Essay writing is an integral part of the IELTS Writing module. To score a perfect 9 in this module is as difficult as climbing a steep cliff. Therefore, only a person with perfect English who commits minor errors rarely only as ‘slips’ can reach the top.
The best way to ensure proficiency in writing is to READ!
To quote Stephen Krashen, professor of linguistics at USC: “People acquiring a second language have the best chance for success through reading”. Reading helps you remember vocabulary. When you read books by good authors, you get exposed to different sentence structures used by them. Reading is also important to get familiar with new ideas. Students are filled with queries related to the kind of question they may come across in their Essay writing task. Honestly, no one can predict with certainty. It becomes important to read voraciously since the essay question topic could range as vastly as from the nuclear bomb to a nuclear family.
That said, one of the most critical elements of doing well on the task is understanding what the question is asking of you. Here are 3 common question types and ways to respond to them.
Question Type 1: A preference
Take this question for instance:
Student at a University often have a choice of places to live. They may choose to live in university dormitories or they may choose to live in apartments in the community. Compare the advantages of living in university housing with the advantages of living in an apartment in the community. Where would you prefer to live ? Give reasons for your preference.
In the above question you have two choices, “to live in university dormitories” or “to live in apartments in the community.” To answer this question, you may use references from real life experience. You may also talk about the incidents or circumstances you or any of the people you know encountered while staying in dormitories or apartments. Once you have chosen your preference, try to defend it by using arguments and evidences.
Question Type 2: A hypothetical situation
Imagine that you have received some land to use as you wish. How would you use this land . use specific details to explain your answers.
The question asks you to imagine what would you do in a given hypothetical situation. You may add few more specifications for your convenience. An important thing to consider is though they have given you a fictitious situation ,the response should be well planned and logically developed using arguments for the choices you make as a consequence.
Question Type 3: A prompt
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement A zoo has no useful purpose. Use specific reasons and examples to explain your answer.
Here we can notice a prompt highlighted. You are expected to choose your side. It is always better to choose one side and defend it with real life experiences or other evidences. An essay in which both the sides are discussed with positivity can create ambiguity. A zoo lover may feel tempted to disagree with the statement based on his gut feelings, but he should think logically and use appropriate language to make his arguments.
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