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

In a recent Facebook Live event (every Thursday at 12 pm, PST!), a student posted:

What is the best introduction if there is not an historical side of the topic?

The student who asked this is in our course, and so knows that we recommend introducing the topic by describing a brief and general history.

Many teachers spend a lot of time teaching students about hooks, or different ways to catch reader’s attention in the first sentence of an essay.

However, the IELTS Task 2 essay is so short, that the first sentence isn’t super important. You simply have to state the topic.

Your time is better spent thinking of strong, clear support than on writing an attractive first sentence.

One way you can introduce the topic is by saying that it has been in the headlines recently. However, this isn’t applicable to all IELTS topics!

So, today, we’ll give you examples of excellent and easy ways to begin your essay.

IELTS Task 2 question:

Some people think that governments waste money on arts, and this money should be better spent in other areas.

First sentence:

Historically, schools have debated whether to use local government money to fund arts classes, versus other harder skills.


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Here is a strategy! Topic + has been debated by + group of people

Remember, this is a functional sentence, and it doesn’t have to be super impressive. The fancy and interesting ideas are in the body paragraphs.

IELTS Task 2 question:

Some people think that the best way to solve global environmental problems is to increase the cost of fuel.

First sentence:

Some municipalities have increased the cost of gas in efforts to hold back the dangers of global warming.

Most likely, you will use the present perfect in the first sentence.

The strategy of talking about the people debating the topic can work for any question.

For instance:

The dangers of advertising have been discussed by parents and marketing gurus for years.

The availability of low-cost health insurance has been discussed by insurance executives and citizens more and more in recent years.

How would you introduce your essay for today’s Task 2 questions?

Share your ideas in the comments section below!

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