Reported Essay Question Jan 10

Here is an IELTS writing task 2 essay question which was reported in the test on Saturday. Below are some ideas for your answer.

In some countries, fast food restaurants and companies give money to schools provided that the schools promote their products to school children.

What do you think is the positive and negative of this in the development of children?

Positive Effects

  • children benefit from the additional resources and facilities that schools can afford due to the funding from companies
  • children can learn the value of money in order to buy the products being promoted
    • learning to manage money is a useful life skill
    • children learn to be selective about what they buy

Negative Effects

  • promoting companies such as fast food restaurants encourages a poor diet
    • poor diets, which include high quantities of salt and sugar, can be harmful to a child’s health
    • this sets children up to be unhealthy adults which can be expensive for the state in the long run
  • advertising and promoting to children can be exploitative and unethical
    • they are easily influenced
    • they are not able to criticise or form their own opinion
    • this form of advertising is aimed at the parents through their children
    • children are unable to distinguish what is promotional and what is educational


  1. Hey Liz,
    I hope all is good at your end. I’d be thankful if you could help clarify a confusion that I am stuck with. Do we have to write thesis statement in the introductory paragraph of all the different types of essays. Also if you have made a video as to how different essay types should be attempted, I would love to get its link from you.

    Kindly reply as soon as convenient as the date is approaching!

    Many thanks!

  2. Adeola Oladunmade says

    Hi Liz
    your lesson is very helpful thanks

  3. Your lessons are really helpful.

  4. Thank you so much Dear teacher!

  5. Hi Liz…
    You are an amazing educator. I truly consider you as an extremely supportive person.I learned an organized and well structured language with the help of your informative website.Hope to get the required band soon as my exam is on 13th October.

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  6. Hi Liz.

    I just wanted to show appreciation and say thank you a lot for this amazing efforts and brining up the opportunity for people tp learn more.

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  7. It is really helpful website for student attending IELTS.Thanks Liz .

  8. Liz, Hi!!!.
    I want to ask you about this essay (when the question contains “……. is the positive and negative……….”.
    it would be posible, if you give us an example of the essay???

    Thank you!!..

  9. Hi dear Liz,
    Thanks for your site. You are so kind to help us.

    I have a question regarding to “positive and negative” questions.
    I have read 2 essays in your site which answer to this type of question and have understood that if the instruction says ” Is this a positive or negative development?” we choose one side (positive) and write about it throughout the essay as well as giving our opinion without mentioning the second side (negative)
    However, If the instruction says ” What do you think is the positive and negative of this in the development of children” then we write about both positive and negative impacts of this on the development of children.
    Please, can you correct my understanding if I am mistaken.
    Thanks in advance.

    • If it says “what is X and Y”, you write both because there is the word “and”. If it says “do you think X or Y”, it is asking you to choose one. Just follow the instructions.

  10. Maman Saputra says

    There is my written. You cann corret and comment for my written.

    Nowadays, there are so many food restaurants and companies. They always expand their products to all sector, included school children. They give money to shool provided it.

    There are some positive argument for the topic. The schools can to get money from the restaurants and companies. Those money can be used to schools program development for the children. Beside that, the cooperation between school and the restaurants or companies will be better for the next other activities. In addition, the children easier to get all products from the restaurants and companies, don’t need go out from their schools.

    On the contrary, there are so many negative argument for those topic. The children can always use and consume the products. This is on of the risk factor for children health. Because the fast food is not very good for consumed every time. Moreover, the collaboration from the schools and the restaurants or companies can abused by both to get more advantages only, without pay attention to the children.

    In summary, the restaurants or companies must not only promote their products, but also give other useful for the children. The schools must be proffesional on the network linking with other site.

  11. Dear Liz,

    I’m wondering for this type of essay question, should we take it as advantage and disadvantage essay? I purchased the advanced lesson for task 2, but this type of question is not included.

  12. I appreciate your efforts Liz. Best information is provided by you . Awesome work . 👍🏻😀😀😀

  13. hi dear liz
    I am pleasure to become familiar with you .
    thank you most kindly

  14. I think we have to write both positive and negative as the word is “and” not an “or”.

    We have to write what are the positives we think and what are negatives we think.

    I’m still looking for a better explanation!


  15. hello
    i never try to make my prah attractive i never use too complicated words
    i want to know from u this is wrong way to write the passage or not will i not able to get good band score when i write in a simple way

  16. Great points Liz!

  17. Ana Gabriela says

    Hey Liz,

    Lets say I coudn’t find any positive points. In this kind of question do I NEED to describe positive and negatives or can I just describe negatives and why I dont think theres any positive side?

    Thanks! 🙂

  18. dear Liz,
    Why did you write a child’s health , health is not a countable name , I’m a little bit confused.


  19. Marine Thomas says

    Hi Liz
    Recently only I noticed your link related to ielts. It’s very useful for me. Thank you very much

    • You’re welcome. I’m sure you’ll find some useful pages and don’t forget to check my youtube channel as well.

  20. Hetal Patel says

    Hi liz….
    I have written essay here. Can you please review it n help me to know that at what level am now. Thank u so much.

    In some countries, fast food restaurants and companies give money to schools provided that the schools promote their products to school children.
    What do you think is the positive and negative of this in the development of children?

    In today’s competitive world, each and every business keeps try to maintain their position at first level by advertising or by making promotions of their products. for that, some of them funding money to schools and likewise, every coin has two sides, there are some advantages and also disadvantages of doing this.

    On the one hand , the money provided to the schools can be used for improving educational standards, in other meanings, more equipment and necessary study materials can be granted to children. Moreover, children understands the value of money. Also, some of the children who are financially not able to afford essential things required for study that can be fulfilled by these types of organization.

    On the other hand, the way which is implemented by many companies, which involves children is unethical. For example, children are very younger at their age that they have not sufficient knowledge to distinguish between right and wrong. So they just follow the actions which are being told to them to do. And it might happen that it provokes them towards bad impacts unknowingly. Furthermore, foods which are provided to them that may leads to poor health as they have lost quality while preparing them very tasty by adding more salt and spices that can be scathing for nation in a long run.
    To conclude, I believe that it is good that fast-food restaurants and companies provide money to schools but they should not insist children to promote their products too. children are very innocent and one should not use them for their own benefits.

  21. Hetal Patel says

    Hi Liz…
    My name is Hetal n I have recently started to read watch your tutorials. They are really very helpful in improving my english language..
    Thank you so much….

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