Band 9 Essays: Introductions – Learning to Read

Is it better for children to learn to read by using online material or by using printed material? Discuss and give your opinion.

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TASK –

1. You have 40 minutes to write an essay of at least 250 words. The introduction should take no more than 5 minutes.

2. You only need to do TWO things (1) State the topic (2) Show the reader whether you will be giving and supporting your opinion, discussing both sides, explaining a problem and offering some solutions etc.

3. Therefore, your introduction should be no more than TWO or THREE sentences.

TOPIC – Is it better for children to learn to read by using online material or by using printed material? Discuss and give your opinion.

  1. Think of some synonyms for the keywords.

Is it better for children to learn to read by using online material or by using printed material?

Better –> superior

Learn to read –> develop literacy

online material –> material from the internet

printed material –> books, traditional sources, printed texts.

Other words –> proficiency, ability, approach, technique.

SAMPLE 1 – Summarize both sides by paraphrasing the topic. Then state your plan to discuss each before giving an opinion (which you can do in the conclusion).

“Before the appearance of the internet, children learning to read would use simple books. However, they now have a wide range of materials online for them to develop their reading proficiency. This essay will assess each approach to learning how to reach in order to determine which is best.”

SAMPLE 2 – Mention that each side is good. Then ask the question about which is better.

“Since the invention of the printing press, billions of young children have successfully learned to read using books and other printed resources. However, in present day, a new generation is learning how to read through a range of educational tools available online. The question is: which strategy is more effective?”

SAMPLE 3 – Contrast some positive and negative points about each. State the need to investigate further before giving an opinion.

“The internet provides young children with an exciting interactive tool for young children to learn, although it can also be a distraction. On the other hand, although developing one’s reading ability through traditional text has the main method for centuries, it may be too tedious for a young mind that has grown up online. Therefore, the benefits and drawbacks of each technique must be considered in detail before we can say which is superior.”

 

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