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You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The diagram below shows the life cycle of the salmon.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features. and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 words.
WRITING TASK 2
You should spend about 40 minutes on this topic.
Write about the following topic:
Nowadays, celebrities increasingly have the status of role models, in particular for younger people.
Do you see this as a positive or negative development?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own experience.
Write at least 250 words.
Task 1 Model Answer
The diagram shows the various stages of development in the life cycle of the salmon.
At the very beginning of the cycle, in fresh water or rivers, eggs take approximately three months to hatch. After hatching, the baby salmon called alevin not yet looking like a fish – feeds off the yolk sac. Several weeks later, it takes the form of a young fish, identified as fry, which can swim. The fry is about five to ten weeks old. By the time it is several months old, the salmon, now known as parr, has developed typical finger-shaped markings. At some point between the age of one and three years old, the salmon or smolt forms groups and swims out to sea. The fully grown adult spends up to eight years swimming in the ocean until it is time to spawn. The spawning adult then returns to fresh water or upriver and after spawning dies within a couple of weeks.
Overall, the life cycle of the salmon covers seven distinct stages over approximately eight years from the hatching of the eggs till death.
Task 2 Model Answer
International celebrities come from many different fields these days, with a considerable number of them famous for little more than good looks and expensive fashion. However, they all serve to act as role models for society. There are positive and negative aspects to this phenomenon, but on the whole 1 see it as a detrimental development.
First of all, many celebrities have achieved their fame not through admirable behaviour but for public misconduct. For instance, many young pop stars with very little talent have exploited media focus on their party lives, courting photographs of them with little clothing or involvement in drugs or alcohol. Affairs and celebrity scandal provide young people with poor examples of how to conduct themselves morally and with integrity in the public eye, which is an extremely worrying trend that some of these celebrities have exerted on young generations.
In addition, marketing celebritics these days has become a billion dollar industry. Social networking pages such as Face book and Twitter ensure that people can focus on and obsess about their idols twenty-four hours a day. This constant following of celebrities only serves to perpetuate the idea that their shallow lives are worthy of this constant attention, when in reality, decisions about which jewelry to wear and which premiere to attend distract young people from the real issues facing modem society.
All in all, being a celebrity comes with the responsibility of having others look up to you. Unfortunately, in my opinion, too few celebrities take this responsibility seriously, which has corresponding negative effects for those who choose to adore them.
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