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This is an IELTS writing task 1 sample answer essay on the topic of a map of Pebbleton from the real IELTS exam.

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IELTS Essay: Map of Pebbleton

The maps below show Pebbleton 20 years ago and today.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

IELTS Essay Pebbleton

The two maps detail the town of Pebbleton 20 years in the past and in the present day. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that the town has become more residential and offers more access for pedestrians.

The most noteworthy changes to the town relate to the expansion of housing. On the northern end of the narrow peninsula, there are now additional houses and the old fort has been replaced with a children’s playground (adjacent to a new community centre), though the lighthouse remains unchanged. South of the community centre are new tennis courts that link with a footpath (as well as Lighthouse Lane) and footbridge that connects with the school (along Coast Road) on the other side of a small river.

The final change is that a former film studio on the southwestern tip of the peninsula is presently a block of flats. The areas that have remained the same are the main roads, a playing field on the southern shore (alongside Old Fort Road), and most of the wooded space around the town.

Analysis

1. The two maps detail the town of Pebbleton 20 years in the past and in the present day. 2. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that the town has become more residential and offers more access for pedestrians.

  1. Paraphrase the overall essay topic.
  2. Write a general over for the map. Include the major changes and group them generally.

1. The most noteworthy changes to the town relate to the expansion of housing. 2. On the northern end of the narrow peninsula, there are now additional houses and the old fort has been replaced with a children’s playground (adjacent to a new community centre), though the lighthouse remains unchanged. 3. South of the community centre are new tennis courts that link with a footpath (as well as Lighthouse Lane) and footbridge that connects with the school (along Coast Road) on the other side of a small river.

  1. Begin to describe the changes.
  2. Be sure to compare as much as possible.
  3. Link together lots of locations on the map.

1. The final change is that a former film studio on the southwestern tip of the peninsula is presently a block of flats. 2. The areas that have remained the same are the main roads, a playing field on the southern shore (alongside Old Fort Road), and most of the wooded space around the town.

  1. Switch to another part of the map.
  2. Don’t include any opinion and don’t forget any areas.

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean? Take some notes on a piece of paper to aid your memory:

The two maps detail the town of Pebbleton 20 years in the past and in the present day. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that the town has become more residential and offers more access for pedestrians.

The most noteworthy changes to the town relate to the expansion of housing. On the northern end of the narrow peninsula, there are now additional houses and the old fort has been replaced with a children’s playground (adjacent to a new community centre), though the lighthouse remains unchanged. South of the community centre are new tennis courts that link with a footpath (as well as Lighthouse Lane) and footbridge that connects with the school (along Coast Road) on the other side of a small river.

The final change is that a former film studio on the southwestern tip of the peninsula is presently a block of flats. The areas that have remained the same are the main roads, a playing field on the southern shore (alongside Old Fort Road), and most of the wooded space around the town.

Answers

Try to write down or think of an antonym/opposite word for further practice:

detail show

town village

in the past before

in the present day now

Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that overall

residential for people to live

offers provides

access can get to

pedestrians people walking

most noteworthy changes biggest alterations

relate to concerning

expansion growing

housing residences

northern end top end part

narrow peninsula small piece of land surrounded by water on 3 sides

additional extra

old fort historic barracks

replaced in the place of

community centre place for people to hang out

lighthouse tower with a light for passing ships

remains unchanged

south bottom

link connection

footpath road for walking

as well as and

footbridge bridge for walking across

connects links to

on the other side of across from

final change last alteration

former film studio used to be for making movies

southwestern tip bottom to the left end point

presently now

block of flats apartments

areas spaces

main roads major streets

playing field pitch for sports

southern shore bottom coast

alongside next to

wooded space natural land

Pronunciation

Practice saying the words below using this tip with Google voice dictation:

ˈdiːteɪl 
taʊn 
ɪn ðə pɑːst 
ɪn ðə ˈprɛznt deɪ
ˈlʊkɪŋ frɒm ən ˈəʊvərɔːl pəˈspɛktɪvɪt ɪz ˈrɛdɪli əˈpærənt ðæt 
ˌrɛzɪˈdɛnʃəl 
ˈɒfəz 
ˈæksɛs 
pɪˈdɛstrɪənz
məʊst ˈnəʊtˌwɜːði ˈʧeɪnʤɪz 
rɪˈleɪt tuː 
ɪksˈpænʃən 
ˈhaʊzɪŋ
ˈnɔːðən ɛnd 
ˈnærəʊ pɪˈnɪnsjʊlə
əˈdɪʃənl 
əʊld fɔːt 
rɪˈpleɪst 
kəˈmjuːnɪti ˈsɛntə
ˈlaɪthaʊs 
rɪˈmeɪnz ʌnˈʧeɪnʤd
saʊθ 
lɪŋk 
ˈfʊtpɑːθ 
æz wɛl æz 
ˈfʊtbrɪʤ 
kəˈnɛkts 
ɒn ði ˈʌðə saɪd ɒv 
ˈfaɪnl ʧeɪnʤ 
ˈfɔːmə fɪlm ˈstjuːdɪəʊ 
ˈsaʊθˈwɛstən tɪp 
ˈprɛzntli 
blɒk ɒv flæts
ˈeərɪəz 
meɪn rəʊdz
ˈpleɪɪŋ fiːld 
ˈsʌðən ʃɔː 
əˈlɒŋˈsaɪd 
ˈwʊdɪd speɪs 

Vocabulary Practice

Remember and fill in the blanks. Note it on a piece of paper so you can remember better:

The two maps d_____l the t______n of Pebbleton 20 years i____________t and i________________y. L_____________________________________________________t the town has become more r____________l and o________s more a_______s for p___________s.

The m____________________________s to the town r___________o the e________n of h__________g. On the n______________d of the n________________a, there are now a_______________l houses and the o_____________t has been r_________d with a children’s playground (adjacent to a new c________________________e), though the l____________e r_____________________d. S______h of the community centre are new tennis courts that l______k with a f_____________h (a____________s Lighthouse Lane) and f____________e that c__________s with the school (along Coast Road) o______________________f a small river.

The f______________e is that a f________________o on the s_____________________p of the peninsula is p__________y a b_______________s. The a_______s that have remained the same are the m___________s, a p______________d on the s__________________e (a__________________e Old Fort Road), and most of the w________________e around the town.

Listening Practice

Listen to the related topic below and practice with these activities:

Reading Practice

Read more and use these ideas to practice:

https://ptowntourism.com/history-and-legacy/

Speaking Practice

Practice with the following related questions from the real IELTS speaking exam:

Where you Live

  1. Did you like the house you grew up in?
  2. What was your favourite area of the house you grew up in?
  3. Where do you want to live in the future?

Writing Practice

Practice with the related map below and then check with my sample answer:


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