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IELTS Vocabulary: Essay

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

In many parts of the world there is continuous coverage of sports on television.
Some people believe this discourages the young from taking part in any sport themselves.

Discuss this view and give your own opinion.

Write at least 250 words.

Read the following essay. Complete the answer by filling the gaps with an expression from the box below.

By contrast, it is also true that because
In conclusion, in spite of the fact that Moreover,
it does not necessarily follow that As well as this,
In my experience, Therefore it would appear that

Nowadays, in most countries, there are numerous television channels to choose from and these include non-stop broadcasting of sport.

.................... many people must be interested in watching sport throughout the day and night. However, .................... watching sport makes people less keen on participating in it. Teachers and parents may be concerned when they see teenagers spending time watching sport on television and fear that they are not active enough. While there may be some justification for this, .................... young people are often under pressure, for example to do well in exams. They need to relax and give their minds and bodies a break.

.................... the young do not tend to watch sport rather than participating in it. The teenagers in my neighbourhood regularly play football after school and at weekends they play in matches or go to the tennis courts or the swimming pool. .................... they all support various famous clubs and admire sports stars. These stars are their role models and watching them on television encourages participation in sporting activities .................... the young try to emulate the people they admire.

.................... I have observed that some older people spend their evenings and weekends in front of the television, following sports such as international golf or motor racing. .................... many of these are middle-aged men (it tends to be men) who spend their days sitting at a desk in an office and who get very little exercise .................... they need it more than most.

.................... although I accept that there are some people who may be discouraged from participating in sport because they can watch it on television instead, in my view this does not generally apply to the young.

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