9 2月 2020


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As part of education, students should spend a period of time studying and living in a different county to learn language and culture. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


There is a common situation raised in today’s society that many students go abroad to pursue the further education; gradually, along the increasing attention of the overseas study, some people think it is necessary to separate a part of school time to go to another country to learn the language and culture. In my opinion, what we should consider is not only the benefits, but also the difficulties and drawbacks impacting on our young generation.

The reasons for this trend may involve the recognition that students who study in the mother land is restricted in terms of general knowledge and experience of the world. By contrast, those who have spent some time earning a living or traveling to other places, have a broader view of life and better personal resources, like language and culture, to draw on. They tend to be more independent, which is a very important factor in academic study and research, as well as giving them an advantage in terms of mastering a language faster and understanding the diversity of culture.

However, there are certain dangers at that important school age. Young adults may end up never returning to and readapting to their countries’ education. Compared with the education system in China, students would suffer huge differences in adapting a new one, but with the limited time, it is hard for those immature adolescents to reach the criteria; although they can achieve the academic purpose, they have to come back to the former system, which means they have to adjust the thoughts and habits several times in a shorts time. Meanwhile, the high cost of studying overseas cannot be ignored, for most families which is unaffordable.

In conclusion, studying abroad could be encouraged, on condition that the family and the students can meet the requirements both mentally and financially; otherwise, it should not be included into the compulsory education but as a choice that people can choose.