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IELTS Writing task 1 - a table

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The task
The table below gives details of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in four countries, according to 2009 data.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
Then use your answers to write the overview. Remember the purpose of a table is to COMPARE.
This table compares four countries, Brazil, Germany, Luxembourg and China, in terms of their carbon dioxide emissions, both as a proportion of the world's total and per capita. It also shows how it changed from 1993 to 2010.
Body 1
Focus on the data from one year (2009) - the first three columns of the table.
Body 2
The overview
IELTS Writing task 1 - a table
A table requires you to use the language of comparison.
Ask - Which country had the most emissions? Which country had the least emissions? Which country had the most emissions per person? And so on ... Then answer these questions in your text.
Also, most of this data came from one year 2009, so keep your verb tense in the past CONSISTENTLY.
Ask yourself
WHAT is the table about?
WHO is the table about? Or WHERE?
WHEN was the data collected?
HOW MUCH/MANY - what range is there?
Is WHY important?
It's about tonnes of CO2 emissions as a % of the world, and per person.
Four countries
The data was published in 2009, but the % change was recorded over 17 years 1993-2010.
The range of emissions amount is huge. Equally large is the % change.
The reason why this table was prepared is not essential to write about, but it might be a good idea to mention pollution.
China was the country with
the highest amount of
carbon dioxide emissions in 2009. At over 7000 million tonnes, it was
at least seven times more than
Brazil and Germany, which both emitted around 1000 tonnes that same year. In contrast, Luxembourg's emissions were negligible at only 11 million tonnes. China also held
the greatest proportion of
emissions in the world, while surprisingly, Luxembourg emitted
the most per capita.
In 2009, each person in Luxembourg accounted for over 20 tonnes of CO2. This was
easily over double that of
Germany and
more than five times higher than
China.
Can you see the words in italics - use comparative and superlative to demonstrate your ability.
Show the main feature of the final column and make a connection to information your shared in the first body paragraph.
The other information in this table concerns the change in CO2 emissions from 1993 to 2010. It is important to note that the world's highest polluter, China, had an increase in CO2 emissions of over 170 percent. This was followed by Germany with an increase of almost 80 percent. In complete contrast, Luxembourg's emissions declined.
Be careful with prepositions.
the change in CO2 emissions
an increase in CO2 emissions of over 170 percent
So, what are the successful features of this Task 1 response?
1. The student doesn't try to describe ALL the detail - only the MAIN features - the MOST IMPORTANT ones.
2. The student uses a variety of comparative and superlative structures.
3. The overview covers all the questions like WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN etc.
4. The student varies the word form - emissions, emitted
5. The verb tense is consistently
in the past.
NOW READ THE WHOLE TEXT TOGETHER.
This table compares four countries, Brazil, Germany, Luxembourg and China, in terms of their carbon dioxide emissions, both as a proportion of the world's total and per capita. It also shows how it changed from 1993 to 2010.
China was the country with the highest amount of carbon dioxide emissions in 2009. At over 7000 million tonnes, it was at least seven times more than Brazil and Germany, which both emitted around 1000 tonnes that same year. In contrast, Luxembourg's emissions were negligible at only 11 million tonnes. China also held the greatest proportion of emissions in the world, while surprisingly, Luxembourg emitted the most per capita. In 2009, each person in Luxembourg accounted for over 20 tonnes of CO2. This was easily over double that of Germany and more than five times higher than China.
The other information in this table concerns the change in CO2 emissions from 1993 to 2010. It is important to note that the world's highest polluter, China, had an increase in CO2 emissions of over 170 percent. This was followed by Germany with an increase of almost 80 percent. In complete contrast, Luxembourg's emissions declined.
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