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[Dennis L] Writing Practice Test 431283

Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The flow chart below shows an automatic photo booth. 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 automatic photo booth allows you to take photos of yourself by self-service. Insert sufficient amount of coins and choose colour or black & white at the panel. You are allowed to select 1 large format or 4 password-sized photos, but remember that if you use the photos in your passport, it has to be a colour one.

In the photo-taking area, there is a circle-shaped chair with an adjustable stool. Adjust the height of the chair, so that it reaches the right eye level of the camera. Before taking the photo, you can refer to the mirror above the camera to have your hair and face ready for photo taking.

The curtain should properly closed before you take the photos. Be seated if you are ready for the shot. Sit straight and wait for light signal flash after 3 seconds. After the shot, the photo will be delivered and available on the slot near the coin panel within 60 seconds.

Task 2

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

The typical teaching situation of a teacher and students in the class will not exist by the year 2050. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

You should write at least 250 words.

For many years, the traditional teaching and learning (T&L) approach, i.e., having a teacher disseminating knowledge to a group of students in a classroom, is dominent over the world.

With the advancement of information and communication technology, new learning approaches have been proposed and adopted. For example, students can now use computers to surf the internet to find information or knowledge they would like to study. Moreover, a number of pre-recorded education contents are now available online to provide classes/tutorials to learners. It is expected that this tradition T&L approach will not exist by 2050. Would it be true?

There is no doube that there is an increasing number of T&L approaches due to emergence of new technologies. Together with the new approaches, we see there is a shift of the role of teachers these years, not only as one who is responsible to disseminate knowledge, but also a faciliator of learning. Teachers provide proper directions to students during their study, where current technology is not able to offer. Some people say the artificial technology is a threat, but still the accuracy of providing suggestions to students is not very high. Moreover, human teachers are able to provide emotional support to students. Studying is not just a robotic process of human beings. Students may encounter difficulties during the learning process and feel frustrated, which will eventually affect their progression in study. Human teachers could be more aware on this situation, not by the numeric assessment results, but the emotional behaviour of the students in the classroom, and provide prompt and proper counselling support and advice to the students.

Also, it is still well-known that computers, even with AI, are weak in creating new knowledge. In the university setting, other than teaching the conventional knowledge, professors would disseminate their new research findings to the students in the class, with discussion among the students, inspiring them to the unexplored areas. This T&L process can only be effective when it happens in a classroom setting.

In conclusion, technology may alter the way how we teach and learn. In spite of this, human teachers are also adaptive and certain roles of the teachers cannot be replaced by other tools or machines. Therefore, I believe that the tradition classroom T&L setting cannot be replaced completedly in the future.

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