Speaking Independent Tasks口语独立题
Ø Task 1
People often have trouble saving money. Why do you think that is the case? What suggestions do you have for saving money?
I think people often have trouble saving money mainly because they give into ‘impulse purchases’, and by those I mean purchases made suddenly, without much thought or consideration. It could be a pretty necklace that catches their eye when they’re walking down the street, or it could be a new suitcase on discount during a sales day. We all make these impulse purchases from time to time, and the key to fixing this bad habit is to ask ourselves—whenever we’re tempted to buy something—whether we truly need it: is it something that would add value to our lives? And does its price justify its purchase? Only by stopping to take time to consider an item’s true worth can we stop wasting money and start saving money.
Ø Task 2
Do you think it is a good idea for children to be homeschooled by parents and tutors?
I don’t think it’s a good idea for children to be homeschooled because children need interaction with kids their own age in order to develop the social skills necessary to function well in society in the future, and simply because interactions make these kids mentally healthier. It would’ve been so much harder for me, personally, to make friends had I not been to school. I also think that a homeschooled education probably does not compare to being taught at school, where there’s usually a set curriculum and lessons that have been honed over the years, as well as teachers who are experts in their subjects. It’s just too much to expect a parent to be able to effectively teach higher levels of math, chemistry, history, and other subjects.
Writing Independent Task写作独立题
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?
Nowadays it is not important for people to have regular family meals together.
Nowadays, having regular meals with our families is becoming increasingly difficult, as busy schedules, entertainment, or meals outside with friends become more common. Nonetheless, it is important for us to share meals regularly with our families, for these meals are vital to our mental and physical well-being, now more than ever.
In modern society, family meals provide a way for us to relieve stress and build essential family bonds. It’s quite common these days for people to be stressed and worn down, be it from work, housekeeping, or school. When we sit down at the end of the day to eat with our families, we’re able to get rid of this accumulated stress by sharing our difficulties and problems with our loved ones. Family members may offer advice or sympathy, or comfort us simply by lending an ear. And when it’s their turn to go over their day and their issues, we’re able to reaffirm that we are not alone in our troubles. Of course, family meals can also be a time of sharing interesting or funny things that had happened earlier in the day. Laughing and joyfully conversing with family members is great way to relieve stress and maintain our mental well-being. And by having a family meal, we’re brought closer to our families—we learn to trust, appreciate, and help each other.
Family meals also contribute significantly to our physical well-being. More appealing eating options in modern society have led to more people eating out, either by themselves or with friends. But eating outside is generally not good for our bodies; there may be sanitary issues with the food, or the food may contain too much fat, salt, or sugar. Moreover, busy people often opt to just eat fast food, which we all know is quite unhealthy. Family meals, on the other hand, are usually home-cooked meals, which are typically cleaner and safer. The meals often contain more vegetables and are a lot more nutritious. And though the flavors might not be as strong and enjoyable, at least we end up consuming fewer unhealthy ingredients.
So, despite modern day interferences, we must do our best to have regular family meals if we value our mental and physical well-being. Even if at times it seems inconvenient or unappealing, we should keep in mind that few things in life are better for us than sharing a nice, wholesome meal with our families.