Today’s post is focused on improving how you present your opinions in the task
2 essay. To get a band 7 you need to present logical opinions with supporting evidence
. We have 5 activities
to get you confident with this language.
Activity 1 – Warm up
We’re going to be thinking about technology
in this post. What positives and negatives, if any, does technology bring to:
Write down your answers or post them in the comments section
Activity 2 – Yes / No
Read the task 2 question below.
An increasing number of people now use the internet to meet new people and socialize. Some people think this has brought people closer together while others think people are becoming increasingly isolated.
Discus both sides and give your opinion.
Read the statements below. Which ones are relevant
to this question (i.e. should be included in the essay)
and which are not.
If a sentence is relevant, answer yes
. If it is irrelevant then answer no
ARE THESE SENTENCES RELEVANT?
Students find this activity difficult because
they often see sentences that are loosely connected to the task and believe they should be included. With all IELTS questions, the most important thing is to keep your answer as relevant as possible to the question
If you made some mistakes in this activity, go back to each sentence and ask yourself ‘Is this sentence directly connected to the task?‘.
Thinking like this will stop you wasting time writing unrelated responses that do not help your band score.
Activity 3 – Multiple Choice
Each sentence in the previous
activity starts with an adverb that shows the writers opinion. Introducing your opinion this way will help the reader identify
your position and boost your score for Task Achievement, Coherence and Cohesion,
and Lexical Resource
Look at the four groups of adverbs and adverbial phrases that can be used to introduce the writer’s opinion. What attitude
does each group of adverbs show the writer has towards an opinion?
WHAT ATTITUDES DO THE ADVERBS SHOW?
Activity 4 – Gap fill
Click on a word from the box and then click again on a gap to complete the sentence.
Activity 5 – Writing
Read the following question.
To what extent has the internet made modern life more convenient?
Write 250 words.
Write a response
to this question. Remember to use the adverbs and adverbial phrases that we studied above to introduce your opinions.
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For more writing advice, check out our guide to writing a body paragraph.