People often believe that musicians, sports stars and artists are born not made.

IELTS Writing task 2. You should spend 40 minutes on this task. Write at least 250 words. Write about the following topic:

People often believe that great musicians, sports stars and artists are born not made. Do you agree that we are born with much of our ability, or are there other factors that can make us good sports people or musicians?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant example from your own knowledge or experience.

Sample Answer

What makes great artists, musicians, writers, or athletes: Nature or Nurture? This question has intrigued philosophers and scientists for centuries. I personally think that factors like family and environment play a decisive role in one’s life and successful career. Nevertheless, some natural talent is required to excel in areas such as sport, art or music.
Let us first look at how an innate ability in art or music or sport can make a difference. Certainly, it differentiates a person who has learned to play a sport or an instrument from someone who has mastered that skill. In other words, natural talent wins over a learned technique. It allows gifted people to reach a level which their hard-working counterparts can never manage. Also, learning that extra element is almost impossible, no matter how hard someone practices or how good the teachers are.
However, natural talent is an internal factor that can contribute to someone’s success. There are numerous external factors such as family, environment, experiences and training etc. which have their own significance. Good musicians, exceptional sports starts or other successful people are not made in one day. Years of hard work, family support, training and devotion make them what they are. Composer Beethoven and tennis legend Roger Federer are the telling examples.
To sum up, nature and nurture are inseparable. Inherited talents can affect our ability to reach the top level in certain professions. However, people can acquire skills and achieve their goals if they live in a conducive environment.

 

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IELTS Essay: Free university education?

IELTS Writing task 2 Essay: Free university education?

Write about the following topic.
Students should pay the full cost of their own university studies, rather than having free education provided by the state.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
Write at least 250 words.
You should spend 40 minutes on this task.

Sample Answer

In the contemporary world, tertiary education has become paramount. However, a lot of deserving students are unable to enroll in colleges and universities because of financial limitations, which is really very sad. The only rescue for such candidates is the free higher education provided by the government. Some people argue that students must bear the cost of their university studies instead of utilizing the state funds. But, I disagree with this notion.

First and foremost, the tuition fee in universities is generally high. The cost of accommodation/hostel, commuting, examinations, books and stationery further add up to the expenses. Hence, if a person is not from an affluent financial background, it becomes very difficult for him/her to pursue higher education. Quite often, bright students lose the motivation to study in colleges or universities and instead start working after completion of secondary school. This is a serious flaw that deprives young adults of equality of opportunity and promotes discrimination in society.

Furthermore, tertiary education offers numerous benefits to individuals and society. College/University graduates have greater intellectual, problem-solving skills and civic mindedness as compared to their non-college counterparts. Higher economic and job security, improved standard of living, increased tax revenues and greater workforce productivity are some other tangible plus points of higher education. These factors are pivotal to the development of any nation. Free university education to all is therefore justifiable.

To sum up, education is a fundamental right to all. I believe that it should not be obligatory for scholars to pay their higher education expenses, especially if they are worthy of it. Free education to the needy is a great encouragement which should be promoted in the future. (277 Words)

 

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IELTS Essay # Financial aid

IELTS Writing task 2
You should spend 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Providing financial aid to the poor can increase poverty.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant example from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.

Sample Answer

Poverty has become a pressing problem across the globe. Governments in many countries take various measures to control the rising poverty levels. Giving monetary help to the poor is one of the most common methods followed globally. But, the effectiveness of this approach is often questioned by social reformers and economists. According to them, this measure can make the situation worse. I completely agree with this view and in this essay I will support my opinion with examples.

Firstly, financial support does not provide the poor with a motive to become self-sustained. It seriously damages the spirit of self-development. The fundamental reason behind this is the psychological attitude which it creates in the minds of beneficiaries. If someone is getting money for their needs without doing any work, then why they would work. Even if the amount is less, they are willing to accept it. Such people resist any kind of change in their way of living.  This can be exemplified with unemployment benefit receivers who hardly try to find a suitable employment for themselves.

Another reason why I am against distributing money to the poor is that it affects the overall growth and development of a country. Research has shown that nations where citizens depend on monetary help experience a slow economic growth rate. A possible explanation for this could be the skewed distribution of the available funds. The money that is meant for the development of the nation is given to those who don’t contribute to the economy in anyway. Therefore, it can be concluded that this solution creates a vicious cycle of poverty that is extremely hard to break.

To sum up, any government is responsible to fulfil the basic needs of its people. But, I strongly believe that providing financial help to the poor is not the answer. This practice should be discouraged. Other measures like skill development programmes, opening aided schools and hospitals, and creating more employment opportunities can yield far better results. In short, don’t give fish to the poor, teach them how to fish. (341 Words)

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IELTS Writing #Professions because of their gender

Writing task 2

You should spend 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Men and women are commonly seen as having different strengths and weaknesses.

 

Is it right to exclude males or females from certain professions because of their gender?

 

IELTS Band7 Writing Task Professions because of their gender

Sample Answer:

It is a common notion in our society that men and women have different abilities and it is fair to exclude males or females from certain professions, simply on the basis of their gender.

I as an individual totally disagree with this viewpoint. In today’s world, everyone is capable of doing everyone’s job. Women are mastering or exceling in the so called men’s zone of expertise and vice versa. We have women winning gold medals for their countries in sporting events like wrestling, archery, marathon, gymnastics, weightlifting, body building and shooting etc. We have women astronauts of the Indian origin, late Kalpana Chawala and Sunita Williams are great examples. In the field of medicine we have Dr. S Padmavati, India’s first woman cardiologist and a national award recipient and Dr T. S. Kanaka India’s first neuro surgeon are in their late 90’s and 80’s. They not only did break the glass ceiling, these doctors also proved their mettle by having several firsts to their credit.
If we talk about armed forces, we have women fighter pilots as well in the naval and ground services. If we look into the world of corporate, we have women like Indra Nooyi Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of PEPSICO, world’s second largest manufacturer of carbonated beverages. Ms. Bachendri Pal was India’s first female to climb the Mt. Everest.

Males like Gordon Ramsay, Rick Baker and Javed Habib have excelled in their respective fields of culinary arts and make-up artistry and hair styling, the trades which were largely dominated by females. These examples clearly prove that gender discrimination has no significance in today’s world.

To sum up, whenever designating work to someone, an individual’s skill sets should be taken into consideration and not their gender. From the experience of my own and from the knowledge I have gathered, with all due respect towards our achievers, the women of world, I say it’s totally unjustifiable and inappropriate to typecast men and women, when it comes to professional competency. (333 Words)

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