It Is Generally Believed That Some

It is generally believed that some people are born with certain talents, for instance for sport or music, and others are not. However, it is sometimes claimed that any child can be taught to become a good sports person or musician.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

This essay question is from Cambridge IELTS 7 Test 1 Writing Task 2.

Sample Essay

Conventional wisdom says that some people have an innate ability in certain areas and others do not. However, this is sometimes challenged by the claim that, with training, any child can become good at certain things. I agree with the conventional wisdom because even though training helps a person improve, genes determine the highest point they can reach.

On the one hand, some people argue that education can make up for a lack of talent. It teaches children what they need to do to progress. With practice, they can improve a lot from where they started. However, I think education can only get a person so far. Even with great improvement, they may still lack the ability to reach the highest level.

On the other hand, conventional wisdom tells us that certain talents can only be inherited. Take for example Michael Phelps, the greatest Olympian of all time. His relatively long torso and short legs along with the wide shoulders and narrow hips allowed him to generate more powerful kicks, maintain better balance and create less resistance in the water than the average swimmer. This kind of body type is definitely not something one can attain through training. I agree with this argument because if the claim of coaching were true, swimmers who trained with Phelps under the same coach could have reached the same level of success as he did.

In conclusion, a person that lacks a certain gift can only go so far in that area even with the help of training. To become extremely good at something, native abilities are needed.

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How to Paraphrase “Talent”

  • Innate ability
  • Inborn ability
  • Native ability
  • Gift

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