IELTS Writing Task 2
Should children have extra responsibilities?
Some people believe that children of all ages should have extra responsibilities (for example, helping at home or at work). Others believe that, outside of school, children should be free to enjoy their lives.
- Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
How to answer this essay?
- Paraphrase the overall essay main topic.
- Write a clear opinion.
- 1st Body Paragraph
- Write a topic sentence with a clear main idea.
- Explain your main idea.
- Develop it with specific or hypothetical examples.
- 2nd Body Paragraph
- Write a new topic sentence with a new main idea.
- Explain your new main idea.
- Include specific details and examples.
- Add as much information as you can and make sure it links logically.
- Summarise your main ideas.
- Include a final thought.
Model Answer | Marked as Band 8
Cohesive connecting words that improve coherence in writing . Useful less common words that boost fluency in writing .
- Many today have argued for the importance of children having greater responsibility in the home. I am generally in agreement with this position, though it should naturally not be taken to extremes.
- Critics of such an approach maintain that it can overburden young children. In many societies around the world today, children are under immense pressure at school to perform well academically. In many Asian countries, for example, young children must study at school until the late afternoon, have dinner, and then take additional classes before doing their homework each night. If these students were also tasked with cleaning the house or washing their own clothes, they simply would not have enough time to complete all their responsibilities and rest for the next day.
- However, increased responsibility encourages greater maturity and self-reliance. A child who must ensure their room is clean and takes part in either cooking or cleaning up afterwards better understands the importance of time management and how to run a household. In contrast, some parents are overly protective of their children and do not instill traits related to independence. If a child grows up and attends university without a variety of life skills or the maturity that comes from looking after themselves, then they will likely struggle to adjust and may be viewed as childish by their peers.
- In conclusion, although there must be logical limits to the amount of work that children should do in the home, It is a generally recommended approach to increase a child's sense of responsibility. The benefits later in life justify any potential fatigue.
Vocabulary and Useful Expression
- argued for the importance of: are in favor of
- greater responsibility in the home: more duty in one’s house
- I am generally in agreement with this position: I agree mostly with the opinion that
- naturally: of course
- taken to extremes: pursued in a strong way
- Critics: those against it
- approach maintain: way argue
- overburden: put too much pressure on
- under immense pressure at school to perform well academically: have lots of stress to do well in their classes
- late afternoon: around 3 – 5pm
- take additional classes: sign up for more courses
- each night: every night
- tasked with: are assigned
- complete all their responsibilities: finish their work
- rest: relaxing
- increased responsibility encourages greater maturity and self-reliance: more duty motivates them to be more responsible
- ensure: make sure of
- takes part in: engages in
- afterwards: after that
- how to run a household: how to take care of your place
- overly protective of: looking too much after
- instill traits related to independence: sculpt kids to be self-reliant
- attends: goes to
- without a variety of life skills: not having lots of abilities like cooking, cleaning, etc.
- maturity: how old you are emotionally
- looking after themselves: taking care of themselves
- likely struggle to adjust: probably have difficulty adapting
- may be viewed as childish by their peers: might seem immature by other classmates
- logical limits: rational levels
- advisable approach overall: good idea in general
- sense of responsibility: feeling of duty
- later in life justify any potential fatigue: after that make it worth it to be tired