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This is an IELTS writing task 2 sample answer essay from the real exam on the topic of the internet and schools.

Education and technology/the internet are really common topics on IELTS so reading this can really help you to prepare!

Be sure to take a loot at my writing corrections here and my online courses here.

Dave

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IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer Essay: The Internet & School (Real Past IELTS Exam/Test)

Some today argue that schools are no longer necessary because children can learn so much from the internet and be educated at home.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Real Past IELTS Exam/Test

There are some today who would argue that the internet has sufficiently supplanted the role of traditional education so as to make it redundant. In my opinion, though the internet opens up possibilities for learning, schools are a crucial filter.

What separates the internet from how other advances in technology have impacted education is greater accessibility to information. It is no exaggeration to claim that nearly everything can be found on the internet. School age children can access educational videos on YouTube, read online articles and use interactive learning platforms. As they get older, the possibilities expand and include scholarly articles, video-conferencing platforms like Zoom, and online newspapers from every country in the world that can be translated to your native language in modern internet browsers. There is immense potential for autodidacts and parents who choose to homeschool.

Nonetheless, schools are the real world editors of the internet. A lot of news is thrown up instantly and not carefully vetted. This means that students can get led into dark corners such as alt-left and right websites that specialise in sensationalised propaganda. Children and teens are especially susceptible to what they read online as they might be less skeptical. Teachers have more life experience and their training helps them approach information critically. They can then pass these skills on to their pupils by teaching them how to read closely, spot biases, and check information through a number of primary and secondary sources. Without teachers, students are more likely to be indoctrinated rather than educated.

In conclusion, teachers are important to dispel the inherent risks of unreliable online information. Schools and administrators ought to take a long-view in order to assess the value of the internet for learning.

Analysis

1. There are some today who would argue that the internet has sufficiently supplanted the role of traditional education so as to make it redundant. 2. In my opinion, though the internet opens up possibilities for learning, schools are a crucial filter.

  1. I paraphrase the question to start.
  2. Then I include a clear opinion.

1. What separates the internet from how other advances in technology have impacted education is greater accessibility to information. 2. It is no exaggeration to claim that nearly everything can be found on the internet. 3. School age children can access educational videos on YouTube, read online articles and use interactive learning platforms. 4. As they get older, the possibilities expand and include scholarly articles, video-conferencing platforms like Zoom, and online newspapers from every country in the world that can be translated to your native language in modern internet browsers. 5. There is immense potential for autodidacts and parents who choose to homeschool.

  1. This is my topic sentence with a clear main idea at the end of it.
  2. I explain my main idea next.
  3. After that I give some specific examples.
  4. I continue with more examples as children get older.
  5. Finally I conclude by drawing a conclusion from this.

1. Nonetheless, schools are the real world editors of the internet. 2. A lot of news is thrown up instantly and not carefully vetted. 3. This means that students can get led into dark corners such as alt-left and right websites that specialise in sensationalised propaganda. 4. Children and teens are especially susceptible to what they read online as they might be less skeptical. 5. Teachers have more life experience and their training helps them approach information critically. 6. They can then pass these skills on to their pupils by teaching them how to read closely, spot biases, and check information through a number of primary and secondary sources. 7. Without teachers, students are more likely to be indoctrinated rather than educated.

  1. Another topic sentence with a single main idea at the end.
  2. I start explaining my argument.
  3. Notice the very specific examples of the results.
  4. I continue to develop the same argument.
  5. By related this back to teachers, I make my argument stronger.
  6. I fully draw out the results here.
  7. Notice this paragraph is longer – that’s fine because this is the side that I agree with.

1. In conclusion, teachers are important to dispel the inherent risks of unreliable online information. 2. Schools and administrators ought to take a long-view in order to assess the value of the internet for learning.

  1. My conclusion starts with repeating my opinion.
  2. I finish with a final detail/thought.

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean?

There are some today who would argue that the internet has sufficiently supplanted the role of traditional education so as to make it redundant. In my opinion, though the internet opens up possibilities for learning, schools are a crucial filter.

What separates the internet from how other advances in technology have impacted education is greater accessibility to information. It is no exaggeration to claim that nearly everything can be found on the internet. School age children can access educational videos on YouTube, read online articles and use interactive learning platforms. As they get older, the possibilities expand and include scholarly articles, video-conferencing platforms like Zoom, and online newspapers from every country in the world that can be translated to your native language in modern internet browsers. There is immense potential for autodidacts and parents who choose to homeschool.

Nonetheless, schools are the real world editors of the internet. A lot of news is thrown up instantly and not carefully vetted. This means that students can get led into dark corners such as alt-left and right websites that specialise in sensationalised propaganda. Children and teens are especially susceptible to what they read online as they might be less skeptical. Teachers have more life experience and their training helps them approach information critically. They can then pass these skills on to their pupils by teaching them how to read closely, spot biases, and check information through a number of primary and secondary sources. Without teachers, students are more likely to be indoctrinated rather than educated.

In conclusion, teachers are important to dispel the inherent risks of unreliable online information. Schools and administrators ought to take a long-view in order to assess the value of the internet for learning.

Answers

sufficiently supplanted replaced enough

so as to make enough to allow for

redundant not needed

opens up possibilities creates chances

crucial filter important judge

separates keeps apart from

greater accessibility more availability of

exaggeration hyperbole

claim argue

access get into

interactive learning platforms websites for learning online

expand increase

scholarly articles academic journals

video-conferencing platforms talking through video on apps

Zoom a popular video-conferencing app

native language L1

modern internet browsers Chrome, Microsoft Edge, etc.

immense potential lots of possibility

autodidacts people who teach themselves

homeschool learning at home, not school

real world editors people who shift and filter

thrown up instantly not checked

not carefully vetted not verified

dark corners dangerous areas

alt-left and right extreme liberals and conservatives

specialise focus in on

sensationalised propaganda fanatical views

especially susceptible vulnerable

skeptical questioning

life experience jaded

approach information critically take everything with a grain of salt

pass these skills on instill in others

pupils students

read closely read carefully and slowly

spot biases be able to identify the writer’s purpose

primary and secondary sources firsthand and collected books/articles

indoctrinated persuaded

dispel get rid of

inherent risks always present dangers

unreliable online information can’t be trusted

long-view long-term

assess judge

Pronunciation

Listen and repeat:

səˈfɪʃəntli səˈplɑːntɪd 
səʊ æz tuː meɪk 
rɪˈdʌndənt
ˈəʊpənz ʌp ˌpɒsəˈbɪlɪtiz 
ˈkruːʃəl ˈfɪltə
ˈsɛprɪts 
ˈgreɪtər əkˌsɛsɪˈbɪlɪti 
ɪgˌzæʤəˈreɪʃən 
kleɪm 
ˈæksɛs 
ˌɪntərˈæktɪv ˈlɜːnɪŋ ˈplætfɔːmz
ɪksˈpænd 
ˈskɒləli ˈɑːtɪklz
ˈvɪdɪəʊ-ˈkɒnfərənsɪŋ ˈplætfɔːmz 
zuːm
ˈneɪtɪv ˈlæŋgwɪʤ 
ˈmɒdən ˈɪntəˌnɛt ˈbraʊzəz
ɪˈmɛns pəʊˈtɛnʃəl 
ˈɔːtəʊ daɪdækts 
həʊmskuːl
rɪəl wɜːld ˈɛdɪtəz 
θrəʊn ʌp ˈɪnstəntli 
nɒt ˈkeəfli ˈvɛtɪd
dɑːk ˈkɔːnəz 
ælt-lɛft ænd raɪt 
ˈspɛʃ(ə)laɪz 
sɛnˈseɪʃənlaɪzd ˌprɒpəˈgændə
ɪsˈpɛʃəli səˈsɛptəbl 
ˈskɛptɪkəl
laɪf ɪksˈpɪərɪəns 
əˈprəʊʧ ˌɪnfəˈmeɪʃən ˈkrɪtɪkəli
pɑːs ðiːz skɪlz ɒn
ˈpjuːplz 
riːd ˈkləʊsli
spɒt ˈbaɪəsɪz
ˈpraɪməri ænd ˈsɛkəndəri ˈsɔːsɪz
ɪnˈdɒktrɪneɪtɪd 
dɪsˈpɛl 
ɪnˈhɪərənt rɪsks 
ˌʌnrɪˈlaɪəbl ˈɒnˌlaɪn ˌɪnfəˈmeɪʃən
lɒŋ-vjuː 
əˈsɛs 

Vocabulary Practice

Remember and fill in the blanks:

There are some today who would argue that the internet has s_____________________d the role of traditional education s_____________e it r____________t. In my opinion, though the internet o________________________s for learning, schools are a c________________r.

What s__________s the internet from how other advances in technology have impacted education is g______________________y to information. It is no e__________________n to c_______m that nearly everything can be found on the internet. School age children can a________s educational videos on YouTube, read online articles and use i_______________________________s. As they get older, the possibilities e_________d and include s_________________s, v____________________________s like Z___m, and online newspapers from every country in the world that can be translated to your n________________e in m__________________________s. There is i_____________________l for a__________________s and parents who choose to h______________l.

Nonetheless, schools are the r____________________s of the internet. A lot of news is t_____________________y and n____________________d. This means that students can get led into d_________________s such as a___________________t websites that s______________e in s______________________a. Children and teens are e_______________________e to what they read online as they might be less s____________l. Teachers have more l____________________e and their training helps them a______________________________y. They can then p________________________n to their p___________s by teaching them how to r______________y, s______________s, and check information through a number of p_________________________________s. Without teachers, students are more likely to be i___________________d rather than educated.

In conclusion, teachers are important to d________l the i______________s of u______________________n. Schools and administrators ought to take a l______________w in order to a_________s the value of the internet for learning.

Listen and check:

Listening Practice

Here’s what Bill Gates think:

and you can also listen to my IELTS speaking answer on a subject that I would eliminate from schools:

Reading Practice

Read a counter-point here:

https://www.wired.com/story/education-is-human-thing-covid-19-will-push-online/

Speaking Practice

Answer the related questions below about teachers from the real exam:

Teachers

Did you ever want to be a teacher?
Which teacher do you remember best?
What did you like most about your teachers?
Do teachers remember their students in your country?

Real IELTS Speaking Exam

Writing Practice

Answer this similar question then check with my sample answer below:

Some believe that money for education should mainly be spent on better computers while others believe it would be better spent on teachers.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Real Past IELTS Exam/Test


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