Could you please make posts for how to brainstorm and planing essay for Writing task 2 ? – I see it is difficult for me, to plan the essay and write new ideas for the topic.
Hello Dear Liz,
I watched your online videos regarding the IELTS test and i really appreciate the knowledge delivered.
Can you please suggest me a topic for IELTS writting task 2 so that i will be able to write the essay and aim for comments from you.
Thank you so much
some times I confuse in detect the topic in opinion essay, for example in this question:
(Due to the development and rapid expansion of supermarkets in some countries, many small, local business are unable to compete. Some people think that the closure of local business will bring about the death of local communities.). I have confused if the topic is (inability of local business to compete) and other information is supporting or it is (closure of local business will bring about the death of local communities) , so how can I identify the main topic in such question ?
Thanks a bundle
Each time I look at and readsample answers of writing task 2 like this, I feel like in serious problems, because I don’t think I can write something so good like this. I see I need to learn, improve and practice a lot my English skills. 🙁
Absolutely not if you want band 9. You must use natural language, not phrases and sentences you have learned from an academic writing website or book. Never learn sentences to put in your essay. Each essay is written uniquely depending on the topic. Any learned sentences are not counted by IELTS. I strongly suggest you get at least one of my advanced lessons in writing task 2 so you understand not only the techniques but what IELTS is all about in terms of how it functions as a language test:
Thank you. Your explanation makes sense, however I do wonder why the other IELTS teacher would use passive type of answer in almost all of his training videos. Any idea? Here is one of his demonstration clips :
Am I missing something? All I want, is to learn, how to answer the essay question correctly, however learning from internet is difficult due to conflicting information (most of the time).
I find it more effective to write a problem and its relevant solution in the same paragraph rather then discussing all problems in one paragraph and all solutions in the second. However, both methods are correct and acceptable as per my knowledge.
So do you think this essay is worth 7.5?
I have had many IELTS teachers asking such questions to me in the past. The latter approach you mentioned is less direct. While this is a good approach for many academic essays and may draw the attention of the reader, it is unnecessary for IELTS. An IELTS introduction should serve two purposes, as you said, to introduce the essay question and present your position. Anything more is unnecessary. This is a short academic essay with a strict time limit. The main bulk of the points awarded in IELTS writing task 2 come from the body paragraphs so extending the introduction further is a waste of time and words.
When you use the passive, it is because the person doing the action is not so important in the sentence. However, your thesis statement is a direct answer to the essay question which is asking for your opinion. The most important thing is that you answer it directly by giving your direct opinion. So, using the passive to give your opinion is impossible. We use “It is agreed…” when we refer to other people, not when we are giving our own opinion.
All the best
“ever-increasing” means always growing. If you wrote your essay about a decreasing population it will affect you score for Task Response which relates to your ideas and answer. You could get a low score for that criterion. However, you might still do well in the other three criterion which could help. You must wait and see your result.
All the best
I don’t understand when i should present only my opinion and when to present both sides
For example in the above essay the questiom was ” to what extend do you agree?”
But the model answer he gave the point of view but also discussed both advantages and disadvantages.
You give as few or as many examples as you want. It is entirely your choice and doesn’t affect your score. Vocabulary should be appropriate. You should aim for accuracy rather than just trying to impress. Yes, you can use “I am convinced” but it won’t change your score unless all your essay contains the same level words.
All the best
I wrote your essay
And I realised that how much mistakes that I made in the past, now I will try to make ideas for essay. But I need your help to improve me. Because I have 1 month for my IELTS test.