IELTS Writing Task 2: How to write an introduction

hello in this lesson I’m going to show you how to write an introduction paragraph for your IELTS writing task 2 essay now this is the essay title we’re going to look at the best way to improve health is to do regular exercise to what extent do you agree well let’s first look at the statement now I also have given us this which is the best way is a method it’s a solution and it’s a solution to improving health so our essay is all about improving health and their solution their best solution is to do regular exercise so that is what IELTS have said that’s the statement and we have to give our opinion to what extent do you agree now what does this mean to what extent well that means how much do you agree you don’t need to agree or disagree you can’t need to think about it and think do you agree with all the sentence is there something you don’t agree with do you agree with most of it so that’s how you analyze it right well let’s have a look at what information we need to put in our introduction now for many academic essays there are three parts to the introduction there’s the hook there’s a background statement and there’s a thesis statement so let’s look at each part of this the first one the hook now a hook is a center that has lots of interest in it so that immediately the reader wants to continue and we use that in many essays but do we use it for IELTS essays the answer is no we don’t need it let me explain why firstly the examiner is not looking for interesting ideas interest is not assessed in your IELTS essay so if your introduction is interesting or boring it makes no difference secondly another reason that you don’t need the hook and that is you don’t have much time you have a total of 40 minutes and in those 40 minutes you need to analyze the statement plan your essay and at the end of your essay when you finish you need to check it so really you only have about 35 minutes to write that essay there is not enough time to worry about having a hook that the examiner doesn’t want anyway so forget the hook the next thing the background statement what is the background statement the back row statement basically is this statement paraphrased so I’ll just put her paraphrase the statement so IELTS give you a statement you need to paraphrase it which means you need to write it again with the same meaning but use your own language I know that many students think they can just copy that but that will not help you for your essay if you copy those words they are not yours and the examiner will not take them so please don’t copy the sentence just paraphrase it and the next thing is the thesis statement the thesis statement is your answer so how much do you agree you need to answer that and it is an introduction to your ideas so we’ve got two parts to the introduction we’ve got paraphrasing the statement and giving our answer introducing our ideas so just those two parts and in this lesson I’m going to show you how to write them let’s start with the background statement so we need to paraphrase this sentence here now they start with the best way and we need to paraphrase that well the word way is a solution it’s a method so solution method you could use both words I’m going to use method and the best another way to say that I would use the most effective method so let’s write that down and the next one to improve health we need to paraphrase that a little bit health we cannot improve but we couldn’t we could paraphrase the word improve so the most effective method in developing and improving health so let’s just see what I’ve done here firstly I’ve added an extra word and I’ve added this to show IELTS that I can paraphrase and I understand the meaning I’ve added this word because I still like it I still think it’s a very good word to use for this sentence but they say improve I say improving this is also paraphrasing I’m using the same word but a different form of the word so I’ve taken the word and I’ve changed it a little bit this is very good for IELTS so it means you don’t have to change the word completely you can just change the form of the word so the most effective method in developing and improving health now we need the next bit they say is to do I will say is considered to be it’s considered to be so I’ve changed this part for considered to be and now we’ve got regular exercise now exercise I want to keep I don’t want to use sport because Sport and Exercise are not really the same thing Sport is a game often it involves a team it involves equipment exercise is something you can do on your own it’s not a game it’s just some movements so I want to keep the word exercise but that means I want to change the word regular so I could say daily it’s not exactly the same but it’s more or less the same I could say frequent that’s quite similar but for this essay I’m gonna say daily it’s considered to be oops daily exercise now I have finished my background statement so this sentence and this sentence has the same meaning but I’ve used different words I’ve altered it and this is my background statement to start my IELTS essay let’s have a look now at writing the thesis statement this is probably a little bit more difficult so how do we start the thesis statement well our thesis statement do you remember it’s our answer and the question is to what extent do you agree so this question is asking for my opinion now the examiner is looking for your answer so I want to show the examiner my answer and I want to help him or her find it easily and to do that we can say in my opinion now when we start the thesis statement with that for that question it means that the examiner can see that find the answer that’s great that is a good organized logical academic essay for IELTS so in my opinion now do we agree or disagree well I want to agree I really think that exercise is the most important way to gaining health I really believe that I think maybe there are other ways there are more things we can do but I think exercise is very important so I’m going to agree so in my opinion I whoops let’s write it correctly I agree that exercise is the key to have so that is nice and clear very clear answer but do I want to stop here my thesis statement is also a chance for me to introduce my ideas now am I going to write an essay that is only about exercise well to be honest I don’t want to write more than 250 words only about exercise it’s very useful to have some more relevant but different ideas so I’m going to add a little bit more to this essay and I’m gonna say however I also believe sorry let me write that believe that diet is important so by doing this I have introduced a new solution to health and that is diet I’m not saying it’s the key it’s not the most effective but it is important so I agree that exercise is the key but I also think that diet that means what we eat is important now you can see that I have written two sentences for my thesis statement it is possible to have two sentences or you could have one and you could link these together in a better way that’s up to you right well let’s have a look at the whole introduction together and here is the finished introduction the background and the thesis statement together the most effective method to developing an improving health is considered to be daily exercise in my opinion I agree that exercise is the key to health however I also believe that diet is import now let me give you some tips so that you can practice writing your introduction at home the background statement this should have the same meaning as the statement given by IELTS do not copy the IELTS statement you need to paraphrase it to use different language with the same meaning so for example IELTS said the best way and we say the most effective method you don’t need to change the words fully for example I out say improve and I have written improving you can keep the word and change the form of the word for the thesis statement that is your answer and an introduction to your ideas it is an agree disagree essay that means an opinion essay and I have put in my opinion so that the examiner can find it quickly and easily that is the key to a good academic essay logical organized easy to read my answer is clear I agree that exercise is the key you can see another paraphrase the most effective way the key lots of paraphrasing and I have also added another solution so that I can have different main points so I’ve added about diet now my thesis statement has two sentences that’s fine but if you want to connect it and make one long complex sentence you can you can change this part and connect them together so that’s your background on your thesis statement how many words does your introduction need to be how long should the introduction be well this is about 35 words and that’s fine usually your introduction for IELTS will be between 35 and 50 words I don’t really recommend that you write more than 50 words 50 55 don’t go further because you don’t have a lot of time and you must arrive quickly to the body paragraphs and you need time to write the body paragraphs to develop the idea to support the ideas so don’t spend too long on the introduction now if you found this lesson useful please press like and share it with your friends that would be wonderful now I hope you will practice writing the introduction at home make sure that you practice the background statement it’s the easiest part of the whole IELTS I think just paraphrase the statement you can practice and practice if you don’t have many IELTS essay titles please visit my blog I have more than 100 for you to practice my blog is wwl is calm also the thesis statement this is more difficult to write because you need your answer ready and you need your ideas ready so you need to look at the essay title plan your answer and practice giving your answer clearly in that way well that’s all for this lesson good luck keep practicing and I’ll see you again in another ILS lesson you

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