Writing Task 1 | Line Graphs Series

IELTS Lessons, written by Sam Morgan and Tom Speed

In the first lesson on this topic we looked at some simple verbs that can be used to report changes in data. In this class you will learn

  • Some more specialized verbs to use with data
  • How to give more detail about changes in data with adverbs

The first step is to look at graphs and read descriptions of them. You can copy the vocabulary that you read while doing the activity and use it when you are writing.

Exercise 1

Look at the 12 line graphs below. How would you describe them?

Exercise 2

Look at the graphs and read the descriptions. Drag the sentences on to the graphs. (Use full-screen for mobile devices)

Exercise 3

​Match the verb phrases in bold italics in the descriptions above to the definition below.

1. To increase very fast.
2. To decrease very fast.
3. The highest number that was achieved.
4. The lowest number that was achieved.

Grammar Note

Look at these descriptive sentences with an adverb and a verb.

  • Sales of apples increased steadily from March to May
  • Sales of apples steadily increased from March to May

Which sentence is correct? The answer is that both are correct. We can swap the positions of the adverb and verb to show the examiner that we understand this grammar.

Exercise 4

​Look at the adverbs in bold in the graph descriptions in exercise 1. These adverbs add detail about how the data changed over time. Categorise the adverbs by adding them to the chart below.

​If you can use these adverbs effectively then you will improve you Task Achievement band and Lexical Resource band.

In the next of our lessons on line graphs we look at how to change the verb/adverb collocations that we have already learnt into adjective/noun collocations. Using a range of different collocations will further help to boost your Lexical Resource band.

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