Direction: You will have 20 minutes to plan, write and revise an essay about the topic below. Your response will be judged on how well you develop a position, organize your ideas, present supporting details, and control the elements of standard written English. You should write 200–300 words.
‘The experience of viewing art in galleries doesn’t bear comparison with the experience of viewing an artwork in a digitalized form.’ How far do you agree with this statement? Support your point of view with reasons and/or examples from your own experience.
‘Team sports are invariably more beneficial for the people who take part in them than individual sports.’ How far do you agree with this statement? Support your point of view with reasons and/or examples from your own experience.
Zoos have a long history and nowadays millions of people all over the world still enjoy visiting them every year. Do zoos benefit modern society and can they play a useful role in aiding wildlife conservation?
An increasing number of robots are being used nowadays to perform a wide variety of tasks. Do you think robots are going to increase or decrease our quality of life?
Nowadays, many people use devices, such as tablets or mobile phones, that are linked to the Internet and involve looking at screens for long periods of time. Should we be worried that this type of technology is limiting creativity?
Of the estimated 7,000 languages spoken in the world today, nearly half are in danger of disappearing, in some cases because they are being replaced by international languages. In your view, does this matter?
All teaching should be done online and not in traditional classroom environments. How far do you agree with this statement? Support your point of view with reasons and/or examples from your own experience.
In some countries, children can choose which subjects they study from the age of 14. This allows them to select a specialist area and to stop studying subjects they do not like. What do you think are the benefits and disadvantages of doing this?
In many countries, people are consuming considerably larger amounts of sugar than is healthy. Some people think that a tax on products that contain high levels of sugar is the only way to change behaviour. How far do you agree with that idea?
Some people believe that tertiary education should focus mainly on preparation for the workplace. Others see it as a broader preparation for life. Explain where your opinion lies between these points of view, giving reasons and/or examples as justification.