Thursday, 28 February 2013

Academic Writing - Model Answer (Task 2)

At school greater emphasis should be placed on an appreciation of the built as well as the natural environment. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Due to high population growth and the need to build facilities, housing, schools and work areas for people, cities have sprung up everywhere and there are few places of natural beauty. In the name of progress and development, the natural environment has been destroyed.

As most of the world’s population resides in urban areas children should value their surroundings. Architecture is an art form that is seen in buildings and appreciated by people living in an area as well as tourists and visitors. Children should be made aware that architects express their creativity through buildings using innovative materials and designs. As such, they should be proud of their city’s buildings.

Environmentalists have been fighting for young people to appreciate the natural environment and what it has to offer. Humans need green areas as they provide us with oxygen and are a reminder of what is pure and natural in life. Many parks can be found in city centres, for example, Central Park in New York and Hyde Park in London. These parks provide a refuge for city dwellers and are an ideal place for youngsters to play.

The built-up environment provides us with shelter, work, and places of entertainment and interest. It is where we spend most of our time so it should be aesthetically pleasing. It is the responsibility of architects to make our surroundings appealing and schools should educate children about this art form. Similarly, man cannot live without nature and its preservation is a key to our survival.

Question taken from Ready for IELTS Course book p. 125

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