Video: Brainstorming closed questions

Narration: To get ideas for what you are going to write about in your essay, you need to brainstorm. The idea of brainstorming is simply to write down everything that comes into your head when thinking about the topic. How you brainstorm for ideas is slightly different depending on whether you are brainstorming an open … Read more

Video: Task 2 types – Discussing a given situation

Narration: The final type of essay is discussing a given situation; for example benefits, advantages or reasons. For this type we use a similar paragraph structure to solutions essays. As we can see, it is a good idea to start with the strongest point and end acknowledging limitations to our weaker points. Again, more on … Read more

Video: Task 2 types – Giving solutions to a problem

Narration: An essay that asks for solutions to a problem again has a different paragraph structure to the first two essay types. In all three paragraphs for solutions essays you should simply present your chosen solutions. A good way of presenting your ideas is to start with your strongest point and in the final paragraph, … Read more

Video: Putting it all together

Narration: Now let’s look at putting everything together into a complete plan. The paragraph plan you use will vary depending on which type of Task 2 essay you are writing about. [Narration still being completed]

Video: Review of analysing

Narration: Before we move on, let’s quickly review the skills we studied in Units 1 and 2. For this review, we will look at two different Task 2 questions, starting with this one. Here are the 6 steps you need to follow. So, what type of Task 2 essay is this? It’s a ‘Give an … Read more

Identifying categories

Click the link below to test whether you can identify the appropriate question category.

Video: Task 2 topic categories

Narration: With practice, you will find the most effective technique for getting ideas. Although there are thousands of possible Task 2 titles, the majority fall under one of the following headings. The best way to improve your ability to get ideas is to practice with Task 2 titles, but you can also build your resources … Read more

Essential vocabulary for this lesson

To complete this lesson, you will need to know the following vocabulary. When you are sure you know all the words, continue to the next page. SENIOR MATURE RESENTMENT BALANCED FIRST HAND CONCESSION OPPOSING INEVITABLE IRRELEVANT VALID REJECT ACKNOWLEDGE BEAR IN MIND RESERVATIONS LIMITATIONS BRAINSTORM RETIRE EXPAND

Aims of this lesson

Narration: So far in this course, we have covered the 4 different types of Task 2 essay you might find, and in Unit 2, we looked at analysing the question. In this lesson, we will look at how to get ideas and plan your answer. By the end of this lesson, we will have looked … Read more