July Writing Workshop – Day 1

Today is Day 1 of our Writing Workshop!  Here’s some of the content, to give you an idea  of what our participants will receive.

So, welcome everyone to our July Writing Workshop.  Over the next 30 days we will be answering the most common question in IELTS study:

What do I have to do to move my Writing score to 7+?

Along the way we will also be answering a few more of the “big questions”:

  • How do I think of ideas for my essays?
  • How many paragraphs should I write?
  • How do I structure my paragraphs?
  • Do I need to give my opinion in the introduction?
  • Do I need to discuss both sides?
  • How do I create good cohesion?
  • How do I write complex sentences, and where should I use them?
  • What sort of examples should I use?
  • How do I write a strong conclusion?

Some of you may be thinking that this too much to cover in just 30 days.  The good news is that the answers to many of these questions are interlinked.  For instance, if you learn when to give your opinion in the introduction and how to structure your paragraphs then your coherence score will automatically rise.  So don’t worry, it’s actually easier than you might imagine!

So now it’s time to introduce you to the twelve essays prompts that will form the focus of this Workshop.  We have chosen authentic IELTS prompts that have been used in exams in the last six months.  Many of them will be familiar to you, and you might even have written responses to a number of them.  If so, you will be at a slight advantage, as you will soon see.

We have chosen at least two prompts from each of the broad categories used in IELTS exams.  Please review them below:


Over the last few decades, the media has promoted the image of young thin women as being ideal. What problems has this caused? What solutions can you suggest to this issue?  


Many criminals commit further crimes as soon as they released from prison.  What do you think are the causes of this?  What possible solutions can you suggest?


Two-Part Questions

Some people think that being able to communicate with others online is breaking down geographical barriers and enabling people, who would normally never have the chance to meet, to communicate.  What are the advantages of international communication online?  Are there any disadvantages to this?


Some companies have uniforms for their staff which must be worn at all times. What are the advantages for a company of having a uniform? Are there any benefits of having a uniform for the staff?


Discuss Both Sides

Some people think that the role of parents is to discipline their children and teach them about right and wrong. Other people consider that the main responsibility of parents is to nurture their children and provide them with a safe environment to grow up in. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.


Some people think that public health is the responsibility of the government while others think that people should be responsible for their own health.   Discuss both sides and give your opinion.


In some countries, a few people earn extremely high salaries. Some people think that this is good for a country, while others believe that the government should control salaries and limit the amount people can earn. Discuss both views and give your opinion.



Some people think that you can never become fluent in a language unless you have spent time living or working in that country. To what extent do you agree?


In many countries women no longer feel the need to get married. Some people believe that this is because women are able to earn their own income and therefore do not require the financial security that marriage can bring. To what extent do you agree?


The crime rate nowadays is decreasing compared to the past due to advance technology which can prevent and solve crime.  Do you agree or disagree?



Some people think that it should be compulsory for people to retake their driving test every 5 years. What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing this?


Many processed foods and ready-made meals contain preservatives and chemicals. What are the advantages to this? Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?


Workshop Tasks – Day 1

For today, our objective is to set a benchmark that you can measure your improvement against at the end of the Workshop.  Your task for today is therefore to choose one the twelve essay prompts, write a full Task 2 response, and submit it here.  (Now you can see why those of you who have already written an essay on one of these prompts have a slight advantage).

We will review and score the essay, and at the end of the Workshop will return it to you.  You can then compare the score you received today with the score you will receive when you write that same essay again later this month.

To submit your essay………………

If you have any questions, please post them on our IELTS For All Facebook page

Tomorrow we will look at the first of the two essay structures that you will use to respond to any type of IELTS essay prompt.  We call it Outline A.

Good luck with your essay writing, and see you tomorrow.

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