IELTS Writing Task 2 Vocabulary and Organisation

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IELTS Writing Task 2 Vocabulary and Organisation

An overview of IELTS writing task 2: Useful vocabulary and information

 by Derick Smyth

For writing Task 2, which is worth more than Task 1, you should spend about 40 minutes writing a 250 word essay. You will be given a contemporary social topic which you must respond to in a number of ways. 

Examples of IELTS task 2 question types:

  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages
  • Discuss both sides
  • Give a reason why you think the problem exists
  • Express your views about the issue
  • Say whether you agree or disagree
  • Decide which side of the argument you support

As always, first make sure to read the question carefully to identify every part. (If you do not address each part you will not get a good mark in this task.)

Example IELTS task 2 question:

In general, people do not talk to one another when using public transport. Why is this so, and what could be done to change this situation?

Next you should make a plan about what you will write and how you will arrange it. For example –  

  1. Identify a number of reasons
  2. decide which will be primary and which will be supporting ideas
  3. think about a number of possible solutions
  4. organise your paragraphs


This vocabulary will get you started but you must develop and expand on these structures and find a variety that you understand fully and can use confidently.

Giving your opinion

In my opinion… / My opinion is that… /

It would seem that…/ It appears that…

I somewhat agree / agree / strongly agree with the idea that…

I somewhat disagree / disagree / strongly disagree with the idea that…

I think / believe / feel that…

From my point of view / perspective…

Structuring your writing- Main points

First / First of all / Firstly…/ In the first place…

Initially…/ To begin with…/ To start with…

Some people believe that…/ Many people think that…

Structuring your writing – Supporting / contrasting points

Second / Second of all / Secondly… / In the second place…

Then… / Next… / After that…/

Besides… / Likewise… / In addition …

Consequently… / What’s more… / Furthermore… / Moreover…

On the other hand… / Apart from that… / Finally…

Concluding your writing

On balance, I believe….

In general / overall…it seems like / that

In summary…

My personal conclusion is…

As we have seen…

For more detailed information about paragraph 1 and how to approach it check out our post ‘IELTS Task 2: Discuss both sides and give your opinion

For structuring Task 2 check out our post here

And for more information and practice tests check out our top ten IELTS blogs.

Now it’s your turn… Try to use any of this vocabulary in a sentence and post it in the comments below. If you have any questions, please ask us in the comments section.

Post by Derick Smith

IELTS Dublin

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