Describing a Map of Garlsdon [IELTS Writing Task 1]
Dec04

Describing a Map of Garlsdon [IELTS Writing Task 1]

Describing a map can be a difficult task, even for a native speaker. What should you include, and what shouldn’t you include? Then there’s the question of language for describing maps… It can be so tough to do. Below, I’m going to offer a sample essay describing a map of Garlsdon that once appeared in the IELTS writing exam. You can see another sample map description here. The Map The map below is of the town...

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How to Use More Advanced Vocabulary for Task 1 [IELTS Writing]
Oct11

How to Use More Advanced Vocabulary for Task 1 [IELTS Writing]

Getting a high band score in the IELTS writing exam seems impossible to some students, but it’s not. In fact, there are a few things you need to do to boost your chances: learn to structure your writing, increase your vocabulary, and understand the question. Another way is to use more advanced vocabulary for task 1. Why Use More Advanced Vocabulary for Task 1? In the IELTS writing exam, you need to prove to the examiner that you...

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3 Ways to Prepare for Process Diagrams
Jul25

3 Ways to Prepare for Process Diagrams

This is just a short post today because I’m on holiday. 🙂 I’m currently in Antwerp, in Belgium, on a brief tour of Europe. Let me know in the comment section what you are doing for the summer! * Today’s lesson is about describing processes. It’s something many IELTS students really hate doing because it’s different from the other IELTS Writing Task 1 questions. You can’t just use the same vocabulary you would to describe a graph or...

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Model Essay: Bar Chart
Jul18

Model Essay: Bar Chart

Question You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The graph below shows female unemployment rates in each country of the United Kingdom in 2013 and 2014. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant. Write at least 150 words. Answer The bar chart shows the unemployment rates for women in four countries during a two-year period. In three of the countries, the...

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IELTS Writing Task 1 Practice Activity
Jul06

IELTS Writing Task 1 Practice Activity

Ok, so here’s an activity I put together for a student I tutor. It’s based on a pretty simple line graph, and I’ve just written a model essay and then removed some words. Sounds pretty easy, right? Why don’t you take a look and see what you think. It’s based on this line graph: Practice Activity Read the model essay below and fill in the gaps. There may be more than one possible correct answer. This line...

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