IELTS Writing Task 2 Introduction – The 2 Sentence Introduction

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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 Question
As 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 Strategy
Recently, 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

Sentence 1

Lets look at sentence 1. The easiest thing to do is ask yourself:
“What are people worried about?”

Recently, many people

most countries

some governments

have been

have become

worried

concerned

about issue

[noun]

These days, are worried

are becoming

Sentence 2

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 1
Most 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?

http://ieltsliz.com/100-ielts-essay-questions/society/

Worry: homeless people / people with nowhere to live
Question: Is giving homeless people more money a good idea?

2 Sentence Introduction
Recently, many countries have become worried about the number of homeless people.
The question is, is giving them more money a good idea?
Question 2
With 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 Introduction
Recently, many cities have become worried about traffic congestion on their roads. The question is, what should we do about it?

Take Action!

Now, look at the four sample questions on this page, and write your own 2-sentence introductions in the comments.


Practice Questions

Remember, write your own introductions for this questions here in the comments and I will give you feedback!

Practice Question 1
Some 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 2
Some 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 3
Many 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?

Practice Question 4
With 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?

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20 Comments on “IELTS Writing Task 2 Introduction – The 2 Sentence Introduction”

  1. QUESTION 4

    Recently,many cities have been worried about losing their natural beauty spots.The question is,What positive aspects are there in securing its beauty and can this be achieved?

  2. Practice Question 1
    The internet clearly have changed the way people communicate and interact with others.
    The question is, what are the pros and cons of this new communication tool.

    Practice Question 2
    Criminal rates have been increasing in many countries making people believe that the unique way to reduce criminality is having more police on the streets. The question is, is increase policing really the only and best option to stop offenders?

    Practice Question 3
    New generations are mostly aiming satisfaction in their careers than financial stability and great salaries. The question is, should satisfaction come before salary?

    Practice Question 4
    These days, many countries have been losing their natural landscapes in consequence of rising populations and urban centers. The question is, how to remedy this issue and what are the advantages of saving natural beauties?

    1. This is great!

      For Practice Question 1 – make sure to check your Subject + Verb.
      E.g. “The Internet clearly have –> has …”

  3. Help me out in this introduction

    Many people believe that schools should teach students good behavior as well as other subjects. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

    Thanks in advance

  4. Recently , many countries have become worried about the crime rate which is increasing drastically.
    The questions is , is this good idea to having more police on the streets?

  5. These days ,many countries have become worried about losing their natural beauty spots.
    The question is , are there any advantages of protecting places of natural beauty?

  6. Recently, many people have become worried about not getting chance
    to meet and communicate with others.
    The question is , is communicating with others online is a good idea?

  7. These days, many people have concerned about job satisfaction is more significant in work.
    The question is ,which is good whether getting job satisfaction or salary first?

  8. 1: Communication online has paved the way for people to communicate and interact with others more effectively. The question is, what benefits does it bring us and what are the drawbacks?

    2: A number of governments are having difficulties in suppressing the growing number of crimes in their country. The question is, is having an increased police visibility on the streets the only way to bring down the numbers?

    3: Most people think that job satisfaction is crucial at work. The question is, do young people think the same way? Or is it money that should matter before anything else?

    4: Nowadays, a lot of countries are losing their natural beauty spots due to the growing population and expanding urban centers. The questions are, what are the advantages of protecting these places, and what are the ways of addressing this issue?

  9. some people belief that via internet everyone have an oppertunity to meet and communicate with anyone both strangers and close ones who lives apart from his faimly.what are the pros and cons of this way of communication?

    many countries are facing the issue of rising rate of crime and the query is,is the only effective way to combate this problem is to increase the number of civil forces of estate?

    it is always argued that what should be priortised while taking a job offer?,is it work satisfation or the money offered for that work?

    Due to increasing growth population and rising number of cities most of the nautral resorts are going to be vanished.what are the advantages of saving such natural areas and how could they be saved?

  10. Practice question 1
    Recently,many people have become worried about online interactions keep on reducing the chance to meet each other. The question is,is it better than meeting personally?

    Practice 2

    Recently,many countries have become worried about to control the rise in crime rate. The question is, is deploying more police in the streets would help to reduce it?

    Practice que 3
    Nowadays, many people are becoming concerned about the importance of happiness and enjoyment on duty. The question is, is it good idea to give the priority to job contentment before the need of money?

  11. Hi Ben
    Could you please check my answer to khan’s question…
    Nowadays, many people are becoming concerned about to teach good manners along with the other subjects in schools. The question is, is this a good idea to do so?

    1. Just take a minute to see how you use “concerned”
      “Nowadays, many people are becoming concerned about to teach good manners along with the other subjects in schools.”

      You could use concerned about how to do something
      Or you could use concerned that + a complete sentence.

  12. Thesedays, many countries and enormous cities have been concerned about increasing air pollution In their society. The question is , is it possible to control or curtail it?

    1. This is also good. Just watch where you place your comma. It should be directly against the end of the previous clause.

  13. Recently ,most countries have been worried about losing their natural beauty spots because of overpopulation as well as incresing urban centers. The question is, What should We Do about it?

    1. Great! Just be careful with your capitals! “The question is, What should We Do about it?”–> “The question is, what should we do about it?

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