IELTS Writing Task 2 : Sample 39

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

As mass communication and transport continue to grow, societies are becoming more and more alike leading to a phenomenon known as globalization. Some people fear that globalization will inevitably lead to the total loss of cultural identity.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words

Response 1

I once read that, in this day and age, everyone tries to look unique by dressing exactly the same. That is a rough metaphor, of sorts, of my opinion on the matter of globalization. I tend to agree with the notion that it will eventually lead to a complete loss of cultural identity. After careful evaluation of the subject in question, you shall understand why my opinion is what it is.

Admittedly, change is inevitable. The procession of human life is dependant on adapting and evolving based on changes around them. Having a penchant for convenience, it is a given that societies would gravitate towards the same means of the latest products and/or services developed for the purpose of increasing the overall ease of our daily tasks. Additionally, it is a plausible theory that promoting the empowerment of cultural identity may be tantamount to promoting segregation among different social groups. In the transition to a more modern era, why should certain people be left behind?

On the other hand, it cannot be disputed that the modern way of living leaves a lot to be desired in terms of tradition, ethics and culture, and also leaves little to no space for such things. For example, it would be considered unfashionable for an eastern Asian wedding these days, as most people now desire more modern, westernized events and attire due to its supposed 'fashionability'. Cultural identity, though it is taken for granted, is imperative- not only to humble us but also to help us remember our roots and remain informed and educated about the more inherent parts of our history and being. What society tells us and the youth is 'right', is often harmful to our fragile morals and self-esteem. It must be understood and further exaggerated that what is common and popular is not always right.

I conclude by saying that, without roots, our morality, among other things, is far too easily swayed. Do not let globalization fool you into mistaking the common for the correct.

Written by Wardah Razzaq.