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This is an IELTS Writing Task 2 sample answer essay from the real general training exam related to working too much.

That is something that everyone can identify with!

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IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer Essay General Training: Working too Much (Real Past IELTS Tests/Exams)

These days people spend more and more time at work and less time at home.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of this?

Real Past IELTS Test/Exam

These days, most people find themselves working longer hours, cutting into their home time. Though this brings economic stability to a nation, it also deprives people of a rich personal life.

The foundation of economic prosperity is a flourishing middle class unburdened by debts. A good example and counter-example of this can be seen in the changing fortunes of the American model of economics. In the 1950s the economy grew as people worked long hours and had large disposable incomes to feed back into the larger consumer economy by purchasing automobiles, houses, and luxuries. Since the economic crash of 2008, there have been fewer jobs to go around and most people make due with part-time labour. The result of an idle labour force was a long-lasting recession that has only abated in recent years as people began to work more.

When people have less time to spend either on their hobbies or with their family, they rightly feel deprived. Every person should have time for both a fulfilling public and private life. Work constitutes the bulk of public service for most people and home life the private. Those with families feel particularly justifiable anger, which can boil over to general unhappiness or depression at best and neglect or abuse, at worst. Even the childless still have loved ones, hobbies, and a variety of other pursuits. At the end of their lives, everyone strives to be able to look back proudly on their career and fondly on their daily life.

In my opinion, the tilting of work-life balance towards work is primarily a negative because it robs people of some of their most meaningful moments. People must individually find ways to not only survive but also prosper in a world where the private sphere shrinks with each passing year.

Word Count: 299

Analysis

1. These days, most people find themselves working longer hours, cutting into their home time. 2. Though this brings economic stability to a nation, it also deprives people of a rich personal life.

  1. Paraphrase the main topic for the whole essay.
  2. Write your opinion – make it 100% clear.

1. The foundation of economic prosperity is a flourishing middle class unburdened by debts. 2. A good example and counter-example of this can be seen in the changing fortunes of the American model of economics. 3. In the 1950s the economy grew as people worked long hours and had large disposable incomes to feed back into the larger consumer economy by purchasing automobiles, houses, and luxuries. 4. Since the economic crash of 2008, there have been fewer jobs to go around and most people make due with part-time labour. 5. The result of an idle labour force was a long-lasting recession that has only abated in recent years as people began to work more.

  1. Write a topic sentence with a single main idea.
  2. Begin your example or explain your main idea.
  3. Make your example more specific – don’t run away from it.
  4. Continue with the same example. Here I contrast the past with the present day.
  5. State the result of your example.

1. When people have less time to spend either on their hobbies or with their family, they rightly feel deprived. 2. Every person should have time for both a fulfilling public and private life. 3. Work constitutes the bulk of public service for most people and home life the private. 4. Those with families feel particularly justifiable anger, which can boil over to general unhappiness or depression at best and neglect or abuse, at worst. 5. Even the childless still have loved ones, hobbies, and a variety of other pursuits. 6. At the end of their lives, everyone strives to be able to look back proudly on their career and fondly on their daily life.

  1. Another topic sentence with a new main idea for the other side.
  2. Begin to support/explain your main idea.
  3. Here I futher explain my main idea.
  4. I make it more specific by talking about families.
  5. I example it to childless people here.
  6. My last sentence summarises why having a personal life is important.

1. In my opinion, the tilting of work-life balance towards work is primarily a negative because it robs people of some of their most meaningful moments. 2. People must individually find ways to not only survive but also prosper in a world where the private sphere shrinks with each passing year.

  1. Repeat your opinion.
  2. Add in a final thought/extra detail for full points for task achievement from the examiner.

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean?

These days, most people find themselves working longer hours, cutting into their home time. Though this brings economic stability to a nation, it also deprives people of a rich personal life.

The foundation of economic prosperity is a flourishing middle class unburdened by debts. A good example and counter-example of this can be seen in the changing fortunes of the American model of economics. In the 1950s the economy grew as people worked long hours and had large disposable incomes to feed back into the larger consumer economy by purchasing automobiles, houses, and luxuries. Since the economic crash of 2008, there have been fewer jobs to go around and most people make due with part-time labour. The result of an idle labour force was a long-lasting recession that has only abated in recent years as people began to work more.

When people have less time to spend either on their hobbies or with their family, they rightly feel deprived. Every person should have time for both a fulfilling public and private life. Work constitutes the bulk of public service for most people and home life the private. Those with families feel particularly justifiable anger, which can boil over to general unhappiness or depression at best and neglect or abuse, at worst. Even the childless still have loved ones, hobbies, and a variety of other pursuits. At the end of their lives, everyone strives to be able to look back proudly on their career and fondly on their daily life.

In my opinion, the tilting of work-life balance towards work is primarily a negative because it robs people of some of their most meaningful moments. People must individually find ways to not only survive but also prosper in a world where the private sphere shrinks with each passing year.

Answers

these days nowadays

cutting into taking away from

economic stability strong economy

deprives not having

rich personal life fulfilling private life

economic prosperity good economy

flourishing middle class more money for consumers

unburdened by debts not owing any money

changing fortunes varying levels of money

American model of economics capitalism

disposable incomes money to spend

feed back give back

larger consumer economy the economy as a whole/people buying

economic crash when the economy does badly

to go around for all

make due put up with

part-time labour not working full-time

idle labour force not having work

long-lasting recession economy shrinking for a long time

abated stopped/slowed down

rightly correctly

deprived doesn’t have

fulfilling public and private life happy at home and at work

constitutes makes up

bulk most of

public service pulic life

particularly justifiable good reason for/to feel

boil over have an impact on

depression feeling very sad

neglect ignore

abuse hurt

at worst in the worst situation

childless no children

pursuits hobbies

strives tries to

look back proudly feel good about your achievements

fondly warmly

tilting unbalancing

work-life balance time split between work and home

robs takes away

prosper flourish

private sphere shrinks less personal time

each passing year every year

Pronunciation

ðiːz deɪz
ˈkʌtɪŋ ˈɪntuː
ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪk stəˈbɪlɪti 
dɪˈpraɪvz 
rɪʧ ˈpɜːsnl laɪf
ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪk prɒsˈpɛrɪti 
ˈflʌrɪʃɪŋ ˈmɪdl klɑːs 
ʌnˈbɜːdnd baɪ dɛts
ˈʧeɪnʤɪŋ ˈfɔːʧənz 
əˈmɛrɪkən ˈmɒdl ɒv ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪks
dɪsˈpəʊzəbl ˈɪnkʌmz 
fiːd bæk 
ˈlɑːʤə kənˈsjuːmər i(ː)ˈkɒnəmi 
ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪk kræʃ 
tuː gəʊ əˈraʊnd 
meɪk djuː 
pɑːt-taɪm ˈleɪbə
ˈaɪdl ˈleɪbə fɔːs 
lɒŋ-ˈlɑːstɪŋ rɪˈsɛʃən
əˈbeɪtɪd 
ˈraɪtli 
dɪˈpraɪvd
fʊlˈfɪlɪŋ ˈpʌblɪk ænd ˈpraɪvɪt laɪf
ˈkɒnstɪtjuːts 
bʌlk 
ˈpʌblɪk ˈsɜːvɪs 
pəˈtɪkjʊləli ˈʤʌstɪfaɪəbl 
bɔɪl ˈəʊvə 
dɪˈprɛʃən 
nɪˈglɛkt 
əˈbjuːs
æt wɜːst
ˈʧaɪldlɪs 
pəˈsjuːts
straɪvz 
lʊk bæk ˈpraʊdli
ˈfɒndli 
ˈtɪltɪŋ 
wɜːk-laɪf ˈbæləns
rɒbz 
ˈprɒspə 
ˈpraɪvɪt sfɪə ʃrɪŋks 
iːʧ ˈpɑːsɪŋ jɪə

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Vocabulary Practice

Remember and fill in the blanks:

____________, most people find themselves working longer hours, ____________ their home time. Though this brings ____________ to a nation, it also ____________ people of a ____________.

The foundation of ____________ is a ____________ ____________. A good example and counter-example of this can be seen in the ____________ of the ____________. In the 1950s the economy grew as people worked long hours and had large ____________ to ____________ into the ____________ by purchasing automobiles, houses, and luxuries. Since the ____________ of 2008, there have been fewer jobs ____________ and most people ____________ with ____________. The result of an ____________ was a ____________ that has only ____________ in recent years as people began to work more.

When people have less time to spend either on their hobbies or with their family, they ____________ feel ____________. Every person should have time for both a ____________. Work ____________ the ____________ of ____________ for most people and home life the private. Those with families feel ____________ anger, which can ____________ to general unhappiness or ____________ at best and ____________ or ____________, ____________. Even the ____________ still have loved ones, hobbies, and a variety of other ____________. At the end of their lives, everyone ____________ to be able to ____________ on their career and ____________ on their daily life.

In my opinion, the ____________ of ____________ towards work is primarily a negative because it ____________ people of some of their most meaningful moments. People must individually find ways to not only survive but also ____________ in a world where the ____________ with ____________.

Listen and check:

Listening Practice

Listen to this rich guy talk about why there is no such thing as work-life balance:

Reading Practice

Here are some tips too!

https://www.roche.com/careers/country/india/service/folder/20_tips_for_maintain.htm

Speaking Practice

Use the ideas and vocabulary that you just learned to answer these real questions from IELTS Speaking part 3:

Difficult Jobs

  1. Why do some people see their jobs as very difficult?
  2. Should jobs with high degrees of difficulty earn more money?
  3. What determines the jobs that people choose?
  4. Do companies do enough to train employees for difficult jobs?
  5. What incentives can governments offer for those taking on difficult jobs?

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