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Experience vs qualifications

Some people believe that employers value experience more than they value qualifications. Write an essay to express your opinion. Where possible, try and include examples from your own experience.

Qualifications and experience

Firstly, there are many employers who, based on traditional values, will only consider job applicants who are at a degree level or above. So, some employers view a degree-level candidate as a marker. Thus, this so-called milestone demonstrates dedication, commitment, planning and achievement on a professional and personal level. 


However, there is a different school of thought that nothing can replace experience, which contributes towards enhanced business economies of scale and thus more profit.

Most employers would probably like a candidate to have a striking balance between the two. However, this may not be possible and is sector-dependent. 

Writing Task

This is an IELTS essay writing task based on this topic. Listen to the Podcast and write an IELTS essay. You must finish the task within 40 minutes and write more than 250 words. Where possible, try and include examples based on your own experience.

The IELTS essay is part two of the writing task. The letter-writing task is part one; at an academic level, you will be asked to interpret data instead.

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Robots and the elderly.

This is an IELTS essay writing task based on whether robots should replace humans to look after the elderly. The time allowed to complete this task is 40 minutes and you need to write a minimum of 250 words. Listen to the audio and follow the instructions.

This is an image of a robot which is the theme of this IELTS essay writing task.



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This weeks task is an IELTS writing task, so you will need to try and complete it within 40 mins. It’s ok if you take longer when you’re studying, but you need to be aware of time since that is the maximum time allowed.

The essay writing section of this exam allows for a minimum word count of 250 words, and again, you need to work towards that target. It’s ok to write more; most students average at about 300 words.

Robots and the elderly

This weeks task is about Robots helping to care for the elderly. It’s an interesting concept since globally; we are all living longer. I have included a video to help you understand the idea in our blog, which can be found on our website;

Here is the task that you need to complete:

Some people believe that humans should look after the elderly; others believe that robots can replace carers. Write an essay to express your opinion, and where possible, try and include examples from your own experience.

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If you’re a one2one student, we will correct your essay in real-time at the beginning of your next class using Google Docs. This will help you to identify with your mistakes and provide you with a point of reference. Focus on your weaknesses not your strengths.

Try your best to avoid using the same vocabulary since this defeats the objective. However, using synonyms can often help you to achieve a better score.

Video link

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This is a live show broadcast on Podbean. A beneficial podcast for students who are preparing for the Duolingo exam and need a little guidance on the specific type of vocabulary used in this task. You may need to download the free app to listen to the broadcast; you can do this here. Alternatively, go to either the Apple store or the Google Play sore and download the free app.

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Duolingo Photo Description

A small collection of photos, use them to practice for the photo description section of the Duolingo exam. If you are a one2one student, we will provide you with target vocabulary in class.

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Press the play button on the image below to listen to some hints and tips.

A photo of a woman riding an E-scooter.

This is an IELTS general level essay. You must write more than 250 words and take a maximum of 40 minutes to complete this task. (If you’re taking the Duolingo exam, you can use this topic to write an essay too).

Writing Task

Some people believe that E-scooters are an imaginative way to reduce air pollution and traffic. Others believe that there are more negatives compared to positives of using them. Write an essay to provide your opinion, and where possible, try and use examples from your own experience.


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3D Printing

Some people believe that the future of home building will rely on technology, others believe that humans will always be required in this process. Write an essay to express your opinion on this topic and where possible try and include examples from your own experiences.



Watch the video on this topic to help with understanding. You’re expected to provide examples to support your opinion. Often this is from your own experience. Homework will be marked at the beginning of your next class.

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