Summary of this lesson

In this lesson, you should have learned… that you should spend about 20 minutes on Task 1 that you should write at least 150 words that you need to write a letter about the 4 criteria the examiner will use to grade your answer (Task Achievement, Cohesion and coherence, Lexical resource, Grammatical range and accuracy) … 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. INSTRUCTIONS AIM CATEGORY LOGICAL LIMIT ERROR DEMONSTRATE COHESION COHERENCE LEXICAL

Aims of this lesson

By the end of this lesson, you will know: how long you have to complete Task 1 the minimum number of words you are required to write that you need to write a letter the 4 criteria that the examiner is marking you on

Video: Task 1 instructions

Narration: Each task one type has the same set of instructions. The first instruction is that you should spend about twenty minutes on this task. You only have one hour to complete both Task 1 and Task 2, so it is important that you do not spend more than about 20 minutes on Task 1. … Read more

Video: Introducing Task 1

Narration: An introduction to Task I writing for the General Training test. The aim of Task I in the General Training test is to write a letter in response to a problem or situation. The letter may need to be written formally, semi formally or informally. In the test you may have to show an … Read more

Aims of this lesson

By the end of this lesson, you will know: how long you have to complete Task 1 that you need to report main features and make comparisons why you should avoid opinions or reasons the 4 criteria that the examiner is marking you on more details and information about the 6 different types of Task … Read more

Summary of this lesson

Summary of this lesson In this lesson, you should have learned… that you should spend about 40 minutes on Task 2 that Task 2 is worth more to your final result than Task 1 that you need to give reasons for your answer and include relevant examples that you should write at least 250 words … Read more

Common task words

Here’s a handy list of common Task words that could be used in the writing test: Give an opinion / challenge a point of view Do you agree or disagree? Do you think…? To what extent do you agree or disagree? Do the benefits outweigh the drawbacks? Is this positive or negative? What is your … Read more

Video: The 4 types of Task 2

Narration: Before you can start to write a good response for Task 2, you need to identify which type of essay question it is. In the IELTS test, there are 4 possible types of task 2 essay, and each type is different in the way that you get ideas and present your paragraphs. The first, … Read more

The Band descriptors (Band 5.0 to Band 9.0)

This is the marking guide that the examiner will use when assessing your written work in Task 2. Remember that in this course there are model and sample answers that use this grid, so it’s a useful reference guide for your preparation. Task Response Cohesion and coherence Lexical resource Grammatical range and accuracy 9 fully … Read more