1. The mobile phone is the most popular gadget in today’s world.
2. We can stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues wherever we
3. Users can send text messages, surf the Internet, take photos and listen
4. Mobiles have also become fashion accessories.
5. Mobile phones have revolutionized the way we communicate.
The mobile phone has become the most popular gadget in today’s world. The reason for this is that it is portable and versatile. Mobile phones are now carried at all times by most people, allowing us to stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues wherever we are. Furthermore, they now have many more functions than a standard telephone; mobile phone users can send text messages, surf the Internet, take photos and listen to music, as well as making calls. Mobiles have become fashion accessories, and they have revolutionized the way we communicate. (93 words)
Some people think the main purpose of schools is to turn children into good citizens and workers, rather than to benefit them as individuals.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Here are 3 different introductions. Notice that the opinion is clear in each one.
People have different views about what the main purpose of schools should be. Personally, I agree that a school's role is to prepare children to be productive members of society.
Many people argue that the main role of schools is to prepare children for their future jobs. However, I believe that the purpose of education should be to help children to grow as individuals.
To a certain extent I agree that the role of schools is to prepare children to be productive members of society. However, I also believe that the education process has a positive impact on us as individuals.
Writing task 2 Introduction: Care or financial support for elderly people
Governments should not have to provide care or financial support for elderly people because it is the responsibility of each person to prepare for retirement and support him or herself.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
Introduction: (Strong view):
People have different views about whether or not governments should help senior citizens. I completely disagree with the idea that elderly people should receive no support from the state.
Introduction: (Balanced view):
People have different views about whether or not governments should help senior citizens. Although I accept that we all have a responsibility to save money for retirement, I disagree with the idea that elderly people should receive no support from the state.
In the last century, the first man to walk on the moon said it was "a giant leap for mankind”. However, some people think it has made little difference to our daily lives.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
1. Introduction: I partly agree.
2. One side: In practical terms, sending a man to the moon has not changed most people's lives. We have not benefited in terms of our standard of living, health etc. In fact, governments have wasted a lot of money that could have been spent on public services.
3. Other side: On the other hand, putting a man on the moon was a huge achievement that still inspires and interests people today. It showed us that we can achieve anything we put our minds to.
4. Conclusion: The fact that man has walked on the moon might not have had a direct effect on our daily lives, but it was an inspiring achievement.
Writing task 2 Introduction (Agree/disagree: balanced position): Ideas of the older generation
The older generations tend to have very traditional ideas about how people should live, think and behave. However, some people believe that these ideas are not helpful in preparing younger generations for modern life.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this view?
It is true that many older people believe in traditional values that often seem incompatible with the needs of younger people. While I agree that some traditional ideas are outdated, I believe that others are still relevant and should not be forgotten.(42 Words)
Writing task 2 Introduction (Agree/disagree: balanced position): Tourists and customs in the host country
People visiting other countries should adapt to the customs and behaviours expected there. They should not expect the host country to welcome different customs and behaviours.To what extent do you agree or disagree?
To a certain extent I agree that visitors to other countries should respect the culture of the host country. However, I also think that host countries should accept visitors' cultural differences.(31 Words)
Writing task 2 Introduction (Agree/disagree: strong position): Computers and role of teachers.
As computers are being used more and more in education, there will soon be no role for the teacher in the classroom.To what extent do you agree or disagree?
It is true that computers have become an essential tool for teachers and students in all areas of education. However, while computers are extremely useful, I do not agree with the idea that they could soon replace teachers completely. (39 Words)
Writing task 2 Introduction (Agree/disagree: strong position): Students should be encouraged to take part in community service programs.
All high school students should be encouraged to take part in community service programs.To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Some people believe that high school students would benefit from doing unpaid work in their local communities. I completely agree that community service programs for teenagers are a good idea. (30 words)
Writing task 2 Brainstorm: Should parents be made to immunize their children?
Many childhood diseases can now be prevented through the use of vaccines.Should parents be made by law to immunize their children against common diseases or should individuals have the right to choose not to immunize their children?
The first reason:
Preventive medicine is most effective, lives saved, diseases such as … reduced
The second reason:
Immunization is part of human progress, have better hygiene and better medical program, we don’t want to go backwards
The third reason:
No vaccines; therefore diseases return, law needed
Writing task 2 Brainstorm: Regular driving tests throughout a driver’s life
There are more cars on the roads these days and more accidents. As a result, some politicians have suggested that people should take regular driving tests throughout their lives, rather than one single test.
What do you think the advantages of repeating driving tests are?
Do these outweigh the disadvantages? Give reasons for your answer.
Advantages (merits or profits):
Useful in case of older drivers
Good for people who don’t drive regularly
Keep drivers up-to-date with road rules
Raises driving standards
May prevent young people from driving too fast
Disadvantages (demerits or drawbacks):
Learner drivers might have to wait longer for a test
It may not be possible to include a written test every time