Tuesday, 30 April 2013

IELTS Writing Part II

You should spend about 40 minutes in this task
Write about the following topic
Some experts believe that it is better for children to begin learning a foreign language at primary school rather than secondary school
Do the advantage of this outweigh the disadvantages?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant example from your own knowledge or experience.

Sample Answer:

Traditionally, children have begun studying foreign languages at secondary school. But introducing them earlier is recommended by some educationalists. This policy has been adopted by some educational authorities or individual schools. with both positive and negative outcomes.

The obvious argument in its favour is that young children pick up languages much more easily than teenagers. Their brains are still programmed to acquire their mother tongue, which facilitates teaming another language, and unlike adolescents, they are not inhibited by self-consciousness.

The greater flexibility of the primary timetable allows for more frequent, shorter sessions and for a play-centered approach, thus maintaining learners enthusiasm and progress. Their command of the language in later life will benefit from this early exposure. while teaming other languages subsequently will be easier for them. They may also gain a better understanding of other cultures.

There are, however, some disadvantages. Primary school teachers are generalists, and may not have the necessary language skills themselves. lf specialists have to be brought in to deliver these sessions, the flexibility referred to above ls diminished. lf primary language leaching is not standardized, secondary schools could be laced with a great variety of levels in different languages within their intake, resulting in a classroom experience which undoes the earlier gains. There is no advantage it enthusiastic primary pupils become demotivated as soon as they change schools. However, these issues can be addressed strategically within the policy adopted.

Anything which encourages language teaming benefits society culturally and economically, and early exposure to language learning contributes to this. Young children’s innate abilities should be harnessed to make these benefits more achievable.

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