IELTS Writing: Introduction

When you read the IELTS Writing Task 2 question, you need read it very carefully in order to see exactly what it asks you. Very often there will be more than 1 part to the task; sometimes even 3 or 4 parts. When you produce your answer you must answer all the different parts of the question. How much you produce on each part depends on how important you think it is. I would recommend you could just simply give an equal consideration about all questions.

In your introduction, you need to show examiner that you understand and fully understood the question(s). You also need to give a clear and accurate writing purpose. If the task asks for your opinion, then you must give a clear position in the introduction as well.

Have a look at the two introductions that my students’ done. Can you find what’s wrong with their introductions?

Some people think that parents should teach children how to be good members of society. Others, however, believe that school is the place to learn this. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
Student’s introduction:
Many young families choose give own education for their children, and this can only beneficial for both the individual and society as a whole. However, I disagree that we should keep all children learning from their own families.

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IELTS Listening: Map

You will hear a presenter giving information about the site of an art and music festival.
Listen to the directions and match the places in questions 1-3 to the appropriate letters A – G on the map. There is an example which has been done for you.

ExampleMain Stage        Answer : A

1. First Aid Post       ________
2. Public Telephones   ________
3. Security Post       ________
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1. E
2. D
3. B


Good Afternoon, I'd just like to make a few announcements before the first performances begin at this year's Hetherington Art and Music Festival.
Firstly, a short guide to some of the more important places on the site. There are three stages. Stage 1 is the main stage and is where I am speaking from now. Stages 2 and 3 are opposite each other to the left and right of the main stage. The first aid post is located directly behind me and to the northeast of the main stage. The organiser's office is next to the rear entrance and this is where lost children can be reunited with their parents. In front of this office you will find ten public telephones. These telephones can only be used to telephone out; they will not receive incoming calls. Toilets are to be found in all four corners of the stadium site. If you lose anything you should make a report at the security post next to stage 2. Remember to visit the souvenir stalls in the car park in front of the main entrance to the stadium.

IELTS Writing: Telecommuting

More and more companies are allowing employees to work at home . Do you think this is a positive or negative development?

And here are some useful ideas about the pros and cons.

Negative sides

Telecommuting can increase employee satisfaction and save your company money on utilities. It is not a perfect solution, however: Although telecommuters may be happier, the process can negatively impact the company. As you consider whether or not to allow your staff to work from outside the office, consider the potential negative impacts to determine whether they outweigh the benefits.

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IELTS Listening: Multiple Choice – Step by Step

You do not have much time to read the multiple choice questions in the IELTS Listening Test booklet before the passage begins. Therefore, decide which parts of the question task to read first.

Before you listen:
 • You need to understand what the topic of the talk or conversation is about so that you can predict what ideas and words you might hear. Therefore, read the instructions first.
 • Once you have read the instructions, do not forget to look at the example if there is one.
 • Next, you should read the first question and all the possible answer choices to that question. By doing this, you will be prepared for the first question when the passage begins. Note that you do not know how much time you have before the passage begins.
 • Circle any keywords/phrases in the question and possible answer choices that you feel might help you in listening for the answer.
 • Make sure that the keywords/phrases refer to the specific topic of the question.
 • Then, you should at least read the other questions for keywords before you read any of the possible answer choices to those questions. This will further assist you with predicting and prepare you to move on to the next question as the questions change.
 • Be ready to give answer to the first question as soon as the passage begins. Sometimes the answer to the first question is given in the speaker’s very first sentence.

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