IELTS Essay: Do prisons work?

Writing task 2 

You should spend 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

In many places, prisons are overcrowded and expensive for governments to maintain. Yet, when offenders are released, they end up back in prison a short while later.

Do prisons work?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant example from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Sample Answer


Imprisonment is one of the most common forms of punishment in several parts of the world. But, how effective is this system? A high percentage of prisoners relapse into crime once they are released into the community. They are imprisoned again and this vicious cycle continues forever. In my view, sentencing criminals to time in prison fails in most cases and in this essay I will explain why.

Firstly, offenders enjoy a comfortable life in prisons. Many of them have access to luxuries such as televisions, mobile phones, free internet and sport facilities etc. In other words, instead of being a place where lawbreakers should learn a life lesson, prisons become holiday camps. If the penal system really expects prisons to act as a deterrent, then I think it should be tougher.

Secondly, I do not accept that all offenders need to be separated from society. Take pickpockets and shoplifters as examples. Keeping these petty criminals in the same cells as rapists, murderers or violent criminals actually worsens the situation. This is because after serving their time in prisons, juvenile and minor offenders often turn into habitual and professional criminals.  Sadly, governments and tax payers have to bear the cost of keeping these recidivists (= a criminal who continues to commit crimes even after they have been punished) in jails. I think punishing them through fines, community service or other non-custodial means etc. is a better option.

To conclude, I do understand that criminals who pose a threat to society cannot be allowed to roam freely. For such people, imprisonment is necessary. But, for other offences prison is not the answer. In my view, the severity of the crime committed should be taken into consideration before deciding on the punishment.

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IELTS academic writing task 2 tips

IELTS academic writing task 2 tips: How to improve your score

In this task, both General Training and Academic students are expected to write an essay on a given topic. The following table gives an overview of the don’ts and do’s of writing task 2.

 

Don’ts Do’s
Copy the given introduction Rewrite the introduction of the essay in your own language.
Poor task response

Poor understanding of the question and irrelevant information

Good task response

Understand the question, plan your essay and include relevant information.

Telling stories about your personal life, friends or family. Give more general examples to support your views.
Poor structure i.e. writing the whole essay in one or two paragraphs. Write in small paragraphs: Introduction, main body paragraphs and conclusion.
Illegible (difficult to read) handwriting. Write neatly.
Writing too few words. Count the number of words.

minimum 250 words

Writing too many words. Task 2: maximum 280-300 words
Using informal language. Use academic vocabulary.
Weak linking of ideas Use connectors to link your ideas.
Using contractions such as doesn’t, don’t and shouldn’t etc. Use full forms like does not, do not and should not etc.
Using jargons (special words and phrases that are used by particular groups of people, especially in their work) Make your ideas and examples accessible to a general reader. For example, if you are a mechanical engineer, do not use specialized terms of your field.

 

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IELTS Writing Letter: Problem with a neighbour

IELTS Writing Letter: Problem with a neighbour

You should spend 20 minutes on this task.
You have a problem with a neighbour.
Write a letter to your neighbour. In your letter

  • Describe the problem
  • Say how long it has been a problem
  • Explain what action you would like the neighbour to take

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ………………..

Sample Answer:

Dear Mr Singh,

I am writing to you to see what can be done about the loud noise coming from your flat. It seems that you are renovating your kitchen.

In the evenings we hear a lot of banging, hammering and drilling. Thinking that the problem will be for one or two days only, I kept on ignoring the noise. But, more than 10 days have passed and the amount of noise is increasing day by day. The deafening sounds of hammers and drilling machines are spoiling our evenings. It has become almost impossible for me and my family to do anything in the evening. Kids have their exams in two weeks. Therefore, something must be done to solve this issue.

I understand that your full-time work does not permit you to call the workers during the daytime. I would suggest that you contact a professional builder and take some days off from work. Certainly, an experienced person will be more efficient. Both I and my wife are working and our children are in their schools, so any noise between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm will not affect us.

If you need any assistance in finding a professional builder, I can help you. Please feel free to call me on 0091 788989898.

Hoping that you will take this suggestion into consideration. (221 Words)

Regards,

Lovely Singh

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IELTS Essay: Compulsory sports in school – agree/disagree?

IELTS Essay: Compulsory sports in school – agree/disagree?

Writing task 2
You should spend 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Health and fitness levels of children and teenagers are declining these days. Therefore, physical education and sport should be compulsory for all students in all schools.

Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant example from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Sample Answer


Most countries across the globe are witnessing an alarming decline in the overall health and fitness levels of school-aged children. Health experts propose that participation in sports and physical education should be mandatory for all able-bodied school students. I completely agree with this idea as this practice will not only develop beneficial exercise habits in students but also mould their personalities.

Sport is a powerful medium which can teach children valuable life lessons. It teaches them concentration, discipline and a good work ethic. We can be successful only if we train hard, stay focused and exercise self-control. Behavioural development in another positive aspect of sports. Students learn how to behave, or how not to behave in defeat. They learn to maintain composure in the face of disappointment, a life skill which is worth mastering. It also improves their ability to recover quickly from setbacks.

Undoubtedly, sport inculcates a competitive spirit but it teaches us restraint too: a player has to stay calm to cope up with the intense pressure to have a chance of winning. This ability can also be very helpful for students in their academic exams. Furthermore, team sports teach children how to work as a team and be respectful to others. Being a ‘team player’ is highly valued by employers and behavioural skills like communication and cooperation not only prepare us for the workplace but for the rest of our lives.

To sum up, sport definitely has a place in the school curriculum. Active participation in school sports will make our children fit and active. They will also learn important life skills. Therefore, the practice of mandatory physical education for all children who are physically able should be introduced.

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