IELTS Writing Task 2: Replacing Books With Computers and Films In Schools. To what extent do you agree or disagree? 


IELTS WRITING: Some people think that schools should stop using books, and computers and films should be used instead. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Some people think that schools should stop using books, and computers and films should be used instead. To what extent do you agree or disagree?






(Balanced Approach)



The use of books in schools should be replaced with modern technologies such as computers and video presentations according to some groups of people. In my opinion, books are still indispensable in schools and should be used along with the latest technologies to make students develop more skills. 




Indispensable [adj.] – absolutely necessary

Along [adv.] – in addition to someone or something 

To begin with, stopping the use of books in schools and completely replacing them with computers and instructional videos is extremely a bad idea since books are still an important learning material for students. All books are written by professionals such as doctors of education who have expertise in the subject that students are studying. They can learn more high-quality information which they cannot acquire from reading articles online since those are suspiciously biased or less credible. Aside from that, by using books as study material in schools, students can develop reading and researching skills better as they are less distractive compared to the use of video presentations or computers, which are oftentimes challenged by technical problems that just make students lose interest in learning. 




Expertise [noun] – expert skill in a particular field

Suspiciously [adv.] – in a way that arouses distrust

Distractive [adj.] – to have difficulty paying attention to something 


On the other hand, I also believe that instead of abolishing the use of books in schools,  integrating the use of modern technologies in schools is way beneficial in this digital era. Schools should make their students equipped with technical skills so they can be competitive. Nowadays, computer skills and video creation skills are a must in most industries, in order for students to get better opportunities in the job market, they must have good technical knowledge, and the best way to achieve that is to make students knowledgeable in using computers. 




Abolish [verb] – put an end to 

Integrate [verb] – to bring together; incorporate

Equipped [adj.] – having the skills needed to do a particular thing 


In conclusion, books are helpful as well as computers and video presentations in developing the skills of students, so instead of replacing them with advanced technologies, I believe it is best to integrate them for optimal development of students’ skills. 




Optimal [adj.] – best; most favorable 


Meaning of Words and Phrases Sources: Collins, Macmillan, Cambridge, Oxford


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