We have looked at how to write an introduction for a task 1 map question. We have also looked at the vocabulary required for this specific type of task. In this class you will learn two effective ways which you can use to structure an IELTS Task 1 Maps task.
This Maps task should look familiar to you. First study the task and sample answer below, then complete the true/false exercise.
Ex 1 Sample Task 1 Answer
The maps reveal developments in the British village of Wells-on-the-Water over a 25-year period. Overall, it is clear that Wells-on-the-Water developed from a small, agricultural village to a larger and more commercial settlement.
The most notable development was that the forest north of Woods Drive was cleared and replaced with a new commercial area. A new access road, Queen’s Drive, was constructed which connected Woods Drive to the area north east of the village. New shops were constructed along both Woods Drive and Queen’s Drive. In the south of the village, Mansion Lane was extended and a bridge was built allowing access across the river. New houses were constructed on both sides of Mansion Lane. All of this construction seriously reduced the amount of farmland around the village. The old farm house and the post office at the western end of Mansion Lane were demolished and replaced with a park. The post office was relocated to one of the new buildings on Queen’s Drive.
The largest building in the village in both years was the mansion. However, by 2010 it had been converted into a care home. Likewise, the old factory was converted into luxury flats. Only Mansion Gardens remained unchanged throughout the period.
More INformation about the Structure
The writer of this task has moved from the major developments in the village to the minor developments in the village. In the final body paragraph, the writer has written about things which have not changed in the village.
This is a well-organized and logical approach to the task and would get a good score for task achievement and coherence and cohesion.
|The maps reveal developments in the Australian settlement of Port Philip over 3 decades from 1970 to 2000. Overall, it is clear that Port Philip developed from a small village to a larger industrial town over the period.|
|The most striking changes occurred in the east of the town where the forest and farmland were and with a large industrial district. A number of factories were here. Along the coast, the train line was to the east. There were also major developments in the southwest. The small houses to the south of Wellington Road were and replaced with blocks of flats. Wellington Road itself was to the west allowing for the building of more residential buildings.|
|The northwest of the town was less affected by change. The station remained in the same position next to the coast although the car park was to the west of Main Street. The lake and the forest surrounding it also remained unchanged. The boathouse on the other hand was into a sports centre.|
Let's continue to study the structure of a Maps answer.
In the previous Maps Intro Paragraph class we looked at how to write the first sentence. The first sentence should paraphrase the information in the question and give details about place and time.
In this class we will look at how to complete the introduction paragraph with an overview sentence.
What is an Overview?
First let’s look at some key vocabulary for discussing changes in maps.
Exercise 1 | Map Vocabulary
|1.||A area is defined as an area of countryside consisting of villages and farms.|
|2.||An district is a district which consists of factories and warehouses.|
|3.||An area is an area which contains bars, restaurants, cinemas and live music venues.|
|4.||A area is an area in which people live.|
|5.||An district is one which is full of buildings, for example, a town or city.|
|6.||A area is an area which contains facilities for visitors.|
|7.||A district is a district in which can be found shops and malls.|
|8.||A area is an area of the city where banks and services and businesses connected to money can be found.|
|9.||A area is an area which is unaffected by people.|
|10.||A district is a district which consists of tall buildings.|
Exercise 2 | Overview Sentences
The maps present a transformation from a mainly industrial area to a largely commercial area.
We can shorten this to
The maps present a transformation from a mainly industrial to a largely commercial area.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant
Sentence 2: They / illustrate / transformation / rural / industrial / high-rise / town
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