IELTS Test (France) April 2011 Task 2 Question

According to, a student received this Task 2 question on their examination:

Many people want their country to host an international sporting event. Others believe that international sporting events bring more problems than benefits. Discuss both views and include your opinion, supported by examples.

Let’s write a response together. Firstly, please note that this essay question clearly states ‘discuss both views‘ so our only option here is to write a discussion essay.

International sporting events do a lot for cultural understanding and economical development among the global family. However, the staging of major international sporting spectacles is not entirely positive. Thus, the opinions surrounding whether international sporting events contribute positively to a country or not will be analyzed before a reasoned conclusion is drawn.

It is believed by many that countries who host major international sporting events reap numerous rewards. Take the Beijing Olympics of 2008, for example. These Olympic games greatly helped China to shed its twentieth century status as an incapable, political mess. This positive change to the country’s image did a lot to encourage international trade partners, who may have been weary of the country’s capabilities otherwise. Thus, it is clear why many people around the world want their country to host an international sporting event.

However, there are other groups who feel internationally held sporting events do more harm than good to a country. For example, the Formula 1 race held annually in various cities around the world is often criticized for its insensitive nature towards the environment. As the racetracks are only used once a year, many feel this wastes the huge stretches of land they sit on, land that would perhaps be better used for residential purposes. Thus, it is understandable why many do not support their country’s foray into international sporting.

After looking at both sides of the argument, it is felt that a country’s participation in international sporting events is much more positive than negative. It is hoped international sport can help promote cultural understanding.

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7 Responses to IELTS Test (France) April 2011 Task 2 Question

  1. carol says:

    Ryan this is great,would like to add that when discussing ,you can end up with both sides having equal weight,so my suggestion is ,the essay can end up with a comment for more research.or please let your on line people know what to do in case you discuss and don’t come up with any conclusion.Thanks Caro

    • Ryan says:

      Thanks for sharing, Carol. Personally, I recommend IELTS exam students write in agreement or disagreement to help them avoid small grammatical errors that typically arise when trying to take the middleroad.

      Good luck,

  2. danny says:

    Many thanks to you Ryan. I hope you would post more model answer for recent Ielts questions like this. Please keep up with the good work.

    • Ryan says:

      My pleasure, Danny. Yes, I had a surge of visits in response to this post. I will definitely get a few more models like this one up in the coming weeks.

      Good luck,

  3. m says:

    How to write at level 7 in IELTS? I want to get 7 in writing in IELTS.

    Because I got 6 in Writing in IELTS. This is big jumping.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Ryan, you overall website seems o be very helpful, great job. well, This essay seems to be written in very complicated English for me. Are we required to use such English. If you have to grade your own essay how will you grade it from 1 to 9 scale??

  5. Brian says:

    Hi Ryan

    Great essay. But why you didn’t put your opinion with “I” and used passive tense? I think it’s one mistake you already mentioned on your site

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