IELTS WRITING TASK 2
For school children, their teachers have more influence on their intelligence and social development than their parents. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Some people reckon that the role of teachers is of greater significance when it comes to fostering children’s intellect and individual characteristics. I strongly disagree as I would contend that teachers and parents’ roles combined are essential to facilitate children’s comprehensive development.
On the one hand, teachers’ role proves to be critically important in children’s intellectual and social growth. To begin with, teachers are professionally trained, coupled with their long-term teaching practice. Prior to becoming proper educators, they are required to fulfill intensive courses in such areas as psychology or pedagogical skills, which makes children under teachers’ guidance be able to understand the lesson and acquire other useful skills easily. In addition, teachers’ role in today’s world also involves delivering valuable life lessons. During their initial school years, students encounter other children of the same age and begin to form some of their first friendships. In this case, teachers help students be independent and form their own relationships and intervene when necessary.
On the other hand, parental involvement can have an equally significant influence on children’s cognitive ability and social development. Firstly, homeschool parents dedicate most of the time to providing high-quality and meticulously planned lessons, so there children will be able to progress at their own pace. Secondly, it goes without saying that parents are those who provide children with their very first opportunities to develop a relationship, communicate and interact with their peers. In other words, parenting involves discussing children’s social relationships or conflicts and encouraging them to work out everyday problems on their own. This would therefore help children cultivate healthy relationships and build a strong sense of community, for instance.
In conclusion, both teachers and parents have an equally important role to play in terms of the cultivation of an academically and socially successful child.
300 words – IELTS Corner
be of greater significance: be more important
facilitate: to make something possible or easier
Example: To facilitate learning, each class is no larger than 30 students.
critically important: very important
Example: Becoming a teacher was a critically important milestone in his career
couple with: along with, together with, combine with
Example: High inflation coupled with low output spells disaster for the government in the election.
pedagogy: the study of the methods and activities of teaching
form/develop a friendship: to start a friendship or relationship with someone
intervene: to become involved in a situation in order to try to stop or change it
Example: I’d like to help but I don’t have the power to intervene in this dispute.
cognitive ability: ability of knowing, including aspects such as awareness, perception, reasoning, and judgment
dedicate: spend all your time and effort on something
Example: We dedicated ourselves to starting our own business
meticulous: very thorough and with careful attention to detail
go without saying: to be completely obvious or true
Example: It goes without saying that I’m sorry.
on someone’s own: Alone; by oneself; without the companionship or assistance of others
cultivate: try to acquire or develop (a quality, sentiment, or skill)/ to foster the growth of
Example: It should further engage us to cultivate humility and patience.
sense of community: the feeling that you belong to a community
have an equally important role to play: play an important role in doing something