IELTS Report, topic: Table describing number of students studying foreign languages (from Target Band 7 book)

This report was written on a topic from “Target Band 7” book (page 44, reprinted with permission).

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task

The table below describes the number of students studying foreign languages in SomeCountry in 2000-2005.

Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information shown.

Write at least 150 words

Table describing number of students studying foreign languages, from Target Band 7 book

The table presents the numbers of students who learned 5 different foreign languages in SomeCountry from 2000 to 2005. It can be clearly seen that the largest number of students studied Spanish, and their numbers rose throughout the entire period the table describes.

The most popular languages were Spanish, German and French, of which Spanish language was the most popular, starting from 1889 students in 2000 and gradually increasing to 2453 in 2005. At the same time, students who learned German and French were around 1811 and 896 in 2000, respectively, and both groups experienced some fluctuation, eventually dropping their numbers to 1121 and 687 respectively in 2005.

Russian and Japanese languages were learned by the smallest number of students, and that didn’t change over the period. The number of Russian students started at 20 in 2000, rising insignificantly to 26 students by 2005. Similarly, Japanese was studied by 32 students in 2000 and that figure increased slightly to 35 in 2005.

Overall, it can be seen that while the most popular language increased in popularity, the second and third popular languages lost a considerable number of students between 2000 and 2005.

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IELTS essay, topic: Some parents encourage young people to leave home while others think they should stay with the family, discuss and give your opinion

Many parents encourage young people to leave home when they become older, while others think they should stay at home with the family. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

With the tremendous influence of modernisation, remarkable changes have taken place in the family structure to such an extent that nowadays, youngsters are motivated by their parents to live alone as they grow up. However, some people are of the view that it is more practical for a youngster to live with their family.

On the one hand, there are many positive aspects to youths living away from their parents at young age. This provides the opportunity to young people to live a life on their own terms and make any decisions without the interference of their parents. Besides, living alone not only makes them independent but also makes them self-reliant, which is a crucial life skill to their successful career. For instance, managing all the house chores such as cleaning, paying bills, cooking and so on will make them well experienced at learning and managing diverse activities and will also boost their confidence.

On the other hand, there is no denying the fact that youngsters living away from their family may find themselves in circumstances that may adversely affect their life. Naïve and inexperienced young people in the absence of parental supervision are more likely to fall prey to bad influence and dangerous activities, such as drugs or alcohol consumption, which may jeopardise their career or lead them astray from moral values. However, this situation is less likely to take place with youngsters still living with their parents. Besides, emotional bonding and family relationships can be maintained better if everyone is living together under one roof.

In my opinion, although encouraging youngsters to live alone may lead them to learn various life skills, negative aspects and risks associated with living alone can far outweigh the benefits.

This response covers the task topic well, by discussing the positive and negative aspects of living alone as a young adult, and the writer’s opinion has also been included. Paragraphing helps to present ideas in an orderly way, and cohesion and coherence are maintained throughout the essay. There is some repetitive use of the word ‘make’ in the first body paragraph, which could have been avoided. Apart from that, the writer’s vocabulary seems to be quite rich and allows them to communicate ideas precisely and clearly. Overall, this essay seems to be worthy of IELTS Band 8.

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