Sample essay – Convenience food

Sample IELTS Essay on Convenience food


Today, I am posting a simple essay on convenience food. I have marked several vocabulary. They all help the essay become coherent and more academic. Can you find which words help coherence and which are helpful for lexical resources?

Convenience food sample essay

Essay Convenience food – Image by Jantoo Cartoons

Sample IELTS Writing Task 2:

Write about the following topic:

Convenience foods will become increasingly prevalent and eventually replace traditional foods and traditional methods of food preparation.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Humans have developed many ways to enhance their comfort and improve their lifestyles. As a part of these efforts, convenience foods have now become the norm in many cultures. Although some people idealise traditional cooking practices and believe they will prevail indefinitely, demographic trends suggest that this is unlikely to be the case. In fact, there are a number of reasons why I believe that convenience foods are likely to grow in popularity.

The first reason is the decline in family size and the increase in single-adult households. In the past, families tended to be large and hence it made economic sense for one person to devote herself/himself to time-consuming domestic tasks such as growing and preparing food. Nowadays, people tend to live in even smaller family units. If each family were to spend large amounts of time growing and processing food, this would be a poor use of society’s human resource.

Another reason for possible popularity of pre-packed food is the increase in the number of adults, particularly women with children, who work in full-time employment. In the USA, for instance, working mothers significantly outnumber stay-at-home mothers. There is evidence that consumption of convenience foods rises with numbers of hours worked. As modern life increasingly demands that people are economically active, this trend is likely to continue.

Although many people still value conventional foods and methods of cooking, the trend towards smaller, dual-income households suggests that convenience foods are likely to continue to grow in demand and may very well eventually replace traditional methods of food production and preparation.


Can you identify the three types of vocabulary I have marked in the essay. They are related to topic, coherence and general lexical resource. The mix of these three results in impressive score for lexical resource and coherence.

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