IELTS Writing Task 2 - Model Answer

Updated: Feb 15, 2019

All of the language highlighted in bold will impress the IELTS examiner and convince her or him to give you a high grade for Lexical Resource.

“Governments should not waste valuable money exploring space.” To what extent do you agree?

Since the first space journey in the early 1960s, there has been a heated debate about the merits of space travel. As the amount of exploration has soared, this question has become increasingly relevant. Although many individuals are sceptical about the value of sending rockets and astronauts into space, I generally consider it to be vital for our future development.

First and foremost, there are indisputably scientific benefits which result from space exploration. Our species has made major technological advances because of the space programmes of leading countries. This scientific progress eventually results in a higher standard of living for everyone on the planet.

A second major argument is connected with the environment. Future space programmes could enable us to understand and deal with the ecological disaster facing our planet. It is becoming clearer that unless we find solutions to global warming, our environment will be seriously threatened. Research in space may help us to comprehend the issues and come up with solutions to them.

A final relevant point relates to the scarcity of resources on Earth. There is the possibility that exploration might lead to the discovery of natural resources on other planets which we urgently require. It is even possible that other life forms may be discovered. This could have very beneficial effects for our planet, though it should be mentioned that it may be fraught with danger.

It should not be denied that building space stations and launching rockets and satellites is costly. Investment in it should not mean a reduction in spending on key areas such as health, education and the elimination of poverty. However, all governments waste money on military spending, unnecessary bureaucracy and pointless arts projects which are definitely less useful than space travel.

In conclusion, I am entirely convinced that sending astronauts into space can be hugely beneficial for our economies and ecology. It is the responsibility of leading governments to continue supporting space programmes as the rewards could be enormous.

a heated debate - this is a good collocation to use for topics which people feel passionate about

are sceptical about - to be sceptical about something means to be not entirely convinced about something - you have doubts or reservations

the merits of - remember to use words other than advantages and disadvantages

indisputably - in a way that cannot be challenged or denied, obviously true

the ecological disaster facing our planet - good collocation which is useful for lots of Task 2 topics

to comprehend the issues - good collocation meaning to understand the issues

the scarcity of resources - the lack of resources (meaning they are in short supply)

fraught with - filled with - we usually collocate this with something bad e.g. fraught with danger, fraught with risks

costly - expensive

the elimination of - the complete removal of

bureaucracy - excessively complicated administrative procedure

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