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This is an IELTS Writing Task 2 sample answer essay from the real IELTS test/exam related to robots in the home.

This is an interesting topic and a similar one could come up on your exam.

Normally, I recommend discussing both sides your writing but I don’t with this one. Read why below.

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Listen to the audio before reading my sample answer to practice your listening:

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer Essay: Robots at Home (Real Past IELTS Tests/Exams)

Nowadays more tasks at home and work are being performed by robots.

Is this a negative or positive development?

Real Past IELTS Tests/Exams

It is becoming increasingly common for homeowners and businesses to use robots to deal with daily tasks. I believe this trend is wholly positive because it saves individuals time and allows businesses to better allocate resources.

Those who use various advances in robotics in the home have more free time. Fully humanoid robots are rare but more and more families now use robotic vacuums such as the Roomba, mobile webcams for security surveillance, lawn care machines and devices that bridge the gap between robotics and artificial intelligence like Amazon Alexa and Google Home to make life easier. These devices save a lot of time for their users that can be better invested in hobbies, exercise, family, entertainment, and spending time with your significant other.

In the past, a sizeable percentage of operating budgets went to labour but as this number begins to dwindle we will see a concomitant rise in investiture in areas like research and development. Large companies such as Amazon, Google, Apple and automobile manufacturers can now invest in developing artificial intelligence, improving existing products, making safer cars, and so on. Over time, these benefits will add up to hasten both the pace of technological development and the speed with which new advances reach consumers. Robots will replace jobs reliant on manual labour and divert those wasted dollars to more important, creative areas that elevate human endeavours.

The large scale adoption of robotics bodes well for the future as it will streamline both home and work. There are looming risks related to massive unemployment but these can be mitigated with governmental regulation and by encouraging ethical corporate practices.

Word Count: 267

Analysis

1. It is becoming increasingly common for homeowners and businesses to use robots to deal with daily tasks. 2. I believe this trend is wholly positive because it saves individuals time and allows businesses to better allocate resources.

  1. For your first sentence, paraphrase the overall topic of the essay.
  2. Write your opinion, make it clear! I chose in this one to go with one side so that I can talk about robots and home and business in separate paragraphs and develop both ideas fully.

1. Those who use various advances in robotics in the home have more free time. 2. Fully humanoid robots are rare but more and more families now use robotic vacuums such as the Roomba, mobile webcams for security surveillance, lawn care machines and devices that bridge the gap between robotics and artificial intelligence like Amazon Alexa and Google Home to make life easier. 3. These devices save a lot of time for their users that can be better invested in hobbies, exercise, family, entertainment, and spending time with your significant other.

  1. Write a simple topic sentence with your first main idea.
  2. Develop it as specifically as possible – notice my vocabulary and the specific products named.
  3. Continue to develop your main idea. Aim for 4-5 sentences. My paragraph is shorter because the sentences are long and the idea is fairly simple.

1. In the past, a sizeable percentage of operating budgets went to labour but as this number begins to dwindle we will see a concomitant rise in investiture in areas like research and development. 2. Large companies such as Amazon, Google, Apple and automobile manufacturers can now invest in developing artificial intelligence, improving existing products, making safer cars, and so on. 3. Over time, these benefits will add up to hasten both the pace of technological development and the speed with which new advances reach consumers. 4. Robots will replace jobs reliant on manual labour and divert those wasted dollars to more important, creative areas that elevate human endeavours.

  1. Start with another topic sentence with your main idea at the end.
  2. Again, be specific – name real companies and products.
  3. State the result to continue developing your example.
  4. Conclude by answering the overall question of the essay directly.

1. The large scale adoption of robotics bodes well for the future as it will streamline both home and work. 2. There are looming risks related to massive unemployment but these can be mitigated with governmental regulation and by encouraging ethical corporate practices.

  1. Repeat your opinion.
  2. Write an extra detail/final thought at the end to get full points from the IELTS examiner for task achievement.

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean?

It is becoming increasingly common for homeowners and businesses to use robots to deal with daily tasks. I believe this trend is wholly positive because it saves individuals time and allows businesses to better allocate resources.

Those who use various advances in robotics in the home have more free time. Fully humanoid robots are rare but more and more families now use robotic vacuums such as the Roomba, mobile webcams for security surveillance, lawn care machines and devices that bridge the gap between robotics and artificial intelligence like Amazon Alexa and Google Home to make life easier. These devices save a lot of time for their users that can be better invested in hobbies, exercise, family, entertainment, and spending time with your significant other.

In the past, a sizeable percentage of operating budgets went to labour but as this number begins to dwindle we will see a concomitant rise in investiture in areas like research and development. Large companies such as Amazon, Google, Apple and automobile manufacturers can now invest in developing artificial intelligence, improving existing products, making safer cars, and so on. Over time, these benefits will add up to hasten both the pace of technological development and the speed with which new advances reach consumers. Robots will replace jobs reliant on manual labour and divert those wasted dollars to more important, creative areas that elevate human endeavours.

The large scale adoption of robotics bodes well for the future as it will streamline both home and work. There are looming risks related to massive unemployment but these can be mitigated with governmental regulation and by encouraging ethical corporate practices.

Answers

increasingly common more and more often

homeowners people who have houses

deal with handle

wholly positive entirely good

better allocate resources put money into new areas

fully humanoid robots robots that are similar to people

Roomba an electronic vacuum device

mobile webcams cameras on your computer

security surveillance keeping a watch on your home for criminals

lawn care taking care of your yard

bridge the gap shorten the distance/link

artificial intelligence smart computers

better invested allocate resources smarter

significant other girlfriend/boyfriend/husband/wife

sizeable percentage large proportion

operating budgets money to run your business

labour workforce

dwindle disappearing

concomitant rise resultant increase

investiture funding

research and development money spent on coming up with new ideas

existing products what your company already makes

add up combine to

hasten speed up

new advances reach consumers new technology finds its way to customers

reliant on depend on

manual labour physical work

divert take from

elevate human endeavours allow for greater achievements

large scale adoption everyone using

bodes well is a good sign

streamline simplify, speed up

looming risks upcoming problems

massive unemployment lots of people without jobs

mitigated lessen the impact of

encouraging ethical corporate practices incentivising companies to be good

Pronunciation

ɪnˈkriːsɪŋli ˈkɒmən 
həʊmˈəʊnəz 
diːl wɪð 
ˈhəʊli ˈpɒzətɪv 
ˈbɛtər ˈæləʊkeɪt rɪˈsɔːsɪz
ˈfʊli ˈhjuːmənɔɪd ˈrəʊbɒts 
ruːmbɑ
ˈməʊbaɪl ˈwɛbˌkæmz 
sɪˈkjʊərɪti sɜːˈveɪləns
lɔːn keə 
brɪʤ ðə gæp 
ˌɑːtɪˈfɪʃ(ə)l ɪnˈtɛlɪʤəns 
ˈbɛtər ɪnˈvɛstɪd 
sɪgˈnɪfɪkənt ˈʌðə
ˈsaɪzəbl pəˈsɛntɪʤ 
ˈɒpəreɪtɪŋ ˈbʌʤɪts 
ˈleɪbə 
ˈdwɪndl 
kənˈkɒmɪtənt raɪz 
ɪnˈvɛstɪʧə 
rɪˈsɜːʧ ænd dɪˈvɛləpmənt
ɪgˈzɪstɪŋ ˈprɒdʌkts
æd ʌp 
ˈheɪsn 
njuː ədˈvɑːnsɪz riːʧ kənˈsjuːməz
rɪˈlaɪənt ɒn 
ˈmænjʊəl ˈleɪbə 
daɪˈvɜːt 
ˈɛlɪveɪt ˈhjuːmən ɪnˈdɛvəz
lɑːʤ skeɪl əˈdɒpʃ(ə)n 
bəʊdz wɛl 
ˈstriːmlaɪn 
ˈluːmɪŋ rɪsks 
ˈmæsɪv ˌʌnɪmˈplɔɪmənt 
ˈmɪtɪgeɪtɪd 
ɪnˈkʌrɪʤɪŋ ˈɛθɪkəl ˈkɔːpərɪt ˈpræktɪsɪz

Listen and repeat:

Vocabulary Practice

Remember and fill in the blanks:

It is becoming ______________ for ______________ and businesses to use robots to ______________ daily tasks. I believe this trend is ______________ because it saves individuals time and allows businesses to ______________.

Those who use various advances in robotics in the home have more free time. ______________ are rare but more and more families now use robotic vacuums such as the ______________, ______________ for ______________, ______________ machines and devices that ______________ between robotics and ______________ like Amazon Alexa and Google Home to make life easier. These devices save a lot of time for their users that can be ______________ in hobbies, exercise, family, entertainment, and spending time with your ______________.

In the past, a ______________ of ______________ went to ______________ but as this number begins to ______________ we will see a ______________ in ______________ in areas like ______________. Large companies such as Amazon, Google, Apple and automobile manufacturers can now invest in developing artificial intelligence, improving ______________, making safer cars, and so on. Over time, these benefits will ______________ to ______________ both the pace of technological development and the speed with which ______________. Robots will replace jobs ______________ ______________ and ______________ those wasted dollars to more important, creative areas that ______________.

The ______________ of robotics ______________ for the future as it will ______________ both home and work. There are ______________ related to ______________ but these can be ______________ with governmental regulation and by ______________.

Listen and check:

Listening Practice

Watch the video below for more ideas for your examples:

Reading Practice

Read a counterpoint here:

https://www.wired.com/story/sci-fi-promised-us-home-robots-so-where-are-they/

Speaking Practice

Practice your speaking with these questions from IELTS speaking part 1:

  1. Do you like robots?
  2. Did you watch movies or shows about robots as a child?
  3. Would you like to have a robot in your home?
  4. Would you like to ride in a car driven by a robot?

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