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Writing an introduction to Task I. When writing an introduction to Task I, there are a number of points you need to consider. First, you need to show the examiner that you have a clear idea of what you are writing about. An introduction should be only one or two sentences long, and is simply a general introduction to the information you are given. The second point is that you should avoid using words from the title where possible. By copying from the question title, you are not showing the examiner your ability to use your own vocabulary. The third point is that you are required to transfer information, not give opinions. Remember that for Task I, your aim is only to transfer information from what you see on the exam paper. The final point is that you should be using academic vocabulary and sentence structures. These points can be applied to all Task I essay types. First of all, let’s look at the table we used in the tables lesson. The first point to note is the keywords from the table. Then quickly think of any keywords that can be rephrased. In this example, we can find the following. Of course, do not waste time trying to rephrase words like New Zealand. The third step for writing an introduction is to give some additional information about one of the axes. In this table, we could focus on the information on the vertical axis. For example, we could refer to the eight year period up to 2005. Putting all this together, we can now create an introduction like this. The reason for keeping your introduction relatively short and only giving a basic overview is that you can describe the trends or main points in your body paragraphs and you will need a closing sentence in your essay. This will be discussed later in this lesson.