Academic and General¬†Training Writing Task 2: For and Against
In some IELTS¬†Writing tasks you need to give arguments for and against the topic. If you do¬†not do this you may only be answering half the question and you will lose marks.
|Test tip: You must keep the main topic in mind¬†while you are writing and refer back to it all the time. You will lose¬†marks if you do not address the issue raised in the question.|
Re-Writing or summarising the question
1 Read the task 2 question below and summarise in your own words what¬†it is that you must agree or disagree with.
|Some governments try to control the way a national language is used. For example, they may restrict the introduction of foreign words, or the use of dialects, or they may demand that a certain language be used in schools.What are the benefits and disadvantages of these policies? Do you think they can ever be effective?|
2¬†Write your summary in the middle of a clean page and put a circle round it.¬†‚ÄėBrainstorm‚Äô some ideas on how to respond to this question.
Making notes agreeing and disagreeing¬†with the question
3¬†Organise your thoughts about the ideas in the task by writing them in¬†your own words, and thinking of points for and against the argument.
Culture is maintained through language so it’s worth keeping it pure.
One country needs one language.
|Restrictions on a national language are justified||AGAINST
Language is a living thing you can’t stop it changing.
People have the the right to use their own language.
Think of two more points to add to the notes. one for and¬†one against the main topic in the circle.
Organising you answer
4 Now you need to make a plan for your answer. Here is an example.
Expand the summary to re-phrase the question in your own words OR start
with a clear statement of your own about the policy.Useful expressions:
The question of whether or not …
I feel that language is …
Expand the first point on the ‘For’ side about the link between language and culture. Balance it with a counter argument on the ‘Against’ side.Useful expressions:
Some people think …
It can be argued that …
Express an opinion on having a national language. Give your own view. Make it clear to the reader where you stand or express an understanding of both points of view.Useful expressions:
While …, there may be an argument in favour of …
Include another point of your own based on your idea above.Useful expressions:
I tend to think that …
Generally speaking, …
End with a clear statement on how you feel about the issue OR summarise the two main sides of the argument.Useful expressions:
To sum up …
Ultimately, it is important to consider …
Write a complete answer
5 Write a complete answer to this question, following the steps above.
|Test tip: ‘To what extend do you agree’ is another way of saying ‘Do you agree … if so, how much?’ It invites you to agree and disagree.|
|Learning a foreign language offers an insight into how¬†people from other cultures think and see world. The teaching of a foreign¬†language should be compulsory at all primary schools.To what extent do you agree or disagree with this view?|