Many students are afraid of it, but the IELTS Writing Task 1 can actually be the easiest part of the whole IELTS exam! It’s the only part of the exam, in fact, which is so predictable. You can learn simple structures before the exam that can almost always be used. In this lesson today let us learn how to write an introduction for writing task 1.
IELTS Writing Task 1 answer starts with an introduction. Here, the examiner wants to see a clear, single sentence(not compulsorily) that shows you have analysed and understood:-
|ExampleThe bar graph provides information about the distribution of internet users in four different age brackets (what) in Thailand (where) over three consecutive years (1998-2000) (when).Tips:Try to address at least two wh-question in your introduction.|
While writing introduction for writing task 1, take the explanatory part of the Task instruction(question), and paraphrase it in your own words.
For example, if the Task instruction for writing includes the information: “The first graph below shows the weight (in tonnes) of fruit produced by a farm during each month in 2013, and also the amount (in tonnes) of fertilizer used. The second graph shows the volume of rainfall in each month (in millimeters.)”
You can paraphrase this as: “The charts give data regarding the tonnage of fruit produced in a farm per month in 2013, the fertiliser used and the monthly rainfall in that year.”
Remember that when you write introduction for writing task 1 you Must NOT:-
Writing a good introduction for writing task 1 is a no-brainer. There are various methods to write an introduction. The simplest and by far the most effective though is this:
For single graphs: The bar graph/pie chart/ line graph/table provides information about …(+ what + where+ when)…
|The given, The supplied, The presented, The shown, The provided||diagram / table / figure / illustration / graph / chart / flow chart / picture/ presentation/ pie chart / bar graph/ column graph / line graph / table data/ data / information / pictorial/ process diagram/ map/ pie chart and table/ bar graph and pie chart …||shows / represents / depicts / enumerates / illustrates / presents/ gives / provides / delineates/ outlines/ describes / delineates/ expresses/ denotes/ compares/ shows contrast / indicates / figures / gives data on / gives information on/ presents information about/ shows data about/ demonstrates/ sketch out/ summarises…||the comparison of, the differences,|
the number of, information on, data on
the proportion of, the amount of,
information on, data about,
comparative data, the trend of,
the percentages of, the ratio of, how the,
The bar graph/pie chart/ line graph/table provides information about …(+ what + where+ when)…, while the line/bar/pie chart indicates ……. (+ what+ where+ when)
The bar graph/pie chart/ line graph/table provides information about …(+ what + where+ when)…, with the line/bar/pie chart indicating ……. (+ what+ where+ when)
While we write an introduction for IELTS Writing task 1, we should try our best to paraphrase the question, so that we don’t repeat the words for words.
|contribute (v) → contribution (n)||The graph shows how young people contributed …..|
The graph shows the contribution of young people …..
|active → passiveNB Try to avoid replacing too many active verbs with passive verbs; active verbs are preferable because they are stronger than passive verbs.||Children used the books more eagerly when they were illustrated.↓The books were used more eagerly (by children) when they were illustrated.|
|The graph provides information on the number of cars bought per head of population in China.↓The graph provides information on the number of cars purchased per head of population in China.||NB It is not a good idea to use synonyms for concept words, technical terms, or proper nouns (words that begin with capital letters, such as names.|
|The bar graph shows the number of students who visited the museum in the past month.↓The bar graph shows how many (countable noun) students visited the museum in the past month.||The pie charts show the amount of water used for domestic purposes.↓The pie charts show how much water was used for domestic purposes.|
How long should I take?
If you practice these, you should be able to write a good introduction sentence in about 1 minute, leaving enough time for the main body of the essay. Don’t spend longer than about 1 minute on this, because you need plenty of time to write the main body.
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