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    dissusion or exposition

    In the following, there are two texts, can you tell me the form of the following text?

    Text A

    Should children’s TV programmes be taken off air?

    1.Nearly every household in Britain has the familiar television set. Almost every boy and girl has watched a programme specially designed for children. However, the question of whether children’s TV programmes are beneficial is open to debate. In this essay, the educational, social and economic factors relating to children’s TV programmes are considered.

    2.First, television has been an endless source of education for both young and old. Sesame Street, which is for younger children, has helped many of them to acquire general knowledge skills such as using the alphabet and solving basic maths problems. It has also increased the variety of vocabulary that they use.

    3.From a social perspective, however, children’s TV can be seen as exerting a negative influence. The programme, Grange Hill, for example, features swearing and stealing and the violent scenes it depicts could make children think it is necessary and normal to fight. Fighting could lead to accidents.

    4.In addition, children can become addicted to television causing them to lead an unhealthy lifestyle in which they develop a lazy attitude to life. It can also be argued that an excess of TV viewing blocks children’s imagination.

    5.On the other hand, shared viewing of television programmes can generate conversation among those who have watched the same programmes. Strong opinions and stimulating discussion may result.

    6.An important economic factor that needs to be considered when assessing the benefits of children’s TV is the fact that it is a source of employment. It provides work for adults and children alike. In addition children can improve their acting skills by featuring on programmes.

    7.Finally, another strong argument in favour of children’s TV programmes is that their absence could lead to children watching unsuitable adult TV which may show considerable swearing and violence.

    In conclusion, it is clear that although there are several social resons for assessing children’s TV as having a negative influence, there are many more educational and economic arguments for why children’s TV should be maintained.

    Text B

    All children watch TV but maybe it’s not such a good thing.

    2.On one hand, television can teach you lots of things, like the alphabet and maths. Sesame Street is really popular and there are lots of other programmes which I think are good and you can learn things from them.

    3.Nevertheless, children’s TV makes kids think it’s cool to swear and fight, which leads to accidents from them fighting.

    4.Nonetheless, children become addicted to the television. They stay inside all day which is just lazy and unhealthy. This makes children overweight.

    5.Watching too many cartoons can block children’s imagination and when writing stories children get ideas from programmes which also block imagination.

    6.However, we might start watching unsuitable adult TV if there was no more kids TV. This could show swearing and other things of that sort.

    7.On the other hand, television is a great source of employment. It provides work for everyone. In addition children can improve acting skills and adults can work but have fun too.

    8.However, television is also a social thing. People talk about programmes the next day with friends and I like seeing what my friends think about things. And having discussions improves skills in school.

    9.In conclusion, many people will have their say as there are plenty of arguments on both sides.

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    Re: dissusion or exposition

    Where both sides are given, I'd say it was a discussion.


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