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IELTS Writing Sample

Should Children Compete or Cooperate

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Some people think that children should learn to compete in the world, but others think the children should be taught to cooperate so as to become more useful to society. State your reasons from both sides and give your opinion.

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Childhood education is one of the hottest topics nowadays as people are becoming more aware of the importance of children's upbringing. Some people hold opinions that they should learn to be competitive enough to embrace their future life while others think they should have been gregarious. In this essay, I am going to discuss both sides.

Firstly, people have been competing with each other consciously or unconsciously since they were born. For example, businessmen strive for more efficient ways of production to save cost and increase profits; students work diligently for more opportunities to get top grades or to be able to enter well-known universities; parents spur their children to be outstanding among their peers and every one of us is eager for success or a relatively good standard of living conditions. Moreover, in order to get a good job with high salary and social status, people have to become more competent. It is a common phenomenon that many applicants compete for one position in job markets. Hence, the lesson from the observation is that teaching people how to compete at a young age is of high importance.

On the other hand, children also need to cooperate with others. The society where we live is a huge family that contains everyone’s contribution. In other words, it is not a platform for a single person. Speaking of, for instance, filmmaking, money exchanging, products circulation and international trade, there is undoubtedly a need for a variety of people in order to make them run properly. Hence, children need to be taught how to share and cooperate with other people as they live in the family. Cooperation is also a way to make things easier and more effective with everyone’s participation and contribution. For example, management board in a company is usually made up by more than one person.

In conclusion, children should become more competitive and at the same time they need to learn how to cooperate with others as both sides will bring merits to them.

This writing is found under the following category(ies):
Discuss and Give Opinion  
This critique is meant for the writing from maomao. This writing task has been reviewed and partially corrected. Please revert to the original IELTS writing before correction to understand this critique!

You were able to achieve the task. There are 3 key requirements in this writing topic which have been fulfilled :
>why children should be taught to cooperate.
>why children should be taught to compete.
>and what your opinions about this are.

Vocabulary is good and you have demonstrated your ability in using a wide range of vocabulary.

Paragraphs are clearly organised.

Compare to the original writing.

+Since this is the second time you submitted your writing tasks for correction, we have noticed from the first writing task that you like to start your essay with "How to ...". There is nothing wrong with that but if you can change it to the way we have fixed for you, you could gain more marks.
+"hold opinion" -> "hold opinions".
+"give discussion" -> "give a discussion on something".
+"workers strive for a large scale of production": it's not the workers who aim for profit but the businessmen.
+"a key university": is it only one?
+In this context, you should use "Moreover": "Besides, to process a decent job".
+"become + adj"
Ex: She has become stronger since she started jogging.
+I believe you wanted to say "possess" here: "to process a decent job so that".
+If you want to use this "with globalization spread all over the world", you should have written "with globalization spreading all over the world".
+This sentence is not very clear "many applicants compete for one position in job markets with globalization spread all over the world which indicates": I couldn't see what the reason behind for the relationship between globalisation spreading ... with the fact that young people should study to compete is. You can just remove some details there as we corrected.
+"On the other sides" -> "On the other side".
+"Making films, money exchanging, products circulation and international trade all need varieties": money exchanging is a process which has people involved.

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IELTS Writing Sample

Mandatory Financial Education

IELTS Writing Sample - Task 2

Financial education should be mandatory component of the school program. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
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IELTS Writing Word Count and IELTS Writing Time

IELTS Writing Task 1:
Timing: 20 minutes
Minimum word count: 150

IELTS Writing Task 2:
Timing: 40 minutes
Minimum word count: 250

IELTS Writing Sample - Task 1

There are 2 different formats. One is for the Academic module and the other is for the General module. However, for both modules, you will have to produce a writing of 150 words based on the given information.
IELTS Writing Task 1 - General Module
You are supposed to write a letter.
IELTS Writing Task 1 - Academic Module
You will be given a task based on some pictorial or graphic information. You have to describe the information provided.
For More Details: IELTS Writing Task 1

IELTS Writing Sample - Task 2

This task is more difficult than IELTS Writing Task 1
You have to write at least 250 words and, as Task 2 is longer than Task 1, you are advised to spend approximately 40 minutes on this task and 20 minutes on the first task.
You are expected to produce a writing on a given topic and to organise your answer correctly, giving some examples to support your ideas.
For More Details: IELTS Writing Task 2

Give your writing a good structure

1) Introduction is a must. You don't believe you could get a good grade without introduction, do you?

2) Body: 3 paragraphs are also necessary. Three is a magical number. It can do wonders to your overall band score.

3) Conclusion. You do not want to infuse your examiner with a feeling of incompleteness.

A Good Outline before you write is essential

What you are going to write in your essay? Write down the key ideas as short as possible.

An outline sample
Introduction - Topic and opinion in short
Paragraph 1 - staff working conditions are important
Paragraph 2 - employers should research and improve the working conditions
Paragraph 3 - concentrating more on their product is bad
Conclusion - Short summary of paragraphs

How will your essay look like?

Is it everything?

No, the structure you have just seen is a structure for an opinion essay.

What does it mean?

It means there are many different types of essays. If you go through our website, you can see that under IELTS Writing Task 1 and Task 2, there are different categories.
You need to go through each of them and study the structure for the particular writing type.

I do know the structure of an IELTS Writing but why I didn't score high in the exam?

There are many reasons. One of the many reasons is lacking of linking words.
Did you use linking words?
They would make your structure clearer and therefore improve your overal score.

Linking Words or Transitional Words

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This is how your essay is graded

There are 4 components: Task Response, Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy.

Task Response means to what extend your essay covers the topic. For example, if the topic is "The advantages and disadvantages of globalization", you would have to write about both aspects not just only advantages or just only disadvantages.

Coherence and Cohesion means how well your paragraphs and sentences are connected. If your first paragraph is about advantages of globalisation, you should start your second paragraph with phrases such as "Despite the advantages, there are many disadvantages we should be aware of". Otherwise, your essay is just a list of items which are not related to each other.

Lexical Resource means vocabulary and different types of sentences, simple and complex. You should be able to demonstrate your capability in using English.

Grammatical Range and Accuracy means spelling and grammar of sentences. You should be able to spell the words correctly, do not forget articles “a” and “the”, punctuations is also important.

One more important thing to know: the four criteria are equally weighted. It means that if you forgot about “Coherence and Cohesion” in your essay, you will loose 1/4 of your essay points.