IELTS Academic writing task 2 : Sample 03

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

write about the following topic:

Q. Some people prefer to spend their whole lives doing the same thing and avoiding change. Others, however, think that change is always a good thing.

Discuss both these views and give your opinion.

Write at least 250 words

Response 1

Reference: Cambridge IELTS Book 6 Test 4

Over the last half century, the pace of change in the life of human beings has increased beyond our wildest expectations. This has been driven by technological and scientific breakthroughs that are changing the whole way we view the world on an almost daily basis. This means that change is not always a personal option, but an inescapable fact of life, and we need to constantly adapt to keep pace with it.

Those people who believe they have achieved some security by doing the same, familiar things are living in denial. Even when people believe they are resisting change themselves, they cannot stop the world around them from changing. Sooner or later they will find that the familiar jobs no longer exist, or that the ‘safe’ patterns of behaviour are no longer appropriate.

However, reaching the conclusion that change is inevitable is not the same as assuming that ‘change is always for the better’. Unfortunately, it is not always the case that new things are promoted because they have good impacts for the majority of people. A lot of innovations are made with the aim of making money for a few. This is because it is the rich and powerful people in our society who are able to impose changes (such as in working conditions or property developments) that are in their own interests.

In conclusion, I would say that change can be stimulating and energizing for individuals when they pursue it themselves, but that all change, including that which is imposed on people, does not necessarily have good outcomes.

Response 2

Change is the very essence of life on Earth. The world is ever-morphing in every aspect, it is only our nature to adapt. However, should we conform to every bit of change around us? Or should we avoid change altogether? Just as our own dynamic nature; it all depends on the nature of the change and, of course, what stands to be changed.

The only way humans have survived this long is due to change; change in how we function, in the world around us and in how we perceive said changes. We are adaptable- adaptability is an essential characteristic of our very being, and adaptability is brought on by the change. So, one could argue that change, in effect, is essential, as well. Progress simply cannot be brought on without change, either, and an opposition to progress equates the decay of society. I believe that everything alive is in a constant state of motion- in varying aspects- so why shouldn't you be? Familiarity does, after all, breed contempt.

On the other hand, change can be perceived in an entirely different light when considering the nature of what's to be altered. If one's current situation is satisfactory, why would one look to adjust circumstances based on popular belief- which is so often misled by the media? For example, a change in a company often brings about negative alterations in a child's behaviour if said company is of questionable morality. That being said, it is understandable that some people completely spurn change- it is not always a good thing.

In conclusion, it is better to take calculated risks than no risks at all- otherwise, how could we learn? However, modulated change is preferable as opposed to senseless conformity to what is considered 'popular'.