Writing Task 2
Watch the video on how to write an introduction for IELTS Writing Task 2.
IELTS candidates often see the introduction as an opportunity to impress the examiner by “discussing the issue” or trying the “academic hook”. This means they write general statement about the topic’s importance or relevance. For example...
The future means and method of classroom interaction is a hotly debated and controversial topic that greatly impacts on all aspects of education.
Candidates write this because they have been trained to do so. However, this is IELTS writing task 2, not a high school or college assignment and this type of opening is irrelevant and certainly will not impress examiners.
There are no extra points for clever or impressive opening statements.
An IELTS writing task 2 introduction should contain a paraphrase of the rubric (the task statement) and a thesis statement.
Paraphrasing the task statement shows examiners that you understand the task and what you are required to write. Do not copy from the rubric as this will be deducted from your word count.
Limit the paraphrase to 1 sentence.
You can paraphrase by using...
Words and phrases that have similar meaning. Example:
Changing the form of the word
Example: from verb to noun
Using different grammatical structures. Example
Many people believe
It is claimed by many
Paraphrase of the statement
It is claimed by many that the contemporary practice of students interacting with teachers in actual classrooms is forecast to disappear by 2050.
For more discussion on synonyms and paraphrase, follow the link.
Thesis Statement. After paraphrasing the statement, write the thesis statement which has 2 parts. These parts can be in any order.
1. A statement of intent or purpose - what you will do in your essay.
2. State your position (opinion) in response the instructions. For example...
To what extent do you agree with this opinion?
I strongly disagree with this statement and this essay will detail the reasons why.
Pronouns. It is acceptable to use pronouns in your thesis statement. Example:
I strongly disagree with this statement and I will detail the reasons why in my essay.
Stating a clear position is a main requirement of the Task Response criterion.
Band 7: presents a clear position throughout the response.
State your position clearly in the introduction and be consistent in following it all the way through your essay.