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IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 topics 2016

Which IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 topics have been common in 2016?

IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 topics 2016 - children's lifestylesLike many IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 questions in 2016, a lot of IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 questions have been on the topic of modern lifestyles.

The difference between IELTS Academic and General Training Writing Task 2 topics has been that IELTS Academic tasks have included questions on children’s lifestyles.

For those of you taking an IELTS test in 2016, it would be a good idea to look at the following examples of writing tasks on the topic of modern lifestyles and think about what ideas you would include in your answers.

Examples of IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 questions from 2016

Here are some examples of IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 questions (reported by candidates in Malaysia, Singapore, the UK and Vietnam in 2016) that focus on modern lifestyles (including children’s lifestyles).

Nowadays most people wear western clothing rather than their traditional clothes. What are the reasons for this? Is this a positive or a negative development?

Cycling has many benefits but in some countries there is a decrease in the number of people using a bicycle as their main form of transportation. Why is this happening? What can be done to encourage people to use bicycles again?

Nowadays children are consuming too many sugar-based drinks. What are the reasons for this? What can be done to solve this problem?

Some studies suggest that children are spending more time watching TV than they did in the past and spending less time doing active and creative things. Why do you think this is happening? What measures can be taken to solve the problem?

For more IELTS Writing Task 2 questions, have a look at the posts in the ‘IELTS Writing topics‘ category of my blog.

Explaining ideas for common IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 topics in 2016

As you can see, in the four IELTS Writing Task 2 questions above, you have to include why adults and/or children behave in a certain way, and so it would pay to think about how you can explain reasons for these modern lifestyles in case you get a similar question in your test.

To get started, have a look at the following ways of explaining reasons.

  • The main reason…, e.g. I think the main reason children drink too many soft drinks is…
  • The main cause of…, e.g. The main cause of children’s poor diet in terms of their consumption of sugary drinks is probably…
  • Another possible reason for…, e.g. Another possible reason for children consuming a lot of sugary drinks is that…
  • …a contributing factor…, e.g. Having a television in every room of the house may also be a contributing factor to children watching more television than they used to.
  • …due to / the result of…, e.g. The amount of television that children watch nowadays is most likely due to / the result of

For more ways of explaining reasons, check out the following ‘Language bank’ from Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries.

Explaining reasons 'Language bank' from Oxford Learner's Dictionaries

If you get (or got) an IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 question on the topic of a modern lifestyle in your test, let me know in the comments section below.

Good luck to those of you planning to take an IELTS test in 2016.

Pete

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3 comments on “IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 topics 2016

  1. The blog is superb! The information which you have provided is good and it will be helpful to all others who are preparing for IELTS. Keep updating with more such blogs!

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