If you have looked at some of my blog posts, you are probably already familiar with my approach to IELTS Writing Task 2.
As you might already know, I am not a native English speaker. I am quite a lazy person when it comes to learning new words, and I do not have a wide range of vocabulary. Therefore, I always write my essays in a simple way, without using difficult words or complex grammar structures. Instead, I focus on developing my ideas in a logical way and making my essays clear and easy to read, and these things helped me achieve a high band score.
With this approach, I studied for IELTS by myself, and I achieved band 8.0 for Writing in October 2015 (8.5 overall). Many people looked at my Writing score and said: “Your essays must be so complicated and difficult!”. However, the opposite is true. My essays are unbelievably simple.
After many years studying and teaching IELTS, I realise that a simple approach would be the most suitable for learners who are not native speakers, like you and me. As non-native speakers, we usually do not have a wide range of difficult vocabulary. Therefore, a simple way of writing would allow us to improve the quality of our essays without requiring too much effort. In fact, the majority of my students in Vietnam have achieved their desired Writing band score following this method.
So, how do you write simple essays and still get a high band score? I have written a great number of blog posts regarding IELTS Writing Task 2, ranging from model essays to lessons and tips. On this page, you can find the most important posts from the list below. Spend some time reading these lessons, and I assure that you will find the Writing tasks much easier than before, and you will no longer be afraid of it.
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1. Free e-book: IELTS Writing Task 2 Model essays
Reading model essays is a great way to help you learn and improve. This free e-books gives you more than 30 model essays that have been written by me. All of these IELTS Writing Task 2 essays follow my simple approach. They do not contain too many difficult words or complex grammar. However, they all deserve a very high band score, thanks to a logical and coherent structure.
2. IELTS Writing Task 2 Lessons and Tips
Now that you have read my model essays, we’ll move on to my lessons. As you can see, although my essays contain simple vocabulary and grammar, they are very strong in terms of idea development. My essays are clear, coherent, easy to read, and these are the elements that give my a high band score.
Let’s look at my IELTS Writing Task 2 lessons below, and you will know how to write essays in a simple and effective way.
- Four types of Task 2 questions.
An introduce to the different types of questions you will get asked in IELTS Writing Task 2.
- Five useful tips for Writing Task 2.
Some tips to help you begin with this section.
- Three simple ways to develop your ideas.
This may be one of the most important blog posts on this website. This lesson shows you three ways to develop your ideas in a logical and coherent way.
- How to make your ideas stronger and more persuasive.
Learn this simple technique to improve the persuasiveness of your ideas and arguments. This will help you earn a higher band score.
- How to give examples with ‘such as’.
Examples are extremely important in IELTS Writing Task 2, and this lesson shows you a great and easy way to give examples: using ‘such as’.
- Three easy steps when writing an idea.
If you find yourself struggling to write and develop your idea in IELTS Writing Task 2, try following the easy and simple steps shown in this lesson.
- How to avoid repeating words.
If you have been writing essays, you will know this: Trying to avoid repeating words is a daunting task. Well, it doesn’t have to be. This lesson gives you a very simple method.
- A great trick for paraphrasing.
Another great and easy-to-use trick that can help you paraphrase without having to learn too much vocabulary.
- How to use the word ‘This’.
A very good linking word to use in your essays.