Saturday, 13 April 2013

Academic Writing - Model Answer (Task 2)

Some people say children no longer need to develop handwriting skills. Others believe that handwriting is still important. Discuss both these views and give your opinion.

Children of today spend many hours on the internet and they enter information via a keyboard or in some cases by touching the letters on a screen. This is true of other devices too. When they become adults they are likely to spend most of their working lives in front of a computer screen typing information rather than writing by hand.

At school emphasis is placed on developing handwriting. This is because throughout school, students are required to copy information from a board, take notes and write essays. In addition, written exams are a way to access students. In the world of work handwriting is still important despite the availability of technology. Workers are constantly writing notes to remind them of tasks they need to do or they keep a diary. Let us not forget the fact that sometimes technology fails us as in the case of viruses, power cuts and human errors. Not having written something down will mean that information has not been stored.

On the other hand, supporters of technology and modern means of recording and saving information might say that handwriting is a skill of the past and that emphasis should be placed on children learning how to use a keyboard as this is how they will function as adults. What is more, standardized printed letters are easier to read. Some children may struggle with writing because of some disability they may have so using a computer will help them enormously.

In my opinion, handwriting is valuable and should continue to be taught. This helps children to learn how to write, a skill that is used throughout their lives as well as teaching children how to achieve coordination between their brain and hand.

Question taken from Focusing on IELTS Reading and Writing Skills p. 214

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