Housing and Trees in Urban Areas: IELTS Essay Question

Here is a recently reported essay question for IELTS writing task 2 and below are some ideas to help you with this topic.

Some people think that planting trees in open spaces in cities and towns is more important than building houses. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Reasons for Using City Space for Trees

  • Trees and green areas create a peaceful living environment which promotes a better living standard and better mental health.
  • Trees produce oxygen which can counteract against heavy pollution in cities and create a better quality of air.
  • Heat in cities can be better controlled by having more trees which filter the sun’s heat and offer shade. This ultimately lowers the temperature.
  • Planting more trees in urban areas brings nature into cities which is beneficial to people without access to rural areas.
  • Noise levels can also be reduced by planting trees which can act as a buffer against sound.
  • Planting more trees can make the living environment more pleasant which is thought to reduce crime to some extent. Trees encourage people to enjoy their neighbourhood and be more active in it which deters petty crime.
  • Trees offer urban wildlife a better environment to live in and play a part in the ecosystem of a city.

Reasons for Using City Space for Housing

  • Lack of affordable housing can lead to rising crime rates. Thus by having more housing, there are more opportunities for everyone to get housing.
  • Without more housing, a city is unable to grow and develop which is essential in a world with an increasing population.
  • Housing is also essential for any country which is hoping to develop its economy as workers must have access to affordable homes.
  • Shelter is a basic requirement for life.
  • Urban space is limited and priority should be given to shelter rather than creating pleasant parks.
  • Without enough homes, people can become homeless which can leads to alcoholism and drugs or slums can develop which can be detrimental to any country.

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  1. Hello teacher!
    If the statement says same people think…,however others believe … and question ask for only my opinion.should i discuss both wievs ?

  2. Farah fawzy says:

    Hey Liz ,
    In this type of essays whether I agree or disagree for example I agree to plant trees I should talk also about houses or no?

    • You can’t ignore part of the task. If you agree in trees rather than houses, you must explain why you agree with having trees rather than houses. So, you cover both in your view.

  3. Amandeep Singh says:

    Hello liz,

    First, i would like to thank you to give us such a valuable information to get our target. Also, I am very confused with those question which asked that WHAT EXTENT DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE? It means if i agreed with the statement then I only need to favor with the statements or can I also write the points of disagreed ???
    Can you please help me out here??
    Thanks ĺiz😊

  4. Hi Liz,
    I am really worried now because i took ielts in 23rd of July and was waiting to get results in 5 of August. But the british council emailed me and informed that my ielts results withheld without mentioning and reasons. Have your any students experienced such situation and when they got results? Is this related or influence to my band score? Will it be higher or lower?

    Sincerely,
    Sherzod

    • I have never heard of this happening before. I suggest you contact the British Council again and ask for an explanation for them withholding your results. Make it very clear in your note that you are deeply concerned and would like to know why your results are being withheld.
      Good luck
      Liz

  5. Lawrence says:

    Hello Liz,

    I have made a short introduction on the given example above. Could you kindly give me a brief comment on my use of complex sentences and punctuations, and give some suggestions for improvement?

    Planting more trees in both urban and rural areas, particularly in wide spaces such as public parks where people often gather, is commonly thought to be more essential than constructing new houses that could lead to congestion. In my opinion, I strongly agree that, the more trees that an environment has, citizens and the ecosystem would be healthier.

    Best regards,
    Lawrence

  6. Hi Liz,

    I would like to create a balanced approach pls comment on my introduction.

    It is often argued, that the act of planting trees in large areas in towns and in big cities is far better than creating and building houses for people. While i agree that shelter is essential to basic human needs, i also believe that more trees in urban areas is also useful in every human’s life.
    tnx in advance.

  7. Hi, Liz!
    I think the ideas are not enough for the essay, without covering the comparison between trees and houses. Shouldn’t we firstly discuss which is more important (for example, listing the results of lots of houses without trees or those of many trees without enough houses in Body Paragraph A, then we can give the reasons in Paragraph B and C), because the given statement mentions “more important than”? But the ideas for each are separated, without connections.
    Did I express myself clearly? I just wonder if we should compare these two items before we show our opinion about agreement.
    Thank you!

    • For an opinion essay, you put your opinion in the introduction and then explain it in the body paragraphs. You should choose a side or aim for a balanced approach but for this particular essay choosing one side is easier. These ideas are just to help you building supporting points.
      All the best
      Liz

  8. Begin again says:

    Dear Liz,

    Your valuable comments are required on my essay as I made a little effort with your help.

    Topic: Some people think that planting trees in open spaces in cities and towns is more important than building houses. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

    It depends on different individuals. In my opinion, health is one of the major concern nowadays so, we should use empty spaces for planting trees rather than building aggressively.

    On one hand, trees are very essential to be planted in metropolitan cities because people living urban areas hardly get the essence of rural area. Trees are the symbol of heathly environment and produce oxygen so, having more trees in your city will not only eliminate the health related issues but also improves the physical outlook of the city. Secondly, planting trees will bring wildlife environment to survive in city and produces a ecosystem of a city. Moreover, green belt creates a positive effect on the urban life as well as it lowers the temperature. Furthermore, noise pollution will be diminish by planting more trees, it can make the living environment more pleasant and soothing.
    On the other hand, growth is also very important building more houses means inviting more people to your area and increasing the population. Building houses can provide shelter which will fulfill the basic requirements of living beings. Secondly, urban areas easily get dense so the priority should be given to build proper housing scheme than constructing parks and losing valuable space. Because without homes, people can become homeless and frustrated which might lead to a detrimental of communities and cities. Moreover, housing is also very important for any country which is hoping to develop its economy as workers and labors should have access to affordable homes.
    All in all, I’m more concerned over human health as it is well said that “health is a wealth”. If we have healthy environment we can eventually grow. So, planting more trees will increase our growth as it can provide us a better and healthy environment.

  9. Lee Ji Eun says:

    Hi, Mrs. Liz
    Firstly, please let me say thank to you for your very useful website. Can you help me look over the introduction of a related topic to this? Here are the question and my introduction :
    Global warming is one of the most serious issues that the world is facing today. What are the causes of global warming and what measures can goverment and individuals take to tackle the issue?
    Intro :
    Global warming is one of the most desparate difficulties that human have to deal with nowadays. This essay will show a number of justifications for the problem and give a suggestion on what people can do to solve it.
    Please check the work, and if you have time, can you give me some ideas for this essay?
    Thank you.

  10. Aisha jarrar says:

    Hi Liz
    With regard to the housing and trees essay above ,is this introduction convenient or not ?

    It is thought by many people that planting trees in a metropolitan’s open spaces is more beneficial and important than constructing more houses . In my openion , although planting trees in cities open spaces is undoubtably bringing many enviromental benefits , building shelter for cities resident is considered desperate needs for standard life .
    Thanks

    • There are serious issues with vocabulary which will prevent you getting band 6 in that criteria. I also can’t see a clear opinion. Should space be used for housing or trees? You need a clear position to get a good score in IELTS writing task 2.
      Liz

      • Aisha jarrar says:

        Thanks for your comment , I really have problem in writing part .
        I have done two exam before and my weakness in writing part ,, I appreciate any effort if you could help me to tackle this problem .
        In regard to the response I got it , and I will make my response mor clear , but what do you mean about the vocabulary ? Where is the problem exactly ?

        Looking forward your help
        Warmest regards

        • Aisha jarrar says:

          What about this intruduction ? And please could you tell if I still have problem with vocabulary or what ?

          An increasing number of people supporting planting trees in open spaces in cities and town as it is provide more green and pleasant areas .in my opinion, I strongly believe that constructing houses ,which is the basic standard to live , is significantly more important than planting trees .
          Thanks

          • The vocabulary is appropriate but there are grammar errors. Make sure you introduce both sides in your background statement – you failed to mention housing.
            Liz

        • Here are all my writing task 1 lessons, videos and tips: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task-1-lessons-and-tips/. When I comment on writing, I point out main problems – I do not offer correction. You will need to find a teacher for that.
          All the best
          Liz

  11. Pichkata Deap says:

    Hi Liz! After learning from your advice now I have another essay. Hope it is better than before.

    Topic: Marketing and promotion is the key to a successfull business.
    To what extend do you agree ?

    My introduction: Nowadays, a successful business requires many essential strategies. Some people think that marketing and promotion are necessary for business. In my opinion, I think that a skillful marketing person can persuade many customers while, a pleasant staff can give customers a clear explanation that make the business run smoothly but I strongly believe that it still need more keys to consider.
    Thank 🙂 😀

    • It’s good. However, I would re-write your thesis statement to make it clearer. “In my opinion, while I think that marketing and promotion are important, I strongly believe that having a good product is the real key to success.”. Here it is clear what I agree but explains that “the key” to success is something else. Always try to be clear about your main points and plan them. Your English language is clear.
      Liz

  12. Some people believe that open spaces can be used for more and more tree plantation, whether others argue that it is more important to build houses in open spaces than the tree plantation. I strongly believe that planting trees in open spaces is very essential.

    Firstly, trees protect us from the sun’s heat as well it keeps the temperature lower in urban areas and it gives a shade. For example, living in a tropical country have more heat than the cold as a result planting trees can avoid the high temperature. Noise levels can also reduce by planting tress which can act as a buffer against sound.
    However, nowadays people have fulfilled their basic requirement about their accommodation, constructing more housing can be useless and it may harmful for developing cities as well as towns. Tress encourage people to enjoy their neighborhood and trees and green areas create a peaceful living environment which promotes a better living standard and better mental health.

    Finally, trees produce more and more oxygen, which is very essential for humans as well as the environments. Moreover, oxygen can counteract against heavy pollution in cities and create a better quality of air. Planting more trees in urban areas brings nature into cities which is beneficial to people without access to rural areas.

    In conclusion, considering the wildlife and the betterment of the cities, it is very essential to plant more and more tress in open spaces. To reduce the sound and air pollution no other options except planting trees. Considering the above situation I strongly agree that, planting trees in open spaces is very important.

    • Dear Ma’am,
      I am eagerly awaiting for your feedback.
      Thanks

      • If your essay is posted without feedback, it means I don’t have time to give feedback. Please read the rules for posting writing at the top of this blog.
        All the best
        Liz

  13. Some people believe that open spaces can be used for more and more tree plantation, whether others argue that it is more important to build houses in open spaces than the tree plantation. I strongly believe that planting trees in open spaces is very essential.

    Planting more trees in city areas bring a beautiful look which are beneficial for the city people. Trees protect us from the sun’s heat as well it keeps the temperature lower in urban areas and it gives us a shelter. It is very essential for living in a better environment. Moreover, tress gives us oxygen which is very essential for surviving human and keep the ecosystem balanced. Though too much plantation of trees makes the city dark, especially at night, which may encourage the robbery and snatching.

    On the contrary, shelter is the basic requirement for living. Without housing it is not fulfilled our basic needs. Furthermore, towns and cities are unable to develop without constructing the new houses. Without enough home people can become homeless which may occur frustration and unpleasant situation for the people. But nowadays people have fulfilled their basic requirement about their shelter so we should use our open spaces for planting trees.

    In conclusion, for balanced ecosystem we should more concentrate for planting more and more trees. To create peaceful living environment and pleasant nature we may concentrate for planting more and more trees in open spaces in cities as well as towns. Considering the above situations, I strongly believe that planting trees in cities and urban areas is very essential.

    • This essay does not ask you to “discuss both sides” so that means you can’t discuss both sides. You are asked to give your opinion and nothing more. It is essential that you follow the instructions carefully. Give your opinion in the introduction and explain it in the body paragraphs. The whole essay is only about your opinion. So, in this essay your second body paragraph is irrelevant. Please follow all my lessons before posting. Read all model essays carefully to ensure you are aware of the requirements of IELTS.
      All the best
      Liz

  14. Oyelade Ola says:

    Hello Liz,
    Kindly review this essay for me. Will it get up to band 7?
    Question: Some people think that excessive use of mobile phones and computers badly affects teenagers’ writing and reading skills. Do you agree or disagree. Give your opinion.

    Technological advancement has made the use of mobile devices and computer much more fascinating.Thus, people tend to invest more time into the use of these devices. I completely agree with the opinion that this act is having negative impacts on teenagers’ writing and reading skills because of increasing poor academic performance of the youngsters.

    Teenagers’ writing skills have suffered greatly due to excessive use of cell phones and computers. Firstly, children are no longer interested in developing their natural handwriting skills. In other words, most of them prefer to type documents on the computer rather than using their hands to write. Consequently, many have lost touch with the ability to write legibly which has had a detrimental effect on academic performance. Secondly, most teenagers have lost the ability to spell correctly since most of these devices have software that can spell-check words and also assist in constructing correct sentences.

    Furthermore, reading skills have also been poor owing to uncontrolled use of technological devices. With the advent of sophisticated applications for chatting and browsing the internet such as whatsapp, Facebook,Google and so on, many teenagers spend most of their time online. As a result, they are left with little or no time to read and study independently. Also, availability of e-books have made many to loose interest in reading conventional books.

    In conclusion, as much as I agree with the opinion that excessive use of mobile phones and computers among teenagers have negative impact on their reading and writing skills, I believe that there will be great improvement if things are done with moderation.

  15. kiranmai says:

    Hi Mam,

    I come across the following questions of Writing Task 2 in Arts. Can you please provides some ideas on how to work on this Essay.

    Artists need a certain amount of freedom to develop their creativity. Some people think that artists should have total freedom to express any thoughts and ideas.

    To what extent do you agree or disagree?

    • This is all about censorship. It’s about whether artists should be free to say, write or draw any image they want to encourage creativity. You must decide if that freedom of expression should include violent images, pornographic images or other images which are damaging to children or society.
      All the best
      Liz

  16. Hey, Lizz thank you so much for such an amazing blog
    i would be delighted if you would go over my essay and predict my estimated band score
    With recent development in technologies like e books, some people feel that printed media like books will soon be a thing of the past. Other feel that these form of media will never disappear?

    The use of mobile phones and the Internet has become so rampant that some people started adopting the prevalent (pervasive, widespread, ubiquitous) notion that mobile phones and the Internet will obviate the need for physical books. However, I dissent (differ, demure, diverge) from this perception and pertinaciously believe that physical books are here to stay for a couple reasons.

    On the one hand, it is an incontrovertible notion that e books bring immense advantages. For example, they do not require physical space, which makes them more appealing to carry, and this ultimately spurs the proliferation of e books. In fact for being user-friendly e books are deemed as the go to choice for college students as they opt for brandishing Ipads, which are teeming with myriads of e books, rather going around campus, saddled (lumbered, encumbered, burdened, hampered) with all the cumbersome books.

    Apart from the feature of being portable, e books are cheaper to produce as they do not require paper, which makes them even more appealing to the environment conscious readers who are cognizant of the wreaks it would havoc on our forests. Moreover, as the Internet facilities the distribution of e books, they are becoming more and more accessible rather than printed books.

    On the other hand, there some people who uphold (espouse, cleave to, cling to) the fact that printed books are here to stay because of the feel and the tactile relationship a person fosters while reading a physical copy. There is nothing more enjoyable for a devouring (avid, ardent, fervent, voracious) reader than curling in a quilt with a book in their hands reveling in the tranquility and redolence printed books provide. Moreover, reading an electronic book can be something of a menace when it comes to concentration, as it make the reader more predisposed to distraction as it is swarming with a lot of other superfluous (gratuitous, redundant) functions and the access to the Internet. For instance, while reading a book one is lured (seduce, allure, entice) by the number of books available and the Internet. This irrevocably, culminates in the absorption of other extraneous information or book rather than the book intended to read. On top of that, reading an e book can have an insidious (pernicious) effect on the eyes of the reader, which makes them more susceptible to eye related problems.

    In a nutshell, even though e books and mobile phones offer a number of advantages in terms of convenience and price, they do not evoke (invoke) the feelings printed copies do. So the possibilities of printed media being supplanted by e books remain relatively remote.

    • I am happy to comment on students’ writing. However, you must first do all my free lessons and video lessons to learn more. Also make sure you write the full essay question which includes the instructions, for example “To what extent do you agree or disagree?”. Also don’t post an essay of over 400 words when you are aiming for between 250 and 300. Take your time to learn first.
      All the best
      Liz

  17. Hi liz, following is a sample question and my answer to the question. However, reading the answer given in the book, I was not sure if I’m completely off the topic. Could you please let me know? If i’m not off the topic, could you also let me know where I need to pay more attention to?

    Question

    “Everybody should be allowed admission to university study programs regardless of their level of academic ability.

    to what extent do you agree or disagree with this statements? give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience. ”

    Answer

    It is commonly considered that courses conducted by the universities are for anyone who wishes to follow them and that no one should be prevented from following them based on their academic skills. In my opinion, I fully agree that higher education is for anyone who wishes to pursue it and that it helps develop the society.Allowing more people to follow university courses ensures that the workforce is better qualified and educate, which can be beneficial in many ways.

    As a start, it ensures that there is more competition at workplaces, which could possibly lead to a very healthy situation for the company. Furthermore, it could massively help maintain the education level of the nations workforce, ensuring that this level does not drastically drop to level where skilled personnel will need to be brought in via skilled migration programs. Most importantly, having a highly educated workforce will definitely attract and influence investments in the country.

    University education is not only about education on theoretical subjects. Students will learn to manage time when conducting certain tasks. They also will experience and learn to deal with different people in intensive situations. In a nutshell, students will learn the basic principles of teamwork and master them eventually, enabling them to use these skills spontaneously at workplaces.

    In conclusion in a democratic civilized society, it is the right of all citizens to have access to higher education courses hosted by universities irrespective of their academic capacity. Enabling people to do so will enable the country to develop as a whole.

    Thanks a lot,

    Call me Travis

    • It is a little confusing that your first main point focuses so heavily on work. Are you honestly sure you agree that even people who have no educational ability should spend time attempting to do a degree. Even people who have no high school education or who failed middle school? Also check your linking words “In a nutshell” is not academic and “as a start” is not very appropriate. Think a bit more about the essay question before you decide to agree or disagree.
      All the best
      Liz

      • Wow.. I did not expect you to reply so quickly but thank you so much.

        I did realize that I could’ve included more relevant content if I disagreed but I was also trying to do it within a certain time and panicked while doing so.

        I had a few ideas in my head that supported the argument that anyone should be able to follow uni education hence, went with it also on the assumption that my view does not matter with regards to the band score.

        • Your view doesn’t matter at all for the band score. But the other side would have given you clearer ideas to use. Panic is common when you are in the exam room. That is why you need to train yourself to spend at least 5 minutes planning ideas and supporting points in relation to the exact issues in the question.
          Liz

          • Liz, I did not expect you to reply so promptly, Thank you ever so much.

            I’m a bit confused about opinion essays after seeing one of your answers to a student. Maybe I completely misunderstood.

            I understood that in an opinion essay , you state a clear opinion , “Completely agree” or “Completely disagree” and back it with supporting ideas. However, I noticed in a different thread, you have advised a student that the balanced approach is the best. The topic is about how All people should be vegetarian.

            Are you suggesting that in most opinion essays, it is okay to take a balanced approach if you clearly state it in the Thesis statement and dedicate a paragraph each for the contrasting (opposing) ideas?

            However, I tried to think of a similar approach to the topic mentioned earlier and realized that you cannot have a balanced opinion on this topic, as it asks should everyone be allowed university education (or not) … is this correct?

            Thanks a lot

            Nishan

            • I give students advice to their particular problems – they are not lessons for writing task 2 for all essays. You should write “completely agree” if you feel strongly about agreeing. You should go for a balanced approach if it is easier for the essay question or you have good command of English to be able to do so. You decide your own opinion to the issue in the essay question. You decide if you agree, disagree or have a specific opinion (a balanced view). You can get band score 9 with any answer as long as it is supported by relevant ideas and addresses the task fully.
              All the best
              Liz

  18. Oyelade Ola says:

    Hello Liz,
    Kindly help me assess this essay on recent Ielts exam question:
    Some people believe that history is very important and we must study the past to understand the present. Others say that it has little or no use at all. Discuss both view and give your opinion.

    It is considered by some that knowledge about the past is vital for present day living because it helps us to make informed decision. Others are of the opinion that it is actually irrelevant or of little significance since we are living in a very dynamic world. In my opinion,I believe learning history is key for development.

    On the one hand, knowledge of what happened in the past gives access to information which in turn help in making informed decision. For instance,learning about how past generation conquered various challenges that confronted them and how they were able to manage their successes will assist present generation not to make the same mistake they made in the past. Consequently,the journey to success will be more easier with little or no huddle. In addition to this, in terms of Technological advancement, present day researchers can develop on previous inventions of past scientists.

    On the other hand, the opinion that there is no need to know about the past would be hinged on the dynamic nature of this world. In other words,the ever-changing nature of our world cannot be overlooked. In the 18th century, for example, people had to travel by foot or on horses but nowadays,there are more effective and efficient means of transportation such as air,sea,rail and so on. In this case,knowledge of the past does not benefit us in any way since it is no longer relevant to our living.

    In conclusion, although some might think it is not necessary to know about the past, I believe history is vital in order to fast track development in the society.

    • It a very well written essay which addresses the task very well. There are two points to work on:

      1. grammar – you are frequently making mistakes with forgetting to use “s” on verbs and nouns. Here’s an example : “knowledge of what happened in the past gives access to information which in turn helps in making informed decisions.”. I suggest you review this part of your English grammar. You generally have a good level of grammar but these constant errors will reduce your score.
      2. Make sure you mention your opinion again in the body paragraph which you agree with. “Some people think and I agree that …”.
      All the best
      Liz

      • Oyelade Ola says:

        Hello Liz,

        Thanks so much for taking time to comment on my essay. I will note the mistakes and make necessary correction.

  19. Harry Sra says:

    Hi Liz,

    Can you have a quick glance over the following response? Could this be an 8 band response?

    Some people consider planting trees to be a better utilization of open city spaces than constructing buildings. I too feel this is the better option of the two. I will clarify the stance I have assumed by elaborating on how trees counter the problems of both noise and air pollution.

    The first reason to favor trees over buildings is that trees are known to be effective in reducing the overall noise levels within an environment. To elaborate, one of the most discomforting yet often ignored aspect of city life is the constant clamor of vehicles, which is a causal factor in a number of psychological disorders. Given these conditions, the significance of trees emerges from the fact that they are a highly cost-effective ways to reduce noise as the soft twigs and leaves of trees act as natural noise absorbents. Thus, it is reasonable to prefer trees over buildings.

    The second point in support of tree plantation pertains to the role of trees in keeping the pollution levels within a city under control. To expand on, the extent to which air pollution has becomes a cause of concern in urban dwellings is highlighted by the ever increasing number of people migrating to countrysides for fresh air. This is an extreme step, I believe, which can easily be avoided, as the natural mechanism within a tree to absorb toxic gases, and to convert them into oxygen presents itself as a feasible alternative remedial measure. Trees can thus be of immense importance in urban landscapes.

    To sum up, trees are the answer to the two major problems facing cities namely, excessive noise, and polluted air. So, in conclusion, I reaffirm that planting trees is more important for cities than adding more buildings.

    P.S Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration.

    Harry Sra

    • It’s a good essay. Try to be more accurate with linking devices ” To expand on,…” is not the right linker to use. Instead, use “In other words”. Sorry but I try not to give band scores. I don’t have time to give accurate assessment so it’s best you find a teacher online. But I will say, you are doing very well in all your marking criteria.
      All the best
      Liz

  20. Asad Ali Shah says:

    Hi Liz, I need 6.5 bands please check the following essay and write your comments.

    These days, in cities and towns people are facing problems of pollution. To stop pollution. we are in need of planting trees. The places look more beautiful if there are green trees. I strongly believe that planting trees in open city is very important for several reasons which shall be discussed in this essay.

    Firstly, Trees create a peaceful living environment. Some time we are fed-up from noisiness and want to sit alone in the green area to make our mind fresh. The temperature is very high if the ratio of trees is very low, trees maintain the temperature and keep cool in the summer. Trees produce oxygen and create a better quality of air which is very important for us.

    Furthermore, green area is pleasant for everyone to enjoy their weekends. I read an article in one of the English newspaper which was very interesting, the topic name was “The importance of trees in our daily life”. In that article they mentioned, if a human being feels thirsty, only then he knows the worth of water. He wrote trees are also important just like water in our daily life. Many developing countries are planting trees to produce oxygen. I am giving you the real life example of my city. 10 years ago we are facing problems of pollution, hot weather and no rain. Our city governor announced on National Television that we are suffering from weather conditions and pollution problem, we need planting trees to make our life pleasant. On 20th May 2005, I remember we started planting 1 million trees in our city. Through planting trees, Our city became most popular in our country.

    In conclusion, Planting trees is the most important for atmosphere and a better environment. I recommend planting trees is essential to make our life better.

    • This essay is about planting trees rather than building houses. You failed to mention houses in the whole essay. Always answer the full essay question.
      Liz

  21. hi Liz,

    I tried to follow your helpful advice and rewrote the same essay hoping to avoid my previous mistakes .. I hope that you kindly comment on my essay and give me your valuable feedback.

    Urban greening is considered by some to be of high importance than subsidising housings. I completely agree with this opinion because I believe it will improve urban climate and offer safe and friendly society.

    To start with, the reason why I believe trees enhance weather in cities is that trees, through transpiration and shadow casting, mitigate the rising rates of day-time peak temperature of not only green and open spaces but also neighbouring housings. This can benefit local inhabitants by offering a moderate climate and low cooling cost. Therefor, I think providing livable cities with tolerated weather more important than constructing houses.

    Furthermore, planting trees in parks and open spaces can participate in lowering crime rates such as petty crimes. Trees provide shades ,pleasant climate and spectacular sceneries which make park and open places ideal for local residents to relax ,socialise and practice variable activities. Experts suggest that this tend to reduce unlawful actions through minimising life stress and social tension.Thus, I believe the preference of establishing safe community over building houses holds merit.

    In conclusion, I completely support the argument in favour of tree planting in urban areas over building houses. I believe enhancing city climate and mitigation of extreme weather conditions, in addition to helping in creating safer urban community is far more important than merely constructing shelters.

    • * of higher importance 🙂

    • Much better. It is organised and coherent. Make sure you don’t make spelling mistakes with linking words “therefor” = “therefore”. When you start a new main point which is a continuation of your position, you can start the paragraph with “Another point to consider is that planting trees in parks …”. This is a more appropriate linking word than “Furthermore” which is often used inside a paragraph to add a supporting point. There are still errors with vocabulary “tolerated weather” = “tolerable weather” but luckily the number of errors is lower than your previous essay. Also try to shorten your conclusion – it should never be longer than the introduction – it’s a waste of words and time.
      All the best
      Liz

      • Thank you so much, I can’t describe how grateful I am to your valuable feedback. Every time you add something new and useful to my writing. My question is, do I still in the 6.5 territory??

        • You are borderline 7 with this essay.
          Liz

          • Why borderline? Can you please clarify more what borderline means? Is it due to grammatical errors or essay structure? Or is it the lexical resources? What is my weaker point here? And could this essay score 7 or 7.5 with corrections you just advised me?
            Thanks
            Raghad

            • It is because I don’t have time to assess your writing in detail. I don’t offer free marking. Also examiners can vary by 0.5 in band scores so saying borderline means you are around that score.
              Liz

  22. Hi Liz,
    Does the below introduction justify the topic
    A few individuals believe that fixing plants in open spaces of urban area is of much value while others think that constructing houses is more significant.In my opinion, I agree that planting trees is the key to healthy environment.

  23. Hi Liz,

    here is the answer for the question above. it took me more than 40 minutes to write it. looking foreword to reading your valuable comments.

    Some people think that planting trees in open spaces in cities and towns is more important than building houses. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

    Urban greening is considered an important way to establish sustainable and livable cities. It is also believed by many to be of higher importance than subsidize housing. I completely agree with the former statements, and the reasons behind my opinion are explored in the following paragraphs.

    To start with, planting trees and other vegetation in urban areas improves its inhabitants’ health. Firstly, it reduces noise pollution by acting as a noise buffer. Moreover, optical shield of the noise source creates a psychological reduction in noise perception. Secondly, trees provide spectacular sceneries that help people to relax and mitigate life stress, which subsequently enhance individual’s psychological well-being. Finally, trees minimize air pollution by filtering particles and pollutants as a result lowering the risk of lung diseases. Thus it is clear that planting trees is highly important as it improves people’s health through minimizing stress and pollution, which translate into lower health-care cost.

    Furthermore, the impact of planting urban areas, in terms of minimizing health-care cost, improve quality of life and regulation of urban climate, can benefit socially disadvantaged group in particular. Low income and low social status inhabitants are unable to afford energy-intensive cooling of the flat or leaving the city during thermal inversion. Trees, through transpiration and casting shadows, can lower day-time peak temperature not only within green and open spaces, but also in the neighboring housings. Therefore, this reduces cooling costs for low-income people. In addition, trees provide shade and pleasant environment that encourage people to use parks for relaxation and engaging in social activities. Experts suggest, this can reduce crime rates substantially by minimizing social tension and life stress. Thus, the necessity of urban greening holds merit.

    In conclusion, planting trees and other vegetation in cities and towns is crucial to improve health, safety and life quality for urban population. I believe creating a healthy and safe community is more important than merely building shelters.

    • Hi Liz,

      Please, kindly comment on my response to the question given.. I scored 6.5 in writing twice so I tried to improve my writing this time in order to reach 7.. My exam is on the 18th this month. Any commen will be most appreciated.

      Raghad

      • If you are aiming for band 7, then only use vocabulary that you are 100% sure is correct “optical shield of the noise source” is very confusing and has no clear meaning. Also try to organise your ideas and have clear topic in each paragraph. Your ideas in the first and second body paragraphs are too similar – both about health, both about relaxation. You must plan ideas more carefully and make sure that ideas and supporting points are not the same in both paragraphs.
        All the best
        Liz

        • Thank you Liz,

          I strongly thought I would score 7 with this essay!! I feel helpless!
          Second thing, optical sheild of the noise source is a term I used from a pdf file which is talking about the topic. Do you mean it is not proper for ielts? Thank you so much.
          Raghad

          • It looks like a learned phrase that you learned and applied in order to get a higher score – it does not appear to be your natural language which reflects your actual level. Use natural language to express your opinions.
            All the best
            Liz

            • Sorry if I’m asking too many questions, but what you suggest to make these phrases seem natural? I know their meaning and use but I don’t often use them. I usually use simple language in my writing which I thought translated into low band score as 6.5.
              Thank you
              Raghad

              • It’s a good question. There’s a difference between using a good range of vocabulary and memorising a sentence or phrase to put in your essay to get a good score. The words you used were not your own. It was easy to see because the rest of your essay was not at that level. When you wrote “optical shield of the noise source creates a psychological reduction in noise perception” what you mean is “by seeing the trees, people automatically perceive less noise”. The first phrase is from an expert in the field of both psychology and the environment, the letter phrase is from someone with excellent English. So, don’t copy phrases that are clearly not your own. IELTS is a test of your English, not your memory and ability to use other people’s English.

                Does that make it clearer? Let me know if it is still confusing. I know many students find it difficult to understand between learning words to improve your vocabulary range and memorising phrases or sentences from other people to get a higher score.
                All the best
                Liz

                • Thank you for clarifying this point, I was not aware of this problem. Is there anything you kindly suggest that I can do to increase my band score? I need 7 as I mentioned before, but I always score 6.5.
                  I want to learn sophisticated academic language, but I don’t know the right approach to doing so. I wrongly assumed it can be done by memorising phrases rather than words. One more thing, is my way of writing this reply clear and acceptably in ielts?

                • Your vocabulary is already band 7 – it seems. That isn’t the problem. You need to work on paragraphing, organising ideas and planning supporting points. All of which is 25% of your marks. You have a long list of ideas which you have pushed into one essay and divided them into two body paragraphs without clear planning. It would be better to select just three ideas, have three body paragraphs – one for each. Alternatively, have one body paragraph about how trees help the climate and pollution. Then another body paragraph about how it helps promote a better neighbourhood and reduce crime. Those are completely different ideas that do not overlap at all. It must all be planned and organised.

                  You should also work on topic sentences as well which are the main points written in one full sentence at the start of each body paragraph – it helps the reader understand the actual content of that paragraph.

                  Try working on essay writing skills instead. Your level of English already seems to be band 7 but that’s hard to say for sure unless you write an essay which does not contain phrases that you copied from elsewhere.
                  All the best
                  Liz

  24. Habibullo says:

    oooops my apologize
    here it’s correct version

    It has been thought that it would be a good notional idea to allocate much more spaces in order to make more green areas and gardens rather than building houses. Personally, I would strongly support this view for a couple of reasons.

    To start with , giving much more priority to creating residential houses over developing the green areas may become problematic consequence in urban places.My hometown, for example, has turned from one of the beautiful place to the comparatively ugliest town all over the regions. it has been fully surrounded by many kinds of skyscraper buildings. As a result residents rarely spare their leisure times for outdoor activities.

    However, providing trees can create a better lifestyle. In other words it makes a peaceful living environment which promotes a better living standards. In addition, it produces oxygen which can counterattack heavy pollution and provide fresh air. Another example is the state university of Tashkent. There have been more orchards provided and evergreen trees which can reduce pollution as well as producing producing fresh air

    In conclusion, I would recommend planting a large number of trees in order to make better environment. Although constructing houses is vital for population, planting trees are much more fundatmental for the quality of life in term of health and ecology.

    • You have answered the question and provided relevant main points – that’s great. Unfortunately, there are quite a lot of errors in both grammar and vocabulary which will reduce your score. Also try to avoid repeating ideas in your supporting points – examples are to give a clearer illustration, not to repeat the same information. Spend time working on your English language – see my useful website page in the IELTS Extra section for links.
      All the best
      Liz

  25. Habibullo says:

    i’m sure this is correct version, I’ve reviewed with my fellows, what would u recommend? Please post any issues that you’ve seen on me.

    It has been thought that it would be a good notional idea to allocate much more spaces in order to make more green areas and gardens rather than building houses. Personally, I would strongly support this view for a couple of reasons.

    To start with , giving much more priority to creating residential houses over developing the green areas may become problematic consequence in urban places.
    My hometown, for example, has turned from one of the beautiful place to the comparatively It has been thought that it would be a good notionally idea to allocate much more spaces i’m sure this is correct version, I’ve reviewed with my fellows, what would u recommend? Please post any issues that you’ve seen on me.

    It has been thought that it would be a good notional idea to allocate much more spaces in order to make more green areas and gardens rather than building houses. Personally, I would strongly support this view for a couple of reasons.

    To start with , giving much more priority to creating residential houses over developing the green areas may become problematic consequence in urban places.
    My hometown, for example, has turned from one of the beautiful place to the comparatively ugliest town all over the regions. it has been fully surrounded by many kinds of skyscraper buildings. As a result residents rarely spare their leisure times for outdoor activities.

    However, providing trees can create a better lifestyle. In other words it makes a peaceful living environment which promotes a better living standards. In addition, it produces oxygen which can counterattack heavy pollution and provide fresh air. Another example is the state university of Tashkent. There have been more orchards provided and evergreen trees which can reduce pollution as well as producing producing fresh air

    in conclusion, I would recommend planting a large number a large number terms in order better environment.

  26. Habibullo says:

    Hi Mrs Liz
    I’m an only applicant among these students
    I would be very happy if u could make some comments and estimations in my writing skills, although I’ve copied an ideas, structures, ranges from ur post as well as from other students.
    i make sure ur posts is aimed using appropriately in some essays, doesn’t it?
    if it’s true, let’s see how i’ve used appropriately, more precisely in what degree i’ve copied 😀
    one more question, does it effect to my skill or not?

    It has been thought that it would be a good notionally idea to allocate much more spaces on purpose of making green areas and gardens rather than building new houses. Personally, I would strongly believe this view for a couple of reasons.

    Firstly, giving much more priority to create residential blocks over the developing the green areas may seem fairly determinal consequence in social places. Let’s take my hometown as an example, it has turned from one of the beautiful places to another monstrous ugly town all over the Uzbekistan parts. Because it has been fully surrounded by such kind of skyscraper buildings. As a result residents no longer find to spend their leisure times outside and they can’t afford to participate outdoor activities. Nevertheless trees have been under limited condition.

    Secondly, providing trees can create a better lifestyle. To be more exact, it would probably make a peaceful living environment which promotes a better living standard. In addition it also produces an oxygen acid which can counterattack against heavy pollution and make a better quality of air. One of more examples is my accommodation. There have been more orchards provided and fir trees can help reducing heavy pollution

    In conclusion, I would recommend planting more trees in order to make better environment and to take part in outdoor activities in the cities

    • The ideas and structure is fine. The problem is vocabulary and grammar which means your level of English. There are quite a lot of errors which might reduce your score. You need to review your grammar tenses, using plurals, uncountable nouns and also check how to use words accurately. Go to my useful website page in the IELTS Extra section and start working on your English. Also don’t use contractions (don’t – do not) and avoid giving examples of yourself or your friends – write about people in general.
      All the best
      Liz

  27. Journey93 says:

    Hi Liz,
    This is the very first time I visit this site so I am wondering whether I could john this page and have my essay evaluated by you? If possible, I would be very grateful.
    Wish you all the best!

    • I don’t offer essay marking. However, if you want to post an essay, I will try to find time to give you a comment. Unfortunately, I can’t promise comments because it depends on how much time I have available. Anyway, it’s good practice for you to try and if I’m too busy, other students might comment.
      All the best
      Liz

  28. Hi, LIz
    I have followed the instruction and tried to write it again. I am totally confused about how to write.

    I am going to sit an exam, so please guide me. I am hoping your favour on me.

    Some people prefer to spend their lives doing the same things and avoid change. Others, however, think that change is always a good thing.

    Over the half century, an unanticipated change has occurred in all areas of human lives due to the scientific and technological break-through. However, unwillingness to cope up with the pace of time is a major concern for some people. In my opinion, I believe that dynamism of time cannot be an individual choice; it is a natural process while it is not necessary that newness can be favorable for all.

    On the one hand, longing to stay in an unchanged circumstance harbors such an eerie faith that the stable situation may be the safest and most satisfactory zone for some people. Reluctance to change themselves towards the new innovations is a great hurdle for them owing to possessing inability so as to adapt newness and enjoy the past automated life style, for instance. Due to which, they are always prone to remain the same.

    On the other hand, the matter of fact is that tendency to cherish modern invention such as internet, mobile, tablet and more always stimulates the majority of people to spend luxurious life styles . Happiness, success, satisfaction and progress are the consequences of willingness to expand the horizon of thoughts as per the mobility of time. To illustrate, technological advancement in medical, security, administrative and more sectors has made these realms faster and more authentic.

    In conclusion, the preference of people about doing the same thing or neglecting changes varies. I, however, believe that change is a natural phenomenon, which must be abided by human being s for their existence; otherwise the progress will be halted. So, everybody most amalgamate with the pace of time.

    • Certainly better. The only issue now is that you have presented an opinion which does not agree with either side. This is called a balanced approach. It’s fine to do this. But it means you must have a third body paragraph to explain your opinion. You will need to balance out the length of your body paragraphs to include a third – that means being more selective with which supporting points to use.
      Liz

  29. Hello, Liz
    I am going through lessons. I have found it more different than other instructors’ methods of writing an essay.
    However, i have made an effort to write as per your guidelines. Please, suggest and help me know the score( Could you help me to know individually such as TA, CC, LR and GR)

    Hoping to have a quick response from!

    Some people prefer to spend their lives doing the same things and avoid change . Others, however, think that change is always a good thing.
    Discuss both these views and give your opinions.

    Change is inevitable. Over the half century, an unanticipated change has occurred in all areas of human lives due to the scientific and technological break-through. However, unwillingness to cope up with the pace of time is a major concern for some people. I, therefore, personally believe that dynamism of time cannot be an individual choice; everybody should evedeavour to adapt its pace.

    Longing to stay in an unchanged circumstance harbors such an eerie faith that the stable situation may be the safest and most satisfactory zone for some people. Reluctance to change themselves towards the new innovations is a great hurdle for them owing to possessing inability so as to adapt newness and enjoy the past automated life style, for instance.

    The matter of fact is that tendency to cherish modern invention such as internet, mobile, tablet and more always stimulates the majority of people to spend luxurious life styles since the global phenomenon of scientific innovation has brought abundance of opportunities and prosperity. Happiness, success, satisfaction and progress are the consequences of willingness to expand the horizon of thoughts as per the mobility of time. To illustrate, technological advancement in medical, security, administrative and more sectors has made these realms faster and more authentic. It, therefore, must be utilized up to the maximum level which definitely will provide better result than the past and traditional method.

    In conclusion, everything gets changed with the pace of time. It is a natural phenomenon, which must be abided by human being s for their existence; otherwise the progress will be halted. So, I opine that everybody most amalgamate with the pace of time.

  30. Hani Shaker says:

    Hi Liz ,
    Missed you so much for the last month . You were on a holiday and I hope that you have enjoyed your time so much . I wish you all success and happiness . Herein , my response essay to the topic question enclosed below . Please , check it ant tell me what band score it deserves . Thanks so much Liz for your help and great efforts .
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    Some people think that planting trees in open spaces in cities and towns is more important than building houses . To what extent do you agree or disagree ?
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    It has been thought that providing more residential blocks to citizens should be the intrinsic target for municipalities all the world over . However a new trend has emerged , debunking this notion and advocating the idea that gardens and green areas should be allocated much more space than houses . Personally , I strongly embrace this new trend for a couple of reasons .

    Firstly , giving much more priority to building houses and increasing the residential block over increasing the green areas in a city has created many monstrous ugly cities , lacking most facilities for excursions , apart from endangering citizens health . Take Cairo for example , it has turned from one of the most beautiful capital cities all over the world to one of the ugliest monstrous cities globally because the municipalities in Cairo turned most of public gardens into residential blocks . As a result, people no longer find gardens for spending leisure time and practicing outdoor sports such as golf , tennis and so on . Thus , expanding houses and limiting planting trees have had a detrimental impact .
    Secondly , increasing the planted areas and public gardens has proven to be a compelling necessity because it is healthier and much more beneficial not only for individuals but for the whole community as well . Green areas are considered to be the lungs of the city which helps to dispose of the detrimental emanating pollutants , leaving the air fresher and healthier . That’s why most citizens in new cities which enjoy larger green areas enjoy healthier and longer lives than their counterparts living in those monstrous ugly cities , according to recent heath reports . Moreover , citizens can practice outdoor sports and keep themselves fit all the time . As a result , their job performance and productivity rates are higher . Thus , increasing green areas within cities is beneficial for both individuals and societies .
    In conclusion , while some believe that the priority should be given to building houses rather than planting trees , I believe that increasing vegetated open places has gone beyond being a priority ; it has become a compelling requisite and , there fore , I have advocated this notion in this essay .

    • It’s a good essay. However, you really need to work on your grammar and vocabulary if you want to be sure of band 7.

      1. Vocabulary: “Firstly , giving much more priority to building houses and increasing the residential block over increasing the green areas in a city has created many monstrous ugly cities , lacking most facilities for excursions , apart from endangering citizens health.”. I don’t understand “lacking most facilities for excursions”. Are you refering to “trips” or “paths” – the meaning is unclear.
      2. Grammar: “… increasing the green areas in a city has created many monstrous ugly cities , lacking most facilities for excursions , apart from endangering citizens health .” = “…has created monstrous cities, lacks … and endangers …” – you need verbs not nouns for this list.
      3. Grammar: “Thus , expanding houses and limiting planting trees have had a detrimental impact .” = “… has had a detrimental impact” (gerunds are singular)
      4. Grammar: don’t use contractions in IELTS writing “That’s” = “That is”
      5. Grammar: ” As a result , their job performance and productivity rates are higher” = “… will be higher” you need a future form.
      6. “increasing vegetated open places ” = vegetated is completely wrong. Don’t over paraphrase because it will lead to too many mistakes and a lower score.
      7. Technique: “here fore , I have advocated this notion in this essay .” – you don’t need to refer to this essay in your actual writing.

      Your essay structure is fine. You are using linking quite well. Your ideas are developed. Just work on producing accurate vocabulary and try to work on your grammar.

      All the best
      Liz

      • Hani Shaker says:

        Thanks so much , Liz .
        How fast and accurate you are ,Liz !
        just one issue ; Apart from the misuse of vocabulary ;
        Concerning your comment no.2 ” grammar ”
        Isn’t ” increasing the green areas in a city has created many monstrous ugly cities , lacking facilities of excursions , apart from endangering citizens health . ” equal to ” Increasing the green areas in a city has created many monstrous ugly cities which lack facilities of excursions , apart from endangering citizens health . I mean to say that it is not a list as you commented , it is a relative clause which is shortened in that way . Furthermore , you commented that I have to use ” endangers ” instead of ” endangering ” because it came after a preposition . I did not intend to use a list in that sentence so I don’t have to use parallel structures , rather I intended to use a complex sentence . This point is ambiguous for me . so please reconsider only that point .

        Again , Thanks so much for your nice spurring comments .

        • For your first point, it’s best to use the clause “which lack …” to make that clearer to the reader. Without “which” is becomes difficult for the reader to understand. However, you’ll still need to work on the choice of word “excursion” as I am completely confused by this. The point about “endanger” is mainly because I couldn’t clearly understand your whole sentence – it is fine to use “apart from endangering” but only if it fits grammatically with the rest of the sentence. You’ll need to re-write the whole sentence with the right vocabulary and grammar to check it all.
          All the best
          Liz

          • Hani Shaker says:

            Thanks so much Liz for that precious piece of advice .

          • Hani Shaker says:

            Would it be ok is I adjust it to be ;
            Apart from endangering peoples health , increasing residential blocks in a city has created many ugly monstrous cities which lack green areas where people can practice outdoor sports .

  31. Hi Liz,

    Good to see you back. Hope you’ve had a pleasent break.

    Just wondering if you do online essay corrections now. I would like to attend your online course if you have free time to do it. Please let me know.

    Regards,
    Dexter

    • Hi Dexter,
      Unfortunately I don’t offer any private lessons or essay marking services. However, I will soon be opening IELTS Liz Store which will sell complete in-depth video lessons on different types of IELTS essays. I hope to have my first video ready very soon. As soon as it’s ready, I’ll post a notice and also a link to my store on this blog.
      All the best
      Liz

  32. Journey93 says:

    Here is my essay. Hopefully you can take some time and give comment on that so that I can improve myself better. Many thanks!
    It is of a controversial issue whether to give priority to housing or planting trees in open space of cites and towns. As to what I believe, the best policy is to fullfil the primary demand of human beings which is to reside before planning further.
    As a rule of thumb, to provide enough shelters for all residents of a city is an essential requirement. This approach makes sure the settlement of a society with high security and good citizens’ contribution. Obviously, an effort to eliminate the homeless people number possibly minimizes the risks of crime and violent conflicts on streets. It should also be noticed that people without much burden of searching for a place to live will work best to serve their country. One more fact is that children who are taken care of under roofs definitely enjoy better education than those having to live out on the road. Housing facilitation, therefore, prepares for the future of the national economy with a high-quality workforce.
    In addition, to keep people indoor is an action appealed by humanity. By giving a lot of room for setting up houses, even poor family can get a chance to build their own apartment. Logically, before the rich think of a large house with beautiful surrounding having many trees, they should be sympathetic with those who have much less money.
    All in all, considering all the above reasons to spare land for house setting, the matter of houses or trees turns out to be not difficult to decide. Although trees are fundatmental for the quality of life in term of health and ecology, there should be other solutions better than taking the place of houses in the context of rising popularion.

  33. Environmental pollution is one of the major burden that the world is facing today.Inorder to control this harmful threat many people appreciate the idea of growing trees in free spaces of urban areas rather than constructing flats and apartments. However, it sometimes negatively affect the basic needs of human.so,i partly agree with the statement. This essay substantiates my views about the aforementioned issue.

    • Write a clear opinion in your thesis statement. Don’t tell the examiner what you plan to do – the examiner knows you will explain your views. Instead, just make your opinion very very clear.
      Liz

      • Thank you for the advice,,,please send me a proper way to write an introduction for this essay and point out what all are the mistakes that i made

        • Sorry but I won’t have time to do that. Check the introductions of the other student’s essays and the feedback I have given them to learn more about this essay question.
          Liz

  34. There’s an issue that growing trees inside the major and minor cities are more significant than constructing houses. In my opinion, both factors have important role in human life because house is the one who shield and protect us while, trees are the one who give us fresh air and maintain our ecosystem.
    Firstly, shelter considered as one of the basic needs in the human life because it secured and keeps us away from harm or injury. However, serious preparation and plan to the location and site must be prioritized due to the limited space and increasing different kinds of infrastructures. In other words, government must focus on establishing houses which are affordable, comfortable and accessible to the amenities and work place. Finally, creating parks, and parking space must be substituted into housing project which can be aid to the growing population, help to diminish homeless individuals and create a productive community.
    On the other hand, planting trees inside the city is also essential. As what as we know, trees provide fresh air which can counteract against heavy pollution and enhance healthy leaving, while at summer, they bear the scorching rays of sun, gives a cool shade, and buffer the smokes from cars and factories. Moreover, growing trees is the optimum way to aid and helps our mother earth to recover from the harmful and poisonous deed of humans. Furthermore, trees and green inside metropolis provides peaceful and calm environment which lead to better living and put awareness of responsibility to our ecosystem.
    In my conclusion, building houses and planting trees are both essential in humans life, therefore, mutual consideration and attention must be addressed to both of these factor.

    • Avoid contractions in your writing: “There’s” = “there is”. Also avoid writing “we”. Use the third person “as we know” = “it is known that”. Hopefully other students can give you comments on the content, ideas and language of your essay. Thanks for posting it.
      Liz

      • thank you so much liz.

      • Hi Liz
        I have one concern, in general ielts are they just giving an argumentative essay, because, I have seen some different types of essay.

        Thank You so much for the time and effort.

        • There are all types. Please see my 100 essay questions in the writing task 2 section of this blog to see a list of types at the bottom of the page.
          Liz

  35. Vinod T Abraham says:

    Hi Liz,
    Can we write this kind of essays using bullet points as you mentioned, or Paragraph by
    Paragraph ,Which is more effective in terms of IELTS marking?
    Regards
    vinod

  36. Khalifa says:

    Hi Liz ,
    Hope you are well !
    kindly see my comment below related to this topic . Please if you have time try to give your feedback and band score which i worth . I will take IELTS on Saturday ,11th April 2015 .
    Thank you in advance .

    It is believed by some that planting trees in urban areas is more significant than constructing houses . In my opinion , i think that it would be better to increase the number of real estates in cities and towns than creating parks which consider important partly .

    On the one hand , cities or urban areas are familiar with the rise of population which has to be faced by increasing the number of buildings to solve people’s problems in finding suitable houses or flats for living . moreover , rare of housing can lead to enhancing of committing crimes which society will suffer from its consequences in the future . in other words, real estates investments playing an effective role in developing cities and it consider a principal resource of income which hiring huge number of workers and employees . as well as most of people who live in rural areas in particular youths category whom desiring to complete their higher studies will come to cities whereas the universities and institutions and this will demand housse for them .

    on the other hand , planting trees is highly important for people who live in cities to be able to breath a clear air without pollution . the benefits of plants not only for creating oxygen which enable people to find comfortable ecosystem but also to show a pleasant view which impact in mental health directly . further, people who live in cities need to find places for relaxing in weekend after a hard work during the week .

    in conclusion , both buildings and trees are very important for cities . however , housing is the most significant one .

    • This is an opinion essay. That means the only information which you include in this essay is your opinion. The instructions do not ask you to discuss the other side but only to present your opinion. Your opinion, which you have given in the introduction, is that building houses is more important than parks. So your essay should only explain why is it more important to create housing than parks. But in this essay you have decided to write one full body paragraph which gives the opposite view about why parks are important. This will reduce your score a lot.

      You must give a very clear opinion (what exactly do you think) and then explain your opinion in the body paragraphs. Make sure your introduction and conclusion have the same opinion – in this essay they are different.
      All the best
      Liz

      • Khalifa says:

        Hi lez ,
        Realy i can not find enough word to express how to thank you . I am gratitude for your efforts to help me . I will follow your advice and hope i can get good score .
        Finally , if i did as you advised me with these vocabularies and grammar which band score i will get ??
        I appriciate your support and thanks again .
        khalifa

  37. Binhminh says:

    Hi Liz,
    In my view, with the type of question, we should provide supports for one side (means deciding clearly where our position is). Is it right?

    By the way, my essay is below. Please give me some comments, thanks all.

    For many people, growing trees in urban space areas is much more essential than construting buildings. In my opinion, planting trees is should be put in the first priority.

    One one hand, growing trees in cities or towns brings several advantages for city atmostphere. It is obvious that trees take an very important role in balancing the city air, which is pulluted heavily. Every day, there is a large amount of carbon dioxide in the air emitted from a huge number of transports, factories and green houses. Trees are known as an effective mechanism to reduce the hamful gases in the air. Because trees absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen. Therefore, trees make the city air better and reduce city temperature.

    On the other hand, trees in cities bring nature to city life. There is an increasingly tendency that city residents often go away from cities to rural areas where there are many trees and wildlife. Planting trees in urban areas is the simplest way to create natural environment in the cities themselves because wildlife usually live with trees. So planing trees in cities offers city citizens an opportunities to live in natural environment without to access to rural areas. Trees in cities may also help to reduce the pressure that majority of city people are suffered. In addition, trees make city senery more attractive and peaceful.

    In conclusion, the appearance of trees in cities is associated with many plus points and I strongly support planting trees than building houses in the free spaces of cities.

    • You have given a clear opinion and have presented good ideas. However, please be careful with your linking devices. “On the one hand…” and “On the other hand…” are used for opposite points in a discussion essay. In this essay, all body paragraphs support the same side so don’t use those linking devices. Instead, start your first body paragraph normally and your second body paragraph with “Another point to consider is …”.
      Liz

  38. Hi Mam,
    First of all , thanking you for this valuable lessons.I am new to your website.i found it really helpful.i read this recent topic idea and tried to answer it on a balanced view.kindly give your valuable feedback and bandscore.

    It is often considered by some that growing trees in urban areas is more significant than constructing houses.While i often argue that planting trees in cities are essential to protect the ecosystem ,i also believe that building houses are often crucial to meet the demands of the increasing population.

    On the one hand,i believe that planting trees in city areas is necessary due to several reasons.Firstly,trees and green areas often provide peaceful environment to the inhabitants of the city which enhances both physical as well as mental health.Secondly,being plants releases oxygen which counteract against heavy pollution of the city thus provide better quality of life.Thirdly,planting trees reduces noise pollution as it could often drop the sound intensity.Finally,trees provide urban wildlife a better place to live in and play a better part in ecosystem of the city

    On the other hand, I strongly believe that constructing houses is also significant as shelter is the basic requirement of human population.Moreover, urban space is often limited therefore priority should be probably given to housing as to meet the fundamental demands of the increasing population.For instance ,China which is the world largest population of the world housing should have major priority rather than creating pleasant green areas and parks.In addition, without increase in housing, urban area is unable to grow and develop which is essential in a world with increasing population.

    In conclusion,protecting the ambience as well as meeting the housing demands of city population is essential.Hence balanced approach is needed from the society as well as the individual both in planting trees and constructing houses in urban areas.

  39. These ideas are extremely valuable and helpful. Thank you for sharing your ideas
    in such clear and concise way.

  40. Useful 🙂

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