You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The pie graphs below show the result of a survey of children's activities. The first graph shows the cultural and leisure activities that boys participate in, whereas the second graph shows the activities in which the girls participate.
Write a report describing the information shown in the two pie graphs.
Write at least 150 words
The pie charts illustrates the results of a survey result which compares the type of cultural and free-time activities boys and girls participate in. Overall, boys generally prefer playing computer games, and outdoor sports while girls mostly took part in dancing, gymnastics and reading.
Beginning with boys, more than one-third , at 34% play computer games while just over 25% play basketball. Soccer was the third most popular pastime with approximately 17%followed byone in ten boys skateboarding. Playing games , both indoors and outdoors was most prevalent among boys.Reading among boys was the least popular as only 2% of them took part in this activity.
Moving to the girls’ activities, playing computer games is not as popular among girls as it is among boys with less than half taking part (16%) compared to boys. The most favoured pursuits for girls are dancing with the largest percentage at 27%. This was followed closely with reading (more than one-fifth are active readers).
Among sports , gymnastics and netballs are common among females as 11% and 15% participate in these two respectively. Interestingly, the ratio of reading among girls is considerably higher than that of boys while listening to music is enjoyed by an equal percentage (10%) of boys and girls.
Task 2: Nowadays, international tourism is the biggest industry in the world. Unfortunately, international tourism creates tension rather than understanding between people from different cultures. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
The rise of the tourism industry and the numbers of people travelling to other countries for vacations has led to debate as to whether this is beneficial or detrimental in terms of people’s understanding of each other, and in particular, people from different cultures. I believe that there are problems which arise which I will examine in detail.
Many people argue that travel broadens the mind and helps us to grow. However, this statement does not fully hold water in every scenario of visiting a foreign country. First of all, spending a few weeks in another country is not long enough to gain a proper understanding of a different culture. A foreigner visiting Britain might be met with the traditional British reserve, and mistakenly conclude that these people are unfriendly. This would be the same for France where the average opinion is of a surly, cold shoulder experience. Furthermore, some people are unwilling to open their minds or accept certain customs or traditions. A Western traveller to an Arab country is unlikely to consider that the covering of women from head to toe with fabric is acceptable or the killing of animals for certain holidays is ethical. It can add to the tension when a westerner decides that this is wrong and looks to expose it to the masses on social media.
In addition to this, tourists in a foreign countries experience difficult situations that can lead to a dislike of the native people. Firstly, a foreigner is vulnerable, lacking in the language in most cases and dealing with culture shock more often than not get ripped off by locals. The language barrier leads to misunderstandings and overall an unwelcome experience. Thirdly, tourists are often hassled to buy goods, which can ruin a holiday with constant questions about services and products. People who want to go on holiday for some peace and quiet are therefore left with resentment towards the locals and the country in general.
This, of course, can also work the other way with locals feeling that their way of life is under threat as places become more westernised in an effort to attract tourists. The behaviour of tourists can also come under question with drunkenness and a lack of respect irritating the natives.
In conclusion, I would say that I largely agree with the argument that global tourism creates misunderstanding between people from different cultures and that the differences are often a cause for conflict rather than celebration.