Writing Task 2 (General) Preparation Course

Duration: 7 Consecutive Days
Attendance: 1 Live Class (60 –70 minutes) daily
Workload: Homework (50-70 minutes) daily
Recommended Level of English: Minimum IELTS 4.5

First Class: Free
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 2 (General Test). The course provides you with a model you can use to write the introduction, body paragraph and the conclusion of different types of essays. First you are shown how to write each sentence. Then, you write and submit the following work during the course:
1) an opinion essay introduction on Day 1
2) a discussion or solution to a problem introduction on Day 2
3) a body paragraph on Day 4
4) a Task 2 Test on Day 7
You receive detailed feedback on the tasks you submit.

Writing Task 2 IELTS Preparation Courses

November 4—10,
Webinar Time: 10.00—11.30 AM. Eastern Time Zone (USA and Canada)

November 20 – 26,
Webinar Time: 8.00 – 9.30 PM. Eastern Time Zone (USA and Canada)

December 14 – 20,
Webinar Time: 6.00 – 7.30 PM. Eastern Time Zone (USA and Canada)

Reasons to attend this Course

We provide you with a model to follow.  You memorize the model and use it

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

We answer your  questions and help you overcome your difficulties during live webinars

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 2 (General). Strategies to understand the essay question(s). A model to write the introduction of an opinion essay.

Homework:

Applying the model (Further Practice for the Introduction of an opinion essay).

Submissions:

Write and submit the Introduction of an opinion essay by email.

DAY 2

Webinar Focus:

Strategies to understand different IELTS essay questions. A model to write the introduction of a discussion and solution to a problem essay.

Homework:

Applying the model (Further Practice for the introduction of a discussion and solution to a problem essay).

Submissions:

Write and submit the introduction of a discussion essay by email.

DAY 3

Webinar Focus:

Strategies to generate ideas for the essay. Strategies to write the topic sentence of a paragraph. A model to write the first body paragraph.

Homework:

Applying the model (Further Practice for the body paragraph).

Submissions:

Write and submit a body paragraph by email.

DAY 4

Webinar Focus:

Strategies to improve the coherence and cohesion of the essay. A model to write the second body paragraph.

Homework:

Applying the model (Further Practice for writing the second body paragraph).

Submissions:

No tasks due for submission.

DAY 5

Webinar Focus:

Where, when, and how to give examples in a paragraph. Strategies to improve grammatical range and accuracy. A model to write the third and/or fourth body paragraph.

Homework:

Applying the model (Further Practice for writing the third body paragraph).

Submissions:

No task due for submission.

DAY 6

Webinar Focus:

Strategies to avoid common grammar and spelling mistakes. A model to write the conclusion of an essay.

Homework:

Applying the model (Further Practice for writing the conclusion).

Submissions:

Write and submit a concluding paragraph by email.

DAY 7

Webinar Focus:

No webinar taking place.

Homework:

Task 2 Test (40 minutes).

Submissions:

Submit a completed test by email.

Writing Task 2 (GT) Test Information

Writing Task 2

General Writing

60  minutes

2 Tasks

Writing Task 2 (GT) Sample

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic:

Today People are studying abroad than ever before. Why is this case? What are the benefits of studying abroad for the student?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevantexamples from your own knowledge and experience.Write atleast 250 words.

Question Types

A Variety of Essays used:

  • Opinion Essay with 1 Question
  • Opinion Essay with 2 or more Questions
  • Advantages and Disadvantage Essay
  • For and Against Essay
  • Solution to a problem Essay

Four main Criteria used to assess Test Takers’ Performance in Task 2

Common Errors in Writing Task 2 General

Error 1

Not fully answering the essay question(s)

The essay question might have ONE, or MORE PART. If you do not fully answer all the question parts, you will score LOW in Task Response.

Error 2

Writing OFF Topic

If you discuss topics and issues for which you are not asked, you will be penalized. You should ONLY discuss the essay question(s) in your essay.

Error 3

Writing the wrong type of essay

If the instructions ask you to write an opinion essay and you write a discussion essay, you will be penalized. Read the instructions carefully to understand what type of essay you need to write.

Error 4

Writing less than 250 words

If you write less than 250 words you will be penalized. Make sure you have more than 250 words before submitting your essay.

Error 5

Not planning the essay before starting to write

If you do not plan your essay before starting to write, it will be very difficult to actually write the essay because you won’t know what to write in each paragraph.

Error 6

Using basic grammar

It is very difficult to score a Band 7.0 if you use only basic grammar. You need to use a variety of structures accurately when you write your essay.

Error 7

Using basic vocabulary

It is very difficult to score a Band 7.0 if you use words that are commonly used in everyday speaking. You need to use a number of low frequency words (i.e. words that are not commonly used in everyday speaking) in your essay.

Writing Task 2 (General) Essay Sample

WRITING TASK 2

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:

Today more people are studying abroad than ever before.
Why is this case?
What are the benefits of studying abroad for the student?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.

Essay

It has recently become a common trend among people to consume more ready-to-eat food as to meet their busy life style. In my opinion, I think that these kind of foods can bring about more problems compared to any advantages they might bring.

Admittedly, there are some basic benefits of people consuming convenience foods. Firstly, these ready-to-eat foods are time savers. This means that people don’t have to plan in advanced nor they have to follow a recipe that would take hours to make. Secondly, these foods allow people to step out of the daily cooking routine. For instance, people usually get tired of eating the same dishes or leftovers day after day. By having the choice of eating a dish that is not commonly made in the household, people might feel renewed as they are stepping out of their comfort zone.

Nevertheless, despite the advantages above, I think people could face serious drawbacks from eating convenience foods. One potentially dangerous problem is that they lead to poor eating habits and health. These ready-to-eat-food are packed with high levels of sugar, salt and artery clogging fats, which lead to develop high blood pressure, heart attacks and diabetes. Another obvious issue is that since all these products are already made, people do not have the control over the ingredients nor the quantities being used. For instance, people will reheat a package in the oven and when they are about to eat it, they will find the dish too salty, sweat or simply not so appealing.

In conclusion, developing poor health or not having control over what is being eaten far outweigh any of the minor benefits that could result from people eating convenience foods.

Improve your Awareness of writing Task 2 General

1) Has the test taker written an introduction that clearly shows how he/she will answer the essay questions?
2) Does this essay have an introduction, body paragraphs and a conclusion?
3) Are there at least three body paragraphs in the essay?
4) Does each paragraph have a Topic Sentence?
5) Is the test taker describing one idea in each paragraph?
6) Is the test taker giving relevant examples to illustrate the main idea of the paragraph?
7) Is the test taker properly linking his/her ideas and/or paragraphs?
8) Does the reader need to read twice any particular part of this essay to understand the point the writer is making?
9) Are there any grammar and spelling mistakes in this essay?

Assessor’s Comments

Band 7.0

Did you know?

Students who register for the Academic Writing Task 2 course receive detailed feedback on:
1) an introduction paragraph
2) a body paragraph
3) a conclusion paragraph
4) a full task 2 essay

Use this service if you are not interested in attending the course and only want your Task 2 writing assessed by an expert.