Category Archives: IELTS Writing Task 2

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.20

Here’s a sample Writing Task 2 question othat falls under the category of Modern life & Technology.

 

Childhood obesity is becoming a serious problem in many countries. Explain the main causes and effects of this problem, and suggest some possible solutions.

 

This is another straightforward agree-disagree type of quesiton. Before you start writing, look at how to organize your answer for this type of question.

Here’s a good, easy-to-read article on childhood obesity – its causes and effects. Have a read, underline or note down the good vocabulary and use it to write the essay above. Share your essay structure ideas in the comments below.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.19

Here’s a sample Writing Task 2 question othat falls under the category of Modern life & Technology.

 

In the last century, the first man to walk on the moon said it was “a giant leap for mankind”. However, some people think it has made little difference to our daily lives. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

 

This is another straightforward agree-disagree type of quesiton. Before you start writing, look at how to organize your answer for this type of question.

Share your essay structure ideas in the comments below.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.18

Here’s another Writing Task 2 question on the topic of education and society.

 

Behaviour in schools is getting worse. What are the possible causes and effects of this problem. Suggest some possible solutions.

 

Note the way the question is worded: this is a two-part question and answering each question in appropriate detail is equally important. Before you start writing, look at how to organize your answer for this type of question.

Here’s a good Telegraph article on the same theme – bad behavior among school children. As you read, underline or note down vocabulary you could use to answer the question above.

Share your essay structure ideas in the comments below.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.17

Here’s a sample Writing Task 2 question on education and society.

 

Some people think the main purpose of schools is to turn children into good citizens and workers, rather than to benefit them as individuals.What are the possible reasons for this problem? Suggest a solution.

 

Note the way the question is worded: this is a two-part question and answering each question in appropriate detail is equally important. Before you start writing, look at how to organize your answer for this type of question.

Here’s a great video on the same theme – education and its impact on children. It’s a video lesson, so watch the video, answer the questions and note down vocabulary you could use to write the essay above. Then, jot down some ideas in the comments below.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.16

Here’s a sample Writing Task 2 question on global issues.

 

Differences between countries become less evident each year. Nowadays, all over the world people share the same fashions, advertising, brands, eating habits and TV channels. Do the disadvantages of this trend outweigh the advantages?

 

Note the way the question is worded: it’s asking you to examine the advantages and disadvantages of cultural globalization. Before you start writing, look at how to organize your answer for this type of question.

Here’s a good article that examines the same question. Read it carefully and note down vocabulary that you could use. Then, jot down some ideas in the comments below.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.15

Here’s a sample Writing Task 2 question on an unusual but fairly easy topic.

 

Happiness is considered very important in life. Why is it difficult to define? What factors are important in achieving happiness?

 

This is a classic two-part question. Here’s an essay structure for this type of question.

I found this great article that discusses some of the points you can include in this essay. Here, I have taken brief paragraphs and highlighted good band 7+ vocabulary: Continue reading

IELTS Topic Vocabulary: Tourism

Tourism is actually a sub-category under Multi-culturalism and Immigration, a popular topic in the IELTS exams. I posted a Writing Task 2 question recently which raised the issue of foreign tourists paying more than local tourists to visit attractions.

Most students will have ideas, and probably some experience (if they have traveled abroad) on this subject. Once you’ve got the structure of the essay (Intro – Body 1 – Body 2 – Conclusion), the next most important thing is to use topic-specific vocabulary to raise your band score.

Remember that if your grammatical accuracy is high, you’re already close to a band 7. From here on, it’s a matter of enhancing your vocabulary and using appropriate words and collocations in discussing the subject. So how can you build a good vocabulary? Continue reading

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.13

Here’s a sample Writing Task 2 question on the topic of tourism.

 

Foreign visitors should pay more than local visitors for cultural and historic attractions. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

 

This is a straightforward agree-disagree question. Here’s a simple structure to organize this type of essay.

Often, the problem with Task 2 questions is how to take a simple topic and build it into a 250 word essay. It’s easier to think of it in terms of small blocks of text rather than 250 words to write. For the topic above, you can divide your essay into four blocks:

Introduction: 25-40 words
Sentence 1 – paraphrase the question
Sentence 2 – give your opinion Continue reading

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.12

Here’s a sample Writing Task 2 question on the topic of economy.

 

Economic progress is often used to measure a country’s success. However, some people believe that other factors are more important. What other factors should also be considered when measuring a country’s success? Do you think one factor is more important than others?

 

Note the structure of the question: two sentences introduce the question. The first sentence is a fact and the second is an opinion.  Then comes the two-part question:

What other factors should also be considered when measuring a country’s success?

Do you think one factor is more important than others? Continue reading

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.11

Here’s a sample Writing Task 2 question on the topic of technology.

 

In the last 20 years there have been significant developments in the field of information technology (IT), for example the World Wide Web and communication by email. However, future developments in IT are likely to have more negative effects than positive.

To what extent do you agree or disagree. Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own experience or knowledge. You should write at least 250 words.

 

Note the structure of the question: there are two sentences that tell you the topic. Then comes the question: “To what extent do you agree or disagree?” This is followed by another sentences giving you further instructions on what to include in the essay. Continue reading

IELTS Writing Task 2: Advantages / disadvantages

When asked to discuss advantages and disadvantages (or benefits and drawbacks) in IELTS Writing Task 2, follow the following structure to organize your essays:

You can use this four-paragraph framework with most Task 2 essays. From this list of possible question wordings, can you choose which other questions you can use this structure with?

Write your answers in the comments below.

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Improve your IELTS Writing: Use a thesaurus

Ditch the dictionary. Use a thesaurus.

Thesau-what? A thesaurus is a dictionary of synonyms.

One of the most important tips for IELTS Writing is ‘don’t repeat the same words, use synonyms instead’. But even native speakers find it hard to come up with just the right synonyms to use while writing. Enter the thesaurus.

I am a literature major, and I love writing. And so do most of my friends. And we love the thesaurus. To be a good writer, and not just for the IELTS, it’s important to be able to describe things using different words so that your writing doesn’t sound boring. Consider the following Task 2 question and the first paragraph of a sample answer:

 

In the last 20 years there have been significant developments in the field of information technology (IT), for example the World Wide Web and communication by email. However, future developments in IT are likely to have more negative effects than positive.

To what extent do you agree or disagree. Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own experience or knowledge. You should write at least 250 words.

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IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.10

In the comments below, make notes on how you will structure your response.

 

Women should have an equal role alongside men in both police and armed forces. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

 

See here how to answer IELTS writing task 2 questions here. I’ll post a model answer soon.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.9

In the comments below, make notes on how you will structure your response.

 

Several languages are in danger of extinction because they are spoken by very small numbers of people. Some people say that governments should spend public money on saving these languages, while others believe that would be a waste of money.
 Discuss both these views and give your opinion.

 

See here how to answer IELTS writing task 2 questions here. I’ll post a model answer soon.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.8

In the comments below, make notes on how you will structure your response.

 

Some people think that in the modern world we have become more dependent on each other, while others think that people are now more independent. 
Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

 

See here how to answer IELTS writing task 2 questions here. I’ll post a model answer soon.