IELTS Writing Practice 33

 
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The Writing Task 2 of the IELTS Academic/General test requires you to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. You will be presented with a topic and will be tested on your ability to respond by giving and justifying an opinion, discussing the topic, summarizing details, outlining problems, identifying possible solutions and supporting what you write with reasons, arguments and relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

  • - Write in a formal style
  • - Write at least 250 words

Write about the following topic:

Computers are becoming an essential part of education. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages and give your own opinion.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

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Computers are becoming an essential part of education. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages and give your own opinion.

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Computers are becoming an essential part of education. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages and give your own opinion.

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These days it is increasingly common to see computers as an integral component of every classroom.  In my opinion, I believe that computers bring about more benefits to a child’s education than any drawbacks they might have.

A primary advantage to computers is that they enable educators to teach 21st century skills in the classroom.  Through computers, children are able to develop critical thinking of the world around them.  By having an Internet connection, many can do their own self-directed research in order to challenge what they learn and find novel solutions to problems.  Furthermore, computers enable students to collaborate everywhere.  This may be through international projects in which kids from all over the world interact on shared-interest topics like the environment or culture. Finally, computers allow educators to broaden the educational experience of their classes through multimedia like video and sound bites.  In this way, grade-schoolers engage with the curriculum by increasing their interest which helps them become better learners as a result.

On the other hand, if unsupervised, computers may cause some students to misuse them for non-educational matters like entertainment.  The sheer number of entertainment channels online can be very distracting to students which prevents them from learning during their short time at school.  Additionally, computers may also encourage cheating.  On assignments or in exams, computers are a resource that may be used to look up answers or plagiarize work for use in essays or projects.  However, while these problems may cause schools some difficulty, with careful supervision, they are unlikely to occur.  

On balance, while there will always be some students who misappropriate computer time, it is my opinion that the majority of students will use it well, and stand to gain more as a result than lose.

Revision Exercise
Each sentence in the report below contains one or two errors. Errors may be grammar or punctuation based. A list of the common errors used with answer is given at the end.

On the other hand if unsupervised, computers may cause some student to misuse them for non-educational matter like entertainments.  The sheer number entertainment channel online can very distracting to students. That prevents them from learning during their short time at school.  Additionally, computers may also encouraging cheating. On assignments or in exams, computer are resource that may used look answers or plagiarize work use essays or projects.  While these problems may cause schools some difficulty, careful supervision, they unlikely to occur.

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Step 1: Planning
Computers are becoming an essential part of education. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages and give your own opinion.

Type: Advantages and Disadvantages + Opinion

  1. What is the topic of the question?
  2. How many questions are there?
  3. How many things do you need to consider?  

The question is about the advantages and disadvantages having computers in schools.   There is one question with three parts that include mentioning the advantages and advantages, and your opinion.

Plan:

  1. Analyse the question.
  2. Brainstorm a number of main points that you wish to talk about
  3. Choose which points you wish to use and think of two supporting details for each
  4. Decide on the order of your main points before writing.

Thesis

More benefits than drawbacks

Advantages

Teach 21st century skills

Develop critical thinking, surrounding environment

  • Internet connection, own research, novel problems and solution

Collaborate everywhere,

  • International projects, interact on shared-interest topics

Educators broaden classroom experience, multimedia

  • Increases interest, makes better learners

Disadvantages

Computers misused if unsupervised

  • Many entertainment options

Computers encourage cheating

  • Look up answers, plagiarize project work

Issues can be solved with supervision

Plan Practice:

Look at the main points above and write down the supporting details for each one.

Step 2: Write the essay

These days it is increasingly common to see computers as an integral component of every classroom.  In my opinion, I believe that computers bring about more benefits to a child’s education than any drawbacks they might have.

A primary advantage to computers is that they enable educators to teach 21st century skills in the classroom.  Through computers, children are able to develop critical thinking of the world around them.  By having an Internet connection, many can do their own self-directed research in order to challenge what they learn and find novel solutions to problems.  Furthermore, computers enable students to collaborate everywhere.  This may be through international projects in which kids from all over the world interact on shared-interest topics like the environment or culture. Finally, computers allow educators to broaden the educational experience of their classes through multimedia like video and sound bites.  In this way, grade-schoolers engage with the curriculum by increasing their interest which helps them become better learners as a result.

On the other hand, if unsupervised, computers may cause some students to misuse them for non-educational matters like entertainment.  The sheer number of entertainment channels online can be very distracting to students which prevents them from learning during their short time at school.  Additionally, computers may also encourage cheating.  On assignments or in exams, computers are a resource that may be used to look up answers or plagiarize work for use in essays or projects.  However, while these problems may cause schools some difficulty, with careful supervision, they are unlikely to occur.  

On balance, while there will always be some students who misappropriate computer time, it is my opinion that the majority of students will use it well, and stand to gain more as a result than lose.

 
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