IELTS Task 2 Discuss Both Sides
and Give Your Opinion
Paragraph 1 Structure
In Task 2, you are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The issues raised are of general interest to, suitable for and easily understood by test takers entering university or seeking employment. Responses to IELTS writing Task 2 should be written in an academic, semi-formal style (similar to how you would write in university).
Example IELTS writing task 2 question:
Discuss both views and give your opinion
- A) Paraphrase/ restructure the question
- B) Overview: state how the essay will be structured
A) In all IELTS writings the first sentence(s) should attempt to express the question in another way. This can be done by using synonyms (paraphrasing) or by restructuring the grammar of the sentences.
“Some people believe that taking the IELTS is a fair way to decide who can attend a university course.”
Example of paraphrasing: Many people think that sitting the IELTS exam is a reasonable way to determine who is able to take a third-level course in Dublin.
“Others believe it is not fair to stop people from attending a university course based on their level of English.”
Example of paraphrasing: Other people are of the opinion that it is unfair to block people taking part in a university course because of their English level.
“Some people believe that taking the IELTS is a fair way to decide who can attend a university course. Others believe it is not fair to stop people from attending a university course based on their level of English.” “Others believe it is not fair to stop people from attending a university course based on their level of English.”
Example of restructuring: It is commonly believed that taking an English exam should be used when assessing who can be accepted to university in Dublin. However, it is believed by others that it is unfair for someone to be stopped from attending university based on their level of English.
B) Example of an overview
In the following essay both sides of this argument will be examined and in the conclusion I will offer my opinion on the topic.
In all writing tasks, you can structure your introduction paragraph in the same way. In the next lesson, we will move on to looking at the main body of the essay.
IELTS Main Body 1
Lesson 2: Main body One (featured on A Blog on IELTS)
Thank you to Khuu Hoang Nhat Minh for posting part 2 of this post.
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