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IELTS Writing Workshop

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IELTS Writing Workshop
Task 2

Exam Format
Complete the gap fill!
Look in the books for answers.
Assessment Criteria
4. Task response
Today we will ...
Look at the Exam format
Figure out how to get the best score!
Look at examples
Do a mock exam & peer review

Example Practice 2
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task
Write about the following topic:

Some people prefer to spend their lives doing the same things and avoiding change. Others, however, think that change is always a good thing.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

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

Write at least 250 words.
Example Practice 1
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task
Write about the following topic:

Successful sport professionals can earn a great deal more money than people in other important professions.
Some people think this is fully justified while others think it is unfair.
Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

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

Write at least 250 words.
with Samantha
How will you be graded?
Did you do the task?
Did you write 250 words?
Set out the arguments?
Give your opinion and justify it?
3. Cohesion & Coherence
Does the order make sense?
Is there flow?
2. Lexical Resource
Did you use a variety of words?
Did you use words correctly?
1. Grammatical Range & Accuracy
Did you use different sentence structures and not only
simple sentences
?
What are you being asked of in Task 2?
Write an essay in response to a view, problem or argument.
1. Which paragraph is the introduction?
2. Which paragraph has the writer given their opinion?
3. Which paragraph/s has the writer justified their opinions?
Helpful Hints!
Meet the word requirement: 250 words
Give your opinion &
JUSTIFY
it
Have a
clear structure
:
Introduction
Main
Conclusion
Let's look at the model answer!
Now it's your turn!


You should spend about 40 minutes on this task
Write about the following topic:

Creative artists should always be given the freedom to express their own ideas (in words, pictures, music or film) in whichever way they wish. There should be no government restrictions on what they do.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

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

Write at least 250 words.
Model Answer
1. What is the task?

2. What is the first paragraph about?

3. Did the writer include theses statement in the introduction?

4. What does the author conclude in the final paragraph?
Some useful vocab for this task...
Adding to an argument
Moreover
Furthermore
As well
Additionally

Contrast & Opposition
Alternatively
In contrast
On the other hand
However

Giving Opinion
I believe
In my opinion
It is my view
In my way of thinking

Indicating extent to which you believe or agree/disagree with something

Strongly (agree/disagree)
Agree/disagree to some extent
Agree in part
Disagree to the extent
Completely
Agree without exception…

Structure
Content
Introduction
Main- Paragraph 1
Main- Paragraph 2
Conclusion
Indicates topics of essay; change and if good/bad.
Includes thesis statement; ‘fact of life’, necessity

Life is always changing

Change is not always good

Change is a fact but not always good, especially if imposed.

Example Practice 3
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task
Write about the following topic:

In many countries schools have severe problems with student behavior.

What do you think are the causes of this?

What solutions can you suggest?

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

Write at least 250 words.
1. What is the structure?

2. What information would you include in the introduction?

3. What information might you include in the main paragraphs?

4. What would you include in your conclusions?
Peer Review!
Remember the assessment criteria!
Structure
Content
Introduction
Main- Paragraph 1
Main- Paragraph 2
Conclusion
Indicates topics of essay; sports stars are paid a lot.


Salaries based on popularity, ‘fairness’ does not apply.

Even if ‘fairness’ does apply, can argue justified by high-level competition.

Sports stars are valued more than other professionals but that more justified than movie stars.


Structure
Content
Introduction
Main- Paragraph 1
Main- Paragraph 2
Conclusion
Creative artists; define and contribute to culture, see things from a new perspective, different interpretations.
Thesis statement
: should be allowed with limited exception where interests of minors.

Why freedom may be important for them; express views, allows ‘creativity, Human Right


There are restrictions, video games, movies, certain films, where art can be shown (graffiti) all have limitations to protect minors


Agree to extent generally allowed but disagree that it should never be limited. In certain prescribed circumstances, for protection of minors, as agreed by law, should be restricted.


Main- Paragraph 3
Why its necessary to protect minors

Structure
Content
Introduction
Main- Paragraph 1
Main- Paragraph 2
Conclusion
Indicates topics of essay; bad student behaviour. Thesis statement: cause is modern life



Lower birth rate, fewer children, spoiled


Not learnt self control


Parenting classes supported by the Government.



Main- Paragraph 3
Solution: Families to responsibility

1. Does the writer include a thesis statement in the intro?

2. What is the second main paragraph about?

3. What does the author conclude in the final paragraph?

Example Practice 4

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task
Write about the following topic:

Happiness is considered very important in life.

Why is it difficult to define?

What factors are important in achieving happiness?

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

Write at least 250 words.
Structure
Content
Introduction
Main- Paragraph 1
Main- Paragraph 2
Conclusion
Happiness difficult to define, means different things to different people.




Different for everyone, only way to be happy is to know self



Things that generally make us happy: family, health, peaceful environments



Main- Paragraph 3
Overall, clear perspective is more essential (everyone can have this)


Its up to each individual to determine what makes them happy but having a clear perspective is also important.
Discuss your views & give an opinion with your table!!
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