How thinking about burgers can help you with your IELTS Writing score
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How thinking about burgers can help you with your IELTS Writing score

When you are writing IELTS Task 2 essays, it is very important that you know what you need to include in each paragraph. One easy way to remember this is to think of a big juicy burger with 2 pieces of meat in the middle! If we think of the bread on top as the introduction, the two burgers in the bun as the meat or main information in the essay and the bottom bun of bread as the conclusion we have a formula that works for all essay types in Task 2. Agree or disagree essay e.g. Some people believe that you should be fined if you don’t recycle. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? In this type of essay, in between the bread (the introduction and conclusion), paragraph 1 can have your ideas for and paragraph 2 can have your ideas against. A useful tip is to first write the arguments for and against before you write the introduction. Doing this will ensure that you make a good job of linking the introduction to the main body. Advantages and disadvantages essay e.g. In the past most people used to have to travel to their place of work. With increased use of the internet, computers and smartphones, more and more people are choosing to work from home. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this development? So here, after the introduction, the first paragraph will look at the advantages and the second at the disadvantages before finishing with the conclusion. Problem and solution essay e.g. Social media has completely changed the way family and friends communicate with each other. What are the reasons for this? Is this a positive or negative development? These essay questions are often phrased in different ways, they will however always ask you to provide some form of answer to a problem. In this the first main body (meat) paragraph you should look at the problem and in the second at the solution. Like all the different types of essay, you also need an introduction and a conclusion. Two question in one essay  e.g. Social media has completely changed the way family and friends communicate with each other. What are the reasons for this? Is this a positive or negative development? In this type of essay, in between the introduction and conclusion, Paragraph 1 can answer the first question (e.g. What are the reasons for this?) and paragraph 2 can answer the second question (e.g. is this a positive or negative development?) How to approach the questions 1. Analyse the task: A good way to start is to make sure that you are clear what the topic is and what type of task you are completing. 2. Brainstorm your ideas: Quickly note down any ideas that you can think of. 3. Structure your essay: Use the ideas above to decide how you are going to structure your essay.  Remember that we called the introduction and the conclusion ‘the bread’, this is because they are important, but they are not the most important part of the essay. Your introduction shouldn’t be too long. It’s best to paraphrase the question and briefly give your opinion. The conclusion is typically one or two sentences that summarise your opinion and give one or two reasons for it. You must have an introduction and conclusion, but the important information is in the ‘meat’ or the main paragraphs in the middle.  Organisation is very important. It makes it easier for you to order your ideas, it makes it easier for the examiner to follow your ideas and as you are marked on Coherence and Cohesion it could mean the difference between a band score 5 and 6. Remember that you will lose marks if you write ideas that are not relevant to the question. Each paragraph should express one main idea and some supporting ideas. It is important that the examiner can see what your point of view is as you develop your ideas in the essay. When you are practising for the exam it can be a good idea to make checklists of all the things that you need to include in the essay, it will then come more naturally as you get closer to the day of your test.  Therefore, when you are writing an IELTS Task 2 essay it’s essential that you organise your essay well. Thinking about the burger and the other ideas here will help you fully address all parts of the test and help you receive a higher mark in Task Response. By organising the information logically and organising your ideas, you will also help yourself to get a higher mark in Coherence and Cohesion. Who said burgers weren’t good for you? Neil

Neil Holloway

16 June, 2021

How thinking about burgers can help you with your IELTS Writing score

How thinking about burgers can help you with your IELTS Writing score

When you are writing IELTS Task 2 essays, it is very important that you know what you need to include in each paragraph. One easy way to remember this is to think of a big juicy burger with 2 pieces of meat in the middle! If we think of the bread on top as the introduction, the two burgers in the bun as the meat or main information in the essay and the bottom bun of bread as the conclusion we have a formula that works for all essay types in Task 2.

Agree or disagree essay

e.g. Some people believe that you should be fined if you don’t recycle. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

In this type of essay, in between the bread (the introduction and conclusion), paragraph 1 can have your ideas for and paragraph 2 can have your ideas against. A useful tip is to first write the arguments for and against before you write the introduction. Doing this will ensure that you make a good job of linking the introduction to the main body.

Advantages and disadvantages essay

e.g. In the past most people used to have to travel to their place of work. With increased use of the internet, computers and smartphones, more and more people are choosing to work from home. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this development?

So here, after the introduction, the first paragraph will look at the advantages and the second at the disadvantages before finishing with the conclusion.

Problem and solution essay

e.g. Social media has completely changed the way family and friends communicate with each other. What are the reasons for this? Is this a positive or negative development?

These essay questions are often phrased in different ways, they will however always ask you to provide some form of answer to a problem. In this the first main body (meat) paragraph you should look at the problem and in the second at the solution. Like all the different types of essay, you also need an introduction and a conclusion.

Two question in one essay 

e.g. Social media has completely changed the way family and friends communicate with each other. What are the reasons for this? Is this a positive or negative development?

In this type of essay, in between the introduction and conclusion, Paragraph 1 can answer the first question (e.g. What are the reasons for this?) and paragraph 2 can answer the second question (e.g. is this a positive or negative development?)

How to approach the questions

1. Analyse the task: A good way to start is to make sure that you are clear what the topic is and what type of task you are completing.

2. Brainstorm your ideas: Quickly note down any ideas that you can think of.

3. Structure your essay: Use the ideas above to decide how you are going to structure your essay.

Remember that we called the introduction and the conclusion ‘the bread’, this is because they are important, but they are not the most important part of the essay. Your introduction shouldn’t be too long. It’s best to paraphrase the question and briefly give your opinion. The conclusion is typically one or two sentences that summarise your opinion and give one or two reasons for it. You must have an introduction and conclusion, but the important information is in the ‘meat’ or the main paragraphs in the middle.

Organisation is very important. It makes it easier for you to order your ideas, it makes it easier for the examiner to follow your ideas and as you are marked on Coherence and Cohesion it could mean the difference between a band score 5 and 6. Remember that you will lose marks if you write ideas that are not relevant to the question. Each paragraph should express one main idea and some supporting ideas. It is important that the examiner can see what your point of view is as you develop your ideas in the essay. When you are practising for the exam it can be a good idea to make checklists of all the things that you need to include in the essay, it will then come more naturally as you get closer to the day of your test.

Therefore, when you are writing an IELTS Task 2 essay it’s essential that you organise your essay well. Thinking about the burger and the other ideas here will help you fully address all parts of the test and help you receive a higher mark in Task Response. By organising the information logically and organising your ideas, you will also help yourself to get a higher mark in Coherence and Cohesion. Who said burgers weren’t good for you?

Neil

Neil Holloway

Neil worked for many years as an IELTS teacher and examiner. He currently works at Cambridge University Press where he has worked on titles such as the Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS, Mindset for IELTS and Complete IELTS.

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