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 Writing Topics
Here are some typical IELTS topics. You should prepare ideas, opinions and vocabulary for as many of these topics as possible. Tomorrow I?ll add some more.
1. Advertising: positives and negatives
2. Animal Rights: testing on animals, vegetarianism, zoos
3. Cities: urbanisation, problems of city life, pedestrian areas
4. Crime: police, punishments/prisons, rehabilitation, capital punishment,
5. Education: studying abroad, technology in education, education in developing
countries, higher education, home-schooling, bad behaviour, corporal
punishment, single sex education, streaming (grouping children according to
6. Environment: global warming, impact of humans on the environment,
solutions to environment problems, waste/rubbish, litter, recycling, nuclear
7. Family: family size, working parents, negative effects on children, divorce,
care for old people
8. Gender: gender and education, gender and work, women‟s and men‟s role in
9. Genetic Engineering: positives, negatives, genetically modified foods
10. Global Issues: problems in developing countries, how to help developing
countries, immigration, multi-cultural societies, globalisation
11. Government and Society: what governments can do, public services,
censorship, video cameras in public places
IELTS Writing Topics (part 2)
Here is the second part of the IELTS Writing topic list. See yesterday?s lesson for the first part.
1. Guns and Weapons: gun ownership and possession, police and guns, arms
trade, nuclear weapons, armed forces
2. Health: diet, exercise, state health systems, private healthcare, alternative
3. Housing and Architecture: state housing, old buildings, modern/green
4. International Language: English as an international language
5. Money: money and society, consumerism
6. Personal Development: happiness, success, nature or nurture
7. Sport and Leisure: professional/competitive sport, sport salaries, sport and
8. Tourism: positives, negative effects on environment, future of tourism
9. Traditions and Modern Life: losing traditional skills, traditional customs
10. Transport: traffic problems and solutions, public transport, road safety
11. Television, Internet and Mobile Phones: positives and negatives, Internet
compared to newspapers and books
12. Water: importance of clean water, water supply, water should be free, bottled
13. Work: same job for life, self-employment, unemployment, unemployment
benefits, work/life balance, technology and work, child labour Look through the IELTS Writing Task 2 lessons on this website. Every week I try to add some good ideas and vocabulary about a different topic. The more topics you prepare, the better you will do in your exam.
IELTS Writing Task 2: how to write introductions
1. Make the introduction short and do it quickly. The main body paragraphs are
2. Two sentences are enough: i) introduce the topic; ii) give a basic answer to the
Here's an example IELTS Writing Task 2 question:
All high school students should be encouraged to take part in community service programmes.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Here's my introduction:
Some people believe that high school students would benefit from doing unpaid work in their local communities. I completely agree that community service programmes for teenagers are a good idea.
You can see that my introduction is really simple. Practise this technique until you can do any introduction quickly and easily: introduction = topic + simple answer.
IELTS Writing Task 2: topic vocabulary + linking
Today my students wrote a 'band 7' paragraph about the benefits of zoos. It was easy: they took my 'band 7' vocabulary ideas from this lesson (click here) and wrote their
own sentences with good linking.
Here's the simple structure that my students used:
1. Simple topic sentence.
2. "The main benefit is that..."
3. "Another advantage of zoos is that..."
4. "From a personal point of view,..."
Finally, we wrote a good paragraph together:
Zoos have several benefits. The main benefit is that zoos play an important role in wildlife conservation. They help to protect endangered species, such as pandas or rhinos, and allow scientists to study animal behaviour. Another advantage of zoos is that they employ large numbers of people, therefore providing job opportunities and income for the local area. Also, the money that zoos make can be used for conservation projects. From a personal point of view, zoos are interesting, educational and fun. They are entertaining for families, and teach children to appreciate wildlife and nature.
IELTS Writing Task 2: health topic (obesity)
Childhood obesity is becoming a serious problem in many countries. Explain the main causes and effects of this problem, and suggest some possible solutions.
Here are some vocabulary ideas for this topic. (My students: this is your homework!)