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University of California, Irvine

IELTS Writing Section Skills Mastery

University of California, Irvine via Coursera

Overview

Whether you have taken the IELTS test before, you will benefit from completing this course on the writing section of the exam. The lessons in this course will improve your overall skills in writing and prepare you for every type of writing prompt on the test, increasing your chances of getting your target band score.

You will be ready to give well-constructed responses to Academic Writing Task 1 questions, which require you to analyze a variety of graphics and diagrams. You will also be able to confidently complete Writing Task 2, the opinion essay portion of the exam. We’ll review plenty of sample prompts and scoring rubrics so you’ll know exactly what to expect. The helpful tips and strategies offered in this course will give you the invaluable tools and knowledge you’ll need to compose clear and precise responses while efficiently managing the time allotted for each task.

Taking tests can be stressful, but being familiar with the test and practicing will reduce anxiety and give you the confidence you’ll need to perform at your best.

Syllabus

  • IELTS Academic Writing: Task 1
    • During our first module, we will review the first IELTS Academic Writing Task (AT), take a quiz, read an article, and answer discussion questions. In part one, you will learn how to write an essay about graphics that show different changes that occurred in different times or between different items in the given graph. You will learn how to analyze the graphs and compare and contrast important trends. In part two, you will learn how to write an essay about diagrams that show steps of the process or changes that occurred at a particular place. In both parts, you will learn how to manage your time by following three steps: plan, write, and revise. You will also learn how you can use various strategies and tips to write better essays with a required amount of words. For this task, you will learn how to write 150 words in 20 minutes. As we are practicing, please remember that it takes much longer to write an essay when you do it for the first time. It might take you almost an hour to write this type of essay, which is not unusual. Remember, you get better with every essay you write before your upcoming test. Please make sure to pause, take notes, and apply what you learned.
  • IELTS Academic Writing: Task 2
    • In the second module of our course, we will review the second IELTS Academic Writing Task (AT), take a quiz, read an article, and answer discussion questions. You will learn how to write five types of essays that represent a personal view with supporting details. You will learn how to manage your time by following three steps: plan, write, and revise. You will also learn how you can use various strategies and tips to write better essays with a required amount of words. For this task, you will learn how to write 250 words in 40 minutes. As we are practicing, please remember that it takes much longer to write an essay when you do it for the first time. It might take you almost two hours to write this type of essay, which is not unusual. Please do not feel frustrated when you cannot complete it in 40 minutes when you start practicing for this task. Remember, you get better with every essay you write before your upcoming test. Please make sure to pause, take notes, and apply what you learned.
  • IELTS Academic Writing: Strategies & Tips
    • During the third module of our writing course, we will review the most common mistakes that students make and things you should know before taking your test. Also, you will take a quiz, read an article, and answer discussion questions. You will learn what to do before and during the test in order to be well prepared. You will also learn some strategies and tips that will help you boost your score and improve your writing skill. As we are practicing, please remember that it can be frustrating to follow all the steps and remember everything. However, you need to remember that the more you practice, the better prepared you will be for your writing test. Please make sure to pause, take notes, and apply what you learned.

Taught by

Jay Daniyarova and Helen Nam

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