TOEFL Essay Topic 163 - Is the ability to read and write more important today than in the past? Why or why not? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
With respect to the question that the ability to read and write is more important today than that in the
With respect to the question that the ability to read and write is more important today than that in the past. Different people maybe have different answers. I think the ability to read and write is more important today than in the past. In the point of my views, there are many reasons for that. I would explore three most important reasons here.
Above all, people use indirect communication, not face-to-face, for example email, today more often than in the past. Professor always send references and materials, sometimes even feedback to your term paper by email. That means you should have enough ability to read in order to understand the documents and the professor`s requirement to your term paper. Otherwise, you can not get the points and can not get the high score. Meanwhile, it is obvious that you need the ability to write in order to communicate others and finish your works well.
Secondly, we face more and more files today than in the past. For example, nowaday, you need read and understand many articles when you open an account in bank, and you need write an application and sign for getting mortgage loan. It will be difficult for you to make yourself understood, even misunderstood if you have not the good ability to read and write.
I think there also is another reason of the importance of the ability to read and write today. That is the necessity of getting a job. As we all known, there are more intensive competitions in the job market today than in the past. Employers ask more and higher ability of reading and writing to employees. Employees are asked to be able to read the manuals of machines and can write a report if there happens a problem in the assembly line.
From the discussions above, we can get the conclusion that the ability to read and write is more important today than in the past if you want to do well in the modern society.