IELTS sample essay: living abroad…

Hi, yet another post with a sample essay. Another advs vs disadvs that I wrote for a student to show the structure of such a question type. I had a bit of trouble thinking of ideas for this so I went with the old tropes of “new culture” and “culture shock”, nothing new but then again they don’t have to be. As I have written and said before in my videos the IELTS does not require you to come up with amazing or interesting ideas and examples, they can be as boring and tedious as you like, just as long as you give the examiners what they want in terms of the criteria. 

So, although some the ideas may seem a little general this is made up for by the specific examples I made up to support my main ideas. Have a read below and you will see what I mean.

These days, more and more people are going to other countries of periods of the time. either to find job or to study. There are clearly many benefits to doing this, but people who live abroad can also face some difficulties.

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of living in a foreign country.

It has been argued that living abroad either for work or study has many benefits as well as drawbacks. This essay will argue that the main advantage is the chance to experience a new culture while the main disadvantage is the possibility of “culture shock”.

Firstly, living in another country from your own can be highly beneficial in terms of personal development. That is to say, exposure to a new language and way of life can indeed as the saying goes “broaden your horizons”. For example, to consider study, over 90% of Erasmus students interviewed by their home universities in 2016 expressed that living and studying abroad expanded their minds and made them “see life through another lens”. This research is indicative of the general feeling that moving and living outside of your comfort zone does open a persons mind to new possibilities.

However, there is a downside for some people who may be overwhelmed by the strangeness of their new environment and experience “culture shock”. This phenomenon often takes the form of loneliness and anxiety caused by the “newness” and perceived “strangeness” of the people/language/way of life, etc. For example, a survey by the British Council in 2016 of native teachers in China showed that more than 70% of those interviewed felt “out of place” and “unable to function” in a foreign environment. The implication here is that although living in a new country is exciting, there is a definite chance that unless adequately prepared, many people may struggle.

In conclusion, although for many the chance to live abroad is exciting and full of opportunities there is always the possibility that some may be overwhelmed by the experience and suffer some psychological side effects.

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