌsaɪənˈtɪfɪk rɪˈsɜːʧ 
ˌrɛvəˈluːʃnəri kənˈviːniənsɪz 
ˈɔːtəməʊbiːlz
kənˈtɪnju(ː)d ˈprɛznt ˈrɛlɪvəns 
reɪs tuː ˈkwɪkli dɪˈvɛləp ə ˈvæksiːn 
faɪt əˈgɛnst ˈkəʊvɪd-ˈnaɪnˈtiːn
dɪˌsɛmɪˈneɪʃən 
ˈrɛlɪvənt ˈseɪfti ˈprəʊtəkɒlz 
ˈɒnˌlaɪn ˈmiːdiə
ˌnʌnðəˈlɛs
ˈmɪəli prəʊˈlɒŋ 
ˈsætɪsfaɪz ə ˈdiːpə ˈhjuːmən niːd
ˈævərɪʤ kənˈsjuːmə 
striːmz 
ˈsɜːvɪsɪz 
nɒt ˈsɪmpli 
ɪmˈpruːv ˈmɛntl hɛlθ
ˈhaɪˌlaɪt 
ɪnˈtaɪə ˈriːzn 
ɪn ðɪs weɪ
dɪˈlɪvəri ˈmɛθəd 
ɪˈsɛnʃəl 
vəˈraɪəti 
luːz ðeə ˈrɛlətɪv sɪgˈnɪfɪkəns
dɪsˈpaɪt 
ɪmˈpɔːtəns 
ˌɪnəʊˈveɪʃənz
ˈgreɪtə ˈvæljuː 
ɪnˈlaɪvn 
ˈʌplɪft 
ˈkaʊntər ɪnˈtju(ː)ɪtɪv kleɪm 
rɛsts ɒn ðə ˈprɛmɪs 
ˈkʌmfət 
lɒnˈʤɛvɪti

Vocabulary Practice

I recommend getting a pencil and piece of paper because that aids memory. Then write down the missing vocabulary from my sample answer in your notebook:

Many a_______e that e_________________s s__________________________y a_______________________________________s. I_____________________________________________e the more t_________________s of science.

D__________________m that science has g________________d all h___________y. I______________________________e, there have been a___________s in m___________e including various v__________s and t____________s that have both l______________________________s and i__________________________s for billions. I_______________f technology, s___________________h has resulted in r_____________________________s such as a_______________s, airplanes, televisions, and computers. A clear illustration of the c_______________________________e of science would be the r__________________________________________e to f____________________9 and the d__________________n of r________________________________s through o________________a.

N________________s, science can m________________g and improve quality of life, while entertainment s________________________________d. A good example of this is how most individuals use the technology developed by scientists. The a________________________r watches videos on YouTube, listens to songs on Spotify, and s___________s movies on s___________s such as Netflix and Apple TV. This entertainment is n_______________y a way to relax and i________________________h, but also often the h___________t of the day and the e_________________n to purchase a computer, smartphone, or television. I___________________y, science can be seen as the d____________________d for the more e_____________l product, which is created by a v____________y of entertainers. Without entertainment artists, including singers, comedians, actors, writers, podcasters, and so on, then the advances of science would l_________________________________e.

In conclusion, d_________e the i______________e of scientific i______________s, entertainers actually have g________________e as they e_________n and u________t life. This c______________________m r_________________________e that life is about more than simply c_________t and l______________y.

Listening Practice

Watch a really funny entertainer below and practice with these activities:

Reading Practice

Read more about this topic and use these ideas to practice:

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/02/why-are-celebrities-known-as-stars/517674/

Speaking Practice

Practice with the following speaking questions from the real IELTS speaking exam:

Famous People

  1. Have you ever met a celebrity?
  2. What kinds of celebrities are you interested in?
  3. Are there any celebrities you would want to interview?

Writing Practice

Practice with the related IELTS essay topic below:

Nowadays, entertainers get paid more than politicians.

What are the reasons for this?

Is this a negative or positive development?


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