Sunday, 22 November 2015

IELTS Academic Writing - Task 2

Some people think that all university students should study whatever they like. Others believe that they should only be allowed to study subjects that will be useful in the future, such as those related to science and technology.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Currently students are free to choose their course of study based on their interests or future plans. Subjects such as art, philosophy, Latin etc. might not be considered useful subjects by some who believe that the future depends on science and technology and this is what needs to be taught at university.

Firstly, if students study what they are passionate about they are likely to succeed in this area. Students have different aims and interests and should not be forced to follow a path they did not select for themselves. Secondly, although science and technology are subjects that lead to development and drive us forwards it doesn't mean that other subjects are less important. The world still needs to be entertained, we need technicians, caretakers, midwives etc. 

On the other hand, many university courses attract students who are interested in the sciences. This is a growing field which helps to advance society in every imaginable area from manufacturing, medicine and the environment to space travel and exploration. Having students focus on useful subjects will mean that graduates will be efficient and can contribute positively to human advancement. It might also mean high employment rates. Let us not forget that technology is used in all types of work to make our lives easier so there will always be a great demand for this.

Even though our future depends on the sciences, I believe students should be given the freedom to decide what career path they would like to follow. It is important to have this choice as other subjects are also needed.

Question taken from Cambridge IELTS 10 p.55

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