Aims of this lesson

By the end of this lesson, you will know: the types of IELTS letters where you might need to apologise or complain essential language you should use useful tips for writing letters of apology and complaint common and advanced phrases for apologising and making complaints how a model complaint and apology letter is constructed

Summary of this lesson

In this lesson, you should have learned… what register is and why it is important in Task 1 how the language you use changes depending on the register what situations / contexts require which register how using the wrong register can make your writing seem rude, too direct or too informal Now take the end … Read more

Aims of this lesson

By the end of this lesson, you will know: what ‘register’ is and why it is important in Task 1 of your writing test what register you should use depending on the situation / context of your letter how to vary your writing to show different levels of register some points to avoid when writing … Read more

Summary of this lesson

In this lesson, you should have learned… about the categories of IELTS Task 2 subjects how the different Task 2 essay types affect brainstorming and paragraph planning how to brainstorm ideas for Task 2 essays that there are differences in brainstorming for open and closed questions how to expand your points and include examples how … Read more

Review of steps so far

Here are the steps so far: Read the title Decide what type of Task 2 title it is Give an opinion/challenge a point of view Compare both points of view Give solutions to a problem Discuss a given situation Turn into direct question (make sure you have understood the main focus of the question) Decide … Read more

Video: Expanding points

Narration: These are the 5 ideas we have brainstormed already. We may not use all of the ideas we brainstorm in our essay so we need to choose the ideas that we can write the best essay about. Now we need to look at which ideas we can best expand by developing, supporting and adding … Read more

Planning review

Now we will look again at the essay we have been developing throughout the lesson. In many countries, young people have difficulty getting a good job.  Therefore employees over the age of 50 should be made to retire so that the younger generation has more opportunities. Do you agree or disagree? Direct question from title: … Read more

Video: Brainstorming open questions

Narration: Now we will look at brainstorming ideas for the open question we saw earlier. We could think of the following points. As we did before, we would then look through the list we have brainstormed and reject any points that are not relevant, are weak or would be difficult to give examples for. In … Read more

Brainstorming closed questions

Now practise your ability to brainstorm closed questions by taking this quick test. Click the link below to get started!