IELTS Writing Task 2 | The Internet will never replace traditional course books in schools

Task 2 | Essay 21
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‘The Internet will never replace traditional course books in schools.’
  • How far do you agree with this prediction?
How to answer this essay?
  • Introduction:
  • 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.
  • Conclusion:
  • 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 .
  • There is a huge range of resources available to the modern teacher, and the right selection is crucial in delivering effective lessons. I agree that there will always be a place for course books in the school curriculum, despite the many benefits of the Internet.
  • Firstly, course books (whether conventional or digital) have been developed by pedagogical experts and designed to be incorporated into a subject syllabus, leading to testing procedures such as formal examinations or continuous assessment. This means that they are proven to improve students’ academic achievement, enhancing their potential for progression to further or higher education. Furthermore, the use of modern course books allows pupils to coordinate their studies as part of group work, hopefully making their lessons less teacher-led and more about autonomous learning. This in itself teaches study skills such as independent research and synthesising sources, rather than old-fashioned rote-learning. This is where the Internet, in fact, can play a useful part to cssupplement and add to knowledge which the students are assimilating via their course books.
  • However, it is the role of teachers and school management generally to ensure that use of the Internet remains a guided learning process, and not an exercise in data-gathering from Internet sources which may be unreliable or even misleading. It is true that the Internet can be invaluable for adults (for example in distance learning or self-study modules) who are able to discriminate between sources and sift information to marshal their facts. However, this is a mature skill and we should not assume that school age pupils are ready to do this.
  • Overall, it appears that course books, with their quality and depth of material, are set to remain an integral part of the syllabus. The internet can be judged a useful supplement to this, if used carefully and under supervision.
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Useful Collocations

    (Writing / Speaking Modules)
  • to graduate from a university : complete a degree course / to finish university
  • to enroll on a degree course : put your name down for a degree course
  • to major in physics : to choose physics as your main subject at university.
  • to attend a lecture : to go to listen to a speaker at university often with a large audience in a lecture theatre.
  • to attend a tutorial : to go to a meeting with a professor usually in small group held in his/her office
  • deliver a lecture : to give a talk or presentation
  • to lecture in media studies : to talk about media studies or to teach media studies at university
  • the faculty of business : a department specialising in business at university
  • to do or complete coursework : doing project work or assignments as part of your course
  • note-taking : being able to take notes in a lecture while the lecturer is talking
  • keeping up with the work load : being able to maintain the level of studying required
  • fall behind with studies : fail to keep pace with the school / university work
    (Speaking Module)
  • To hit the books: means to study hard.
  • To skip class: To skip class
  • To pass with flying colours: to pass something easily and with a high score.
  • To learn something off by heart: To learn something in such a way that you can say it from memory.
  • to have /get a grant
  • a gap year: when students take a year off between school and university and visit another country
  • to sit an exam
  • to pass an exam/ to fail an exam
  • to have a degree
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