IELTS Task 1 Writing – Foreign Language
You should spend about 20 minutes on this IELTS Writing Task 1.
The chart shows men and women proficient in a foreign language in several countries. Describe the main features and make comparisons where relevant.
You should write at least 150 words.
This bar chart illustrates the percentage of males and females who are fluent in a foreign language in six countries, Thailand, Romania, China, Vietnam, Russia, and India. The y-axis indicates the percentages from zero to 70% with intervals of 7%.
Immediately, it is noticeable that a greater percentage of women speak a foreign language in all countries except for Thailand. As well, India and Romania have the highest total percentage of foreign language speakers.
Looking at the data in greater detail, the biggest gap in foreign language ability between males and females is in Romania where roughly 20% more women speak a second or third language than men. In contrast, 5% more males in Thailand speak another language than women. Furthermore, the highest overall percentage of foreign language speakers is in India with 56% of men and 69% of women being able to speak in multiple languages. Following India and Romania, Vietnam has the third highest percentage of foreign language speakers at just over half of the population for females and over a third for males. In Russia, sightly less percent of men and women speak a foreign language as in Vietnam. Finally, the lowest percentage of foreign language speakers are in China.
In summary, there is a wide range in the percent of people speaking a foreign language depending on nationality, and women are generally more than men.