How to identifying the main topic and all parts of task 2 essay?

This tutorial will teach you the key steps to identify the main topic and all parts of the IELTS Writing Task 2 question.

Follow the 3 steps mentioned in the video and you will never go wrong.

 

Now lets look at a few sample questions and see if you can identify the topics & different parts correctly.

 

 

a) "International tourism has brought enormous benefit to many places. At the same time, there is concern about its impact on local inhabitants and the environment." 

Do the disadvantages of international tourism outweigh the advantages?

 

b) "In the modern world, the image (photograph or film) is becoming a more powerful way of communicating than the written word." 

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

 

c) "The most important thing about a job is how much money you earn in that job."

Do you agree or disagree?

 

d) Some governments try to control the way a national language is used. For example, they may restrict the introduction of foreign words, or the use of dialects, or they may demand that a certain language be used in schools.

What are the benefits and disadvantages of these policies? Do you think they can ever be effective?

 

e) Fresh water has always been a limited resource in some parts of the world. Today, however, growing worldwide demand has made this a global problem.

What are the causes of the increased demand and what measure could governments and individuals take to respond to this problem?

a) Topic - Impact of International tourism on local inhabitants and the environment.

Question parts - 3 parts:

  1. Benefits of International tourism to places
  2. impact of International tourism on local inhabitants & environment.
  3. Do advantages outweigh disadvantages?

Note: To discuss if advantages outweigh disadvantages you will have to first identify the benefits and impact anyway.

 

b) Topic - Power of image (photographs or film) as a communication medium over the written word.

Question parts - 1 part:

  1. Give your opinion about whether you agree or not that image is a more powerful way of communication than word.

Note: "To what extend do you agree or disagree" is another way of saying ‘Do you agree or disagree?’. However in your answer you need to use adjectives such as "strongly" or "partially" to describe if your agree or not.

 

c) Topic - The importance of earning money

Question Parts - 1 Part

  1. Give your opinion about whether or not money is the most important aspect of a job.

 

d) Topic - Government control on the use of national language in countries.

Question Parts - 3 Part

  1. Benefits of these policies
  2. Disadvantages of these policies
  3. Your opinion on whether these policies can ever be effective

 

e) Topic - Growing worldwide demand of water.

Question Parts - 3 Part

  1. Reasons for increased demand for water
  2. Government solutions
  3. Individual solutions

 

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4 Comments
  1. Profile photo of shikha joshi
    shikha joshi 4 months ago

    Hi,
    I am bit confused between two types of opinion questions.
    1. To what extend you agree or disagree?
    2. Do you agree or disagree?

    As per my understanding, both agreement and disagreement need to be included in question 1 but in question 2 need to take one side and explain on that.
    Please advise.
    Thanks

  2. Profile photo of IELTS Online Practice Author
    IELTS Online Practice 4 months ago

    Hi Shikha,

    You can choose to write about both, agreement and disagreement for both question types.

    When the question asks you to state the “extent”, make sure to say whether you “strongly” agree/disagree or “partially” agree/disagree.

    If you “strongly” agree/disagree, then you can write all paragraphs about a single view.

    Hope this helps.

  3. Profile photo of maryum nawaz
    maryum nawaz 4 weeks ago

    hi,
    in case of agree or disagree,should i discuss both or write about one?
    regards

    • Profile photo of IELTS Online Practice Author
      IELTS Online Practice 4 weeks ago

      Both styles are acceptable. You can write 2 paragraphs in agreement/disagreement or 1 paragraph each for agree and disagree.

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