IELTS Essay – Modern Technology

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ESSAY OUTLINE

Paragraph 1: Introduction

Paragraph 2: benefits of modern technology

Paragraph 3: benefits of traditional ways of making things

Paragraph 4: benefits of supporting traditional industries

Paragraph 5: Conclusion

IELTS MODEL ESSAY

When a country develops its technology, the traditional skills and ways of life die out. It is pointless to try and keep them alive. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

Major progress in technology, in the last fifty years, has drastically changed the way we work and live. Today, it is possible to do many traditional tasks more efficiently than in the past. There are desirable and undesirable consequences of this development.

Traditionally, many tasks that were done by hand are now done much faster, by machines. Examples include plowing land and harvesting wheat. In the past, people used farm animals to plow their hand. This was a slow and difficult process, so farmers could not plow very much land. Harvesting wheat was also done by hand, and it was inefficient. With the advent of machines, these tasks now take much less time, and farmers can produce more food at a much lower cost.

While producing and selling products on a large scale has its benefits, we cannot ignore the importance of traditions and traditional life. Practicing traditional skills often requires a traditional lifestyle, or at least a slower lifestyle. People who knit sweaters, or make cheese and yogurt by hand to sell, will produce less, so they must charge more to survive. However, the end result is usually a higher quality product. For example, I prefer the complex flavors of traditionally made cheeses and of yogurts made locally. I have also admired exquisite, handmade sweaters from Ireland, but they are extremely expensive, so very few people can afford them. However, they are worth the cost for those who can. If a person wants to enjoy traditional or handmade things, he or she must also be willing to pay higher prices.

Supporting traditional methods and industries can have practical benefits. In many areas, artisan crafts are a good source of income, and a way to preserve local art and culture. Many of these industries are well-supported by people in wealthier countries. Supporting small, rural businesses helps the residents earn a decent living. Also, in some countries, only a few people can practice traditional crafts. This includes making swords in Oman, fine tea in India and carpets in Iran. If these items stop selling, then people will stop making them and important cultural knowledge will be lost forever.

Even though promoting and supporting traditional skills and a traditional way of life is more difficult and expensive, I do not think that traditional ways should be left to die out. Furthermore, I do not believe I am alone in my thinking. Perhaps, the traditionally-made items will never become mainstream, but I do not believe they will die out. I certainly hope I am correct in my prediction! (425 words)

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In this IELTS essay, does the writer agree that it is pointless to try to keep traditional ways alive?

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