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This is an IELTS writing task 1 sample answer essay on the topic of a line chart showing forest industry production in the UK from the real IELTS exam.

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IELTS Task 1 Essay: Forest Industry Production

The line chart displays data concerning production from the forest industry in the UK from 1980 to 2000. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that paper and packaging not only accounted for the most production throughout but also increased most significantly. Production of wood pulp fell slightly but overtook sawn-wood, which dropped steadily, by the end of the period.

Looking first of all at paper and packing, production in 1980 stood at approximately 230 million tonnes and grew steadily to 250 million by 1990. Over the next 10 years, output surged, finally reaching 350,000,000 tonnes by 2000.

Sawn-wood and wood pulp were considerably lower. The former started at precisely 200 million tonnes and fell consistently over the time surveyed to end at close to 140 million. In contrast, wood pulp began lower at 165 million tonnes, declined gradually to 150 million in 1990 and then recovered slightly to just over 155 million tonnes in 2000.

Analysis

1. The line chart displays data concerning production from the forest industry in the UK from 1980 to 2000. 2. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that paper and packaging not only accounted for the most production throughout but also increased most significantly. 3. Production of wood pulp fell slightly but overtook sawn-wood, which dropped steadily, by the end of the period.

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

1. Looking first of all at paper and packing, production in 1980 stood at approximately 230 million tonnes and grew steadily to 250 million by 1990. 2. Over the next 10 years, output surged, finally reaching 350,000,000 tonnes by 2000.

  1. Begin writing about the data for the first categories.
  2. Make sure you compare as much as possible.

1. Sawn-wood and wood pulp were considerably lower. 2. The former started at precisely 200 million tonnes and fell consistently over the time surveyed to end at close to 140 million. 3. In contrast, wood pulp began lower at 165 million tonnes, declined gradually to 150 million in 1990 and then recovered slightly to just over 155 million tonnes in 2000.

  1. Write about the final other parts of the graph – include everything!
  2. Compare the categories.
  3. Everything must be included.

Vocabulary

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

The line chart displays data concerning production from the forest industry in the UK from 1980 to 2000. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that paper and packaging not only accounted for the most production throughout but also increased most significantly. Production of wood pulp fell slightly but overtook sawn-wood, which dropped steadily, by the end of the period.

Looking first of all at paper and packing, production in 1980 stood at approximately 230 million tonnes and grew steadily to 250 million by 1990. Over the next 10 years, output surged, finally reaching 350,000,000 tonnes by 2000.

Sawn-wood and wood pulp were considerably lower. The former started at precisely 200 million tonnes and fell consistently over the time surveyed to end at close to 140 million. In contrast, wood pulp began lower at 165 million tonnes, declined gradually to 150 million in 1990 and then recovered slightly to just over 155 million tonnes in 2000.

Answers

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

displays shows

data numbers, figures

concerning having to do with

production how much is made

forest industry cutting down trees

UK the United Kingdom

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

paper and packaging pieces of paper, boxes, etc.

accounted for took up

most production made the most

throughout the whole time

increased most significantly went up the most

wood pulp a material for making various wood products

fell slightly went down a little

overtook sawn-wood rose above wood that has been sawed/cut

dropped steadily decreased consistently

by the end of the period at the end of the time surveyed

looking first of all at considering first

stood at approximately was at around

grew steadily increased consistently

over the next for the following

output surged production grew a lot

finally reaching in the end getting to

considerably lower much less

former mentioned first

started at began at

precisely exactly

fell consistently went down steadily

over the time surveyed the time recorded in the graph

to end at close to finish at around

in contrast however

began lower at started at less than that

declined gradually decreased a little

recovered slightly came back up a little

just over a little above

Pronunciation

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

dɪsˈpleɪz 
ˈdeɪtə 
kənˈsɜːnɪŋ 
prəˈdʌkʃən 
ˈfɒrɪst ˈɪndəstri 
juː-keɪ 
ˈlʊkɪŋ frɒm ən ˈəʊvərɔːl pəˈspɛktɪvɪt ɪz ˈrɛdɪli əˈpærənt ðæt 
ˈpeɪpər ænd ˈpækɪʤɪŋ 
əˈkaʊntɪd fɔː 
məʊst prəˈdʌkʃən 
θru(ː)ˈaʊt 
ɪnˈkriːst məʊst sɪgˈnɪfɪkəntli
wʊd pʌlp 
fɛl ˈslaɪtli 
ˌəʊvəˈtʊk sɔːn-wʊd
drɒpt ˈstɛdɪli
baɪ ði ɛnd ɒv ðə ˈpɪərɪəd
ˈlʊkɪŋ fɜːst ɒv ɔːl æt 
stʊd æt əˈprɒksɪmɪtli 
gruː ˈstɛdɪli 
ˈəʊvə ðə nɛkst 
ˈaʊtpʊt sɜːʤd
ˈfaɪnəli ˈriːʧɪŋ 
kənˈsɪdərəbli ˈləʊə
ˈfɔːmə 
ˈstɑːtɪd æt 
prɪˈsaɪsli
fɛl kənˈsɪstəntli 
ˈəʊvə ðə taɪm sɜːˈveɪd 
tuː ɛnd æt kləʊs tuː 
ɪn ˈkɒntrɑːst
bɪˈgæn ˈləʊər æt 
dɪˈklaɪnd ˈgrædjʊəli 
rɪˈkʌvəd ˈslaɪtli 
ʤʌst ˈəʊvə 

Vocabulary Practice

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

The line chart d_______________a c_____________g p__________n from the f_____________y in the U__ from 1980 to 2000. L__________________________________________________t p__________________g not only a______________r the m______________________t but also i_________________________y. Production of w_________p f___________y but o___________k s_____________d, which d______________y, b_____________________d.

L_______________________t paper and packing, production in 1980 s______________________y 230 million tonnes and g_____________________y to 250 million by 1990. O_____________t 10 years, o______________d, f______________g 350,000,000 tonnes by 2000.

Sawn-wood and wood pulp were c__________r. The f_____________r s_____________t p___________y 200 million tonnes and f______________________y o____________________d t______________________o 140 million. I____________t, wood pulp b_____________t 165 million tonnes, d________________y to 150 million in 1990 and then r______________y to j_______r 155 million tonnes in 2000.

Listening Practice

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

Reading Practice

Read more and use these ideas to practice:

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/deforestation/#:~:text=Deforestation%20is%20the%20purposeful%20clearing,fuel%2C%20manufacturing%2C%20and%20construction.&text=Slash%2Dand%2Dburn%20agriculture%20is,to%20deforestation%20in%20the%20tropics.

Speaking Practice

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

Deforestation

  1. Does your country have a lot of forests?
  2. What threats are posed by deforestation?
  3. Are there alternatives to cutting down forests?
  4. What can the average citizen do to help combat this situation?
  5. What will the future of the Earth’s forests look like?

Writing Practice

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

IELTS Essay: Crime in the City Center Line Chart

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