Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

I would like to ask about this essay. Is it an opinion or argument essay? Please help me out. The question is:

Today, more people are travelling than ever before.

Why is this the case?

What are the benefits of travelling for the traveler?

This kind of mixed Task 2 question should be easy. It tells you exactly what to write about in your body paragraphs.

The problem for students comes in when they are inflexible with their writing strategies and templates.

In fact, this is why we added the Level Up lesson to the Writing Module in our course, to encourage you to take these writing tools and be flexible and appropriate with them.

As to this example IELTS Task 2, focus on the two questions. The first asks you for causes– why are more people travelling today. That is what you will talk about in paragraph 2.

The second question asks for benefits of travel. So, you should write about these in paragraph 3.

Example brainstorm:

Why are people travelling?

  • It’s easier. We don’t need a travel agent. You can book anything quickly online.
  • People see more about other countries online, and it makes them want to travel, to try food and activities.
  • Support with specific sites and countries.

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What are the benefits?

  • Open the mind to cultural differences
  • Learning languages

Why are easy questions dangerous?

You may be tempted to include too many of your ideas in each paragraph. This will not score highly.

Instead, just choose one of your ideas and build it out with specific details and examples.

Your turn!

Use this question to practice Task 2. Answer this question in 40 minutes, including time to check your essay. Stick to only writing 250 to 280 words.

What are your ideas for today’s Task 2 question?

Share your ideas in the comments section below!


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