Island map - The two maps below show an island, before and after the construction of some tourist facilities

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The two maps below show an island, before and after the construction of some tourist facilities.

Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words

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IELTS Writing Task 1: compare the maps

Cambridge IELTS book 9 contains a great ‘map’ question. These questions are quite rare compared to questions containing graphs or charts, but you still need to be prepared for them.

You can see the question on this website, but I would write my essay in a slightly different way to the essay shown on the site.

Before doing the map question, have a look at this similar question and this essay. I think we can write the ‘map’ essay in the same way.

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IELTS Writing Task 1: maps of an island

Last week I linked to this webpage which shows an interesting task 1 question. Now let’s write our essay step by step. I’ll write the first 2 paragraphs today, and the rest next week.

1. Introduction: As usual, we can start the essay by paraphrasing the question (rewrite the question in your own words).

Question
The two maps below show an island, before and after the construction of some tourist facilities.

My introduction
The diagrams illustrate some changes to a small island which has been developed for tourism.

2. Overview: For our second paragraph we need to summarise the information in a couple of sentences. When comparing diagrams, we can count the number of changes and look for the main types of changes.

My overview
It is clear that the island has changed considerably with the introduction of tourism, and six new features can be seen in the second diagram. The main developments are that the island is accessible and visitors have somewhere to stay.

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Did you analyse the map essay I wrote last week, or did you just read it quickly? Here are some things that you might have noticed if you analysed it carefully:

Range of verb tenses, and use of both active and passive:

  • has been developed, have been built
  • has changed
  • can be seen
  • is, are, include
  • was

Phrases and collocations that would impress the examiner:

  • with the introduction of tourism
  • new features
  • main developments
  • the island is accessible
  • small huts*
  • to accommodate visitors
  • physical structures
  • in the middle of, to the north of
  • completely bare apart from
  • where boats can dock*
  • a designated swimming area
  • the western tip* of the island

*huts, dock and tip might be the words that most impress the examiner in this essay. Can you think why? Does this surprise you?

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Bot map describe an island before and after being repurposed for going sightseeing

Before, the 150 metres long island seemed to be a desert among the Pacific Ocean with only a few trees. Over the period, its appearance was completely transformed into a modern and comfortable resort.

The most remarkable additions are 6 couple-room houses surrounding some trees, which were built for the travelers, specially just married couples during their honeymoon to enjoy the sandy beach in the west. In the center, stand 9 cottages and between 2 accommodations areas, a Vietnamese Restaurant and a reception have been developed.

On the southern coast, a harbour has been upgraded for not only yachts but also ships to access. As well as natural land and the convenient constructions, the coastal island are also picturesque, that promise to be an attractive destination.

The maps illustrate the changes of an island after being developed for tourism purpose.

Overall, the island witnessed a dramatic transformation with the main developments being the access of the island and the range of leisure experiences.

In comparison with the remote island scattered a few palm trees in the past, the island in present has been constructed with some bungalow rooms to accommodate the holidaymakers: 6 buildings surrounding some trees in the west and 9 buildings in the centre of the island. In addition, a reception has been built between the two accomodation areas and a restaurant has been located in the north of the island.

On the south coast of the island, a pier has been built, allowing sails to easily access the resort. There is also a vehicle track and footpaths which are extended to connect the buildings. The beach has become a swimming area for tourists. The western of the island is the only place that does not change over the period.

The diagrams illustrate some changes to a small island which has been developed for tourism.

It is clear that the island has changed considerably with the introduction of tourism, and six new features can be seen in the second diagram. The main developments are that the island is accessible and visitors have somewhere to stay.

Looking at the maps in more detail, we can see that small huts have been built to accommodate visitors to the island. The other physical structures that have been added are a reception building, in the middle of the island, and a restaurant to the north of the reception. Before these developments, the island was completely bare apart from a few trees.

As well as the buildings mentioned above, the new facilities on the island include a pier, where boats can dock. There is also a short road linking the pier with the reception and restaurant, and footpaths connect the huts. Finally, there is a designated swimming area for tourists off a beach on the western tip of the island.

(175 words, band 9)

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Both maps display an island, before and after it was developed for tourism.

The island is approximately 250 metres long, has palm trees dotted around it, is surrounded by ocean and has a beach to the west. Over the period, the island was completely transformed with the addition of a hotel and a pier; however, the eastern part of the island appears to have been left undeveloped.

The most noticeable additions are the hotel rooms. 6 buildings, surrounding some trees, have been built in the west of the island and 9 buildings have been constructed in the centre of the island. Chris Pell IELTS Advantage Sample essay

Between the two accommodation areas, a reception building and a restaurant have been developed.

A pier has also been built on the south coast of the island, allowing yachts access to the resort. Apart from the trees, the beach remains the only natural feature to remain relatively untouched; however, it does appear that it is now used for swimming.

(160 words)

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The maps illustrate an island,before and after it was constructed for the tourism purpose.

The length of the island is about 250 meters.This island has palm trees scattered around.It is surrounded by sea and a beach in the west.Over the time,the island is renovated,added a pier and accommodation areas.Nonetheless,the east of the island keeps unchanged.

Dramatic changes take place in the western city and city centre .The buildings have been constructed around the trees in the west of the island and in the centre of the island.Between the network of the hotels is a restaurant and a reception building.

There has also been a pier,which makes pleasure-boats enable to reach the resort on the south coast of the island.However,the beach remains constantly like the trees.It is used for swimming at the moment instead.

The two maps compare the changes at an island before and after the construction of some services which can be used for tourism purposes.
It can be seen that the island underwent a tremendous amount of transformations in order to be recognized as a tourist destination. The island was significantly improved while keeping the forestry palm. Earlier, the island is located at a remote place and has no shelter or any type of overnight place, is surrounded by the ocean, and has a beach in the west. Any kind of transportation was missing on the island.
Over the period, The island was completely transformed with the addition of a pier, hotel. The most noticeable additions are the hotel rooms: 6 buildings surrounding some trees and 9 buildings have been constructed in the center of the island. The two accommodations were grouped in circular patterns and erected to accommodate the visitors. Between two accommodation areas, a reception and a restaurant have been developed.

A pier was built in order to anchor the ships and boats which help people from the mainland to visit resorts. Apart from the tresses that were present before the construction of these facilities were left untouched

The diagrams decribe significant changes to a small island which has been developed for tourism.
This island has palm trees grew around it, is surrounded by ocean and small beach to the west. It can be seen that the island has changed tremendously with tourism development. The purpose is that the island can be accessed easily and visitors have facilities to stay and enjoy. Over the years, the island was adequately transformed with the addition pier and resort which make accessibility and accommodation more confortable.
Look at the map for more details, in the west of the island, 6 villas have been built and 9 villas have been constructed in the center of the island. Both blocks of villas were surrounded by some ranges of natural palms. The reception is located in the middle of two zones of villas and restaurant is the north of the reception zone.
Besides accommodation mentioned as above, after the island was renovated, all kind of ships can dock due to having a pier on the south coast. A short road linking resort and pier area has been built for easier accessibility. On the west coast of the island, beach is designated to swimming area and it creates a leisure activity for visitors.

The two maps show the difference between an island in the past and in the future after It was developed for tourism.
The island used to have palm trees scattered around it. Over the period, this island has completely changed due to the construction of new facilities. However, the eastern part strikes as being undeveloped.
The most remarkable feature is the erection of new hotel rooms. There are six buildings surrounding some trees in the west while in the middle of the island, nine buildings have been erected. Between these two areas, a restaurant and a reception have been built.
In the south coast of the island, a new pier has been developed for marine transportation. Apart from the trees, the beach remains untouched, which is the last natural feature. However, it seems that it is now used for swimming.