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Sample IELTS Essay – Families and modern life

Here is the next in my series of sample IELTS essays. It is not a perfect essay, it is not meant to be. Rather it is intended to show what is possible.  If you wish, please download it. To help you I have also included two vocabulary exercises.

Range of vocabulary

Please note the range of vocabulary used. One common error in IELTS writing is that candidates repeat the same words over and again. This is a mistake that can be avoided if you remember to put word repetition on your personal editing checklist.

The essay to download

Sample IELTS essay on families

Learn the right vocabulary

Sample essays can be good, but only if you use them in the right way. It is a serious mistake to “learn” them. But you can learn from them. Here is one way. This exercise asks you to fill in some gaps in the essay. All the gaps relate to family word combinations: exactly the right sort of language for IELTS:

family vocabulary exercise

This next exercise shows you the key IELTS vocabulary in this essay from the Academic Word List

AWL vocabulary exercise


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  7. mz August 13, 2012 at 12:29 am #

    hi dominic and everybody, i have tried to answer the question in my way ,but i used the same introduction, i appreciate any feedback, thanks

    A common concern nowadays is how modern lifestyles can have a negative effect on family life. A particular worry is that parents no longer are able to provide sufficient care and support to their children. My own view is that this is generally true ,but not always so.

    On the one hand, busy parent`s lifestyles have some adverse effects on children`s upbringing. While traditionally the husband was the breadwinner of the family and the wife stayed at home to take care of her children, this ordinary family role now has completely changed. Nowadays, women go outside to work side by side with men, leaving her children alone or with nannies. As result , parents spend less time with their children, for example,they are no longer eat meals together as used in the past. Also working parents tend to have less opportunity to supervise and watch their children`s behaviour .

    On the other hand,many hard working families may still find the time to spend with their children. These families put more value on raising children , and it cause them agreat sense of achievement when they bring up their children in a perfect way.For example ,in some low income families, parents are still considerably involved in their children`s life so they know their children`s friends. From my own experience,i grew up in family where both parents are full time worker ,but i barely remember a day where i hadn`t saw one of my parents,and they where always available for us when we need them.

    In conclusion, although the busy lifestyle has resulted in a situation where families are less close than before,i also believe that there are cases where parents extremely busy but still managed to be involved in their children`s life. It should be the parent duty to balance their working and family life particularly if they decided to have children

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