IELTS Writing Recent Actual Test 15/03/2018

Task 1:

The chart shows the proportion of people in a UK survey carried out in three different years who said they were interested in certain sports.

  • Level: Medium
  • Type: Bar chart

1. Sample:

The bar chart shows the percentage of UK residents interested in six different sports, in three years (1995, 2000 and 2005).

It is clear that walking was by far the most popular physical activity in all surveyed years, while golf was the least popular activity. Additionally, the percentages of people who enjoyed walking, swimming and rugby increased, whereas the figures for those who enjoyed other sports decreased over the measured years.

In 1995, walking was the most popular activity, chosen by 40% of the survey participants, while playing snooker and tennis accounted for around 30%. In contrast, about 23% of people chose swimming, while only 18% said they were interested in golf. Meanwhile, approximately 25% of survey respondents chose rugby as their preferred sport.

In 2005, slightly more people preferred walking, with the figure rising to just under 45%, but there was a significant decline in the figures for tennis and snooker, to about 22% each. The figures for golf remained the same, at around 15%, as opposed to the figures for swimming and rugby, which experienced considerable gains in popularity to over 25% each.

(184 words)

2. Vocabulary

  • residents
  • physical activity
  • survey participant = survey respondent
  • remain the same
  • considerable gains in popularity

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Task 2:

Some people believe that it is more important to teach children the literature of their own country than other countries.
Do you agree or disagree?

  • Level: Easy
  • Type: Opinion essays
  • Topic: Education
  • Keyword: teach children, literature, own country, other countries

1. Sample:

It is argued by some people that local literature is of greater importance in children’s education compared to foreign literature. From my perspective, I disagree with this view since both types of literature play equal roles in the development of children.

On the one hand, locally written works come with numerous benefits to students. Firstly, these pieces of art can enrich student’s skills to use their own language. Indeed, through learning literature of their mother tongue, students can learn the art of using the language such as the flexibility in the vocabulary highlights used, the syntax of sentences, different ways to convey ideas. Hence, linguistic knowledge will gradually be built up and benefit the students not only in their study but also in social communication. Secondly, national literary works give students an insight into their own culture. For example, through traditional literature, namely fairy tales, legends and fables, students can become familiar with their traditions, native terms and also national values which have been passed down from generation to generation. As a result, they will naturally develop a sense of national identity and patriotism.

On the other hand, studying foreign literature is also advantageous for the following reasons. To begin with, it gives learners opportunities to expand their horizons by showing them a bigger picture of the outside world. Having access to foreign historical events and cultures, commentaries on politics, society, and stereotypes in literature from countries abroad will foster students’ awareness of the diversity of the world. Additionally, the students will be equipped with a broader range of knowledge to help them be more prepared for the globalized world that we are living in today. To be more specific, the students will have a grasp of the culture of foreign countries and how to adapt themselves in terms of manners, customs or behaviours if they live in that new environment or dealing with foreigners.

In conclusion, it seems to me that there is a need to teach both local and foreign literature at schools so that students can develop comprehensively.

(342 words)

2. Vocabulary

  • Locally written works = national literary works
  • Mother tongue
  • Linguistic knowledge
  • To pass down from generation to generation
  • To develop a sense of national identity and patriotism
  • To have access to something
  • To be equipped with something