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Writing Options

Writing options

There are several different writing parts to learn as you don’t know what will come up in the exam. All are useful to improve a different aspect of English in the academic world.

 

Task 1 (Academic IELTS only)

The general principle is that you need to describe one or more diagrams, highlighting the main points concisely and clearly as though the person reading it can’t see the diagram but can still understand what is there.

I divide the different types of diagram into 6 different groups.

 

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Trend diagrams

We would look at:
• the special vocabulary and tenses for describing trends
• different diagrams you might see
• how to choose the most important pieces of information
• how to start and finish
• how to structure the information in a Western mind-set

 

 

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Fixed-time diagrams

We would look at:
• the special vocabulary and tenses for describing fixed-time information
• different diagrams you might see
• how to choose the most important pieces of information
• how to start and finish
• how to structure the information in a Western mind-set

 

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Multiple diagrams

We would look at:
• how to tackle multiple diagrams
• how to structure your answer in a Western mind-set
• how to start and finish
• practice planning
• review vocabulary from time and fixed-time diagrams

 

 

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Process diagrams

We would look at:
• the special vocabulary and tenses for describing a process
• different diagrams you might see
• how to choose the most important pieces of information
• how to start and finish
• how to structure the information in a Western mind-set

Lower levels may need more than 1 hour to cover all the material well

 

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Maps

We would look at:
• the special vocabulary and tenses for describing maps
• different diagrams you might see
• how to choose the most important pieces of information
• how to start and finish
• how to structure the information in a Western mind-set

 

Lower levels will need at least 2 hours to cover all the material

Hour 1 to look at changes to maps

Hour 2 to look at how to suggestion options for a map

 

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Illustrations

We would look at:
• the special vocabulary and tenses for describing illustrations
• different diagrams you might see
• how to choose the most important pieces of information
• how to start and finish
• how to structure the information in a Western mind-set

 

 

Each has their own particular approach and vocabulary. I recommend feeling comfortable with each one as you can never tell what might come up in the exam.

To book a Task 1 Writing Skype or QQ lesson, click here or writing correction only, click here.

 

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Task 1 Letters (General IELTS exam only)

We would look at:

  • How to structure a letter
  • How to include the information asked for in the questions
  • Differences in writing styles between formal and informal letters

You may need a couple of classes to help with practicing different letters.

 

 

Task 2 (relevant for both Academic and General IELTS)

Here you are asked to write an essay about a topic and usually give your opinion too. It needs to stay on the topic, present the ideas in a way the Western mind-set works i.e. to ‘flow’ and to give strong reasons for your answer. There is no right or wrong answer as you are marked on how well you use your English to present the ideas.

I see there are 3 types of essay.

 

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A balanced argument essay

We would look at
• what is a balanced essay and how to recognise when you need to write one
• a suggested structure to use
• how to plan what to say
• how to express your points in a Western way

If you are a band 4-5 I suggest

Part A (1hour)

Focusing on sentence function and paragraph structure

Part B (1hour)

How to find reasons, plan and structure the essay

If you are Band 6-7 you may or may not want help with paragraph structuring. Just tell me if you do.

 

An opinion essay

We would look at
• what is an opinion essay and how to recognise when you need to write one
• a suggested structure to use
• how to plan what to say
• how to express your points in a Western way

 

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A problem/solutions essay

We would look at
• what is a problem/solution essay and how to recognise when you need to write one
• a suggested structure to use
• how to plan what to say
• how to express your points in a Western way

 

While each of these is at least one lesson on its own, we would review and compare each type of essay so it is clear when and how to write each one.

To book a Task 2 Writing Skype or QQ class, click here, or for writing correction only, click here.