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IELTS Writing Task 2 - Restoration Of Old Buildings (Agree or Disagree Question)

Updated: May 24


Restoration of old buildings in many cities involves enormous government expenditure. It would be more beneficial to spend this money to build new houses and roads.


To what extent do you agree or disagree?


SAMPLE ESSAY:


In recent years, the restoration of historic buildings in many cities has been a subject of ongoing debate. While some argue that the substantial government expenditure involved in such projects could be more beneficially utilized  in the construction of new houses and roads, I disagree with this notion for the following reasons.


On the one hand, proponents of allocating government funds to the construction of new houses and roads argue that these projects are essential for addressing contemporary societal needs . Building new houses addresses the pressing issue of housing shortages, particularly in rapidly expanding urban areas, contributing to improved living standards and community well-being. Additionally, investing in the construction of roads and infrastructure plays a key role in promoting efficient transportation of goods and people. The development of modern road networks, exemplified  by the expressways in countries like Japan or the United States, underscores  the significance of infrastructure in supporting economic activities and ensuring the seamless flow of commerce .


While investing in new facilities is undeniably essential for urban development, I firmly believe that the restoration of old buildings also holds immense importance and thus deserves enormous state funding. Firstly, preserving these structures could not only foster a sense of cultural identity  but also attract tourists, contributing to the local economy. For instance, the restoration of landmarks such as the Colosseum in Rome or the Taj Mahal in India has not only preserved historical heritage but also become a major source of revenue through tourism. Secondly, the restoration of old buildings can be a catalyst for urban revitalization . When historic districts are revitalized , more businesses will likely be established in these areas, which helps create more jobs and stimulate local economic growth. 


In summary, while there is certainly a need to invest in new houses and roads, I disagree with the idea that redirecting government funds from restoration of old buildings towards these projects would yield greater benefits  for society.



 

VOCABULARY

  • substantial (adj) = to lớn, đáng kể

  • utilize (v) = sử dụng

  • contemporary societal needs (phrase) = những nhu cầu hiện đại của xã hội 

  • be exemplified by sth (phrase) = được minh họa bởi cái gì đó

  • underscore (v) = nhấn mạnh 

  • seamless flow of commerce (phrase) = luồng thương mại diễn ra liên tục

  • hold immense importance (phrase) = có tầm quan trọng to lớn 

  • foster a sense of cultural identity (phrase) = nâng cao ý thức về bản sắc văn hóa

  • catalyst for sth (phrase) = (nghĩa bóng) chất xúc tác cho cái gì đó 

  • urban revitalization (phrase) = quá trình tái tạo và làm mới đô thị 

  • revitalize (v) = tái tạo, làm mới 

  • yield benefits (phrase) = mang lại nhiều lợi ích 



 

BRAINSTORMING


It would be more beneficial to redirect government funds from restoration of old buildings towards building new houses and roads + Personal opinion: Disagree


Body 1: The benefits of redirecting government funds towards building new houses and roads 

  • Building new houses helps with the shortage of homes, especially in growing cities → improved living conditions and community well-being

  • Investing in roads and infrastructure is important for efficient transportation of goods and people (e.g. expressways in Japan and the United States show how these developments support economic activities and commerce flow)


Body 2: The benefits of enormous government funding for restoring old buildings + my personal opinion 

  • Preserving old structures not only helps maintain cultural identity but also brings in tourists → local economic growth (e.g. the Colosseum in Rome or the Taj Mahal in India show how restoring landmarks can attract visitors and generate revenue)

  • When historic areas are improved, more businesses are likely to open, which creates more jobs and boosts the local economy



 

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