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[Petrina M] Writing Practice Test 558373

Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The diagrams below show the existing ground floor plan of a house and a proposed plan for some building work.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant.

You should write at least 150 words.

Writing task 1

The diagrams given illustrate two ground floor plans. The first diagram is a view of a house's current state and the second includes suggested changes for some construction work.

Overall, there were significant changes between the two plans. The locations of some parts of the house such as the stairs were changed and some walls were removed, creating larger spaces in the process. The entrance doors' locations, however remained unchanged.

For existing floor plan, the first entrance is from the north-western end of the house, which is in front of the kitchen. There is no kitchen furniture and there is a door on the right in continuum with an internal wall. This separates the kitchen from the hall. Within the hall is a small staircase on the middle right aspect with a storage under it. South of the hall is the second entrance door. The storage and the stairs share an internal wall with the living room on the right, with a door north of that wall. The door opens into the living room, which is a large space located on the eastern wing of the house.

Similar to the existing plan, the proposed plan has its first entry at the same site, north of the kitchen, which now has furniture on its left side. In contrast, however, the previous location of the door from the north is replaced with a wall which is continuous with a double internal door at the tail end of the stretch. This door opens into the area which used to be the hall. This area is now one with the living room, whose position has not changed. The staircase seems larger and is now located at the top left corner of the living room. Again, it has no storage underneath it. The second entrance's position has not changed and is opposite the stairs.

Task 2

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic.

Some people believe that teaching children at home is best for a child's development while others think that it is important for children to go to school.

Discuss the advantages of both methods and give your own opinion.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

You should write at least 250 words.

While many believe that it is best for children's development that they are taught at home, others believe that it is more prudent for every child to attend school. Both of these schools of thought hold valid reasons and I believe that both styles, when mixed in balance can produce the best education experience for any child's development. This essay will expatiate on the above stated points.

To start with, homeschooling is a method of educating a child entirely at home. In this case, the child seldom has influx of information from any other source save the internet. Teaching could be done by a teacher or the parents. This method is very effective as content is tailored to suit the child and contact time is dedicated to one or two children. This way, the child is able to learn at his or her own pace and can appreciate information imparted to him or her. This is in contrast to the formal schooling system where a child has to share all these with dozens of other children.

Moreover, homeschooling has the advantage of having a child's parent actively involved in a child's education. When a child is taught by the parents, the latter has a good idea of how well a child is doing in their academics. If a private tutor is involved, they would report directly to the parent, as opposed to the general schooling system where the interaction between the two are limited due to huge numbers. In homeschooling, the parent can have control over the trajectory of the child's education in order to prevent unwanted external influences.

On the other one hand, it is important for a child to attend school in order to learn how to coexist with people from other backgrounds. The aim of every child's education is to aid them flourish in the working environment. Without this exposure from a tender age, it will be difficult for such a child to cooperate with work colleagues in the future. Moreoever, the school system employs views from different sources in the education of children. This helps to broaden the child's horizon and remove the linear way of thinking a homeschooled child can possibly develop.

In my opinion, both methods of education are plausible but I believe it would even be better if both methods are blended to make a more effective hybrid. In this system, a child will receive part of their education at school and the other at home. This can help offset the disadvantages of both systems. A child will be well socialized with understanding of views from different backgrounds and have his or parents direct his education at the same time. He or she can also have his or her parents actively involved in this case. Contact time will not be affected too much as equal time is spent learning with others and learning individually. In my own case, my father did a good job blending these two styles. I studied with masses in the schooling system and had personal time with my father. At the end of the day, I learnt to dwell amicably with other people with different backgrounds without many negative influences as many who dislike the education in schools would fear.

In conclusion, some believe in homeschooling as the best method for optimum child development whereas others have the view that it is essential that a child goes to school. This essay has explained why I believe in the mixture of the two education styles as best for a child's development.

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