Describing Maps in IELTS Academic Writing Task 1
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Describing Maps in IELTS Academic Writing Task 1

You may be asked to describe a map in Task 1 of your Academic IELTS Writing test. Today we are going to have a look at a test question, talk about some of the specific vocabulary that you would need to answer this question, and then have a go at editing an answer.  Let's start with the question.  (Click to enlarge) The first thing to notice is the dates, 1700 and today. This helps us know what tenses we need to use; present perfect (used to refer to events in the past but which connect to the present), past simple (used to refer to completed actions in the past) and maybe even past perfect (used to refer to time up to a point in the past). We are also asked to make comparisons. From the map, we can see that there is quite a lot of vocabulary for the different features so that helps us out a lot. However, we will need to use verbs that describe changes to a place so let's look at some now.  Can you match the verbs in the box with the definitions? (Click to enlarge) Check your answers here. Here is a model answer for you to read. Unfortunately, this candidate has not taken the time to edit their work and so there are grammatical errors in the text. Can you correct the 10 mistakes? Remember that to do well in IELTS the examiners will be looking for grammatical accuracy so checking your work is crucial. Don't worry if you have to cross out words and replace them with correct words. As long as the Examiner can read your writing it doesn't matter if it's a bit messy. (Click to enlarge) Check your answers here. So there you have it, describing changes to a map. Well done everybody! See you again soon, Emma 

Emma Cosgrave

22 September, 2020

Describing Maps in IELTS Academic Writing Task 1

Describing Maps in IELTS Academic Writing Task 1

You may be asked to describe a map in Task 1 of your Academic IELTS Writing test. Today we are going to have a look at a test question, talk about some of the specific vocabulary that you would need to answer this question, and then have a go at editing an answer. 

Let's start with the question. 

Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS question - Page 110

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The first thing to notice is the dates, 1700 and today. This helps us know what tenses we need to use; present perfect (used to refer to events in the past but which connect to the present), past simple (used to refer to completed actions in the past) and maybe even past perfect (used to refer to time up to a point in the past). We are also asked to make comparisons.

From the map, we can see that there is quite a lot of vocabulary for the different features so that helps us out a lot. However, we will need to use verbs that describe changes to a place so let's look at some now. 

Can you match the verbs in the box with the definitions?

Writing Task 2 - Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS

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Check your answers here.

Here is a model answer for you to read. Unfortunately, this candidate has not taken the time to edit their work and so there are grammatical errors in the text. Can you correct the 10 mistakes? Remember that to do well in IELTS the examiners will be looking for grammatical accuracy so checking your work is crucial. Don't worry if you have to cross out words and replace them with correct words. As long as the Examiner can read your writing it doesn't matter if it's a bit messy.

Writing Task 3 - Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS

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Check your answers here.

So there you have it, describing changes to a map. Well done everybody!

See you again soon,

Emma 

Emma Cosgrave

Emma has been teaching IELTS for 20 years. She enjoys helping people to develop both their language skills and confidence.

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