(Note: I normally do a listening lesson on Tuesdays, but this week it will be on Wednesday)
Several people sent me this recent IELTS writing task 2 question:
Extreme sports such as sky diving and skiing are very dangerous and should be banned. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this view?
I looked at this question with some of my students here in Manchester, and we wrote the following essay plan.
- Introduction: Topic = ban extreme sports. Answer = disagree
- First reason: These sports are not so dangerous 1) because of regulations, procedures and safety measures, 2) because of training and preparation (give an example sport), 3) because of improving equipment and technology
- Second reason: It would be wrong to ban these sports, and difficult to enforce a ban - freedom of choice - the right to enjoy yourself - risks and rewards (example) - who would decide which sports? - who would stop people from participating?
- Conclusion: repeat / summarise the opinion
Tip: The key thing when planning this "completely disagree" answer was to find two separate reasons for the two main paragraphs. We decided to do this by disagreeing with the two ideas that are mentioned in the question: 1) extreme sports are dangerous 2) they should be banned.
IELTS Writing Sample
Should Dangerous Sports Be Banned
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Sports are an indispensable part of human life. However, some are considered to be more dangerous than the others. Because of the dangers those sports can lead to, many people believe they should be banned. In this essay, I will discuss why dangerous sports should not be allowed.
Firstly, human life is undoubtedly precious. If somebody, for example, dies of a dangerous sport; his family would be very upset. This is also a loss to the society considering the fact everybody has to spend twelve years on schooling.
Next, sports are meant to help people improve their health. For instance, playing table tennis should give you a better level of reflection. Hence, there is no need to have life threatening sports.
Moreover, dangerous sports can result in serious injuries. Even though the lives of the people playing this kind of sports can be saved, they still possibly have to suffer from permanent injuries which can make them disabled. Hence, preventing people from this kind of sports can reduce the chances of permanent injuries from sport related accidents.
Finally, a challenging sport needs not be dangerous. It is commonly believed that people like to play dangerous sports because they are considered to be more challenging. However, there are many challenging sports which do not require people to face dangers.
To sum up, I would strongly recommend that dangerous sports should be banned from our societies. Because they do not contribute to the development of human life and because of the dangers people could face, safer sports should be considered as the best alternative.
This writing is found under the following category(ies):
Agree or Disagree