IELTS Essay # Poor Urban Life

You should spend 40 minutes on this task.
More and more people are migrating to cities in search of a better life, and life in cities can be extremely difficult.
Discuss some of the problems people living in cities face. How can government make urban life better for people?
You should write at least 250 words.

Sample Answer One:

This is an academic writing essay and when it comes to academic part of IELTS, you are lot more judged on your vocabulary, the kind of sentences you make, the relation that you are able to maintain between the paragraphs and then are you able to answer the question properly. So, keeping in mind all of these things, the first thing you should do before you start writing the essay and frame sentence and all of that, think about the points. This is a discuss type of an essay, so you are not required to just give the advantages, disadvantages and then neither are you supposed to favor anything. You need to merely discuss i.e. bring in the points that are possible, without bending down to either of the points.

Now, let us have a look at the points that could be framed for this essay. Make sure, you take 10 minutes or so to frame points Think about them, clearly and be sure of what you will be saying when you start framing sentences.

  1. Cost of living is much higher than in a small town or village.
  2. There are higher rates of crime in urban areas when compared to the rural ones.
  3. Pollution is a major problem in cities and often life in cities could be unhealthy and stressful.
  4. Government should invest in building affordable housing to reduce the cost of living.
  5. Proper strategy to ensure that traffic is under control.
  6. Development of provincial towns to ensure that there is less of pressure in major cities.

Now, once the points have been thought of, the next step is to move towards writing the essay. The academic essay should consist of at least 4 paragraphs. Out of these four, the first two are the opening and the ending while the other two are the ones in which the major content is put.(302 Words)

Sample Answer Two

Cities are where people dream. However, there could be certain drawbacks of living in large metropolis. In my opinion, government has a major role to play in improving the lifestyle at cities for the average inhabitant.

The main issue for people living in cities is the cost of living. Inhabitants of cities have to pay higher prices for housing, transport and even food. The other major problem with living in urban areas is the high rate of crime when compared to rural locations. Not only crime, there is an increased poverty leading to depression and high stress level. Furthermore, the air qualities in cities is often poor due to the pollution from traffic, and the streets are over crowded.

However, there are various steps that the government should take to tackle these problems. Firstly, investment in building affordable or social housing to reduce the cost of living. People living in cities have to live in localities that are not only unsafe but even unhealthy for living. Secondly, politicians should use their power to ban vehicles in cities and promote use of cleaner public transport. This will reduce both air pollution and traffic congestion. In Delhi, for example, the introduction of odd-even rule, i.e. cars with odd serial numbers can travel on certain days while even on others has helped to curb the traffic problem. A third option would be to develop provincial towns in rural areas, by moving industry and jobs to those regions, in order to reduce the pressure on major cities.

In conclusion, an unchecked migration of people from towns to cities is likely to increase pressure on major cities. Governments can certainly implement a range of measures to enhance the quality of life for all residents. (298 Words)


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