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IELTS Writing – Model Answer for an essay (from a recent exam in Australia)
Posted: Sat, 02 Jul 2011 03:30:07 PDT

The topic below was seen in the Academic IELTS exam in Australia, June 2011. General Training Writing Task 2 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Several languages die every year. Many people feel this is a positive trend and that a world with fewer languages promotes harmony and understanding between people. Analyze both sides of this argument and provide your opinion. You should write at least 250 words. Model Answer Many languages around the world die every year, often replaced with more widely spoken dialects. Opinions as to whether this is a positive or negative trend are mixed.

On one hand, people feel sharing a common language may help to encourage economical development in the world. However on the other hand, many feel the losing of languages is a negative trend that makes it increasingly difficult to trace humanity’s heritage. Both of these accounts will be examined before a conclusion is reached. As many attest, the global adoption of a single language can do a lot in promoting economical development. For example, all export companies in China hire English speaking people to help them communicate with foreign buyers. The growth in trade that comes as a result of this effort to speak the world’s language does a lot to create jobs and industries around the world. Thus it can be understood why many people support this point of view. However, other people would argue that the rapid reduction of the world’s languages is making it increasingly hard to trace where and how people evolved. For example, during colonial times many lesser spoken African languages were replaced with English, French and Dutch. This phenomenon has understandably caused major problems for modern day historians, as these old and forgotten languages render many of the recovered historical records and artifacts indecipherable. After analyzing both sides of this argument, it is felt that more good comes from the global adoption of a single language than the preservation and practice of older languages. Thus, it is hope the world continues to move towards a single, standardized linguistic system. This model answer was written for IELTS-Blog.com visitors by Ryan Higgins, an online IELTS instructor, blogger and author. For more of his free IELTS resources, visit his blog. Related posts: 1. IELTS Writing – Model Answer for an essay (from a recent exam in the UK)
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IELTS test in Singapore – June 2011 (General Training)
Posted: Fri, 01 Jul 2011 05:30:57 PDT

Below are the topics and questions shared by A, who recently took an IELTS exam in Singapore. Listening test Section 1. About burglaries. Section 2. Directions in a Zoo Safari Park and information about adopting animals. Section 3. Dialog of two students about engine design. Section 4. Comparison of children’s development in the past and at present. Reading test Don’t remember. Writing test Writing task 1 (a letter) You have attended an event in the local park. Write a letter to the organizers of the event and include the following - details of the event - what you enjoyed the most - what needs to be improved - make suggestions how to improve. Writing Task 2 (an essay) In most parts of the world people are living longer. What are the possible causes of this situation? Is this a negative or positive development? Related posts: 1. IELTS test in Australia – June 2011 (General Training) Our kind friend A has
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IELTS test in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – June 2011 (Academic Module)
Posted: Thu, 30 Jun 2011 03:30:06 PDT

Below are the Writing and Speaking sections shared by J, who recently took the IELTS test in Saudi Arabia: Writing test Writing task 1 (a report) We were given a bar graph showing percentages of students involved in full time studies in 5 different countries. Writing task 2 (an essay) Nowadays a growing throw-away culture causes people to throw away their goods and replace them with new, latest technology ones available on the market. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this culture for our society. Speaking test Interview - Can you tell me your full name? - Can I check your ID, please? - What city are you from? - Where are you living at the moment? - What is it you like or dislike about this place? - Do you want to change your current residence? - Do you know how to swim? - Do you like swimming or not? Why? - Would you prefer to swim in the ocean or a swimming pool? - Should children learn how to swim? Why? - What does weather and its seasons in your country look like? - Do you like this kind of weather or not? Cue Card Talk about your favorite song. Please say: - Where did you hear it for the first time? - Why do you like the song? - Does it remind you of a special moment? Discussion - Do your friends enjoy this song as well? - Is there any difference in liking music at young and older age?

- Name different occasions when you sing songs in your country. - Do other people also participate in singing in parties? - Why is it important to participate in singing? - What kind of music do you suggest for children? Related posts: 1. IELTS test in Saudi Arabia – May 2011 (Academic Module) The IELTS exam
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IELTS essay plan – Should developing countries receive non-financial help?
Posted: Wed, 29 Jun 2011 05:01:55 PDT

Today we are sharing some ideas for writing an essay on the topic below, which was recently seen in the IELTS exam in Dubai, UAE. Below you will find a list of arguments that can be used in your own essay. The arguments are independent, and you can use any or all of them. To get your work checked and marked by a teacher, please get instructions on this page. Writing task 2 topic Even though developing countries receive financial help, poverty is still an issue. Some say they should be receiving other kind of help, to eliminate poverty. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Give examples and suggest what other form of help can be offered. You should spend about 40 minutes on this task and write at least 250 words. Introduction – version 1 Millennia have passed but the problem of poverty still hounds mankind. So-called developed countries have largely tamed this issue; however, developing countries are still suffering despite receiving billions of dollars in the form of international aid. It is clear that simply providing monetary assistance will not be sufficient and radical approach is required on the part of the rich nations to deal with the menace of poverty in the Third World.

Introduction – version 2 In the wake of the present financial crisis that has swept across most of the rich world, questions are being raised as to why governments of these nations are giving financial aid to the developing countries when this money yields little tangible results. Intelligentsia has proposed non-monetary measures to help poor countries deal with the problem of poverty more effectively. I sincerely agree that the age-old system of pouring money into the bottomless pit of developing nations should be changed for good. Argument 1 Poverty alleviation programs are nothing less than large scale national projects. In most of the cases, developing countries lack experience to implement these projects. Rich nations, with their proven track record in such ventures, can provide great help by providing the know-how and guidance in implementation of the right systems. Argument 2 The root cause of poverty is not shortage of money but lack of knowledge on how to generate wealth. It has been aptly said, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Developed nations need to take active interest in education and skill development of citizens of poor countries. Argument 3 Programs that link aid to performance are bound to offer better results. The governments in the Third World have wrongly found a virtue in being poor, as they know they are likely to get financial aid on humanitarian grounds. This leaves them with no sense of accountability. If rich nations toughen their stand and provide aid only when improvements are visible, based on predetermined criteria, we are more likely to see reduction in poverty. Argument 4 The whole practice of offering financial aid to developing countries has to be reworked. What are the reasons for a country like India, which is the tenth largest economy that rubs shoulders with powerful nations on several international fora, to continue being one of the biggest recipients of international monetary help? International aid agencies still provide financial assistance on the basis of the number of underprivileged people in a nation. This logic is flawed; hence, they need to devise new ways to help reduce poverty in these countries. Conclusion In conclusion, there is an urgent need to change the antediluvian system of providing financial aid to developing countries. Instead, education, skill development, and performance linked schemes need to be emphasized to bring hope to the lives of the poor in developing countries.

Vocabulary Millennia, hounds, tamed, radical, menace, Third World, swept across, yields, tangible, Intelligentsia, bottomless pit, alleviation, know-how, generate wealth, aptly, bound, virtue, humanitarian grounds, toughen This essay plan was kindly provided by Nipun Jain, IELTS-Blog Essay Evaluation Team Related posts: 1. IELTS Essay Plan – Should tourists be charged more than locals for visiting attractions? Today we are sharing some ideas for writing an essay... 2. IELTS Essay Plan – Will a larger number of sports facilities help improve public health? Today we are sharing some ideas for writing an essay... 3. IELTS Writing – Model Answer for an essay (from a recent exam in the UK)
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IELTS Speaking test in Karachi, Pakistan – June 2011
Posted: Tue, 28 Jun 2011 05:50:31 PDT

Our kind friend D from Karachi shared his recent IELTS speaking test questions. Enjoy! Speaking test Interview - What is your name? - Where do you live? - What do you like about your apartment? - What would you like to change in your apartment? - What is your idea of happiness? - What does make you happy? - Is happiness important? - Is unhappiness always a bad thing? Cue Card Talk about a job that helps people and the society we live in. Please say

- What is this job? - How did you come to know about it? - What kind of people can do this job? - How does this job make this world a better place? Discussion - What is your opinion about people who work as security guards? - Why do they take up such jobs? - Should they get higher salaries? Why? - Are there any other important industries in a country? - Do you think they are responsible for pollution of the environment? - Should these industries be banned ? - Will industries adapt to climate change in the future? Related posts: 1. IELTS Speaking test in Karachi, Pakistan – February 2011 IELTS Speaking
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IELTS test in Australia – June 2011 (Academic Module)
Posted: Mon, 27 Jun 2011 03:51:08 PDT

Below are the topics and questions shared by our kind friend J after his IELTS exam in Australia. The only sections J remembered were Writing and Speaking. Writing test Writing task 1 (a report) We were given a production diagram of canned fruits. It was showing the whole process from picking up fruits to the distribution of final product. Writing task 2 (an essay) News is a source of knowledge about the world. How much can we trust the journalists? What are the qualities a good journalist should have?

Speaking test Interview - Talk about the weather. - Compare the weather in Australia and your country of origin. - What is the importance of flowers in your country? - Do they have some special meaning in your country? - Do you know any particular flower that is important? - What do public holidays mean to you? - How important to you to have holidays from time to time? Cue Card Described a place near water ( lake or river) that you have visited recently. Please say - Where is it located - Who did you go with? - What did you do there? - What did you like or dislike about this place? Discussion - What do you think about the global warming? - Do you like to travel by ships? - Compare traveling by ships/boats in the past and nowadays. - How does the global warming affect the oceans? Related posts: 1. IELTS test in Vietnam and Australia – February 2011 (Academic Module) The
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IELTS Speaking test in Vietnam – June 2011
Posted: Fri, 24 Jun 2011 06:50:23 PDT

The Speaking questions below were shared by our kind friend J, who took his IELTS exam in Vietnam: Speaking test Interview - Can you tell me your full name? - Please describe your apartment. - What do you like about it? - Is there anything you would like to change in the apartment? - Is color important when you buy things? Why? - Do you like dark or light colors? Why? - How important were colors to you when you were a child? - Do you like your name? - Have you ever wanted to change your name? - Who is the one that usually names a child in your country? - Tell me about the tradition of giving names in your country. Cue Card Talk about a character that you admire from your childhood. Please say - Who was he/she? - What was he/she like? - What did he/she do? - Explain why you admire this character. Discussion - What types of characters do adults usually admire these days? Why? - Why do people still admire the character even if they know it’s not real? - What are the characteristics of an actor that is widely admired? - How much can a character from a movie affect our real life? Why? Related posts: 1. IELTS Speaking test in Karachi, Pakistan – June 2011 Our kind friend D from
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IELTS test in Australia – June 2011 (Academic Module)
Posted: Thu, 23 Jun 2011 04:31:02 PDT

The topics and questions below were shared by B who took an IELTS exam in Australia recently. He didn’t remember anything about the Listening or Reading, but had a good recollection of the Writing and Speaking questions. Writing test Writing task 1 (a report) We were given two pie charts comparing the percentages of household energy usage and greenhouse gas produced in Australia. Writing task 2 (an essay) Every year rare languages disappear from the world. Some people say this is not important, because it is better to have fewer languages. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Speaking test Interview - What is your name? - What would you like me to call you? - What type of job are you doing? - Do you like this job? - If you were given a chance, would you change the job? Cue Card Talk about a good quality of your character. Please say - What quality is this? - How do you manage to keep this good quality? - Do your family members appreciate this quality of your character? Discussion - What qualities of character are needed for someone to become your friend? - Do you think you can make friends only with people of similar character? Related posts:

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IELTS Writing – Model Answer for a letter (from June 2011 exam in Australia)
Posted: Wed, 22 Jun 2011 03:50:11 PDT

The topic below was seen in a General Training IELTS exam in Australia, June 2011. General Training Writing Task 1 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. Write a letter to the manager of your local bus service. They have recently made some changes to the bus services which created inconveniences for you. In your letter, explain: -what are the changes -what are the problems you are facing -what part of the service would you like to change You should write at least 150 words. Model Answer Dear Sir/Madam, I am a regular patron of your transit service and am writing in response to a recent change you made to the transit schedule. You see, I am one of many commuters who transfer at Glasgow Central station from bus 22D to bus 33A during my commute home. Prior to your schedule changes, I had more than enough time to do this. However, according to the new schedule the 22D gets to Glasgow Central at 17:44, which is 4 minutes after the 33A departs. As the 33A runs on the hour, the next available departure is not until 16:40. As you can

imagine, this has caused a lot of grief for my fellow travelers and I as we are required to wait almost an hour simply because the routes no longer line up correctly. I would be most grateful if the Glasgow Transit Company could look into this matter and consider reinstating the former schedule to allow these routes to match up more precisely. Sincerely, Ryan This model answer was written for IELTS-Blog.com visitors by Ryan Higgins, an online IELTS instructor, blogger and author. For more of his free IELTS resources, visit his blog. Related posts: 1. IELTS Writing – Model Answer for a letter (from the May 2011 exam in India) Since many of you were writing to us, asking to... 2. IELTS Writing – Model Answer for an essay (from May 2011 exam in Nigeria) The topic below was seen in the Academic IELTS exam... 3. IELTS Writing – Model Answer for an essay (from the May 2011 exam in UK) The topic below was seen in the Academic IELTS exam... 4. IELTS Writing – Model Answer for an essay (from a recent exam in Australia)
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IELTS Speaking test in Chennai, India – June 2011
Posted: Tue, 21 Jun 2011 04:27:56 PDT

Shared by a kind student B (thank you!), here comes a recent Speaking test from Chennai, India: Speaking test Interview - What is your full name? - Do you work or study? - What are the major responsibilities in your job? - Are you happy with your job? - Would you like to continue doing it in years to come? - Do you like birds? - Do birds play a major role in your country?

- Do you want to protect birds? Why? - What species of birds do you know? - How often do you see them? Cue Card Describe your neighbor. Please say - Who is that person? - How long do you know him/her? - How often do you meet him/her? - Please describe him/her. Discussion - Why do we need to have good relationship with neighbors? - What are the advantages of having neighbors? - What are the disadvantages of having neighbors? - Why don’t city people know their neighbors? - Do you think there is a difference between rural and city neighbors? - What are the main activities of people in your community? - How well are they getting together on each occasion? - Is there a chance people will get into quarrels in your community? - Does wealth play a major role in categorizing your neighbors? Related posts: 1. IELTS Speaking test in Pune, India – May 2011 These speaking questions were
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