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IELTS Academic Writing Task 1- Line Graph

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11 Lessons (25m)
    • 1. 1. Class Introduction

      2:49
    • 2. 2. Movement

      4:09
    • 3. 3. Sample question

      1:40
    • 4. 4. Format

      1:45
    • 5. 5. Introduction

      4:02
    • 6. 6. Overview

      2:46
    • 7. 7. Body 1

      3:30
    • 8. 8. Body 2

      0:51
    • 9. 9. Conclusion

      0:50
    • 10. 10. Evaluation criteria

      1:58
    • 11. 11. Final words

      1:04
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Hello, everyone! Welcome to my class on academic writing.

This class focuses on IELTS writing task 1, however; anyone that wishes to learn English or improve their academic writing skills can benefit from this lesson. We will primarily look into how to describe a line graph today.
Let me start by introducing myself. I am Yoyo, an ESL teacher. The first time I took the IELTS test was 5 years ago before I studied abroad. As I was confident in my English, I did not join any preparation class and just went to the test center on the day of the exam. I got 8 out of 9 that time, which is a very good score. Later I found out that IELTS is not just about English, but also about the techniques and strategies. Had I learnt about the assessment criteria beforehand, I would have probably scored higher. Now that I plan to retake the test, I found myself a private tutor who is an experienced IELTS examiner. He shared with me what exactly they, as IELTS examiners, look for in a candidate. I decided to help you guys by creating this class where I share with you what I learnt from my teacher and some other ESL resources that I accessed online.


In this class, we will cover the following 7 things:
1. Ways to describe movement: I will show you what verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs you can use to describe movement while avoiding repetition.
2. Key words and phrases: I will also teach you some words and phrases that you should try to incorporate into your writing to make it stand out.
3. Sentence structure:I will show you some sample sentence structures so that you can practice at home before the test and avoid wasting time thinking about everything from scratch.
4. Sample question: we will together look at a sample question.
5. Essay format: I will explain to you what format to follow in order to achieve a good score.
6. Write an essay together: We will then write an entire essay together!
7. Assessment criteria: Finally I will explain to you how exactly IELTS examiners grade your writing. This way, you are sure that you don't miss anything important.

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1. 1. Class Introduction: Hello, everyone. Welcome to my class on academic writing, as suggested by the title. This once focuses on isles writing Task one. However, anyone that wishes to learn English or improve their academic writing skills can benefit from this lesson. We will primarily looking to how to describe a line graph today, even though you may be asked to write about any form of wraps such as a pie chart for a bar graph. We're studying those in a separate lesson. All right, let me start by introducing myself. I am yo yo, honey nes out teacher The first time I took the aisles test with five years ago, before I studied abroad as I was confident in my English, I did enjoy any preparation class and just went to the test center all the day of the exam . I got eight out of nine that time, which is a very good score, but later I found out that isles it's not just about your English but also about the techniques and strategies. Had I learned about the assessment criteria beforehand, I would all probably scored higher. Now that I plan to retake the test, I found myself a private tutor who is an experienced I'll examiner he shared with me what exactly they as aisles examiners look for in a candidate. I decided to help you guys by creating this class where I'm share with you what I learned from my teacher and some other yes resource is that I accessed online. Okay, in this class will cover the following seven things Number one waster described movement. I'll show you what words now adjectives and adverbs we can use to describe movement when while avoiding repetition, how to say the the line went up or the cells went down. What? We're what words you can use. And secondly, I'll show you the key words and phrases that you can try to incorporate into your writing to make a stand out. And then thirdly, I'll show you some example Sentence structures. Eso you can practice at home before the test. Then you can avoid wasting time thinking about everything from scratch. All right, Number four will be unexamined question that will look at together, and based on that, I'll show you the essay format that you should follow. If you want to achieve a good score, I finally will write an essay together, and in the end I will explain to you how aisles examiners greater writing this way you're sure that you don't miss any of the important Let's get started. 2. 2. Movement: OK, now let's look at some of the lines and how they move the 1st 1 The first kind of movement is upward. As you can see from this rap, there were so many words so we can use to describe it. The trust increased or went up. Rose climbed or a jumped can say it increased for the cells went up where the number of books red rose the same way you can use, jumped and climbed after the subject. If you want to use Knaus than you can say there was an increase or there was a rise. All right. Now that we know how to say upward, we also know how to say a damn word because a lot of the words over similar um, it decreased. It declined. It went down, it dropped or something slumped or the self plummeted. If you want to use nails, we have There was a decrease. There was a decline. There was a drop or there was a slump. So if the line don't move up or down and it just stayed flat, you can say it remained steady. Career a man stable. There was a plateau. Now let's look at some of the adjectives and adverbs that we can use together with the now are the words so that you can describe something more precisely and also show that they have a good range of vocabulary. The 1st 1 will be a significant can say there was a significant increase or something rose significantly. We use significant or dramatic or sudden, uh, for a change that is reflected by a very sharp lying like the 1st 1 and the 3rd 1 Okay, the 3rd 1 is dramatic or sudden, you can say there was a sudden decrease on. There was a dramatic decline, something decreased dramatically. Something when Dow suddenly the one in the middle, is a slower growth. OK, you can say there was a steady increase for a gradual increase. The words air study and gradual and their advert forms are steadily and gradually the cells climbed steadily or something for ah grew gradually. OK, now let's look at some of the example sentences that I put together for you. The 1st 1 is there. Waas arise. There was an increase. There was a decline and there was a decrease. There was a plateau, so it's, um decline the east, the ally any being cells between 2010 and 2015. And if you want you at an adjective you can look at, sent his number three. There was a split. Unwise. There was a dramatic increase, but there was a gradual decline himself between a time on another time. If you don't want to use their waas ah, something you can just use the barbs directly. You can say it sells or the number of books red rose are decreased for women study from 2000 and 5 to 2010 or between 2000 and five and 2010 as you want. If you want at an adverb than you can say, look at centres number four cells rose dramatically or decreased suddenly or rose suddenly on decrease dramatically from 2000 and 5 to 2000. All right, 3. 3. Sample question: OK, now let's look at one simple question together. I'll read it. Freed. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task like 20 minutes. That is very short. That's why you have to practice. That's why you have to learn all the words and all the structures beforehand. OK, The graph below shows the number of books read by men and women at Burnaby Public Library from 2011 to 2014. You need to summarise the information by selecting and reporting the men features and make comparisons where relevant right alleys. Ah, 150 words and look at the graph. There are two lines, one is blue and that is women. The other one is gri and that's that represents men. We can see the years 11 12 6013 and 2014. Okay, then the verdict Vertical line is about the number of books, right? We have all the way from 0 to 16,000. So you need to spend 20 minutes writing the essay in which you summarise the information by selecting and reporting all the man features and my comparisons were relevant. How how do we approach This Ali look so difficult. Well, it is a little difficult, but if you listen to me carefully and practice at home, it will be a piece of cake, okay? 4. 4. Format: before we start writing, we have to know the format that we need to follow because you can groove everything into one paragraph. All right. Ideally, for isles, you should have five paragraphs. The 1st 1 is your introduction where you only para for paraphrase the question, I'll show you how to do that in the next light. Remember that you shouldn't talk about details or data in the first paragraph. That is your introduction. The same thing applies to her overview. No details. No dinner there, either. An overview. You should talk about the general trend or the major feature that you see from the graph something that is the most important. Details and data are reserved for the body of your of your article. Usually you should divide your body into two paragraphs, each focusing on one aspect. I'll show you how to do that in a logical and coherent way in the following slight and when you're finally done with everything, you probably running out of time and you don't want to write anything. But the smart way is to just paraphrase your overview in one sentence and use that as your conclusion. This way, you can get a really good score for your for your writing. Um, it's easy to do because you already have your overview there. You just need to say the same thing in a different way and probably a shorter. Okay, you need to remember that in this essay, nobody wants to hear your opinion. You shouldn't talk about it at all. And what's most important is that you need to cover all the key points and the men features . You have points deducted if you miss anything important. 5. 5. Introduction: the first paragraph should be your introduction. As I said earlier, it's very simple. You just need a paraphrase the question. Okay, This what I wrote. The line graph illustrates the amount of books men and women read at Burnaby Public Library between 2011 in 2014. It may ask me, Why did you write it that way? Okay, there's a simple Let me show it to you. You see, uh, the first part is the question. I just called me the question, then paste it here sighs. The graph below shows the number of books read by men and women at Burnaby Public Library from 2011 to 2014. A paraphrase death by changing a few things here and there were keeping the meeting. The question said the graph. I changed it to the line graph, which is true because it is a line graph. Then the question has below. I great that out. I don't want you to write that because the questions is below to indicate to you where the rap is, You already know where it is. The examiner knows where it is to. You don't need to tell him Okay. Just leave that out then The question uses the word shows. There's someone who works that you can use. Just do not copy of the exact same word. Try something else like illustrates if you go to the verbs you were C ah shows. Represents, indicates, demonstrates, illustrates. Describes. Provides information about breath is a table. You can use list lists. Okay, I just Charles illustrates You can choose any other word here. Describe during the case. The question says the number of books read by men and women. That's a pass it You can change doubting too active, like men and women. Read the number of books. You can say the amount of books. Okay. I wrote the amount of books men and women read at Burnaby Public Library. I didn't change because I don't think you need. You are. There's nothing to change about it. You can just copy it is just a location. Okay, The question stays from 2011 to 2014 because I between 2011 and 2014 this way you make sure that you you get everything right. You keep the meaning, but that you're not copying and pasting anything. It's completely your own words that as lots of marks for you. Okay, uh, you should probably right down the format. The blah, blah, the grab, the charge, the pie chart, the bar graph of the table or whatever it is in your question them at the word show or shows depends on how many grabs. You see if it's one, then it shows. If it's true, then a show or use a better word like it represents or indicates something. What does this show? What as they were present in our question, is the number of books read in your question. It may be something else. You copy that, putting a different way. Okay, order it a little bit then at the time. And the question is, from 2011 to 2014 you might get a question about from 1950 to 2000. You can write that, too, just by changing from two to between end or vice versa. Okay, let's look at an example. The bar wraps were present. Pay attention I said were present, not represents because there more than one grab here. Okay, the bar grabs poor represent. The changes in the cells and cells over a 10 year period are from 2000 to 2010. I hope that's clear 6. 6. Overview: Now that we're done with the introduction, move onto overview Overview is important because the Examiner can get a sense of how your English is and whether you're able to grasp all the men features and key points. Remember, here we don't talk about details were numbers either. Let's look at the graph with the two lines green and blue. Let's start by looking at the very beginning in 2011 and compare it with the end 2014. What do you see? Well, obviously, it was higher that both lines were higher than how they were. Where we worrying? 2011. So that's something we can talk about. We can say that, um, men and women read more books in 2014 nominating 2011. That is one huge difference. What else will see very clearly from the ground that in the beginning the green line was below the blue line. But then slowly, the green line outpaced the blue lie at 2013 and now the Green Line is in the leading position. That's something worth mentioning to. Okay, in fact, in my overview, I only wrote about these two things. Let's take a look. Overall, both men and women read more books in 2014 than they did in 2011. That is by comparing the end with the beginning, however, men who used to read significantly less steadily increased their reading amount. Eventually, Al Paste, they're female. They're female female peers in 2013 and men tend the lead. So successful you talking about both aspects. Uh, I suggest you to use the word to use the word overall in the very beginning of your overview, which is the second paragraph. That way you send a strong signal to your examiner to the person that marks her paper, that this is an overview. I know what I'm talking about. Against that. He doesn't get confused. He knows instantly what it what it is about. You can also use, however, when you want to make a transition. That way, you also earn some points for using Link Wirtz. And remember, if you look at ah for lying, we have steadily increased. See, I'm using the word cavalry that I taught you in the very beginning. That is where you need to know about overview. I hope it's clear 7. 7. Body 1: Now it's time to include the details and all the numbers that you want to you. Um, like I said earlier, we should have to part wraps. Why is that? Well, you can put everything into one paragraph, but the person they're reserve paper may get confused. However, if you separate it into two paragraphs following a following some logical reason than it's logical to your examiner is logical to you, too. That will be easier to write for us. Well, so we can think about how do we put all the details in two paragraphs and also in a coherent and logical way. There's so many ways we can do it. We can do three paragraphs if you want you. Nobody's there to stop you. Ah, one way. Some students just say, Oh, in the first paragraph, I'm going to talk about what happened between 2011 and 2012. In the 2nd 1 I talk about what happening to bettering 2012 and 2013 and violently 2013 to 2014. This way I have three part wraps its alone article. They're going to give me good points. Well, unfortunately, that's not how it works. The problem with that method of grouping is that it? Um What stands are you trying to make? Uh, what What are you trying to tell me? What? What? Less than you're trying to teach me by writing your article in that way. What am I supposed to take away from reading your article? All right, what can I remember after it? Other than some numbers, I probably won't. You would be able to remember the numbers because they're random anyways, huh? Ah, one good way of approaching the ISS simply by dividing, adding to one section about man and a one section about women A Z we can see a men started low, but then the picked up speed they out outpaced the female in 2000 sort 13. And then now they're in the leading position. Women started high, but then they lost human the first half some increases and then fell back to where they were in 2012. That's something that we can talk about. And that's logical. That is coherent. That makes sense. And people can take away. Oh, so man made more progress. This is what happened to them. and women a lot. A lot of something else. Okay, I hope that's clear now. Body number one. This program is about men, as Kim has seen from the graph, the number of books read by men increased gradually. See increased gradually were cavalry that I just thought you between 2011 and 2012 beside the numbers now from about 3000 to 4000. Later on, the figure more than doubled. I didn't teach you that, but this wheeler is. They'll say It grew dramatically. You can also say more than doubled or more than tripled. Here is more than doubled from 4000 to 10,000. So that's more than doubled in 2013 and finally experienced a steady rice. You can say it had a steady rice. They can also say it experienced a steady rice study numbers again to 14,000 books in 2014 . It is worth mentioning that there number of books read surpassed women's in 2013 8. 8. Body 2: nationally. Here we talk about women because we talked about men who displayed some different feature. Now we can transition by saying all the other hand, we're being started off reading more books than men. Between 2011 and 2012 the number jumped C. I used jumped sunny numbers again from 3000 to 8000 followed by a stable increase. See stable increased vocabulary again to 10,000 books, citing numbers again in 2013 nevertheless, issues words like that. Link owers nevertheless, to make your article more coherent. In 2014 the number fell back to where it was in 2012 at 1000 Saudi numbers again at 8000. 9. 9. Conclusion: congratulations. Now you're done with 90% of your article. Now, you just need a very short one sentence conclusion that it's basically the same thing with your overview, which is your second paragraph, but stated in a slightly different way. Okay, So what do we do? In the second paragraph? We summarized the men, features the trends. Okay, Now, let's just say it again. Uh, let's start by words. Like to sum up or in summary, to summarize in conclusion, to conclude you can choose anyone else does. And you started your except to sum up, though both men and women read more books in the end of the surveyed period, there was a stronger upward trend in men than women. Okay, and that is how you finish it. 10. 10. Evaluation criteria: Okay. Now you already know how to write an article about a line graph. Let's recap a little by looking at the criteria the aisles has for evaluating your writing . Uh, there are many four aspects they look at. Number one is task achievement. Whether you have managed to cover all the key points and features. If you missed something important, then you will lose marks in that area, whether you aside important data. Okay, lexical resource. That basically just means you're were capped, Lory. Whether you display of a large variety of vocabulary, do you keep using the same word over and over like it went up, it went up, it went down, it went down. Or you're able to say there was an increase. There was a dramatic decline, something like that that I just talked to in the very beginning of the number three grammatical range and accuracy. Well, that's something you need to work on. That's not something that I can just featuring one or two lessons. Review your grandma box hand and try to use Ah, complicated grandma, if you can. If not, just stick with the easy ones so that you don't lose marks a number of war is coherence and cohesion. The way you you divide dry to go into different paragraphs doesn't make sense is a logical when you do jump from idea age idea, Be so when when you're done. Talking around meant you talk about women. Do you just start talking about women like that out of the blue? Or do you use link words like, on the other hand? Or if you're describing a process, do you just describe it or do you say firstly, Secondly, thirdly, in contrast, in addition, those words were at points for us. Well, okay. Final reminder. Ah, here. Not supposed to talk about your opinion. Don't give it. Don't say things like I think, in my opinion, for my perspective, etcetera, etcetera. Okay, Now you already know how to do it. 11. 11. Final words: in order to practice and to test whether you have mastered everything I just taught you. Today I am giving you some project to work on. You will find this picture on this graph in the project section of your class as well. Um, I want you to read this graph carefully. Think about well, you shall ride and how you should do it. Think about the book cavalry on the structures that I just talked you about, uh and then and do it and then upload it for me to see whether there's something that I want to you at on or give feedback. Okay. If you think you have benefited from my class, don't forget to follow me here. So that next time one of whenever I publish a new class you'll be among the 1st 1 to get notified. Don't forget to you share my link to you. Your friends who are not only kosher yet I'm including a link down below so that they can also benefit from it. And I, as a teacher, can grow faster. Thank you so much.