Unformatted text preview: IELTS Band 9 Writing Task 2 Sample Answers
Topic 1: Increasing travels between countries enable people to learn different cultures or to
increase tension between people from different countries? Globalisation is a catch-all term that refers to any activity that involves more than one country, for
example, travels from one country to another. The dramatic increase in transnational travel in recent
years has sparked controversy over the potential impacts of this trend on individual countries,
especially those new member states of globalisation. Some people are concerned that the upsurge in
new arrivals will prompt local hostility against visitors, instead of promoting their understanding on
mutual cultural background. This notion should be rejected as one can see many facts in favour of this
development between countries.
The first reason why international travels would never bring conflict is rooted in the fact that both
visitors and locals are economically motivated. International travel opens up opportunities for business
development throughout the world. Entrepreneurs are interested not only in the domestic market but
also in the overseas market. Foreigners should learn the culture of a country before winning over the
local people. In turn, locals should show their hospitality to visitors in exchange for their trust. They
share a view that acceptance of each other's cultural background is a necessary condition for
Understanding a culture has other implications. Differences in social background, cultural values and
religious belief might make the discrepancy of foreigners and local inhabitants on some issues
indelible; however, the higher interaction, the higher level of communication and understanding.
Arabians, for example, used to consider westerners as their foes. Now they have concrete relations
with their western allies in many fields. In the initial stage, their divergence seemed inherent but over
time, with better mutual understanding, they take the same position on many issues.
Undeniably, it is likely that in some resorts, foreign visitors repel the local community with their scant
regard for the local environment and conventions when they first arrive. However, it should be noted
that most offense is accidental, rather than intentional. Instead, visitors disobey rules and conventions
simply because they have no knowledge of them. This situation is expected to be improved with the
passing of time when visitors from different countries increase their knowledge of a local culture.
According to the above analysis, we can observe that the increase in the international travel should not
be taken as the cause of any conflict that arises between two countries. Alternatively, one should
recognise its role in improving mutual understanding between two countries.
1. catch-all = all-embracing
2. hostility = enmity = resentment
3. rooted in = derived from = based on
4. entrepreneur = tycoon = mogul = industrialist
5. discrepancy = disagreement = difference = divergence
6. foe = enemy = rival 1 7. concrete = tangible = solid
8. over time = in due course = sooner or later
9. resort; tourist resort; holiday resort; beach resort; scenic spot; place of interest
10.repel = revolt = repulse 11.scant = limited = scarce 2 Topic 2: When international media (including movies, fashion shows, advertisements and other
TV programmes) convey the same messages to the global audience, people argue that the
expansion of international media has negative impacts on cultural diversity. What is your
As international media companies expand across the world, the growing popularity and uniformity of
some media programmes (such as TV shows, movies, fashion shows) is causing worldwide concern.
Many people have strong views toward this trend. In my opinion, international media is closely linked
to cultural globalisation and cultural homogeneity. The dominance of international media is a sign of Western cultural imperialism and has the potential
to thwart cultural diversity. It is not a secret that international media is owned and operated by a
handful of giant corporations, such as Time Warner. They control large sectors of the media market
and place national media companies at risk. The contraction in the number of media owners will cause
a proportional reduction in the variety of programmes broadcasted. For example, painting, music and
movies accessible in the media have a small number of genres, imposing restraints on one's knowledge
of artworks of different cultural backgrounds.
In addition to seizing control over those creative industries, global entertainment companies affect
cultural diversity by reshaping the perceptions, beliefs and norms of ordinary citizens in different
countries. Most of the cultural values and ideals promoted by the leading mainstream media are of
American origin. American culture values individuality, maximisation of one's benefits and material
wealth, rather than communal life and family solidarity, the values and norms previously treasured in
many Asian countries. Unfortunately, many Asian people now imitate American people, causing the
alteration of their perceptions of family. This radical change can be attributed to those movies and TV
programmes that portray the success of American individuals or corporations.
The loss of media diversity is also responsible for people's narrow sense of ways of life. The ruling
class of many countries speaks English, favours Western food, wears Western-style jackets and even
prefers Western weddings. Young people are captivated by American basketball and some even
daubing the names of NBA stars on their school sweatsuits. All these transformations in life are the
result of the audience's exposure to Hollywood movies, TV shows and sports reports. The loss of
media diversity will lead to degradation of culture and to a minimisation of cultural diversity. It is a
worrying trend, as people need cultural diversity to preserve and pass on their valuable heritage to
future generations, including lifestyle.
As shown above, international media, controlled by a handful of transnational media corporations, is
exporting Western culture worldwide and putting many indigenous cultures at the risk of extinction.
The uniformity of media programmes has led to that of artworks, norms and ways of life wherever
international media goes.
1. dominance = domination = power 5. contraction = reduction 2. sign = symbol = mark = signal = indication 6. proportional = relative 3. thwart = prevent = spoil = ruin 7. perception = view = opinion 4. a handful of = a small number of 8. ideal = value = belief = principle 3 = be enthusiastic about 10.be captivated by = be obsessed with = be
passionate about = be addicted to = be keen on 11.pass on = give = impart = convey 9. solidarity = unity = harmony = cohesion 4 Topic 3: There is a disagreement on the impact of increased business and culture contact
between countries on a country's identity. What is your opinion?
One of the most conspicuous trends in the 21st century is a closer connection between countries, in
both economic and cultural aspects. There is a widespread worry that this will lead to the gradual
demise of countries' identities. This issue should be viewed and analysed from multiple perspectives. When a country tends to develop a closer relationship with the rest of the world, it does not necessarily
give up its culture. Culture is not a disgrace to but an asset of a country. An indigenous culture can
distinguish one country from others, attracting foreign visitors and yielding high income. As most
tourists travel abroad for learning different cultures and sampling different ways of life, such as
Beijing opera in China. Japanese tea culture and Thai temples, many countries have responded with
protecting and preserving their cultural identities, in an effort to keep themselves in the list of the most
popular destinations. Increased tourism instils fresh life force into these countries, aiding the
conservation of their features.
While tourism provides a driving force for cultural conversation, some components of a culture, such
as traditions, customs or taboos might die out over time. It seems that in some countries, the locals
have become more accustomed to exotic cultures. It reflects the combined effects of the invasion of
foreign cultures, either through media or through direct business interaction. For example, two decades
ago, sex was a taboo subject in China and most Chinese people felt embarrassed to talk openly about
it. Over time the Western culture has permeated into the Chinese lifestyle, and the Chinese people
have broken many of their time-honoured traditions. It occurs in the rest of the world as well.
As outlined above, increased interaction between countries in the domains of business and culture can
either strengthen or undermine the identities of countries involved. To date there is no definite answer
to this question.
1. conspicuous = noticeable = prominent = striking
2. connection = linkage = relation = relationship
3. demise = disappearance = vanishing = fading
4. multiple = manifold = numerous = various = many
5. disgrace = dishonour = shame = humiliation
6. life force = soul = essence
7. conservation = protection = preservation
8. exotic = bizarre = outlandish = from afar = mysteriously unusual
9. taboo = offensive = embarrassing = unacceptable = disgraceful = dishonourable = humiliating
10. permeate = seep into = pervade = leak into
11. time-honoured = age-old = long-established
12. interaction = interplay = communication = relationship 5 Topic 4: Some people believe that culture will be ruined if it is used to earn tourism revenue, but
others consider that tourism is the only way of protecting a culture. Discuss both sides and give
your own opinion.
There is little room for doubt that tourism is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world.
However, its impact on culture remains a source of constant debate. This essay will elaborate on both
positive and negative effects of tourism from a cultural perspective. Providing economic incentives for cultural preservation is unarguably one of the main contributions
of tourism. To many tourists, culture and history are what they first consider when choosing a
destination. Their mindset has been recognised by many tourism sites and money has been
subsequently directed toward cultural protection, including the maintenance of key historical sites.
Tourism is therefore one of the primary forces contributing to the preservation of a culture.
In addition to raising financing, tourism can make an indigenous culture known to the world and rally
support worldwide to protect it. When a historic site or a site that shows a country's cultural heritage is
made accessible to the public, visitors from all over the world will soon flock there. They will share
their experience in the local culture with their friends and families once they return home, assisting
this site to gain international fame. Both financial and technological support will flood in for the
conservation of natural and cultural resources.
On the negative side, tourism develops sometimes at the expense of part of culture. Food, festivals,
costumes and other stimulating elements of a culture tire highlighted to entertain tourists, constituting
an insult to the locals and causing damage to the unique nature of a culture. Moreover, cultural
commercialisation has made the sacred elements of a culture commonplace and tourists are
encouraged to attach little importance to a unique tradition, which cannot be found elsewhere.
In the light of these facts, one can conclude that tourism is neither a boon nor a bane to cultural
preservation. While its endeavour to protect an indigenous culture should be recognised, it has put the
integrity of a culture at risk.
1. unarguably = unquestionably = indisputably = undeniably
2. destination = site = place
3. maintenance = preservation = upholding = protection
4. indigenous = original = aboriginal
5. fame = reputation = recognition = eminence
6. at the expense of = at the cost of
7. entertain = amuse = keep somebody amused
8. insult = offence
9. commonplace = ordinary
10. in the light of = in view of = considering = taking into account
11. endeavour = effort = attempt 6 12. integrity = entirely = unity 13. put at risk = endanger = jeopardise 7 Topic 5: Some people argue that immigrants should adopt the local culture when immigrating to
a new country. An alternative view is that they can adapt to a new environment by establishing a
minority community. Discuss these two views and give your opinion. The world in the 21st century is marked by high population mobility. When an increasing number of
people have chosen to leave their motherlands and resettle in a new country, they are at crossroads
whether to blend in with the local culture or to cherish their own cultural heritages by establishing a
minority community. In my opinion, the convergence of different cultures does not require one culture
to yield to another. Instead, it can be achieved by building minority communities.
Most immigrants, at the first stage of their life in a new country, are faced with merging into the new
culture and integrating into the new society. Accepting the local culture by observing the local
traditions is a good starting point. Doing so enables immigrants to interact with locals, especially in
the workplace, where locals predominantly work. For example, in Western culture, people customarily
keep a certain distance from each other when having a conversation, whereas in some other cultures,
the closeness of physical distance is taken as a sign of mutual trust. Examples of this kind are many. A
migrant to a new country should recognise the differences and observe local conventions. It will help
avoid embarrassment and bring a sense of comfort.
While adopting local customs and blending into the local culture, migrants can follow their individual
cultural traditions. The coexistence of different minority communities in a country benefits both
immigrants and locals. On the one hand, it enables immigrants to counteract the stress that results
from culture shock and to increase confidence in their residence in a new country. On the other, the
flourishing of different cultures contributes to the establishment of a multi-cultural environment, a
prerequisite for attracting skilled workforce from all over the world to settle.
By comparing the immigration options above, one can conclude that immigrants can adopt local
conventions and cherish their own cultures simultaneously. This allows both locals and immigrants to
co-build a harmonious multi-cultural community.
1. motherland = native country
2. resettle = relocate
3. convergence = union = junction = meeting
4. merge into = blend into = integrate into
5. starting point = basis
6. customarily = routinely = habitually = regularly = usually
7. closeness = nearness = proximity
8. counteract = offset = neutralise = counter
9. flourishing = blooming = budding
10.prerequisite = requirement = condition = must = precondition 8 Topic 6: The advantages of the spread of English as a global language will continue to outweigh
its disadvantages. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
In these years, there is a growing recognition that English is well on its way to becoming the dominant
global language. The impact of this trend is a subject of intense debate. It is my opinion that
advantages of a dominant global language will continue to outweigh its disadvantages. The rise of a global language is a facilitator of cross-cultural communication and the communication
between people with different language backgrounds. In different areas of global communication, such
as science and news, recognising a common language removes communication barriers and increases
convenience. On many formal occasions, English, as a working language, boosts efficiency and avoids
misunderstanding. Likewise, the exchange of essential information like know-how and technologies
will be tremendously prompted.
One might argue that the rise of a global language would endanger other languages, in a belief that an
increasing number of people have turned to English as their first language. This viewpoint is flawed.
The spread of global English has little, if any, influence on non-English-speakers' language
proficiency. People might be motivated to learn English as a foreign language but do not necessarily
drop their native language because learning beginner or intermediate level English is sufficient for
The dominance of English as a global language is, therefore, not a cause of the loss of language
diversity. Its negative effect is reflected mainly in cultural imperialism. As international media
recognises English as its root language, most of the broadcasted information is related to the lifestyle,
norms and beliefs of English-speaking countries. It might over time put many minority cultures on the
verge of extinction, when those ethnic groups gradually adopt the Western culture. The effects of
shrinking cultural diversity are destructive, causing people to live in a simple and monotonous world
and think and act in similar ways.
The development of English is overall, a positive global trend. It connects people who previously
spoke different languages and enables them to exchange ideas, although it might lead to the loss of
1. know-how = knowledge
2. prompt = encourage = stimulate = trigger
3. imperialism = colonialism
4. on the verge of = on the brink of = on the edge of
5. destructive = damaging = devastating = injurious = detrimental
6. connect = unite = link 9 Topic 7: Aircrafts have been increasingly used to transport fruits and vegetables to some
countries where such plants hardly grow or are out of season. Some people consider it a good
trend, but some people oppose it. Discuss both views and give your opinion. There has been a steady increase in the demand for imports throughout the world in recent years,
including those perishable items, such as fruits and vegetables. Despite the boom in this business,
importing agricultural products is very often criticised as unnecessary and extravagant, especially
when air freight is involved. The criticism was correct in the past, but at the present time, there are
indications that this trade activity has brought various benefits.
At first, it is important to note that contrary to popular belief, imports are now increasingly affordable
to the general population. Thanks to the rapid development of the freight transport industry, air travel
has become an economical mode of transport, resulting in the subsequent decrease in the cost of
importing. Meanwhile, technical advance in the food processing industry has made it much easier to
preserve fresh fruits and vegetables over a long-haul air flight. Because of the wide availability of
imported crops, there are more varieties in the food market, leading to the drop in the price of imports.
The supply of products in the market is less likely to be influenced by seasonal factors, and an
adequate intake of nutrition is guaranteed for the general population throughout the year.
Another fact to note is that import and export normally go hand in hand, and a country that imports
goods from other countries does not necessarily suffer a loss. Trade is not unilateral but bilateral.
Some countries are noted for an agrarian economy, while others specialise in manufacturing industrial
products. Countries differ in their product structures because they have dissimilar natural resources,
climates, and geographical features. By adopting an enlightened policy and promoting trade activities
with other countries, a country can facilitate the exchange of goods, services and capital with the rest
of the world and promote economic development.
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