Written by: Xuân Phi, 16/01/2023
Supported by: Ex-BC Examiner, 17/01/2023
Question: Video records are better to learn about the way other people in the world live than written documents. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
(IELTS Academic – 14/01/2023)
It is stated that acquiring information about global lifestyles through videos is more effective than reading written materials. Although I admit that video recordings leave more of a lasting impact on people’s minds, I mostly disagree with this notion since they are not suitable for all learners and limited in their availability.
Admittedly, video recordings can be a valid approach to gain a greater understanding about different lives in various nations on account of better visualisation. To explain, images and audio recordings enable people to observe things in an authentic way, leaving better impressions in their minds and thus facilitating their memories. In other words, by watching videos, they can experience these customs firsthand in lieu of imagining them through a secondhand perspective when they read written documents. For example, a video about the harsh living conditions of residents in Africa having to use dirty water for household tasks and their desperate voices in the video would be more indelible in viewers’ minds than simply text
However, there are two reasons for my disagreement. Chief of these is that learning via videos is not an optimal medium for all types of learners. This is because those who favor other learning styles such as reading and writing may prefer written documents instead. Another justification is that videos are lacking in their attainability. More specifically, numerous materials are recorded in written form only, especially about details in the past due to the lack of technology, thus it is hard for people to access information regarding important individuals and events through videos alone. For instance, for those who want to research eating habits of people in a country, it is more useful for them to choose articles or references because there is a scarcity of videos that illustrate real dietary patterns.
In conclusion, the value of video recordings is significant in terms of enhancing visualisation; however, I maintain that they are not suitable for those who follow other learning styles and written documents are still of importance because a wider range of information is offered. It is advisable that people should opt for the materials that suit their preferences and the specific topic.
(Word count: 360)
|Global lifestyles||Lối sống toàn cầu|
|Leave a lasting impact on||Để lại một tác động lâu dài lên|
|Limited in their availability||Hạn chế, ít có sẵn|
|Observe things in an authentic way||Quan sát mọi thứ một cách chân thực|
|Through a secondhand perspective||Qua góc nhìn của người khác|
|Indelible||Không thể xóa nhòa|
|Learning styles||Phong cách học tập|
|Lacking in their attainability||Thiếu, ít|
|A scarcity of||Sự khan hiếm|
|Dietary patterns||Chế độ ăn uống|