Writing Task 2 | Essay Structure Series

IELTS Lessons, written by Sam Morgan and Tom Speed

This lesson is an example lesson from our writing task 2 course (coming soon!). It will guide you through the essay taskStudying a language in a country where it is spoken by the majority of citizens is the best way to learn a foreign language.’

 

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Here is the essay task from the lesson.

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic

Studying a language in a country where it is spoken by the majority of citizens is the best way to learn a foreign language.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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

Write at least 250 words

Here is our essay.

More and more people are learning foreign languages in order to improve their education and job opportunities or for fun. While learning in a country where the language is spoken makes it faster to learn, for many it may be too expensive or stressful to study abroad.

Learning in a country where the language is spoken makes it faster and easier to learn. If somebody learns a foreign language at home, then they will only use it when they are in class. However, when abroad, they will have to use it all day. For example, when they go to the shops and when they chat with local friends. All of this additional practice will obviously make it faster for the learner to acquire the language. Furthermore, they are likely to learn better pronunciation and more slang than if they stayed in their home country

On the other hand, there are several drawbacks to studying in a foreign country. If you study at home, you can continue your job and live in your own home. In contrast, when you study abroad you are unable to continue your job and so lose your salary and you must also pay for accommodation. This may be very expensive depending on which country. Another drawback is that some people may feel nervous living and studying in a foreign country where they do not know anyone. They may feel homesick and find it difficult to learn in this situation.

In conclusion, learning a language in a foreign country may lead to faster acquisition, however, learning abroad may also have financial and psychological drawbacks. It is important for an individual to consider carefully the positives and negatives before he/she leaves to study overseas.

(286 words)

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