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IELTSGeneralTrainingWritingTask2teachersnotes

Description ActivitiestofamiliarisestudentswithtwoexamplesofTask2,whichhelpstudents understandwhattheyhavetowriteaboutforeachonethestagesofbrainstormingideas, planningastructureandwritingananswerfordiscursivewriting,theideasbeingadaptable forusewithotherexamplesoftask2. Timerequired: Additional materials required: Aims: 70minutes+homework stripsofblankpaper

tointroducetwoTask2tasks(discussingviews/givingopinionsand agreeing/disagreeing) togivestudentspracticeinbrainstormingandplanningfordiscursive writing tohelpstudentsunderstandhowdiscursivewritingisstructured togivestudentspracticeinwritingananswer

Procedure 1. ShowstudentsacopyofthisGeneralTrainingWritingTask2topic: Thecareofoldpeopleisagrowingproblem.Somesaythegovernmentshouldcare foroldpeople.Otherssaythatitisthefamilysresponsibility.Discussboththese viewsandgiveyourownopinion. 2. Askstudentstoworkingroupstoanalysethequestionandidentifyexactlywhatthey needtowriteabout(howtocareforoldpeopleandwhoisresponsibleforthis, discussingtheviewsprovidedandprovidingtheirownopinions). 3. Askstudentstoworkindividually.Theyshouldnotedownoneideaforeachsideof theargumentaswellasoneexamplefromtherealworldtosupporteachidea.Ask themtonoteeachidea,togetherwithitsexample,onseparatestripsofpaper. 4. Putstudentsintogroupsofthreeorfourtosharetheirideas.Studentsaddanyideas andexamplesfromtheothermembersofthegroupthattheyhavenotthoughtof. Makesurethattheycontinuetowriteeachideaplussupportingexampleson separatestripsofpaper. 5. Usingalltheideasthattheythinkarerelevant,studentsarrangetheirstripsinthe mostlogicalsequenceforwriting. 6. Handoutworksheet1.Gothroughtheinformationboxasaclassandthenask studentstoworkthroughtherestindividually.
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7. Wholeclasscheckanddiscussion.Remindstudentsoftheassessmentcriteria(task responsecoherenceandcohesionlexicalresourceandgrammaticalrangeand accuracy).Elicitfromstudentswhethertheythinkthisisaweakorstronganswerand why(strongasitmeetsalltheassessmentcriteriatoahighlevel). 8. ShowstudentsacopyofanotherGeneralTrainingWritingTask2topic: Somepeoplebelievethatchildrensleisureactivitiesmustbeeducational,otherwise theyareacompletewasteoftime.Doyouagreeordisagree?Givereasonsforyour answerandincludeanyrelevantexamplesfromyourownknowledgeorexperience. 9. Repeatsteps25forthistopic.Thistimetheyneedtowriteaboutwhetherchildrens leisureactivitiesshouldalwaysbeeducational,andconsiderargumentswhichboth agreeanddisagreewiththestatement. 10. Askstudentstoconsiderhowtheywouldorganisetheirideasintheiranswer.Would theystructureitinthesamewayastheprevioustopic?Wouldtheyuseanother structureandwhatwouldthisbe?Studentswritedowntheirproposedstructure. 11. Putstudentsintopairstocomparestructures. 12. Handoutworksheet2.Studentsworkwiththeirpartnertocomparetheirstructures withthesuggestedonesontheworksheet. 13. Studentschooseastructureandwritetheiranswerinfullforhomework.Remind studentsoftheassessmentcriteriaandaskthemtokeeptheminmindwhenwriting theiranswers.

Additionalinformation Therearevariouskindsofdiscursivewritinge.g.discussingadvantagesand disadvantages,proposingsolutions,justifyingopinions,discussingsolutions.Studentswill needpracticeindistinguishingbetweenthesedifferentfocuses,andanalysingwhatthey requirethemtodo.Repeattheideascontainedinthisactivityusingawiderangeoftasks. Studentswillalsoneedtoworkonotheraspectsoftheirwritinge.g.developingarangeof vocabularyandvaryingtheirgrammaticalstructures.

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IELTSGeneralTrainingWritingTask2answerkeys
Keytoworksheet1 1A Thecareofoldpeopleisanissueallovertheworldasitisnolongerclearwhohasthe responsibilityforlookingafteroldpeople.Therearetwomainchoices:thegovernmentorthe family. 2A Ifthegovernmentpaysforthecareofoldpeoplethisusuallymeansthattheoldpeoplego intooldpeopleshomes.Intheseallpeoplearegivenequalandhighqualitycare.Countries suchasSwedenoperatethissystemveryefficiently. 2B Theproblemisthatthissolutionisveryexpensive.Themoneycomesfromtaxandmany countriessimplycantaffordit.Italsooftenmeansthatoldpeoplegointohomeswherethey knownooneandhavenothingtodo. 2C Thealternativeisforfamiliestosupporttheirelderlyrelatives.Intheorythisprovidesloving careandmeanstheoldpersoncanbeanactivememberofthefamily. 2D Inpractice,itoftendoesnotworkout,asfamiliesdonthaveenoughmoney,andso,much bitternessiscreated,andtheoldpeopleareneglected.Icanseethishappeningallaround meinmycountrywherethereisnogovernmentsupportforoldpeople. 3 Itisclearthatneitherofthesesolutionsisgood.Therefore,itseemstomethatamixtureof thetwoisthebestsolution.Thegovernmentshouldprovidemoneytofamiliestolookafter theirelderlyrelatives.ButIalsothinkthatoldpeopleshouldsaveupmoneyduringtheir workinglivestolookafterthemselvesinoldage.

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IELTSGeneralTrainingWritingTask2StudentsWorksheet1
InformationBox Topic:Thecareofoldpeopleisagrowingproblem.Somesaythegovernmentshouldcare foroldpeople.Otherssaythatitisthefamilysresponsibility.Discussboththeseviewsand giveyourownopinion. Acompositionwhereyoudiscussatopic(discursivewriting)mayinvolvediscussingthe advantagesanddisadvantagesofdifferentsolutions.Thestructureneedstobeveryclear. Hereisonewayoforganisingyouranswer: 1.Introduction Generalstatementaboutthetopic 2.Body A Argumentsforsolution1(+supportingevidence) B Argumentsagainstsolution1(+supportingevidence) C Argumentsforsolution2(+supportingevidence) D Argumentsagainstsolution2(+supportingevidence) Continueinthesamewaywithanyothersolutionsyouwouldliketoinclude 3.Conclusiongivingwritersfinalopinionbasedonabovearguments N.B.Thistopicshowsjustonekindofdiscursivewriting.Othersincludeproposingsolutions andjustifyingopinions.Theserequiredifferentstructures. Readthewritingbelowandmarkonitthefollowingdifferentpartsinitsstructure.Writethe appropriateletterbesideeachparte.g.1,2B.
Thecareofoldpeopleisanissueallovertheworldasitisnolongerclearwhohasthe responsibilityforlookingafteroldpeople.Therearetwomainchoices:thegovernmentor thefamily. Ifthegovernmentpaysforthecareofoldpeoplethisusuallymeansthattheoldpeoplego intooldpeopleshomes.Intheseallpeoplearegivenequalandhighqualitycare. CountriessuchasSwedenoperatethissystemveryefficiently. Theproblemisthatthissolutionisveryexpensive.Themoneycomesfromtaxandmany countriessimplycantaffordit.Italsooftenmeansthatoldpeoplegointohomeswhere theyknownooneandhavenothingtodo. Thealternativeisforfamiliestosupporttheirelderlyrelatives.Intheorythisprovidesloving careandmeanstheoldpersoncanbeanactivememberofthefamily.Inpractice,itoften doesnotworkout,asfamiliesdonthaveenoughmoney,andso,muchbitternessis created,andtheoldpeopleareneglected.Icanseethishappeningallaroundmeinmy countrywherethereisnogovernmentsupportforoldpeople. Itisclearthatneitherofthesesolutionsisgood.Therefore,itseemstomethatamixtureof thetwoisthebestsolution.Thegovernmentshouldprovidemoneytofamiliestolookafter theirelderlyrelatives.ButIalsothinkthatoldpeopleshouldsaveupmoneyduringtheir workinglivestolookafterthemselvesinoldage.
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IELTSGeneralTrainingWritingTask2StudentsWorksheet2
Somepeoplebelievethatchildrensleisureactivitiesmustbeeducational,otherwisethey areacompletewasteoftime. Doyouagreeordisagree? Givereasonsforyouranswerandincludeanyrelevantexamplesfromyourownknowledge orexperience. Herearetwopossiblestructuresforthisessay: 1.Introduction Generalstatementaboutthetopic 2.Body A B C D E Firstargumentagreeingwithtopic(+supportingevidence) Firstargumentdisagreeingwith2A(+supportingevidence) Secondargumentagreeingwithtopic(+supportingevidence) Secondargumentdisagreeing2C(+supportingevidence) Continueinthesamewaywithfurtherargumentsasrelevant

3.Conclusiongivingwritersfinalopinionbasedonabovearguments N.B.Theremaybedifferentnumbersofagreeinganddisagreeingarguments.Thisdoesnot matter. 1.Introduction Generalstatementaboutthetopic 2.Body A B C D E F G Firstargumentagreeingwithtopic(+supportingevidence) Secondargumentagreeingwithtopic(+supportingevidence) Thirdargumentagreeingwithtopic(+supportingevidence) etc.forfurtherargumentsinagreement Firstargumentdisagreeingwithtopic(+supportingevidence) Secondargumentdisagreeingwithtopic(+supportingevidence) etc.withfurtherargumentsindisagreement

3.Conclusiongivingwritersfinalopinionbasedonabovearguments

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