September 2017 - Brainstorming and Planning an Essay
by IELTS buddy
I sent you an essay question last Friday and asked you to come up with a plan to answer the question.
This was the essay question:
The best way to understand other cultures is to work for a multinational organisation.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
With a question like this you could choose to:
- partially agree / disagree.
If you completely agree, you could just set out the reasons why, without mentioning the other ways of understanding cultures (probably the easiest way to answer it).
Disagree or Partially Agree / Disagree
If you completely disagree or partly agree or disagree, what you MUST
still do is talk about how people can (or can't) understand cultures through working in a multinational organization.
If you said you disagreed and then just explained the other ways you can learn about cultures (for example through travelling or reading) without discussing the ways culture can or cannot be understood by working in a multinational company, then your answer could be viewed as being incomplete.
Understanding cultures through working in a multinational organisation is what the question is about, so you should talk about it in at least one body paragraph.
For instance, someone posted this plan:Opinion:
Disagree: cannot learn anything because we go there to work not to learn.
- best way to understand:
- Can look information online such as Google.
- Make friend from country you want to learn their
culture through social network.
- Read book about it; watch travel channel.
This plan appears as if the person is just going to give the opinion that they disagree, then suggest better ways. This would not work well.
This is not the only way, but this is my plan:Opinion:
It is not the best way to understand other culturesBody Para 1:
Reasons it can be a good way
Body Para 2:
- Mixing with other people
- Learning the language
- Getting posted abroad
Reasons it not necessarily the best way
- May not mix with other cultures in a multinational organization
- There are other ways – travelling or working for voluntary organisation
Conclusion: It could be a good way, but not necessarily the best.
So in this essay, the first body paragraph discussed the reasons why working in a multinational organisation is a good way to understand other cultures.
The second body paragraph discusses why it is not necessarily the best way.
Now, check out a model answer for this plan:
Essay on Multinational Organisations and Culture