IELTS Preparation Series 2, Episode 25: Academic Writing
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Hello. I'm Margot Politis. Welcome to Study English, IELTS preparation.
Today on Study English we're going to give you some tips and strategies for answering
Task 1 IELTS Academic questions.
We'll look at what's involved in planning an essay, and then we'll try planning answers
to some practice questions.
Task 1 of the IELTS Academic module asks you to describe data.
The key word is describe.
That means you don't need to comment on or interpret the data. Your task is only to describe
When you're writing a description, it's important to know what the context is and who your audience
In Task 1, the audience is usually a university lecturer or a teacher. So we know that it
should be formal.
Let's review what we know about task 1.
The key word is describe, and the context is formal.
There's a range of things you might be asked to describe. Let's have a look at some examples.
You might be asked to describe data.
That could be in a bar graph or column graph,
a pie chart or a line graph.
Or it could be presented in the form of a table.
You might have to describe some kind of process or cycle.
You could also be shown a diagram of a machine or object and asked to describe the parts
or the function.
Now, let's take a look at a practice question. Here's an example Task 1 question:
This table gives participation rates in higher education, in New South Wales, for males and
females according to home location, in urban, rural or remote areas, for the year 2004.
We also have a graph.
The graph shows the same information as the table.
We can see that we have information about the number of men and women who go onto higher
education, or university, in three different areas.
Before we can describe this data, it's a good idea to think about how to organise our description.