July 21, 2024
Chicago 12, Melborne City, USA

IELTS Essay: Communication between Young and Old People

In some places, young people find it difficult to communicate with older people.

Why is this?

What are the solutions?


1. In many countries, there is a communication rift between the older and younger generations. 2. This is a natural phenomenon and the solution is for both sides to compromise.

  1. Paraphrase the overall essay topic.
  2. Clearly answer both questions.

1. The old and young often cannot communicate well because of major differences in perspective. 2. It is natural that older people will have a more mature outlook and younger people be more radical in their views. 3. A good example of this would be in Vietnam where the older generation holds very conservative, traditional views related to familial structures, careers, and social values that conflict with the more modern, progressive positions of the younger generation. 4. Young people have heard the traditional arguments for years and want to rebel, often out of naivety. 5. Older people have the benefit of experience and and feel young people should follow their advice. 6. This basic antagonism underlies poor communication between the generations.

  1. Write a clear topic sentence with your main idea at the end.
  2. Develop your main idea.
  3. Give a specific example.
  4. Develop the example.
  5. Continue developing it and don’t switch to a new main idea.
  6. Conclude the paragraph.

1. The best solutions all rely on compromise. 2. Young people ought to accept that their lack of life experience puts them at a disadvantage in understanding the world. 3. Many of their opinions are premature and will evolve over time. 4. This implies that they should make greater efforts to understand the counsel of their elders. 5. Their elders, in turn, must realise that their experiences are a small sample size from a unique time period. 6. If, for example, they had to struggle to earn a living and raise a family, they must concede this only a single instance that cannot be simplistically generalised. 7. Moreover, times have changed and what was sound advice in the past, may be largely irrelevant today.

  1. Write another topic sentence with a clear main idea at the end.
  2. Explain your main idea or begin talking about your first solution.
  3. Vary your long and short sentences.
  4. Draw conclusions from your examples.
  5. Switch to your other solution.
  6. Develop your solution.
  7. Finish developing it fully.

1. In conclusion, the old and young are in different life stages and naturally have contrasting mindsets and the best solutions require a self-reflective modesty from both demographics. 2. In this way, they will be able to learn more from each other.

  1. Summarise your main ideas and repeat your answers.
  2. Add a final thought/detail.