IELTS Live – Task 2 – Writing – Partially Agree



and welcome to today's live IELTS class my name is Adrian and I'm streaming to you from beautiful Central Europe I hope everybody is having a fantastic Thursday so far all right students today we are focusing on IELTS writing task 2 for the academic but it's quite similar for general as well you could get a question like this so it's good for both academic and general students today this is a members chat class but of course everybody is welcome to watch hi bags odd I'm doing fantastic there's one of our members I hope you're doing great also materials they come from our web sites this is our academic web portal here with over a hundred hours of video lessons six original exams and lots and lots of interactive practice and strategy courses for you to improve your band scores for the general it looks like this with the green background you can click those red buttons to join the premium course it's absolutely worth your time effort and money so check that out alright and yeah those websites AE help calm for academic and if you are learning for the general it is G IELTS help calm general IELTS help calm alright of course yeah you can use the code Li v20 to get a 20% discount if you have questions comments don't be shy sending an email my name Adrian a DRI a n @ae help calm lots more members have joined in that's great we'll get going with a lesson hi Preeti hi hung I saw that you sent me an email I'll check that out later hi Aleksandr hi Parminder and Vivek good to see you in class for this members chat class after a little bit of break here we go so today again tasks to members chat then after that we will have listening and we will make sure to finish this task – if not today then definitely for tomorrow's members chat class usually we get past the introduction for the first class alright here is today's question I also posted this on the community bulletin board it's a little bit of a provocative and interesting question Heike see here we go let's read the question together IELTS writing task 2 you should spend about 40 minutes on this task you should try to spend exactly 40 minutes on the task if you can many people believe that cigarette smoking has had a negative impact on societies for far too long and the only solution is to end it is to make cigarettes illegal worldwide just let me do a couple Corrections here you can absorb that information what extent do you agree or disagree so this one's kind of an interesting question it's to what extent do you agree or disagree give explanations and examples to support your opinion hi euro there you are I sent you an email yesterday I hope you got that all right so Giroux was actually asking a new member I believe that's a she euro correct me if I'm wrong but if I'm not mistaken euro is a girl's name so euro sent an email asking well I've seen a lot of tasks to videos but I haven't seen too many of the what extent do you agree or disagree so I decided to do one of these today to what extent do you agree or disagree and I purposefully devised a task to question which we can write as a partially agree okay so we'll get into that in a few moments so that'll be kind of interesting for this essay and then of course write at least 250 words all right so what should we do first we have this question we have 40 minutes what step number one students always remember to do this at home when you're preparing for the exam and make sure to do it during the exam it is really helpful beg God says paraphrase the question why students why should we paraphrase to ask two questions when you're practicing at home Parminder it's better to paraphrase the question before you identify the topic and the controlling idea so you should always paraphrase first paraphrasing first will help you to understand the topic and the controlling idea yeah so roshni says to understand the question absolutely up just give me one second I'll get you back on screen here not sure why my camera decided to take a break there it's quite hot here in Hungary at the moment and I do have some air conditioning so that's helping the equipment alright so yeah it's definitely good to get some vocabulary and more clarity bags odd you're right 100% okay alright so let's do that now let's paraphrase this let's get some vocabulary you do it I'll do it well both paraphrase all of us will paraphrase and then we will compare I really like how many students come up with very clever versions of the question with great vocabulary so I encourage you to do it alright so I'm going to paraphrase and give you a moment of silence to do the same all right so there is my paraphrase hopefully some of our members are finishing up their paraphrasing as well okay so bags odd says most individuals ascertain that tobacco has led to disadvantageous influence on public alright a little bit of correction their bags odd so has led to disadvantages in the public for too many years and making it prohibited globally is the only plausible solution yeah bags are that's very good quite close to perfect with some nice vocabulary as well some of it is exactly the same as what I used euro says lots of people believe that smoking has been plaguing societies for way too long and the only way to stop it is to enforce a global ban on tobacco euro very nice great use of the word plaguing plaguing means basically causing a big problem and disease aver II goodbye Mandir says a section of society believes that smoking has a detrimental effect on people and the best solution is to prohibit cigarettes globally very good Parminder nice original okay I'm so glad to see you coming up with these nice original phrases fantastic here is mine a large number of individuals ascertain that tobacco smoke has had a detrimental effect on communities for way too long and the single effective resolve to stop this is to ban cigarette smoke around the globe alright so quite similar to what you've written and with this type of question it is good to paraphrase this specific approach so to what degree do you support this idea it's the same as saying to what extent do you agree or disagree okay all right fantastic so now we can identify the topic and the controlling idea so what is the topic here students so if you're at home always take this step during the official exam you have to do this in your head but it's very important that you get it correct so what is the topic Preeti that's a good paraphrase but be careful because lung disease is a specific point as we know cigarettes have a lot of other harmful effects so don't just focus on one specific point like lung disease not for the paraphrase for the body paragraphs Preeti okay but in the paraphrase you need to keep the idea just as general as the original question okay so careful not to lose yourself in details Preeti hyung that's a good paraphrase as well okay yirou says the topic is a smoking it's a little bit more specific than that guru in this case baghdad says topic is cigarette smoke so yet yoru begs on your right we are talking about cigarette smoke but there's a more specific topic here because the question is proclaiming an idea about cigarette smoke so what is the actual topic it's not just cigarette smoke but it's the negative effect of cigarette smoke so roshni is a little bit more accurate here whom says the same smoking has a negative impact that's the topic here so topic is bad impact of cigarette smoking okay so the reason why it's bad impact of cigarette smoking is the topic is because that's not arguable here so the questions actually saying that is true smoking is bad okay so that's actually maybe even a better way to say it so smoking is bad that's that's the topic here okay it's not arguable to the question so if you try to write an essay saying all a cigarette smoke can be good as well people can feel happy and social they would not give you a good mark because you're off-topic the topic here is that smoking is bad okay so what's the controlling idea okay if you have smoking it's you're close but you want to always catch the specific topic okay you want to be as specific as possible so smoking is bad alright we're talking about smoking is bad yeah and bags odd says well the controlling idea is making it prohibited worldwide is the solution don't forget that word worldwide yeah begs that I saw that you just threw that and you realize though whoa missing word worldwide so making smoking prohibited worldwide is the only solution okay yeah roshni very good banning it worldwide making it illegal is the solution okay couple of important words for the controlling idea to write a good essay is worldwide and only in your essay to get a high band score the examiner is looking to see if you specifically focused in on these details okay so students when you're at home practicing these task two essays always make sure to read the question two three times before you start writing so you don't miss these details of the question these key elements like around the globe or illegal worldwide and the only way okay the single effective resolve or the only way that you included all right okay good so we have the topic we have the controlling idea we have the paraphrase fantastic now let's ask what why how for the controlling idea okay smoking is bad I'm sure you can figure out the what the why the how as I think Preeti said lung disease heart disease of course smelling bad expensive habit so most people whether they're smokers or not know the negative impacts of smoking on the health care system on people's health and lives so that's fine let's ask what why how for the controlling idea so what is now what's the question so what's the what question for the controlling idea okay roshni says decreased quality of life sure so the topic we have a quick clear what why how why because there's chemicals that disturb the the system the body how people inhale it so we know the what why how that's fairly straightforward keeping in mind let's go to the controlling idea what's the question what's the question if I'm planning for the controlling idea so I'm really want to go step by step with this task to today so you can get a clear strategy for your critical thinking what's my question whom says what is the solution no I wouldn't say that home because the question tells you that the solution is to ban at worldwide yeah so exactly begs odd says what is banning it worldwide yeah so keep your thoughts simple simple as beautiful it's not easy okay simple is not the same as easy but it is beautiful so what is banning cigarette smoke worldwide okay so let's answer that what does that mean okay it's very important for this essay that you're clear on these otherwise even if you have good English it's not going to work roshni it's not what is the best way to prohibit it careful with generalizing questions it's easy to go off-topic okay keep it even more simple so what is banning cigarette smoke worldwide what does that actually mean can you answer that for me so if somebody said to you okay we're going to ban cigarette smoking worldwide what does that mean Bagshot says restricting tax for persons who smoke no bags aw I would disagree I don't think that's what it means okay euro says no one can have access to smoking legally right it's not just tax bags of taxes and taxes different from actually banning it okay what does it mean to make it illegal okay think about it when you think of legal you have to think of the law system right a good way to visualize this students is think of any other drug so if you think about illegal drugs like heroin cocaine crack so these kinds of illegal drugs that are prohibited in many countries or most countries around the world then you can get an idea of what it means to prohibit it worldwide and you should have a good first sentence answer for this it means to create laws for making cigarette cigarettes unavailable for people in every country on the planet okay so that's what I would say is the most accurate answer to this question so what is banning cigarette smoke worldwide to create laws for making cigarettes unavailable for people in every country on the planet that would be the most accurate answer to this question and when you have this idea you are on a much better path to getting a high IELTS band score because you're going to write an accurate essay okay roshni that could mean prohibiting manufacturing so we'll get into that okay we'll get into that what's the next question don't what what you're doing roshni is you're jumping into the next question so what's the next question to strategically plan my thinking to get my thesis what's my next question what do I ask next okay so again remember there's three important questions in the process of critical thought or analytical thinking and university will motivate you to do the same yeah bags are very good yeah so yeah exactly so why is banning cigarettes globally the only solution okay very good yeah the why question is extremely important to get correct otherwise you will go off-topic yeah definitely so why is banning cigarettes globally the only solution okay when you're thinking about the what and the why don't get creative students the strategy and I'm going to write this up here at the top is just use the question okay use the specific question controlling idea to generate the what why how okay when you're practicing this at home absolutely there's a very important strategy so don't start to get too creative otherwise you will go off-topic the IELTS is only a 250 word essay so you have to focus and stay on topic okay so what's the answer to this why is banning cigarettes globally the only solution what's the reason what's the logic of making such a statement or such an argument in society okay why would someone say that again visualize so picture this picture on one hand a planet where cigarette smoking is illegal in every country and then on the other hand picture a planet where cigarette smoking is illegal only in some countries what's the difference what's the similarity what could be the problem with one or the other okay so yet preety the goal is of course to prevent diseases but why is this the only solution okay the reason we want to do it hyung is because smoking is damaging Society for far too long but why is this the only way to do it okay okay begs God says because people can smoke during their walk even if there are places for smoking okay begs odd I think you're starting to think about the right idea my answer would be maybe some of you are coming up with this at this time so because cigarettes are highly addictive and people will find ways to access cigarettes from foreign country's so that could be one answer okay now you're probably realizing that here we're actually starting to think about the points for our essay okay so because cigarettes are highly addictive and people will find ways to access cigarettes from foreign countries absolutely okay because it is the only way to discourage the production of tobacco at the same time everywhere right okay that would be another one all right so why is this the only solution because they're highly addictive people will find ways to access cigarettes from other places because it's the only way to stop the production the agriculture of tobacco of cigarettes simultaneously at the same time what's the next question so if I want to write a good essay here what's my next question what is my next question and I'll give you a hint this is an important question it's a tricky one think carefully and think about the original question no bags odd hyung how to ban it is not the next question there's actually a question before that so how to ban it will be the next question but before that there's a question okay so there's a question here all right so begs ah says how this can be the only solution we just answered that bags odd yeah you're very good so euro says is this the only way in fact even more accurately euro but you're thinking right euro is why could banning cigarettes globally be a bad solution okay so when you have a question and this here is a very important point to keep in mind students when you get this kind of question in task to the question says to what extent do you agree or disagree now oftentimes students like to answer these questions by saying I partially agree okay so if you have a question where it makes sense to say I partially agree okay I but I somewhat disagree then you really have to pay careful attention with your Y questions okay in this case I partially agree that banning cigarette smokes globally is a good solution however I also disagree as it could bring about negative results okay now to support that so you're probably starting to realize a-ha this is where adrian is coming up with his two body paragraphs and his thesis now to support that I need to think about why is banning cigarette smokes why is banning cigarette smokes globally the only solution or why is that an effective solution and I also need to think about why my that'd be a bad solution so here if I want to present two sides to this argument I have to think about two why questions why do it why not do it okay so here is a very important tip number two okay so my tip number one was use the specific controlling idea to generate your what why how questions this is my tip one for today and my tip two and euro this goes back to focusing on this to what extent do you agree or disagree type question so tip two when you have a to what extent do you agree disagree question you must consider why do it and why not do it okay now you might end up by you might end up saying hey we should do it because of point a and B or you might end up thinking out we should not do it because of point A or B or you could end up with well we could do it because of point A but maybe we shouldn't do it because of point B so all of those are possible options for a to what extent do you agree or disagree does that make sense members so I completely agree because of point a and B or you could have I completely disagree because of point a and B or you could have I partially agree because of point a and also disagree because of point B so these are your possible options when you come across this type of to what extent do you agree or disagree question okay how do you decide how do you decide whether to go with this kind of a thesis I completely agree because of point a and point B or I completely disagree because of point a and B or I partially agree because of point a and also disagree because of point B how do you decide that what should what would help you to decide that which approach is the best easiest to get your essay completed in 40 minutes reach the 250 words get AB and seven or eight how do I decide thank you for confirming roshni and Beggs odd yes Maggs odd in this case we're going to go with a partially agree Hong says well it depends on what is point a and what is point B even more specifically hung it depends on your answers to and you're right hung I think you're thinking along the same lines as me it depends on your answers to why to the why question right so why should we do this or why should we not do this if you have good answers for both that yes we should do it because of these points and you have good points for why you shouldn't do it then you should do it partially and you will see bags odd that here that's exactly what we will end up with okay so it's the answer to these why questions that should help you to decide whether to say we should do it completely agree because of point a B or not because of point a B or both so here we go why is banning cigarette smokes globally the only solution well it makes sense because they're highly addictive and people will find ways to get tobacco from other countries they might even move to other countries we live in a global society people could be so addicted to tobacco that if they can't smoke in one country they're willing to pack up their house and move to another country so that they can continue their smoking habit I would not put that past people all right now let's go back to this question why could banning cigarettes globally be a bad solution so why might it be a bad idea to suddenly say up from June 30th 2019 tobacco is no longer available in stores worldwide it comes with a heavy penalty even punishable by jail time why could this be bad okay you so bags odd says crime rate could greatly increase because people who are smoking for many years might do whatever it takes to to access cigarettes roshni says it will impact business a lot of companies depend on the tobacco industry absolutely there are thousands if not millions of jobs that rely on the tobacco industry mass unemployment yirou definitely ok so Parminder says tobacco tobacco is a huge source of tax for governments yes Parminder that's right however it's also huge deficit on governments for health care so all of those are very good points members absolutely so why could banning cigarettes globally suddenly be a bad solution well it could lead to a sudden increase in crime right and also it will lead to unemployment and a negative impact on economies yeah absolutely ok some countries have massive tobacco industries and they're highly dependent on it so now members you probably see why a partially agree and disagree is kind of an effective approach would you agree with me on that or would you disagree would you say I a druid I think I would go with a completely disagree or completely agree on this or do you agree with me that saying I partially agree is a good approach to write a high banned essay for this task 2 what do you think give me your honest opinion there's again the idiom in English more than one way to skin the cat which means you could go with a cool I agree disagree it's up to you all right so Rushdie says yep yep parsley is is a good way to do it bags on yeah yeah I would say that you could probably do any of the three but partially agree is perhaps the simplest approach to get a 250 word essay done quickly here okay good so now of course we have that last question that we wanted to jump to as to how to ban cigarette smokes everywhere so that how could be set a specific so I'm just going to answer this I think you can do the same easily so set a specific time and date when people can no longer purchase cigarettes legally we go II can't spell legally for the life of me right now so make it punishable by crime right or sorry by crime make it punishable by jail time for example or a high penalty okay so those are ways that we could do it right so again like I said in my example from June 30th people can no longer buy cigarettes of course burn the tobacco fields all right so those are the house okay so we have the critical thinking now all right now we need to come up with our thesis statement and again for the thesis we're going to go with a partially agree all right so I'll give you a minute here members – yep cease the factories Preeti absolutely Sh shut them down find people thousands of dollars for smoking bags odd definitely yep so euro hung Parminder get in there write your thesis statements okay so write me a thesis statement with the partially agree right a good thesis statement it could be one sentence or it could also be two sentences in this case it's a little bit of a complex thesis so if you're having trouble with the grammar writing it in one sentence don't force it okay don't make mistakes in your thesis the thesis should be a very clear clean sentence without mistakes because that's the sentence that gives direction for your reader okay now before you write your thesis it's always a good idea to reread the original question okay so the original question again is many people believe that cigarette smoking has had a negative impact on societies for far too long and the only solution to end it is to make cigarettes illegal worldwide to what extent do you agree or disagree give explanations and examples to support your opinion so that's the original question again reread the original question before you write your thesis okay always do that I'll write that down as a tip while you're writing your thesis statements okay so tip three always re-read the original question before you write your thesis statement okay always do that you can make sure that you don't go off-topic okay that way so alright I'll slowly start to write the thesis as well just so we can move along for the introduction okay all right hyung first out of the gates get for you hyung so hyung says although smoking has had a just give me a second here students I'll get you back and hyung I'll catch your thesis here in just a moment just give me a second alright so here we go with these thesis statements so hyung says although smoking has had a weak influence on human culture I wouldn't say weak I would say strong influence so although smoking has had a strong influence on human culture i partially believe that banning cigarettes worldwide is not the only solution hyung i don't think that thesis is going to work you are not giving me a clear picture of what you're actually trying to say so hyung one way that you can assess or evaluate your thesis is when you read it ask yourself if I'm the reader ok so if I'm the audience do I have a clear picture of what I'm about to read when I read your thesis statement hyung my answer is no I don't clearly get what I'm about to read ok and if you have that answer then you need to go back to the drawing board and just rewrite the thesis statement from scratch ok so one more time hyung one more time ok Begg Zod says I partially agree that banning cigarettes can help to discourage people from smoking however this can cause other problems on both employment or and crime very good bags I'd yeah that will work ok that will work make sure to capitalize your I put a space between that and banning I know those are just typos and it's a good use of semi colon comma with however bags odd so that's good ok bags odd no in body 1 you would write about why it is a a solution or a possible solution or why it's a solution that many people believe in and then embodied – you would write about why this may not work so body 1 why a lot of people believe this is the only solution body 2 why this solution likely is not going to work anytime soon that's what I would do for my structuring Beggs odd okay Vivek says well for what kind of topics should we fully agree or disagree and which topics should we partially agree Vivek that's a tricky question for me to answer it really depends on the topic so if you have a question where it's really black and white which works what doesn't like some people believe that some people believe that fossil fuels need to be stopped because they are destroying the environment to what extent do you agree or disagree there you might say I completely agree because there are alternate sources of energy and it's causing a lot of damage to the environment so you could also do a partial degree kind of like with cigarettes as well vivec but you have to figure that out from the question okay all right roshni says for the thesis okay again thesis is very important so practice this students roshni says although a large number of individuals believe that smoking is bad i partially concur that banning cigarettes will not only impact economies but also unemployment while prohibiting has the one okay roshni I think you're a little bit all over the place there again Roshan remember never use two negatives together so don't use although together with but it's very confusing in the same sentence all right only one opposition use although or use but but not both okay that's confusing roshni let me try to correct yours a little bit so although a large number of individuals believe that banning cigarette smoke globally is the only solution I believe it can also lead to negative impacts on economies and crime okay economy and unemployment roshni is Newt not not two completely different ideas because employment and economics they're connected okay your points should be always clearly unique euro says I believe I'm sorry one more time you I agree with the idea that cigarettes have been wreaking havoc on societies and there should definitely be something done about it it's very general euro it's very general okay you need to be more specific however simply banning tobacco worldwide might not be feasible because it may affect economy and society negatively okay euro affect economy and society negatively if we affect economy negatively we are affecting society negatively as well so again it's the same point that I said with roshni make sure your points are clearly unique okay so here physical dependence and economic dependence are two clearly different points okay I know it's a tricky question members I purposefully chose one today that's a little bit challenging to get a good essay going on so read my thesis here I partially agree that banning tobacco globally is the only feasible solution to curtail the prolonged negative impacts of smoking however this may not be viable this may not be a viable resolve because of and physical dependence so this would be a band 9 response or a thesis I'm of course challenging you to do the same notice how my body paragraph 1 banning tobacco globally is the only feasible solution feasible means that it's the only workable solution curtail is just a fancy way to say stop or put an end to prolonged means the continuous or ongoing negative impact of smoking and then here same ideas what begs audited with a semicolon however this may not be a viable viable means that it may not work in real life it's not sustainable ok resolved because of economic and physical dependence economic dependence means of course what we talked about that economies require or need tobacco industries to give jobs move money etc and physical dependence means people are addicted so they're going to suddenly become very stressed irritable commit crimes and so on alright okay so that's the working thesis let's start the introduction so introduction starts with a hook give me some some hooks students and yes you should have a hook for those of you who are wondering it's a good way to catch your audience attention and it's a good way to make sure that you are on topic the hook uses the topic so go back and take a look at the topic okay and use the topic in your hook we identified the topic as smoking is bad okay that could actually be a hook on its own smoking is bad okay it's a strong statement and it could work but anyway come up with maybe something a little bit more original come up with your own hook bags God says millions of individuals smoke at least 10 cigarettes each day yes bags odd however you haven't clearly stated that smoking is bad so remember to have the topic you only have and see bags odd this is why it's important to identify that the topic is smoking is bad and not just smoking so hung says cigarettes damage people's lives worldwide yes that would work hung a little bit of Correction their cigarettes damaged people's lives worldwide pretty very good smoking is the cancer of society very powerful hook I promise you students that if you come up with a hook like that for this kind of a question your examiner marker will be thinking what I'm looking at AB and 9s a how fun this should be a good read okay so smoking is the cancer of society it's a very powerful hook for this kind of a nest that's a top notch hook okay because the topic is smoking is bad okay roshni says smoking is an ongoing culture from ancient time but again roshni it's the same as with bags odd you're not clearly telling your reader right away in your hook that it's bad you need to clearly state that because the topic is that it's bad it's not just that it's smoking okay it's not a controversial statement here because it's understood it's agreed that smoking is bad okay we're not debating whether it's bad or not I think most people whether they're smokers or not will agree that yes it's bad okay all right so smoking is the cancer of society that's a good hook now comes the background the background is definitions and importance okay and then after that comes the thesis now members we're going to continue this essay tomorrow with of course the full introduction the body paragraphs and the conclusion so for homework just as a kind of a fun challenge and I think you can do a good job with this do the background on your own so your homework is the background okay write the background what what does it mean smoking is bad for society what does it mean that or why are we talking about this what's the importance of this okay bags odd yet that works as a hook so bags odds asking does does this work as a as a hook smoking has claimed the lives of millions of people yeah that would work bags odd so as an alternate hook for sure I'll just write it here correctly bags that I think you have a little bit of grammatical issues there so smoking has claimed the lives of millions of people worldwide yeah that would work as a as a very powerful hook as well right okay so students tomorrow when we continue I will have the background already here for you until then I challenge you to do the same so that we can continue with body paragraph one and body paragraph two and the conclusion tomorrow is that clear members are we are we on the same page so pick your hook that's fine we have our thesis we want to put the background about two sentences in there and then tomorrow we'll continue with body one body two and the conclusion to get the full essay done okay alright so everyone watching in 30 minutes we are doing a listening section practice with some strategy coming from our website so make sure to tune in that will be a class where everybody can chat and join in again to become a member of our websites go to AE help calm and gee IELTS help calm for general outs to become a member of our youtube channel you have to click the join button on the youtube channel beside the subscribe button thank you so much members for your good participation i know that was a challenge in class but it's an important one okay euro i hope that answers a few key questions for you on how to approach this to what extent do you agree or disagree type question okay and thank you for watching again remember you can use the code live 20 l IV 20 for a 20% discount on our websites again they look like this this is our general website with the green background click the red button to join there and this is our academic with the blue background click the red button to join their I'm glad that you found that lesson helpful yoru make sure to practice at home students see you in 30 minutes bye for now

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