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IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 topics 2016

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

IELTS Writing Task 2 answer sheetWhile the topic of many IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 questions in 2016 has been school education (as was the case in 2015), this year has seen another topic become common.

From what IELTS candidates have reported about their IELTS tests in 2016, a common IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 topic has been modern lifestyles.

If you’re planning to take an IELTS test in 2016, it would be a good idea to look at the following examples of writing tasks on this topic, and think about what grammar and vocabulary you may need to use in your writing.

Examples of IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 questions from 2016

Here are some examples of IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 topics (reported by candidates in Australia, Egypt, India and Malaysia in 2016) that focus on modern lifestyles.

Nowadays people prefer to shop in large supermarkets rather than nearby local shops. Why do you think this is happening? Is this a positive or a negative trend?

Nowadays many young people are attracted to dangerous sports such as snowboarding or mountain biking. What makes these sports so attractive? What measures should be taken to minimise the risks?

More and more people are buying or using cars and it is having an impact on the environment. What are the consequences of this trend? What can be done to reduce the impact this trend is having?

Grammar and vocabulary for a common IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 topic in 2016

Traffic congestion in IndiaIf you get an IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 question on the topic of a modern lifestyle (like one of the examples above), you’ll get a higher IELTS band score if you use the right grammar and vocabulary to explain the trend.

To show you some examples, here are some sentences that you could use in an answer to the third Writing Task 2 question above. (You can click on the grammar/vocabulary for a dictionary definition).

Grammar:

  • more than…, e.g. There are a lot more cars on the road than
  • used to…, e.g. There are a lot more cars on the road than there used to be…
  • the present continuous (the verb ‘be’ + verb-ing), e.g. There are a lot more cars on the road than there used to be and this is causing

Vocabulary:

  • no longer, e.g. People no longer want to rely on public transport…
  • tend, e.g. People no longer want to rely on public transport and tend to use their cars…
  • before / in the past, e.g. People no longer want to rely on public transport and tend to use their cars where before /in the past they would take a bus or…

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

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

Pete

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