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IELTS essay writing: 3 levels

 Let's break essay writing into the following 3 levels:

  1. The full essay
  2. Paragraph level
  3. Sentence level

Level 1

When faced with a writing task 2 question, some IELTS students / candidates are stuck at level 1. They have no idea how to organise their writing at paragraph and sentence level. They simply start writing and hope for the best.

Level 2

Many IELTS students are at level 2. They know that they need an introduction, main body paragraphs, and a conclusion. They may also know about things like thesis statements and topic sentences. However, students at this level still struggle to write detailed and coherent main body paragraphs. There is still an element of "hoping for the best" when it comes to the main body sentences.

Level 3

I teach students to break essays down to sentence level. This means that we decide exactly how many sentences to write (13 according to my method), and we know exactly what each sentence should do. If you learn to write like this, there's no need to "hope for the best"; you simply treat each sentence as a mini-task and work your way through 13 of these until the essay is finished.


If you would like to practise writing essays at level 3, check out the 'online classroom' lessons on my member site. I also plan to write an ebook about this approach.

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