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Academic IELTS Writing Tasks 1 and 2

Dec 2, 2021 | 1 Comments

The floor plans detail a home at present and its planned renovations. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that the interior will expand slightly to include additional living areas and rooms, with a new parking area outside.


The home presently contains a single abutting study/bedroom on the left side and another one is planned exactly the same size to adjoin it in the future. In the main home itself, the current set-up includes an entranceway opening into a large hall, next to a bathroom to one’s immediate left, a long living room, a study/bedroom, a kitchen and another study/bedroom on the right side directly across from the entrance.


The future plan indicates that the bathroom will reduce in size slightly and an en suite bathroom will be added to the study/bedroom. The living room will be replaced by a larger study/bedroom and a smaller study/bedroom will be attached in the top left corner. On the right side, the kitchen will be extended sideways allowing for a social area and the study/bedroom in the bottom right corner is projected to remain unchanged. Outside the home, the garden to the top will remain unchanged but the lower one will be transformed into a parking area.



Some believe that children should be taught to give speeches and presentations in school.

Why is this?


Should this be taught in schools?

Many believe that giving presentations and speeches ought to be a key part of school curricula for children. In my opinion, this is an attempt to develop a number of skills holistically and should be encouraged.


The main reason schools incorporate presentation lessons is to improve skills needed for the future. Children will later be expected to present individually and in groups throughout their academic life and in most work contexts. In order to give a competent presentation, children must first of all develop confidence speaking in front of others and then combine this with careful preparation, repeated practice, research, and, often, team-working skills. Each of these qualities will be useful later and the earlier students begin, the more likely they are to excel in areas that many adults still find challenging.


I would recommend this practice continues since integration of skills contributes to greater progress. Skills developed on their own are often not as memorable. If a young child, for example, has to do a book report with a group of other children, this requires them to read the book, divide up sections of the presentation, communicate with team members, and deliver an engaging speech at the end. The combination of all skills makes the learning more memorable and the pupils are likely to develop fixed characteristics. An illustrative analogy would be how an athlete practices for a sport. They can master individual skills on their own but the greatest progress comes when they blend them under the intense pressure of competition.



In conclusion, educators often teach public speaking in order to prepare students for the future and this multidisciplinary approach is positive. Presentations and speeches are also a good way to combine and review past lessons.

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