Writing, Task 1 (Academic): Stokeford

There’s a question on page 283 of the Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS.  

In it we can see the village of Stokeford in 1930 and 2010. It’s a question I like to look at with students in Writing Task 1 class – maybe I’m biased but map questions are my favourite!

There are many changes between the two maps. We’re going to highlight those changes and think of some useful vocabulary we can use to describe them in our report. 

First, let’s look at the 2 maps and consider the following:

  • what is the same?
  • what has changed?

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Cambridge 13: Writing, Task 1 (Academic), Test 1

I looked at Test 1, Writing Task 1 on page 29 of the Cambridge IELTS 13 (Academic) book with students. This is a map question which shows changes to a hospital’s road access in 2 separate years . 

The aim was to try to get them to think about how they would approach this in the exam, and we can do this here too.

We’ll think about the information we’re presented with, then look at some suggestions for writing about the changes for our reader. 

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Speaking, Part 1: Maps & Directions 🗺

Do you use maps?

I have a terrible sense of direction and I’m always getting lost! I try to use the map on my smartphone to locate myself and find my way but even then I’m not always able to read it. When I’m driving somewhere that I’ve never been before I rely heavily on the satellite navigation in my car to get me from A to B.

Do you ever ask for directions?

I know my hometown like the back of my hand, but if I was lost in a place I’d never been before I wouldn’t usually ask a stranger in the street. Instead, I’d ask someone in a store how to get there – I think that’s safer than standing out like a sore thumb with a map and looking confused.