IELTS Vocabulary: Education

Vocabulary tip

  • Words for naming people by their occupations often end in -er.
    • Examples: teacher/farmer/miner
  • Words for naming people who study academic subjects for a living usually end in -ist.
    • Examples: biologist/physicist

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Is there any value in studying academic subjects that are not 'useful' in terms of generating wealth for the country?

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

Write at least 250 words.

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Model answer

Many people these days claim that a useful education is one that prepares graduates for occupations that create wealth. However, when we the usefulness of an academic subject we should think carefully about how we the term "useful". In this essay, I argue that many academic subjects that do not directly generate great wealth can still be very useful.

Some subjects can be useful because they create knowledge that can be applied in related fields. , for example, study the way language works. Their can be used to create more effective methods of language teaching. Improved international communication can result in better trading relations, which can in turn generate wealth. investigate the lives of people in the past through their artifacts. Many of these will be displayed in museums, which can attract tourists who generate income for hoteliers, restaurants and so on.

Many academic subjects can also be "useful" in terms of contributing to people's quality of life. Some people pursue hobbies in fields such as in order to have a better understanding of the planet we live on. Others with an interest in stars and planets may become amateur . Curiosity is an important human trait, and many academic subjects allow people to satisfy this need.

In short, there is little that simply educating people to be efficient workers makes them happier or richer in the broader sense. Human curiosity and the unpredictable nature of knowledge creation mean that a variety of academic disciplines should be valued. Now complete the essay in your own words.

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