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Task 1 (General) as seen in Brisbane, Australia, 25 June 2011, model letter response

Posted on June 30, 2011 by - 8 Comments

You are really impressed with the work of a photographer who captured guests at your friend’s party.  Write a letter to the photographer asking them to work at your next family event.  Your letter should include:

  1. Why you would like them to work for you.
  2. Which picture you liked most and why.
  3. What the family event is and what photo sizes you will require.

Dear Paul Lawson of Lawson Photography,

I am writing to you regarding your work and am hoping I can provide you more of it.

Honestly, I was quite taken by the portraits, couples and group shots you took at my friend Richard’s party last weekend.  The photos, now framed and sitting atop Richard’s piano, really captured the evening well and appear to be among the highest quality photography work I have ever seen.  In particular, there is a photo of Richard’s grandmother and grandfather, both Holocaust survivors, which reflects their happiness well and makes them look quite dignified in their old age.

Thus, I suppose it goes without saying that I am hoping I can convince you to join my family next month for the baptism of my cousin Robert’s son.  We’re hoping to have both indoor and outdoor small group shots, photos of the baptism itself and larger group shots of the entire family during the reception to follow.  All photos are to be in wallet and standard portrait sizes.

Hoping you will join us next month,

Ryan

Task 2 model response to a General question seen in Australia, June 2011

Posted on June 26, 2011 by - 4 Comments

(This question taken from www.ielts-blog.com.)

In the past, people wore traditional clothes, spoke languages and practiced activities as dictated by their regional culture.  These days, the world’s cultures resemble one another quite closely.  Do you think this is a positive or negative development?

Globalization has brought with it both positive and negative developments.  On the positive side, it has encouraged the world’s people to grow closer together through common culture and language.  On the negative side, it has caused the customs of certain people to become forgotten.  Despite this, it is argued the merging of the world’s lifestyles is a beneficial trend.  This will be proven by analyzing how common ideology and culture help to reduce both incidences of war and hate crime.

Firstly, countries that share common attributes tend to be less likely to engage in war with one another.  Europe acts as a good example here.  Only one hundred years ago, many European countries warred with each other over ideological differences.  Today, after major movements towards cultural, economical and linguistic unity, these same countries are proud to be united under a single heading, the European Union.  The now peaceful temperament of Europe acts as good evidence to the benefits that come through the blending of ideologies and cultures.

Secondly, the merging of global lifestyles poses a negative correlation to the incidences of hate crimes, and this is a very positive thing.  For example, membership to organized hate groups, such as the Klu Klux Klan, has fallen drastically over the last century in North America.  This drops occurs simultaneously with the immigration rises that occurred during the same period.  Thus, it can be concluded that the mixing of cultures directly reduces hate crime.

After analyzing the manner in which globalization minimizes both the chances of war and crimes motivated by hate, it is concluded that this is a trend that brings positive results to the world.  It is hoped the mixing of cultures increases globally into the foreseeable future.

Complete Task 2 response to an General question seen in Dhaka (June 11)

Posted on June 24, 2011 by - 3 Comments

(This question taken from www.ielts-blog.com.)

In many countries, crime is increasing.  What are the main reasons for this?  What can be done to improve the situation?  Support your position with relevant examples and include your own experience.

Although it is arguably impossible to pinpoint a single cause for the recent rise in global crime, the main culprits are thought to be poverty and political oppression.  A commonality between the two appears to be the dissatisfaction of a people.  Thus, it is argued that global crime can be reduced through measures that promote public feelings of well-being and security.  To prove this, strategies that reduce poverty and oppression will be analyzed.

Firstly, encouraging prosperity among poverty-stricken areas can be a very powerful tool when combating crime.  For example, a once dangerous area of my hometown in Ottawa has undergone major infrastructural development over the past twenty years.  The addition of schools, libraries and quality health facilities led to the establishment of a new economical status for the people who lived there.  With the rise of this new affluence came a major fall in crime rates.  This clearly shows how tackling the issue of poverty creates inroads against violations of the law.

In addition to this, providing people more political freedom can also reduce crime.  For instance, over the past ten years China has increasingly allowed critical comment of its ruling party to appear in local newspapers.  Despite the fact that this level of freedom pales in comparison with many other countries, it is felt this thawing of political control has done a lot to reduce crime rates across the country.  Thus, providing increasing levels of political freedom can be seen as a measure to combat crime.

After analyzing the reduction of poverty and political oppression, it is felt that crime is best tackled by reducing the causes of unrest among people.  By following this course of action, major reductions in global crime rates are expected.

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Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages in this IELTS essay? Watch and find out!

Here is the essay from the video:

Some people believe that it is better for children to begin learning a foreign language at primary school rather than secondary school. Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?

Foreign language studies are a typical component of curriculums the world over. However, the exact age at which students should first be introduced to a second language is often debated. Whether first taught at primary school or secondary school, advantages and disadvantages can be identified. This essay will analyse these items in an effort to prove one age group better than the other at which to begin foreign language studies.

Firstly, introducing a new language to primary school students has several advantages over delaying this introduction to secondary school. For one, as evidenced in numerous scientific studies, young minds are much more capable of acquiring accent, a truth that enables young people to reproduce language at a quality comparable to that of a native speaker. In addition to this, the heightened memories of young children make them much more capable of taking on the task of learning the massive amounts of vocabulary needed to be communicative in a second language. This of course accelerates their second language studies in ways not seen at the secondary school level. It is thus clear that teaching a second language at primary school has certain undeniable benefits.

Despite these advantages, there are potential drawbacks to introducing a foreign language at the primary school level. If the language component of the curriculum is not sensitive to local customs and traditions, it could interfere with a young learner’s understanding of their own culture, a challenge that is not apparent among the more mature secondary students. However, although this is a concern that should be taken seriously, educational bodies within a country have the power to review and vet content. This is a practice that curbs the possibility of cultural erosion. Further, delaying the introduction of foreign language studies also delays a student’s development as a worldly person that understands cultures outside their own. Thus, after analysis, the disadvantages to foreign language studies in primary school are not quite as discouraging as they may at first seem.

The above discussion makes clear that, despite select disadvantages, language learning is more effectively executed at primary school than secondary school. I thus hope governments the world over encourage the introduction of foreign language classes among their young learners.

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Some people feel raising the age limit required for obtaining a driver’s licence can enhance road safety. Would this be an effective strategy in your country?

The age at which a person is legally able to drive is a very important consideration. In my home country of Canada, successful test takers can drive independently at the age of 16, an age that I feel is too young. I thus agree that raising the driving age limit in my country would enhance road safety. To prove this, I will look at a driver’s maturity and the motivators behind their decision to drive.

Firstly, the experimental nature of the adolescent growth stage makes it a dangerous time at which to drive. Adolescent men, for example, are scientifically reported to have heightened levels of aggression, a trait that statistically diminishes by the time they are 20 years old. Thus, removing people prone to these more immature emotions can clearly have real ramifications on the overall safety of driving in Canada. Increasing the driving age should therefore be supported.

This position is further exemplified when looking at motivators behind a person’s decision to drive. For 16 year olds in Canada, these motivators tend to be social in nature, such as using a car to meet friends. Although many would argue this is a sign of healthy social development in a human being, it is a driving arrangement that sets up scenarios that can be very distracting for an inexperienced driver. In Canada, for example, traffic accidents are reportedly higher among 16 to 18 year olds travelling in cars with several passengers. Because motivators become less social as a person enters their twenties, these statistics suggest Canadian roads would be safer were the age limit of drivers raised and their motivations for driving evolved.

As the above shows, raising the age at which a person can drive would increase the safety of roads in my country. It is my hope that Canada does indeed take steps to put this new restriction on driving in place.

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