Topic - Technology

‘The Internet will never replace traditional course books in schools.’ How far do you agree with this prediction?

đăng 23:18, 9 thg 8, 2017 bởi Nam Đỗ Hoàng

There is a huge range ofresources available to the modern teacher, and the right selection is crucial in delivering effective lessons. I agree that there will always be a place for course books in the school curriculum, despite the many benefits ofthe Internet.

Firstly, course books (whether conventional or digital) have been developed by pedagogical experts and designed to be incorporated into a subject syllabus, leading to testing procedures such as formal examinations or continuous assessment. This means that they are proven to improve students’ academic achievement, enhancing their potential for progression to further or higher education. Furthermore, the use ofmodern course books allows pupils to coordinate their studies as part of group work, hopefully making their lessons less teacher-led and more about autonomous learning. This in itselfteaches study skills such as independent research and synthesising sourcesrather than old-fashioned rote-learning. This is where the Internet, in fact, can play a useful part: to supplement and add to knowledge which the students are assimilating via their course books. However, it is the role ofteachers and school management generally to ensure that use ofthe Internet remains a guided learning process, and not an exercise in data-gathering from Internet sources which may be unreliable or even misleading.

It is true that the Internet can be invaluable for adults (for example in distance learning or self-study modules) who are able to discriminate between sources and sift information to marshal their facts. However, this is a mature skill and we should not assume that school age pupils are ready to do this.

Overall, it appears that course books, with their quality and depth ofmaterial, are set to remain an integral part of the syllabus. The internet can be judged a useful supplement to this, if used carefully and under supervision.

Children nowadays watch significantly more television than those in the past, which reduces their activities levels accordingly. Why is this case?

đăng 23:11, 9 thg 8, 2017 bởi Nam Đỗ Hoàng

It is undoubtedly true that the majority of children in the modern world prefer watching television to engaging in outdoor activities. Although this arises from several reasons, there are still some solutions to this negative trend. 

There are some main causes of children’s bias towards watching television. One main reason is that as technological products have become cheaper these days, most families have one or more television sets in their houses, which enables young children to watch television routinely. Another critical cause of children’s TV watching habits is that they lack care from their parents. As society becomes more and more competitive, people have to spend most of their time working rather than going home and playing with their young children. This lack of care pushes children to use television as their main form of entertainment

However, parents can encourage outdoor activities by taking proper steps. Firstly, this can be done by playing sports with children. For example, as young boys often enjoy playing football, at the weekend fathers should take them to the park and play football with them. If parents maintain this routinely, children will establish the habit to play sports regularly. Secondly, it is necessary to limit the time children watch television. Parents should allow their children to watch TV for only one or two hours at the weekend. Finally, parents should explain to their children the harmful effects of watching television excessively and the benefits they can gain when they engage in outdoor activities

In conclusion, today children tend to watch television excessively because of many reasons. However, if parents take prompt actions, they can still cope with this negative trend among youngsters. 

(277 words, band 8.0)


In many countries, governments are spending a large amount of money on improving internet access. Why is it happening and do you think it is the most appropriate use of government money?

đăng 07:35, 22 thg 3, 2017 bởi Nam Đỗ Hoàng   [ đã cập nhật 07:35, 22 thg 3, 2017 ]

Recently, an ample amount of governmental investment money is being poured into the amelioration of the Internet supply. This phenomenon has its root from a host of factors, and I would discuss that there are various available ways to allocate this money more effectively.

To begin with, it is understandable why enhancing the quality of the Internet provision has become a key national investment portfolio. Firstly, with the availability of a better Internet connection, an extensive avenue of information is opened up for the inhabitants. Most residents would have omnipresent access to both international and local social news, and it has never been easier for those who live in remote areas to reach a wide range of information at a click of a button. Secondly, an improved Internet supply can facilitate the operation process of governmental companies. With stably-functioning online platforms, corporations today would no
longer find it difficult to approach their customers, manage their employees or organise video conferences, which boosts the overall productivity. In the long run, the development of such firms makes great contribution to the thriving of the national economy.

However, I believe that upgrading the Internet access is not the best way to allocate the government money. The primary reason is that the broadband connection in most countries today is fast enough to satisfy the basic demands of the public. For example, in Vietnam, hardly do individuals have to wait a long time for a web page to load, while online business meetings have even become popular years ago. Therefore, an improvement in the quality of the Internet supply can be deemed not obligatory and urgent. Another justification is that there are several other fields which are being placed under strain and require the capital disbursement to function.To illustrate, a number of state hospitals in the UK have been conducting research on a complete cure for cancer, and it seems that this should be the investment priority.

In final words, all aforementioned standpoints lead me to a concrete inference that it is reasonable of the authorities to spend money bettering the Internet provision, but there are ways to allocate the capital more appropriately.

(359 words – Thành Nguyễn)

It is suggested that everyone wants to have a car, a television and a fridge. Do disadvantages of this development for society outweigh advantages?

đăng 07:29, 22 thg 3, 2017 bởi Nam Đỗ Hoàng   [ đã cập nhật 07:29, 22 thg 3, 2017 ]

It is true that almost everyone wants a car, a TV and a fridge as some of the basic essentials of a
good lifestyle. Despite the benefits, I believe that on a long-term view these are outweighed by
the disadvantages.

On the one hand, the growing consumption of cars, televisions and fridges has several benefits. At its simplest, the rise of the consumer society stimulates economic growth. The increasing sales figures of cars and household equipment are often associated with more jobs and wealth being created for society. Another advantage is that people can have a higher standard of living than before. Travelling on the road is no longer tedious because individuals can sit in a car, listening to music and enjoying the comfort of air conditioning. In the same way, people may watch television to relax or to gain knowledge, and fridges help them preserve food longer without being stale.

On the other hand, I believe that the above benefits are outweighed by potential problems. Primarily, the use of cars is often held responsible for environmental pollution. Exhaust emissions from automobiles impair the air quality and consequently affect people’s health. For example, in many big cities in the world, urban citizens are suffering from chronic respiratory problems due to the poor air quality. Using fridges and televisions also places a pressure on electricity supply in the world. The growing use of these devices in the home merely compounds the problem of insufficient electricity that has become intractable in many parts of the world.

In conclusion, taking a long-term perspective, I would argue that the drawbacks of this trend outweigh the advantages.

(272 words – written by ielts.vinh@gmail.com)

New technologies have changed the way children spend their free time. Do advantages of this outweigh disadvantages?

đăng 07:14, 22 thg 3, 2017 bởi Nam Đỗ Hoàng   [ đã cập nhật 07:14, 22 thg 3, 2017 ]

In this modern age, the introduction of new technologies is often accompanied by major impacts on our life. Children, accordingly, have altered their usual habits in their leisure time due to such technological influence. There can be both benefits and drawbacks of this change, but I believe it is still more negative than positive.

In the positive aspect, children certainly have benefited much from technology. Firstly, technology has added more options to the range of entertainment sources when other ways are unavailable. For example, children can play online games at home with other players in case of the bad weather; alternatively, social networks such as Facebook are a nice way to talk to friends who are far away. Secondly, technology has created many affordable activities for enjoyment for even the children whose families are not too wealthy. While some pastimes such as golf and stamp collection can be too expensive for many, video games and portable music players seem to be more popular amongst average people.

Nevertheless, new technologies also have more significant adverse effects. The first one is a sedentary lifestyle which results from spending too much time using the computer or mobile phone and neglecting some outdoor activities. This lifestyle is prone to entail many health problems such as obesity and damaged eye-sight. Another outcome is poor academic performance when children become seriously addicted to the games and social networks and lose their attention in the classroom. Besides, some healthy sports and arts activities can disappear in the future if there are too few people interested in them.

In conclusion, beneficial as new technologies have been for the quality of children’s leisure time, they are likely to cause more problems and need to be appropriately controlled.

(288 words – Bảo Nguyễn)

Although more and more people read the news on internet, newspapers will remain the most important source of news for the majority of people. Do you agree or disagree?

đăng 07:12, 22 thg 3, 2017 bởi Nam Đỗ Hoàng   [ đã cập nhật 07:12, 22 thg 3, 2017 ]

There is a common belief that newspapers will still be the most vital means of reading news despite the innovation that the Internet has brought to the information provision process. Personally, I disagree with this view.

At the outset, I admit that newspapers may remain as the most popular source of information for certain parts of society. Take the senior citizens as a salient example. Journals were present on virtually every corner of the world a few decades ago, and the unremitting availability of this type of publication shaped a long-lasting reading habit among the previous generation. This explains why those individuals are not willing to change their way of accessing information. In addition, to the understanding of some people, the information published by newspapers is better censored. This view is, to some extent, justifiable due to the fact that the majority of websites and social networks are open for all members to post about their opinions, creating a chaotic influx of online information.

However, from my perspective, it is not reasonable to state that most people will consider newspapers their primary means of reading news in the future. At its simplest, the Internet has revolutionised the way we are exposed to information, and how online platforms place the entire world at our fingertips is simply superior to the way gazettes or broadsheets provide us with daily news every morning. To exemplify, an online newspapers can publish vivid live reports of events or football matches, while traditional newspapers only supply brief summaries of such occasions on the following day. Plus, the audience, with an Internet-connected device, is allowed to access news under the form of video clips, which are by no means available on newspapers.

All the aforementioned points lead me to a firm conclusion that the Internet will replace the newspapers as the most important source of news in the foreseeable future.

(313 words – Thanh Nguyen)

Students today can easily access information online, so libraries are no longer necessary. Do you agree or disagree?

đăng 20:47, 20 thg 3, 2017 bởi Nam Đỗ Hoàng   [ đã cập nhật 20:47, 20 thg 3, 2017 ]

Students are currently able to acquire information on the Internet in a much easier way than in the  past.  While  I  accept  that  online  sources  of  information  have  advantages  over  traditional libraries, I would argue that there is still a great need for libraries in today's world.

It is true that accessing information online has several clear benefits. The first one is that online sources can store a huge amount of information that is greater than any physical library. This allows researchers to easily get the information they need without having to travel to a local library. Furthermore, students can look for information on the Internet whenever they want, while most libraries can only be visited during several hours per day. As a result, it might be better for those who are busy to utilise online information sources.

However, I believe that physical libraries still have special features that online sources can never replace. Firstly, libraries usually provide quiet areas, which is a great environment for students to learn and research since they are less likely to be distracted by things around them. For example, some of my university friends claim that they can only concentrate when they are in a quiet study area in my university library. Secondly, since everyone can easily write and post information on the  Internet,  these  online  sources  are  not  always  reliable  for  research.  Therefore,  we  need libraries whose staff members have the responsibility to select and provide readers with the most credible materials.

In conclusion, while I agree that there are great benefits of getting information on the Internet, I disagree with the idea that traditional libraries are no longer important.

(277 words, by Quang Thắng)

Some people think that the increasing use of computers and mobile phones in communication has negative effects on young people's reading and writing skills. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

đăng 17:50, 20 thg 3, 2017 bởi Nam Đỗ Hoàng   [ đã cập nhật 17:50, 20 thg 3, 2017 ]

Such technological equipment as mobile phones and computers have acquired their significance
in the modern-day communication of the young. Personally, I believe that this has both positive
and negative effects on their reading and writing skills.

On the one hand, I agree that excessive reliance on these devices is responsible for the young
generation’s poor performance in reading and writing. Firstly, many people have a strong preference for computer software when composing text documents due to its convenient functions. For example, Microsoft Word provides users with the ability to modify or erase a piece of text without effort, simultaneously slowing down the writing speed of the users. In addition, young people who spend much time playing with their phones and computers are likely to have insufficient time for reading activities. Gradually, the lack of practice may impair their reading competence in the long term.

On the other hand, it is also true that the proper use of electronic devices can have a positive effect on reading and writing skills. The Internet has now been made accessible through both mobile phones and computers, allowing young readers to gain knowledge from a wider range of sources. Online English newspapers, as an example, are useful for English learners to enrich their vocabulary. Using computers to write blogs is also a good way to enhance the writing skill. Today, the availability of Internet infrastructure can enable bloggers to update their stories at their convenience. By writing regularly, the writing ability of a person is certain to improve.

In conclusion, it seems to me that the use of electronic equipment items can have both advantages and drawbacks for the reading and writing skills of users, depending on the way they
are used.

(287 words – by Bảo Nguyễn)

The use of mobile phone is as antisocial as smoking. Smoking is banned in certain places so mobile phone should be banned like smoking. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

đăng 02:03, 20 thg 3, 2017 bởi Nam Đỗ Hoàng   [ đã cập nhật 02:09, 20 thg 3, 2017 ]

It has been claimed that like smoking, mobile phones should be banned in some places due to their harmful effects. While I accept that the use of mobile phones is antisocial in some ways, I believe it has more benefits and therefore should not be prohibited.

On the one hand, I agree that the use of mobile phones can sometimes be antisocial. Firstly, these devices might disturb people's work or study in some cases. For example, the sound from a mobile phone can interrupt a lecture, which affects the concentration of students. Secondly, the use of mobile phones also adversely impacts communication between people. Since individuals currently tend to spend too much time using mobile phones, they seem to have less time to interact with others.

On the other hand, I disagree that mobile phones should be banned because of some reasons. The first one is that since they allow people who live far away from each other to speak or send messages, they help people keep in touch more easily. For instance, students who study abroad can use mobile phones to make phone calls or even video calls with their family. The second reason is that mobile phones often provide users with many useful applications such as maps and weather forecast, which can make people's lives become easier. Additionally, using mobile phones is not as bad as smoking as some people think. While smoking directly affects people's health and leads to health problems, the negative influences of mobile phones are less serious.

In conclusion, while I agree that mobile phones are sometimes antisocial, I believe they should not be banned.

(271 words, by Quang Thắng)

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