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  • 1. Humagain) IELTS 1 ESSAY SAMPLE Going overseas for university study is an exciting prospect for many people. But while it may offer some advantages, it is probably better to stay home because of the difficulties a student inevitably encounters living and studying in a different culture. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give reasons for your answer. You should write at least 250 words. SAMPLE ANSWER There is no doubt that going to study in a foreign country, with its different language and culture, can be a frustrating and sometimes painful experience. However, while overseas study may have its drawbacks, the difficulties are far outweighed by its advantages. Indeed, people who go abroad for study open themselves up to valuable experiences that those who stay at home will never have. The most obvious advantage to overseas university study is a real- life use of a different language in its native land. While a person can study a foreign language in his or her own country, it cannot compare with the constant use of the very language in an academic setting and everyday life. There is no better opportunity to improve second-language skills than living in the country in which it is spoken. Moreover, when one applies for jobs back home that require the knowledge of a foreign language, the prior use of the language during one's studies abroad offers a distinct advantage. Further, studying on a university campus offers a good intercultural experience and a space where one can socialise with students from across the world. The foreign student is, in fact, not alone in having come from far away. He or she will likely encounter many others from overseas with diverse cultural backgrounds. Consequently, one not only learns the ways of life on a socio-cultural level, but also has important overseas contacts for one’s advantage in later professional life. Finally, living and studying abroad offers one a new and different perspective of the world and, perhaps most important, of one's own country. Once beyond the initial shock of being in a new culture, the student slowly begins to get a meaningful understanding of the host society in all of its dimensions and learns to adapt to it. On returning home, one surely then sees one's own country in a new, often more appreciative, light. In sum, while any anxiety about going overseas for university study is certainly understandable, it is important, nonetheless, to remember that the benefits this experience offers make it all worthwhile. (348 words) Topical introduction: general background BODY It usually appears with two to three issues (for an IELTS essay)—generally spread across as many paragraphs. It is an extension of the thesis. CONCLUSION INTRODUCTION Thesis: Main Idea It foreshadows what is going to be discussed in the body of the essay. It draws on the essay- question. First Issue (in support of overseas studies) Third Issue (in support of overseas studies) Second Issue (in support of overseas studies) It summarises the preceding parts of the essay (not here). It generally concludes with a statement giving a verdict, or recommending something, or anticipating a future course of action/ events. transition marker// connector// signal word/phrase