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IELTS Writing 2 with Luke...to the fields of success and beyond!

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IELTS Writing 2 with Luke...to the fields of success and beyond!
Exam Format
Write an essay in response to a view, argument or problem.
250 words (40 mins)

Assessment: How will you be assessed!?
Turn to the Assessment Criteria worksheet. Which criterion goes with which sentence?
How to answer the question!
OK, so now we know the question format and how it will be assessed, lets look at how to best answer the question TO GET THOSE HIGH MARKS!
Example Question With Example Answer
Question:

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 of these views and give your own opinion.

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

Write at least 250 words.
hello! My name is Luke!
Today I am going to teach you how to get an unbeatable score in your 'task 2' of the IELTS writing exam!
We will:
- The Exam Format
- The assessment Criteria
- How to answer the question and get the best mark possible!
- A mock exam!
Today we will look at the second question of the two questions that you will be asked in the IELTS writing exam. The details of the first question are covered in the workshop "IELTS WRITING ONE"
Question two:
Easy?
Hard?
COMPLETE THE GAP FILL, USE THE BOOK IF YOU NEED HELP!

QUICK!
Exam Format
1st Sentence:
Task Achievement
2nd Sentence:
Cohesion&Coherence
3rd Sentence:
Lexical Resource
4th Sentence:
Grammatical Range
& Accuracy
BUT WHAT DO THESE WEIRD WORDS REALLY MEAN!?
1. Did you do the task? – Did you write 250 words:

- setting out the arguments;

- giving your opinion and justifying it; or

- setting out the arguments and giving your opinion.


2. Does the way you have ordered what you have written make sense together and have flow?
3. Did you use a variety of words, and was it the right place to use those words?
4.Did you use different grammatical structures, not just simple sentences?
Put the cards into the right order on the blue sheet!
Answers:
b - background
i - thesis statement
e - scope
h - indent or skip
a - topic sentence
j - supported with examples
c - restates
f - brings essay to a close
d - no new info
g - this support comes from PE
Luke's Sneaky Trick to get maximum marks!
Read lots of newspapers! If you can reference something that you read in a paper or from a reliable source online from your personal experience, it will look great to examiners!

There are newspapers and topical magazines in the ELC longe and SAC if you want to make use of them!
Intro
Main Paras
Conclusion
HOW TO STRUCTURE YOUR ANSWER!
Example question:

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.
Intro - Main Paragraphs - Conclusion
a bit of background to the issue
your opinion
brief outline of the reasons for your opinion e.g. I think this because of X, Y and Z. I will discuss X, Y and z in further detail now.
Intro
Main Paragraphs
make sure you leave one line to show you are starting a new paragraph
each paragraph should have the same basic structure: I think X, X is...., I think X because of A, B and C
X, Y and Z (your reasons for your opinion) each need their own paragraph
Your justifications (A, B and C) must come from personal experience, knowledge, facts, statistics, expert sources etc
Conclusion
Restate your opinion and X, Y and Z
Round up the essay, don't say anything new!
not too difficult right? Let's have a look at a question together!
Example Answer:
Over the last half century the pace of change in the life of human beings has increased beyond our wildest expectations. This has been driven by technological and scientific breakthroughs that are changing the whole way we view the world on an almost daily basis. This means that change is not always a personal option but an inescapable fact of life and we need to constantly adapt to keep pace with it.

Those people who believe they have achieved some security by doing the same familiar things are living in denial. even when people believe they are resisting change themselves, they cannot stop the world around them from changing. Sooner or later they will find that the familiar jobs no longer exist, or that "safe" patterns of behaviour are no longer appropriate.

However, reaching the conclusion that change is inevitable is not the same as assuming that "change is always for the better". Unfortunately, it is not always the case that new things are promoted because they will have a good impact for the majority of people. A lot of innovations are made with the aim of making money for a few. This is because it is the rich and powerful people in our society who are able to impose changes (such as working conditions or property developments) that are in their own interests.

In conclusion, I would say that change can be stimulating and energising for individuals when they pursue it for themselves. But all that change, including that which is imposed on people, does not necessarily have good outcomes!
Example Answer Broken Down
Intro

Para 1

Para 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.


YOUR TURN!
But Don't Be Scared!
Turn to the practice question in your white booklet! You have 40 minutes to complete it. Afterwards we'll have a feedback session!

Good luck! And remember my sneaky tricks!
FEEDBACK TIME
Don't be shy, share what you've written
WHAT IS SCOPE?
Scope is what you are going to talk about...
"I will now set out some arguments for and against sport professions having large salaries, and after give my own opinion on this topic."
A Model Answer!
There are four paragraphs in the model answer, which is the introduction?
Paragraph One
Which paragraph has the writer given their own opinion?
Paragraph 4, the conclusion
In which paragraphs does the writer justify the opinions they give in the last paragraph?
Paragraphs 2 and 3, the main paragraphs
THAT'S THE STRUCTURE YOUR ANSWER SHOULD TAKE! WRITE IT ON THE MODEL ANSWER!
TRUE OR FALSE
In pairs, or in tables, talk to each other (in English) and decide whether the following are true or false?
1. True or false, the introduction is about sports stars pay?

2. True or false, in this instance, the writer included a thesis statement in the intro?


3. True or false, the 1st main paragraph details the contribution sports stars make to society?


4. True or false, the 2nd main paragraph is why it is (however) possible to justify sports stars salaries

5. True or false, the final paragraph gives background information

Bonus question: Does this answer do all of the things asked in the question (does this answer have task achievement?)

True!
False
False, it details how sport star salaries are not linked to contributions to society!
True!
False, it provides a conclusion!
HELL YES!
Any ideas off the top of your head?
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