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This is an IELTS writing task 2 sample answer essay on the topic of whether or not people should focus on reading local or international news from the real IELTS exam.

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IELTS Essay: News

Some people focus on news in their own country, while others think it is more important to be aware of international news.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Many readers now feel it is more important to stay informed concerning international news items, rather than local ones. In my opinion, though international news can be interesting, local stories contain greater relevance and are therefore more important.

Consumers of international news point out its entertainment value. The majority of people reading news from other countries recognize it has essentially no impact on their own life. However, for many articles from abroad also tend to hold greater appeal. An individual in the United Kingdom, for example, might become bored of local politics and repetitive, provincial stories. There is likely to be more excitement gained in reading about global conflicts, trade disputes, foreign elections, political unrest and environmental catastrophes in distant nations. The reader may not be aware of their own intentions, but these stories are primarily a way to pass the time and be entertained.

However, the entertainment value of international news is less important than relevant local reporting. For example, local news has become essential reading during the recent Covid-19 pandemic. Individuals have little choice but to read articles about the particular strain in their nation, the number of active cases, and the restrictions being urged or mandated by public authorities. If an individual is unaware of such news, they may violate a rule and put themselves and others at risk. The value of local news applies to less pressing emergency situations as well and may include stories about local elections, corruption in politics, crime rates, and various other stories of interest.

In conclusion, despite the value of international news as a source of entertainment, local news should be prioritized given its actual significance. Individuals should strive to ignore as much news as possible and only stay informed about pertinent issues.

Analysis

1. Many readers now feel it is more important to stay informed concerning international news items, rather than local ones. 2. In my opinion, though international news can be interesting, local stories contain greater relevance and are therefore more important.

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

1. Consumers of international news point out its entertainment value. 2. The majority of people reading news from other countries recognize it has essentially no impact on their own life. 3. However, for many articles from abroad also tend to hold greater appeal. 4. An individual in the United Kingdom, for example, might become bored of local politics and repetitive, provincial stories. 5. There is likely to be more excitement gained in reading about global conflicts, trade disputes, foreign elections, political unrest and environmental catastrophes in distant nations. 6. The reader may not be aware of their own intentions, but these stories are primarily a way to pass the time and be entertained.

  1. Write a topic sentence with a clear main idea at the end.
  2. Explain your main idea.
  3. Develop it with specific or hypothetical examples.
  4. Keep developing it fully.
  5. Extend with some long sentences as well.
  6. Finish this main idea.

1. However, the entertainment value of international news is less important than relevant local reporting. 2. For example, local news has become essential reading during the recent Covid-19 pandemic. 3. Individuals have little choice but to read articles about the particular strain in their nation, the number of active cases, and the restrictions being urged or mandated by public authorities. 4. If an individual is unaware of such news, they may violate a rule and put themselves and others at risk. 5. The value of local news applies to less pressing emergency situations as well and may include stories about local elections, corruption in politics, crime rates, and various other stories of interest.

  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 value of international news as a source of entertainment, local news should be prioritized given its actual significance. 2. Individuals should strive to ignore as much news as possible and only stay informed about pertinent issues.

  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 readers now feel it is more important to stay informed concerning international news items, rather than local ones. In my opinion, though international news can be interesting, local stories contain greater relevance and are therefore more important.

Consumers of international news point out its entertainment value. The majority of people reading news from other countries recognize it has essentially no impact on their own life. However, for many articles from abroad also tend to hold greater appeal. An individual in the United Kingdom, for example, might become bored of local politics and repetitive, provincial stories. There is likely to be more excitement gained in reading about global conflicts, trade disputes, foreign elections, political unrest and environmental catastrophes in distant nations. The reader may not be aware of their own intentions, but these stories are primarily a way to pass the time and be entertained.

However, the entertainment value of international news is less important than relevant local reporting. For example, local news has become essential reading during the recent Covid-19 pandemic. Individuals have little choice but to read articles about the particular strain in their nation, the number of active cases, and the restrictions being urged or mandated by public authorities. If an individual is unaware of such news, they may violate a rule and put themselves and others at risk. The value of local news applies to less pressing emergency situations as well and may include stories about local elections, corruption in politics, crime rates, and various other stories of interest.

In conclusion, despite the value of international news as a source of entertainment, local news should be prioritized given its actual significance. Individuals should strive to ignore as much news as possible and only stay informed about pertinent issues.

Answers

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

readers people reading the news

stay informed keep up to date

concerning having to do with

international news items newspapers from around the world

rather than instead of

local from your area/country

stories contain articles have

greater relevance more personal importance

therefore thus

consumers people reading

point out argue

entertainment value fun to read

majority most of

recognize notice

essentially no impact basically no effect

articles stories

abroad in other countries

tend to hold greater appeal usually have more importance

the United Kingdom England and nearby countries

local politics government in your country/area

repetitive tedious

provincial related to your area

excitement enjoyment

global conflicts fights around the world

trade disputes conflicts related to economics and trade

foreign elections voting for people in other countries

political unrest problems related to government

environmental catastrophes hurricanes, tsunamis, etc.

distant nations remote countries

aware know about

intentions hopes

primarily mainly

pass the time occupy free time

entertained occupied and interested

relevant local reporting stories near them that matter

essential reading important stories

recent Covid-19 pandemic Coronavirus

have little choice but to no option except to

particular strain specific type

active cases Covid-19 currently circulating

restrictions rules

urged encouraged

mandated ordered

public authorities administrators, politicians, etc.

unaware not aware of

violate break

at risk under threat

applies relates here

less pressing emergency situations as well not such important problems

local elections people in your country voting

corruption crimes in positions of authority

crime rates how much crime there is

various other stories of interest other articles you might want to read

value importance

a source of entertainment place to read/watch stuff

prioritized made more important

actual significance real importance

strive try for

ignore not pay attention to

pertinent issues pressing problems

Pronunciation

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

ˈriːdəz 
steɪ ɪnˈfɔːmd 
kənˈsɜːnɪŋ 
ˌɪntə(ː)ˈnæʃənl njuːz ˈaɪtəmz
ˈrɑːðə ðæn 
ˈləʊkəl 
ˈstɔːriz kənˈteɪn 
ˈgreɪtə ˈrɛlɪvəns 
ˈðeəfɔː
kənˈsjuːməz 
pɔɪnt aʊt 
ˌɛntəˈteɪnmənt ˈvæljuː
məˈʤɒrɪti 
ˈrɛkəgnaɪz 
ɪˈsɛnʃəli nəʊ ˈɪmpækt 
ˈɑːtɪklz 
əˈbrɔːd 
tɛnd tuː həʊld ˈgreɪtər əˈpiːl
ðə jʊˈnaɪtɪd ˈkɪŋdəm
ˈləʊkəl ˈpɒlɪtɪks 
rɪˈpɛtɪtɪv
prəˈvɪnʃəl 
ɪkˈsaɪtmənt 
ˈgləʊbəl ˈkɒnflɪkts
treɪd dɪsˈpjuːts
ˈfɒrɪn ɪˈlɛkʃənz
pəˈlɪtɪkəl ʌnˈrɛst 
ɪnˌvaɪərənˈmɛntl kəˈtæstrəfiz 
ˈdɪstənt ˈneɪʃənz
əˈweə 
ɪnˈtɛnʃənz
ˈpraɪmərɪli 
pɑːs ðə taɪm 
ˌɛntəˈteɪnd
ˈrɛlɪvənt ˈləʊkəl rɪˈpɔːtɪŋ
ɪˈsɛnʃəl ˈriːdɪŋ 
ˈriːsnt ˈkəʊvɪd-19 pænˈdɛmɪk
hæv ˈlɪtl ʧɔɪs bʌt tuː 
pəˈtɪkjʊlə streɪn 
ˈæktɪv ˈkeɪsɪz
rɪsˈtrɪkʃənz 
ɜːʤd 
ˈmændeɪtɪd 
ˈpʌblɪk ɔːˈθɒrɪtiz
ˌʌnəˈweə 
ˈvaɪəleɪt 
æt rɪsk
əˈplaɪz 
lɛs ˈprɛsɪŋ ɪˈmɜːʤənsi ˌsɪtjʊˈeɪʃənz æz wɛl 
ˈləʊkəl ɪˈlɛkʃənz
kəˈrʌpʃən 
kraɪm reɪts
ˈveərɪəs ˈʌðə ˈstɔːriz ɒv ˈɪntrɪst
ˈvæljuː 
ə sɔːs ɒv ˌɛntəˈteɪnmənt
praɪˈɒrɪˌtaɪzd 
ˈækʧʊəl sɪgˈnɪfɪkəns
straɪv 
ɪgˈnɔː 
ˈpɜːtɪnənt ˈɪʃuːz

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 readers now feel it is more important to s_________________d c_________________g i_________________________s, r_____________n l____l ones. In my opinion, though international news can be interesting, local s___________________n g_______________________e and are t_____________e more important.

C______________s of international news p__________t its e_________________e. The m_________y of people reading news from other countries r__________e it has e________________________t on their own life. However, for many a___________s from a________d also t_____________________________l. An individual in the U________________m, for example, might become bored of l________________s and r______________e, p___________l stories. There is likely to be more e________________t gained in reading about g________________s, t__________________s, f__________________s, p_______________t and e______________________________s in d______________s. The reader may not be a_______e of their own i_____________s, but these stories are p_____________y a way to p________________e and be e____________d.

However, the entertainment value of international news is less important than r______________________g. For example, local news has become e_________________g during the r_________________________c. Individuals h_____________________________o read articles about the p__________________n in their nation, the number of a_____________s, and the r_____________s being u______d or m__________d by p_________________s. If an individual is u___________e of such news, they may v_______e a rule and put themselves and others a________k. The value of local news a________s to l_____________________________________l and may include stories about l_________________s, c__________________n in politics, c____________s, and v________________________________t.

In conclusion, despite the v______e of international news as a___________________________t, local news should be p_______________d given its a_____________________e. Individuals should s________e to i_______e as much news as possible and only stay informed about p________________s.

Listening Practice

Learn more about this topic by watching videos from The New York Times YouTube channel below and practice with these activities:

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheNewYorkTimes

Reading Practice

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

https://www.pulitzer.org/article/rebuilding-local-journalism-essential-democratic-force

Speaking Practice

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

Newspapers/Magazines

  1. Do you prefer to read newspapers or magazines?
  2. Do you like reading the news online?
  3. Is it more convenient nowadays to read the news online?

Writing Practice

Practice with the related IELTS essay topic below:

Although more and more people read news on the Internet, newspapers will remain the most important source of news for the majority of people.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?


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