Mock Test 4 | Writing Task 2


You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:


It is important for children to learn the difference between right and wrong at an early age. Punishment is necessary to help them learn this distinction.

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

What sort of punishment shoud parents and teachers be allowed to use to teach good behavior to children?


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

Write at least 250 words.


IELTS Writing Task 2

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    A decent code of ethics is amongst the virtues, and it has an indispensable role to play in the moral development of children. I agree that teachers and parents should employ selected punishments in their daily lessons. I will also suggest some possible forms of penalties that I have applied to my children in the following essay.


    In the first place, it is scientifically proven by scientists in the field of cognitive development that the sooner a child can distinguish right from wrong, the better their subconscious mindset is naturally built accordingly. The ingrained thoughts in one’s head will be demonstrated through one’s behavior. For example, if a child has educated that remaining silent without thanking after receiving a gift is a type of misconduct, his mind will signal that this is a misdeed and therefore will take another appropriate course of action. In reality, such punitive measures can render a lesson indelible in children’s minds, boosting their memory capacity. Furthermore, fear of being punished enables children to refrain from unlawful acts, and have a law-abiding mindset. A psychological study by Oxford University reveals that 75 percent of the pre-schoolers never repeat wrong actions following a punishment they are given.


    At the same time, it would be well-advised for adults to apply punitive approaches that are not detrimental to children’s physical and psychological growth. The first measure is to punish children by cutting down on their weekly pocket money or compel them to reduce engaging in deleterious activities. For instance, if my son is reported to use swearwords with his peers at school, he will not be permitted to use his tablet to access the social networking websites during the day. Another step is to stimulate children to get participating in worthwhile and positive activities. A school in my neighborhood requested all students who failed to fulfill their homework assignments to plant 20 trees each. Such a penalty was not only a chance for them to repent of their mistakes but also contribute something to environmental protection.


    To sum, it is advisable that we teach our young children to recognize what they are supposed to do and avoid as early as possible. Along the way, thoughtfully categorized punishments are encouraged to increase the effectiveness of our moral lessons in a constructive path so as not to physically and mentally damage children’s growth yet still keep it strict enough to have kids followed.


    Collocations and Idioms:

    1. a decent code of ethics: how to behave correctly

    2. ingrained thoughts: thoughts that are hard to be changed

    3. have a law-abiding mindset: tend to obey the law

    4. It would be well-advised for: somebody should do something

    5. repent of their mistakes: regret their mistakes

    6. thoughtfully categorized punishments: carefully prepared types of punishments

    7. in a constructive path: in a good way


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