IELTS Writing Part Two tasks on education

Objective IELTS Advanced Unit 1 

Without thinking about writing for now, discuss your opinions on questions from below.

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic: 

Some people think that only a small minority of young people really benefit from university and the rest should get more practical training and/ or start work. Others, however, think that as many people should take a university education as possible.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

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

Write at least 250 words.

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Some people believe that a university education should be preparation for young people’s future working life. Others disagree and think that university should be for intellectual stimulation without needing to think about practical uses for the knowledge and skills gained.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

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

Write at least 250 words.

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Modern education is totally unsuited to preparing young people for the future world that they will live in.

To what extent do you agree or disagree? 

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

Write at least 250 words.

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Some researchers believe that teachers can only have a small influence on the children they teach because family background has much more influence.

Which do you consider to be the major influence?

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

Write at least 250 words.

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

In some countries young people are encouraged to combine work with studies through internships, sandwich courses, etc.

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages for the young people and for society.

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

Write at least 250 words.

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Universities should be easier to enter for people from disadvantaged groups such as racial minorities and people from poor backgrounds.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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

Write at least 250 words.

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

In many countries students are less and less motivated to study hard in school.

What do you think are the causes of this?

What solutions can you suggest?

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

Write at least 250 words.

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Compare the advantages and disadvantages of two of the following as ways of making classes more interesting for students. State which you consider to be the most effective.

–       video

–       case studies

–       students teaching each other

–       short, instant quizzes throughout the class

–       students doing internet research

–       students voting (for example on what they believe or what they want to study)

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

Write at least 250 words.

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Ask about any questions above which you couldn’t understand or couldn’t answer.

Plan some of the writing above.

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