Academic English not only for Indonesians
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Starting well in IELTS Task 2

The topic of change in people’s lives has been widely discussed recently. (more…)

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Generating interest in introductions

E-commerce has been an attractive issue in the last decade, not only in Indonesia but also all countries throughout the world.

This is a bit like saying it has been widely discussed. The reader will be thinking “Who cares if it has been an attractive issue?” If you want your reader to want to read your text, try to relate the topic of your essay to your reader’s knowledge and experience. (more…)

Too generic for IELTS Task 2

In recent years, social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter have become widely discussed in society.

Let’s analyse this and see if it ticks the right boxes in terms of the desirable features of an opening sentence in IELTS Task 2 writing. (more…)

Have you tried present perfect recently?

Social media are the most common media to be used to share information recently.

This looks like as though it might function as the opening sentence of an IELTS Task 2 essay. Let’s first of all remind ourselves about some ideal features for the IELTS Task 2 opening sentence: (more…)