IELTS Cue Card Sample 102 - Talk about the most important benefit of the internet

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Talk about the most important benefit of the internet.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • why you prefer it
  • how students can take advantage of it

and explain what is the importance of it in your country.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]
 


Model Answer 1:

Computers and the internet are comparatively new inventions and yet they have revolutionised the way we lead our life. The internet is used everywhere and this has changed the way we communicate, teach, learn, do business, purchase a product, and what not!

The internet has brought countless benefits for us and in my opinion, the ease of communication is the most important one. The old way of communication via postal mails, telephones and travelling were expensive and time-consuming. But the internet has made it possible to communicate with others, be it a personal communication or business communication, remarkably easy. Someone can send an email with rich media like video, image and multimedia presentation to anyone in the world instantaneously. The widespread popularity of social media networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have made it possible for us to get connected with friends, family members, colleagues, make new friends, and this list goes on.

With the internet, people can do business conference from different parts of the worlds and it has improved the way companies run their businesses. The internet reminds us of our friends’ and family members’ birthdays and other important events and thus this technology helps us become more proactive and social.

I prefer to use the internet for several reasons. First, it is easily accessible and cheap. I can use the internet at home, at the office and even when I travel. I can get help on any topics from the internet, can find a location on Google Maps and get directions while I drive. It helps me get connected to my family members, relatives and friends. I do online shopping and that helps me to save significant time. The internet is probably the richest knowledge hub that can answer my questions. This is a great medium for entertainment for me as I can find any music, movie or TV serial I like to watch.

The internet, as I have already said, is the most opulent source of information. Students can easily take advantage of it and enhance their knowledge. In fact, many students already use the internet as their study references and they complete their assignments with the help of it. Reading books online is another great way to enhance knowledge for young pupils.

Our country has a high potential for the development of the IT sector and a large number of companies are working in this sector already. This promising sector heavily depends on the internet. Besides, the eCommerce is primarily dependent on this technology. There is scarcely any office or business in my country that can run without the internet. Thus our economy has a significant dependence on this technology.

 


Model Answer 2:

The internet is the most extraordinary thing! I am old enough to remember a time before even computers existed, let alone the internet. It has brought about many benefits, and today and I’m going to focus on the one I think is most important. I’ll tell you what it is, why I have chosen it and how it has helped me and could help students too before finishing with trying to articulate just why it is so important in my country, the UK.

The internet is an almost infinite resource. We can use it to find information on any topic – although just because it appears on a page online somewhere doesn’t mean the information or advice is necessarily true or wise! For me, the real benefit of the internet is the way it puts people in touch across the world, communication and connectivity. Not only through instantaneous messages whizzing across the ether to people thousands of miles away that you already know via email, but more extraordinarily through putting people in touch with like-minded strangers.

When travelling this year, for the first time I kept a blog. I was astonished. I had a ‘comment’ feature on the site, and people from all over the world got in touch with me to give advice, offer feedback on what I’d seen and said and share their own experiences of travelling and working overseas. It was inspirational. I thought travelling on my own would be scary and maybe lonely at times, instead, I found that there was a whole international community of well-meaning, like-minded people who were happy to travel along with me – albeit virtually, and laugh with me at the highs and support me through more challenging aspects. It really opened my eyes to the possibilities of building new international friendships with people who had encountered my blog pretty randomly. It was fantastic to access this group of people, learn from them and enjoy their contributions. It made me much more confident in my adventures, I felt like I wasn’t alone.

The internet sometimes gets a bad press in terms of the dangers of social media and the need to be cautious about who you meet online. That is probably true in some instances. However, my experience was wholly positive. I felt that these friends from afar that I have only ever met online, provide proof positive that there are more kind and helpful people in the world than not. The internet facilitates that for everyone who can access a cyber café or the internet signal wherever they are in the world.

Students - like everyone else – can exploit this. Whether that’s by carrying out original research from talking to someone active in an online forum about a particular topic, accessing an expert opinion from a specialist blog or from getting in touch with fellow students to offer each other peer support around difficult subjects. The internet is at its best when, rather than being used for passive searching for information, it is used to actively engage with other users. Discussion, debate, sharing experiences, all have value.

For my country, the UK, the internet has revolutionised the way people connect with one another. We have come a very long way from the times when sending a letter could take weeks by sea or many days by air. The only other alternative being to make a ruinously expensive phone call and keeping your fingers crossed that your intended contact would be in when you called. As for reaching out to a complete stranger ‘someone somewhere’  – I think the nearest equivalent pre the internet might have been to write a letter, put it in a bottle and cast it into the sea! Times have certainly changed!

[ Written by - Lucy Marris | Careers Adviser (UK), TEFL teacher (Vietnam) ]
 


Similar Cue Card topics:

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card Topic would enable you to talk about the following Cue Card Topics as well:

  1. Describe a piece of modern technology you know about.
  2. Describe a technology you often use.
  3. Describe the most useful technology you know about.
  4. Describe an invention that changed the world.
  5. Describe a communication system you often use. 

 

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