IELTS Writing problems solution type Essay # Children using video games
Many people today are worried about young children using video games. What problems might these games cause, for children and society as a whole? How could these problems be reduced?
The almost universal availability of video games among children has presented us with a number of challenges and decisions, none of which are straightforward. I believe there are three main problems associated with these products, and also three remedies we can adopt.
Perhaps the major problem we need to deal with is the level of violence found in these games. Many of them feature aggressive or warlike characters, ranging from soldiers to criminals and killers. This inevitably leads children to believe that such behaviour is normal, or even desirable. A second issue is the obsessive way that some children use the games – for example, preferring their computers to real friendships, making these children isolated and socially naïve. Finally, there are physical effects from excessive gaming, including eye strain, insomnia and damage to posture. These can be difficult to reverse once they have taken hold.
Turning to possible solutions, one key step would be to legislate more strictly to control the content of these games. They could, for instance, be reviewed by censors in the same way that films are. This would prevent unsuitable material influencing young minds. To tackle the problem of obsessive use, we could make more counselling and advice available through schools. On the subject of physical side effects, advice on safe use could be included as part of the packaging or even the game itself, so that youngsters are constantly aware of the risks.
To sum up, this is a problem that has both social and physical effects, and the solution will require combined action by manufacturers, schools and authorities.
Some people say that supermarkets and manufacturers should reduce the amount of products which include lot of packaging. Others say that we should be responsible and avoid the products which have a lot of packaging.
Discuss both the views and give your opinion.
You should spend 40 minutes on this topic
Large quantities of plastics are used in various forms in the packaging industry. Some sections of society believe that companies should limit the amount of plastics being used while others believe that individuals can make a difference by saying no to goods that require a lot of packaging. In the given paragraphs, I will discuss both the views before giving my opinion.
On one hand, manufacturing units should be made aware of the harmful effects of using packaging material on the environment. Plastic is the leading cause of pollution and the fact that it takes thousands of years to fully degrade in itself explains why its use should be regulated. The world is already witnessing environmental degradation and plastic is undoubtedly a major contributor. Majority of the plastic ends up in the world’s oceans and it has had detrimental effects on the marine life. From affecting the ecosystem to being responsible for extinction of species, we can say that, the effects of plastics on our environment are anything but positive.
On the other hand, consumers should take matters into their own hands and reduce the consumption of products which require more packaging. Moreover, less demands for such products will directly result in limited manufacturing and reduced sales. The use of plastics will also curtail significantly. Certainly, this will not only compel supermarkets and industries but also encourage them to make changes in their packaging policy.
To sum up, companies and individuals both are equally responsible for the excessive usage of plastics. Users should be made aware of the catastrophic effects of this artificial material and statutory warning should be displayed on all such kinds of products. Manufacturers must also look for suitable alternatives. Limiting plastic consumption is the need of the hour and effective steps must be taken to curb this menace.
IELTS Cue Card, Someone gave you something you really wanted
Describe when someone gave you something you really wanted
What it was
When you got it
How you got it
How you felt after receiving it
Sample Answer Audio
I am not used to getting presents as such. I am quite a big gamer to be honest and my Xbox was running on borrowed days. It would leave me fuming at times as it’ll hang in the middle of the game and at times, I am not even able to save the session before it turns off. I broke my Xbox and got bored of the Microsoft platform so I was looking to get the latest version of PS4. I did save some money and was looking for the best possible deals to get a new gaming device but budget constraints and student life made it quite difficult to own such a high end gadget.
As I said I am not used to receiving gifts so it has to be a very special occasion for one to spoil me. We share a special bond and she generally leaves the best of the surprises for my birthday. I was turning 22 just graduated out of college and about to move abroad for further studies. I wouldn’t be able to celebrate the next two birthdays with her due to study commitments so she thought of doing something special for me.
My sister must have heard the conversation I was having with my friend regarding it and decided to get me a PS4 on my birthday. Little did I know that I’ll be getting that as a present rather than buying it myself. I was reading and gathering information about it on a daily basis. I was looking for the best deals online and even arranged for some vouchers that I could have redeemed against the purchase.
I was over the moon. Happiness like that cannot be expressed in words. She went the extra yard to make my birthday so special and what was even more overwhelming was the manner in which she surprised me. My friend called me and asked me to get home as soon as possible. When I got home, I was surprised to see entire family and friends gathered together to celebrate my birthday. We had a great time together and danced all night to some great tunes. (360 Words)
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)