Before we look at the IELTS Writing Tasks, I think it will help if we just have a quick look at how writing is broken down.
We write many things: letters, reports, essays, reviews, emails, speeches and stories. But no matter what you write there are 4 MAIN AREAS which you will find in any piece of writing and which you have to think about, to improve your writing.
1) PURPOSE – Why are you writing this? If you are writing a job application letter for example, what is the reason you are writing it? Probably to get a job! If you are writing a wedding speech, you are probably writing it to congratulate the married couple. It is the same with IELTS Writing Tasks 1 and 2. Before you can write you need to know why you are writing them. And the lessons you will find in the IELTS Online School will show you.
2) STRUCTURE – How are you going to organise your ideas? Every piece of writing must have a structure. This is basically an introduction, the body (main ideas) and a conclusion. But different pieces of writing have slightly different structures. Even though a report (IELTS Writing Task 1) has an introduction, that introduction is slightly different to an essay discussing whether computer games are good or bad for children (Writing Task 2). Both introductions have the same functions, but are made up of different sentences. The same can be said for the body and the conclusion.
3) CONTENT – What ideas are you going to write about? Each piece of writing has a different set of ideas. If you are writing a book review, then you will write about the title of the book, the author, the characters, the summary of the story and whether it was good or bad. If you are writing about whether you agree or disagree with university education (Writing Task 2) you will write about reasons why you agree or disagree with going to university. That is the content. You will find lots of examples for both Writing Task 1 and 2 in the IELTS Online School.
4) LANGUAGE – What words or phrases will you use? The words and phrases you use will be different for the different types of writing. For example if you writing a report on statistical information for a univeristy lecturer (IELTS Writing Task 1) then the language will be about numbers, percentages, increases and decreases etc…But when writing an essay on how to solve the growing problem of unemployment (IELTS Writing Task 2) then the words and phrases you will use will be different such as ONE SOLUTION COULD BE TO or THE MAIN REASON FOR HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT IS…
If you look at any piece of writing, you will find that all of these areas have been used by the writer to create a well-crafted, well-thought out and grammatically correct piece of writing.
And this is something that you should be able to do if you follow the WRITING TASK 1 and 2 lessons in the IELTS Online School.
Each lesson both for WRITING TASK 1 and 2 focuses on a specific WRITING AREA, so for example:
WRITING TASK 1 – LANGUAGE: Contrasting Numbers – This lesson will focus on the LANGUAGE you can use to describe the differences with numbers in tables, charts and diagrams.
WRITING TASK 1 – STRUCTURE: Writing an Introduction – This lesson will focus on the STRUCTURE of how to write an introduction for comparing and contrasting data and information using examples.
WRITING TASK 2 – CONTENT: The Environment – This lesson will focus on how to write the PLANs and ideas you might need to answer the three different ESSAY QUESTIONS in WRITING TASK 2 about the ENVIRONMENT.
There are also WRITING TASK 1 and 2 PRACTICE Writing Sessions where you will put into practice what you have learnt and go through the whole writing process from PLANNING to WRITING the question with a MODEL ANSWER revealed at the end.
WRITING TASK 2 – PRACTICE: Agree/Disagree Advertising – This lesson will go through the whole writing process for a typical IELTS question such as: Advertising is a powerful medium nowadays. Especially children’s advertising. It is therefore wrong to advertise to children. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
So if you want a step by step guide on how to improve your WRITING in the IELTS exam, then enrol in the IELTS Online School today.
And Good Luck
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