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Opinion Essay Introduction: The Thesis Statement
In an IELTS opinion essay for writing task 2, your introduction has a background statement and a thesis statement. You should aim for between 40 to 50 words for the length of your essay introduction. While the background statement introduces the topics, the thesis statement is your answer to the task given by IELTS. It should introduce the main points and show the direction your essay will take. Below are two possible introductions with different thesis statements for the following IELTS task.
IELTS Task 2 The increase in the amount of traffic is responsible for growing problems in many large cities and this has resulted in more traffic congestion, particularly at rush hour. What measures could be taken to deal with this problem?
The introductions below have different thesis statements. Which one do you think is the best?
1. The growth in the quantity of traffic in most major cities has led to problems of congestion in the peak travel hours. There are a number of solutions to this issue which I will discuss in this essay.
2. The growth in the quantity of traffic in most major cities has led to problems of congestion in the peak travel hours. This can be solved by having a traffic free zone and improving the public transportation system offered to the public.
Number 2 is the best introduction.
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Hello Liz! I hope you are doing great! I appreciate your hard work, patience and dedication so much! I have purchased your advanced lessons and I am a bit confused about the use of “we” in the task 2 essays. You said in your discussion essay explanations that only in case of ” as people we do not live …” we can use this pronoun. My question is can I use ‘we’ in sentences like- ” …the food we intake…” or “exercise helps keep our body….” ? I am trying to follow your lessons as closely as possible, and I found them very helpful! Thank you so much for everything you are doing for us! God bless you! Regards, Mouli
There are no rules that state we cannot use “we”. It is not a pronoun that is often used in IELTS essays, but there are times when we can use it. Your examples are fine. Just remember, most IELTS essays are about people in general, not “we”. For example, “We should all do more exercise” is better written “People should do more exercise.”
Hi, Liz! Do you give private lessons on writing essays? Thank you.
I only offer my Advanced Video Lessons: https://elizabethferguson.podia.com/
To what extend do you agree or disagree? I completely agree with this ideology. Before mustering the end point, I will shed light on my views in the following paragraphs.
Is it correct?
It sounds like you have memorised sentences to use in your essay. IELTS do not accept memorised language.
Liz, love your website. I have a question with respect to thesis statement. Is it okay to pose a question as a thesis statement.
For a question on bringing tablets and computers to schools, I framed my thesis statement this way: …”Do students gain or benefit from these resources?” Is this correct?
Your thesis statement is your answer. You should not write it as a question. It is best to avoid writing questions in your essay. Present statements, supporting points, ideas – not questions.
Hi Liz Could I give specific solutions in the introduction? I think it should be put in the body paragraph
It is fine to introduce your main ideas in the thesis statement and then put details and examples in the body paragraphs.
I agree that the second introduction is better. However,I have a question which is what is the difference between an introduction and a conclusion. You said that the second introduction is better because it sums up the main points. But, this is what a conclusion is supposed to do. Please clarify my confusion dear teacher.
The introduction introduces the reader to the issues in the question and presents your answer. The conclusion summarises your ideas – it restates your opinion.
Exactly, this is what I am trying to say. If we already summarize our main points in the introductory paragraph, what would we write in our conclusion? This is my question.
You have introduced your ideas in the introduction and summarised them in the conclusion. They are the same ideas – introduced and concluded.
Hi Liz, I like your teaching standard and methods. I have written introduction something different, could you please let me know anything is wrong except not included the opinion.
Many large cities have big problem of growing amount of traffic during a peak travel hours due to hight traffic congestion.
Thanks in advance Nishi
traffic congestion is a serious concern in metropolis, which is due to the increase in traffic flow especially in peak timings. in my opinion, improving public transportation facilities as well as having traffic free zones would eradicate this issue.
hi MS.liz back ground and thesis statement are only for opinion essay or applicable all types of essay in task 2 ?? please let me know
thanks in advance
All types. You can see my model essays on this page: https://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task-2/or you can purchase my writing task 2 lessons: https://elizabethferguson.podia.com/
Liz could you give me some good introduction sentences to start with in the opinion essay
There are no sentences which you can learn for a high score. Any sentences you learn to put in your essay will lower your score. You should start by paraphrasing the statement given – that’s all. Then add your thesis statement and your introduction is complete. See this page: https://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task-2/
Can I write all advantages in one body paragraph and all disadvantages in one body paragraph.
Sure you can for an advs/disadvs essay. It’s a logical way to organise ideas into body paragraphs.
Anne says: April 5, 2017 at 7:53 pm
Hi Liz I wanna ask a question. In this essay question: Some people think that the best way to reduce crimes is to apply longer prison sentences, while other people think that there are better methods of doing so.Discuss both points of view and give your opinion.
Can I write :
Some people believe that the most effective method towards reduction of crime rate is to lengthen prison sentences while others think that mandatory, unpaid community work would be better. In my opinion, capital crimes should attract longer prison sentences while minor offenders should be rehabilitated.
Now the question did not state what other people think, it just stated” while others think that there are better methods of doing so”. Is it OK for me to insert what I think that “other people” thought so that I can use and develop it in the body paragraph. Or should I just leave it and add all my points in my thesis Statement.
Thanks..looking forward to getting a reply from you.
Always paraphrase the background directly from the statement given. The actual views of others should be explained in your body paragraph. In your intro just mention “while others do not agree and believe in other solutions”.
Liz I am bit confused about advantages and disadvantages essays.do I need to put advantage and disadvantages separately or just like option essay in a paragarph.??????
See my model essays: https://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task-2/
Hi Liz, I have been attempted IELTS more than 6 times. Each time I get the required overall score which is 7.5. However I don’t get the required score for the individual modules(which is 7). For instance if I get a score 8 in listening, 7.5 in reading and 7.5 in speaking, i get only 6.5 in writing. At the same time , in the next attempt i get a 7.5 in writing with a reading score of 6.5. this continues to happen in each attempts i make. Any one of the module will be scored 6.5 each time (even I got a 6.5 in listening when i had all my modules markred 7.5. This make me depressed . Please help me . thank you
This means that you have the ability to hit band 7.5 in all sections but fail to do so repeatedly. This is can be due to your understanding of the requirements of the band scores. You may produce a band 7.5 essay in one test without realising why but then fail on your technique when you write the next test. Also tests have an element of luck involved. Your performance may vary depending on the topics and questions given. I suggest you review your reading skills: https://ieltsliz.com/ielts-reading-tips-how-can-i-improve-my-score/ . Make a list of all errors you make in reading practice – why you made the error, the trap used and the paraphrasing used. Then review your understanding of the writing requirements. Don’t just look at the requirements for the score you want, read all band score requirements to learn why your score goes up or down: https://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task-1-band-scores/ and also: https://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task-2-band-scores-5-to-8/ . Also consider getting one or more of my advanced writing task 2 lessons so see where you are going right and where you are going wrong: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore
Some people think that the government spend money on public service rather that wasting money on the arts .to what extend do you agree ? Allocating state funds for arts considered to be unfair for many , so according to them state funds should used used for the betterment of the public services. In my opinion , major share of public funds should necessarily be used for the basic requirement for the people such as health care system and public transport , but minimal support from state would help for the conservation of arts and culture for the future . Firstly, spending huge amount of state revenue on arts adversely affect on service sectors , mainly based on health . Recently , there is a tremendous growth in number of people who rely on hospital for both acute and chronic illness .lf the government fail to cope up with the public needs ,that lead to the deterioration of health of a society as a whole . Consequently , this would worsen the standard of health delivering services of the country. Another point to consider before investing public funds on arts is , it can weaken transportation system of the country . Whether the country developed or developing ,popularity of the public transport always remains the same , most citizen rely on public transport for their daily commuting . In such cases scarcity of enough funding would cause ineffective services . Moreover many solitary agencies will take over from government , which can result service users to pay exorbitant ticket prices . This would certainly become unaffordable and that weaken the infrastructure of the specific country . Finally , role of art and museums on prosperity of country’s culture is undeniable,so that sufficient contribution on conservation of those arts are worthwhile . More precisely , museums and art galleries are valuables that handed over by our ancestors , so it’s our turn to give adequate protection and also hand that over to our future generation . For that, little aid from state would be better off for the protection of those valuables. In conclusion , investing state funds on art is not feasible because government has got various other sectors to consider . However , offering financial aid for art is applicable for its protection and promotion .
Can you please tell me band score as well ,thank you
Sorry I don’t comment on writing.
Liz your teaching system is very good.
HELLO LIZ I HAVE A QUESTION CAN WE WRITE “THE RELATIVE IMPORTANCE OF TRAFFIC AND ITS PROBLEM IS A FREQUENT TOPIC OF DISCUSSION ” IN THE START OF THE INTRODUCTION…..
Sorry I don’t comment on writing. Liz
Is “has lead” correct?
No, it should be “led”. All the best Liz
hello mam! kindly tell me about different discourse markers one can use in speaking? thanks
They are listed on the speaking page under “linking devices for speaking”. All the best Liz
thanks alot! 🙂
hello mam, is this thesis is right ? in the following text , I will ponder upon the entire articulates verdiction on it
Hi Liz, Thank you for all the stuff you’ve been doing so far because I find them really helpful in order to achieve a great band score on the IELTS test. I have a question here. I know that the introduction 2 is way better. But I’m afraid that if I write my introduction in that way which gives the two main solutions then I probably won’t be able to paraphrase these two in the beginnings of each of my body paragraphs and also my conclusion. As a matter of fact, this might lower my score in terms of lexical resource because I run out of vocabulary. Am I right ?
You can repeat words in IELTS and still get a high score. Paraphrasing skills should be demonstrated but that doesn’t mean you change the words all the time. English has a limited number of words in the language so it is normal that some words are repeated. Aim for accuracy at all times. Liz
Hi Liz, Is it necessary to include all my solutions in the introduction part? I’m afraid that I can not expand the two ideas of having a traffic free zone and improving the public transportation system enough, so in order to reach 250 words, I may include more small solutions which take one or two sentences each. But if I include them in the introduction, it seems tedious. How can I do in this case? Thank you very much!
I don’t really understand what you mean. Each body paragraph should contain one solution and each body paragraph should be equally developed. You can’t put one solution in one body paragraph and then two solutions in the next body paragraph. Your paragraphs must be planned properly and your solutions must be explained clearly. All the best Liz
I get it! I was just afraid that I have no enough descriptions for one solution a while back so I hoped to achieve 250 words by adding more solutions which seems not working now. I will try to focus one solution with more actual examples. Thanks a lot !!!
Your task is to answer the question and the question is about language not tourism. Don’t get distracted because there is extra information given by IELTS. You must identify what the issues are that you are responding to. This essay is easy because there’s a direct question for you to answer. All the best Liz
OK! I know what to do. Thank you!
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How to write an IELTS thesis statement.
Ielts essay introductions and thesis statements..
updated: July 27th 2022. When writing the introduction of an IELTS essay there are two steps that need to be taken. Paraphrase the task question and write a Thesis Statement . If the question asks for an opinion then it must be in the thesis statement. It depends on the type of essay you are writing as they are not all the same. It is advisable to write a thesis in the introduction for every type of essay. A good thesis statement can help you get a good band score in task response in the writing section.
The thesis statement tells the examiner what the essay is going to be about and the conclusion of the essay paraphrases the thesis statement. Some teachers have other views and say that a thesis statement is not needed. There are different approaches to writing an IELTS essay. If you have 10 IELTS teachers in a room there will most likely be 10 different opinions on the matter.
In my opinion, a thesis statement is logical and shows the reader what to expect in the rest of the essay. However, do not confuse Thesis statements with memorised outline sentences. See this link here about that.
What exactly is a thesis statement?
‘A thesis statement tells the reader what your essay is going to be about in one or two sentences. It usually includes your opinion or states your position’
- Don’t use rhetorical questions in the thesis. The thesis statement is not a question.
- Make it clear what you are going to write about briefly (1 or 2 sentences)
- If it’s an opinion essay, give 2 reasons for your opinion in the thesis statement.
- The thesis statement comes after paraphrasing the question.
- Do not write an outline sentence, these look like a cliche and memorised. Examiners are trained to spot memorised phrases, for instance: ‘ This essay would like to explore reasons for this in more detail’
- Don’t confuse thesis statements with the above outline sentence. Outline sentences are for very long academic essays. See this lesson here on phrases to avoid.
For each essay type this is what should be in the Thesis statement:
1. Opinion essays: write 2 reasons for your opinion. 2. Advantage disadvantage essays: state the advantage and the disadvantage, 3. Problem solution essays: briefly state 1 or 2 problems and possible solutions. 4 . Discussion essays: after paraphrasing both sides of the argument, give your opinion with a reason why you hold that view. 5. Two part question essays: answer the 1st question then answer the 2nd question briefly.
First you have to identify what kind of essay it is.
The first step before you begin to write is to make sure you understand the question, then identify what kind of essay this will be. There are 5 variations on an IELTS discursive essay click here to see a lesson on this .
Before you write the thesis statement you will need to paraphrase the question , click here for a lesson on this. Click here to see how to write a good introduction to a Problem Solution essay.
1. Discussion essay.
This is the Paraphrased introduction with a Thesis statement.
A number of people believe serious crimes need to have a set punishment, whereas others argue that the situation of the crime must be considered. I agree that the circumstances of the crime itself should be taken into account because every case is different.
Thesis Statement: ‘ I agree that the circumstances of the crime itself should be taken into account because every case is different’
It is important to give a brief reason for your view, the body paragraphs should expand on this. The examiner can clearly see your position in the introduction. In this essay, my position is that every case is different and a prison sentence would not be appropriate.
Note: For a more academic feel, rather than using a personal pronoun to state your opinion, you could state your position like this below:
This essay agrees that the circumstances of the crime itself should be taken into account because every case is different.
2. Opinon essay.
Again you need to paraphrase the question and then clearly agree or disagree , remember to choose just one side.. the words: ‘To what extent do you agree or disagree’ means how much do you agree/disagree, or how far do you agree/disagree. You should mention the other side of the argument but stick to your own opinion. Balanced essays do not necessarily get a higher band score.
Give 2 reasons for your view in the thesis statement here. This is the Paraphrased introduction with a Thesis statement:
It is argued that society would be better off if every type of advertising was prohibited. I disagree that all advertising should be disallowed as this policy would not benefit society and would negatively impact the economy.
Thesis statement: ‘ I disagree that all advertising should be disallowed as this policy would not benefit societ y and would negatively impact the economy.’
In this thesis statement I have clearly stated why I hold the opinion that advertising should not be banned with 2 reasons (no benefit to society and bad for the economy) Remember to keep the introduction to under 55 words or it will be too long.
As mentioned before, you can use a more academic way to state your view, such as:
This essay disagrees that all advertising should be disallowed because this policy would not benefit society and would have a negative impact on the economy.
3. Advantages disadvantages essay.
This is the Paraphrased introduction with a Thesis statement:
In recent times, people can reside wherever they want in the world because of the progress that has made in technology and transport. The main advantage is the career opportunities that a person can get outside their own country, while a possible downside would be the stress of adjusting to living in a different culture.
Thesis statement: ‘ The main advantage is the career opportunities that a person can get outside their own country, while a possible downside would be the stress of adjusting to living in a different culture.’
Try keeping the whole introduction under 55 words as you don’t want it to look like a body paragraph. You can write about 2 advantages and 2 disadvantages, but you need to keep the introduction concise.
Another method is to just refer to the advantage and state the disadvantage, such as:
In recent times, people can reside wherever they want in the world because of the progress that has made in technology and transport. Although there are advantages, the downside would be the stress of adjusting to living in a different culture.’
This allows you to keep the thesis statement concise especially if you want to cover two advantages (or disadvantages)
4. Advantages disadvantages outweigh essay (this needs your opinion).
This type of advantage disadvantage essay is special because it asks ‘ Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?’. This means you have to write about what side you think is stronger and reflect that in the essay and also in the thesis statement. You need to state an opinion here.
Some experts argue that children should study a new language at primary school as opposed to secondary school. This essay agrees that the advantages are stronger than the disadvantages because youngsters pick up and master new languages much easier than at a high school age.
Thesis statement: ‘This essay agrees that the advantages are stronger than the disadvantages because youngsters pick up and master new languages much easier than at a high school age .’
I have underlined the reason for my opinion here. Giving a reason for your opinion is important in a thesis statement. The introduction is 44 words long so that will be fine. Remember to also address the other side of the issue in the main body paragraphs, the side you think is weaker.
Another method here is to use this style which is very concise at 32 words but it does not contain a reason for my view.
Some experts argue that youngsters should study a new language at primary school as opposed to secondary school. In my view, the advantages of younger children learning new languages outweigh the disadvantages.
5. Problem solution / causes solution essay.
People living in large cities have to deal with many issues in their day to day lives. The main problems people face are high rental costs and overcrowding. Some possible solutions would be to build more affordable housing and more green spaces.
Thesis statement: ‘ The main problems people face are high rental costs and overcrowding. Some possible solutions would be to build more affordable housing and more green spaces.’
I have listed 2 problems high rents, overcrowding and 2 solutions affordable housing, green spaces . You can choose just one problem and one solution and that would be fine.
6. Two part question (direct question essay).
The world wide web is a huge source of knowledge which has created opportunities for people worldwide to study. However, not all information on the internet can be trusted, so the government needs to put measures in place to protect people from false information.
Thesis statement: ‘ However, not all information on the internet can be trusted, so the government needs to put measures in place to protect people from false information.’
Two part question essays are sometimes called ‘Direct question’ essays. They consist of 2 direct questions in the task question. Sometimes they will ask for your opinion such as: Do you think….? or What do you think…?
If the question asks for the opinion then you must state it. You should briefly answer the 2 questions in the thesis statement then give more detail in the body paragraphs.
Check out the blog posts about how to identify the 5 essay types and also how to paraphrase the question . These are key stages before writing your thesis statement. Make sure your whole introduction is under 55 words or it will be too long.
Take a look here at how to write a good introduction in writing task 2. Now you can try.
Here is a Discussion essay question where you have to give your opinion. Can you write a Thesis statement for it?
Some people believe that the best way to deal with heavy traffic in city centres is for privately owned vehicles to be banned, others however think this is not a realistic solution. Discuss both sides and give your own opinion.
Task question again:
Some people believe that the best way to deal with heavy traffic in city centres is for privately owned vehicles to be banned, others however think this is not a realistic solution. Discuss both sides and give your own opinion.
Paraphrased introduction: Some people argue that prohibiting private cars from city centres is the best way to tackle traffic congestion, whereas others say that this is unrealistic.
Thesis statement: I agree that private vehicles should be banned from city centres and more investment needs to be put into public transportation to alleviate traffic jams.
Full introduction with thesis statement:
Some people argue that prohibiting private cars from city centres is the best way to tackle traffic congestion, whereas others say that this is unrealistic. I agree that private vehicles should be banned from city centres and more investment needs to be put into public transportation to alleviate traffic jams.
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How to Write a Thesis Statement
This post will show you how to write a strong IELTS thesis statement. It will also explain why you should vary your thesis statement according to the question type you are given in the IELTS writing test.
This post will look at:
- what a thesis statement is;
- how to identify the different question types;
- how to write a thesis statement for each question.
What is a thesis statement?
”A thesis is an idea put forward for consideration, especially one to be discussed or analysed.”
A thesis statement is the most important sentence in your IELTS writing task 2 answer. It is contained in the introduction ; each introduction should have one, along with a paraphrase of the question and an outline statement.
A thesis statement is your main idea. I often describe it to students as “the way you feel about the whole issue in one sentence”. It tells the examiner that you have understood the question, and it will lead to a clearer, more coherent essay.
Let’s look at an example of an IELTS thesis statement:
Question: There is a good deal of evidence that increasing car use contributes to global warming and has other undesirable effects on people’s health and well-being.
Do you agree or disagree?
Thesis statement : This essay agrees that increasing motor vehicle use contributes to rising global temperatures and certain health issues.
As you can see, this sentence clearly shows the examiner how you feel about the question. The rest of your essay should support this statement.
How do I know what to write?
The first thing we need to do is to identify which type of question it is and look at the action words. For example, in the question below, the action words are ‘do you agree or disagree?’
Question: There is a good deal of evidence that increasing car use is contributing to global warming and having other undesirable effects on people’s health and well-being.
Do you agree or disagree?
Therefore, we need to tell the examiner clearly whether we agree or disagree, which will influence our thesis statement.
Let’s look at other examples:
Computers are being used more and more in education.
Discuss the advantages and disadvantages.
- Computers are being used more and more in education. Some people say that this is a positive trend, while others argue that it is leading to negative consequences.
Discuss both sides of this argument and then give your own opinion.
Students are becoming more and more reliant on computers.
What are some of the problems associated with reliance on computers, and what are some of the possible solutions?
The main keywords in each of the three questions above are more or less the same- education and computers. However, if we look at the action words, we can see that we must answer the three questions in very different ways, which will affect our thesis statement.
The action words are:
- What are some of the problems, and what are some of the possible solutions?
Therefore, it is important to take some time to analyse the question and establish what it is actually asking us to do .
How do I write a thesis statement for each question type?
Once we have established what the question wants us to do, we can now think about our thesis statement. Below we will look at how to write a thesis statement for four different kinds of questions:
- Opinion Question (Do you agree or Disagree)
- Discussion Question (Discuss both points of view)
- Advantages and Disadvantage
- Problem and Solution.
You should remember that although IELTS writing part 2 questions normally follow a standard format as above, they sometimes change, and you should be prepared for that.
Some aspects of celebrity culture have a bad influence on young people.
Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
We have three choices with this kind of question:
- I both agree and disagree
I tell my students to only choose options one or two . Choosing option three will often lead to a confused and/or very long essay. If you have just one opinion and you stick to this, it will lead to a clear and well-argued essay.
Therefore, you have two choices.
- I agree that some aspects of celebrity culture negatively influence young people.
- I disagree that some aspects of celebrity culture negatively influence young people.
All of your thesis statements for this kind of question should start with:
This essay agrees that…..
This essay disagrees that…..
We should try to avoid using personal pronouns like ‘I’ and we, therefore, use ‘This essay….’ instead.
Also, remember that we should not copy the question as this is not allowed in the IELTS writing test, and instead, we should paraphrase.
For example, ‘ This essay agrees that some famous people’s lifestyles have a detrimental effect on today’s youth.’
Second Example Opinion Question
Increasing the price of petrol is the best way to solve the growing traffic and pollution problems.
Thesis Statement: This essay disagrees that the best way to resolve increasing pollution and congestion problems is to raise the cost of fuel.
Computers are being used more and more in education. Some people say this is a positive trend, while others argue that it leads to negative consequences.
For this question, we need to clearly state both sides of the argument and our own opinion.
We do this by simply paraphrasing the question, thus stating both sides, and then giving our own opinion. Our own opinion will be just one side of the argument.
Even if you favour both sides of the argument, state one. Again, this leads to a clearer answer.
Thesis statement: Some argue that schools and universities increasing the use of computers is beneficial, while others oppose this view. This essay agrees that the growing use of technology by educators is a positive development.
As you can see, this student has clearly stated both sides of the argument and stated which side of the argument she prefers.
Second Example Discussion Question
Some people think that parents should teach children how to be good members of society. Others believe that school is the best place to learn this.
Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
Thesis statement: Some argue that teachers should teach youngsters how to be upstanding members of the community, whereas others feel this is the role of the mother and father. This essay agrees that this duty should be filled primarily by parents.
Advantage and Disadvantages Question
In this question, we need to clearly state what we think the main advantage is and the main disadvantage.
Thesis Statement: The principal advantages are the instant information available to students and the ability to communicate with other students. The main disadvantages are the lack of discipline and motivation provided by computers.
Second Advantage and Disadvantages Question
Some experts believe that it is better for children to begin learning a foreign language at primary school rather than secondary school.
Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?
Thesis statement: The principal advantage is that exposing children to languages as early as possible leads to higher proficiency levels later in life, which outweighs the main disadvantage of young children being overwhelmed by too many subjects.
Problem and Solution Question
What is a problem associated with reliance on computers, and what is a possible solution?
Our thesis statement will need to state one main problem and one main solution.
Thesis statement: The principal problem is students allowing machines to do all the work for them without thinking for themselves, and a possible solution is to have stricter supervision from teachers and parents.
Cause and Solution Question
In some countries, the average weight of people is increasing, and their levels of health and fitness are decreasing.
What do you think is the cause of this problem, and what measures could be taken to solve this?
Thesis statement: The principal cause of this problem is people’s sedentary lifestyles, and a possible solution is to educate society about the dangers of not keeping fit.
This is just a broad overview of IELTS thesis statements, and it should be read in conjunction with my article on how to write an effective introduction to be fully understood.
It should be reiterated that these are the four most common question types that come up in the IELTS writing test. However, these question types sometimes do vary, and you should be ready to change your IELTS thesis statements and introductions accordingly.
To do this confidently on the day of your exam, you must have practised many times beforehand.
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IELTS Writing Task 2:
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These IELTS writing task 2 lessons, strategies and tips will show you how to write an IELTS essay. They go through all the various types of essay that you may get and instructions on how to best answer them.
For the Task 2, general or academic modules, you have to write an essay that must be a minimum of 250 words. You have 40 minutes.
These lessons are free and teach you all the key things you need to know about the IELTS writing task 2, such as writing an introduction, analysing essay questions, writing for a band 7, developing coherency and understanding opinion essays.
IELTS Writing Task 2 Lessons:
How to write an ielts essay: .
IELTS Essay This starter lessons tells you in simple steps how to structure and write a basic IELTS essay.
Getting Ready to Write:
Identifying the Topic Learn how to identify the topic of an essay question in order to help you answer it correctly.
Identifying the Task This IELTS practice will help you identify the task of an essay question. The most important thing to make sure you answer the question.
Brainstorming and Planning In this IELTS lesson, learn how brainstorm ideas for your essay and how to extend those ideas and create a plan.
IELTS Task Response In this lesson we look at the dangers of not properly answering an IELTS writing task 2 essay question.
Ideas for IELTS Candidates often worry about not having any ideas for IELTS essay topics. This gives you some advise on how to generate ideas.
Parts of an Essay:
IELTS Essay Introduction This lesson explains how you should approach writing an introduction for an IELTS Task 2 essay.
Writing a Thesis Statement The thesis statement is an important part of your essay, so this lesson explains how to write thesis statements for different essay types.
Paragraph Writing Writing clear and well-organized paragraphs is essential for your essay, so here you will learn about the basic elements that make up a good paragraph .
IELTS Essay Conclusion Learn how to write a quick conclusion for an IELTS essay.
Coherency and Cohesion:
Writing Coherence One way to improve coherency in your writing is to use transition words. This lesson teaches you how.
Pronouns Your writing must be coherent, and this IELTS practice lesson shows you how pronouns can help you to do this
Synonyms Learn how to use synonyms in IELTS to improve your cohesion and quality of writing.
Getting a High Band:
How to get an IELTS Writing band 7 There is no quick way to achieve this, but this lesson provides some general guidance on what is required to get an IELTS band 7 in the writing module.
Band 7 Transitional Phrases for Essays Learn about useful phrases that can be used to improve the sophistication of your writing in argumentative essays.
How to Score IELTS Band 8 This lesson tell you more about how the scoring works for band 8 writing and how long it can take you to get a band 8.
Problem Solution Essays Learn how to write a problem solution essay for the IELTS test - a quick method that will produce a well-organized answer.
IELTS Opinion Essays Get an overview of the various types of essay that ask for your opinion in the test.
Advantage Disadvantage Essay This lesson shows you how to write an IELTS advantage disadvantage essay that requires you to give an opinion.
A Complex Essay Question This lesson shows you how to answer a more complex IELTS essay question that does not have a straightforward 'task' given to guide you.
Style and Tone:
Personal Pronouns in Essays Can you use personal pronouns such as 'I', 'our' and 'we' in IELTS essays? Find out more in this lesson.
IELTS Essay Questions:
Here you can check out recent IELTS test essay questions from 2018 and earlier that candidates have posted, and also common essay questions and topics that have come up in the IELTS writing task 2:
Latest IELTS Writing Topics
Common Essay Questions and Topics
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You can also get more great tips from the questions people have asked in the IELTS Forums about the IELTS writing task 2.
There are two relevant forums:
- IELTS Writing Task 2 Forum (topics & questions about the essay)
- IELTS Writing Band 7 Forum (dedicated to those needing a 7)
These are some of the most popular questions that have been asked about the IELTS essay in the Writing Forums:
- How do I answer agree / disagree type IELTS essay questions?
- What if I know nothing about the IELTS essay topic?
- How do I manage my time in the IELTS Writing Test?
- How do I format the essay on the test day?
- Can you explain these confusing essay questions?
- Why is it difficult to get an IELTS writing band 7?
- What are some strategies to get an IELTS band 8?
And remember you can ask your own questions so please visit the forum if you have any questions about the IELTS Writing Task 2.
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Below are two possible introductions with different thesis statements for the following IELTS task. IELTS Task 2. The increase in the amount of traffic is responsible for growing problems in many large cities and this has resulted in more traffic congestion, particularly at rush hour.
A thesis statement is the most important sentence in your IELTS writing task 2 answer. It is contained in the introduction; each introduction should have one, along with a paraphrase of the question and an outline statement. A thesis statement is your main idea.
These IELTS writing task 2 lessons, strategies and tips will show you how to write an IELTS essay. They go through all the various types of essay that you may get and instructions on how to best answer them. For the Task 2, general or academic modules, you have to write an essay that must be a minimum of 250 words. You have 40 minutes.