IELTS Writing Task 2 Review!
Welcome! In this lesson, we are going to do a quick video review of all our Task 2 concepts so far. Well done for completing all of the Task 2 lessons. And, if you haven’t yet, make sure you go back and do those first!
Our video review is separated into two parts, where I break down a great Band 9 example essay. In Part 1 (about 7 minutes) we’ll look at the Outline and the Introduction, and in Part 2 (about 8 minutes) we’ll look at the Support Paragraphs and Conclusion.
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Here is the full essay that was shown in the video:
Argument/opinion: tech has broadened our relationships, but also made them shallower. Both positive and negative development.
Support #1: tech positive: broadened relationships, get to know people from all over the world. Making new relationships is easier.
- Examples: keeping in touch overseas, meeting people on internet
Support #2: tech negative: relationships shallower. Easy to be selfish/control relationships, not as much give-take
- Examples: texting/cell phones = can reply the next day if you want, don’t have to listen to other person talk and be patient.
In the modern world, high-end technology is common. Almost everyone has a sophisticated cell phone in their pocket, as well as internet access at all times. In my opinion, this has had the positive effect of broadening our relationships and making it easier to form and maintain them, but it has had the negative effect of making some relationships shallower.
Technology has made it easier than ever to meet new people from all over the world. We are able to meet new friends online, and we can keep in touch with people we just met easily and conveniently through cell phones and the internet. The result of this is that we are now able to make and maintain friendships very easily, even with people who we don’t have much opportunity to see in person. In my opinion, this is a very positive development.
The downside of new technology is that it can make relationships shallower. This is because it is easier to control how and when we respond through texts, and so we are able to avoid discomfort and communicate only in the way we want to. Unfortunately, this also prevents us from really getting to know other people deeply, and participating in the give-and-take nature of a deeper relationship. For example, a person could easily go through much of their life avoiding paying any attention to others’ troubles or problems, and only engaging with people in a superficial way, without really getting to know them.
Technology has changed relationships dramatically, for better or worse, and it will continue to do so. In my opinion, this has tremendous benefits as well as drawbacks, and I only hope that in the future the positives will outweigh the negatives.
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