IELTS Writing Band 9: Topic 1: Work and Carrer
About Topic 2
The Education and schooling topic includes teaching methods and resources, approaches to
exams and testing, school management, pupil motivation, behaviour and discipline, school sport, extra-curricular activities, higher/further education and course funding
Topic 2 example Task
‘The Internet will never replace traditional course books in schools.’
How far do you agree with this prediction?
Explanation of the Task
- This is an Opinion>Personal viewpoint type essay (it asks how far you agree with an idea.)
- You should introduce the topic and give your opinion in the introduction, then explain why you have this view.
- You should briefly consider the opposing view, then restate your opinion in the conclusion.
- Notice how this essay type is different from the Opinion>Discussion type which we saw in
- Topic 1, which asks you to discuss both sides of a debate.
IELTS Writing Band 9 Sample
Explanation of the topic vocabulary and examples in Speaking
1. curriculum = the full range of subjects offered by a school or group of schools
Example: The curriculum in private schools is sometimes wider than in state schools, because they have more resources.
2. pedagogical (experts) = (experts in) education and teaching
Example: I admire pedagogical pioneers such as the Victorian English thinkers who began free schools for all children.
3. syllabus = the content of elements taught in a specific subject
The syllabus for geography at my school included volcanoes, earthquakes and tidal waves, which we found fascinating.
4. formal examinations = exams where students answer set written or spoken questions without assistance
5. continuous assessment = giving students marks for course work or projects, rather than formal exams
Example: At my school, our grades were based 50/50 on formal examinations and continuous assessment, which we thought was very fair to all the children.
6. academic achievement = the measurable performance of a student in marks, exam results etc
Example: In my country, children enjoy school, but academic achievement is frankly quite low.
7. further education = education after leaving school at the minimum age
Example: Some governments encourage further education by allowing teenagers to claim benefits while they study.
8. higher education = education after age 18 at college or University, usually for a Degree
Example: When I pass IELTS, I plan to go on to higher education in Canada and do a degree in engineering.
9. group work = study where pupils discuss and agree a project together
Example: Personally, I think that group work enables lazy children to do less work than the eager ones.
10. teacher-led lessons = traditional lessons where the teacher delivers a long talk and the students take notes
Example: In my country, lessons are still very teacher-led and interaction is rather limited.
11. autonomous learning = when a student learns through independent study and research
Example: At University, you are expected to be an autonomous learner far more than at High School, which is quite exciting for me.
12. study skills = the skills of organising, using and checking study work
Example: My study skills were rather weak until I read an excellent book by a Japanese pedagogical
13. to synthesise sources = to use a variety of sources and combine them in one project
Example: I use the Internet to synthesise my sources, and I always cite the origin of the information. (to cite sources = to acknowledge publicly)
14. rote-learning = learning by repetition and memorising items
Example: I used to think that rote-learning was a negative approach, but my recent experiences teaching in a South African school have changed my view.
15. to supplement = to add extra content or material
Example: My supervisor said that I should supplement my essay with more examples of experiments.
16. to assimilate knowledge = to absorb and understand it
Example: I always use a dictionary when I study in English, to help me assimilate new phrases.
17. guided learning = learning under the supervision of a teacher
Example: Lessons in Primary Schools should always contain guided learning, otherwise the children will lose focus.
18. data-gathering = collecting information, usually in numerical form
Example: Mobile phone companies employ many people in data-gathering Tasks, to see how users are using the phones and Internet.
19. distance learning = learning by the Internet or email, rather than face-to-face
Example: My mother took an entire degree by distance learning over a period of five years.
20. self-study = studying using a course without a teacher’s involvement
Example: There are many self-study guides to improving your English, and some of them are actually
21. to discriminate between sources = to decide whether one source is better or more reliable than another source
Example: Children should not study using unsupervised Internet access, because they can’t discriminate between the sources of information they find.
22. to sift information = to remove unwanted or less useful information
Example: I had to sift hundreds of pages of data to arrive at my conclusions when I did my thesis.
23. to marshal facts = to organise facts in support of an idea
Example: In IELTS essays, you should marshal a few facts to support each idea in the argument.
24. an integral part of the syllabus = essential, central or indispensable
Example: Nutrition is an integral part of food sciences these days