IELTSTutors Body Paragraph Advice
- Make sure you plan the essay before you write anything. In the test you can plan your essay on the question paper. Note down your main ideas and the supporting reasons for them.
- Every paragraph should contain one main idea relating to the position (opinion) you gave in the introduction.
- You should have no more than three body paragraphs in your IELTS Writing Task 2 essay because you don’t have time to write more. Usually 2 body paragraphs will be enough.
- Start your body paragraph by giving an idea which relates to the position (opinion) you gave in the introduction. This sentence is called a topic sentence because it tells the reader the topic of the paragraph.
- After you give the topic sentence you need to give supporting examples. These could be from personal experience or from things that you have read or seen.
An IELTS Body Paragraph Example
Look at the example below.
This is our introduction and first paragraph model answer:
The first reason is that children learn and remember new words more easily at a young age than when they are older. As a teacher I notice my young students have much better memories for new words than older students even though they often struggle to understand the complex rules of grammar which the older students are better able to cope with. Studies have been done which support this and show children who start studying a second language at elementary school absorb new words much faster than older students and in the long term are more likely to achieve a higher level in the second language than students who only start studying a second language at high school. However, these studies also suggest that complex grammar should be left until students are older and more able to deal with such complex concepts.
Common IELTS Paragraph Mistakes
- There is no clear break in the essay. You should leave a line between two paragraphs.
- There is no clear main topic for the paragraph. People sometimes try and cover more than one main idea per paragraph. This can be confusing for the reader.
- There is no topic sentence at the start of the paragraph.
- Sentences do not follow on from each other logically.
- There is no use of discourse markers such as ‘for example’, ‘for instance’ or ‘such as’ to introduce examples or ‘however’, although’ or ‘though’ to demonstrate contradiction.
- Some of the information in the paragraph does not relate to the main idea of the paragraph and so is pointless.
- There is not enough supporting evidence for the writer’s main idea.
- People who don’t plan their essay often write too much in the first body paragraph and then not enough for the second body paragraph because they run out of time – plan your essay first!