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(Model essay) Academic exam as seen in Vietnam, Australia and Malaysia in August 2011

Posted on August 31, 2011 by - 5 Comments

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

Some people think that schools are merely turning children into good citizens and workers, rather than benefitting them as individuals.  To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Education and the schooling experience have evolved in the wake of new technologies such as the Internet.  This in turn has had a profound effect on the training students receive and the ultimate people they become upon graduating.  It is disagreed that schools today are producing mechanically-thinking workers and refraining from developing students as individuals.  This will be shown by looking at the current changes underway in both modern and traditional school systems.

Firstly, many modern school curriculums are becoming computerized and this is doing a lot to encourage student development as individuals.  Take South Korea, for example.  Traditionally, Korean classrooms were packed with forty students and this provided very little face time between instructor and pupil.  However, under a new government policy, all students are to receive tablet computers to allow them greater opportunity for interaction with their teachers and each other.  In addition to this, these tablet computers also provide access to other learning resources that may cater to the particular needs of gifted or challenged young people.  As this shows, the argument that today’s schools do not benefit pupils as individuals holds little merit.

In addition to this, trends within the developing world are also gravitating towards providing students with individualized school curriculums.  In China, for example, middle and high school youths today are free to select a number of elective courses that allow them to demonstrate their skills in areas they are particularly strong in as well as develop their unique identities.  As schooling continues to become more tailored to the needs of young people, it is difficult to see how the argument that schools do not produce dynamically thinking individuals holds much water.

After looking at how the world’s schools are increasingly making efforts to meet the needs of individual students, it is hard to see the plausibility of any counter argument.  Thus, it is hoped the educational experience of young people will continue to evolve in a manner that meets their needs.

(Model essay) General exam in late July as seen in Perth, Australia

Posted on August 24, 2011 by - 2 Comments

Ryan’s notes:

  • Several students told me they saw the following question on their General exam in Australia.  (Thanks to those students for passing on the info.)

High school aged students should be taught how to manage money.  Do you agree or disagree?

Often, people debate whether personal money management is a suitable topic for a high school classroom.  However, having an understanding of monetary manipulation is a skill that everyone in the world needs to have at least basic knowledge of.  Thus, it is agreed that high school aged students should be taught how to manage money.  This will be shown by analyzing how such a course can both instill good business sense in young people as well as prepare them for the working world they face after finishing their education.

Firstly, one of the merits of educating students about money matters is that it often fosters business success later in life.  For instance, a high school friend of mine was taught how to manage money by his father, who owned and ran a car dealership.  Today, this same friend runs a very profitable company, no doubt partly because of the financial information his father bestowed upon him.  As this shows, providing young people with information regarding how to handle money is a good thing.

In addition to this, teaching adolescents about how to regulate their funds helps to prepare them for independence.  For example, during my senior year in high school, I was privileged enough to be enrolled in an accounting course which taught a unit of study entitled ‘Managing Money’.  I found that the topics covered in this unit were extremely helpful the following year when I moved on to university and out of my parents’ house.  As my experience shows, teaching young people how to be financially independent can be helpful to them later in their lives.

After looking at how adolescents are benefitted through basic monetary instruction, it has been proven that this course of study is a positive thing.  Thus, it is hoped that high school aged students the world over be exposed to some kind of training regarding the handling of money.

(Model essay) August 2011 Academic exam in Abu Dhabi

Posted on August 22, 2011 by - 1 Comment

The popularity of news media often has significant influence on people’s lives.  Some people believe this to be a negative development.  Do you agree or disagree?

Since the invention of modern media, news feeds have become an increasingly invasive force in the lives of all human beings.  However, it is disagreed that the development of news media is negative.  This will be shown by looking at how news media encourages both awareness and transparency within the world.

Firstly, modern media sources have made great inroads in the spreading of knowledge.  For example, the Internet allowed (and continues to allow) the world to witness the uprisings of the Arab Spring.  Had these images not been made available to a scrutinizing global audience, it is possible the entire phenomenon could have cost many more lives than it did.  As this example shows, modern news media allows the human family to keep watch of each other and provide aid if it is needed.

In addition to this, news media sources have developed transparency and accountability the world over, which has done a lot to tackle corruption.  Take the tragic high-speed train crash in China as an example.  Despite trying to quickly bury the carriages involved, the Chinese government was forced to admit that serious corruption problems had plagued the project from the beginning.  The healthy dialogues that the media coverage of this unfortunate event sparked will hopefully continue to encourage integrity within the Chinese government.  It is for reasons such as this that news media should be thought of as a positive entity in the world.

After looking at how news media helps to develop awareness and transparency, its benefits can clearly be seen.  It is hoped free press will continue to grow with the help of technology and modern tools.

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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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First model essay of 2017! I make up all of the examples!

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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