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Here's my latest video lesson about writing introductions for tasks 1 and 2.
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THANKS A MILLION..... on looking into my problem and
giving your kind and precious suggestion.
i would like to ask whether both formats effect the high band scoring or not in any way?would both formats lead to getting high bands equally?
Saturday, February 01, 2014 at 10:17
thank you simon.
that was nice and short.
Saturday, February 01, 2014 at 10:30
the link is dead simon. can you fix it, please
Son Tran Ngoc |
Saturday, February 01, 2014 at 10:35
it's a nice shot.keep going.thanks
Saturday, February 01, 2014 at 10:42
Simon thanku so much .. It was really nice way to explain introduction part of both writing task .. Keep it up .. I really enjoy ur everyday lesson ...
Have a great a weekend ..
Saturday, February 01, 2014 at 12:16
This is a perfect example. Short and clear.
Sarmila Lamichhane |
Saturday, February 01, 2014 at 19:38
this introduction, I THINK,LEADS TO A BALANCE APPROACH.
MIR AFRIDI |
Saturday, February 01, 2014 at 21:53
If I had this 5 minute lesson four years ago, I would have not been here as I am now. Most of the last 4-5 years I was in a terrible fear about writing task and different teachers and instructors enhanced this fear. I usually spent 15 minute of my time just for writing of the introduction. I was feeling useless every time I reached in writing and speaking part of the Cambridge IELTS Tests. I really appreciate your effort for making such a difficult tasks so easy.
Saturday, February 01, 2014 at 22:27
Thanks Simon for a very useful technique to write fast and short introduction.
Sunday, February 02, 2014 at 07:25
I DO have to ask this, so please...
Is there any chance that a date with only A module will be significantly harder than a test date with both A and G module? Coz I heard someone told me that....
Sunday, February 02, 2014 at 07:39
Thank you simon
This video is really helpful
Sunday, February 02, 2014 at 11:18
Tourism is an excellent way to develop country, but it can also cause harm. How can countries ensure that tourism benefits the development? PLease write your introductions for this essay...
Sunday, February 02, 2014 at 12:07
I have heard this rumour a few times now and I can tell you that it is completely ridiculous.
Sunday, February 02, 2014 at 16:12
Hi . Link is not working in . Plz fix it again
Sunday, February 02, 2014 at 19:07
I just took my acad test yesterday.
writing task 1-it was about ascending & descending of a hot air balloon (is it a process?)
Writing task 2-In some countries young people are encouraged to work or travel for a year between finishing high school and starting university studies.
Sunday, February 02, 2014 at 20:28
It is a process.... Hazel..
Monday, February 03, 2014 at 06:33
Hai, MR Simon and others.
I have written and introduction and a paragraph on an essay. I need feed back please.
Nowadays, some people are changing their way of look through hair colour, clothes, cosmetics even plastic operation. What are the reasons? Is this a good thing?
It is true that currently a number of individuals are altering their appearance by using several means like hair colouring, outfits, make ups and plastic surgery too. There are several reasons associated with the personality and physique of people. I personally believe that this would be a positive outlook of life.
There are many reasons for changing the personal physique. Firstly, a majority of people 40 or above apply these items in order to look younger and more energetic. Secondly, varying appearance can be benefitted in a way, if you are a job seeker in this competitive era. Thirdly, altering the figure and shape of the body has become an essential tool especially for women, because they are naturally beauty conscious.
ZIAUL HUDA |
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 at 06:53
Hi simon, is it a balance introduction? So ur para 1 is about computers as an essential tool for education then ur para 2 is the view that u dont agree it will replace the teachers. Am i correct?
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 at 14:55
I have some questions about essay structure.I wonder if i am following right stucture for essays.Currently, I am writing my essays according to following essay structure:
1)For and against(discussion) essay:
A "for and against" essay is a formal piece of writing in which a topic is considered from opposing points of view. You should present both sides in a fair way by discussing them objectively and in equal detail. A good essay of this type should consist of:
a) an introductory paragraph in which you clearly state the topic to be discussed, without giving your opinion;
b) a main body in which the points for and against along with your justifications, examples or reasons are presented in separate paragraphs; and
c) a closing paragraph in which you state your opinion or give a balanced consid¬eration of the topic.
Note: Opinion words (I think, I believe, In my opinion, etc.) can only be used in the closing paragraph where you give your opinion on the topic.
An opinion essay is a formal piece of writing. It requires your opinion on a topic, which must be stated clearly, giving various viewpoints on the topic supported by reasons and/or examples. You should also include the opposing viewpoint in another paragraph.
A successful opinion essay should have:
a) an introductory paragraph in which you state the topic and your opinion.
b) a main body which consists of several paragraphs, each presenting a separate viewpoint supported by reasons. You also include a paragraph presenting the opposing viewpoint and reason why you think it is an unconvincing viewpoint; and a
c) conclusion in which you restate your opinion using different words.
3)Essays suggesting solution to problems:
Essays suggesting solutions to problems, in which the problem(s) associated with a particular issue or situation are analysed and possible solutions are put forward, together with any expected results/consequences. The writer's opinion may be mentioned, directly or indirectly, in the introduction and/or conclusion.
An essay discussing problems and suggesting solutions is a formal piece of writing. You should state the problem and its causes clearly, then present your suggestions and the expected results or consequences these might have
A successful essay of this type should consist of:
a) an introductory paragraph in which you clearly state the problem, what has caused it, and the consequences.
b) a main body in which you present several suggested solutions, each in a separate paragraph together with its consequences/results and
c) a conclusion in which you summarise your opinion.
Please note that I am a self-studying candidate and need some help in writing and please tell me if I am in wrong direction.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 at 19:16
the link is dead simon. can you fix it please put it on vimeo. thanks
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 at 19:56
Hi simon ,though my English is not a higher level but still I follow your daily lessons they are brilliant .your site is extremely use
ful,wish I knew before,thanks
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 at 06:49
Thank you Simon, you are a genius.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 at 06:51
hi Simon and everyone I am trying to write about task 2 topic in this lesson of Simon. could you guys please give me some suggestions?
Friday, February 14, 2014 at 13:07
Very simple and helpful. Thank a lot, Simon
Sunday, March 02, 2014 at 10:25
A transcript of the Simon's video lesson:
In this lesson I am going to explain how to write introductions for IELTS writing task 1 and task 2. I think introductions for both tasks should be short and fast. Many students waste a lot of time writing long introductions, but remember main body paragraph are more important. So it is best to do introductions quickly, to do this you need simple techniques.
For task 1, paraphrase the question. You only need to write one sentence and for task 2, introduce the topic. Then, give a simple answer to the question. You could just write two sentences.
Let us have a look at task 1.Paraphrasing the question. Here is an example question.
The graph below shows the proportion of the population aged 65 and over between 1940 and 2040 in three different countries.
For my introduction, I just need to rewrite this question in my own way, changing a few words. So, firstly, I have changed the graph below shows to the line graph compares. Then, the proportion of the population to the percentage of people. Aged 65 and over I have changed to aged 65 or more and between 1940 and 2040 I have changed to over a period of 100 years. This is a good phrase for time periods, ‘over a period of’. Finally, you can see that I have put in three countries before the time period.
So, my introduction is: The line graph compares the percentage of people aged 65 or more in three countries over a period of 100 years.
Let us have a look at task 2. As I said I write two sentences. Topic and answer. I introduced the topic. Then, answer the question in a simple way. Here is an example question to task 2:
As computers are being used more and more in education, there will soon be no role for the teacher in the classroom. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
First, I need to introduce the topic of computers in education, so it is my sentence.
It is certainly true that computers have become an essential tool for teachers and students in all areas of education.
You can see that I agree that computers are being used more and more in education. I have used the phrase ‘it is certainly true that’ and I have written computers have become an essential tool for teachers and students in all areas of education.
For my second sentence, I need to answer the question in a simple way. The question is: Do I agree that there will soon be no role for the teacher in the classroom. I am going to say that I do not agree, so here is my sentence.
However, while computers are extremely useful, I do not agree with the idea that they could soon replace teachers completely. You can see that I do not agree.
I think computers are useful but they will not replace teachers completely. So here is my full introduction.
It is certainly true that computers have become an essential tool for teachers and students in all areas of education. However, while computers are extremely useful, I do not agree with the idea that they could soon replace teachers completely.
This is a very clear introduction that introduces the topic and answers the question, so the examiner knows what your position is.
So for both task 1 and task 2 we have simple techniques that you can learn, you can use to learn to write short and fast introductions which examiners will like. Then, you can spend more time on the main body of your essay which is more important.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 14:35
Tourism has become a significant way to generate economic income for countries all over the world. However, it has been noticed that there are considerable disadvantages accompanied by the prosperity of tourism. In this essay, I will propose the corresponding solutions to solve those adverse aspects.
Any comments are welcomed. Thank you.
Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 02:52
Thank you for posting this video. It was very helpful as I find introduction the hardest part in writing especially paraphrasing the task description. I might be able to do that now.
Friday, September 26, 2014 at 09:25
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