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IELTS Writing Techniques Task 2

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In IELTS Writing Task 2, the specific question indicates that you should write one of the following types of essays:

  • Problem-Solution
  • Argument (Agree or Disagree)
  • Discussion (Advantages and Disadvantages) (Two Parts Questions)

A Problem-Solution essay question asks you to focus on a particular problem or issue. It requires you to write about the causes of a problem and suggest possible solutions.

An Argument essay question asks you to give an opinion on an issue and support that opinion throughout the entire essay. In your essay, you may briefly consider the opposite opinion or point of view, but you should strongly and consistently support only one side of an issue.

Discussion essay question asks you to consider an issue from different points of view. After discussing both sides of an issue, you should write a conclusion based on what you think is the most reasonable viewpoint.

Task-2 Essays
1) Discussion essay – Advantages and Disadvantages type of essay

To answer this question you need to discuss the positive and negative
a) Introduction:

  1. Sentence 1 – Paraphrase Question and/or give a general statement
  2. Sentence 2 – Thesis Statement
  3. Sentence 3 – Outline Sentence

b) Main Body 1 – Advantages: 8-9 Lines  (not applicable for computer based)

Sentence 1 – State One advantage

Sentence 2 – Expand/Explain advantages

Sentence 3 – Example

Sentence 4 – Result
c) Main Body 2 Disadvantages: 8-9 lines,

Sentence 1 – State One disadvantage

Sentence 2 – Expand/Explain advantages

Sentence 3 – Example

Sentence 4 – Result
d) Conclusion: 4-5 lines.

Sentence 1 – Summary

Sentence 2 – Opinion

2.  Argument essay  (Agree or Disagree) type of essay

To answer this question you need to state whether you agree or disagree with the viewpoint

a) Introduction:

Sentence 1 – Paraphrase Question and/or give a general statement

Sentence 2 – Thesis Statement (This essay agrees/disagrees)

Sentence 3 – Outline Statement (This essay will discuss)
b)  Main Body Paragraph 1

Sentence 1 – Topic Sentence

Sentence 2 – Explain Topic Sentence

Sentence 3 – Example
c) Main Body Paragraph 2

Sentence 1 – Topic Sentence

Sentence 2 – Explain Topic Sentence

Sentence 3 – Example
d) Conclusion:

Sentence 1 – Summary

Sentence 2 – Opinion

3) Problem and Solution essay

A Problem-Solution essay question asks you to focus on a particular problem or issue. It requires you to write about the causes of a problem and suggest possible solutions.

a) Introduction:

Sentence 1 – Paraphrase Question and/or give a general statement

Sentence 2 – Outline sentence

b) Main Body Paragraph 1 Problem:

Sentence 1 – State Problem

Sentence 2 – Explain Problem

Sentence 3 – Result

Sentence 4 – Example

c) Main Body Paragraph 1 Solution:

Sentence 1 – State Solution

Sentence 2 – Explain Solution

Sentence 3 – Example

d) Conclusion

Sentence 1 – Summary

Sentence 2 – Recommendation or Prediction

4) Discussion essay ( Discuss both views)

a) Introduction:

Sentence 1 – Paraphrase Question and/or state both view points

Sentence 2 – Thesis Statement

Sentence 3 – Outline Sentence

b) Main Body Paragraph 1

Sentence 1 – State First Viewpoint

Sentence 2 – Discuss First Viewpoint

Sentence 3 – Example to support your view

c) Main Body Paragraph 2

Sentence 1 – State Second Viewpoint

Sentence 2 – Discuss Second Viewpoint

Sentence 3 – Example to support your view

d) Conclusion

Sentence 1 – Summary

Sentence 2 – State which one is better/more important

5. Discussion essay (Two – Part Questions)

a) Introduction:

Sentence 1 – Paraphrase Question

Sentence 2 – Outline Sentence (mention both questions)

b) Main Body Paragraph 1

Sentence 1 – Answer First question directly

Sentence 2 – Explain why

Sentence 3 – Further Explain

Sentence 4 – Example

c) Main Body Paragraph 1

Sentence 1 – Answer Second question directly

Sentence 2 – Explain why

Sentence 3 – Further Explain

Sentence 4 – Example

d) Conclusion

Sentence 1 – Summary

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