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

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IELTS Essay: University Sports Courts

The maps below shows university sports courts in 1990 and now.

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

IELTS Essay: Map Sports Centre

The map describes how a university sports courts area has changed from 1990 to the present day. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that the number of total courts for tennis and basketball has increased at the expense of parking and a park, while a formal building with a gym now houses various exercise facilities. These changes allow for more varied activity.

In 1990, on the left side of the map was a park with trees and grass as well as a car park. Today, the park has been replaced by a large basketball court and the car park by 4 tennis courts.

On the right side of the map, a structure to contain the various athletic facilities has been erected with only the indoor pool and reception area in the same position in the new building. The changing room beneath the reception area and pool has been lengthened and moved slightly to the right so as to line up directly above a new, large fitness centre. The fitness centre has replaced two tennis courts, now outside the main building.

Analysis

1. The map describes how a university sports courts area has changed from 1990 to the present day. 2. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that the number of total courts for tennis and basketball has increased at the expense of parking and a park, while a formal building with a gym now houses various exercise facilities. 3. These changes allow for more varied activity.

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

1. In 1990, on the left side of the map was a park with trees and grass as well as a car park. 2. Today, the park has been replaced by a large basketball court and the car park by 4 tennis courts.

  1. Begin to describe the changes.
  2. Be sure to compare as much as possible.

1. On the right side of the map, a structure to contain the various athletic facilities has been erected with only the indoor pool and reception area in the same position in the new building. 2. The changing room beneath the reception area and pool has been lengthened and moved slightly to the right so as to line up directly above a new, large fitness centre. 3. The fitness centre has replaced two tennis courts, now outside the main building.

  1. Switch to another part of the map.
  2. Don’t include any opinion and don’t forget any areas.
  3. Nothing should be left out!

Vocabulary

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

The map describes how a university sports courts area has changed from 1990 to the present day. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that the number of total courts for tennis and basketball has increased at the expense of parking and a park, while a formal building with a gym now houses various exercise facilities. These changes allow for more varied activity.

In 1990, on the left side of the map was a park with trees and grass as well as a car park. Today, the park has been replaced by a large basketball court and the car park by 4 tennis courts.

On the right side of the map, a structure to contain the various athletic facilities has been erected with only the indoor pool and reception area in the same position in the new building. The changing room beneath the reception area and pool has been lengthened and moved slightly to the right so as to line up directly above a new, large fitness centre. The fitness centre has replaced two tennis courts, now outside the main building.

Answers

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

describes shows

university sports courts places to play at college

present day right now

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

total courts complete number of fields/courts

at the expense of instead of

while although

formal building actual construction

houses various exercise facilities keeps different places inside it

allow for enable

varied activity different hobbies

on the left side of to the left of

as well as and

replaced by in favor of

on the right side of to the right of

structure building

contain kept inside

erected built

indoor inside

reception area place you first walk in

same position unchanged

changing room beneath place to change your clothes under

lengthened made longer

moved slightly to the right pushed a little to the right

so as to in order to

line up directly stand right about

fitness centre gym

outside outdoors, not inside

Pronunciation

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

dɪsˈkraɪbz 
ˌjuːnɪˈvɜːsɪti spɔːts kɔːts 
ˈprɛznt deɪ
ˈlʊkɪŋ frɒm ən ˈəʊvərɔːl pəˈspɛktɪvɪt ɪz ˈrɛdɪli əˈpærənt ðæt 
ˈtəʊtl kɔːts 
æt ði ɪksˈpɛns ɒv 
waɪl 
ˈfɔːməl ˈbɪldɪŋ 
ˈhaʊzɪz ˈveərɪəs ˈɛksəsaɪz fəˈsɪlɪtiz
əˈlaʊ fɔː 
ˈveərɪd ækˈtɪvɪti
ɒn ðə lɛft saɪd ɒv 
æz wɛl æz 
rɪˈpleɪst baɪ 
ɒn ðə raɪt saɪd ɒv 
ˈstrʌkʧə 
kənˈteɪn 
ɪˈrɛktɪd 
ˈɪndɔː 
rɪˈsɛpʃən ˈeərɪə 
seɪm pəˈzɪʃən 
ˈʧeɪnʤɪŋ ruːm bɪˈniːθ 
ˈlɛŋθənd 
muːvd ˈslaɪtli tuː ðə raɪt 
səʊ æz tuː 
laɪn ʌp dɪˈrɛktli 
ˈfɪtnɪs ˈsɛntə 
ˌaʊtˈsaɪd 

Vocabulary Practice

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

The map d______________s how a u_______________________s area has changed from 1990 to the p___________y. L________________________________________________t the number of t____________s for tennis and basketball has increased a_______________________f parking and a park, w_______e a f_____________g with a gym now h_________________________________s. These changes a___________r more v_____________y.

In 1990, o_________________f the map was a park with trees and grass a_____________s a car park. Today, the park has been r_____________y a large basketball court and the car park by 4 tennis courts.

O___________________f the map, a s_____________e to c__________n the various athletic facilities has been e_______d with only the i_______r pool and r________________a in the s___________n in the new building. The c______________________h the reception area and pool has been l______________d and m______________________________t s____________o l_______________y above a new, large fitness centre. The f____________________e has replaced two tennis courts, now o___________e the main building.

Listening Practice

Listen to the related topic below and practice with these activities

Reading Practice

Read more and use these ideas to practice:

https://origympersonaltrainercourses.co.uk/blog/best-sport-universities

Speaking Practice

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

Sports

  1. Which sport do you like to play?
  2. Have you ever been on a sports team?
  3. Do you like watching sports on TV?

Writing Practice

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


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