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This is an IELTS writing task 1 sample answer essay on the topic of park in 1980 and now from the real IELTS exam.

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IELTS Essay: Map of a Park

The map below describes changes to a park in 1980 and now.

The map details alterations to a park in 1980 and the present day. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that the park has become more developed for visitors with additional recreational space for outdoor eating, seating, and playing. The only subtraction relates to the flowers.

In 1980, there was a single entrance on the left side above a pond surrounded by 3 benches. Now, the gate has disappeared, the road is less straight and the pond has more benches around it. There are also two additional roads coming from the top and right of the diagram, sectioning off an area with trees, chairs, desks, and barbecue options (previously only containing trees).

In the bottom right corner of the map, a flowerbed has been replaced by a playground. A second space for flowers in the bottom left below the pond has also been removed in favor of wild bush.

Analysis

1. The map details alterations to a park in 1980 and the present day. 2. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that the park has become more developed for visitors with additional recreational space for outdoor eating, seating, and playing. 3. The only subtraction relates to the flowers.

  1. Paraphrase what the table shows.
  2. Write a clear overview summarising the differences.
  3. You might need another sentence for your overview.

1. In 1980, there was a single entrance on the left side above a pond surrounded by 3 benches. 2. Now, the gate has disappeared, the road is less straight and the pond has more benches around it. 3. There are also two additional roads coming from the top and right of the diagram, sectioning off an area with trees, chairs, desks, and barbecue options (previously only containing trees).

  1. Begin writing about the first part of the map.
  2. Make sure you compare as much as possible.
  3. Don’t leave anything out!

1. In the bottom right corner of the map, a flowerbed has been replaced by a playground. 2. A second space for flowers in the bottom left below the pond has also been removed in favor of wild bush.

  1. Write about the final, other parts of the map – include everything!
  2. Mention anything that has not changed on the map too.

Vocabulary

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

The map details alterations to a park in 1980 and the present day. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that the park has become more developed for visitors with additional recreational space for outdoor eating, seating, and playing. The only subtraction relates to the flowers.

In 1980, there was a single entrance on the left side above a pond surrounded by 3 benches. Now, the gate has disappeared, the road is less straight and the pond has more benches around it. There are also two additional roads coming from the top and right of the diagram, sectioning off an area with trees, chairs, desks, and barbecue options (previously only containing trees).

In the bottom right corner of the map, a flowerbed has been replaced by a playground. A second space for flowers in the bottom left below the pond has also been removed in favor of wild bush.

Answers

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

details shows

alterations changes

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

park public place to walk around

developed changed

visitors people doing there

additional recreational space more places to do stuff

outdoor outside

seating places to sit down

subtraction getting rid of

relates to concerns

flowers tulips, roses, etc.

single entrance one way to get in

left side above a pond on the left over the small lake

surrounded by 3 benches seats on all sides around it

disappeared gone

less straight curvy, bent

additional extra

diagram image

sectioning off cutting off from

barbecue options places to cook meat outside

previously before

containing keeping

flowerbed place where flowers are

replaced by substituted for

playground place where kids play

below under

removed in favor of taken away so that there could be

wild bush outside plants and buses

Pronunciation

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

ˈdiːteɪlz 
ˌɔːltəˈreɪʃ(ə)nz 
ˈlʊkɪŋ frɒm ən ˈəʊvərɔːl pəˈspɛktɪvɪt ɪz ˈrɛdɪli əˈpærənt ðæt ðiː 
pɑːk 
dɪˈvɛləpt 
ˈvɪzɪtəz 
əˈdɪʃənl ˌrɛkrɪˈeɪʃənl speɪs 
ˈaʊtdɔː 
ˈsiːtɪŋ
səbˈtrækʃən 
rɪˈleɪts tuː 
ˈflaʊəz
ˈsɪŋgl ˈɛntrəns 
lɛft saɪd əˈbʌv ə pɒnd 
səˈraʊndɪd baɪ 3 ˈbɛnʧɪz
ˌdɪsəˈpɪəd 
lɛs streɪt 
əˈdɪʃənl 
ˈdaɪəgræm
ˈsɛkʃənɪŋ ɒf 
ˈbɑːbɪkjuː ˈɒpʃənz 
ˈpriːviəsli 
kənˈteɪnɪŋ 
ˈflaʊəbɛd 
rɪˈpleɪst baɪ 
ˈpleɪgraʊnd
bɪˈləʊ 
rɪˈmuːvd ɪn ˈfeɪvər ɒv 
waɪld bʊʃ

Vocabulary Practice

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

The map d__________s a____________s to a park in 1980 and the present day. L________________________________________________________e p____k has become more d_________d for v_________s with a____________________________________e for o__________r eating, s________g, and playing. The only s_____________n r___________o the f__________s.

In 1980, there was a s______________e on the l__________e a________e a____________________________________s. Now, the gate has d____________d, the road is l______________t and the pond has more benches around it. There are also two a_____________l roads coming from the top and right of the d___________m, s________________f an area with trees, chairs, desks, and b___________________s (p__________y only c__________g trees).

In the bottom right corner of the map, a f____________d has been r_____________y a p________d. A second space for flowers in the bottom left b______w the pond has also been r__________________________f w___________h.

Listening Practice

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Reading Practice

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Speaking Practice

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

Outdoors

  1. Did you like to go outdoors when you were younger?
  2. Do you still go outdoors a lot now?
  3. Do you like reading outside?
  4. Where do people in your country like to go outside?

Writing Practice

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