Writing Task 1 (General) Preparation Course

Duration:  7 Consecutive Days
Attendance:  1 Webinar (60 –70 minutes) daily
Workload:  Homework (40-60 minutes) daily
Recommended Level of English: Minimum IELTS 4.5
Fee:  USD $99
Textbook Needed: None

Course Description

This course is suitable for test takers who need to score 7.0 or higher in Writing Task 1 (General Test). The course provides you with a model you can use to write the introduction, body paragraph and the conclusion of Task
1. First you are shown how to write each sentence. Then, you write and submit the following work during the course:
1) an introduction of an informal letter or email on Day 1
2) an introduction of a formal letter on Day 2
3) a body paragraph on Day 4
4) a Task 1 Test on Day 7
You will receive detailed feedback on the tasks you submit.

Upcoming Writing Task 1 General (GT) Courses

November 13—19,
Webinar Time: 10.00 – 11.30 AM. Eastern Time Zone (USA and Canada)

December 6 – 12,
Webinar Time: 6.00 – 7.30 PM. Eastern Time Zone (USA and Canada)

Reasons to attend this Course

During the webinars, we provide you with models to write different types of Task 1 letters

You practice the model answers at home, and send us your writing for feedback

We check your work to make sure you are following the model and provide you with expert advice

You attend the first webinar FREE. You only register for the course if you like the approach

Course Structure

DAY 1

Webinar Focus:

Overview of the format of the IELTS Writing Task 1 General Strategies to understand the essay question of Task 1 (GT) A model to write the introduction of informal letters

Homework:

1. Applying the model (Further practice for the introduction of informal letters)

Submissions:

1. Write and submit an introduction of a formal letter

DAY 2

Webinar Focus:

Understanding tenses and aspects A model to write the introduction of formal letters

Homework:

1. Applying the model (Further practice for writing the introduction of a formal letter) 2. Further practice for tenses and aspects

Submissions:

1. Write and submit an introduction of a formal letter

DAY 3

Webinar Focus:

How to link the topic sentence to the essay question Strategies to write a body paragraph for an informal letter A model to write a body paragraph for an informal letter

Homework:

Applying the model (Further practice for writing a body paragraph for an informal letter)

Submissions:

1. No task due for submission

DAY 4

Webinar Focus:

Strategies to improve your vocabulary (lexical chains) Further practice for writing a body paragraph for an informal letter

Homework:

Further practice to improve your vocabulary Further practice to extend the topic sentence

Submissions:

1. Write and submit a body paragraph for an informal letter by email

DAY 5

Webinar Focus:

1. Use of conditional and modals in IELTS writing 2. A model to write the body paragraph of a formal letter

Homework:

1. Applying the model (Further practice for writing a body paragraph for a formal letter) 2. Further practice for modals and conditionals

Submissions:

1. No task due for submission

DAY 6

Webinar Focus:

1. Formal vs informal English 2. Creating a personal profile for grammar mistakes 3. A model to write the conclusion of Task 1

Homework:

Applying the model (Further practice for writing the conclusion of the Task 1)

Submissions:

1. No task due for submission

DAY 7

Webinar Focus:

No webinar taking place

Homework:

Task 1 Test GT (20 minutes)

Submissions:

Submit the completed test within the deadline by email

Writing Task 1 (GT) Test Information

General Writing: Two Tasks to complete in 60 minutes

Task 1: Write a letter

Word count: 150

Recommended Time: 20 minutes

Weight: 34% of total mark

IELTS Task 1 (GT) Question Sample

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You have just moved to new accommodation.

Write a letter to your English friend. In your letter

  • say the reason for your move
  • give a description of your new accommodation
  • invite your friend for a visit
Write at least 150 words.
You do NOT need to write any addresses.
Begin your email as follows:
Hi John,

Question Types

Three main tasks used:

  1. letter to an organization
  2. letter to a colleague
  3. letter to a friend

Four main Criteria used to assess Test Takers’ performance in Task 1

Common Errors in Writing Task 1 General

Error 1

Using three or more consecutive words from the question in your introduction

If you copy and paste three or more consecutive words from the IELTS question you will lose marks.

Error 2

Not fully answering the essay question

If you do not discuss all the bullet points included in the IELTS question, your Task Requirement Score will be LOW.

Error 3

Not writing in paragraphs

If you do not write in paragraphs, you will score LOW in Coherence and Cohesion..

Error 4

Not linking ideas and paragraphs

If you do not link the sentences within a paragraph and/or the paragraphs to each other, it will be difficult for the examiner to follow you. This will affect your mark negatively.

Error 5

Discussing more than one idea in a paragraph

If you discuss more than one idea per paragraph, it will be difficult to follow you. Therefore, you will score LOW in Coherence and Cohesion.

Error 6

Not using an appropriate style

If your style is not appropriate for the type of letter you are asked to write, you will lose marks.

Error 7

Not proof-reading their writing before submitting the essay

Grammatical, spelling, lexical and punctuation inaccuracies are all marked. Therefore, test takers should spend the last 3-5 minutes proof-reading their writing.

Student’s Sample

WRITING TASK 1 (General)

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You have just moved to new accommodation.

Write an email to your English friend. In you email say the reason for your move give a description of your new accommodation invite your friend for a visit

Write at least 150 words.
You do NOT need to write any addresses.
Begin your email as follows:

Hi John,

Task 1 (General) Sample—A real test taker’s answer

Hi John,

I have not heard from you a hundred years. I hope this letter found you in a good health. I have great news for. Recently we made a decision with my family to remove in a new house. All details will be covered in the following letter.

As I would like to start from the very beginning and let my flap about this idea. As far as you know I have recently been suggested a new job in another area of the city and as usual it took me more then two hours to get there and incidentally I stumbled upon an advertisement about this house. I immediately made an appointment to have a look and in couple of those days we covered the deal.

In my humble opinion this house is masterpiece. Just to cut a long story short this is two stored building made with a stone and has a pool on the back yard. It has underground garage and a large basement. So there is enough space for everything and everybody. You should visit us without any regret one of those days.

Now tell me how is your business? How are you doing it so far? I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely yours,
Kate

Improve your Awareness of writing Task 1 General

1) Has this test taker copied and pasted words from the question?
2) Does this essay have an introduction, body, and conclusion?
3) Has the test taker fully answered the bullet points?
4) Is there one paragraph for each bullet point?
5) Has the test taker properly linked the ideas within each paragraph?
6) Has the test taker used a variety of grammatical structures accurately?
7) Has the test taker used a range of appropriate vocabulary items?
8) Are there any grammar/spelling/vocabulary/punctuation mistakes?

Assessor’s Comments

Band 5.5

Did you know?

Students who register for the General Writing Task 1 course receive detailed feedback on:
1) an introduction
2) a body paragraph
3) a conclusion

Use this service if you are not interested in attending the course and only want your Task 1 writing assessed by an expert.