IELTS General Training Writing Task 1: Letter to a friend
A good friend has just changed school and is having difficulty fitting in and needs your advice.
Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:
• Make suggestions as to how they could make friends.
• Suggest joining clubs, participating in school activities.
• Give any extra general advice
Write at least 150 words.
I was glad to see your letter after a long time. I am sorry I couldn’t reply earlier as I went to Japan to spend holidays with my aunt. We returned last week. I am happy to know that you consider me a person whose advice can help you to adjust in a new environment.
I believe, in order to feel comfortable at a new place, you should start exploring all interesting places nearby. Be humble to the people you encounter with. Try to initiate dialogue with them, instead of waiting for them to be friendly. Then, share your contact number so that you can invite them to spend some quality time together. You can also join some clubs or hobby classes, where you can find people having the similar interests like you. In school, try to participate in some group activities for understanding your classmates. While doing such activities, you can also share your thoughts with them.
I hope you get some help from this letter to deal with the situation. I really miss the wonderful time we spent together in school. Keep writing so that we can carry forward this special bond of friendship for lifetime. (198 words)
Q1. Should there be competition at workplace? A1. Competition is pervasive i.e., found in all types of organisations. Competition at workplace can be healthy or unhealthy, depending on the attitude and intentions of a person who is competing. Healthy competition is considered to be constructive, whereas unhealthy competition could be quite destructive. Competition is a feeling which encourages people to contribute best of their efforts to achieve desired goals. Thus, in my opinion, as long as the competition is healthy, it is perfectly acceptable in the organisation.
Q2. What type of jobs have a high level of competition? A2. Employees work on different levels in an organisation. Jobs which are highly paid generally have a high level of competition as these involve an increased level of responsibility and accountability. Jobs which involve more power and authority tend to have high competition level.
Q3. Who is more successful: a person born with competitive skills or, the one who has learnt these skills? A3. In my opinion, successful people may or may not be born with competitive skills but they know how to best apply these skills in a productive way. They also keep enhancing their skills required to win the competition. Competitive people can utilise their aggression in a right and productive way. Competition is necessary to achieve something bigger but not at the cost of feelings and emotions of others.
REASONS FOR COMPETITION
Q4. Why do people compete? A4. There are different people with different levels of needs. People who wants to be recognised and praised, do favour competition. Some people believe in competition because they think that it leads to favourable outcomes. It gives them an edge over others. Competition is important for the people who want to perform better by breaking the existing records so as to create new benchmarks to follow. People with positive discontent also compete, where they remain dissatisfied with their current status, yet keep aspiring for better with a positive attitude.
Q5. What are the factors responsible for preventing a person from being competitive? A5. In my opinion, there are three major factors responsible for discouraging people to compete. The first in the list is fear of failure. People are afraid of being competitive as it can bring their self-esteem down if they lose anyways. The other factor is sense of gratification. Some people reach at a level where all their needs get satisfied, so nothing is left to compete for. The next one is past experiences: If someone have had a bad experience due to being a part of completion, they refrain themselves from it.
Competitions are the part and parcel of life and there is no denying that competitions make us better at what we do! Not only they push us beyond our limits, they challenge us to try new things. In our lives, no matter how big or small they were, competitions have always been present. Be it fighting with your sibling for a remote or for that matter with your colleague for better job! Competitions do make us better individuals by pushing us beyond what we imagine for ourselves. In the post below we are looking at a sample answer on recently asked IELTS speaking cue card about a competition the individual would like to participate in. So, delve in to find it out and learn how to answer the question better !
IELTS Speaking Cue Card – A competition you like to participate in
Talk about a competition (cooking, sports…etc.) you would like to participate in
What type of competition would it be?
Where will it be held?
What all qualities a person should have to be a part of such competition?
Why do you want to participate in it?
Competition is a natural instinct which makes a person beat the benchmark and create a new record. I want to participate in a storytelling competition. Storytelling is something in which the storyteller tries to convey a message, knowledge or information about an incident using a sequence of activities leading to a particular outcome.
Coming to the qualities one needs to become an outstanding story-teller, a person should have an ability to imagine and be able to connect well with the audience. He should also have excellent communication and inter-personal skills. Sense of humour will certainly be an added value. We can make storytelling more effective by using props, background music and special effects. With the help of voice modulations and mimicry, one can make story-telling more appealing.
I have developed an interest in storytelling over a period of time. I believe, I am fully equipped with the qualities a storyteller needs to have. A storyteller makes sure that audience not merely listen to the story but should also relate with the content of the story. This leaves an everlasting effect on the audience and they remember the story and storyteller for the lifetime. Therefore, it is significant for a storyteller to make this activity entertaining rather than monotonous.
When I was a child, my grandmother used to tell beautiful stories. Her way of narrating was so impressive and convincing that I used to believe in the existence of all fictional characters of such stories. By far, I have realized that storytelling is an art to make the audience become overwhelmed with the experience of listening to a story. (268 words)
Writing task 2: You should spend 40 minutes on this task. Write at least 250 words. Write about the following topic:
Food travels thousands of miles from farmers to consumers. Some people think that it would be better for our environment and economy if people consumed locally produced foods.
To what extent do the advantages of this would outweigh the disadvantages?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant example from your own knowledge or experience.
Due to modernisation and globalisation, people in different countries are able to enjoy varieties of foods in all seasons. This further makes a country or a region to focus on producing the best with the available resources in given climatic conditions.
Foods travel from local farmers to ultimate consumers and have to go through various stages to be sold in national or international markets. These stages may involve bulk-buying, processing, storing and packaging etc. It not only leads to increase in price of the food but also reduces its nutritional value. It has an adverse impact on our environment too. In order to avoid such problems, consumers can directly buy fresh and tasty foods from the local producers at reasonable prices.
Consuming locally produced foods also helps in controlling over-production and wastage of natural resources as there is no need to buy the food in bulk for the future storage. In addition, we can indirectly contribute in the growth of small and medium sized enterprises in every region. This will further boost the economic development of a country.
On the other hand, due to geographical and climatic reasons, all types of foods cannot be produced at one place. If we only buy goods from local farmers, we will not be able to enjoy varieties of foods throughout the year. Therefore, transporting food is the most viable option to cater to the needs of different regions.
So, in my opinion, we must try to consume the foods which are easily available locally but for enjoying the variety of foods throughout the year at a reasonable price, we have to buy foods from other regions as well. (274 Words)