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May 02, 2012


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Hi simon
iwould like to attend to your class for 19th may can I bring with my writting assay and give me a feedbak?

Hi Eman,

Yes, you can bring an essay.

Hi Simon

actually I have a problem with writting introductions , I wrote introduction for this task, its not that long afew lines only so if I postted here would you please give me a comment on it ??

Hi Heba,

I'm afraid I don't check people's sentences or essays. If I did this, too many people would send me their work. Sorry.

hi Simon,
Is (Work experience) and (Practical knowledge) give the same meaning of vocational skills.

can we say experiences ?

HI again,
Can I put my opinion at the beginning of the 2nd paragraph after the introduction paragraph?

Hi Simon,

Do we have to write for both side's arguments and then write our opinion. Or we have write our opinion only.


Hi Raya,
It is the best way that If you put your opinion in introduction rather than in main paragraph body. I would also suggest that you should write your opinion in conclusion also because if you mention your opinion in introduction so examiner can see at beginning stage and follow the whole essay in manner.
I hope it will help you.

Hi Raya,

Work experience, practical knowledge and vocational skills do not have exactly the same meaning, but they are related ideas.

I would use 'experience' as an uncountable noun in this context.

I agree with Rony (see comment above this) about where to put your opinion.


Hi Halim,

It depends on the question. I've written lots of lessons about 'opinion' essays - have a look through the lessons in the 'writing task 2' category here on the site.

Hi Simon,

I think there still should be a third function for a good university, and that is to teach students how to search for knowledge. How can I accommodate this idea in my essay besides the other two functions?

Hi Simon,

Can you please give me some ideas for essays about older people.

Hi, Simon!
Thanks a lot for so useful site!
By the way, I want to share my IELTS results, because there is also your considerable contribution in it.
L7.5 R8.5 W7.0 S7.5.

Theme for Writing 2 was: Some people believe that we should plan our future, though others say that it is better to focus on present. Discuss and give your opinion.

Best regards.

the latest exams:
2012.01.07 Bar graph
[TASK1] The bar chart below shows the percentage of water used for industry, agriculture and homes in four countries in 2001.
[TASK2] Some people think developing countries should invite large foreign companies to open offices and factories to grow their economies. Others think developing countries should keep the large companies out and develop local companies instead. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
2012.01.12 Line Graph
[TASK1] The line graph shows the change of average time spent on constructing a car in four different automobile factories between 1998 and 2005.

[TASK2] Some people think that government should establish free libraries in each town. While others believe that it is a waste of money since people can obtain information from the internet at home. Discuss both sides and give your own opinion.
2012.01.14 table
[TASK1] The table below gives information about percentage of population over 60 in 6 regions and the whole world in 2000 and 2050.

[TASK2] Nowadays, it is widely accepted that social skills are as important as good qualifications for success in a job. Do you agree or disagree?
2012.02.04 bar
[TASK1] The bar charts show the information about the materials of making polystyrene cups and paper cups.

[TASK2] Some people think that young people should follow traditions of their society, while others think that young people should be free to behave as individuals.
Discuss both sides and give your own opinion.
2012.02.09 line
[TASK1]The line graph shows the changes in the number of people attending the top-level football matches in three different countries: Italy, German and England.
[TASK2]The spread of multinational companies and the resulting increase of globalization produce positive effects to everyone. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

2012.02.18 bar
[TASK1]The graph shows literacy rates in several regions and the average rate in the world.
[TASK2]Technology makes life complex, and to make it simple is to stop using technology. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

2012.02.25 bar
[TASK1]The bar chart shows the information on the number and purpose of trips made by males and females in a certain European country.

[TASK2] Full-time university students need to spend a lot of time on study, but it is essential to get involved in other activities. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

2012.03.08 line
[TASK1] The line chart shows the differences of the time spent on three TV programs in UK from 1980 to 2022.
[TASK2] People aim to achieve the balance between their work and lives, but few people achieve it. What are the causes of the problems? How to overcome it?

2012.03.10 table
[TASK1] The table shows the number of mobile phones and personal computers per 1,000 people in 2003 in 6 different countries.
[TASK2] It is expected that there will be a higher proportion of old people than young people in the future in some countries. Do you think it is a positive or negative development?

2012.03.17 bar
[TASK1] The bar chart shows the working time of part-time and full-time workers in Greece, Netherland and UK.
[TASK2] News media is important in our society. Why is it so important? Do you think its influence is generally positive or negative?

a good introduction for this essay would be,

The burgeoning number of students attending university has led some people to think twice about the course content. The question is whether students should be taught about the workplace or whether the teachings should be about a particular subject, not so much related to the work environment. As regards to the purpose of University I firmly believe that it should prepare one for their future job. However, at the same time I am of the opinion that knowledge about a particular subject should also be taught at degree level.

EXAMPLE ESSAY - little bit long , but its a good example,

Note: Iif you want any of your essays on any topic to be marked , email them to me

email address: siejarwaffayar@hotmail.com -

The burgeoning number of students attending university has led some people to think twice about the purpose of university courses. The question is whether students should be taught about the workplace or whether the teachings should be about a particular subject, not so much related to the work environment. As regards to the purpose of University, I firmly believe that it should prepare one for their future job. However, at the same time I am of the opinion that knowledge about a particular subject should also be taught at degree level.

For many people university courses are ll about preparation for their future job. Of course it is important that people are prepared as much as possible before they start work. Some courses achieve this criteria,for example Business Management can be practiced in the real world. This can mean extremely beneficial for students, because later in their future job they can apply their classes manage their own business. As this example shows, a degree that prepares students for the workplace is more beneficial over a degree that exists solely for the purpose of knowledge.

On the other hand, courses that aim to dig deeper into a specific subject are beneficial in their own way. Take for example Psychology, it is widely argued that this degree is pointless if not practised.However, this is not always true, psychology can be a very productive course, for instance the knowledge learned from the course can be used to help an individual strengthen their relationship with their colleagues.On top of this, it helps one to understand other peoples cultures and values. Thus, as this example shows every degree has its own benefits, each of which can be applied to our day to day life in its own way.

My conclusion is that this is a well balanced issue, and that the purpose of undergraduate courses should be to both gain knowledge and prepare people for their future jobs.

Great scores Ulka!


Thanks for sharing your questions and ideas Liyanwei and Siyar.

Hi Simon, Could you check please.

The universities are the first place where many students may have a chance to get acquainted with different professional skills. Since they facilitate graduates with a significant volume of theoretical knowledge which is necessary for their future job. Therefore, it is said that these knowledge should be combined with the practical knowladge at work to be skillful specialist .
To begin with, most employers prefer to work with people who have certain knowledge about their jobs. In this case, applying to the knowledge which has been taken from the University is the best way to expand the special skills. Therefore, teaching students about their future work helps graduates to be excelent personnel. On the other hand, ceveral students neglect other necessary subjects which they think that there is no need for studying them for they may learn how to work as an employee.
Furthermore, it is undeniable that some universities` curriculums do not have special lessons on teaching students how to become a good employee because by learning main subjects they may acquire basic knowledge. Thus this kind of teaching process can provide students with enough knowledge for their future work. However, some professions need certain lessons and practise in fields, such as medicine and biology, because students obtain essential skills by working in a laboratory.
In conclusion, in my opinion. universities should not teach students how to work since they can obtain working skills from their future job. However, as was mentioned before, some professionals in terms of the medicine and biology should be taught theoretically as well as practically in order to prepere students how to work since these fields demand high practical specialist.

There has been a debate for long time about the true function of educational institutions like university. While there are ground to argue that it prepare students for their future career, other people think it should only provide knowledge for its own sake. I personally believe that universities should fulfil both roles for a number of reasons.

On the one hand, there are one principal arguments why universities should focus on jobs related skills and knowledge . Perhaps it is the fact that in order for any society to develop successfully a highly skilled labour with proper work related information are needed. Workers with proper practical training and specific job related knowledge can in fact able to build their community in a rapid pace after graduation. For example , a doctor who are an essential professional for any society can not practice medicine safely unless he/she get a proper training at university. If educational institutions stopped from providing this valuable skills and knowledge many important public sectors would suffer from lack of essential professionals.

On the other hand, there are good arguments in favour of studying at university for sake of knowledge only. one is that not all community members are keen or interested in getting a job after graduation. Some people ,for example,women in saudi arabia would experience considerable difficulties in finding a suitable work after graduation d for cultural reasons. In this case most people would choose to study in order to increase their general knowledge so that they would be able to raise their family in a proper way. Also, students who are learning for sake of general knowledge only are usually have more open mind and a broader horizons, they have the ability to understand other people differences and in general tend to be good community members.

In conclusion, it seem to me that universities should provide the knowledege and skills that are specific to a particular job ,and at the same time they should offer courses for sake of knowledge only.As any successful society in need for a highly skilled employee and a knowledgeable community members.

good link for this topic, if you don't know what are vocational courses means read this article from telegraph news


MZ i like your essay.

Mz great essay. Thx for sharing

Young people are graduating in great numbers from universities today but many remain unemployed. While some people urge universities to provide knowledge and skills welcomed by employers, others assert that universities should focus on imparting knowledge rather than skill training. I believe that universities should fulfill both the roles for a number of reasons.

We go to universities to prepare ourselves for certain jobs.Practice should be an integral part of university learning. Teaching students ways of problem solving is more important than forcing them to learn through regurgitation. Moreover, graduates with skills in the workplace are often more productive, and adapt himself quickly to novel circumstances than those who do not.Therefore, they can often find satisfactory jobs, where they could apply the knowledge they have learned at universities and fulfill their potential.

Undeniably, universities should give priorities to knowledge based learning. Surely, sufficient grasp of knowledge is the basis for further development but to know how to apply it is equally useful.Furthermore, university students are at a critical stage in their lives as they are stepping into adulthood and making important decisions in their life. In such a scenario, universities serve as breeding grounds for future leaders.

In my opinion, academic study and practical training should go hand in hand. Moreover, there are technical institutions that offer practical training to people who wish to acquire only practical skills.

In conclusion, giving a wide range of subjects to choose from is an important role of a university.Yet what is more essential is the practical use of that knowledge. I think the main function of a university is to provide society with students who know how to apply the knowledge they have learned to the real word.(289)

The more practical skills students learn, the better workforce they become.
Hi Simon, In your opinion is it correct sentence ?

People have different views about the main purpose of the universities. While it is a way to fulfil their interest , I think that the primary aim of university is to teach appropriate skills and knowledge.

On the one hand, a healthy economy requires a wide range of work. There are some majors that is helpful for the sake of them, such as acting and painting. In fact, some people just want to go to the university in order to pursue their interests and dreams, which can give them a sense of personal fulfillment. For example, my older sister has majored in computer engineering since she has really been engrossed in this field, but she own a cafe' and choose this type of work to earn money.

On the other hand, I would argue that university is intended to provide individuals with valuable skills and practical knowledge, which can be more appropriate to the needs of the workplace. Universities should prepare students for the world of the work since economies are becoming more and more knowledge-based. Most jobs need skilled workers for sectors ,such as information technology and engineering. Moreover, academic qualifications can open the door to better job opportunities or employment prospects, which is make it more easy for graduates to find suitable work.The more practical skills students learn, the better workforce they become.

In conclusion, I understand why some assert the real function of university should be accessible to knowledge for the sake of it,but it seems to me that universities should present productive and constructive skills and knowledge to students.

I would be grateful if you give me your point of view about my essay😊

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