IELTS PRACTICE TASK 2
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
In the past, school children usually learnt by listening to their teacher and by studying their books. Nowadays, many school children learn by using technology in the classroom instead. What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of this development?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge and experience.
Write at least 250 words.
TASK 2 – An Advantages/Disadvantages Essay – Sample answer Band Score 8
For many centuries, the traditional way of learning was ‘the teacher speaks and the students listen’. This was the reality in every culture, in every country of the world. Later on, when printing has happened, children also had access to books. These provided more information and illustrations that helped a child’s education. However, in the last few decades, technology has become an increasingly powerful tool in the classroom. In this essay, I will discuss the benefits and potential problems of this development.
The big advantage of using devices that connect to the internet is that children can get all the latest information and data about the topic they study. They can investigate different sources and find different opinions on the same subject. They don’t have to rely on books that are out of date. Another reason in favour of using technology in the classroom is that it can hold children’s attention easily. Children can learn in an interactive way instead of listening to a teacher, which is only passive.
On the other hand, there are some aspects of using technology that we must be concerned about. I have read some articles that describe the effect of computer learning on a young person’s brain. If a child or teenager depends too much on reading short online texts, they might not be able to concentrate on longer, detailed texts. Furthermore, some people tend to believe everything they read on the internet and don’t think whether it is true or not.
In summary, I would say that teachers should use technology in moderation. Traditional methods worked very well, so we should not just give them up.
Task Response: 8 The answer sufficiently addresses all parts of the task. There are some relevant and supported ideas included.
Coherence and Cohesion: 8 Ideas and information are presented in logical order. Paragraphing is used appropriately.
Lexical Resource: 7 A sufficient range of vocabulary is used which allows some precision and flexibility. There are some less common lexical items and some awareness of style and collocation.
Grammatical Range and Accuracy: 8 There is a wide range of structures and the majority of sentences are error-free.