Actual Test: Writing 02/12/2017

Actual Test: Writing 02/12/2017

QUESTION

Schools are no longer necessary because children can get so much information available through the internet, and they can study just as well at home. To what extent do agree or disagree?

OUTLINE

Introduction: Disagree

Body 1: Advantages of e-learning and homeschooling

  • information access
  • skilled and informed parents

Body 2: Inevitability of schools

  • curriculum
  • accreditation
  • trained practitioners

Conclusion: Restate intro

SAMPLE

The internet has given rise to online learning and the idea of homeschooling has been growing amongst parents in recent decades. However, that does not rule out schools, for this form of education still plays the upper hand regarding curriculum, accreditation and trained practitioners

E-learning and home-based education are advantageous in certain ways. The former enables learners to access almost any information they need: a Vietnamese student sitting in his private room can figure out how children in Africa are coping with their daily poverty, and a high schooler in the US can easily look up information about the trend of development amongst ASEAN countries. Parents of the modern world are also (self-)equipped with proper parenting and pedagogical skills, so they can somehow have a go on their own to cater for their offspring’s educational basis

However, what is missing from the above-mentioned approaches to learning is reliability. Formal and non-formal education across the world offer refined curriculum put to the test through years of experimentation based on rigorous educational hypothesis. With a systematic syllabus to follow, students will be well on the way to develop thorough understanding of various subjects. Also, schools have the privilege of conferring socially-required degrees upon graduates, giving them solid proof of their competence and skills. Teachers going through 3-4 years at a training institution, lastly, have just what the doctor ordered to tailor educational activities to varying types of learners, be they visual, auditory or kinesthetic. Although the internet is formidable in its giant resources, and parents are outstanding in their love and care, schools still do a better job as they are specialized units

All things considered, the internet might still grow and parents might shift towards a home educational environment, but schooling at established institutions should not become obsolete. Without appropriate curriculum, accreditation and high-quality teachers, educational targets might not be well met. 

 

Word count: 319, written by Mr. Tien Bui (IELTS 8.5)

VOCABULARY

  1. to give rise to (v) làm gia tăng
  2. to rule out (v) loại bỏ
  3. to play the upper hand (v) chiếm ưu thế
  4. curriculum (n) chương trình học
  5. accreditation (n) sự công nhận bằng bằng cấp
  6. a trained practitioner (n) giáo viên có chuyên môn (trong bối cảnh này)
  7. a high schooler (n) học sinh trung học
  8. proper (a) đúng đắn
  9. parenting and pedagogical skills (n) kỹ năng dạy con và sư phạm
  10. to have a go on your own (v) tự mình làm gì
  11. offspring (n) con cái
  12. educational basis (n) nền tảng giáo dục
  13. the above-mentioned approaches (n) những phương pháp dạy học nói trên
  14. formal and non-formal education (n) giáo dục chính quy và không chính quy
  15. refined curriculum (n) chương trình được cải tiến
  16. to put sth to the test (v) thử nghiẹm
  17. be based on rigorous educational hypothesis: dựa trên lý thuyết giáo dục sâu sắc
  18. a systematic syllabus (n) chương trình học có hệ thống
  19. to develop thorough understanding of: phát triển kiến thức đầy đủ về
  20. to have the privilege of (v) có đặc quyền làm gì
  21. to confer a socially-required degree on (v) trao bằng cấp được xã hội yêu cầu cho ai
  22. solid proof of (n) bằng chứng cụ thể của gì
  23. competence and skills (n) năng lực và kỹ năng
  24. to have just what the doctor ordered (v) có đúng những phẩm chất cần thiết
  25. to tailor educational activities to sb (v) linh động các hoạt động giáo dục
  26. varying types of learners (n) những phong cách học tập khác nhau
  27. visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners (n) người học bằng thị giác, thính giác hay vận động 
  28. formidable (a) đáng gờm
  29. a specialized unit (n) đơn vị chuyên biệt
  30. to shift towards (v) chuyển dần sang
  31. schooling at established institutions (n) dạy học tại trường học
  32. obsolete (a) thừa thãi

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