Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – IELTS – Understanding Writing Task 2 Questions

Arsenio's ESL Podcast
Arsenio's ESL Podcast
Arsenio's ESL Podcast: Special - IELTS - Understanding Writing Task 2 Questions

Welcome back to another episode, everyone! This is going to be great for you guys to do some freewriting, but more importantly, understand the question.

Learn to analyze task 2 questions.  They contain a subject and often include a general noun or nouns to help you organize your essay. The world is changing rapidly (noun). What are the causes (general noun to help you organize your answer) of this?

  1. In each group a-d below, which general noun has a different meaning from the other two?

a. Advantages, drawbacks, benefits

b. Measures, steps, reasons

C. causes, effects, consequences,

D. disadvantages, drawbacks, solutions.

2. Complete each task 2 question below with the general nouns and verbs from down below.

Agree or disagree, advantages, disadvantages, causes, solutions, measures, views, benefits

a. What are the benefits of learning skills in the modern world?

b. Any attempts to preserve the natural world will always hinder economic development.  However the benefits of helping the environment will always far outweigh the ____________.  Do you ___________?

c. Some young people take a year off between school and university.  What are the ________________ and ______________ of taking such time off?

d. Students should be trained on how to cope with changes in the modern world.  How far do you _______________?

e. Volunteer work with disadvantaged groups like underprivileged children is the best way for young people to learn about the real world.  To what extent do you ____________________? What other _________________could be effective?

f. Every day, animals are becoming extinct throughout the world.  What do you think the _____________ of this are? What _______________ can you suggest to deal with this?

g. Some people think overcrowding in large cities can be reduced by building skyscrapers, while others think the problem can be solved be encouraging people to move to the countryside.  Discuss both these _____________ and give your opinion.


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Episode 30 – International Guest Speaker – Kim Kim of Thailand!

Arsenio's ESL Podcast
Arsenio's ESL Podcast
Arsenio's ESL Podcast: Episode 30 - International Guest Speaker - Kim Kim of Thailand!

The biggest part of this podcast conversation that stuck with me what, “Arsenio, I began to no longer dream in Thai.  I was dreaming in English.  I was speaking English and people in my dreams were speaking English.”

Wow.  Out of all the inspirational messages I’ve read in books dating back to the early 1900’s, this had the deepest meaning out of everything I’ve ever heard or read.

There are some things we can explain, but once you start dreaming about a language that isn’t your first language, you’re on a whole new level.

When she was young, she hated English.  Her father introduced her to the language and she began to progressively get better.  I’m so proud of her in terms of what she has achieved.  Fast-forwarding to present day and listening to her accent and what she’s doing in life, I’m absolutely enthralled about the person she has become.

International Guest Speaker Kim from Thailand


Things we discussed:

  • Intro.
  • When it started and how she developed her love for English.
  • Her experiences about English learning at learning institutes in Thailand.
  • Her experience learning English pronunciation and accent.
  • What kind of help do English learning institutes give? How do the English learning institutes help a student?
  • Problem with English learning in Thai government schools compared to Thailand international schools.
  • Her dreams in English.
  • How we met.
  • Talking about cultural barriers. How was it for the guest?
  • Why she wants to become an entrepreneur.
  • Advice for English language learning students!


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