Improving IELTS Writing Task 1 Introduction

This lesson focuses on improving your IELTS writing task 1 introduction for the academic paper. To write an introduction you must paraphrase and re-write the information given by IELTS about the chart of graph.

Below is a sample line graph sent to me by a student.

The line graph below shows the number of overseas students who came from six Asian countries to study in Australia from 1994 to 1997.

overseas students line graph ielts

Here are two introductions written by the student. Would you use one of these introductions or would you write a different introduction?

  1. The amount of students from six different countries in Asia, who came to study in Australia between 1994 and 1997.
  2. Between 1994 and 1997 the number of Asian students from six different countries, who came to study in Australia.

Decide how you would write your introduction, before you look at the model.  Model Introduction

The line graph illustrates how many students went to Australia to study from six different countries in in Asia (Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and Korea) over a period of four years between 1994 and 1997.

How would you organise your task 1 writing for the above line graph? How many paragraphs would you have? What information would you put in the body paragraphs?  Answers

You should have 4 paragraphs: introduction, overview, body paragraph A and body paragraph B.

In body paragraph A, you can put information about Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Korea. In body paragraph B, you can put information about Japan and Hong Kong because they showed different trends from the others.


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  1. hello mam can you plz tell about descriptoes for writing task 2 …… my exam is very near … i have so many problums in task 2 .. plz help me mam

  2. hlo mam,
    my exam in 27 august 2016.. plzz help me .
    i have a question that can i write overview as a ‘overall’ for task 1
    and if i do not write conclusion then it will not effect my band score
    plz help me i’m in trouble

  3. syed yaser says:

    hey could someone help me out

  4. N.V.Toan says:

    Thanks a lot for your sharing 🙂

  5. Hi liz

    Thank you very much for all your efforts.

    I used to teach English too (ESL) and now I’ll be taking the IELTS on December 12.
    I’m a bit nervous because I’ve been living in a non-English speaking country for almost 2 years now and I worry that might do as well as I hoped.

    Subscribing to your lessons, helped bring back my confidence in my English ability. I really hope I’d do good this coming Saturday. Someday, I want to help people too just like what you’re doing.

    Again, thank you very much and I wish you all the best

    Best regards,


  6. Shawn Debnath says:

    I am from Bangladesh. Nowadays i am going to a coaching center.In Your lecture you mentioned to give OVERVIEW but our writing teacher told me to give only introduction and body paragraph of all group (paragraph A ,B ,C so on)….Is OVERVIEW a must structure for line graph,pie chart,bar chart and over all task 1?

  7. Dear Liz!

    I wrote my own introduction, then I checked the model. I might be paraphrasing too much. Is “pupils” a good paraphrase for “students”? And “foreign” for “overseas”? Or is it advisable to paraphrase in this specific case?

    Thank you for your answer.

  8. hi Liz,
    Thanks a lot for ur class..very informative.i almost gave up studying ielts ,then by accidently i got a chance to watch ur video..Now i am very much interested in developing my skills to achieve ielts.May god bless u abunfantly..u r very good teacher…

  9. hi mam,
    Could you please correct my introduction and overview?
    Thank you.
    The line graph illustrates the amount of international students from six different countries in Asia (Japan, Singapore, Hong kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and Korea) who went to Australia to pursue various courses over a four year period from 1994.
    Overall,the students from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia showed an upward trend to go to Australia. Similarly,the amount of Korean and Japanese students increased in the first three years, however it dropped in the following year. In contrast, there was a fluctuation among Hong Kong students in the given period. in the final year, the highest number of students who came to Australia were from Korea and Indonesia.

  10. Nandini says:

    Mam in introduction part if they mentioned in percentages, can we write that” units r measured in percentages” is it correct?
    Thank you

  11. abhishek says:


    The line graph illustrates the number of students who came to Australia from 6 different Asian countries (Japan,Hongkong,Korea,Singapore,Malaysia,Indonesia)over a period of 4 years from 1994 to 1997.
    Overall,there was a steady raise in the number of Asian students from Indonesia,Malaysia,Hongkong and Singapore who came to Australia as compared to Korea and Japan which slumped over past 3 years.

  12. Yeahia says:

    Dear liz mam,
    As i am struggling with the time to paraphrase,can you give any particular suggestion for me?In fact,i aim at band score 7.
    Please check the introduction
    The line graph illustrates the number of foreign students,who were from six different countries,studied in Australia over 4 year period(1994 to 1997).

    • Yeahia says:

      Sorry mam,i missed one info so i have corrected the intro.

      “The line illustrates the number of Asian students,who were from six different countries,studied in Australia over 4 year period(1994 to 1997)”

  13. Plz check it..
    The provided line graph gives information about the Asian students from six different countries who came to study in Australia over the period of four years between 1994 and 1997.

    • It’s fine but you have not given the names of the countries. Your introduction should introduce the countries. Also check your grammar “the Asian students” should not have “the”. This is the first time we read about the students so you can’t use “the”.
      All the best

  14. Aisha jarrar says:

    Hello madam Liz ,
    Again really thank you from the bottom of my heart for this websit .
    Please could you give me a score of this introduction and overview .

    The line graph gives information about how many international student came frome six different Asian countries ( Korea , Hong Kong , Japan , Malaysia , Singapore and Indonesia ) to study in Australia over four years period from 1994 to 1997 .
    Overall , the number of student of the metropolitan areas had increased over the period given ,except for those from Hong Kong , it could be seen that they decreased steadily . Korean student number were higher than other all countries in the last three years .

  15. Madam, can you please add the full writing parts of this graph.

    • Hi,

      That’s just a practice lesson. You’ll find a model line graph if you look through all my task 1 lessons.
      All the best

  16. Tinh Nguyen says:

    Dear Liz,

    Can I put information about three countries (Japan, Hong Kong, Korea) in Body paragraph B. Because I saw that Korean student’s also showed different from the others.
    Thanks and have a nice day!!!!

    • Hi,

      It is certainly possible but the examiner will not guess that organisation. Therefore, you will need to write your overview very clearly to explain the differences between each country so that your organisation makes sense. Why don’t you try writing the overview and I’ll let you know if it’s clear.
      All the best

  17. Mahima jafrin says:

    The line graph illustrated information about the amount of six different countries of Asian students who came to study in Australia over 4 years in 1994 and 1997.

  18. because as per your answer, Japan and Hk dffererent treamds as per chart indonesia, malayaisa and hk was on upward trend, while korea, malayasia,singapore , showing simil;.ar treands, could please explian abolut how to write para a and b from the above test

  19. You’re so prefect . We’ve learnt a lot since I followed you in Facebook and YouTube . I’m so grateful about your efforts in ielts that, would help student to achieve great band in ielts .
    My sincere thanks to you

  20. In the line graph illustrates the amount of student who, studied abroad from different six countries coming to the Australia through three years between 1995 and 1997 .

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