IELTS Writing Task 2
Rural people are moving to cities, so the population in the countryside is decreasing
In many countries around the world, rural people are moving to cities, so the population in the countryside is decreasing.
- Do you think this is a positive or a negative development
How to answer this essay?
- Paraphrase the overall essay main topic.
- Write a clear opinion.
- 1st Body Paragraph
- Write a topic sentence with a clear main idea.
- Explain your main idea.
- Develop it with specific or hypothetical examples.
- 2nd Body Paragraph
- Write a new topic sentence with a new main idea.
- Explain your new main idea.
- Include specific details and examples.
- Add as much information as you can and make sure it links logically.
- Summarise your main ideas.
- Include a final thought.
Model Answer | Marked as Band 8
Cohesive connecting words that improve coherence in writing . Useful less common words that boost fluency in writing .
- Statistics show that the world's population is increasing rapidly. It is expected that most of us will be living in cities within the next few decades. The question of whether urbanisation is a positive or negative development remains controversial.
- A rapid influx of people moving from rural to urban areas is bound to cause problems. Firstly, pressure on resources such as housing and transportation intensifies. It is becoming difficult for many people to afford adequate housing in cities. A by-product of this is the creation of slums causing low-income families to group together in neglected parts of the city. These people often become trapped in a cycle of poverty that is difficult to escape.
- As mentioned above, the growth of urban areas can also lead to severe traffic congestion because more and more vehicles travel into the city from the suburbs. This has many knock-on effects, such as problems with air quality. It also leads many city dwellers to experience mental health issues because travelling across large cities is tiring and stressful.
- All of this being said, I don't believe that urbanisation is a wholly negative development. There are advantages to living in large cities that are well managed. For example, there are more schools which means more opportunities for education. Access to higher-quality health care is often better in cities. Some cities have also introduced ride-sharing services, e-bikes, and park and ride services that reduce environmental issues.
- My opinion is that many of the problems associated with urbanisation are avoidable but dealing with increasing populations in cities is a formidable challenge. How governments, businesses and society respond to this challenge will dramatically affect the future of our world.
- Here are some comments about the above essay:
- This response addresses both sides of the question and presents a position, that the movement to cities is not a [wholly negative development].
- The second and third paragraphs lay out the problems that can be caused by a [[rapid influx] of people to urban areas [housing / transportation / traffic congestion] and the fourth paragraph presents some of the advantages [ opportunities for education / higher-quality health care / environmental transport initiatives].
- Information and ideas are logically organised and there is a clear progression, starting with the challenges and ending with a range of advantages.
- Vocabulary is used with a natural and sophisticated control [bound to / trapped in a cycle of poverty / severe traffic congestion / knock-on effects].
- Grammar is flexible and accurate, with a wide range of structures included.