(Note: I normally do a listening lesson on Tuesdays, but this week it will be on Wednesday)
Several people sent me this recent IELTS writing task 2 question:
Extreme sports such as sky diving and skiing are very dangerous and should be banned. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this view?
I looked at this question with some of my students here in Manchester, and we wrote the following essay plan.
- Introduction: Topic = ban extreme sports. Answer = disagree
- First reason: These sports are not so dangerous 1) because of regulations, procedures and safety measures, 2) because of training and preparation (give an example sport), 3) because of improving equipment and technology
- Second reason: It would be wrong to ban these sports, and difficult to enforce a ban - freedom of choice - the right to enjoy yourself - risks and rewards (example) - who would decide which sports? - who would stop people from participating?
- Conclusion: repeat / summarise the opinion
Tip: The key thing when planning this "completely disagree" answer was to find two separate reasons for the two main paragraphs. We decided to do this by disagreeing with the two ideas that are mentioned in the question: 1) extreme sports are dangerous 2) they should be banned.