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Cambridge English: Advanced

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Writing Paper Part 1. Task Type: Essay

Your class has had a discussion about the negative effects of globalisation on local culture. You have made the notes below:

Effects of globalisation:
  • the dominance of the western music/film industry.
  • the loss of national identity.
  • the undermining of values of a local culture.
Some opinions expressed in the discussion:

  • We don't want to see the same culture wherever we travel.
  • People are free to enjoy whichever music, films or fashion they wish.
  • Young people are losing the sense of values their parents had.

Write an essay discussing TWO of the effects listed in your notes. You should explain which effect is more important, giving reasons in support of your answer.

You may, if you wish, make use of the opinions expressed in the discussion, but you should use your own words as far as possible. (around 220-260 words)

What you need to do to pass
Read our checklist first to understand what the examiner is looking for in a good answer.

Ideas for writing
Ask yourself the following questions to help you get started:

  • What examples are there of western culture being embraced worldwide?
  • What factors have led to the spread of Western culture?
  • Which two of the effects listed should you address? And which one is most important?
  • Do you intend to make use of any of the opinions listed? If so how could you expand on them with examples?

Drafting and proofreading your work

You should look at your first draft of the task and decide:

  • Have you answered the question?
  • Is the layout and organisation appropriate?
  • Is the language accurate with a good range of structures?
  • Is the style appropriate and consistent?
  • Will it have a positive effect on the reader?

If the answer is 'no' to any of these questions then you will need to do some more drafting!


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