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[Angela Y] Writing Practice Test 576956

Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The diagram below shows the proposed town.

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 following graph by the International Passenger Survey presents the data collected on British emigration to selected destinations from years 2004 to 2007. The red bars are data from year 2004, blue corresponds to year 2005, green to year 2006 and yellow to 2007. All the numbers presented on the y axis of the graph is measured and recorded in thousands. Overall, it can be concluded that most English emigrants moved to Australia out of all the five countries presented. The other four countries are Spain, New Zealand, USA and France.

Through the examination of the annual data for each individual country, it is clear that there is an overall decreasing trend of emigration as the years progresses. Although there are some outliers such as the data for 2006 Australia and 2005 France, the graph presents an overall decreasing correlation. It can also be concluded that New Zealand and USA has the least amount of emigrants as the emigration population remained in the 20 to mid 20 thousand range, whilst Australia even on its lowest emigration years had almost 40 thousand British emigrants.

Task 2

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.


Some people think that hosting international sports events may be beneficial for a country. Discuss both views.

You should write at least 250 words.

The English language is one of the most used languages in the world, and it is also commonly used as the official language at important multinational events. Alongside the increasing international communication and relations, many non-native English speakers are now learning this language for multiple reasons such as studying abroad or for work usage. With that, disagreements have emerged on what is the best way for someone to learn the language, I agree with the statement that learning English in an English speaking country is the best way, however, with travel, time, and financial restrictions, there are also other more accessible ways someone can learn.

Living in an English-speaking country while learning the language is arguably the best way to learn a language. With various different daily interactions, from buying a bus ticket to asking for directions, the individual can truly put their English speaking, listening, and comprehensive skills to real-world situations. Another scientifically proven way of learning a new language is to be in an immersive atmosphere where the individual is surrounded by native speakers by using the language on a daily basis, and although one may not be able to fully comprehend every conversation, over time the tone and vocabulary will progressively become more familiar to the individual which will help immersively with their language skills. Additionally, the human brain tends to learn better when in a more relaxing and casual atmosphere. If one can make English-speaking friends and practice the language in a more relaxed situation, it is more likely that they will learn faster and more effectively than students in a classroom memorizing specific vocabularies with no real-life context. However, even though living in an English-speaking country may be the best way to learn the language, it is not in many aspects accessible to most people, and it is certainly not the only way to learn the language.

Being able to learn English in an immersive atmosphere may be the best way t learn, but due to financial, time, and travel restrictions, it is not always available to the mass population. However, with online and offline resources, it is now possible for most English students to learn in multiple ways. For example, with the expansion of international schools across the globe, many students are now learning English at school, with a similar atmosphere, and are taught by native English speakers. Alongside large video platforms such as Youtube, there are also large amounts of English educational videos and lessons available for free, which in this case is much more financially affordable than moving to an English-speaking country. Some students may even prefer learning the language through watching English movies or listening to English songs, this creates a similar effect to the student when in a more relaxing and entertaining situation which may help them learn faster than in a classroom. Therefore, thanks to the resourceful internet and students all over the world, no matter where they live, can now learn the English language.

In conclusion, studying the English language in an English-speaking country is the most ideal and effective way, however, it is certainly not the only way. Resources such as international schools, online video lessons, English music and movies are all different types and forms provided for students everywhere across the globe. These resources have broken restrictions and have certainly helped millions to learn English, and truly made the language learning experience accessible for everyone.

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