IELTS Writing Task 2: Education ( Opinion Essay)

As parts of education, students should spend a period of time living in another country to learn its language and culture.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Sample Answer:

Some people say that in order to learn more about the language and culture of a country, students should spend several years studying overseas. Despite some issues regarding cultural shock or language barriers, I still believe that studying abroad is a good way for young people to widen their knowledge of foreign cultures and enhance linguistic ability.

Undeniably, a few years spent in another country would be a golden opportunity to learn new cultures and languages. Compared to reading books and magazines, by which people can only see local traditions through pictures and texts, studying in a foreign nation allows students to experience the locals’ activities directly. For instance, should foreign students studying in Vietnam attend the Flower Festival in Dalat city, they can not only deeply understand about many kinds of flowers, but also give gardening a try. Regarding linguistic ability, students having daily interactions with native people are obviously given countless chances to sharpen their fluency as well as pick up new vocabulary used in different contexts.

Some might say that students studying abroad would be faced with language barriers and culture shocks. Admittedly, there would be those who did not have a good control of the native language, and therefore find it difficult to integrate into the local community. However, the process of absorbing a foreign language takes students a certain amount of time to familiarize themselves, and practice every day, irrespective of their language ability. After only a few months of trial and error, individuals who are persistent enough can overcome language difficulties and confidently pursue more knowledge of cultures and traditions.

In conclusion, it is a great idea to spend a period of time living and studying in a new country. This would help students enhance their knowledge of the country’s culture and improve their language skills.

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