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IELTS writing model answer

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 003

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 3

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You are temporarily moving to a new city for your job. You will be there for three months, and you would like to rent some accommodation for your stay.

Write to an accommodation rental office. In your letter

  • Tell them how long you are staying
  • Describe the type of accommodation you would like
  • Explain what facilities you will need nearby

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

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Dear…

Write at least 150 words.


IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 3Dear sir or madam,

I will be moving to Carrick for three months with a short term placement for my job, and am looking for a suitable place to rent for the period.

Ideally, I am looking for something with easy access to the motorways as I will be spending a great deal of time travelling to nearby cities. I am not particularly concerned with the particulars of the house itself as I will only need a bedroom and bathroom, and don’t anticipate spending much time in the kitchen.

I will, however, need internet access as I will be working at home on my computer and will need to be in touch with my head office throughout my stay.

I will also need to be within a reasonable distance from a shopping area, although it will only be for the essentials like bread and milk.

If you have anything you feel may be suitable, then I would be very interested to hear from you.

With regards,

P Smith

(167 words)

 

 

IELTS writing model answer

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 002

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 2

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 2You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You have seen an advertisement looking for volunteers to teach English overseas.

Write to the recruitment office. In your letter

  • Tell them where you saw the advertisement
  • Explain why you would like to go
  • Describe the skills that you have that you think would help

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear…

Write at least 150 words.


Dear sir or madam,

I am writing with regards the voluntary position advertised recently in The Herald newspaper, looking for people able and willing to teach overseas.

I have recently graduated from university and am looking for rewarding and fulfilling temporary work before I apply for positions related to my studies, and I think the vacancy you have would be ideal for me.

I feel that I would be able to contribute to the position as I have some teaching experience already and I am a native English speaker. I have also worked with various different levels and abilities of student so would have no difficulty adapting to the requirements of the job.

I would be very interested in putting my name forward, and would like some additional information regarding the role, specifically the exact dates and any additional costs that I may need to pay.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

J. Massey

(156 words)

 

IELTS writing model answer

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 001

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 1

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 1You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You were supposed to go on an interview in a few weeks, but you have since found out you cannot go on the date arranged.

Write a letter to the potential employer. In your letter

  • Tell them why you need to move the interview time
  • Ask to change the interview date
  • Explain that you are still interested in being interviewed for the job

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear…

Write at least 150 words.


Dear Mr Bromley,

I am writing in the hope that I am able to reschedule an upcoming interview I had organised for the 17th of next month. I had previously arranged this with your secretary and had verbally agreed the date, but a situation has arisen that means I would like to postpone.

I have been invited to attend my best friend’s wedding which unfortunately coincides with the date we had already established. I realise that this is not the most impressive start to my application to work with your company, but I have been asked to speak at the wedding and feel obliged to attend.

I am of course very interested in the position and feel that I can offer my skills and experience to the role, so I would be very grateful if we could set a new date that fits your schedule.

Once again, my apologies for the inconvenience and hope that we can reschedule.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Burnett

(162 words)

IELTS speaking practice test

IELTS speaking practice test 1

IELTS speaking practice test 1

IELTS speaking practice test 1

This section of the site is for you to try a complete IELTS speaking test. The timing of each section is automatic and follows the standard IELTS pattern. Ideally, we recommend speaking aloud when answering the questions and recording yourself, so you can play it back later and listen to your pronunciation, grammar and content.

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IELTS speaking practice test 1

Part 1


“Do you enjoy cooking?”

Show answer“Well, no, not really – I’ve never been very good at it. I don’t really have the patience for all the preparation that needs to be done, and I really don’t like the cleaning up afterwards. Occasionally, if I have friends coming over, I might make make a few simple dishes, but it seems to take me much longer than it does for other people. Most of my friends are much better in the kitchen, so I normally buy the ingredients and they do the cooking!”

“Do you prefer home cooked meals or fast food?”

Show answerHmm…that really depends on what mood I am in. If I have to get dinner, I often choose fast food, but I really enjoy eating a home cooked meal with vegetables. It’s much healthier, and you can easily get bored of fast food. There aren’t many different take away options near where I live, so after pizza, burgers or chips, the only other choice is home cooked food. I suppose one the main reasons I prefer food cooked at home is that it’s the only way to have the kind of traditional food I grew up with as a child.

“What would you typically eat for lunch? ”

Show answerWell, if I’m at work, I don’t have a lot of time so I might only have something quick like a sandwich or some noodles. Some days I might not even have anything for lunch – I know that’s not good for you, but there isn’t always the opportunity to sit down and have a break and something to eat. Weekends are different though – I like to have a large lunch and a smaller dinner, so I might go out and meet friends in a restaurant or get a take away. The only problem is that after eating a large lunch I often get tired in the afternoon and end up falling asleep!

“Let’s talk about photographs. Do you take many photographs?”

Show answerI used to have my camera with me most of the time, talking all kinds of photographs of the garden. the house – even the dog. But recently I haven’t really bothered. In fact, I can;pt remember the last time I took a photograph since I came back from holiday. I went to New Zealand for two weeks and took so many photographs! I like to keep all my pictures together in an album; it helps me remember what I did and where I was. I even have a photograph album I started when I was 12, although cameras have improved a lot since then!

“Do you enjoy looking at photographs?”

Show answerOh, yes – as I mentioned, I used to take a lot of photos to remind of places I’d been or things I’d seen, and it’s nice to look back through them every now and again. The only problem is I get bored looking at other people’s photographs. A friend of mine recently returned from a long holiday in Europe and brought back over one thousand photographs he had taken! Well, it took over an hour to look through them as he spent about five minutes on each one explaining where it was and who he was with. I was very interested in the beginning, but after about 20 minutes I wasn’t really concentrating. I think photographs are very personal and I don’t show anyone mine because they mean more to the person who took them than to anyone looking at them.

“Do you prefer photographs of people or places?”

Show answerErmm… I suppose that depends on who is in the photos. If it’s people I know, then I don’t mind looking at photographs of people, but I’m not that interested in seeing pictures of people I’ve never met. Generally, though, I’m much more interested in landscapes. They don’t have to be recognisable or historic places – just so long as they are a little artistic. Unfortunately, I’m not very good at taking any kind of photo, but a friend of mine takes excellent pictures of places. She took photographs of her grandmother’s house – it’s a small cottage in the country – and the angles she took the pictures from, as well as the sunlight and shadows, made the pictures really interesting. She’s actually entered a competition with those pictures, so I guess they must be good.

“When do you mostly take photographs?”

Show answerWell…I..I used to take photos all the time, but as I said, I don’t take as many these days. I suppose the two occasions where I still take pictures would be my holidays and special events, like my brother’s birthday party. A few months ago, a friend of mine got married and I must have spent half the day taking pictures of the bride and groom as well as the venue. I am planning to put the pictures into an album to give them for their first wedding anniversary.

“Now let’s talk about transport. Do you often use public transport?”

Show answerVery rarely – I live a little way out of the main routes to the city, so the public transport system isn’t really very convenient for me. The local council have a scheme where you drive to a large car park and the bus will take you the rest of the way into town – I think it’s called the ‘Park and Ride’ – but I haven’t used it yet. But it’s not only that public transport doesn’t really get near my home, it’s also so expensive. I know running your own car is not cheap, but for me to get to work and back using the bus would cost almost as much as using my own car, but without the convenience.

“Do you often walk anywhere?”

Show answerActually, I have recently started to walk a lot more than I used to. My nearest shop – it’s only a local convenience store but that’s where I do my basic shopping – is only about one kilometre away. I used to drive, but now I walk whenever it’s not raining just so I get some exercise. I have a dog, so he comes with me for the exercise too – I think it does both of us some good! Like most people, though, I could do with walking even more – perhaps as far as the town, although that’s over 5 kilometres.

“Have you ever been on a long journey?”

Show answerErr…yes, I have. I suppose my longest journey would be travelling to England to visit relatives last year. It’s a 14 hour flight from here, and it was the longest I have ever been on an aeroplane. The journey out was fine – I thought it would be quite boring, but it was one of the newer aircraft with a movies, television and computer games available, so there was lots to do. The return trip wasn’t so good though – there was a young child sitting in the row in front of me, and for most of the flight he was crying and screaming. I don’t suppose he was much older than three. So that wasn’t so good for me, although I did feel sorry for the parents – they look so tired by the time we landed!

“Do you prefer to travel alone or with other people?”

Show answerWell, there are benefits to both travelling with others and travelling solo. With other people around, the trip can be more fun, and you get to share experiences and talk about them with people that have seen and done what you have. On the other hand, I like the independence of travelling by myself. I choose when I stop, where I eat, where I go – and this is often better than having to get your travel companions to agree before you do anything. I guess the ideal way to travel would be with someone else who also likes to be independent sometimes, so you can travel together but also spend some time alone.

Part Two


Talk about a business you would like to start.
You should say

  • what it would be
  • where it would be
  • who your customers would be

You should also say why you would like to start this business.
Show answer“Well, I’ve never really thought about becoming self employed, but if I did run my own company I think it would be something in the healthcare industry. I think it could be rewarding to run a retirement home for the elderly. I’m a nurse, so it would be a good way for me to continue using my training. Ideally, it would be somewhere in the country – I don’t really like big cities, and a relaxed rural atmosphere would be good for the residents, I think. It would have to be quite near some facilities though – shops, a swimming pool, things like that. Oh, and there would have to some type of public transport nearby.
Um… of course, the people using the home would be elderly, at least 65 years old, but they wouldn’t have to be rich. I’d like to make the home profitable, but not be exploiting the residents and charging so much that only rich people can come. As I mentioned, my experience as a nurse would be valuable, but I’d also be interested in this because the elderly are very often overlooked here. In my culture, most families look after older relatives and retirement homes are very rare, although they are increasing. So if I was to run this kind of business I would try and make it as homely as possible so that people enjoy living there.”


Part Three


“What are the advantages and disadvantages of running your own business?”

Show answerWell, one of the main advantages would be the freedom that comes with being self employed. Choosing your own hours of work and the areas you will focus on would clearly have a great appeal to some. But then, of course, this has to be balanced with the consideration that you are never far from work when you are your own boss. The expectations are likely to be higher, and people often spend considerably more time on their business when they are self employed. The pressures are also different; an advantage of running your own business is that you are not pressured by peers or bosses to perform. This, of course, can also become a negative point if that means you are not driven to keep working.

“What makes a successful business person?”

Show answerHmm, that’s an interesting question. If you were to look at some of the world most successful business people – people like Richard Branson for example – I think there are a number of key elements that can be identified. They are entrepreneurial but also have the courage to follow an idea through, no matter how strange it may first seem. Of course, there is also the ability to make money, but successful can also be other means, not just the financial profit. Bill Gates, though apparently ruthless in business, is very generous in charity. Richard Branson has regular parties for all his staff and welcomes them personally to his mansion. To my mind, this is what makes success.

“Do you think technology will affect the way we do business?”

Show answerOh definitely. In fact, I think technology has been affecting the way we interact in business for quite some time. Consider the use of video phones in conference calls and emails for communication and placing orders. As another example, courier companies can send a package from one continent to another and see not only the exact moment it was delivered, but also who signed for the package. Technology will continue to affect the way we do business as confidence increases with regards purchasing online. Over recent years, secure payments made on a website have allowed business to be transacted not only in the volume of sales and business done, but also in the markets now reached. Technology has made it cost effective to sell a single product to a customer thousands of miles away. Technology has also allowed us to present our product more visually – in the days of print media only, a black and white photograph was the most common method of promoting goods and services , but now we have websites, flash media, social networking sites likes Facebook and Youtube and many other platforms for people to promote their business.

“What makes a good employer?”

Show answerI think one of the fundamental aspects of being a good employer would be the ability to motivate people, to get the best out of those that work for you. I think a large part of that would be recruiting the right kind of employee, choosing people that you think will fit well in the team but also be able to use their own initiative. In my experience, one of the worst kinds of employer are those that micromanage – they can’t leave you alone to complete a task without looking over your shoulder This leads to people not being able to take pride in what they do, and in many cases leads to a high staff turnover.

“Do you think life would be better if we all worked less?”

Show answerOh yes, definitely. I mean, although many people may enjoy their work, I think it is important to maintain perspective – that you work to live, not live to work. You are lucky if you find and can keep a job you enjoy doing; but even so, it should not interfere with the more important aspects in life – family, relationships, friendships. If the working week was reduced from 5 days down to say, three, or even four days, people would find time to do more of the things they often think about doing but don’t get round to. I think most people – well, certainly me – would get out more if I could have three days away from work rather than just the weekend. Look how excited most people get when we have a long weekend because of a holiday on Friday or Monday, for example.
IELTS writing practice test

IELTS Writing practice test (General Training Module) #1

IELTS Writing practice test (General Training Module) #1

This section of the site is for you to try writing a complete IELTS writing test. For the best practice, we strongly recommend that you keep to the requirements laid out in the IELTS test. NOTE: model answers to both tasks can be found at the bottom of the page.

  • Timing – 1 hour in total, 20 minutes for Task I and 40 minutes for Task II
  • Handwriting – many test centres only allow writing in pencil, so practice using a pencil and paper. You’ll be surprised how much your hand can ache after writing for an hour when most peope are used to typing!
  • No resources – don’t use a dictionary or any other aid, even if you don’t understand the question. You need to develop the ability to write without any external support
  • No breaks – it’s essential to practice writing Task I and Task II within 60 minutes without taking a break, as this will best simulate the IELTS test

IELTS Writing practice test (General Training Module) #1

Task I

IELTS writing practice testYou should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You are visiting another town next month for a short break. Write a letter to the tourist information centre. In your letter

  • Tell them how long you are staying
  • Ask for some suggestions for what to do
  • Find out if there are any local events happening at the time

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear…

Write at least 150 words.

 


Task II

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

In many countries, schoolchildren are required to wear school uniforms.

Do you think this should be enforced in all schools?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


Click here to read a model answer to both writing tasks.

Note: The model answers below would be awarded the highest band for any marking criteria. However, they are not the only way the question could have been answered.

Task 1 IELTS Writing model answer:

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am trying to get some advice about getting the best out of visiting Wanaka Lakes, as I am planning on visiting your area at the end of February for a fortnight, from the fourteenth to the twenty-eighth.

First of all, what accommodation can you recommend? I am travelling alone and do not have a car, so I’d like something central to the town, at a mid range price if possible. Somewhere near a bus route would be good, too.

Also, are there any special events on between the dates I will be there? I have heard that there is a market on the 20th of the month, but I was wondering if there’s anything else going on? I am interested in most things, but would like to plan my trip as much as possible to get the most out of my stay.

Thanks for your time.

Paul Brown

(154 words)

 

Task 2 IELTS Writing model answer:

In many countries, pupils are required to wear uniforms when attending school, and this is something that should be enforced for the following reasons.

Primarily, students, especially those in their teenagers years, are under pressure both academically and socially; insisting on a standardised uniform within the school alleviates some of this as it means that the student does not have to worry about whether their peers think that they are dressed well or in the latest fashions. This has the added advantage for those from lower income families who may simply not be able to afford the clothes worn by those from more affluent families.

Not only does it remove the social pressure, but wearing a school uniform also has a psychological advantage, as the student is dressed in the mode of attire used for study. Much like wearing a suit and tie may signal going to work for many people, wearing a school uniform prepares the child for the day of learning.

However, this perhaps works best for younger students. By age 16 or 17, it may be appropriate for the student to wear more casual clothing when they reach their later teens, as the idea of ‘conforming’ by wearing a uniform could discourage the student from pursuing further education and this is often the time in which young adults are looking to establish their own clear identity. It is at this point that it may be more productive to allow more relaxed clothing such as jeans.

In conclusion, although a school uniform does have advantages at certain stages of a student’s academic career, there is also a time when the enforcement of a standardised set of clothing may be counterproductive.

(282 words)

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 004

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 4

All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

In some countries, people are forced to retire when they reach a certain age.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of this?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


 

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 4Compulsory retirement is common in many countries when members of the workforce reach 65 or 70, and this has both pros and cons as will now be considered.

The main advantage of requiring people to leave their job at a certain age is that it provides opportunities for younger members of staff to join the company, often meaning that the company benefits from having lower wages to pay for the new recruit and also having younger, potentially more dynamic employees. This in turn could well give the company the required boost to continue being profitable.

Another advantage is that some older people may choose to keep working more out of habit than enjoyment, and therefore a mandatory retirement may encourage them to enjoy their life more, having the free time to engage in hobbies and interests such as gardening, which they may not have previously had time for up to that point.

Yet there are significant disadvantages in forced retirement. Older staff members often have more experience, and may have no desire to leave their job. Requiring them to leave could mean a skill shortage for the company as well as a feeling of discontent from the employee. Added to that is the rising number of older people and the subsequent drain on resources if they are not working; if there are more elderly people on pensions or other benefits, the increased tax burden falls on the younger generation.

In conclusion, there are both social and economic benefits in allowing older people to remain in employment if so desired, so compulsory retirement would not be recommended. (266 words)

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 003

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 3

All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

We no longer need to have animals kept in zoos, so zoos should be closed.

Do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 3There has long been an argument against maintaining zoos in which animals are kept away from their natural habitat, and there is strong evidence to suggest that technology has developed to a point where such institutions are no longer needed, as will now be argued.

Traditionally, the principal argument voiced by those who wish to retain zoos was that it allowed children and adults to see animals which they more than likely would not have had a chance to do if this had required visiting the creature’s natural environment. Yet there are now online videos and websites where these animals can be seen in high definition, therefore no longer needing to go to enclosures to see the animals. This is clearly evident by the declining number of visitors in recent years.

In addition, there are many cases in which animals held in captivity are not well cared for and are used solely to exploit them for profit. In some rare cases, the animals can suffer from neglect or malnutrition, and rather than being kept healthy are simply replaced when they are no longer of any value.

Granted, there are situations in which endangered species are protected and their numbers allowed to rebuild by housing them in the security of a zoo. However, in most cases the same effect is better achieved by using more open plan wildlife parks rather than traditional caged enclosures.

In sum, the factors which first led to the creation of zoos have been reduced by the ability of technology, so unless there is some advantage for the species itself, then the use of zoos should no longer be supported.

(273 words)

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 002

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 2

All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Smoking can cause serious illnesses and should be made illegal.

To what extent do you agree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 2There are clear arguments for banning smoking, based largely on health, but there is perhaps a stronger case to be made for maintaining the current situation, as will now be explained.

The most important factor for keeping smoking legal is that the decision to smoke is not something that should be controlled by the government, but by the individual. If a person decides to smoke, they do so of their own free will and this should be respected, as it is the government’s role to advise against harmful practices, but ultimately not to make decisions for its citizens.

The other reason for allowing smoking is that by making laws against it is more likely to result in the sale of tobacco moving to the black market, and consequently increasing the level of associated crime. There will still be people who cannot overcome their addiction, and will search for any means available to access cigarettes. A clear example of this reaction can be seen in the illegal sale of other drugs such as cocaine and marijuana.

Of course, there is the fact that smoking is known to have adverse health effects on both the smoker and those around them who are affected by passive smoking. Yet there are other lifestyle choices that also have a negative impact, such as fast food and alcohol, and banning these items would restrict the choice available to the consumer.

In conclusion, the decision to ban smoking, although having some advantages, would be more likely to have an overall negative effect. It would therefore be better for the government to continue campaigns that educate people about the potential dangers of the habit.

(276 words)

Punctuation in IELTS writing

Punctuation in IELTS writing

Punctuation in IELTS writingOne of the categories the examiner will be looking for when assessing your writing is your accuracy with punctuation, and the correct use of more accurate punctuation like semi colons and colons can make the difference between a band 6.0 or higher.

Below you will find a table showing the different punctuation symbols (also called punctuation marks), as well as a description of how they are and some example sentences.

Good punctuation is essential to make your writing clear and to be able to combine ideas into single sentences.

You should also look at the lessons on sentence fragments, as well as the lessons on simple, complex and compound sentences.

When you’ve finished reading this page, take a look at the Punctuation exercises

 

Full stop
.
Question mark
?
Exclamation mark
!
Apostrophe
Comma
,
Semi-colon
;
Colon
:
Quotation marks
‘ ‘ / ” “

Full stop

A full stop is used to show the reader that the sentence is finished.

Examples:

Every sentence ends with a full stop.

This is one of the first examples of punctuation.

Question mark

A question mark does the same job as a full stop, but tells the reader that the sentence is not a statement but a question that generally needs an answer from the reader.

Examples:

Do you understand how to use a question mark?

How many people live in your house?

Exclamation mark

An exclamation mark (or exclamation point) also does the same job as a full stop, but it shows surprise or strong feelings, or commands someone to do something. Note that we have included this on the page, but exclamation marks should NOT be used in formal IELTS writing.

Examples:

Sit down! (a command)

I will never forgive you! (strong feelings)

Ahh! You scared me! (surprise)


Apostrophe

There are two common uses for an apostrophe. Note that although we have included the apostrophe here, it is very rarely used in formal academic writing- it is important to write the complete words for IELTS (has not instead of hasn’t, for example).

1. to show that we have missed letters from a word when using a contracted form.

Examples:

do not = don’t

who is = who’s

2. To show a possession – that something belongs to someone

The boy’s car

John’s hat

the children’s dinner


Comma

A comma is normally used in the same place we would take a short pause if we were speaking. Below are common places commas are used.

1. When listing items, commas are used except between the second to last and last items.

Examples:

His new house was big, modern and expensive.

Africa, Asia, North America and South America are all continents.

2. When we add information to a sentence that is not absolutely necessary for the grammar of the sentence.

Example:

“My neighbour, who comes from London, is very friendly.” (the sentence would be grammatically accurate if it said ‘My neighbour is very friendly’, therefore the additional information is in commas).

3. Between large numbers (separating groups of three numbers).

Examples:

They won £26,500 on the lottery!

There are nearly 5,000,000 people living in New Zealand.

NOTE: There normally needs to be at least 5 numbers for a comma

4,500 4500


Semi-colon

1. Semi colons can be used to combine two sentences when there is a relationship between them. The relationship might not be immediately clear.

NOTE: the colon can also be used to combine sentences when the second sentence offers an explanation to the first. See ‘Colons’ for more.

Examples:

John lives in Hamilton; David lives in Auckland.

The government have promised to reduce unemployment; they are promoting job training at the moment.

The government have promised to reduce unemployment; but so far nothing has changed

This is wrong because the two sentences have already been joined by ‘but’

2. Semi-colons can also be used to separate items in a list (much like a comma) when there is punctuation in the list already.

Examples:

(comma list) We need bread, milk, cheese and butter.

(semi colon list) The main cities affected are Auckland, New Zealand; London, England; and Berlin, Germany.


Colon

1. Colons can be used to introduce a list.

Examples:

The company needs to meet the following targets: increased sales, wider product base, better transportation network.

The government should offer the following: more jobs, better health care and improved standards of education

2. Colons can also be used to offer an explanation.

Examples:

The skiing trip was cancelled: there was no snow.

He may have to go to prison: he was arrested for the third time.

Note: when using the colon, the sentence before the colon must be complete.

Students must have: pens, paper, books and a uniform. ‘Students must have’ is NOT a complete (independent) sentence.

Students must have certain items to attend school: pens, paper, books and a uniform. ‘Students must have certain items to attend school’ is a complete (independent) sentence.


Quotation marks

There are two types of quotation mark – the speech mark and the inverted comma.

The speech mark (or double quotation marks) are used to quote direct speech:

His last words were “I’ll be back”.

The inverted comma is used around words when we are using them in special ways (such as using them as titles or when we give them special meaning).

He wrote a book called ‘Chart Throb’.

Do you know how to spell the word ‘accommodation’?

 

Now try the punctuation exercises lesson!

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!