This is an example lesson from our Academic Writing Task 1 Course.
This lesson is an interactive presentation lesson. Please view it full-screen and horizontally if you are on a mobile device. The traditional lesson format can be found below the presentation (with a timer for exercise 3 if you wish to use it).
- present 5 important linking words
- present a pie chart task and its model answer
- include an exercise to apply linking words to the model answer.
- Because the rubric (question) is written in the present tense and no year is given, you should use the present simple to report the data.
- The data doesn’t show a change over time, it shows average numbers of books on loan. Vocabulary used for describing line graphs and bar charts (rise, fall, fluctuate etc.) should not be used to describe this data.
- Write 3 paragraphs. An introduction and 2 body paragraphs.
- An overview of the main trends or features should be included in the introduction. The overview should state which group, on average, borrows the most books.
- The body paragraphs should provide details in the form of statistics.
- Compare and contrast the data about the three different groups of students.
In your comparison of your answer from exercise 3 to our model answer, think about…
- your structure: Do you have three paragraphs, with a paraphrase, an overview and two logically divided body paragraphs?
- your linking words: Are they used accurately (‘however’ is used between two contrasting pieces of data. etc)?