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

Do you know how to write an awesome introduction for IELTS Writing Task 2?

Today we’ll show you exactly what you need to say for a great introduction for your Writing test.

The majority of IELTS questions are about opinions. You’ll get questions like: “Do you agree or disagree?” or “To what extent do you agree or disagree?”

Remember that an IELTS essay is not long. It is about 250 words. Four paragraphs are fine.

How to structure your introduction:

  • Your introduction should be 3-4 sentences
  • Sentence 1: The hook. This is what pulls in the reader. How do you hook the reader and get them excited to read the essay and to get them interested in the topic? You must mention the topic right away. Be careful of cultural differences in writing. With the hook you can give an interesting statistic and you can make it up. You don’t need to base it on real research because you don’t have access to the internet or any kind of research. If you can’t give a statistic then give a short general history of the topic such as ” the topic of libraries has been in the news a lot lately”
    • Give a statistic
    • Say something surprising
    • Give a short history of the topic
  • Sentence 2: Introduce the two opinions on the topic: “Some people are of the opinion that libraries will close in the near future; however, I disagree.”
  • Sentence 3: Thesis statement. Keep it short, simple, clear, and get to the point. “In this essay I will discuss both opinions” or “In this essay I will discuss why libraries will disappear.”

Remember, your specific examples come into the essay in the body paragraph so you don’t need them in the introduction.

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