Writing Task 2 | Linking Ideas Series

IELTS Lessons, written by Sam Morgan and Tom Speed

This interactive exercise gives you more experience using linking phrases and words in context. Follow these links for exercise 1 and exercise 2.

​Exercise 1

Categorise the following linking words and phrases by their functions.
1. because
2. therefore
3. for instance
4. furthermore
5. as a consequence
6. in addition
7. since
8. in conclusion

Exercise 2

Now read the IELTS test 2 question below.
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

​Some people are for animal testing while others are against.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion?
Write at least 250 words.

Before completing the task below, take 5 minutes to brainstorm arguments and supporting points for the question above.
​Below is a high band example essay. Choose the correct linking word or phrase from the box to complete the gapped sentences.
because   ·  on the one hand   ·  therefore   ·  furthermore   ·  indeed   ·  for instance  
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1. Issues related to animal experimentation are frequently discussed these days, particularly in the media. It is often said that animals should not be used in testing it is cruel and unnecessary. This essay will examine the arguments for and against animal testing.
2. , the people who support these experiments say that we must do tests on animals. , many famous lifesaving drugs were invented in this way, and animal experiments may help us to find more cures in the future. , possibly even a cure for cancer and AIDS. , the animals which are used are not usually wild but are bred especially for experiments. , they believe it is not true that animal experiments are responsible for reducing the number of wild animals on the planet.
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3. , others feel that there are good arguments against this. , animal experiments are unkind and cause animals a lot of pain. , they feel that many tests are not really important, and in fact animals are not only used to test new medicines but also new cosmetics, which could be tested on humans instead. Another issue is that sometimes an experiment on animals gives us the wrong result animals’ bodies are not exactly the same as our own. , this testing may not be providing the safety that its proponents claim.
4. , I am of the opinion, on balance, that the benefits do not outweigh the disadvantages, and testing on animals should not continue. Although it may improve the lives of humans, it is not fair that animals should suffer in order to achieve this.

Were your arguments in the previous task similar to ours? Would you use similar arguments to ours in your IELTS test?
Leave your ideas in the comments section below. When you are finished, go to the next linking words lesson in the series.