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Ielts Writing Task 2

Ielts Writing Task 2

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"Do you believe that societies ought to enforce capital punishment or Are therealternative forms of punishment that would be better used?"
Capital punishment is the killing of a criminal for a crime that he has committed.Previously most countries employed this method of punishment but nowadays it is muchless widely used. I personally do not believe that societies today should use capital punishment and I also believe that there are alternative punishments that can be used.My main argument against capital punishment is that I believe we do not have the right tokill another human being regardless of the crime. I don't believe in the old religiousmaxim of "an eye for an eye." Modern societies shouldn't turn to such barbaric punishments.Another argument against capital punishment is that people can be wrongly convictedand executed. If a man is in prison, he can be released if later proved not guilty. If he isdead, there is nothing that can be done. In the UK, a group of supposed terrorists wereconvicted of murder in Birmingham in the 1970s. They were proved innocent about 15years later and released. If they had been executed, innocent people would have died.There are alternative punishments available. For bad crimes prison life sentences can begiven with criminals imprisoned for the rest of their lives. Also a lot of horrific crimes arecommitted by people who are mentally sick. These people are not responsible for their actions and can be kept safely and permanently in secure hospitals. Yes, this costs a lotmore but I believe it is the duty of society to do this.There are arguments for capital punishment. Many people feel its threat stops seriouscrime and that criminals deserve nothing less. It's cheaper and keeps the prisonsmanageable. I can understand this point of view but I cannot agree with it.So, in conclusion, I don't believe in capital punishment, as there are less barbaricalternatives available. We can avoid horrific mistakes and make modern society ahumane one.
Some people say that advertising encourages us to buy things that we really do notneed. Others say that advertisements tell us about new products that may improveour lives.Which viewpoint do you agree with?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your ownknowledge or experience.Write at least 250 words.
model answer:
The purpose of advertising is to tell the consumer about any new product or service or any new promotion on the existing product and service. We need it so we can make gooddecisions when we go shopping. Advertising tells us when new and improved products become available and lets us know which ones have the best price.Through advertising we learn about new products. For example, many grocery stores nowsell prepackaged lunches. These are very convenient for busy parents. They can givethese lunches to their children to take to school. Busy parents don’t have time to look atevery item on the store shelf, so without advertising they might not know about such aconvenient new product.Even products we are familiar with may be improved, and advertising lets us know aboutthis. Most people use cell phones, but new types of cell phone service become availableall the time. There are different plans that give you more hours to talk on the phone, youcan send text messages and photos, and next week probably some even newer type of service will be available. By watching advertisements on TV it is easy to find out aboutnew improvements to all kinds of products.Advertisements keep us informed about prices. Prices change all the time, but everyonecan look at the ads in the newspaper and see what the latest prices are. Advertisementsalso inform us about sales. In fact, some people buy the newspaper only in order to check the prices and plan their weekly shopping.Advertisements improve our lives by keeping us informed about the latest productsdevelopments and the best prices. Advertisements serve a useful purpose.
Universities should accept equal numbers of men and women in every subject.
To what extent do you agree with this statement?You should write at least 250 words.Gender issues have been increasing in importance through the centuries. In almost everysphere of human activity, there has been a movement towards greater equality betweenmen and women. Although I agree that universities should open their doors to all studentsalike, in my view, they need not set a fixed limit on the number of men and women theyaccept in each subject. The bases for my views are psychological and personal.Psychologically-speaking, men and women are simply different, though they have thesame potential for greatness. For example, women tend to be more intuitive, sensitive toothers and caring. This means they may feel drawn, on the basis of their personalities, tocertain kinds of professions such as teaching, nursing, or psychology, even if all fields are
open to them. In such a context, it is best for universities to choose the best applicants,regardless of gender.Personally, students need to discover their true calling. This is an individual matter and isnot influenced by the universities reserving seats for men or women. For example, if themajority of women shy away from math or engineering, perhaps it has to do with their upbringing, which has influenced their interests. The universities will not be able toreverse this trend, though they should always look out for the most qualified candidates.In conclusion, equality cannot be forced upon people – not in the area of education,employment or family life. Equality is about having choices and those who provethemselves capable will qualify for university, regardless of gender. It is only right thatuniversities reflect and respect these free and natural choices being exercised by their students.(277 words)
 In some countries, young people are encouraged to work or travel for a year between finishing high school and starting university studies. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages for young people who decide to do this.
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your ownknowledge or experience.Write at least 250 words.Taking a “gap year” off between high school and university has become a popular optionamong many young people. This time off provides a break after many years of formalstudy. Some students use this time to travel around the world, others volunteer and stillothers begin working. The idea behind each of these activities is to do something hands-on and refreshing, which enables young people to learn more about themselves and their  place in the world around them.The benefits of taking a year off are plentiful. On a personal level, students who travelaway from home develop their independence and self-confidence. On a cultural level,they learn about viewpoints, traditions and perspectives different from their own.Professionally, students get a taste of diverse workplaces, which might inspire a possiblecareer interest. Intellectually, they examine their own beliefs and ideas in relation to thoseof others in a new environment. All these advantages combine to make a strong case for taking the one-year break. Nevertheless, there are also dangers involved in taking such a long break. Academically,the main drawback is that students can get sidetracked from their studies. A year is a longtime and students could lose the good study habits and sense of discipline they had when

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