IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 Topic:
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
You are thinking of moving to a new country.
Outline some of the factors and questions you must consider before you make a final decision.
Give reasons foi your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
PLAN YOUR ANSWER
Band 8.0 Sample Answer:
My family would very much like to live in New Zealand and we are eeriouely thinking of applying to migrate there. There are many issues, however, that need to be considered before a decision can be made, I’ll talk briefly about some of them.
One major question conceme the effect on families. When one family decides to seek a new life in a new country, they nearly always have to leave members of their family behind. This can be particularly difficult for elderly parents who
suddenly lose the support of a person or daughter.
Another issue, cf course, is education. Children who move country are confronted by powerful challengee. They may have to master a new language, make new friends, fee! like outsiders, at least for some of the time, and learn new patterns of behaviour. This can cause stress unless there is sensitive support from parents, who themselves will be dealing with adjustment issues in any new society.
Money problems are also an important factor. Undertaking a new life in a different country with higher salaries and a higher standard of living might mean a need to send money home to help relatives who are struggling. Conversely, moving to a country with lower incomes may mean adopting a much simpler lifestyle. I have friends who moved from university jobs in Switzerland to live in Laos doing aid work and they had great difficulty, at first, adjusting to small incomes and a very different lifestyle.
There are many other factors and questions but the key thing ¡s to have a strong, positive dream of a new life, since it is this dream that can provide the motivation to overcome all the inevitable problems of migration.
• The writer personalises the introduction (‘We’). This is acceptable as the topic is a slightly more personal one.
• The essay is well structured with very clear paragraphing of ideas, as well as topic sentences which avoid repetition (question / issue / problems).
• The use of …ing forms in paragraph 4 helps with the fluency of expression of the views expressed in that longer paragraph.
• The example in paragraph 4 helps the essay to conform to the task instructions.