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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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Here is the essay as it appears in the video:

Nowadays, all new town planning should include public parks, shopping malls and sports facilities. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Designing the layout of a new town is an extremely intricate process. The question of what should and should not be included sets the foundation of the town’s identity forever. In my opinion, the addition of public parks, shopping malls and sports facilities is essential to the incubation of community and the encouragement of healthy lifestyles. I thus agree that these items should be included when a new town is being planned, and I will share examples to prove this.

Firstly, public parks and shopping centres help new towns foster a sense of community. For example, my small Canadian town has a very nice park near its centre. At weekends, the open context of the park environment makes it possible for people to meet each other and create friendships. This sort of organic community building is seen in my hometown’s shopping mall, too. Shopping malls encourage interaction, and thus they are great forums within which people can mingle and have experiences that could evolve into friendships. Thus, the helpful role public parks and shopping malls play in the establishing of a new town is clear.

Secondly, sports facilities catalyse positive lifestyle choices among townsfolk. For instance, the central location of my small town’s football pitch is a regular reminder to people passing by that exercise is important. Children in the town are visually aware that sport is accessible to them, and thus they engage in physical activity regularly. This is a clear advantage to town designs that include sports facilities.

As the above shows, public parks, shopping malls and sports facilities are helpful in many ways to the establishment of a town. Their inclusion in the planning of new towns is thus highly recommended.

You choose the prepositions!

 

The essay as it appears in the video:

What are some alternatives to fossil fuels? Do you feel the world will ever stop using them?

Global dependence on fossil fuels continues to be a pressing problem in the modern world. Although environmentally friendly energy sources are available, market prices make these alternatives prohibitively expensive for most people. I argue that humanity will indeed stop using fossil fuels in the future, but this will only happen when the price of cleaner energy sources falls to a point of competition. This will be proved by looking specifically at current trends within solar energy and biodiesel consumption.

Firstly, the increased availability of solar water heaters has made solar energy prices competitive with fossil fuels in some parts of the world. For example, the mass production of solar water heaters in China has led to their adoption as a cheap alternative to water heated using coal. Because this trend comes as a direct result of financial incentive, it is logical to conclude that market shifts will eventually cause green energy to take the place of fossil fuels.

This phenomenon is further exemplified by alternative fuel types such as biodiesel. For instance, although still slightly more expensive than energy sources derived from fossil fuels, biodiesel’s steady decline in price over the past 20 years coincides directly with a rise in its sales in most parts of the world. As most experts argue, a massive shift to biodiesel consumption will occur when prices remain consistently below fossil fuels. Thus, worldwide dependence on fossil fuels can be expected to erode as alternatives become more economical.

As evidenced by these trends in solar energy and biodiesel consumption, humanity is gradually shifting itself from fossil fuels to more environmentally friendly energy sources, and I hope this development continues.

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Do the advantages trump the disadvantages in this IELTS essay?

[Note: The word ‘phenomenons’ appears in this video. This should be ‘phenomena’, as it is with reference to the scientific plural.]

More and more students are going to another country for higher education. Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?

It is very common today for students to go abroad to complete their college or university education. However, this trend presents both advantages and disadvantages to the students and the institutions involved. These items will be analysed in this essay before a position is declared.

The advantages of rising foreign student numbers are numerous. For one, this trend encourages human collaboration and the exchanging of ideas. For example, a Canadian engineering student attending a Japanese university would bring ideas and perspectives different to those of their classmates, a phenomenon that enriches the university’s program and level of discussion as a whole. In addition to this, having studied outside their home country, this student would take valuable international understanding with them, an important second benefit that promotes peace and international friendship. As this example shows, students and the world at large benefit when higher studies are engaged outside the home country.

However, many would argue the globalising of higher education does have certain disadvantages. For many young adults, foreign students may represent a threat to both professional opportunities after school and the overall workforce of their country. In the US, for example, companies scout talent on university campuses, and at select times this means offering employment to a foreign student instead of a local student. Although this scenario does occur, its impact on local graduates and their employment opportunities has been sensationalised by the media and large personalities like President Trump. Moreover, it should be remembered that attracting the world’s most talented students increases opportunities for important phenomena like scientific discoveries. Thus, the disadvantages of students going abroad for higher education are difficult to define.

As the above discussion reveals, the advantages of globalised higher education much outweigh the disadvantages, and I strongly hope countries continue to encourage the growth of their foreign student bodies.

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