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IELTS Writing Task 2

  • Your audience is an educated non-specialist person and not a university lecturer like the case in Writing Task 1. Therefore, your style need not be as formal as Writing Task 1.
  • You are supposed to give your opinions, that is, argue for/against the subject.
  • Your essay should include 250 words and you should write it in approximately 40 minutes.
  • Before writing your essay, you should spend around 5 minutes planning what you are going to write. In this activity, you should consider the following:
    1. Read the questions and the instructions carefully.
    2. Analyze the topic and the focus.
    3. Decide what you think about the question.
    4. Brainstorm ideas to be used in your answer.
    5. Fit those ideas into an essay plan divided into paragraphs.
    6. Begin writing your introduction.

What is brainstorming?

Brainstorming refers to a mental activity in which you think about as many ideas on a subject as possible. For instance, take the following statement as the topic of your essay:

“The internet will bring about a new freedom of information and so narrow the technology gap between developed and developing countries.”

Through brainstorming about the question above, you might come up with the following ideas:

  • Difficult to censor
  • Makes the copyright laws hard to enforce so difficult to keep technology secret
  • Computing skills are necessary to operate the internet so new technology gap developing.
  • Only the rich can afford access to the internet.
  • Greater access to information.
  • World-wide communication possible.

After brainstorming ideas, you should now organize them

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    Dr. Hariri

    Would you rather be happy yet slow-witted and unimaginative, or unhappy yet bright and creative? For instance, would you rather live the life of a brilliant yet tortured artist, such as Vincent van Gogh, or that of a happy but carefree soul who is a bit simple-minded?

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    I prefer to challenge this question at first and bring up my viewpoint next.
    There are different successful people in the world who reached the apex through different procedures. Although some have faced torture to reach their goals, it does not mean we have to necessarily lose something in our life to climb the ladder of success. Anyway, I suppose the most enjoyable part of life is making progress and relying on your abilities to flourish and thrive. So, I personally go for intelligence and innovation rather than happiness along with naivety. Many people have lived an ordinary life so far and repeating this story can never excite me at all. We need to gain new adventurous experiences and foster our abilities so as to break out of comfort zone.

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