IELTS Writing Task 2 Masterclass
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IELTS Writing Task 2 Masterclass

The Complete Guide to Achieving a Band 7+ in IELTS Task 2
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Created by Niamh Kelly
Last updated 4/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 23 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Confidently write a high level Task 2 essay
  • Identify the different essay types
  • Identify the different topic areas
  • Generate ideas for different essay topics
  • Independently be able to improve your vocabulary for different topic areas
  • Create effective plans before starting to write
  • Write a strong opening introduction with just 3 sentences
  • Develop your ideas and structure the essay well
  • Plan, organise and complete a strong essay that meets the grading system requirements
  • Develop and expand your academic language
  • Show the examiners your range of language skills
  • Use a variety of grammatical structures that are required for a high grade
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Requirements
  • You should have a pre-intermediate level of English to take this course.
  • You will also need a computer, access to the internet and ability to access PDF files.
Description

This Writing Task 2 Masterclass is delivered to you with 47 video lessons, extra practice materials and links to resources that have all been carefully combined to advance your writing skills. Throughout the course, we will work together to complete a Task 2 answer from beginning to end so that you will see how to fully develop an essay with a high band score. You will then be given a question to prepare for yourself and you can receive feedback from me on your writing. In the final section, I will edit model essay answers and give them IELTS scores using the grading system. This will help you to develop your critical thinking and assessment skills. 

The course is organised as follows: 

  • Section 1: Background Knowledge for IELTS
  • Section 2: Essay Preparation 
  • Section 3: The Introduction 
  • Section 4: Writing the Essay 
  • Section 5: Elements of Language 
  • Section 6: Academic Language 
  • Section 7: Essay Assessment

In this Writing Task 2 Masterclass, you will learn how to: 

  • Achieve a high band score in Task 2
  • Identify the different essay types 
  • Identify the different topic areas
  • Generate ideas for different essay topics
  • Improve your vocabulary for topic areas 
  • Create effective plans before you start writing 
  • Write a strong opening introduction with just 3 sentences 
  • Develop your ideas and structure the essay well 
  • Plan, organise and complete a strong essay that meets the grading system requirements 
  • Develop your academic language 
  • Improve your understanding and use of complex grammatical structures
Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for any student preparing for the General or Academic IELTS Exam.
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Curriculum For This Course
47 Lectures
04:46:33
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Course Overview
1 Lecture 02:43

This section outlines the organisation of the following course. You will find a combination of video lessons, attachments and links to external resources that have been carefully collated to maximise your learning. 

Preview 02:43
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Section 1: Background Knowledge
9 Lectures 47:46

This lesson explains the full IELTS exam and highlights the differences between General & Academic writing. 

Preview 04:06

This lesson explains the importance of writing an essay and details its importance in IELTS and your writing in the future.

Preview 04:10

This lesson details how to write a good essay, by understanding how it is organised (the structure) and the functions of each part. 

1.3 The Structure of an Essay
02:18

This lesson gives you a detailed account of each of the 4 categories in the grading system and we focus on the requirements for a band 7 in each. You will also receive free access to a programme to check your grammar. 

1.4 The Grading System
07:55

This lesson teaches you how to identify the question type and analyse the question in order to get a high score in task achievement. 

1.5 The Question Structure
06:33

In this lesson, you will learn the 9 topic areas that you are questioned on in IELTS Task 2.

1.6 Task 2 Topic Areas
05:21

This lesson teaches you the 3 essay types that occur in IELTS and it will help you to identify and analyse them quickly. 

1.7 Task 2 Essay Types
09:05

In this lesson, you will learn how to focus on your weaknesses in writing and turn them into strengths by asking yourself a few questions. 

1.8 Assessing your Feelings
02:17

This lesson teaches you all the things NOT TO DO in your writing. IELTS Task 2 requires a a formal style and basic errors can stop you from getting a high grade.

1.9 Things to Avoid in Essays
06:01

Test how much you learned in this section. Good luck :) 

Quiz for Section 1
7 questions
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Section 2: Essay Preparation
7 Lectures 34:37

This lesson gives you 4 of the best resources that can use (for free) to help generate your ideas and vocabulary for IELTS topic areas. This information will also help you improve for all of the other IELTS skills.

2.1 How to Develop your Ideas for Essay Writing
06:55

This lesson shows you how to use (and why) the best website/app to increase your knowledge, listening skills, reading skills and language skills. Do not miss out on this information! 

2.2 The Best App to Download
05:07

This lesson teaches you how writing a plan can impact on the overall quality of your essay.

Preview 02:42

This lesson shows you how to find the key word in the question. Without finding the key word(s), you risk not answering the question well and getting a low band score. 

2.4 Identifying Keywords in the Question
05:16

This lesson shows you how to generate your ideas before writing. These ideas will then outline the structure of your essay and help you to get a high score. 

2.5 Developing your Ideas
06:00

This lesson will show you exactly what you need to do when asked to give your opinion. All of your questions about using opinions in the essay will be answered here. 

2.6 Choosing a Side
02:34

This lesson teaches you the best method to create the plan after spending time on the brainstorm. A good plan means an even better essay answer. 

2.7 Making a Plan
06:03

Test all of the things you have learned in this section. Good luck :) 

Quiz for Section 2
5 questions
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Section 3: The Introduction
6 Lectures 41:36

This lesson explains the need for a strong opening paragraph and how it can impact on your band score. 

3.1 The Importance of an Introduction
05:15

This lesson teaches you how to recognise the different structures that belong to different essay styles. It shows you what is required to create a good introduction in a formal essay in comparison to a newspaper article. 

Preview 05:47

This video highlights for you the importance of having a good strategy and leads into Niamh's technique.

Preview 01:25

This lesson teaches you how to create a great opening sentence for your essay using 3 important elements. 

3.4 Sentence 1
09:29

This lesson teaches you how to construct the second sentence in your introduction using just 2 elements. 

3.5 Sentence 2
09:30

This lesson teaches you how to write an awesome final sentence for your introduction by combining it with things learned in Section 2. 

3.6 Sentence 3
10:10

Test how much you learned in this section. Good luck :) 

Quiz for Section 3
5 questions
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Section 4: Writing the Essay
10 Lectures 51:04

This lesson teaches you exactly how to structure essays for each of the 3 essay types.

4.1 Essay Structures
09:49

This video gives you some important tips to remember about creating paragraphs. 

4.2 The Importance of Paragraphs
02:02

This lesson teaches you the 4 elements that every paragraph should have in order to achieve a high score. 

4.3 The Structure of Paragraphs
02:13

This lesson teaches you how to identify, create and structure great topic sentences to add coherence to your essay. 

4.4 Topic Sentences
06:29

This lesson teaches you how to develop the idea of the paragraph and what questions you must answer in order to create a strong paragraph with the 4 essential elements. 

4.5 Giving Supporting Information
06:15

This lesson explains the meaning of cohesion and gives you 5 ways to ensure it is present in your essay. 

4.6 Cohesion
06:54

This lesson explains coherence and shows you the 2 things you need to consider in order to make sure it is part of your essay. 

4.7 Coherence
02:13

This lesson teaches you different linking phrases based on their function and when you should use them. This is a really important lesson! 

4.8 Linking Phrases
06:49

This lesson teaches you why a conclusion is important and what 2 things you need to do to make sure that your final paragraph will still impress the examiners. 

4.9 The Conclusion
06:29

In this video, you are given an essay question to answer. You must use all the techniques taught in the previous sections and then submit your answer into the forum for review and feedback from Niamh. 

4.10 Essay Practice
01:51
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Section 5: Elements of Language
6 Lectures 32:08

In this lesson, you will review the formation of sentences and learn how to identify difference types of clauses in sentences.

5.1 Sentence Types
07:31

This lesson teaches you what is required to create a simple sentence.

Preview 01:52

This lesson teaches you the structure and function of compound sentences, as well as explaining the importance of coordinators, conjunctive adverbs and how to correctly use a semicolon. 

5.3 Compound Sentences
06:50

This lesson teaches you how to form complex sentences which are required for a high band score. You will  learn about adverb, noun and adjective clauses, and get my recommendation for a book to advance your writing further.

5.4 Complex Sentences
04:20

You will learn in this lesson why parallelism is important in English and to ensure you use it correctly in your writing. 

5.5 Parallelism
03:02

Finally, a lesson to teach you the differences between commas and when to use them. You also learn other punctuation rules that should be a feature of your formal writing and certain features which you should never use. 

5.6 Punctuation
08:33

Test everything you have learned in this section. Good luck :) 

Quiz for Section 5
6 questions
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Section 6: Academic Language
3 Lectures 20:22

This lesson teaches you what is required to avoid making bold statements in your writing that can be misunderstood and prevent you from getting a high band score. 

6.1 Hedging
08:16

In this lesson, you will learn the different categories you will be required to give your opinion on and how these phrases can vary. You will learn a variety of phrases that will expand your vocabulary and formal range. 

6.2 Presenting Opinions
07:14

In this lesson, you will learn about the Academic Word List that has been created to give you the most commonly occurring words in formal texts. You will learn the importance of 'word heads' and how to expand your vocabulary. 

6.3 The Academic Word List
04:52

Test how much you learned in this section. Good luck :) 

Quiz for Section 6
5 questions
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Section 7: Essay Correction
4 Lectures 54:46

This video gives you the instructions that are required for you to become the IELTS examiner in the following videos. 

Preview 02:11

In this video, you join me as I edit an IELTS Task 2 essay and critically evaluate it by pointing out its strengths and weaknesses before giving it a band score. 

Essay Assessment 1
15:48

In this video, you join me as I edit an IELTS Task 2 essay and critically evaluate it by pointing out its strengths and weaknesses before giving it a band score.

Essay Assessment 2
17:37

In this video, you join me as I edit an IELTS Task 2 essay and critically evaluate it by pointing out its strengths and weaknesses before giving it a band score.

Essay Assessment 3
19:10
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Final Words
1 Lecture 01:31

Hear my final thanks to you for allowing me to help you develop your skills for IELTS and English skills overall.

Thank you for watching
01:31
About the Instructor
Niamh Kelly
4.7 Average rating
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112 Students
1 Course
IELTS Teacher, English lecturer, Co-Founder at Hippo EdTech

I'm an IELTS teacher and English language lecturer with a Teaching Diploma & Master's in Science. For over 12 years, I have been designing, coordinating & teaching English & Science courses to international students. I have designed courses for leading English language schools in Cambridge & Oxford, as well as Trinity College, Dublin. (Courses are listed below)

I have now Co-Founded my own company, Hippo Educational Technologies, to help English learners improve their academic English to advance their studies & careers.

Join my IELTS Writing Task 2 Masterclass if you want to excel in your exam. Also, I would be very happy to know what courses you would like me to create for an online audience, so please get in touch - the link to my Facebook account is below or you can subscribe to my YouTube channel, English 4 Uni. 

Courses that I have designed: 

- Science Without Borders (English for Science students): Trinity College, Dublin

- Bioscience 

- Experimental Science 

- English for Academic Purposes (EAP) for Science 

- EAP for Engineering

- Critical Thinking for Science/Engineering 

- Qualitative & Quantitative Research Methods

- Dissertation Development

- Personal Statement Writing for University

- Communication Skills

- Statistics