The Essay Writing Task 2 of the IELTS exam scares a lot of students. Most of the students are overwhelmed by the topics. In close to 40 minutes, they are expected to write almost 250 words. These essays are opinion driven. They will test your knowledge and ability to express your thoughts fluently. Task 2 of IELTS writing will have a topic that could be around education, environment or even gender equality.
You cannot predict which topic you will end up getting with certainty. It is best to have a fair understanding of most topics. In any case, a few tips here will help you structure your essay if education is your topic
The opening paragraph of the essay will set the mood for the rest. Ideally, the introduction should include parts of the topic or the question. You can use your vocabulary, transition words to present the matter in your own words.
For example, Your topic could be, ‘It is believed that the education system is the most critical factor to the development of a country. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this belief?
While framing your introduction you can start as:
The holistic development of the country rests on its education system. This has been a belief that is driving economies to focus on primary education.
In your task 2 of writing an education essay, you have to remember that your opinion whether in favor of the question or not, will be of little importance to the examiner. They will be concerned about how you present it. So the next step in framing your introduction is to present an opinion.
The holistic development of the country rests on its education system. This has been a belief that is driving economies to focus on primary education. The importance of education is tremendous but the changing global scenario calls for a curriculum infused with strong moral education. To look at education as a means of fulfilling one’s passion or earn a living is a rusted belief. Today, what we study has to shape ‘how we think’ and more importantly ‘how we behave’.
BODY COPY OF THE ESSAY
The copy of the essay will have a two-way approach. Phase 1 will entail your opinion and Phase 2 will be an opposing argument.
OPINION – IN SUPPORT
The opinion can be either owned by you with statements such as I believe that or In my opinion. It can also be in a third person form. It is essential to continue with one tonality either personal or third person tonality.
Taking the example given above, if we decide to go with the belief that education forms the critical core of a country then it is essential to add insightful statements that can support the idea. If you aren’t aware of facts, you can start by highlighting how education is important in shaping the lives of people. It promoted cultural tolerance and enables the workforce to polish skill sets through education.
OPINION – SHORTCOMINGS OF EDUCATION/ SCOPE OF IMPROVEMENT
Task 2 of writing will test your ability to present your opinions with ease. It is an established fact that education is undebatable important. Hence it is essential to have suggestions in this part of the opinion section. It shows balance and also a varied thought process. You can point at the realistic situation stating the need to pay attention to personalized learning, facilitating e-programs and expanding the curriculum to befit the student’s interests. The idea is to keep the essay more relevant to current times and contextual.
CONCLUSION – FINAL SUMMARY
Finally, close the essay ideally on a neutral note. Avoid being too critical, understand the nature of the topic and conclude it on a sensible note without multiple reasoning. Maintain consistency in your overall approach and don’t opt for dual opinions. A fitting conclusion will leave the examiner/ reader with room for their own judgment on the topic.
In this case, you can sum your introduction and body copy. In essence, we can say that we are witnessing a rapid change in the development of education. It is essential to put the student’s wellbeing in the center and relook at our curriculum’s relevance to current times.
The art of writing will have its challenges, in the end, it’s essential to hone your skills with through practice. For any more doubts, you can always connect with IELTS Ninja to help you perfect the articulation of essays.