You may have to write about maps in the academic
1 part of the IELTS test. Many people struggle (find it difficult) to know how to begin to write about maps so in this class we are going to look at how to start the introduction.
Below is a typical Map Task.
The two maps below illustrate
how Charlwood, a town in England, developed between 1910 and 2010.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
Charlwood Town in 1910
Charlwood Town in 2010
In general, your Maps answer should…
- have a 2-3 sentence introduction and two longer body paragraphs.
- cover the main changes shown by the maps.
- accurately use verb tense. Are the maps showing changes that occurred in the past or changes that are predicted to occur in the future?
- use accurate vocabulary for describing locations and land use.
- use the passive voice to describe man made changes.
of today’s lesson is the first
sentence of the 2-3 sentence introduction. A good introduction requires you to give the topic
of the task (in this case, the topic of the map). To do this effectively, you need to paraphrase (reword) the information in the question. Do not copy the information in the question exactly
as copied information will be deleted
by the examiner.
Read the following IELTS map questions and choose which of the options is the best paraphrase.
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A is wrong since ‘map’ is singular. This is a common error. If there is more than one map, make sure that you use the plural ‘maps’.
C is wrong because the word ‘below’ is used. Below is used in the question but it is illogical to include it in your paraphrase.
B is wrong since it is not detailed enough.
C is wrong because the word ‘pictures’ is used. This is incorrect as they are specifically maps, not pictures. Key words such as ‘maps’ or place names cannot be paraphrased, so feel free to use them in your introduction.
A is wrong because it is not detailed enough.
B is wrong because ’50 year period’ is incorrect. Numbers and years in compound nouns like this should be connected by a hyphen (-). The correct phrase is ‘50-year period’.
Read the list of synonyms (words with the same meaning). In each list, select the word that is NOT a synonym.
These words will help you to paraphrase the task.
The maps show the changes that happened…
The maps reveal the alterations that occured…
Use a word from the box to complete each sentence.