Model answer

Now read this model answer. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You have a new pen pal and you are writing your first letter to them. Write a letter to your pen pal. In your letter • give some background information about you and your life • talk about what foods you … Read more

Getting the grammar right

Using the right expressions to talk about likes, dislikes, needs and wants is important, but you have to make sure the grammar you use is correct. Practise your skills by taking a quick quiz. Click the link below to get started!

A list of useful phrases

Here is a list of useful phrases for expressing likes, dislikes, needs and wants. I like… I very much enjoy…(all registers) I am really into…(informal) I was very impressed by…(all registers) I am keen on…(informal/semi-formal) I adore…(all registers) I am fond of…(informal/semi-formal) I dislike… I can’t stand…(informal) I loathe… (all registers) I am not partial … 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. PROPORTION EQUIPPED WITH APPLIANCE DULL

Video: Staying on topic in the conclusion

Narration: As we have seen, a good conclusion should use appropriate academic vocabulary and structure, should paraphrase the main arguments and often ends with a speculation or recommendation. One test of a good conclusion is that the reader should be able to read it and work out the question simply by what is written. Let’s … Read more

Video: Speculation and recommendation

Narration: Another point that makes a good conclusion is by ending with either a speculation or a recommendation. A speculation is when you consider what would happen if we do or if do not do something. Consider this example. Here, the writer speculates that without some exposure to the arts, we risk becoming purely productive … Read more

Video: Points to consider

Narration: As with all academic writing, it is important to select appropriate vocabulary. When writing a conclusion, there are a number of words or phrases you can use. The most common phrase is, of course, In conclusion. However, as it is the most common, it is also the most overused. If you are looking for … Read more

Video: Common errors when writing a conclusion

Narration: There are a number of common errors in IELTS writing which you should take care to avoid. You should make sure not to simply repeat the same thing you have already written. Copied words do not show the examiner your ability – even if the words are your own. You should be aiming to … Read more