Ielts task 2 discussion

Hi everyone, here is a new task. Look at the following statement. Do you agree with it?

We should look after ourselves before others

Do you agree or disagree with it?

Can you brainstorm the arguments on both side?

Now try to write an answer agreeing or disagreeing:

a. write a short introduction paraphrasing the statement “”We should look after ourselves before others” (some people think that ………………) and add your position – ‘while this is true, I believe that …….’

b. in paragraph 1, write your reasons for your position.

Use this language:

first(ly); second(ly); third(ly)

another point is that ; yet another; in addition; finally

Also try to use this language to explain your ideas further:

in other words; rather; or; better; in that case to put it (more) simply in view of this; with this in mind to look at this another way

b) introduce an alternative viewpoint. In the next paragraph offer an alternative view of the previous argument

Use this language:

by contrast; another way of viewing this is; alternatively; again; rather; one alternative is; another possibility is… on the one hand…on the other hand in comparison; on the contrary; in fact; though; although

c) Now return to your viewpoint and emphasize it

Use this language:

however; despite x; in spite of x while x may be true… although; though; after all; at the same time; on the other hand; all the same; even if x is true; although x may have a good point

d) Make a short introduction


ALISTAIR BROWN: As a writing and speaking examiner for more than 10 years, I bring a lot of experience. I have seen the frustrations that students have with IELTS from a career where I have actively guided and corrected students’ studies. I am looking for the most effective ways to teach IELTS as I understand students’ needs.