IELTS Writing Task 2 #221

Academic English

In formal and academic English, it's best to avoid:

  • informal words/expressions, e.g. the States, down to, telly
  • abbreviations and contractions, e.g. they've, i.e.
  • phrasal verbs (when formal alternatives are available), e.g. look into, locked up
  • overuse of the pronoun I, and the phrases, I think and In my opinion.
  • questions to the reader, e.g. "How shocking is that?"

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

The education you receive from your family is more important than the education you receive from school.

To what extent do you agree with this statement and why?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Model answer

Education comes from many places, not just formal schooling. People learn from their family, their friends, the television and personal experience among many other ways. Although these avenues of learning are certainly important, I believe that education within schools is much more important, as it lays the foundations for future achievement and wider success as I shall show.

Firstly, formal qualifications which are earned at school are often the entry points to certain careers and jobs. In order to be a lawyer or doctor, you need to do well at school so you can go on to study for professional qualifications. Additionally, many jobs ask for basic qualifications in maths and English when you apply. Without these qualifications, an individual could become limited in what they can do with their professional lives.

In addition to this, school also prepares you for relationships outside your family, which is an important aspect of life. School is a good socialisation tool because a student needs to deal with relationships on many different levels, for example with teachers and school friends, and they also need to deal with threats to happiness such as bullying or workloads.

Families are important as often children gain their moral outlook and aspirational goals from their parents. However, children can succeed without a favourable family setting to a certain extent. It is doubtful whether they could succeed without schooling.

In conclusion, although there are many beneficial forms of education, I believe schooling is more important than education within the family. This is because formal education gives you qualifications and socialisation that the family cannot offer.

(266 words)