IELTS Writing Module

Essay Writing Step One: Introduction (5-6 Sentences):

Tip for Opening Sentence: In the essay introduction, you should start by repeating the question. This does NOT mean that you should COPY the question. You should say the question again, but using different words that mean the same thing (synonyms).

For example, if your question was something like: Some people believe that capital punishment should never be used. Others believe that it could be used for the most serious crimes. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Then the opening sentence of your introduction should use synonyms to say the question again in your own words. for example: It is a commonly held belief that the death penalty is a severe penalty and not appropriate in modern society. However, there is also an argument that the most despicable crimes should have this most severe of punishments.

Tip for Introductory Sentence: The first paragraph will introduce your topic. The introduction is the most important paragraph because it provides direction for the entire essay. It also sets the tone, and you want to grab the reader’s attention with interest and clarity. The best way to tackle the introduction is to:

  • Describe your main idea, or what the essay is about, in one sentence. You can usually use the essay writing prompt or question to form this sentence.
  • Develop a thesis statement, or what you want to say about the main idea. When the writing prompt is a question, your thesis is typically the answer to the question.
  • List three points or arguments that support your thesis in order of importance (one sentence for each).

Expressing general point of view:

  • It is (generally) claimed that …
  • It is (generally) said that …
  • It is (generally) thought that …
  • It is (generally) considered that …
  • A common opinion is that …
  • A popular belief is that …
  • Generally speaking, …
  • On the whole, …
  • Typically, …
  • By and large …

Giving examples

  • For example, …
  • For instance, …
  • A good illustration of this is …
  • Evidence for this is provided by …
  • We can see this when…

IELTS Writing Task 2 Video:

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