IELTS Writing Recent Actual Test 18/08/2018
The number of international conferences in three cities.
- Level: Easy
- Type: Line chart
The line graph illustrates the number of international conferences held in three different cities, over a period of thirty-six years, beginning in 1965.
It is clear that while the number of international conferences held in city C increased dramatically, there were some fluctuations in the figures for the other cities over the period shown. Additionally, city C saw the biggest change in its figures.
In 1965, city A held about 35 international meetings, which was the highest figure for all cities in all years, while just under 30 conferences were organized in city B. In contrast, there were no international conferences in city C in that year.
Over the next 35 years, the number of international meetings that took place in city C rose sharply to peak at over 30 in 1980, and then fell slightly before rising again to around 30 in 2010. The figures for the other cities, however, both witnessed some fluctuations throughout the period, both holding approximately 25 conferences each in the final year.
- International meetings = international conferences
- To held = to take place = to organize (v)
In the modern world, it is possible to shop, work and communicate with people via internet and live without any face-to-face contact with others.
Is it a positive or negative development?
- Level: Easy
- Type: Opinion essays.
- Topic: Internet
- Keyword: Shop, work and c cate, via internet, live without any face-to-face contact.
With the Internet having a huge impact on our shopping, work and communication, we can now live without any face-to-face interaction with other people. Whilst making modern life more convenient in some ways, this situation is a negative trend in the long run.
In this day and age, we can literally stay at home and have almost anything delivered to our homes as most consumer goods are widely available for online purchase. We also have more opportunities in terms of employment because many applications like Skype or Google Hangouts allow employees to work from home. Members of an organization nowadays rely on email and other online platforms to maintain effective communication and ensure their businesses operate smoothly. When it comes to personal relationships, we use Facebook to connect and stay in touch with friends and relatives. The Internet, without doubt, enhances our shopping experiences, makes our workplaces more streamlined and efficient, and facilitates our communication with others.
However, we are faced with a foreseeable and unfortunate consequence due to our reliance on such technology. We are losing direct interactions that are deemed extremely important in this technological era. Children hardly spend time talking to their parents because they are too engrossed in media hype on Facebook. It is common to see both young and old people with their eyes glued to their phones instead of having conversations like they did before the advent of smart devices. This is leading us toward a society where people will turn to favoring virtual interactions and undervaluing real life relationships.
The influence of the Internet on many aspects of our lives is remarkable. However, the benefits it offers do not justify the fact that it is inflicting severe damage on our relationships, which can only flourish on the basis of true communication.
- face-to-face interaction
- almost anything delivered to our homes
- widely available for online purchase
- maintain effective communication
- ensure their businesses operate smoothly
- Stay in touch with somebody
- enhances our shopping experiences, makes our workplaces more streamlined and efficient
- facilitates our communication
- too engrossed in media hype
- with their eyes glued to their phones
- undervaluing real life relationships
- inflicting severe damage on our relationships
- flourish on the basis of true communication