IELTS Writing Task 2 - Template

What's up, readers. Now I'm back to continue material on IELTS Writing. We have discussed all of the graphs in IELTS Writing Task 1, and today we are going to start our discussion on IELTS Writing Task 2. The discussion will cover some of the most common topics as well as various types of questions in Writing Task 2.  In each material, writing tips (ranging from how ideas should be structured to how transition between sentences and paragraph should be written) will be given. As usual, there will also be a sample writing Task 2 that will help you grasp the basic idea of IELTS Writing Task 2. Okay, let's begin our discussion using a sample topic below:


Some people say that knowledge and information should be made available to public, while some others argue that important academic research and information should not be given for free. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.


For today's material, I would like to focus on the structure of IELTS Writing Task 2. Like IELTS Writing Task 1, we also need to arrange ideas well and put them in a logical order by the help of cohesive device or transition sentence. But, we are going to focus more on the writing template today, and will discuss the other elements of Writing Task 2 in the next articles. The first thing that we have to do when doing the IELTS Writing Task 2 is to writing the introduction paragraph. Here, we are going to give a background information of the topic that we are discussing (what are the pros and cons of sharing knowledge and information?), and answer the questions (why does it happen and how should we address the issue?), before concluding our discussion in the last paragraph. In general, the structure of our IELTS Writing Task 2 will probably look like this:



IELTS Writing Task 2 Structure

Paragraph 1 (Introduction)
- Paraphrase the original title
- Thesis statement
- Transition to Paragraph 2

Paragraph 2 (Scientific Research)
- Advancement of science (pros)
- Science plays an important role in eradication of hunger, disease, etc (pros)
- Certain information can be dangerous if it falls on the wrong hands (cons)
- National interest may be at stake (cons)

Paragraph 3 (Business Research)
- Information sharing is more flexible in business because trademark is protected by the law
- To certain extent, information sharing is necessary for the sake of product knowledge

Paragraph 4 (Conclusion)


Paragraph 1

STEP 1

Okay, now let's start working on the first paragraph. Paraphrase the original title by replacing the words and/or changing the structure of the sentence



Original Title
Some people say that knowledge and information should be made available to public, while some others argue that important academic research and information should not be given for free. Discuss both views and give your own opinion

Paraphrased Title
Knowledge should serve the interest of the public and must be accessible to everyone. However, some people argue that some information is too valuable to be shared for free


STEP 2

After paraphrasing the original statement, we can write our thesis statement, which also becomes transition sentence to paragraph two.


Thesis Statement
In my vantage point, giving access to knowledge and information for the betterment of society will be much advantageous, although some restrictions may apply.



Paragraph 2

Step 3

Explain the pros and cons and then give some detailed information using reason and examples. Because the question says that we have to explain both views, we need to outline the pros and cons of information sharing.


It is generally believed that academic research should be open and extensible [main idea] If a scientific discovery is published in an international journal and widely accessible, scientists will be able to exchange ideas, collaborate, and make necessary improvement on the already-existing discovery. Collaboration among scientists from different fields and specialties is important for the advancement of science [supporting argument]. Likewise, scientific research that has significant impact on human’s life such as medical science and sustainable agriculture should also be made available, considering their roles in eradicating disease and hunger [example]. However, it is undeniable that certain information should be confidential because it is too sensitive or too dangerous to be disclosed [main idea]. Military research is a case on point [example]. Much of the information related to military research is highly confidential because such information is extremely dangerous if it falls into the wrong hands. Besides, it is more likely that such information will be used solely for the national interest although collaboration is still possible when two or more countries are trying to address similar issues such as terrorism [supporting argument].


Paragraph 3

Step 4

After explaining the pros and cons, we can give our opinion. In this paragraph, I will focus more on the positive impact of information sharing. 


Unlike scientific research, business has more flexibility when it comes to information sharing [main idea]. Business owners can explain what materials are used in their product, how the product works, and why the product gains fame and success [example]. There is a very little possibility of such information being misused by their business competitors, because trademark is highly protected by the law. Failing to abide by the law can result in a severe legal and financial damage, which is why even the biggest competitor will not be careless enough to steal patented materials [supporting argument]. In fact, some of the information related to commercial goods has to be included in the packaging or advertisement because it is part of the product knowledge [supporting argument].


Paragraph 4

Step 5

The last thing that we need to do is making a conclusion. We are going to restate our points in paragraph 2 and 3. So far, we know that it is important for information to be shared, regardless of the negative precautions, so the conclusion will look like this:


In conclusion, it is true some information should be made available for the sake of the greater good. However, it is also inevitable that certain information should be kept a secret if the harm outweighs the advantages


The complete IELTS Writing Task 2 will look like this:


Knowledge should serve the interest of the public and must be accessible to everyone. However, some people argue that some information is too valuable to be shared for free. In my vantage point, giving access to knowledge and information for the betterment of society will be much advantageous, although some restrictions may apply.

It is generally believed that academic research should be open and extensible.  If a scientific discovery is published in an international journal and widely accessible, scientists will be able to exchange ideas, collaborate, and make necessary improvement on the already-existing discovery. Collaboration among scientists from different fields and specialties is important for the advancement of science. Likewise, scientific research that has significant impact on human’s life such as medical science and sustainable agriculture should also be made available, considering their roles in eradicating disease and hunger. However, it is undeniable that certain information should be confidential because it is too sensitive or too dangerous to be disclosed. Military research is a case on point. Much of the information related to military research is highly confidential because such information is extremely dangerous if it falls into the wrong hands. Besides, it is more likely that such information will be used solely for the national interest although collaboration is still possible when two or more countries are trying to address similar issues such as terrorism.

Unlike scientific research, business has more flexibility when it comes to information sharing. Business owners can explain what materials are used in their product, how the product works, and why the product gains fame and success. There is a very little possibility of such information being misused by their business competitors, because trademark is highly protected by the law. Failing to abide by the law can result in a severe legal and financial damage, which is why even the biggest competitor will not be careless enough to steal patented materials. In fact, some of the information related to commercial goods has to be included in the packaging or advertisement because it is part of the product knowledge.

In conclusion, it is true some information should be made available for the sake of the greater good. However, it is also inevitable that certain information should be kept a secret if the harm outweighs the advantages.


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That's our today's material, guys. I've got to tell you though, the writing template above may not be the best template there is. There are better ways of doing IELTS Writing Task 2 for sure, but I can guarantee that the one that I explained here is one of the simplest and easiest ways of doing IELTS Writing Task 2. If you have any question, suggestion or even criticism, please write it down on the comment below. Share this post if you think it's helpful. See you on the next post with another material on IELTS Writing Task 2. See ya ✋

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