Here, we focus upon demystifying few of the challenges and provide you a sample to read and familiarise on how to score good in IELTS Academic Writing. For finer nuances and techniques you should consider enrolling for Srishti's IELTS course
Basic Tips for IELTS Academic Writing Task-2
Tips for IELTS Writing Task-2
In this task, you may be asked to write an essay. The essay topic varies but the important aspect is to identify the type of the essay question and try sticking to a structure for it. While the overall structure of 5 paragraphs need to followed irrespective of the essay type, analysing the topic and respond appropriately is vital.
Let us look at the assessment criteria for IELTS Writing Task-2 along with a sample question as well as the model answer to help you build towards your goal of scoring high in IELTS test.
Coherence and cohesion
Grammar range and accuracy
Having seen the various assessment criteria that you will be scored for, let us look at a sample. Do not just read the sample response but you should analyse and relate it to the assessment criteria detailed above
Some people believe that international sporting events are the ideal opportunity to show the world the qualities of the hosting nation.
Others believe that these events are mainly a large unjustifiable expense
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Write at least 250 words with examples and supporting ideas.
Key inputs to analyse
Let us take a few moments to analyse the topic and understand the type of essay as well as the ideas that will be needed to be expanded
- First of all, this is called a ‘taking a stand’ type of essay
- You should first decide whether you are agreeing if international sporting events highlight hosting nation’s capabilities or not
- Should you agree, you should jot down ideas to support it or should you decide to disagree, you should note down the points you are going to disagree
Students often struggle upon ‘how to start’ writing these. That is where the following tips help in building your first paragraph
- You should state your stand on the topic upfront.
- Apart from that, you can paraphrase the topic and bring the key points that you have jotted down as detailed in the Key inputs to analyse section above
The Model Answer
Having collected all the inputs and an broad idea about the opening paragraph, we will now look at the model answer for this IELTS Academic Writing Task-2 question
International events such as the Olympics, the World Cup, Asian Games, and other such events are incredible opportunities for not just the hosting country but also, for the participating countries. These global spectacles provide a country with an economic windfall or expose it to a public relations disaster. I strongly agree to the view that international events depicts the qualities of hosting nation.
First of all, hosting such global events brings with it the attention of global media that helps in promoting the hosting nations’ capabilities. The pitfall of it includes negative coverage, such as controversial news from those country which otherwise would have been ignored. For example, the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, not only brought media spotlight on the participants but also highlighted the polemic legislation regarding homosexuality. Therefore, apart from the international recognition, the country also faced backlash.
Secondly, the expense of building large infrastructures necessary to hold these events can, at times, supersede the benefits, unless there are adequate plans of using those after the event. This is largely due to the fact that stadiums, Olympic parks, games village etcetra., requires a large capital expenditure, invariably from the respective government and their public sector undertakings. This helps these public sectors to gain global visibility.
In the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002, the council commissioned a stadium for athletic events which was later adapted and sold to a pre-eminent football club, Manchester City. With proper, economic management of such buildings and facilities the cost can be recovered.
To conclude, I agree that a host city or nation has a lot to gain from these events yet, at the same time, ensure proper economic model for the usage of such infrastructure, thus built, for continued economic viability.