Some experts believe that it is better for children to begin learning a foreign language at primary schools rather than secondary school. This site and its owners are not affiliated, approved or endorsed by the University of Cambridge ESOL, the British Council, and IDP Education Australia. And the question I had at the beginning was if I think spending money on railways is a waste of money, do I HAVE TO reject this viewpoint after presenting its argument? Hi Pauline, 3) Give specific examples to demonstrate your points. Because of that, your answer has more issues than a lack of relevant ideas. Body paragraph 1: On the one hand, some people think that this responsibility lies with the government. Some museums and art galleries charge admission fees, while others have free entry. I also know that I can show my disagreement through my use of language or by saying it directly, my question is whether I need to both present and refute the side I disagree with or should I simply present both sides (without refuting any) and then state where I stand on the question? Discuss the advantages and disadvantages for young people who decided to do this. Essay Structure. There is no single way, the answers are written simply to show the question can be answered and there is not always a commentary to help. If not, or in any case, you can use the first format How is this different from a “advantages / disadvantages” essay? 2- Outline Main Points. Here is the post: http://ieltsweekly.com/model-answers-and-the-invisible-ielts-band-10/. To what extent do you agree or disagree?” So here I should talk about both railways and roads even if I think governments should only spend money on roads? If you agree that more money should be spent on railways then you would need to explain 1) why the railways deserve / need this money and 2) why roads do not You can’t simply refute the argument without discussing or mentioning the other side. My new book will help to address this. My comment about numbers is that it is wrong to focus on how many examples; long words; complex sentences; etc. How should this question be approached? So, that’s right living in house has more advantages that I will discuss in forthcoming paragraphs. The question is not asking you to talk about numbers but comment on the overall weight of the advantages or disadvantages. I couldn’t reply your last comment so I’m writing a new post. Is this how it should be done? So, for many people, the advantages of cheap air travel outweigh the disadvantages. Some authorities think that it is more favourable for pupils to begin studying languages at primary school instead of secondary school. Write about the following topic. My first question is about this topic from IELTS Cambridge 10; Countries are becoming more and more similar because people are able to buy the same products anywhere in the world. Or should I explain the advantages and disadvantages with a neutral stance before stating my opinion? Actually I have read your free book 3 times, and I am clear on the fact that I must discuss both views, but unclear about my discussion of the view I disagree with. If you read the post I have linked to below, you will see that model answers are not helpful in establishing what you must do – this is because a native speaker who is a professional writer can address the criteria in very subtle ways. You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. This lesson will look at each of the three question types and suggest a standard sentence-by-sentence structure for each of them. So, does my essay lack relevant ideas if I am not wrong? Can I say that in my opinion there are no disadvantages and only mention some advantages? Question 1 simply asks us to discuss the advantages and disadvantages. Computers are becoming an essential part of education. Hi Mohsin, I don’t have time to give detailed feedback right now but your main problem seems to be that you have misunderstood the question. We know this because the Task response criteria for bands 7 to 9 tell us this. Recent studies have shown that the number of people travelling internationally has increased tremendously. Google is a prime example, because it allows people to easily search for whatever they are looking for quickly and accurately. Discuss a problem and a solution to that problem, Discuss a further problem and a possible solution. I haven’t read that sample, but it is a mistake to look at samples like this and try to work out a way to answer. It will first suggest that the instant availability of huge amounts of information is the primary advantage, followed by a discussion of how it can sometimes lead to plagiarism. Moreover, you are responsible for any major wear and tear in your house. Hello Pauline, Many thanks gor your detailed answer, actually I’ve read all your books and I’ve been following your blog for a long time, but I have never come across a question where there are two points of view and it asks us to what extent we agree or disagree, I thought when there are two views the question asks us to discuss both views and give our own opinion, do you have any examples for a question that has two views and asks us how much we agree or disagree? Choose the best ones to use. 3- Example. Can you honestly think of an issue with only one advantage/disadvantage/problem/solution etc? It was in an earlier comment I posted. I’m asking this because in your free book you said for higher scores we need to look at both sides of an argument; can I say I believe this is only a negative development and only mention the negative effects and still achieve a 9? From the criteria for Coherence and cohesion, we also know that you must organise your ideas into logical paragraphs so that your argument progresses in a logical way. As with the “What are the advantages and disadvantages” essay, the second format is suitable if each advantage you have matches a disadvantage. Am I right in thinking that? International tourism has brought enormous benefits to many places. The main problem occurs when people are given 2 viewpoints and then choose to only talk about the one they agree with – you must not do this because then you are missing half of the question. 2) Look at the way advantages and disadvantages have been paraphrased. Aim for two advantages and two disadvantages on average. Or, if you are a more confident writer, you may decide that it is better to. Could you please explain how I can make my position clear when answering questions related to advantages and disadvantages as well as questions where I need to explain both points of views? This is regarding essays with question type Can you give me an example? In conclusion, taking a break from studies can be advantageous if it allows people to gather up savings, however, they should also be careful that it does not lead to disillusionment with education altogether. and by the way, if the question asks us to discuss the causeS of and solutionS for (plural) an issue, and we only discuss one solution or cause, will that mean a lower task response even if I say I believe there is only one solution to a problem?