IELTS Discussion Essay Model Answer

This IELTS discussion essay sample answer is estimated at band 9. See comments below the essay for advice and tips.

Completing university education is thought by some to be the best way to get a good job. On the other hand, other people think that getting experience and developing soft skills is more important.
Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

It is considered by some that being a university graduate is the key to securing a good job while there are others who think that it is better to have experience and soft skills. In my opinion, I believe that having university education is essential for academic jobs while soft skills and experience are more useful in business.

On the one hand, many think it is easier for most people to find a good job if they are university graduates with a good degree. In other words, having tertiary education puts people one step ahead of others who do not and this can be the deciding factor in getting a good job. The competition to get in to universities and the increasing number of graduates show just how significant this level of education is for people’s future work opportunities.

On the other hand, having work experience and soft skills, such as leadership skills and other interpersonal skills, can also throw the balance in favour of the applicant, according to some. For many positions there are an overwhelming number of applicants and, therefore, it is often thought that having relevant experience in that line of work or having acquired useful soft skills that can be valuable to a company, can put one ahead of the game when applying for a position.

Finally, in my opinion, whether needing high level education or skills and experience, depends on the position being applied for. Take for example law, medicine or teaching, it is impossible to be considered for a position without the required educational background. In contrast, in business, it would be more important for a candidate to have soft skills and experience in that line of business so they can step into a position without further training and be of immediate benefit to the company.

In conclusion, getting a good job requires a relevant background either in experience or education depending on the type of work and field. People should make sure they attain the necessary skills or degrees before applying for a job in order to be sure of success.

Comments: This is a a band score 9  essay. It has over 300 words but all sentences are relevant, focused and well written. Band score 8.5 and 9 students can attempt long essays successfully but students from band 8 to band 6, should aim for around 270 to 290 words. Both sides are clearly discussed and the opinion is also clearly given. Linking devices are well used.

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IELTS Discussion Essay Video Lesson: Useful Language

Learn expressions to use in your discussion essay for IELTS writing task 2 with this video lesson. It is important to use a variety of language to express both sides in your essay. Being able to have flexible language for giving other people’s opinions is a good way to increase your vocabulary band score.

Transcript

Hello in this lesson I’m going to look at some expressions that you can use for a discussion essay for IELTS writing task 2. Now when you have a discussion essay you have to support two different sides and this is not about your opinion this is about what other people think, other people’s opinion and you have to support what they think. so here are some very useful expressions to help you show other people’s thoughts and opinions.

Now there’s quite a lot of expressions you can use. I will run through each one but I will tell you now there are two expressions here that you shouldn’t use. can you see which ones? well I’ll tell you at the end of the lesson let’s have a look the first one. “Many people believe that ” this is a very common expression to use for IELTS It is not high band score but its clear and its academic so don’t worry, please use it. The next one “it is commonly believed that” this is a very nice expression because you can see here “is believed” that is the passive and it’s very good to give the examiner some passive tense in your essay. It will improve your band score and you can see this word here “commonly” that means many people so it has the same meaning as this sentence and this word we can change, we could say “it is frequently believed that” or we could say “it is often believed that”. So we could put a different adverb of frequency here. The next one “some people think that”  again it’s very simple but it is academic and its clear. “It is often thought that” here we’ve got another passive, so very nice to use. But “on the side of” or “the other side of the coin is” this is the other opinion, the other side. “It is considered by many that” this is a very nice expression is very academic. It’s very good to use for IELTS and again you have a passive here and you can change this word if you want and you could say “it is considered by some that”. The next one here “many argue that” is very nice very clear. You don’t need to say “many people”, you could say “many argue that “. Another one, “it is argued by some that”, again here we’ve got the passive and you can change this word, “it is argued by many that”. “On the one hand” and”On the other hand”, so that’s the one side of the argument, on the other hand that’s the other side of the argument. The last one “some people support the opinion that” again this is very nice, very academic.

So can you see the 2 expressions that you shouldn’t use? Well, it is these 2 here this one is not very academic, we use it more for speaking, and this one many students love to use this because it is an idiom however it is very informal and we don’t usually use that for an academic essay for IELTS so please don’t use that one in your discussion essay. But all the others are great and when you’re writing your discussion essay it’s very important that you give the simple tense and then sometimes a passive as well and you can keep changing that through your essay to show flexibility. Well that’s all for this lesson I’ll see you again in another IELTS lesson

 

Discussion Essay Model Answer

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Answers for Summary Reading

Answer for yesterday’s IELTS reading lesson for the summary “The Importance of Sleep”. Before you check the answers, here is some useful vocabulary to help you:

  • adolescents = teens(not academic) = teenagers
  • promotes = helps support
  • chronic = long term – continual – unending
  • lack of sleep = sleep deficiency
  • have an impact on = can affect
  • important aspects of our lives = think, react, work, learn & get along with others

Answers

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Answers
1. quality
2. growth (any order)
3. development (any order)
4. chronic

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IELTS Reading: Summary Exercise

This IELTS reading practice lesson focuses on completing a summary. It is a common question type in IELTS reading. First, read the passage below and then fill in the summary.

The Importance of Sleep

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.
The way you feel while you’re awake depends in part on what happens while you’re sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. In children and teens, sleep also helps support growth and development.
The damage from sleep deficiency can occur in an instant (such as a car crash), or it can harm you over time. For example, ongoing sleep deficiency can raise your risk for some chronic health problems. It also can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.

Questions 1-4
Complete the summary below.
Choose no more than two words from the passage for each answer.

Why sleep is important

Physical and mental health is at risk without enough 1. ……………………….. sleep. Furthermore, for adolescents, sleep promotes 2. ………………………….. and 3. ……………………….. Lack of sleep can be the cause of 4. ………………. health problems which can also have an impact on important aspects of our lives.

Click to see: Answers and vocabulary

Passage taken and adapted from here.

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IELTS Writing Answer Sheet: Video Tutorial

Practice using the official IELTS writing answer sheet before your test. Learn how the examiner uses the paper to record your band score and what extra information is contained on it. This lesson also explains how to fill in the answer sheet and how to use it effectively to estimated your word count.

Below is a link to download the answer sheet so you can practice writing on it before your test. Any student taking the IELTS test for the first time, should watch this lesson. Click link to download the official IELTS writing answer sheet .ielts-writing-answer-sheet

 

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Writing Task 2 Video Lesson: How to write an introduction

Transcript

hello in this lesson we’re
going to look

at the official writing paper

that you will use to write your

writing task one report and

your writing task 2 essay in the IELTS

test this is the official

IELTS paper here and I will explain to you

in this lesson why you need to practice

writing with this this paper

and how you need to fill it in when you
have your test

so let’s have a look at why it’s
important

to practice writing using the
official

answer sheet the main reason

to practice writing using this
writing paper

is mainly because of the word count: now

in the test for writing task 1 you need
to write

150 words or above you shouldn’t

write under a 150 words

now the examiner is I going to check

how many what you’ve written and in the
test

you don’t have time to sit

and count how many what you have written

but what you can do is you can

download this paper I will give you a
link

at the end of the lesson you can
download the official writing paper

and you can practice writing on this
paper

and when you practice writing you’ll
see how

big the paper is and more or less how
many words

you will write for your writing on
each line

you can also start checking

how many lines and how much space

you usually take to write 150 words

and that will save you a lot of time and
lot of worry

when you’re in the exam and of course another
reason

that you may need to practice

with this paper and practice your
handwriting

a lot of students are typing on a
computer

rather than handwriting but in the test

you need to use a pen and paper so

what you need to do is practice make
sure

that you do not go over the lines

keep your handwriting clear

and easy to read if the examiner cannot
read

what you write you can’t get a very good
band score

and of course just avoid any surprises

now let’s have a look at how to fill

in this writing paper at the top

of the answer sheet you’ve got some

information that you need to fill in at
the start of your test

and the information is your candidate
name

your candidate number the center
number

now this information you will be given

when you go to your IELTS test center you
also have to fill in

the date so don’t forget that but a very
important part

is this and this is just above

the beginning of the writing paper
we’ve got

two boxes and we’ve got academic or
general

and that means which IELTS test

are you taking there are two IELTS test

for writing there’s the academic writing
paper

and the general writing paper and you
need to

tick and choose which one you’re doing

so for example be academic

after that you’ve got the writing the
lines

down here that we have an area

where the examiner can write some
comments down there

and information over the back we’ve got
more lines

and at the bottom here this is where
the

examiner is going to write in your
band score

the examiner has 4 criteria

now we’ve got task one task two

these are the four criteria we’ve got

task achievement or task response
coherence and cohesion

lexical resource and grammar

this is your information and you ideas
your answer

this is your structure and your
organization

your vocabulary and your grammar and the
examiner will write

a band score for each one

after that you will get a complete band
score

for your whole writing test

and at the side here there is some
more information

that the examiner it going to write down

and you can see this is the information
that the examiner

is going to check the first one is

under length so that means a number words
the examiner will check how many words
you’ve got

if you are under the word count:

so you’ve written less than a hundred
and fifty for task one

or less than 250 for task two

and also he will make note if

you are going to have a penalty a
punishment

for having too few words

also the examiner will check if your
writing is

off topic and that mean it

is irrelevant and not following the
topic

also if you have any memorized

answers in your writing any memorised
language

now I know there are some teachers that
tell you

to memorized a piece of writing for
example a paragraph

don’t do it the examiner will check

to see if there is something memorized

in you’re writing and of course the
examiner will

also check if your handwriting can be
read

if your handwriting isn’t clear that’s a
problem

and maybe a reason for a very low band
score

so I think it’s really worth you

downloading this writing paper

and practicing and just having a
look at the information that on there

so here it is a link so that you can
download

this answer sheet and if you would like

anymore IELTS lessons then please

just follow this link here and you will
be able to get some more

writing task 1 and writing task 2 lessons

well that’s all for this lesson I’ll
see you

in another IELTS lesson

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IELTS Speaking Part 3: What makes a good painting?

Ideas and Vocab

  • the composition of all the parts
  • the painter has a good eye (to know when something is good)
  • perspective and symmetry (sizing and balance of all parts)
  • using a particular style or an unusual technique (skill)
  • the subject (person / landscape / animal etc)
  • the balance of colours and contrasts
  • to bring about an emotional response – it touches people
  • to evoke a memory or idea
  • impact – something you can’t take your eye off
  • historical background or relevance

Model Answer

From my perspective, I suppose a good painting is one you can’t take your eye’s off. For me, it’s either due to the colours and images or because of the emotional reaction I might have to the painting. But I know that for other people, they think a good painting is usually because of the skill involved in painting it or because of the unique creativity of the artist. I guess that a good painting means something different to everybody.

Video Watch

This video shows an art dealer talking about what makes a good painting. It is not a video made for language learners so the English is advanced but hopefully you can still learn a lot from it.

 

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IELTS Video: Listening practice with numbers

It is common in IELTS to be asked to listen for a number. The most common numbers that IELTS use are the numbers 15 / 50. Many students have a problem with hearing the difference between these numbers.

Watch this lesson to test yourself on listening for these difficult numbers and also review the pronunciation.

 

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IELTS Listening: List Selection

IELTS listening practice for list selection which is a type of multiple choice.

A Museum Visit

Question 1
Choose three letters, A-G.

What three things are not allowed in the museum?

A. camera
B. bags
C. food and drink
D. phone
E. pens
F. notebooks
G. coats

 

Answers

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Answers

A, C, D (any order). You must have all 3 correct for one point.

A = ‘… won’t be able to take your camera into the museum…’
D = ‘…that goes for phones too’. This means that the same rule for cameras also applies to phones, both are forbidden.
C = ‘If you’re in need of refreshments, you’ll have to make your way to our cafe as you can’t bring your own inside’. Refreshments = food and drink (paraphrase)

The answer can’t be B because you are able to choose if you want to leave your bag in the locker room or not. This means it is not forbidden.

Transcript
There are a few things which you will need to know before you come to the museum. You won’t be able to take your camera into the museum as photos are forbidden which means that that goes for phones too. If you want pictures of the exhibitions can you’ll have to buy the museum guide book which has information as well as pictures of most of our famous exhibits. If you have a bag and you don’t want to carry it round with you, then you can store it in the locker room on the ground floor near the entrance. You’re welcome to walk around with your notebooks to sketch or make notes on our displays. If you’re in need of refreshments, you’ll have to make your way to our cafe as you can’t bring your own inside. Well, that’s the list of does and don’ts. Hope you enjoy your visit.

 

IELTS Multiple Choice Tips

This video offers more listening practice and tips for this type of listening in IELTS.

 

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