编辑： 天下知教育小编 发布日期： 2021-01-27
When people learn a foreign language, the four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are equally important. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
In the attempt to learn a foreign language, it is often thought that equal attention should be given to each of the four areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing（复述题目）. While each of these skills is certainly important to the overall use and comprehension of a language, I do not think they have equal significance. Listening, speaking, and reading are arguably more applicable to the practical use of a foreign language than writing（主题陈述）.
Assuming the purpose of learning a foreign language is to gain the most effective use from it, one must consider the most common situations in which the language will be used. For instance, ordering food, asking for directions, and shopping all require verbal communication. The ability to read menus, signs, and product descriptions are also necessary for these activities. Therefore, speaking and reading are language skills which a person cannot survive without, whereas one can get by without being able to write.（理由一）
Furthermore, in the example of travelling abroad, being able to listen to and understand what is being said in one’s vicinity is also an important survival language skill. My personal experience aptly illustrates the point. After I travelled to Japan with my wife on our honeymoon, my ability to understand basic Japanese saved us from a few predicaments. The most memorable one was taking the subway, which can be extremely complicated in Japan, as multiple routes will run off the same track at one platform. My wife and I were getting a drink at a vending machine when I overheard an announcement that our train was arriving; had I not practiced my Japanese listening skill we may have missed that train and would have had to wait nearly an hour for the next one. Thus, along with speaking and reading, listening is also a language skill which is more important than writing.（理由二）
This is not to say that writing is a useless language skill. On the contrary, if people spend an extended period in a foreign country, they will eventually face situations in which they must write. For example, in any professional setting, there are various documents which must be completed, so to hold a job in any decent position, one must learn to write in the language of the country where they are living. Additionally, official documents, such as residency paperwork and medical forms must be filled out and lacking the ability to write can lead to serious limitations in these scenarios. However, for the average person learning a foreign language, the situations in which writing the language being learned are likely to be few and far between. Thus, speaking, listening, and reading are more important.（让步与反驳）
Learning a foreign language can be rewarding for a student, but priority must be given to the language skills which are more useful. They involve the speaking, listening, and reading aspects of a language rather than that of writing.（结论）