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This is an IELTS writing task 2 sample answer essay on the topic of the whether or not schools should be mixed with boys and girls or they should separate the genders from the real IELTS exam.

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IELTS Essay: Mixed Schools with Boys and Girls

Some feel that schools should be mixed with both girls and boys attending while others feel the genders ought to be separated.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

While certain concerned individuals feel that education is superior in single-sex schools, others value the integration of genders. In my opinion, though there are advantages related to focus from segregating the sexes, students benefit socially from mixed schools.

Those who are in favor of separating the genders argue students will be more dedicated to their studies. The reasons for this are largely self-evident as many of the interactions between boys and girls after they reach puberty can be distracting. There is even strong evidence that girls-only schools engender better standardized results. A recent study of institutions in Europe indicated that students at female-only schools scored higher on average on national exams. There might be a variety of reasons for this but many have seized on gender segregation as the primary catalyst for increased concentration and thus improved overall academic achievement.

However, the single study mentioned above does not discount the social value of schools featuring both genders. School is a place to develop not only academically, but socially as well. The fact that there may be uncomfortable interactions between girls and boys while they mature is not a drawback but a learning experience. Boys and girls, as they become men and women, will slowly learn how to talk with the opposite sex and find themselves in a better situation upon graduation. Without the opportunity to integrate socially with another gender there is a strong chance they will have difficulty communicating later and this may promote a lifelong habit of centering their social interactions on rigid gender groups.

In conclusion, despite the positive impact on attention that separating boys and girls can have, the maturing effect of mixed classrooms is more important. There is a place for single-sex institutions but the majority should include both.

Analysis

1. While certain concerned individuals feel that education is superior in single-sex schools, others value the integration of genders. 2. In my opinion, though there are advantages related to focus from segregating the sexes, students benefit socially from mixed schools.

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

1. Those who are in favor of separating the genders argue students will be more dedicated to their studies. 2. The reasons for this are largely self-evident as many of the interactions between boys and girls after they reach puberty can be distracting. 3. There is even strong evidence that girls-only schools engender better standardized results. 4. A recent study of institutions in Europe indicated that students at female-only schools scored higher on average on national exams. 5. There might be a variety of reasons for this but many have seized on gender segregation as the primary catalyst for increased concentration and thus improved overall academic achievement.

  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.
  5. You can have some long sentences like this to really argue your point.

1. However, the single study mentioned above does not discount the social value of schools featuring both genders. 2. School is a place to develop not only academically, but socially as well. 3. The fact that there may be uncomfortable interactions between girls and boys while they mature is not a drawback but a learning experience. 4. Boys and girls, as they become men and women, will slowly learn how to talk with the opposite sex and find themselves in a better situation upon graduation. 5. Without the opportunity to integrate socially with another gender there is a strong chance they will have difficulty communicating later and this may promote a lifelong habit of centering their social interactions on rigid gender groups.

  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!

1. In conclusion, despite the positive impact on attention that separating boys and girls can have, the maturing effect of mixed classrooms is more important. 2. There is a place for single-sex institutions but the majority should include both.

  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.

While certain concerned individuals feel that education is superior in single-sex schools, others value the integration of genders. In my opinion, though there are advantages related to focus from segregating the sexes, students benefit socially from mixed schools.

Those who are in favor of separating the genders argue students will be more dedicated to their studies. The reasons for this are largely self-evident as many of the interactions between boys and girls after they reach puberty can be distracting. There is even strong evidence that girls-only schools engender better standardized results. A recent study of institutions in Europe indicated that students at female-only schools scored higher on average on national exams. There might be a variety of reasons for this but many have seized on gender segregation as the primary catalyst for increased concentration and thus improved overall academic achievement.

However, the single study mentioned above does not discount the social value of schools featuring both genders. School is a place to develop not only academically, but socially as well. The fact that there may be uncomfortable interactions between girls and boys while they mature is not a drawback but a learning experience. Boys and girls, as they become men and women, will slowly learn how to talk with the opposite sex and find themselves in a better situation upon graduation. Without the opportunity to integrate socially with another gender there is a strong chance they will have difficulty communicating later and this may promote a lifelong habit of centering their social interactions on rigid gender groups.

In conclusion, despite the positive impact on attention that separating boys and girls can have, the maturing effect of mixed classrooms is more important. There is a place for single-sex institutions but the majority should include both.

Answers

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

certain concerned individuals some people

superior better

single-sex schools schools with just boys or just girls

value consider important

integration combining

genders sexes, men and women/boys and girls

related to concerning

focus pay attention

segregating keeping apart

benefit socially gain from it in terms of interacting with others

mixed schools schools with both boys and girls

those who are in favor of supporters

separating keeping apart

argue claim

dedicated more focused and diligent

largely self-evident mostly obvious

interactions communicating

puberty when children begin to become mature

distracting take their focus away

strong evidence clear support

girls-only schools schools where there are not boys

engender create

standardized results scores on tests

institutions schools

indicated shown

female-only schools no boys schools

scored higher on average got better marks generally

on national exams tests for the whole country

variety lots of different

seized on pointed out

primary catalyst main cause

concentration focus

thus therefore

improved overall academic achievement better performance in school

single alone, one

mentioned above detailed before

discount not consider, ignore

social value importance for communicating with others

featuring having

uncomfortable interactions awkward conversations

mature old, experienced

drawback disadvantage

learning experience good way to mature

opposite sex the other gender

find themselves in a better situation better off for it

graduation after finishing school

without not having

integrate combine

strong chance good probability

later after that

promote encourage

lifelong habit they will do their whole life

social interactions talking with others

rigid gender groups fixed boy/girl groups

despite regardless of

positive impact good for

maturing effect makes you more mature

place role

single-sex institutions one gender schools

Pronunciation

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

ˈsɜːtn kənˈsɜːnd ˌɪndɪˈvɪdjʊəlz 
sju(ː)ˈpɪərɪə 
ˈsɪŋgl-sɛks skuːlz
ˈvæljuː 
ˌɪntɪˈgreɪʃən 
ˈʤɛndəz
rɪˈleɪtɪd tuː 
ˈfəʊkəs 
ˈsɛgrɪgeɪtɪŋ 
ˈbɛnɪfɪt ˈsəʊʃəli 
mɪkst skuːlz
ðəʊz huː ɑːr ɪn ˈfeɪvər ɒv 
ˈsɛpəreɪtɪŋ 
ˈɑːgjuː 
ˈdɛdɪkeɪtɪd 
ˈlɑːʤli sɛlf-ˈɛvɪdənt 
ˌɪntərˈækʃənz 
ˈpjuːbəti 
dɪsˈtræktɪŋ
strɒŋ ˈɛvɪdəns 
gɜːlz-ˈəʊnli skuːlz 
ɪnˈʤɛndə 
ˈstændədaɪzd rɪˈzʌlts
ˌɪnstɪˈtjuːʃənz 
ˈɪndɪkeɪtɪd 
ˈfiːmeɪl-ˈəʊnli skuːlz 
skɔːd ˈhaɪər ɒn ˈævərɪʤ 
ɒn ˈnæʃənl ɪgˈzæmz
vəˈraɪəti 
siːzd ɒn 
ˈpraɪməri ˈkætəlɪst 
ˌkɒnsənˈtreɪʃən 
ðʌs 
ɪmˈpruːvd ˈəʊvərɔːl ˌækəˈdɛmɪk əˈʧiːvmənt
ˈsɪŋgl 
ˈmɛnʃənd əˈbʌv 
ˈdɪskaʊnt 
ˈsəʊʃəl ˈvæljuː 
ˈfiːʧərɪŋ 
ʌnˈkʌmfətəbl ˌɪntərˈækʃənz 
məˈtjʊə 
ˈdrɔːbæk 
ˈlɜːnɪŋ ɪksˈpɪərɪəns
ˈɒpəzɪt sɛks 
faɪnd ðəmˈsɛlvz ɪn ə ˈbɛtə ˌsɪtjʊˈeɪʃən 
ˌgrædjʊˈeɪʃən
wɪˈðaʊt 
ˈɪntɪgreɪt 
strɒŋ ʧɑːns 
ˈleɪtə 
prəˈməʊt 
ˈlaɪflɒŋ ˈhæbɪt 
ˈsəʊʃəl ˌɪntərˈækʃənz 
ˈrɪʤɪd ˈʤɛndə gruːps
dɪsˈpaɪt 
ˈpɒzətɪv ˈɪmpækt 
məˈtjʊərɪŋ ɪˈfɛkt 
pleɪs 
ˈsɪŋgl-sɛks ˌɪnstɪˈtjuːʃənz 

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:

While c_________________________________s feel that education is s__________r in s__________________s, others v______e the i__________n of g_____________s. In my opinion, though there are advantages r_______________s from s______________g the sexes, students b_______________y from m______________s.

T_____________________________f s_____________g the genders a_______e students will be more d____________d to their studies. The reasons for this are l__________________t as many of the i______________s between boys and girls after they reach p_________y can be d___________g. There is even s__________________e that g_____________________s e__________r better s_____________________s. A recent study of i________________s in Europe i_____________d that students at f_________________s s___________________________e o________________s. There might be a v_________y of reasons for this but many have s____________n gender segregation as the p__________________t for increased c_____________n and t______s i________________________________________t.

However, the s__________e study m__________________e does not d___________t the s_____________e of schools f_____________g both genders. School is a place to develop not only academically, but socially as well. The fact that there may be u___________________________s between girls and boys while they m______e is not a d___________k but a l__________________________e. Boys and girls, as they become men and women, will slowly learn how to talk with the o_____________x and f____________________________________n upon g______________n. W__________t the opportunity to i____________e socially with another gender there is a s________________e they will have difficulty communicating l_______r and this may p__________e a l_____________t of centering their s__________________s on r_____________________s.

In conclusion, d___________e the p_____________t on attention that separating boys and girls can have, the m______________t of mixed classrooms is more important. There is a p______e for s______________________s but the majority should include both.

Listening Practice

Learn more about this topic in the video below and practice with these activities:

Reading Practice

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

https://www.bbc.com/news/education-35419284

Speaking Practice

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

Studying

  1. Are you studying or working?
  2. Do you prefer to learn in the morning or in the evening?
  3. What subject do like to study best?

Writing Practice

Practice with the related IELTS essay topic below:

In many schools and universities today, women have a tendency to study the humanities (such as the arts and languages) while men more often major in science related subjects. Some believe this tendency should be changed.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?


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