Writing good body paragraphs for IELTS Task 2

Writing good body paragraphs for IELTS Task 2

Writing good body paragraphs for IELTS Task 2

In Task II, your essay should be composed of three distinct sections: the introduction, the body and the conclusion. On this page, we will look at writing a body paragraph.

Here is an example of a good body paragraph:

On one hand, there is a clear correlation between the availability of guns and the number of deaths or serious incidents they cause. Arguably these incident are not always intentional, they they occur nonetheless. In America, for example, it is a relatively simple process to acquire a firearm, and as a result the country suffers from one of the highest rate of gun related mortality in the western world.

The three parts of a good IELTS paragraph

A good body paragraph should have three parts: the topic sentence, the development and the example. In the paragraph above, this can be broken down like this.

The topic sentence On one hand, there is a clear correlation between the availability of guns and the number of deaths or serious incidents they cause.
The development Arguably these incidents are not always intentional but they occur nonetheless.
The example In America, for example, it is a relatively simple process to acquire a firearm, and as a result the country suffers from one of the highest rate of gun related mortality in the western world.

The topic sentence

Start by telling the examiner exactly what the paragraph is about. This should be the main argument of your paragraph. By reading the first sentence of each of your body paragraphs, the examiner should be able to see exactly what points your essay is making.

Practice by reading the paragraph below and deciding which topic sentence is most appropriate.

  1. It is important to analyse why stress has become so common.
  2. It is important to remember that there are positive and negative aspects to stress.
  3. The problems of stress are not particularly widespread; they mostly concern people in the workplace.

________________________________________. On the one hand, it is commonly linked with medical problems such as headaches and heart problems. It causes sufferers to become both less productive in the workplace and less sociable in their private lives. On the other hand, stress is a natural warning sign, telling us that we are in danger of overtaxing ourselves and giving us the opportunity to slow down. The combination of overwork, lack of relaxation and poor diet are all contributory factors.

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The paragraph refers to positive and negative points, so topic sentence B is best.

Practice creating a paragraph

Now practice putting together a paragraph. Put the sentences below in the correct order to create a complete body paragraph.

  1. There are also options for those who do not want to spend too much.
  2. Equipment, from rowing machines to workout videos, is readily available for those wishing to create their own home gym.
  3. This means that even people with limited time, such as those who work long hours, should still be able to find the opportunity to exercise regularly.
  4. Reasonable membership costs for local gyms and clubs provide ample opportunity for the amateur interested in a little exercise.
  5. These days, there are many ways to keep fit.
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These days, there are many ways to keep fit. Equipment, from rowing machines to workout videos, is readily available for those wishing to create their own home gym. There are also options for those who do not want to spend too much. Reasonable membership costs for local gyms and clubs provide ample opportunity for the amateur interested in a little exercise. This means that even people with limited time, such as those who work long hours, should still be able to find the opportunity to exercise regularly.


Tips and hints for writing a body paragraph for Task II

It is important to know what your paragraph will be about before you start to write, so a good body paragraph always starts with planning. Make a quick note on the question paper about the topic sentence, the development and the example(s) you will use before you start to write!

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