What you should include in an IELTS Writing Task 2 introduction
In this post, I’d like to show you what information you should include in an IELTS Writing Task 2 introduction, i.e. the first paragraph of an IELTS essay. (For those of you new to IELTS, in IELTS Writing Task 2 you have to write an essay of 250 words or more on a particular topic).
In general, your IELTS Writing Task 2 introduction should include:
- an introduction to the essay topic and why it’s important
- an indication of how your essay will continue
Depending on the type of IELTS essay question and on your style of writing, your introduction could also include:
- a statement about different views on the topic
- your own opinion on the topic
To show you what I mean, here’s an IELTS Writing Task 2 question and the introduction from the essay in my post ‘Here’s an IELTS essay I wrote earlier‘. When you read the introduction, think about which ideas from the list above are included.
IELTS Writing Task 2 (taken from the Official IELTS Practice Materials):
Television is dangerous because it destroys family life and any sense of community; instead of visiting people or talking with our family we just watch television.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
Sample essay introduction:
A big part of many people’s lives these days is spent watching television. The average adult can routinely watch two or three hours a day, while many children spend the equivalent of a working week in front of the television. The question is whether or not this development is harmful to families and/or communities.
As you can see, the first two sentences in the sample introduction above introduce the topic and say why it’s important and the third sentence gives an indication of how the essay will continue. If you read the whole essay, you’ll see that it continues by talking about the negative effects, and then the benefits, of televisions for families and communities.
To see an introduction that also includes a statement about different views on the topic and the writer’s opinion on the topic, have a look at the essay in my post ‘Discuss both views‘.
So, to sum up, there’s some information you should include in your introduction and some information that you can include if you want to. If you’ve recently written an IELTS Writing Task 2 essay, you could look back at your introduction to see what information you’ve included.
One final piece of advice is that you’ll probably find it easier to write an introduction if you make an essay plan first.
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