Two question model IELTS essay

Some people think that there should be strict laws to control the amount of noise a person makes because of the disturbance it causes to people.
Discuss the advantages and disadvantages.

Comments about the task:

  1. This is best written as a two question essay but it can also be written as a both sides and opinion essay
  2. The topic is about laws and not just about whether a person should or should not make noise

Plan:
Advantages:

  1. protect people’s health
  2. enable people to concentrate on their work or study

Disadvantages:

  1. against people’s human rights
  2. unnecessary due to advances in technology

Model Answer:
High levels of noise can be a cause of discomfort and so some people believe that there should be strict legislation regarding the level of noise a person can make. This essay discusses the merits and drawbacks of controlling the amount of noise a person makes.

There are several reasons why the government should strictly control the amount of noise a person produces. The main reason is that exposure to too much noise can be detrimental to people’s health. For instance loud noises cause headaches and anxiety, which can decrease the health levels of people, especially the elderly. Additionally, noise can disturb people’s work or study. For example, when I was a university student I had difficulty concentrating while studying for exams because my neighbors often had loud parties.

However, there are some drawbacks to having strict laws against making noise. The main one is that people should have the right to make noise. More specifically people should be free to live their lives without the fear of violating laws. For instance, people should be allowed to have parties and celebrations without the need to look over their shoulder. Secondly, laws against noise may not be needed due to technology providing ways to deal with the problem of noise. For example, scientists have invented walls and windows that can block out the noise, and there are also headphones that can reduce noise.

In conclusion, the merits of controlling noise are that we can safeguard people’s health against loud sounds, and enable people to fully concentrate on their work or study; while the drawbacks are that it may violate people’s human rights and be unnecessary due to advances in technology. Overall, it seems that laws should only be applied in extreme circumstances.

Language:
legislation =laws
merits = advantages
drawbacks=disadvantages
disturb= to interrupt somebody
detrimental (causing harm and damage
anxiety=stress
exposure to noise =experiencing noise
violating laws = breaking laws
look over their shoulder= be worried about others
extreme circumstances=unusual situations

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