IELTS graph 290 - Home activities among young children in four countries

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1/ Graph Writing - Bar Chart/ Column Graph:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The graph below shows the different home activities among young children in four different countries.

Write a report for a university lecturer and report the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

You should write at least 150 words.

Home activities among young children

Different home activities among young children in four different countries


Model Answer 1:
The bar chart shows data on young children's indoor activities in Malaysia, China, Nigeria and Sudan.

As is obvious, playing computer games is the most popular leisure activity among children in these countries, and reading books is less common among Nigerian and Sudanese children. Interestingly, watching TV is the second most popular pastime and equally preferred by children in all these four countries.

As the diagram suggests, computer games are quite popular among children in these countries as half of the children in Malaysia and Sudan play computer games. The ratio of children involved in this activity in Nigeria is even higher while four in ten offsprings in China play computer games. Watching TV programmes is another preferred home activity among youngsters as 30% of children in these countries follow TV when they are home. Board games are picked up by almost a quarter of the boys and girls in Malaysia and China while it is most popular in Sudan with 30% active participants in this activity. Finally, reading is not as common as other indoor activities are and the highest ratio of child readers reside in Malaysia, 20%. Only 10% Nigerian and Sudanese children read books when home and this ratio is 15% in China.


Sample Answer 2:
The bar chart illustrates how youngsters in four countries (namely Malaysia, China, Nigeria and Sudan) participate in four different indoor activities.

Overall, playing computer games is the most popular activity among those youngsters while reading books is the least preferred. Besides, watching different TV programmes is equally liked by the youths in these countries.

To begin with, precisely half of all Malaysian and Sudanese children like to spend their leisure time playing computer games. At the same time, an even higher proportion of Nigerian boys and girls take part in this activity, 60 per cent to be exact. Finally, four out of ten adolescents in Sudan engage in this pastime activity.

Watching TV is the second most common pastime and interestingly, it attracts exactly 30% of youngsters from all four countries. Regarding board games, an equal percentage of Sudanese children are involved while the figures range from one-fifth to one-fourth for the remaining countries.

Additionally, 20% Malaysian and 15% Chinese children like to read books in their free time. For Nigeria and Sudan, their figures both stand at ten per cent. It is worth noticing that the popularity of computer games can be up to 6 times as much as that of reading books.

[Written by - Nguyen Thuong Vu]

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