If you don’t have any clue or idea on what to write about in a Task 2 topic, then, this lesson is for you! First of all, let me tell you that you are not the only one. I receive lots of comments by students who tell me that sometimes in A. Writing Task 2 they don’t know what to write about or they are not familiar with the topic at all.
In this lesson , I want to show you that you can write pretty much about anything even if you know nothing about it. Ok, without further ado, let’s begin! Firstly, the minimum you can write in Task 2 is 250 words. This is not much, I assure you, you can easily reach that word limit, so don’t be nervous about it.
As you know, in writing you will follow a certain procedure and plan: you need an introduction, 2 main paragraphs, and a conclusion. All these paragraphs will be organised and connected with linking phrases. Ok, so far so good.
Now, whatever the topic is, in the first paragraph which is your introduction you just paraphrase the topic, nothing else. In order to do that, you don’t need to be familiar with the topic. If you need help on how to paraphrase the topic in order to form an introduction you can check out this lesson over here.
So, your introduction is ready, and we need three more paragraphs to go. Usually they ask you your opinion on the topic (to what extent do you agree or disagree) or the advantages and disadvantages. These two questions, (your opinion or advantages and disadvantages) , are not so different in order to confuse you after all, are they? They are more or less the same thing. Therefore, what do you do? In any case, use one whole paragraph and analyse one advantage of the topic with an example and another paragraph to describe a disadvantage with an example.
Every topic has advantages and disadvantages and reasons for that and even when we know absolutely nothing about it in particular we can certainly think of one advantage and one disadvantage (they are not going to give you topics out of this world anyway). They don’t want to see your opinions per se, they just want to see if you can phrase them correctly and in an organised way.
Let’s take for example a topic on “Nuclear Energy”. It is considered a difficult topic. I myself don’t know much about it. However, if I try to think of an advantage, it should be, well, I guess governments need it for its numerous uses. Analyse this a little bit in one paragraph using any relative example you can think of in an organised way.
And now, we need one disadvantage. I believe this is obvious: the dangers of a radio-active accident. You analyse this a little bit doing your best in grammar and syntax and who would have thought? Three paragraphs ready and now you only need a conclusion.
In conclusion, you just summarise your ideas based on both the advantage and the disadvantage in a balanced way. If you already formed you have formed a clear opinion by now you can state it here. If not, you can keep your balanced views and you don’t have to take sides. Voila! Your essay is ready. Don’t let a difficult topic panic you and overwhelm you. You can do this with any topic! Just be simple and understandable.
If you need to watch the video lesson to be convinced, here you go!