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IELTS Writing Task 2 Lessons & Tips

These IELTS writing task 2 lessons, strategies and tips will show you how to write an IELTS essay. They go through all the various types of essay that you may get and instructions on how to best answer them.

For the Task 2, general or academic modules, you have to write an essay that must be a minimum of 250 words. You have 40 minutes. 

These lessons are free and teach you all the key things you need to know about the IELTS writing task 2, such as writing an introduction, analysing essay questions, writing for a band 7, developing coherency and understanding opinion essays.

IELTS Writing Task 2 Lessons:

How to Write an IELTS Essay:

This starter lessons tells you in simple steps how to structure and write a basic IELTS essay. 

Getting Ready to Write:

Identifying the Topic
Learn how to identify the topic of an essay question in order to help you answer it correctly. 

Identifying the Task
This IELTS practice will help you identify the task of an essay question. The most important thing to make sure you answer the question. 

Brainstorming and Planning
In this IELTS lesson, learn how brainstorm ideas for your essay and how to extend those ideas and create a plan.

IELTS Task Response
In this lesson we look at the dangers of not properly answering an IELTS writing task 2 essay question.

Ideas for IELTS
Candidates often worry about not having any ideas for IELTS essay topics. This gives you some advise on how to generate ideas. 

Parts of an Essay:

IELTS Essay Introduction
This lesson explains how you should approach writing an introduction for an IELTS Task 2 essay. 

Writing a Thesis Statement
The thesis statement is an important part of your essay, so this lesson explains how to write thesis statements for different essay types. 

Paragraph Writing
Writing clear and well-organized paragraphs is essential for your essay, so here you will learn about the basic elements that make up a good paragraph

IELTS Essay Conclusion
Learn how to write a quick conclusion for an IELTS essay.

Coherency and Cohesion:

Writing Coherence
One way to improve coherency in your writing is to use transition words. This lesson teaches you how. 

Your writing must be coherent, and this IELTS practice lesson shows you how pronouns can help you to do this

Learn how to use substitution in IELTS to improve your cohesion and quality of writing.

Getting a High Band:

How to get an IELTS Writing band 7
There is no quick way to achieve this, but this lesson provides some general guidance on what is required to get an IELTS band 7 in the writing module. 

Band 7 Transitional Phrases for Essays
Learn about useful phrases that can be used to improve the sophistication of your writing in argumentative essays.

How to Score IELTS Band 8
This lesson tell you more about how the scoring works for band 8 writing and how long it can take you to get a band 8.

Essay Types:

Problem Solution Essays
Learn how to write a problem solution essay for the IELTS test - a quick method that will produce a well-organized answer.

IELTS Opinion Essays
Get an overview of the various types of essay that ask for your opinion in the test.

Advantage Disadvantage Essay
This lesson shows you how to write an IELTS advantage disadvantage essay that requires you to give an opinion. 

A Complex Essay Question
This lesson shows you how to answer a more complex IELTS essay question that does not have a straightforward 'task' given to guide you.

Style and Tone:

Personal Pronouns in Essays
Can you use personal pronouns such as 'I', 'our' and 'we' in IELTS essays? Find out more in this lesson.

More IELTS Writing Task 2 Resources

IELTS Essay Questions

Here you can check out recent IELTS test essay questions from 2018 and earlier that candidates have posted, and also common essay questions and topics that have come up in the IELTS writing task 2:

Latest IELTS Writing Topics

Common Essay Questions and Topics

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IELTS Writing Task 2 Forums

You can also get more great tips from the questions people have asked in the IELTS Forums about the IELTS writing task 2.

There are two relevant forums:

These are some of the most popular questions that have been asked about the IELTS essay in the Writing Forums:

And remember you can ask your own questions so please visit the forum if you have any questions about the IELTS Writing Task 2. 

IELTS Writing Tips

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