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英検1級エッセイ問題に挑戦!

2014年度1回(2014年6月実施)

● Write an essay on the given TOPIC covering three of the POINTS below.
● Structure: Three or more paragraphs, including an introduction and conclusion
● Length: Around 200 words
● Write your essay in the space provided on side B of your answer sheet. Any writing outside the space will not be graded.

TOPIC:Do the benefits of free trade outweigh the disadvantages?

POINTS:

MODEL ANSWER

  There are numerous debates about the pros and cons of free trade. If certain safeguards are in place to protect workers, I think the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.

   First, free trade should stimulate economic growth because new markets are opened. If it is easier to export and import, manufacturers will have access to more customers and retailers will have access to more goods that can be sold. To list just one example, Toyota would not be so profitable if the company was limited to the
domestic market.

   Of course consumer benefit as well. They will have access to a wider variety of products, often at ttractive prices. Yesterday I went grocery shopping and I purchased bananas from the Philippines, beef from Australia, olive oil from Italy and a few other imported products.

   Nevertheless, we shouldn’t ignore the negative side of free trade. Sometimes cheap imports hurt domestic companies and cause job losses. Here in Japan we also recognize that the TPP free trade system could hurt Japanese farmers. Efforts should be made to reduce the bad effects on workers and farmers.

   In conclusion, I argue that the benefits of free trade outweigh the disadvantages.

  (194 words)