Here’s an approach to the following Task 2 question:
Some people argue that the government should give every unemployed person a mobile phone and should make sure they have access to the Internet. They believe this is the best way of using public money to reduce the problem of unemployment. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
1. First, analyze the question to understand what you need to write.
Claim: Giving a phone and access to the Internet to unemployed people will reduce unemployment (they will get a job)
Call-to-action: Do you agree or disagree – is this a good idea? give your reasons.
2. Brainstorm your answer: I don’t agree because this is not the best way to use public money to reduce unemployment. I think education and re-training would be better rather than providing mobile phones and internet access.
3. Organize ideas in 4 paragraphs:
(1) Introduction paragraph: I introduce the topic then restate the claim. Then I give my opinion.
Reducing unemployment has become a significant problem and is now a top priority for many politicians. In fact, some people argue that the government should provide mobile phones and Internet access to every unemployed person. While this may appear beneficial on the surface, I don’t agree that this is the best use of public funds for helping the unemployed.
(2) 1st main body paragraph:
Acknowledge that phones and internet access can be helpful for people actively seeking employment. Give supporting details of how it can help only a small amount of people who are actively job hunting and have the right skills and education.
(3) 2nd main body paragraph:
State that this won’t automatically guarantee a job for all unemployed people. It’s better to use public funds that attack the real problem for unemployment – lack of education, skills training and motivation. Give reasons to support.
Restate opinion: I feel the best use of public funds in reducing unemployment is to provide better retraining and education for the unemployed.
** Here is the full sample model essay. **