You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
You are a member of your college/university library and have recently received an email from them asking you to return overdue books that you had actually never borrowed.
Write a letter to the librarian. In your letter:
- explain the situation
- say what you would like them to do
- ask if this problem will affect your library membership
You do NOT need to write any addresses.
Begin your letter as follows:
Write at least 150 words.
Dear Sir or Madam,
I have recently received a letter from you regarding the return of overdue items. However, it seems that an error may have occurred as the titles given in the letter are not books that I have had occasion to borrow.
I would like to ask you to double check your records as this may simply be a computer error; although the name and address are clearly mine, the membership number given at the top of the letter is not.
My concern at this point is whether this current issue will have any effect on my ability to borrow materials from the library or whether it will incur any kind of penalty.
As I am sure you can understand, this situation is a distraction from being able to devote myself to my studies, so I would appreciate a resolution to this as soon as possible.
James Mc Grath
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Internet access for minors can be dangerous.
Do you agree or disagree?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
You should write at least 250 words.
There is rising concern that being able to surf the World Wide Web poses significant risks to the younger generation, although there are a vast number of positive aspects, as will now be discussed.
In defence of unrestricted internet access, the use of technology as an education tool is undeniable. Through computers, children can be presented with interactive and dynamic learning environments in which play and education can coexist. There are many websites which cater for the younger surfer yet still have a strong educational focus.
In addition, in an age of increasing information technology, the ability to navigate methods of communication as found on the internet is now almost essential for future growth and professional development.
There are, of course, legitimate concerns about what children could potentially be exposed to on the internet. Certain sites show content not suitable for such viewers, and some material is too often freely available even accidentally. There are also more predatory dangers for younger children in chat rooms on online communication.
Not only this, but there are concerns that the sedentary nature of the internet does not motivate children to seek more traditional, healthier pastimes, and may also be adversely affecting their ability to socialise in face to face situation.
In sum, therefore, it is clear that there are advantages and concerns with regards internet access for younger users. The best course of action would seem to be allowing internet access to minors, but under controlled, supervised conditions and with a strict limit to the amount of time given.