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xathutreonhanhdudu
21-12-2011, 04:01 PM
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You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
[I]You and your family are living in rented accommodation in an English speaking country. You are not satisfied with the condition of some of the furniture.
[I]Write a letter to the landlord. In your letter:
• introduce yourself
• explain what is wrong with the furniture
• say what action you would like the landlord to take
Write at least 150 words.
You do NOT need to write and addresses.
Begin your letter as follows:
Dear ..........,


MODEL ANSWER:

This model has been prepared by an examiner as an example of a very good answer. However, please note that this is just one example out of many possible approaches.

"Dear Mr Smith,

I am your tenant from Flat 3 on Riverside Street. We met each other when I signed the rental agreement in your office.

I have lived here for 6 months now and I am writing to complain about some of the furniture. As you may remember, the dining table is in very poor condition and has uneven legs. It also does not match the dining chairs as these are too low to be comfortable for a table of that height. When I first pointed this out to you, you agreed to provide a brand new dining set. However, you have not done so and I would really like to resolve this matter as soon as possible.

If it is more convenient for you, perhaps you could simply replace the table by finding one of a suitable height for the chairs. This would solve the problems without too much cost, so I hope you agree to this proposed solution.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Yours sincerely,

M.M. Egil"



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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
[I]Using a computer every day can have more negative than positive effects on your children.
[I]Do you agree or disagree?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
Model answer
MO


MODEL ANSWER:


This model has been prepared by an examiner as an example of a very good answer. However, please note that this is just one example out of many possible approaches.


"I tend to agree that young children can be negatively affected by too much time spent on the computer every day. This is partly because sitting in front of a screen for too long can be damaging to both the eyes and the physical posture of a young child, regardless of what they are using the computer for.

However, the main concern is about the type of computer activities that attract children. These are often electronic games that tend to be very intense and rather violent. The player is usually the ‘hero’ of the game and too much exposure can encourage children to be self-centred and insensitive to others.

Even when children use a computer for other purposes, such as getting information or emailing friends, it is no substitute for human interaction. Spending time with other children and sharing nonvirtual experiences is an important part of a child's development that cannot be provided by a computer.

In spite of this, the obvious benefits of computer skills for young children cannot be denied. Their adult world will be changing constantly in terms of technology and the Internet is the key to all the knowledge and information available in the world today. Therefore it is important that children learn at an early age to use the equipment enthusiastically and with confidence as they will need these
skills throughout their studies and working lives.

I think the main point is to make sure that young children do not overuse computers. Parents must ensure that their children learn to enjoy other kinds of activity and not simply sit at home, learning to live in a virtual world."

snowflake
24-12-2011, 08:31 AM
PHẦN THI VIẾT (ACADEMIC)

Có hai bài viết trong phần thi Viết và bạn phải hoàn thành trong vòng 1 tiếng. Trong khoảng thời gian này, bạn cần dựng dàn bài, viết và kiểm tra lại.


Việc tính toán thời gian là rất quan trọng. Bạn nên dành nhiều thời gian hơn cho việc lập dàn ý và giảm bớt thời gian dành cho việc viết và soát lại. Nếu chuẩn bị tốt, bạn sẽ có thể viết rất nhanh mà không phải dừng lại để nghĩ và sẽ có ít lỗi phải sửa hơn.


Việc đếm từ cũng rất quan trọng. Bạn cần viết ít nhất 150 từ cho Bài 1 và 250 từ cho Bài 2. Bạn sẽ bị trừ điểm nếu viết ít hơn số từ yêu cầu. Nếu bạn viết quá dài, giám khảo sẽ không chấm hết cả bài của bạn. Như vậy bạn sẽ mất quá nhiều thời gian để viết mà không dành đủ thời gian để lập dàn ý. Chất lượng bài viết của bạn do đó sẽ chịu ảnh hưởng vì có thể bạn viết lạc đề và bạn sẽ có ít thời gian để soát lại bài cuối giờ hơn. Thêm nữa, điều này liên hệ với thực tế đời sống học tập vì ở trường đại học bạn cần viết đủ số từ quy định cho luận văn của mình và bạn cần kiểm tra kỹ để đảm bảo rằng bạn không viết quá dài hoặc quá ngắn.


Việc lập dàn ý là cực kỳ cần thiết. Đọc kỹ đề và gạch dưới các từ khóa. Các từ này giúp bạn xác định chính xác đề yêu cầu bạn viết về để tài gì. Nếu bạn lập dàn bài cẩn thận thì bạn sẽ tránh bị lặp ý trong khi viết.


Một vài gợi ý cho Bài 1:

Phần này có thể rất khó vì có vài biểu đồ hoặc đồ thị. Bạn cần tư duy nhanh để có thể giải thích được xu hướng nêu trong đồ thị cũng như sử dụng được lượng từ vựng và cấu trúc đa dạng.


Nếu bạn viết phần mở bài, bạn không được lặp lại y nguyên đề. Người chấm sẽ bỏ qua loại thông tin này.
Việc chứng tỏ rằng bạn hiểu chức năng của từng đoạn văn là rất quan trọng. Vì thế bạn nên cố gắng tìm một cách thích hợp để chia câu trả lời của mình ra thành ít nhất hai đoạn.
Nếu trong đề thi có nhiều hơn một đồ thị hoặc biểu đồ, bạn nên kiểm tra cẩn thận xem mình nên mô tả chúng chung hay riêng. Bạn có thể sẽ phải so sánh chúng, nhưng thường thì các đồ thị/biểu đồ cung cấp các thông tin khác nhau nên bạn nên miêu tả chúng riêng rẽ.
Không nên giả định các thông tin không có trong sơ đồ/biểu đồ. Không nên thử diễn giải thông tin bằng kiến thức chung của bạn.


Một vài gợi ý cho Bài 2:

Phần này quen thuộc và gần gũi hơn, nhưng bạn phải đọc và phân tích đề. Các chủ đề bao gồm từ việc ùn tắc giao thông trong thành phố tời các ý kiến về du lịch và người tàn tật. Bạn cần đưa ý kiến của mình và nêu lý do tại sao bạn chọn ý kiến này, hoặc đưa ra các khuyến nghị và cách giải quyết vấn đề. Bạn cần viết phần mở bài, chia đoạn rõ ràng và viết kết luận.


Bạn phải chắc chắn rằng mình trả lời đúng yêu cầu của đề. Tức là bạn phải trả lời đúng câu hỏi bằng cách đưa ra các giải pháp cho một vấn đề hoặc chứng minh rằng bạn đồng ý đến mức nào với một vấn đề nào đó. Điều này cũng có nghĩa là bạn cần hiểu nội dung câu hỏi và đưa ra câu trả lời thích hợp.
Ý kiến của bạn phải rõ ràng ngay từ phần mở bài và phải được chứng minh trong phần thân bài.
Các ý trong đoạn của bạn phải được giải thích và lập luận bằng các ví dụ
Bạn cần dành ra một chút thời gian cuối giờ để soát lại bài và kiểm tra các lỗi ngữ pháp thông thường. Các lỗi này có thể tạo ra ấn tượng xấu với người chấm thi.

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xathutreonhanhdudu
30-12-2011, 09:30 AM
Sample IELTS essay

computer technology and the future


We are becoming increasingly dependent on computer technology. It is used in business, crime detection and even to fly planes. What will it be used for in future? Is this dependence on technology a good thing or should we be suspicious of its benefits?



As we move into the twenty-first century, it is clear to see that we have become more and more dependent on computers and information technology. This technology now reaches into almost every area of our lives and it is easy to predict that this phenomenon is only going to grow. My personal belief is that this presents a variety of dangers.



It is highly likely that in the future there will be comparatively few aspects of our lives that will not be influenced by computer technology. The probability is that it will control more and more forms of communication, transforming fields such as education and business when video-conferencing platforms become more stable. It might even affect romance with more people forming relationships online.


While there may be benefits to this technological revolution, there are also a number of potential dangers. Perhaps the most serious of these would be that if people rely on computers too much for communication, they could in fact begin to communicate less well. For example, if every member of a family had their own computer screen and smart phone, they might speak less and less often to one another and simply look at a screen. This would be serious because our ability to communicate is an essential part of our humanity.


My conclusion is that the growth of computer technology is inevitable, but that this may not be entirely positive. Just one area in which it is possible to foresee dangers is communication, and if we are going to ensure that computers do not become a negative influence, we need to think carefully how we use them.


(273 words)




(theo dcielts.com)

xathutreonhanhdudu
30-12-2011, 09:38 AM
Cultural globalisation


Differences between countries become less evident each year. Nowadays, all over the world people share the same fashions, advertising, brands, eating habits and TV channels. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages of this?

It is undoubtedly the case that the world today has become a global village. One of the effects of this is that increasingly people in all corners of the world are exposed to similar services and products and adopt similar habits. My view is that this is largely a beneficial process and in this essay I will explain why.


The first point to make is that there are some downsides to this process of cultural globalisation, but these are relatively minor. The most significant of these disadvantages is that it can weaken national culture and traditions. For example, if people watch films and television programmes produced in the United States, sometimes they adopt aspects of the lifestyle of the American characters they see on television. Typically, however, this only affects minor details such as clothing and does not seriously threaten national identity.


When we turn to the other side of the argument, there are two major points to make in favour of this process. The first of these is that the more we share habits, products and services, the better we understand each other and this reduces prejudice against other nations. The other point relates to modernity. It is a sign of progress in a society that people no longer are restricted to brands and advertisements from their own society but are able to access more international goods. If, for example, there were unable to drink Coca Cola or wear Nike, then that would mean their society was not part of the international community.


In conclusion, I understand the point of view of people who worry about cultural globalisation because it is a threat to national traditions. However, this is outweighed by its positive impact on international understanding and the fact that it represents progress within a society.



(theo dcielts.com)

xathutreonhanhdudu
30-12-2011, 09:43 AM
Factory farmsIn recent years, farming practice has changed to include methods such as factory farming and the use of technology to improve crops. Some people believe these developments are necessary, while others regard them as dangerous and advocate a return to more traditional farming methods. Discuss both points of view and give your own opinion.

In recent years, farming practice has changed to include methods such
as factory farming and the use of technology to improve crops. Some
people believe these developments are necessary, while others regard
them as dangerous and advocate a return to more traditional farming
methods. Discuss both points of view and give your own opinion.



There is some controversy about how farming has been revolutionised in the past
decades. While it is possible to claim that the net effect of these changes has been
for the benefit of mankind, my view is that the disadvantages outweigh the
advantages. In this essay, I shall explain my point of view by analysing both sides of
the argument.

There are several reasons why these innovations in agriculture can be said to
positive. One is that the world’s population has exploded within the past century
and that traditional methods of agriculture could not provide sufficient food for
everyone. It can also be argued that we need more efficient methods of farming
because many countries in Asia and Africa suffer regular famine and droughts and
the people would starve if it was not for genetically modified crops that are drought
resistant. It should also not be forgotten that the quality of life of farmers has been
improved by these advances which are less labour intensive.

Those who argue for a return to smaller scale and more organic farming base their
arguments on the impact of agriculture on health and the environment. Firstly, it is
claimed that a variety of diseases such as BSE, swine flu and bird flu were caused by
conditions in factory farms and that organic food is much healthier. Then, there are
concerns about the lack of research into how genetically modified crops might affect
the ecosystem for the worse.

While there are strong arguments on both sides of the case, my personal belief is
that the long-term dangers of these developments mean that we should be
extremely cautious. I suggest that there should be more investment in traditional
farming methods to make them more efficient and that there should be stronger
legislation to ensure that both factory farms and GM crops are safe.
An explanation of how to write this essay


(theo dcielts.com)

xathutreonhanhdudu
31-12-2011, 10:47 AM
REFUGEES


One of the major problems facing the world today is the growing number of refugees. The developed nations in the world should tackle this problem by taking in more refugees. To what extent do you agree with this opinion?

There is little doubt that the issue of refugees is a global problem. While it most immediately affects developing nations, there is a strong argument that industrialised countries should help by allowing higher levels of immigration. This is certainly not an easy issue though, because historically immigration has caused as many problems as it solves.


The principal reason why developed nations should help is that we now live in a global village and it is no longer possible to ignore what happens on the other side of the world. This is partly a moral issue and partly because it is in the economic self-interest of industrialised nations to ensure that developing nations continue to progress. A practical way of achieving this would be to accept more immigration, particularly when it is caused by natural disasters or civil war.


I would argue, however, that this is not an open and shut case, as there is a negative side to mass immigration. The multi-cultural experiments in Europe have not always succeeded and immigrants have often suffered badly from racism and other prejudices. On a practical level, refugees are sometimes better off receiving aid in their native land than begging on the streets in a country where they cannot speak the language. Many so-called economic migrants end up returning to the country of their birth.


My personal conclusion is that developed nations should agree to take in more refugees, but only in restricted numbers and in extreme cases. I also believe that there needs to be a global effort to provide aid to solve the problems that cause emigration. Prevention is as they say better than cure.

xathutreonhanhdudu
31-12-2011, 10:52 AM
Newspapers and books



Newspapers and books are outdated. Why do some people believe this? What is your opinion?


As we move into the twenty- first century an increasing number of people are relying on new forms of technology. A possible consequence of this is that traditional media such as books and newspapers are not just less popular but are considered by some to be outdated. Personally, I disagree with this point of view.


The principal reason why some people take this view is fairly clear in the case of newspapers. It is generally much easier and quicker to discover what is happening in the world from the internet or the television than from a newspaper. If you use Google or another search engine or simply switch on the television, you can instantly get the latest news bulletin. A newspaper, by contrast, is out of date the moment it is published because it contains yesterday’s news.


It is perhaps less obvious why books are said to be out of fashion. One possibility is that fewer people choose to read for pleasure nowadays because they prefer the instant gratification and thrills of modern technology. There is less effort involved in enjoying a 3D movie or playing a computer game than in turning the pages of a book.


My own view and conclusion is that books and newspapers will never go completely out of fashion or become redundant. The reason for this is that they serve basic human needs. I believe that people will always want to read about the news and escape into the imaginary worlds of great novels. However, books and newspapers may need to change to meet the new demands of twenty-first century consumers. We can already see this happening with the arrival of the audio-book and the various free newspaper internet sites.

(292 words)

(THEO dcielts.com)

xathutreonhanhdudu
12-03-2012, 04:21 PM
WRITING TASK 2:

People nowadays work hard to buy more things. This has made our lives generally more comfortable but many traditional values and customs have been lost and this is a pity.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
You should write at least 250 words.

In our contemporary life, people are trying to earn as much money as they can to buy more things. It is argued that these things have created a chance for people to have a comfortable life. However, it is unfortunate that many traditional values and customs have also been lost on the way. This essay will take a closer look at the issue. (63 words)

There are some traditional values which are in danger of being lost. One of them is the bond of the family. People in a family nowadays do not spend time having lunch or dinner together. Most of the time is spent on working and studying in order to acquire some social status. A delicious meal with the whole family is being replaced by fast food, and hardly does every body in a family have enough time to listen to each other. (81 words)

Some customs are also being lost because the majority of the young generation have been focusing on lastest things. Music is a good example of this. while the elder like listening to Cai Luong, the younger want to listen to pop, rock music. Some of the adolescents even do not have any knowledge of Cai Luong. What this will lead to is that Cai Luong will naturally not exist in the future. (71 words)

In conclusion, if the subject like ‘the value of protecting the cultural identities’ is taught at both school and family, it will affect the young generation and we still can have a comfortable life without losing any thing. (38 words)

TOTAL: 253 words.

Marks: 7

xathutreonhanhdudu
24-03-2012, 09:54 AM
IELTS Writing Achieve 6.5

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xathutreonhanhdudu
31-05-2012, 11:54 AM
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