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IELTS Academic Writing Task 2

In the second part of the IELTS Academic Writing Test, you have to write 250 words. You should spend 40 minutes on this task. Writing Task 2 is worth more than Task 1, so you need to do it well.

For IELTS Writing Task 2, you have to write an essay discussing a topic. You will be given an opinion/ argument, different points of view or a problem to discuss.

Most students prepare phrases for introducing and linking ideas. However, not many students prepare good ideas and opinions for IELTS topics.

We’ll work on these areas:

  • How to structure a good Task 2 essay.
  • Preparation of ideas, opinions and good vocabulary for each IELTS topic.
  • How to build and link sentences to create coherent paragraphs.
  • Common mistakes in grammar and word usage.

Some hard work on these areas can make a big difference to your writing score.

IELTS Advice: the “Firstly, Secondly, Finally” structure

I’ve had some great responses about the video lesson, but some students were surprised that you can get a band 9 using “Firstly, Secondly, Finally”.

Is the phrase “First and foremost” better than “Firstly”?

The answer is NO.

Using simple organising language like “Firstly, Secondly” makes you focus on the REAL CONTENT of what you are writing - topic vocabulary, collocations, examples. This is what the examiner wants to see.

Spend your time preparing ideas, opinions and examples for IELTS topics, not learning alternative ways to write “Firstly”.

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