IELTS Writing: Academic Writing Task 1

It is stated in the tasks' requirement that for IELTS Academic Writing Task 1, you should “summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.” So, all candidates should write a very good overview/summary paragraph in your answer. It’s ok if you put summary either in the end of your report or straight after the introduction.

In your summary, you should select and report the main feature, which means you don’t need give all information in the chart(s) and you also shouldn’t mention any detail, which belongs to the detail paragraphs.

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Academic IELTS Writing Task 1: two charts

It is stated in the Writing Task 1 Bandscore Descriptor that you should “clearly present a fully developed response” and “present, highlight and illustrate key features clearly and appropriately”. You also have to notice that in the task question, it is said “summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features”, which means you should have a really good overview or summary of the chart(s).

If there are more than one chart, then you should try to find the connections between them and “make comparisons where relevant”, because the examiner wants to see it.

Here is one academic IELTS Writing Task 1 that my students asked me last Sunday.

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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 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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