15 Words for IELTS Essays | IELTS Writing

words and phrases that you can use in

your task

two essays to boost your band score

and also stick around until the end of

this lesson

because I’m going to be checking your

understanding of these words and phrases

in a quick 15-question quiz

right let’s begin what do you think

is the most common word for starting an

IELTS essay

it’s nowadays is a very useful

word for the introduction

for example, you could start your essay

like this

nowadays many young people are choosing

to study abroad

theinfomood.com

or nowadays an increasing number of

physical stores

are being replaced by e-commerce

websites

nowadays is a great word because it

allows you to

quickly introduce the topic of the essay

and then move on to writing your

position

now you might be thinking what does your

position mean

well your position in IELTS means

your opinion and it’s very important to

write this in the

introduction and conclusion

now instead of constantly saying in my

opinion

you can say I would argue that

for example, you could say some people

believe that the development of online

shopping has many

negative consequences however

I would argue that online shopping

brings tremendous

convenience to the consumer

or in conclusion, I would argue that the

increase in online shopping is a

positive development

next, we have in spite of

in spite of its similar to although

we use it to contrast two ideas for

For example, we can say

in spite of higher tuition fees

many young people still choose to study

abroad

This means although studying abroad is

more expensive

young people still choose to study in a

foreign university

now let’s quickly look at the form

we can have in spite of plus a noun

so in spite of plus higher tuition fees

which is a noun phrase we can also

say in spite of being more expensive

in this case, we have in spite of plus

a gerund which is an ing verb

so in spite of being more expensive

and that’s not all we can also use in

spite of

fact so in spite of the fact that it

is more expensive

many young people choose to study abroad

so we have in spite of and then the fact

that

and then a clause which is a subject and

a verb

stick around until the end of this video

because we’ll be doing a quiz

to test your understanding of these

words

number four is for instance

now did you know one of the best ways to

increase

your writing score is to give examples

in your essays

however instead of simply saying for

example

for example, for example, we can use

for instance, instead, it means the same

thing

so there are many reasons to study

abroad

for instance, you can learn a foreign

language

meet people from all over the world and

experience

a new education system

number five is now

due to is similar to because

we use it for introducing a reason

for example due to coveting restrictions

many people were forced to work from

home

the great thing about just is that when

we use it

we are also likely to get a higher score

for

grammatical range and accuracy and

that’s because

it turns a simple sentence into a

complex one so due to is a

a very good phrase to use in your IELTS

essays

number six is by contrast

In contrast, is like however and we often

use it to link

two sentences together have a look at

this

in England, young people will pay around

9 000 pounds per year to go to

university

by contrast, Scottish students are fully

subsidized by the government

this is a great phrase for developing

your ideas in

IELTS essays which will get you those

high scores like band 7

band 8 and band 9.

number 7 is a result of

which is similar to therefore we usually

put it

at the beginning or middle of the

sentence

for example, we can say as a result of

the increased

tuition fees fewer young people are able

to afford

university education or

fewer young people are able to afford

university education

as a result of the increased tuition

fees

now this one is my personal favorite

ensure it’s one of those academic

sounding words that can help you to

impress the IELTS examiner

so ensure basically means to

make sure for example young people

should

ensure that their language abilities are

good enough before going abroad

to study or parents like to ensure that

their children are

properly fed and safe

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number nine is enabling this is a

a fancy way of saying to be able for

For example, we can say

getting a scholarship can enable young

people from

poorer backgrounds to study abroad

again this is the kind of word that can

help boost your IELTS writing score

number 10 is hence we often use

hence in the final sentence of a

paragraph to show how i

the idea relates to the IELTS question we

are being asked

it’s similar to their form here’s an

example sentence

tuition fees have more than trebled in

the last few years

hence many young people are considering

going straight to work

after finishing high school

number 11 is another favorite the word

is lack means

not enough of something so we can say

many young people lack the funds to be

able to afford expensively

undergraduate courses so this sentence

means that young people

don’t have enough money they lack

the money to go to university

number 12 is invaluable it means

very valuable we can say

the education that students gain at

university

is invaluable which means that the

education

is very very valuable

invaluable is a great way to describe

things that we think

are extremely useful for example your

help has been

invaluable your advice has been

invaluable

your guidance has been invaluable

invaluable is a great word for both the

writing

and speaking test

number 13 is similar to invariable

the word is paramount now if you say

that something is

paramount it means that it is very

important

for example, you can say education is

paramount to a successful career

or it is of paramount importance

that the government ensures that all

citizens have access to

the education you wouldn’t use this word in

your speaking

it’s a bit too formal however it’s very

useful

for the IELTS writing test

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number 14 is significant

now we can use significant to mean large

so we can say a significant proportion

of the population

cannot afford university fees without

government support

or we could say there has been a

significant effort to reduce carbon

emissions

so we can use significant instead of

saying

large or big in these kinds of sentences

number 15 is a word I know you guys all

know

it’s if and well if means if

so why do I think that this is such a

useful word for IELTS essays

well because it is used to introduce a

conditional sentence a sentence like

if the government provides scholarships

and financial aid

more young people will be able to attend

university

now conditional sentences are considered

as complex sentences which means

if you have an accurate conditional

the sentence in your essay

you’re showing that you can use band 7

plus grammar

so if you get a chance try putting a

the conditional sentence in your essay

and show the examiner that you deserve

at least

a band 7 for your IELTS essay

if you want some help with how to write

conditionals check out a video

I made it a long time ago which outlines

all of the conditionals including mixed

conditionals

that we have in English right it’s now

time to test your knowledge of these

words in a

quick quiz

the right time to put your knowledge to the

test

so number one something

many young people are choosing to study

abroad

now you have four options is it a

nowadays

b nowadays with hyphens

c nowadays or d

nowadays so the answer is

c nowadays okay number two

in conclusion i something that the

increase in online shopping is a

positive

development so we’ve got a

b c and d what would you choose

the answer is d I would argue

that so again I would argue that is an

alternative to saying

in my opinion number three

in spite something higher tuition fees

I almost said it many young people still

choose to study abroad

is it an of b of the fact

c of being or d for

so in spite of so, the answer is a

number four in spite of

more expensive many young people still

choose to study abroad

is it b it is c

being or d the fact is

so in spite of being

more expensive so remember

this is an ing form a gerund

which is when we have a verb after a

preposition like of

and then instead of having the

infinitive we have it in an ing

form so that acts more like a noun

don’t worry if that sounds complicated

just remember in spite of

and then being or any verb but in an

ing form okay number five

there are many reasons to study abroad

something

experiencing a new education system

for instance by instance as an instance

or for instance, the answer is of

course

a for instance which is the same as

saying

for example okay number six

something covered restrictions many

people were forced to work from home

now we’ve got a b c

or d and the answer is of course

b due to so due to coverage restrictions

many people were forced to work from

home

okay number seven so we’ve got two

sentences here and we want to connect

them

so we have in England young people will

pay around nine thousand pounds per year

to go to university

something Scottish students are fully

subsidized by the government

now hopefully you can remember because

this is the example from the video

we have contrast as the contrast

to contrast or by contrast and the

answer is

by contrast, it’s d number eight

something the increased tuition fees

fewer young people are able to afford

university education so by contrast in

spite of

as a result of or nowadays

what would you choose the answer is c

it’s as result of so as a result of

the increased tuition fees

fewer young people are able to afford

university education

so remember as a result of is similar to

because

so it’s because the tuition fees have

increased

fewer people are able to afford

university education

number nine young people should

their language abilities are good

enough to

sorry good enough before going abroad to

study

a surely b b surely c

be insure or d ensure

the answer is d ensure okay

number ten getting a scholarship can

something young people from poorer

backgrounds to study abroad

a enable b able c

be able or d to enable

so the answer is a can

enable now if you said d

then you should revise modal verbs

because we can never put

a modal verb and then an infinitive with

two so we can’t say

can to enable but this is quite a common

the mistake that I see regularly

from IELTS students so remember an

or any other modal verb which is an

could will would

may and then you have

an infinitive afterward without two

so can enable or will

the swim should pay not

should pay can tooth win for example

okay number 11 many young people

something the funds to be able to afford

expensive

undergraduate courses so a no have

b not having c lacking or d

lack and the answer is d

lack so lack means not having enough of

something

so in this case students don’t have

enough money to go to

study their undergraduate courses

number 12 is the education that students

gain at university

is invaluable

invaluable in valued or

is valued and the answer is

be invaluable which means very very

valuable number 13

education is something to a successful

career four options paramount

paraglide persimmon or paracetamol

the answer is of course a paramount

which means

very very important okay number fourteen

something proportion of the population

cannot afford university fees

without government support significant

with two fs significant with one f

and an a significant with two fs and an

or significant with one f and

an e so which is the correct spelling of

significance if you said

b then you are correct so

significant with one f and one a

okay 15 the final one

if the government provides scholarships

and financial aid

more young people something to be able

to

attend university is it will to

is it will is it would to

or is it word now think which

conditional is this

is it the first the second the third

conditional in this case it’s the first

conditional so the answer must be

will so many young people will be able

to attend

university right I hope these are words

that can help you

in your preparation for your IELTS and

words that

ideally, you can put into your task two

essays

in your writing test okay remember if

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