using quantifiers in ACADEMIC WRITING

Today we are doing some exercises and learn how can we use quantifiers while explaining graphs in IELTS academic writing task 1.

In Part 1 of the IELTS writing test you may have to describe amounts. You’ll need to be careful using quantifiers words like ‘much’, ‘many’, ‘some’ etc.
In the exercise below you need to put the words and expressions into the correct group.

In this next exercise, the table below show how men and women spend their time each day and you need to complete the description by choosing the best word or phrase for each gap.

Source: http://www.britishcouncil.org/

understanding tables & expressing numbers in ACADEMIC

Understanding tables and ways of expressing numbers in academic module writing is somehow a difficult task for students. Here are some activities which help you to understand the tables followed by ways of expressing numbers.

As you already know that the first part is an information transfer task. This means you need to take information from a table, chart or diagram and present it in the form of a short written description.

The second part is a discursive composition. For this task you are given a statement or an opinion about something and you must present your view.

The whole test takes an hour, but you will need more time for Task 2 than Task 1 because you
have to write more words and it is worth more points. The test is organised like this:

words    suggested time

Task 1: Information Transfer        150       20 minutes

Task 2: Discursive Composition    250       40 minutes

First solve this Activity 1 > The IELTS writing test types of writing > 5 minutes

Below is a list of the types of writing you have to do in the IELTS test. Sort the list into writing for Task 1 and writing for Task 2.

compare and contrast points of view
describe an object or system
evaluate and challenge ideas or an argument
explain how something works
justify an opinion
organise, present and compare data
describe the stages of a process
present a solution to a problem
present evidence to support an opinion

Task 1: Information Transfer         Task 2: Discursive Composition

Have you done this?

Okay.

Now come to these two activities; first is about understanding tables and the other tells you the ways of expressing numbers while explaining these tables.

Understanding Tables

Ways of expressing numbers

IELTS writing answer sheet (front)

IELTS writing answer sheet (back)

Source: http://www.britishcouncil.org/

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Activity

Today’s post is about IELTS Academic Writing Task 1. I have taken this handout from http://www.teachers.cambridgeesol.org and use it in my class room but you can do it on your own. This activity tells you how to explain the graph according to the assessment criteria in 20 minutes.

  • First do the Exercise 1 “Understanding the task and data”
  • answer the questions 1 – 7
  • now look at the sample answer
  • do the Exercise 2, ‘Analyzing a sample answer’.
  • go through the sample answer
  • check the assessment criteria
  • start the actual sample task.
  • you are not expected to reproduce the sample answer word for word but to use the best aspects of it as a model.

* Key to Procedure steps for writing your sample answer is given along with the assessment criteria on Page 1 of the answer keys.

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Activity – Student’s Worksheet

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Activity – Sample Task

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Activity – answer keys

Page 1*

Page 2

Page 3

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Activity – Sample Answer

Source: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/teaching-english/

Task 1 representation in Academic Writing

There are two different tasks in IELTS Writing for both modules. There is a difference in task 1 while task 2 is same. You have 60 minutes to complete both these task which are divided into 20:40 ratio. You are asked to describe:

  • one or more graphs, charts or tables
  • a diagram of an object, device, process or event. You have to include the most important points in the diagram. Some minor points or details may be left out.

You must write your report in 150 words and demonstrate your abilities to explain the given data in 20 minutes. Time management is a key skill which helps you to achieve the required score.

SKILLS TESTED:

How well have you given a well-organised overview of the visual information using the appropriate language in its register and style.

Depending on the task type, you will be assessed on your ability to:

  • organise, present and possibly compare data
  • describe stages of a process or procedure
  • describe an object, event or sequence of events
  • explain how something works.

How you express your ideas in 150 words within 20 minutes:

  • You should write in an academic or semi-formal/neutral style.
  • Do not write your views in bullet points. You will be penalized if your answer is not written as a whole piece of connected text.
  • Do write in paragraphs and explain one idea in one paragraph.
  • First write the topic sentence to introduce your idea, than explain it.
  • Block your paragraphs. Divide 150 words into three or four paragraphs accordingly; it means more or less 50 words in each paragraph.
  • Be sure that you have made comparisons, explained all the main points of the graph/chart/diagram/table, and summarized it in the end.
  • If you write less than 150 words you are penalized and marks will be deducted.
  • If you write more than 150 words you will get no marks.
  • A longer Task 1 answer means that you have less time to spend on Task 2, which contributes twice as much to your writing band score.
  • You will be penalized if your description does not relate to the topic.
  • Do not include any irrelevant information, to avoid this you must make a mind map.
  •  (i.e. you must not use notes or bullet points).
  • You will be severely penalized if your writing is plagiarized (i.e. copied from another source).
  • Furthermore, do not just copy the words given in the graph/chart/diagram/table or question but paraphrase them.
  • You must write your answer on the answer sheet.

Source: http://www.ielts.org

http://www.britishcouncil.org

Analyzing Graphs in Academic Module

There are two writing tasks given in the academic module just as in general training module. Task two is same in both modules in which you have to write an essay of about 250 words, while task one is different.

In general training you need to write a letter but in academic module you are asked to analyse a graph, diagram, table or chart in 150 words. If you write less than 150 words you are penalized and marks will be deducted and if you write more than 150 words you will get no marks.

You have 60 minutes to complete both these task which are divided into 20:40 ratio. It means write your report and demonstrate your abilities to explain data in 20 minutes. Time management is a key skill which helps you to achieve the required score.

Do not write your views in bullet points; do write in paragraphs and explain one idea in one paragraph. Be sure that you have made comparisons, explained all the main points of the graph/chart/diagram/table, and summarized it in the end. Do not include any irrelevant information, to avoid this you must make a mind map. First write the topic sentence to introduce your idea, than explain it. Block your paragraphs. Divide 150 words into three or four paragraphs accordingly; it means more or less 50 words in each paragraph.

Furthermore, do not just copy the words given in the graph/chart/diagram/table or question but paraphrase them.

Feel free to ask your questions.