Sunday, 15 February 2015
Nowadays many scientists and tourists would like to travel to remote natural environments, such as the South Pole. Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
An increasing number of people today explore difficult and distant terrains, either to visit these places or to conduct scientific researches. Although people do face great deal of hardships during these activities, it has greater advantages both for the travelers themselves and the society as a whole.
To start with, it would be greatly enjoyable for people who like adventurous travel and novel experiences. They not only take great delight in preparing physically and psychologically for such demanding expeditions but also experience a sense of achievement in completing the task. A few examples would be, climbing difficult terrains like the Himalayan Mountains, expeditions to the Polar Regions or even the recent space voyages offered for common people.
Again, scientific expeditions to these regions have also benefitted human society to a great extent in terms of studying the many unknown facts about the earth and the universe. For example, scientists to the Polar Regions of the Antarctica and the Arctic have conducted various experiments on the climate changes and given us information about how the melting of the polar ice can affect the earth.
On the other hand, many people have questioned the huge financial commitments made by governments in conducting such expeditions, especially for scientific purposes. For instance, many social economists point out that maintaining space and polar stations would cost enormous amount of money but the net results usually do not justify the expenditure incurred. Moreover, the risks involved in travelling to dangerous and distant terrains are enormous and many people have lost their lives due to extreme cold, difficult landscapes and lack of provisions.
In conclusion, despite certain objections, the curiosity and passion for people to travel to distant and difficult regions of the world have only increased. It clearly reveals man’s innate desire to conquer the unknown. Although it involves a certain amount of risks and financial commitment, it has greater benefits for man.
Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Some people believe that children should have important lessons other than classes in a schools, that is, visiting local businesses or public buildings.
To what extend do you agree or disagree?
Many progressive schools today often try to provide more innovative learning experiences to children by taking them to local commercial establishments or public buildings where they would be exposed to a great deal of practical knowledge. This practice, I think, would be a significant opportunity for them to acquire skills and information which are not usually available in a school environment.
To begin with, classroom learning can sometimes be tedious and access to ideas and knowledge in nonverbal and practical ways can make learning creative, fun-filled and more effective. For instance, while visiting a historical museum children can see and handle real objects and experience artefacts like coins, inscriptions and utensils of the ancient times. These experiences would reinforce their study of history and help them to recall information more easily.
Furthermore, field trips to local businesses can introduce pupils to direct interaction with objects of learning, which are not easily available in schools. For example, a visit to a local fish market can introduce children to various species of sea and river fishes, learn their names and identify them.
However, sometimes children can take fieldtrips more as a recreational activity rather than an innovative learning experience. This can defeat the very purpose of such trips, and therefore some parents are sceptical about such activities in school.
In conclusion, although field trips from schools offer a certain amount fun, most children benefit greatly from such educational tours. Therefore, school authorities should encourage children to visit local businesses or public buildings in order to make education a more creative and interesting activity.
Friday, 6 February 2015
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The two pie charts below show some employment patterns in Great Britain in 1992.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 words.
The pie charts make a comparative study of the proportion of males and females employed in 6 broad categories, divided into manual and non-manual occupations.
Among the women the highest proportion was engaged in clerical or related work, which was closely followed by other non-manual employments. On the other hand, managerial and professional jobs were the most popular occupations with men at 36% and clerical positions were selected by only an insignificant 9%. A considerable portion of males also were interested in craft or related jobs and other manual labour, accounting for half of the total men-folk. In contrast, the only major manual occupation that women took up was other manual labour at 27%. Other non-manual professions were not very popular among both males and females. The least percentage of workers both categories were general labourers.
In conclusion, more women performed non-manual occupations, whereas a greater percentage of men preferred manual jobs.
Employed in: engaged in/occupied in/involved in/took up
Select: prefer/choose/opt for
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