IELTS Speaking Cue Card: Describe something which cannot be learnt in school
Describe something which cannot be learnt in school
You have to say:
What is it
When and where did you learn it
How did you learn it
Explain what you use it for.
Alma Mater is a place where one not only learns how to gain conceptual and theoretical knowledge but also to project himself by getting adequate training in personality development. Besides this, various extracurricular activities are taught to the students which are continued throughout life. However, I personally believe that the school does not teach us the traditional and moral values.The reason being that a child spends only around six hours in school and the rest at home.
Moreover, this is something which cannot be taught. It is imbibed in a human being as he/she grows with his family, siblings and neighborhood. This includes respecting our cultural values, giving due regards to women, elders and abiding the law of the land. A human being’s character builds up as he learns these peculiar qualities while growing up.
It is the prime responsibility of parents to set good examples for their children. I myself learnt these values from my parents and grandparents. These are to be absorbed as one grows witnessing his family members and elder people. These have become a permanent feature of my personality and I use them in my day to day life. Be it my home or my workplace or the time when I’m commuting in a metro train. I try to be as considerate and compassionate as possible while dealing with the old and the women.
The busy schedule of parents nowadays is depriving our generations of these values which are of paramount importance to the individuals and the society as a whole. If these values are not taught, it will lead to creation of a misguided youth who will not be the responsible citizens of society. A person may be successful in his career, which makes him financially strong but till the time he is not respectful to the society he is not a responsible citizen of the nation.
IELTS Writing Task, Letter to your friend to get a part-time job while you are studying
You are going to another country to study. You would like to do a part-time job while you are studying, so you want to ask a friend who lives there for some help. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter,
Give details of your study plans
Explain why you want to get a part-time job
Suggest how your friend could help you find a job
Finally after waiting for ages for my visa, I received it in the mail day before yesterday. I am glad to let you know that I’ll be leaving for Canada on 3rd November and it’d be pretty helpful if you can get your old pal of the airport. The feedback you gave me on maritime engineering and the career prospects seemed too irresistible so, after extensive research I decided on the same course. As you must be well aware I have enrolled in the same university as yours however, I’ll be studying at a different campus.
I had a few things in mind that can be taken care of before I arrive there. I’d really appreciate it if you can help a brother land a part time job. It’s pretty expensive in Toronto and I’d like to be more self dependent so I think it’s high time I start working and managing my finances. Also the dormitory will be available from the 6th so would you be able to accommodate me for a couple of days?
You can ask your employer or maybe some friends of yours can recommend me at their workplace. From what I’ve read on the net, the format of C.V is quite different too so I’ll mail you my resume and can you please help me edit it accordingly? The local newspapers dish out recruitment ads too. Maybe you can have a look there and let me know if something worthy comes up.
I look forward to seeing you soon and hopefully we’ll create some more rap music like the good old days. (267 Words)
IELTS Writing Essay, Prison is the only truly effective form of punishment
“Prison is the only truly effective form of punishment, because it separates criminals from society.” To what extent do you support this view? You should give reasons for your answer, and include ideas and examples from your own knowledge and experience.
There is no doubt that we need to find effective forms of punishment for criminals and also find ways to protect citizens from the threat of crime. I personally feel that prison is one of the many options we should have at our disposal but is not always the most effective.
Firstly, I do not accept that all criminals need to be separated from society. Juvenile and minor offenders can be punished through fines, community service or other non-custodial means. This is cheaper than prison and prevents the damage to the criminal’s family which in itself could generate further social problems. Furthermore, by keeping these small-scale criminals in society, we can try to rehabilitate them, for example through training or education programmes. This will help to reduce re- offending in future.
Besides this, if offenders are believed to be a threat to their fellow citizens, there are ways of containing them such as electronic tagging, curfews or regular reporting to the police. Such methods have been shown to be effective in reducing criminal behaviour and are themselves quite a strong punishment, as they restrict an offender’s freedom greatly. Finally, we should remember that prisons are to some extent ‘schools of crime’ and in many cases prisoners end their jail terms as more capable and determined criminals than when they entered.
Of course, it is true that in certain cases we need to both punish criminals and isolate them from other people. I recognise that violent or dangerous people need to be imprisoned – yet I believe this applies to a small minority of instances.
To conclude, I feel that prison is a last resort in cases where there is no alternative. This does not make it the only effective punishment, but rather the most severe among a variety of possibilities.
Describe a historical place that you know about.
You should say:
What the place is
Where it is located
What is the historical significance of the place
And describe your experience of the place.
I have been travelling frequently for the past one year and in this time, I have visited many places of historical significance. There are many places that have blown my mind away with their architecture and historical significance but none so more than the Ajanta and Ellora caves.
The caves are an ancient monument that date back to 2nd century BCE. They are approximately 30 in number however, more were added to them later on in the coming centuries. According to historians they are monasteries and worship halls of Buddhists monks. They have greatly influenced Indian art that followed in the coming years.
They are located in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra (Western India). The caves include paintings and rock-cut sculptures which are very well preserved. They are first of their own kind as experts say the paintings and gestures made by the sculptures show emotions. Vivid colours were used to make wall paintings while fine clay was used to make statues.
There are several accounts mentioning the caves in the history however it was not until the British rule in 18th century that they were discovered hidden in the forest. They are a UNESCO world heritage site and have had a strong influence on artefacts as well in the spread of Buddhism in south East Asia. They were used as monasteries for monks who were travelling around spreading Buddhism so apart from cultural significance it also has a lot of religious importance too.
Well it was very mesmerising to be honest. The caves are still very well preserved and to see such art and different colours being used in it during that time not only describes the importance of colours in our life, but also how advanced Indians were in art and craft during those times. As someone who is fond of history all I can say is, I was mind blown by those caves and no amount of splendid photography can do justice to such marvellous structures.