Mock Test 26 | Writing Task 2


You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. 

Write about the following topic:


Some people think parents should read or tell stories to children. Others think parents needn’t do that as children can read books or watch TV, or movies by themselves.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.


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

Write at least 250 words.



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    People have different views on the importance of parents’ storytelling in children’s development. [Crack IELTS with Rob] Some parents prefer their offspring to read books by themselves, whereas others believe parents should participate in this process. This essay will explore both sides of the argument followed by my own standpoint.


    Supporters of independent reading of young people claim that it can develop their ability of self-discipline. When given the freedom to decide what and when to read, youngsters are more likely to feel motivated, and therefore, form a habit of extensive and regular reading which will have a far-reaching positive influence on their life. [Crack IELTS with Rob] Furthermore, they would argue that in today’s increasingly competitive society, parents, especially the young parents burdened with the responsibility of supporting their family and the pressure of advancing their careers, usually do not have much free time to spend with their children on reading or watching TV.


    On the other hand, advocates for more parental reading to their children often cite the indispensable role that parents can play in fostering an intimate bonding between parents and children. In the process of reading interesting and intriguing stories together, the relationships among the family members are being strengthened; and the experience itself contributes to a harmonious and quality family life. [Crack IELTS with Rob] Moreover, sometimes children need some guidance and explanation when reading books. This is particularly true for young children like preschoolers or primary students who are still not mature enough to have a comprehensive grasp of the reading material on their own.


    All in all, while accepting there is some truth on both sides, [Crack IELTS with Rob] I incline towards the idea that parents should accompany their children in reading, because reading is so critical a skill that can open gates to abundant opportunities, and most importantly, in doing so parents can better know their children.


    Collocations and Idioms:

    1. participate in this process: do this with their children

    2. form a habit of extensive and regular reading: start to have a habit of reading different things regularly [Crack IELTS with Rob]

    3. burdened with the responsibilty of: have to be responsible for

    4. pressure of advancing their careers: the feeling of being stressed when they have to get promoted

    5. cite the indispensable role: mention the important role

    6.  fostering an intimate bond between: create and develop a strong connection between

    7. harmonious and quality family life: better family life

    8. have a comprehensive grasp of: understand fully

    9. open gates to abundant opportunities: create many chances




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