6th February, Today’s Task

Academic Writing Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The table below shows the number of computer terminals available to students in different faculties at a university.

Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

6th February, Today's Task

First, prepare your answer.

Look at the table.

  • What is the first thing that you notice?
  • Can you make comparisons? What are they?
  • Which tense will you use? Why?
  • Write two body paragraphs comparing the number of computer terminals available to students in different faculties at the university.
  • Write an introduction, beginning with a general description of the table followed by a statement summarizing the overall trends or main features.

Model Answer:-

The table shows student access to computer terminals across a range of faculties at a university with 2891 enrolments. It is clear that the faculties with the most students  have the poorest access computers.

Education and Arts have the largest number of students but the least number of computer terminals. Education is obviously the poorest resourced, having 890 students but only 25 terminals, and an average of 36 students per terminal, three times more than the university average of 12. The situation for the Faculty of Arts is similar with 730 students and 34 terminals, and an average of 21 students per terminal, almost twice the university average.

The faculties of Agriculture, Science and Engineering have the least number of students. Science and Engineering have the most computer terminals with an average access to terminals of three and eight students respectively. Agriculture, on the other hand, is poorly resourced with as average student access of 14. Law is also small (473 students), and has 43 terminals giving average of eleven.

General Writing Task 1

You go to a park for morning walk where you see some boys do anti-social activities. Write a letter to a leading newspaper newspaper editor for publishing this story.

In your letter

  • Explain the situation
  • Say what actions you would like the newspaper to take
  • Describe negatives to convince the newspaper editor

Model Answer:-

Dear Sir,

I am writing this letter with a view to seeking your help to break a story in your newspaper. I have been going for a morning walk at Queen’s Garden for the last 10 years or so.

Recently, I have noticed that some school going children – surely they bunk off school – come in a group and cause some amount of inconvenience to other. Smoking is prohibited in the public place; yet they smoke in the garden. When they are requested not to do so, they tangle with those who oppose. Secondly, at times, we have seen them playing cards. Their playing of cards is not foe fun but it is in the form of serious gambling. The park is not a gambling place and under state law, all forms of gambling are prohibited. Enclosed are some snaps in which they were caught red-handed doing these anti-social activities.

I never wish their story to be published because they are very young, awaiting their bright future. However, when we tried to talk to them, they were at loggerheads over this.

I solicit your co-operation.

Yours faithfully,

Anita Bhatia

Glossary:

To bunk off (phrasal verb): to stay away from school or work when you should be there; to leave school or work early, to tangle with (phrasal verb): to become involved in an argument or a fight with somebody/something, to catch somebody red-handed (idiom): to catch somebody in the act of doing something wrong or committing a crime, at loggerheads (with somebody) (over something) (idiom): in strong disagreement

Writing Task 2 (AC+GT)

People should have the right to carry a gun, as crime rate is on the increase. Do you agree?

Model Answer:-

It is a paradox that even in countries which have stringent (=strict) measures to deal with crimes, crime rate is on the increase. There are people who argue that since crimes are on the increase, people must have the right to carry guns. However, this essay is not agreement to the suggestion since it is not a solution to the problem of increasing violence and escalating (=increasing) crime rate.

To begin with, those who argue in favour of allowing private citizens to carry guns hold that an individual has the right to self-defence. To cite an example, the U.S. constitution allows individuals to carry guns. The right to life is a fundamental right. It is, therefore, an individual’s privilege to defend himself or herself. In such societies it is easy to get a license to carry a gun.

Conversely, there are many others who argue against it. It is responsibility of governments to ensure the safety of their citizens’ lives and property. For example, every modern government has a police force. The primary responsibility of the police will be virtually ineffective.

Another aspect to consider us that people, even children, can get trigger-happy. For instance, it societies which have passed liberal gun licensing laws, crime rate is very high. In such countries intentional and unintentional homicides (killing of man) and suicides using guns are a major problem, as many incidents in the USA have proven.

In short, allowing everybody to carry a gun is not the way to tackle crimes. Instead of decreasing them, possession of guns will only increase them.

IELTS Full Speaking Interview

PART 1 – Intro Part

Good morning. Can you tell me your full name please?

A very good morning to you, I am preeti shah.

Thank you, can you tell me where are from?

I belong to Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

Can I see your identification?

Yes, here you are!

Thank you, that’s fine, now in first part I’d like to ask you some question about yourself. Let’s talk about what you do. Do you work or are you a student?

 What subjects are you studying?

I am studying Entrepreneurship.

Why did you choose this subject?

The reason behind choosing this subject was to help me carry forward my family.

What do you hope to do when you finish your studies?

Well, I will be doing my master’s in business management and Entrepreneurship.

Now let’s talk about weekends, what do you usually do on the weekend?

They are pretty relaxed weekends as I get time to organize my room, wardrobe and other stuff like but if I have time in hand I try visiting relatives or friends. On some weekends, I feel doing nothing but just relaxing the whole day and spend my quality time with family.

What do you think you will do next weekend?

I am looking forward to this weekend as I plan to visit an old age home with a friend. I sometimes visit such places for charity because I get a different kind of satisfaction by helping those who are in need.

Do you enjoy your weekends now more than you did when you were a child?

When we were kids, we really didn’t know the importance of weekends because we would be playing around the entire day as there was not so much of work or study stress but today we realize what weekends are all about in the real manner. They recharge both mentally and physically for the next week. I wonder how   some people work on weekends.

How important is it for you to relax at the end of the week?

It’s essential to relax at the end of the week as the week as the brain and body get tired so people need to rejuvenate themselves. Its only during the weekends where you’ve time for yourself. Or it meant only for external worries and job pressure.

Let’s talk about music, what sort of music do you usually enjoy listening to ?

Music is a medication to soul. My day starts with music and ends with it. It soothes, calms, comforts and uplifts the soul. It’s a universal healer. I listen to soft rock, sufi music , old songs and old country classics.

Has the kind of music you like changed over the years?

Yes, the kind of music I used to listen to has changed but all sorts of music genres (= category class) are available nowadays on the internet. These days music is too loud, very techno types. I personally feel music should calm you, give you joy and bring peace to your soul.

Do you prefer listening to live music or recorded music?

I prefer the recorded music as there’s no disturbance and you can enjoy it at your convenience. In the studio, every bit of music detailing is taken care which results into a worthwhile listening experience. In live music, more than music, you enjoy beholding (=seeing) the singer because of some reasons, either you like him or follow him for all good reasons in life.

PART 2 – Cue Card

AN ADVERTISEMENT

An advertisement you like

  • Ads are ubiquitous nowadays.
  • Ads are all around us on TV, radio, internet and so on.
  • Here I would like to talk about my favorite ad.
  • It is of a car, the Nano car.
  • It is manufactured by TATA motors.
  • There are numerous reasons why I like his ad.
  • Firstly, I like the slogan is this ad.
  • It is – KhushionKiChabi-which means- key to happiness.
  • Secondly, the ad id shot in Mumbai and it is very fascinating city of my country.
  • It is picturised in front of the Taj Hotel, which is very famous all around my country.
  • The whole ad is very colourful.
  • Almost 100 people are there in the ad and all of them are youngsters wearing fashionable clothes.
  • The main reason why like this ad that the theme and story they create in this ad is just stupendous.
  • There is a magician in this ad who changed all the characters from what they are into new personalities
  • He transforms a girl into a bold and dynamic girl.
  • In this ad the whole atmosphere is of celebration and all are singing and dancing in the end.
  • The most attractive thing about this ad is the background music.
  • In this ad all the versions off this car are shown.
  • The car is available in many colors, like yellow, white, black, blue and so on.
  • After watching this ad I have planned to buy this car.
  • The car is not very expensive
  • I would buy the deluxe version of this car in white color
  • I am saving my pocket money so that I can buy this one very soon
  • This car would be very useful for me and y family

PART 3 – Discussion

1. What are the different forms that advertising that we have in society today?

We have ads on TV, newspaper, hoardings and flyers. We also get ads through the radio, cell phones   and the internet

2. What are the main ways that advertising reaches people?

     Advertisement reach people through TV, newspapers, hoarding and flyers. We also get ads through the radio, cell phones and the internet.

3. What is the purpose of advertising?

The purpose of advertising is to sell products or services. Ads also touch social issues like female   foeticide and pulse polio. Ads help businessman to sell their products, which improves the overall economy of a country.

4. How are advertisement on TV different to those in magazines or on the radio?

  TV ads are audio-visual. They have a better impact than radio ads, which are only audio. Magazines       also target specific groups of people. For example, sports magazines have ads related to sports goods.

5. What is the purpose of advertising?

  The purpose of advertising is to sell products or services. Ads also touch social issues like female   foeticide and pulse polio. Ads help businessman to sell their products, which improves the overall economy of a country.

6. Do Children pay attention to advertisements?

 Yes, children are pay attention to ads because ads today are very colourful, entertaining and so  attract children

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