IELTS Writing Task 2 – Sample Answer (Asked on 12th March 2016)
Posted on March 19, 2016 4:08 am byMind Maker
Asked on 12th March 2016
Some people are of the view that humanities subjects such as literature, history and philosophy have little value in university, preparing students for career. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
In order to attain wisdom, it is required to dive into the deep and vast ocean of knowledge. This process is commenced with formal schooling and continues in the entire life. Many argue that, as university education enables the learners to face the challenges of coming years, so there is not much importance of teaching literature, philosophy and history to them. I, however, do not agree completely with this view. This essay will discuss the requirement and significance of aforementioned subjects along with the contemporary faculties.
To begin with, the challenges of the fast, modern and competitive world demand the youngsters to remain abreast with latest developments in science and technology. The ever changing and growing technological sector is imposing pressure on the young learners to perform better. The modern education, with more practical implications, makes it difficult some times to focus on other fields. This problem causes many to think about paying little attention to social sciences.
On the other hand, literature is considered as the mirror of the society of all ages. It reflects the true picture of specific culture and civilization. The values, traditions and customs are immortalised through the literary pieces. For instance, the works of Shakespeare, the great English writer, reflect the society of his time and are a source of entertainment and knowledge also to the modern generation. Thus, literature cannot be removed from the university faculties.
Additionally, history makes people aware about their predecessors, the wars they fought and the contribution they put into the shaping of modern society. Furthermore, philosophical writings present various ideologies of thinkers and revolutionaries’ of all ages. Aristotle and Plato are such names which have been enlightening the young minds with their theories for centuries. Thus, ignoring so important subjects will leave university pupils devoid of ancient wisdom.
To conclude, it is drawn that all the faculties are significant for the overall development of the pupils at university studies. The careful and balanced pedagogical approach needs to be adopted to make the university graduates well equipped with the ancient wisdom as well as contemporary knowledge.
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I know you will not put the band score, but please can you tell me is this essay enough to get a band score 7.
Traditional subjects such as History, Politics etc were taught in schools spending more time rather than spending on teaching interpersonal and soft skills which is of greater use for students to find a good employment opportunities in future. In my opinion, although spending a good time on teaching traditional subjects, but also giving an equal or more importance to the skills could be a key solution to find a good job.
Firstly, History as a traditional subjects , in addition schools are the best way that our child to get to know about the past tradition, culture, ancient methods, languages as well as about our ancestors, for this reasons, traditional subjects should give more importance like any other subjects in schools.Knowing more about our culture, tradition, history is the only way that we can uphold about our beliefs.
However, due to the increased demand for the skills namely interpersonal and soft skills such as mathematical, marketing etc which is required in all enterprises or in a job market, I admit that by contrast, it is primary to teach the students about the skills in school in addition to the subject history or arts. One clear example, to illustrate here is when we are going for an interview the employer mainly look over the skills that the employee have rather than his knowledge about the traditional subjects because obviously, the employer ‘s motive is the growth of the company.
To summarize, I firmly believe that in school the teachers should give equal or either more importance to teach their students about the skills as it is the most important factor to find a good job. Even though it is good to have knowledge about the tradition and culture.
Is it good enough to get a score of 7? Please if you have time point out my mistakes.
Sorry I don’t give feedback or scores. But I will say, avoid using “etc”. Just decide on two examples and that’s enough.
Hi Miss Liz! I have a question. Why should you not use “etc” in IELTS Writing? Thank you!
You want to showcase your English, so choose your examples carefully and no need to add “etc”. The letters “etc” means unknown, unstated examples – don’t do that in a language test.