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October 10, 2018


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ground their pupils in the local culture
I don't understand this one could anyone tell me exact meaning


= give pupils a grounding in their own culture

@ WMk
grounding in their own culture means provide the fundamentals/basics/foundation knowledge of ones culture. For example what are your country's traditional songs, dances, literary pieces, famous authors, artists and so on...

Ohk thanks now i'm understand

Hello Simon,

I am a GT IELTS test taker. My tutor advised me to use contractions while writing informal letters. is it a must ? I would appreciate, if you could make it clear.

Dear Sir,
Could I give a concrete example on task 2, like this:
A recent study by HK University found that 60% violent crimes committed by secondary students were linked to watching movies with many battle scenes.

Dear Simon
Could you rate this essay?

As computers are being used more and more in education, there will be soon no role for teachers in the classroom. Do you agree or disagree?

It is often argued by some people that nowadays teacher’s role is going to be replaced by technological tools. Although I understand and receive the importance of technology in our modern life, but I support the viewpoint that teachers are still necessary for classrooms.

As technology enters to the every aspect of our life, it become much easier for us to get necessary knowledge and skills. By using computers, for example, students can do research through online resources, advance their understanding of different topics and get informed about the latest news so easily. In addition, students can take online distant learning courses from foreign prestigious universities without going abroad. Technology as a powerfool tool, make learning process so comfortable for students as they are more likely become able to study and progress at their own pace. For these reasons, we should accept technology since it is probably going to be important part of our life.

In spite of above mentioned arguments, I am firm supporter of the view that technology will never and can’t be substitute for teachers. There are several reasons why I think so and one of them is that learners need structured courses which sometimes online resources are not capable of offering this kind of options. Another point is that, teachers are aware and more experienced on which materials to select to teach children, and avoid confusing in their mind. Most importantly, while children are being involved in classroom environment, they learn how to respect to other people, learn self-respect, establish social skills necessary for their future life. Without interaction, by restricting themselves to only chatting and website forums, they will never be able to understand subjects deeply, since when they don’t get the point, teacher are there to approach and clearly explain repeatedly until they understand.

In conclusion, it seems to me that, today, as a society we should not give more importance to one over another, by contrast we should preserve the balance of traditional teaching method and the use of modern technology in our classroom.


Although ..., but I still support ...

"Technology as a powerfool (!spelling) tool, make" : something wrong with grammar here too.

Short form of verbs (contractions) not for use in essays.

Dear Simon, please can you revise this essay

Some people believe that it is more important to teach children the literature and history of their own country, rather than the literature and history of other countries. To what extend do you agree?

Currently there is a discussion whether the school syllabus should mostly cover national history and literature classes rather than the international ones. I personally support the idea that one should know and never forget his own country’s history and literature, but always be open to discover other ones as well. (2)
National history and literature are very important in the cultural development of a person, and therefore should always be tutored at schools. Because they are the part of the national heritage, which shows the richness of the nation and the age of the culture. And both of history and literature play a great role in the development of the culture as well as the person’s and help one to obtain a feeling of belonging to his nation. Studying these subjects at schools helps to preserve traditions that are older than governments. Even epos and legends are important, they hide the truth behind the words, they teach moral values and kindness, courage and friendship, they help to grow as a person and make rightful decisions.(5)
While on the other hand discovering new culture and other nations can be easily done through the international history and foreign literature classes. They help to evolve and enrich one’s purview, erase the borders in an intercultural environment, grow mindfulness and create interest in the discovery of new. And all of the listed benefits can bring no harm to any young mind. At the same time one can never know his own history and literature the best if he does not compare them to another ones, so the studies in both national and international ones are highly important in education. (4)
Both international and national history and literature are not the opposite of each other, and their tuition at schools should not be a topic of a debate, since they are not as valuable on their own, as given together. (1)

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1) Using "one" to make generalizations in English can be quite tricky. If over-used, it can come across as somewhat stilted, particularly if one has to resort to using "one's". So I would rephrase your second sentence as: ... that children should know and never forget their own country’s history and literature,. The penultimate sentence can be revised in a similar manner.


2) "... to discover other ones": this is a different usage of "ones" but to me the referencing and substitution was not obviously and immediately clear. It would have been clearer to me if the wording had been repeated: ... to discover foreign literature and foreign history as well. To me this is using repetition for emphasis, clarity, and effect: it is not automatically wrong per se.

3) "Because ...": a dangling clause that needs to be joined to the previous sentence.

4) "And": this is a conjunction that joins two sentences together.

5) "the culture ... the person’s ... one ... his ..." -> culture ... a sense of personal identity ... children ... their

6) "While" is a conjunction which joins a subordinate clause/idea to the main clause/idea to make one sentence together.




8) In general it seems that more work is needed on how to use conjunctions and join clauses together.

I am sorry, is there an "an" before "educational continuity"?
For example, "there is an educational continuity across the generations." or "there are educational continuities across the generations."





It looks as though all are possible, and the nuances between them hard to pinpoint.

Dear Simon,
I am trying to use your method in writing task 2, But I'm having difficulties in answering a certain type of questions.
my exam is on Friday ( after 4 days )
and I really hope that you would find time to help me with this.

With increasing car ownership, the amount of traffic in many cities cause major problems.
Extending and promoting public transport services, such as buses and trains, would provide the BEST solution for these problems.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?

If I want to write about public transport in the second paragraph, and about other measures in the third one, should I disagree or partly agree ?

When I first solved this task, I wrote something like this :

Some people argue that the most effective way to tackle the traffic problem is to develop and encourage people to use public transport. I disagree with this view, because I believe that there are other measure which are equally effective.

First paragraph : I accept that making the public transport system more efficient, reliable and extended will certainly alleviate the traffic problem. ( then I mention how it does that)
Second paragraph: However, I believe that there are several as effective measures that governments could take to address this problem. Then I mention these measures.
Conclusion : In conclusion, Although developing the public transport is certainly an effective way to ease the traffic, I disagree that it is the single best solution for this issue.

However, a friend of mine suggested that I should partly agree rather than disagree, and that I should introduce the topic like this'' While I accept that improving the public transport would help to mitigate the traffic problem, I believe that there are other equally effective measures.

Thank you so much

On Saturday *
My speaking test is on Friday


Your friend is right. There is no requirement to explicitly state "I (partly) agree" or "I disagree".

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