IELTS Report On Students Speaking Languages Other Than English.

IELTS Report on students speaking languages other than English

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The tables below show the proportions of British students at one university in England who were able to speak other languages in addition to English, in 2000 and 2010.​

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make a comparison where relevant.

ielts writing task sample 1

Sample report on students who can speak languages other than English.

Introduction

The given tables provide information about British students able to speak languages other than English. This data is collected for two years: 2000 and 2010 and is compared for six categories.

Overview

Overall, the number of students speaking Spanish was higher than others. Individually, the percentage of students in almost all categories increased at the end of the given period except that in French and no other language decreased; however, the fraction of students speaking German only remained the same. 

Body Paragraph 1

In 2000, the percentages of students speaking only Spanish, Another language and two other languages apart from English were 30, 15 and 10 respectively. A decade later, the percentage of students in these three groups rose by 5% of their initial values.

Body Paragraph 2

On the other hand, the fraction of students speaking only English was 20% in 2000. This figure, in 2010, was half of the original value. Similarly, the percentage of students knowing French noted a decline from 15% to 10% at the end. In 2000, the proportion of students speaking German was 10% which saw no change after ten years.

Review

Strengths:

The writer presents the report with appropriate comparisons in brief. The writer uses a variety of words and sentence structures. Grammatical errors are rare and do not affect the meaning of the sentences. The writer uses paragraphing appropriately. 

Weaknesses:

The writer does not use sufficient linking devices or connectors. The writer has repeated an idea from the overview paragraph in the body paragraph. 

However, the fraction of students speaking German only remained the same (overview paragraph) 

In 2000, the proportion of students speaking German was 10% which saw no change after ten years. (Body paragraph 2)

Solution

In such cases, where the data is limited, it is advisable to avoid presenting the information in the overview paragraph.

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