Task 2 – Introductions – Gap year

Task 2 – Introductions – Gap year

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Study the Writing Task 2 question below and follow the instructions given.
You should end up with an introduction.  
Write yours before you read mine.
Task 2 Question

In some countries, young people are encouraged to work or travel for a year between finishing high school and starting university studies.

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages for young people who decide to do this, and give your opinion.

What is the question about?
It's about ...
Opinions are divided ...
I believe ...
Comments on Task 2 introductions

After reading your introduction, the reader should know

  • what the question is and
  • your position  

Give your opinion in the introduction.  You should know your position before you start writing, so don't keep it a secret from the examiner.  

Make it easy for him to give you a 7 for Task Response (presents a clear position throughout) by telling him your position in the introduction.

It is not necessary to write a background statement.  Specifically, it is not a good idea to start your introduction with Nowadays in the world, with advances in technology and globalisation,  etc.  Examiners are not impressed memorised sentences.   

There is no need to give supporting ideas in the introduction - save them for the main body paragraphs.

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See IELTS Simon on Task 2 introductions

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  1. Nguyen on 31st January 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Dear teacher

    Thank you for your post, but I am not clear much.

    As in your post, I understand that the introduction paragragh for this task just includes 2 sentences “Opinions are divided on whether the advantages of taking a gap year outweigh the disadvantages. I believe that the risks of losing interest in their studies are too great to justify the possible benefits.” Am I correct? Or include the sentence at the begining “It’s about…”? (Sorry teacher, I am very new to ielts :))

    Thank you again for your help.

  2. Tony on 31st January 2016 at 11:19 pm

    Hi Nguyen

    Exactly – two sentences are enough.

    Did you read IELTS Simon’s comments on introductions?

    You can write a background statement but it’s not necessary. Personally, I sometimes find it quite difficult to write a good one. Anyway, I would definitely not start a paragraph with “It’s about”

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    • Nguyen on 1st February 2016 at 9:25 am

      Yes, starting the introduction paragraph with “It’s about..” doesn’t make sense.
      I haven’t read IElLTS Simon’s comment in introductions yet, but I think your 2 sentences has enough information and I can remember easily 🙂

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