Writing task 2: It is better for children to begin learning a foreign language at primary school rather than secondary school.

Writing task 2
Some experts 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 drawbacks?
Write at least 250 words.

Sample Answer

Foreign languages have become a key component of school curriculum in many parts of the world. But, whether children should learn them at primary or secondary school is a topic of frequent discussion. Some people argue that children should be introduced to international languages at primary level. Personally, I believe that the pros of this early exposure of foreign languages outnumber the cons.

To begin with, in today’s globalized world, it is almost impossible to deny the significance of being a bilingual or a multilingual. Our foreign language abilities play a defining role in every field, be it finding a dream job in a multinational company or settling in a new country. Therefore, teaching international languages to young pupils is a major step towards their bright future. More importantly, children’s minds are highly receptive when they are young. They can learn anything much more quickly than adults and are not afraid of making mistakes. These early language lessons can not only boost the confidence level of learners but also help them attain native-like fluency. These classes will also have a positive impact on children’s social life.

On the other hand, the negatives of making children learn an international language when they do not understand its value should not be overlooked. Most schools, especially the Asian ones, have many subjects like science, mathematics, history and geography etc. in their curriculum. As a result, young students have a lot to learn. So, including one more subject in the form of a foreign language definitely puts additional pressure on children. Some learners find it hard to cope with this extra work. It is often observed that if students do not get the support they need, they tend to lose their interest in the language.

To sum up, language acquisition is a gradual process. The sooner it begins, the better the results will be. I believe that careful lesson planning can make the entire learning experience enjoyable and rewarding for every child.

IELTS BAND 7

Graph # Population aged 65 and over between 1940 and 2040

IETLS Writing Task 1 # Graph

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The line graph below shows the proportion of the population aged 65 and over between 1940 and 2040 in three different countries.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 words.

Graph

Source: adapted from Cambridge IELTS 5

Sample Answer

The line graph illustrates the variations in the percentage of old people aged 65 and above in Japan, Sweden and USA over a 100-year period from 1940 to 2040.
In 1940, just under ten percent of the US population was 65 and over, the highest figure among the listed countries. Sweden and Japan stood at the second and third place respectively with nearly 7% and 5% population in this age range. In the next 50 years (i.e. 1940-1990), the curves followed strikingly similar upward trends in western countries. The proportion of elderly in the USA reached the mark of 15% whereas the percentage was slightly less than 15% in Sweden. In comparison, there was a small decrease of about 2% in the Japanese figures during this period.

Between 1990 and the present, the American figures remained constant while Sweden and Japan experienced a gradual increase in their percentages. Notably, these proportions are expected to rise dramatically in the next two decades in all the three countries. By 2040, the ageing population will account for nearly one fourth of the total population in these nations.

Overall, it is evident that the proportion of elderly people has risen in all the given countries. This trend is predicted to continue in the future and by 2040, these countries will have a similar number of old people (about 25%). (225 Words)

IELTS Cue Card: Describe a mistake you made

Here is latest cue card question December 2016. IELTS Band9 level answer

Describe a mistake you made

  • what the mistake was
  • when you made it
  • why you made it
  • And explain how it affected you.
Sample Answer

To err is human. Today, I’m going to talk about a mistake I made when I was in 6th class.

One day my sister was quite unwell. She was suffering from fever. There was only one doctor in my village and there were no mobile phones at that time. The only way to call the doctor was to send someone to fetch him. Unfortunately, my father had gone somewhere.  My mother asked me to go to the doctor. Since it was quite cold and dark outside, I told her that I would fetch the doctor tomorrow.

In the night my sister’s condition deteriorated, her fever was touching the mark of 104-105 degree Fahrenheit. She started murmuring. That was the most difficult time for me and my mummy. I was cursing myself. If I had gone to the doctor on time, my sister would not have been in this situation.
I made this mistake without realizing that I was making a mistake. I was a child and I had no idea about how high fever can be life threatening for someone.

This incident affected me a lot. With God’s grace and my mother’s efforts, my sister survived. But, her complete recovery took a long time. Now, I am much more careful about health and I never ignore any kind of health problems.

IELTS BAND7

Improve the Writing Score in IELTS

To improve the writing score, IELTS candidates should use effective language in their letters.
Let us look at some important phrases which can used in a letter of complaint. You don’t have to memorize all of them, just choose one relevant phrase for each paragraph and use the same in all letters of complaints.

For Paragraph 1 (Introduction of the letter)
  • I am writing to complain about ……
  • I am writing in regard to ……
  • The reason I am writing to you is ………..
  • I am writing to express my concern about ………..
  • I am writing to express my dissatisfaction with ……….
  • I would like to bring the matter of ………to your attention
  • I would like to draw your attention to ………
For Paragraph 2 (Explaining the problem)
  • You can imagine how unhappy I was to discover …..
  • I was supposed to receive ……… Unfortunately, that never happened.
  • I regret to inform you that your service was below my expectations.
  • I regret to inform you that your service was highly disappointing.
  • When I tried to contact the manager by phone, no one could offer a sensible answer to me.
  • When I called the office, no one responded.
  • I contacted your manager/representative last week ….. Unfortunately, he denied me the service that I requested.
For Paragraph 3 (Proposing a solution)
  • I insist on getting a refund of …
  • Please look into this matter as soon as possible.
  • I believe that this matter deserves your urgent attention
  • I hope you can settle this matter by giving a full refund of the amount ….
  • The ideal solution would be …

Conclude your letter in the following manner:
If you know the name of person you are writing to, you should write
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely,
Your name

If you don’t know the name of person you are writing to, you should write
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours faithfully,
Your name

Some sample letter are here… at category->IELTS-preparation->IELTS-letter-writing

IELTS Band7

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