IELTS Maps: Vocabulary and Sentence Structures

This lesson gives useful tips for IELTS map vocabulary and sentence structures for writing task 1 academic paper.

IELTS Map: Video Tutorial

Useful Map Language

  • north south east west
  • north east, south east, north west, south west
  • X is located in the north east of the town.
  • The population of Y is 60,000.
  • Y has a population of 60,000.
  • X is located to the north east of Y, which has a population of 60,000.
  • The railway (main road) runs through / crosses / passes through /goes through Y.
  • A is located in the town center which has a railway running through it from north to south.
  • B is situated in the north east of the town just outside the housing area.

Paraphrases for Maps

Be careful with paraphrases. Most words in the key do not need to be paraphrased.

  • town center = city center / center of the town (a town is not a city, don’t try to paraphrase the word town)
  • road = street (road and street are different)
  • housing area = residential area
  • is located = is situated / lies / is

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Comments

  1. sahil salhotra says:

    Hello mam,i m not good in reading module
    Could you please help me.

  2. Hello Liz, after the video the link which u have provided for the Band score 9 that is not for MAPS . It contains both pie as well as bar. I cant find the Maps Bandscore 9 . Please help me find the Maps Writing part 1 . Thank you

  3. Hello Liz,
    your videos and lessons are incredibly useful for me. I would like to know more information about writing task 1 models in details. Thanks a lot, Liz you are so easy to understand. I’m planning to pass my IELTS exam next year in June, so I’m waiting forward your writing lessons soon:)

  4. Dear Liz,

    I am a little bit confused , do we have to use the past tense for the writing task 1 and 2 ?
    I am truly sorry if you already put the answer on your blog but I can not find it.

    Kind regards

    • You use whatever tense is suitable. Look at the dates given. If there are no dates, use the present tense.

  5. Kim Moreno says:

    Hello Liz,

    I just want to thank you for the big help. Ironically, my part 1 questions for speaking were your sample questions. Literally, it was the exact sample questions. Good thing, I was able to read through it and answer them on my own. 🙂 Anyway, I have one question though, what will happen if I answer a sentence but wasn’t able to complete it that I changed the whole sentence to express my point. For example, I don’t think pollution is…… I stopped from there because I cannot continue with another word. So, after a short pause, I said, Pollution is very unhealthy. What do you think?

    Thanks in advance,
    Kim

    • It will affect your score for fluency if you hesitated and stopped regularly during your test. If the majority of your test was fluent, don’t worry. That was really good luck getting the same topic 🙂

  6. hi
    dear liz

    there is no video here…. I cant see your video and download it

    pleaaazzzzz work on it

    thank you so much for your great free lessons

  7. Hello Liz, Reading seems to be typical for me could you help on these with three tasks demonstrating

  8. hello miss, i m not perfect to write the task 2.during writing task 2 lot,s of spelling mistakes.how can remember the difficult spellings.its big problem for me . pls help me

  9. Thank for the very useful lessons.I Highly apprecitated !

  10. Thanks a lot,but what a bout process as writing task 1.

  11. Thank you Liz for your share.
    best regards

  12. Hello liz

    Thanks for your help !!
    Appreciate it!

  13. Many thanks liz. It is a awesome video. Can you make another one for diagram and process please?

    • Hi,

      I’m glad it helped. I will put the other video lessons on my list but it will take time to make them.
      All the best
      Liz

  14. thanks liz for the video! i could not get the link after the video. i do not mind if you post the link via message.

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