Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Academic Writing - Model Answer (Task 2)

Children watch too much television nowadays and this is bad for their education and development. How far do you agree with this statement?

With the wide availability of TV sets and channels catering to the needs of youngsters, children are watching more TV than ever before. Although children enjoy watching TV and parents are happy to let them do so because they are too tired to play with them, others wonder whether TV has any benefits for children or if television is merely mindless entertainment.

To begin with, some of the programs shown on television have no educational value for children. Their value is in entertainment only and these shows distract children from their homework. What is more, some programs are not suitable for young viewers. Some parents do not follow the parental guide provided and as a result children end up watching programs aimed at teenagers that might contain violent images or inappropriate language. Watching television makes a child addicted to the TV set and limits their interaction with others. Their physical and mental development is also affected as being glued to a screen doesn’t encourage movement, interaction, communication, creativity, play etc.

However, if television is used appropriately it can be a useful tool for teaching and learning. Children can learn easier through song and images than traditional methods as they do not feel that they are learning. In addition, languages can be leant by watching films and music video clips.

To conclude, I think we should not be in a hurry to dismiss television as a way to educate children. Informative programs and simplified topics with the use of cartoons and recognisable characters can teach children plenty of useful knowledge that will stay with them.

Question taken from Get ready for IELTS p.23

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