English Language Lesson - Writing 1


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英鹏国际雅思教程 Writing lesson 1

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English Language Lesson - Writing 1

  1. 1. 英鹏雅思写作教程 Jerry Z 2012www.LanguageOpenLearning.com
  2. 2. Test Structure of IELTS Writing Task 1 Line Graph Pie Table of Process Chart Figures Diagram Bar Chartwww.LanguageOpenLearning.com
  3. 3. What to expect 20 minutes, 150 words In Task 1, candidates are given a task based on some graphic or pictorial information. You are expected to write a descriptive report of at least 150 words on the information provided, and advised to spend approximately 20 minutes on the task. You are assessed on the ability to:www.LanguageOpenLearning.com
  4. 4. Task 1 Strategy • Describing trends -- Line Graphs • Summarizing data -- Bar Charts • Describing facts and figures -- Pie Charts/ Tables of figures • Describing a process -- Process Diagramswww.LanguageOpenLearning.com
  5. 5. Section one of the Writing test Line Graph Line Graphs are used to show a trend or pattern which usually takes place over a period of time. It is important to look at: •Patterns/Trends of different phases on a line graph •Significant featureswww.LanguageOpenLearning.com
  6. 6. How to achieve- Describing trends Steps can be done as followed: 1. What information is being shown in the graph below? 2. Here are two simple descriptions of the graph information about trends:www.LanguageOpenLearning.com
  7. 7. Describing a general trend • The number of overseas students has risen. Or • The graph shows an increase in the number of overseas students at the university.www.LanguageOpenLearning.com
  8. 8. Developing your ideas •Try to add considerably to the first sentence and considerable to the second one. •Tell what effect does this word have?www.LanguageOpenLearning.com
  9. 9. Thinking of... 3. What are some Words and Phrases to describe trends: 4. Compose a sentence which describes trends and includes more figure to support.www.LanguageOpenLearning.com
  10. 10. Trend Type one Trend Type two Trend Type three adjectives and adverbsan increase a decrease remain the same sharp(ly)a rise a fall reach a plateau dramatic(ally)a peak a drop hit a high/ low large(ly)a summit a decline plateau significant(ly)the maximum a dip remain stable considerable(ly)reach a peak reach the remain constant steep(ly)peak at minimum stand at steady(ily)hit the highest hit the lowest stabilize at slight(ly)point at point at A parallel B gradual(ly)reach a summit decrease/ fall/ fluctuation relative(ly) drop further toincrease/ risefurther to www.LanguageOpenLearning.com
  11. 11. Increasing or Decreasing Trends • Look at this bar chart. The information it presents shows a consistent overall trend. • First ask yourself these questions: - what is the chart about? - what does the horizontal axis show? - what does the vertical axis show? - what overall trend does the graph show?www.LanguageOpenLearning.com
  12. 12. Look at the chart carefully, then complete these descriptions ofthe overall trend. And then include more figures. • 1 Between …… and …… the global number of text messages sent rose steadily. • 2 There was …… in the global number of text messages sent …… • 3 The number of text messages sent worldwide rose from …… in …… to …… in ……www.LanguageOpenLearning.com
  13. 13. Suggested answer • 1. 1998, 2002 • 2. a steady increase, between 1998 and 2002 3. 4 billion, 1998, 80 billion, 2002www.LanguageOpenLearning.com
  14. 14. Trends: Stability • Look at the examples of ‘stability’ shown in the two graphs. • Write two sentences which describe the overall trends in one graph. • Write two or more sentences to form a short paragraph which describes the other graph.www.LanguageOpenLearning.com
  15. 15. Model and suggested answers - Average attendance at NBA matches in America has remained fairly stable since 1996 at 17,000 spectators per game. - Although attendance at Dallas Maverick games dropped sharply between 1996 and 1998, it has risen equally sharply since then and is now almost equal to the NBA average.www.LanguageOpenLearning.com
  16. 16. Model and suggested answers,Continued - Membership at Jay’s Sports Club rose during the first three months of last year from 50 to approximately 120. - Between March and August this figure remained stable but in September there was a sudden rise in membership numbers, which reached a peak of 175 in October. - After that, figures fell again to a low of 100 in December.www.LanguageOpenLearning.com
  17. 17. Further practice for Describing the trends • Exercise required: - Using some of the words and phrases in the table, describe the pattern in each graph below; - Describe each pattern using a verb.www.LanguageOpenLearning.com
  18. 18. Trends: Fluctuation • 当图表中的走势不规则地上升或下降时,我 们称之为 “波动”。有的时候,总体趋势 是上升,下降或者稳定,但具体而言,则有 很多不规则的小变化。 • Write one-sentence description of the graph that provides an overall picture of the trend. • Write five or more sentences about the graph, using the prompts below.www.LanguageOpenLearning.com
  19. 19. • There may be several possibilities. • During the course of a televised World Cup football match electricity consumption fluctuates widely/ undergoes considerable fluctuation.www.LanguageOpenLearning.com
  20. 20. - At the start …… - There is a …… during the first …… but then …… - Demand falls again …… lowest point …… - In the last forty minutes …… - However, at the beginning …… plateau …… resume normal ……www.LanguageOpenLearning.com
  21. 21. Suggested answer - At the start of the match, demand for electricity stands at about 28,500 units. - There is a significant fall in demand during the first hour of the match but then the demand rises steeply and peaks at 29,000 units at half time. - Demand falls again quite sharply at the start of the second half and hits its lowest point at 26,000 units. - In the last forty minutes of the match, electricity consumption increases steadily to just over 28,000 units. - However, at the beginning of the extra-time period consumption falls dramatically, hits a low plateau and then immediately rises to resume normal consumption levels at the end of this period.www.LanguageOpenLearning.com
  22. 22. The End Thankswww.LanguageOpenLearning.com