The only IELTS Writing Task 2 Introduction strategy you will EVER need!
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The IELTS Writing Task 2 Introduction Problem
Do you struggle with writing your IELTS introductions?
Do you spend more than 3 minutes writing your introduction?
Do feel you have to write something clever to get a good score?
Do you have to memorize introductions for different kinds of essays?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, you have a problem with writing an Introduction. And you need help!
I’m Ben Adams and this is IELTS7.guru. And today we are going to solve your IELTS introduction problem.
Because here is the truth. You can write clear and effective introductions on nearly any IELTS topic or any type of IELTS question with a simple strategy.
I call it the “The Two Sentence Introduction Strategy”
And this is exactly what it sounds like. You only need two sentences!
That’s right. Just. Two. Sentences.
Before I tell you exactly how this strategy works, I want to show you why other introduction strategies are a waste of your time.
Let me give you an example.
The most common introduction strategy I see people trying to use is “the paraphrase the question strategy.”
But why shouldn’t you use this strategy? I will tell you why.
The Paraphrase the Question Strategy
To use this strategy well you need to:
- know a variety of synonyms and alternative expressions
- be able to change the form of the words, for example “pollution” to “polluting”, or “polluted”
- be able to change the word order and to spell the different words correctly
But this is hard!
You have to have really good English to do this.
Let’s try the paraphrase strategy with this question.
Sample QuestionAs an increasingly large number of people are overweight, some people believe that universities should make sport compulsory.
What is your opinion on this?
Re-worded (Paraphrased)More and more people are obese so some people think universities need to make physical activity mandatory.
Look how many words we had to change!
increasingly –> more and more
overweight –> obese
believe –> think
should –> need
sport –> physical activity
compulsory –> mandatory
Most of you won’t be able to use this strategy very well. So, what should you do?
You need to use “The Two Sentence Introduction Strategy”.
Here is an example of using The Two Sentence Introduction Technique with the above question.
Using the Two Sentence StrategyRecently, people have been worried about the number of overweight people. The question is, should universities force all students to do sport?
You see the difference? Yes, we had to change some words because you can’t copy everything, but it is much easier to write because you have sentences to put words into.
So how does “The Two Sentence Introduction Technique” work?
It is very simple.
There are two sentences:
- The underlying issue / problem / or worry.
- A question you will answer by the end of your essay
Lets look at sentence 1. The easiest thing to do is ask yourself:
“What are people worried about?”
|These days,||are worried
For sentence 2, remember just to write a direct question.
The question is, [question]?
… is this really a problem?
… is this a good idea?
… should we do X or should we do y?
… what should we do about it?
Question 1Most societies have homeless people. Some people think the best way to help them is to give them more money.
To what extent do you agree?
Worry: homeless people / people with nowhere to live
Question: Is giving homeless people more money a good idea?
2 Sentence IntroductionRecently, many countries have become worried about the number of homeless people.
The question is, is giving them more money a good idea?
Question 2With an increase in the number of privately owned vehicles, roads are becoming more congested.
What measures could governments and individuals take to deal with this situation?
Question from: http://ieltsliz.com/100-ielts-essay-questions/transport/
Worry: traffic congestion on roads
Question: What should we do about it?
2 Sentence IntroductionRecently, many cities have become worried about traffic congestion on their roads. The question is, what should we do about it?
Now, look at the four sample questions on this page, and write your own 2-sentence introductions in the comments.
Remember, write your own introductions for this questions here in the comments and I will give you feedback!
Practice Question 1Some people think that being able to communicate with others online is breaking down and enabling people, who normally never have the chance to meet, communicate.
What are the advantages of this? Are there any disadvantages to this?
Practice Question 2Some countries are struggling with an increase in the rate of crime. Many people think that having more police on the streets is the only way to reduce crime.
To what extent do you agree?
Practice Question 3Many people think that job satisfaction is important in work.
Do you think young people should be sure of getting job satisfaction before taking a job or should they put salary first?
Question from: http://ieltsliz.com/100-ielts-essay-questions/work/
Practice Question 4With increasing populations and ever growing urban centers, many countries are losing their natural beauty spots.
What benefits are there of protecting places of natural beauty?
How can this be solved?
Question from: http://ieltsliz.com/100-ielts-essay-questions/environment/
Want to see the 2-Sentence Introduction in Action?
Check out our IELTS Task 2 Writing How-to Guide. And, check out our IELTS Task 2 Writing essay walkthroughs:
- IELTS Task 2 Advantage and Disadvantage Essay
- IELTS Task 2 Opinion Essay
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