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IELTS Writing Sample #173

IELTS Writing Tip

It is particularly important in writing task 2 to display clear thinking and organization. You should go through the processes you have been practising, taking notes and organizing your writing but in addition you should remember to:

- have a clear introduction telling the reader briefly what areas you are going to cover;

- make it clear which side of an argument you are presenting (use clear linking expressions such as ‘On the one hand ... On the other hand’) and make sure you do not mix two sides of an argument in the same paragraph;

- give examples clearly (choose good examples which illustrate your argument when you take notes, and when you write introduce them with phrases such as ‘We can see an example of this ... ’);

- make it clear when you are giving your own opinion (use expressions such as ‘in my view ... ’);

- give a clear conclusion which relates your argument back to the original question/s and summarises your opinion

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

It is generally believed that the Internet is an excellent means of communication but some people suggest that it may not be the best place to find information.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Write at least 250 words.

Model answer

Using the Internet has become a normal part of everyday life for many people. They use it to book airline tickets, or to access news about world events, or to follow the fortunes of their favourite football club. Millions of people across the world belong to social networking groups where they keep in touch with their friends and if they live away from them, their family. In my opinion these are all good ways to use the Internet.

When it comes to finding out information there are some very good sites where it is possible to check, for example, someone's biographical details or statistics about global warming. However, information from the Internet should be used with caution, because although there are many reliable sites, such as academic journals and well-known newspapers, there are also unreliable ones, so it is important to check where information originates from before using it.

Some students use websites which offer ready-made assignments. This is not a good idea, even if you ignore the fact that it is cheating, because such websites may contain factual errors or biased views. In a recent case, a student found herself in serious trouble when she submitted an essay from one of these sites only to discover that it was about Austria, not Australia, but had an error in the title.

Nevertheless, it is nowadays possible for people all over the world to study or do business on an equal footing, in a way that was unimaginable only a few years ago. On the whole I believe that the Internet is an excellent way both to communicate and to find information, as long as it is used intelligently.

(278 words)


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