IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic: Compliments and punishment
- Do people in your country like to give other people compliments?
Generally no. I don’t think people are good at giving praise or expressing love, but we often show that in the way we treat others. Some people are just mean and never want others to be better than them so obviously they would never give a compliment.
- Do you think children need encouragement?
Of course. Everyone, not just children, needs encouragement in order to become better. However, children in particular need encouragement most, because they are most vulnerable and insecure. Continued reassurance is very necessary to give children confidence and motivate them to realise their potential.
- Is it necessary to punish children?
Yes, when they make mistakes. Punishment would make them learn a lesson and refrain from making the same mistake again. But I think the punishment has to be related to the mistake in some way in order to be effective. For example, if a child steals money then he should have his pocket money taken away for some time. At the same time, rewards are also needed if a child does something good, like having a good grade or helping somebody.
- Do adults need feedback on their work?
Everyone needs feedback on their work in order to improve. We always need different perspectives to perfect even one small piece of work. However, too much feedback may be counterproductive as you don’t know who to listen to. It is therefore important that you only ask for feedback from trustworthy and reliable people.
- Which one do you think is more important? Encouragement or punishment?
Both are equally important I guess. Punishment makes a child learn a lesson and prevent them from making the same mistake. Encouragement rewards a child for good behaviour and motivates them to keep up the good work.