Beyond English: IELTS Academic Writing Task 1
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Get a higher score in IELTS and change your future
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
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What Will I Learn?
  • Write a high scoring answer in IELTS Academic Writing Task 1
  • Write clearly and coherently with an organised structure
  • Skillfully use stylistic language to describe charts, graphs and diagrams
  • Understand what the examiner is actually grading you on.
  • Confidently pick out key information from charts, graphs, maps and diagrams.
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  • Students will need an Intermediate to Advanced level of English to understand and use this course (B2-C1 is recommended)

This is one in a series of courses based on test preparation for the IELTS Academic exam. This part focuses on WRITING TASK 1. In this course you will find:

  • 2 hours of lectures about Writing Task 1
  • Over 20 PDF pages of Grammar and Vocabulary Exercises, and Practice Exam questions with tips and answers.
  • Tuition from an experienced IELTS teacher from the UK
  • A copy of the Band Descriptions for Writing Task 1 that the examiners uses to grade your paper
  • Modal answers with explanations
  • General advice on how to describe numbers, charts, diagrams and maps in English

The course is broken into several sections:

  1. An introduction to the IELTS exam and Writing Task 1
  2. Advice on how to skillfully write about numbers, percentages, trends, comparisons and size.
  3. Line graphs and Structure
  4. Other visuals with numbers: Bar Charts, Pie Charts and Tables
  5. Diagrams and Processes
  6. Maps 

This course does not only give you advice and tell you what to do. We will also take exam questions, answer them with you and show you what the examiner is looking for. Take this course to improve your English Writing ability, prepare yourself for Writing Task 1 in the exam and get the score that you require to change your life.

Who is the target audience?
  • Students that are looking for a 5-9 IELTS Academic exam score.
  • Students that are new to IELTS, and those who already have IELTS experience.
  • Those who wish to study or work in an English speaking country.
  • People that are required to take the Academic IETLS exam (not the General exam). However, there are some tips and advice here that may improve your English writing ability - no matter which exam you need to do.
  • Here, we will only give advice about Writing Task 1. If you are looking for tips on other parts of the IELTS exam, please look at our other courses.
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Curriculum For This Course
11 Lectures
IELTS Academic Exam
1 Lecture 08:15

This part of the course will give you a better understanding of the overall structure of the exam - including how many parts there are, how long each section is, and the difference between the General and Academic exams. We will also discuss the Band Score system.

Preview 08:15
Writing Task 1 Overview
4 Lectures 52:43

The aim here is to show you how the examiner grades your writing. This includes a look at the Band Descriptions, the parts of your writing that they are looking at, and what exactly they are looking for.

Preview 11:49

In IELTS Academic Writing Task 1, several different types of questions are possible. Here, we will have a quick look at the different types there are, we will discuss the tenses you should be using in your writing and we will give you tips on what you should be doing when you first look at your exam question.

Visuals, Tenses and the Question

Writing Task 1 questions
10 questions

Before we talk about actually writing an answer, this video will give you advice on the type of language you should be using to describe various types of information, in particular comparisons, trends and the use of nouns.

Comparisons, Trends and Nouns

Here, we will continue from the last video but focus on numbers, and have a look at some words you can use to link your sentences and paragraphs.

Percentages, Numbers, Size and Cohesive Devices

The correct language for the Task
10 questions
Line Graphs and Structure
2 Lectures 22:36

In this video, line graph questions will be used to show you how to build the structure of your answer and keep it organised. We will look at the Introduction, Body and Conclusion individually and give you advice on how to form each section of your writing.

Preview 10:58

This is a continuation of the previous video.

Line Graphs and Structure (continued)

Line Graphs and Structure
6 questions
Pie Charts, Bar Charts and Tables
1 Lecture 12:48

Here, we will put to use what you have learnt about the structure of your writing, but with other types of visuals that contain numbers.

Pie Charts, Bar Charts and Tables

Pie Charts, Bar Chart and Tables
5 questions
1 Lecture 12:18

In the IELTS Academic exam, graphs and charts are not the only type of question you may encounter. This video looks at diagrams and processes, how you can divide the information into manageable paragraphs, and the language you can use to answer the question in an interesting and effective way.

Diagrams - Manufacturing and Nature

8 questions
2 Lectures 20:43

There are two types of map question in the IELTS Academic Writing Task 1. This video will focus on the first type: Map Comparisons. We will discuss the types of words you can use to describe position and change, and talk about how to compare the size of something.

Map Comparisons

In this final video in the course, we have one last thing to discuss: Map Recommendations. Here, we will give an easy structure to use and some set phrases that can be learnt to make a recommendation in this type of question.

Map Recommendations

10 questions
About the Instructor
Mark Smith
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I am an English Teacher from the UK. I have been teaching for around 10 years. I specialize in Business English and IELTS training. I also speak Spanish, French and some Mandarin and Portuguese.

I was born in Birmingham, UK and studied Spanish, French and Portuguese at Sheffield University. I have lived and taught in many countries during my life including Guatemala, Honduras, France, Spain and China.

I have a Bachelors degree and over 160 Hours of ESL training. I have worked for one of the World's largest English training centers (Wall Street English). I am now the COO of Beyond English, a company specializing in IELTS and corporate English training.

Dane Smith-Burchnell
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Business English Teacher

Hi everyone, I am Dane. I am passionate about teaching English in a fun, interactive and above all, practical way. That's why my company has created these easy to watch videos to learn anytime any place. 

I have over 6 years of experience teaching English, in England and abroad in Asia. I'm really excited about bringing my experience and expertise to a wider market to help create a better learning environment for people. I hope these videos really benefit people to improve their jobs and lives.

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