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This is an IELTS writing task 1 sample answer essay on the topic of a floorplan/map of a theatre.

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IELTS Essay Task 1: Floorplan of a Theatre

The plans below show a theatre in 2010 and 2012. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and making comparisons where relevant.

The above floor plan delineates a theatre in 2010 and in 2012 after renovations. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that there was a general expansion of facilities allowing for both more customer-oriented business and staff activity.

In 2010, the smaller theater was centred around a large auditorium (unchanged in 2012) with a large dressing room space behind it and a storage area in the top right corner. By 2012, the storage room had moved to the bottom left corner in favour of an administration office, while the dressing room was repositioned to a smaller room in a new wing of the building on the left side, which also includes a room for showers. Replacing the long dressing room is a coordination area.

Near to the entrance, there is now a large restaurant occupying previously empty space and requiring the relocation of the admin and ticket offices (the former is now to the right of the office, displacing a cafe). The main door has remained the same and there are no other alterations since 2010.

Analysis

1. The above floor plan delineates a theatre in 2010 and in 2012 after renovations. 2. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that there was a general expansion of facilities allowing for both more customer-oriented business and staff activity.

  1. Paraphrase what the map or floorplan shows.
  2. Write a clear overview summarising the major trends and differences.

1. In 2010, the smaller theater was centred around a large auditorium (unchanged in 2012) with a large dressing room space behind it and a storage area in the top right corner. 2. By 2012, the storage room had moved to the bottom left corner in favour of an administration office, while the dressing room was repositioned to a smaller room in a new wing of the building on the left side, which also includes a room for showers. 3. Replacing the long dressing room is a coordination area.

  1. Begin writing about the changes.
  2. Compare as much as possible.
  3. Vary some long and short sentences.

1. Near to the entrance, there is now a large restaurant occupying previously empty space and requiring the relocation of the admin and ticket offices (the former is now to the right of the office, displacing a cafe). 2. The main door has remained the same and there are no other alterations since 2010.

  1. Write about the rest of the floorplan.
  2. Make sure you have detailed all the information, even what has not changed.

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean?

The above floor plan delineates a theatre in 2010 and in 2012 after renovations. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that there was a general expansion of facilities allowing for both more customer-oriented business and staff activity.

In 2010, the smaller theater was centred around a large auditorium (unchanged in 2012) with a large dressing room space behind it and a storage area in the top right corner. By 2012, the storage room had moved to the bottom left corner in favour of an administration office, while the dressing room was repositioned to a smaller room in a new wing of the building on the left side, which also includes a room for showers. Replacing the long dressing room is a coordination area.

Near to the entrance, there is now a large restaurant occupying previously empty space and requiring the relocation of the admin and ticket offices (the former is now to the right of the office, displacing a cafe). The main door has remained the same and there are no other alterations since 2010.

Answers

floor plan blueprint

delineates shows

renovations changes

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

general expansion got bigger

facilities allowing for places where they can…

customer-oriented business services/products to sell

staff activity for people working there

centred around related to

auditorium place to watch

unchanged still the same

in the top right corner towards to top on the right side

in favour of replaced by

administration office place to do paperwork

repositioned exchanged

wing section

replacing in favour of

near to the entrance close to where you enter

occupying previously taking the place of

requiring needing

relocation moving

the former mentioned first

displacing taking the place of

remained the same unchanged

alterations changes

Pronunciation

flɔː plæn 
dɪˈlɪnɪeɪts 
ˌrɛnəʊˈveɪʃənz
ˈlʊkɪŋ frɒm ən ˈəʊvərɔːl pəˈspɛktɪvɪt ɪz ˈrɛdɪli əˈpærənt ðæt 
ˈʤɛnərəl ɪksˈpænʃən 
fəˈsɪlɪtiz əˈlaʊɪŋ fɔː 
ˈkʌstəmər-ˈɔːriəntɪd ˈbɪznɪs 
stɑːf ækˈtɪvɪti
ˈsɛntəd əˈraʊnd 
ˌɔːdɪˈtɔːrɪəm 
ʌnˈʧeɪnʤd 
ɪn ðə tɒp raɪt ˈkɔːnə
ɪn ˈfeɪvər ɒv 
ədˌmɪnɪsˈtreɪʃ(ə)n ˈɒfɪs
ˌriːpəˈzɪʃənd 
wɪŋ 
rɪˈpleɪsɪŋ 
nɪə tuː ði ˈɛntrəns
ˈɒkjʊpaɪɪŋ ˈpriːviəsli 
rɪˈkwaɪərɪŋ 
ˌriːləʊˈkeɪʃən 
ðə ˈfɔːmə 
dɪsˈpleɪsɪŋ 
rɪˈmeɪnd ðə seɪm 
ˌɔːltəˈreɪʃ(ə)nz 

Vocabulary Practice

Remember and fill in the blanks:

The above f__________n d_____________s a theatre in 2010 and in 2012 after r_____________________s. L_________________________________________________t there was a g__________________n of f____________________r both more c______________________________s and s______________y.

In 2010, the smaller theater was c______________d a large a_______________m (u______________d in 2012) with a large dressing room space behind it and a storage area i_____________________________r. By 2012, the storage room had moved to the bottom left corner i_______________f an a______________________e, while the dressing room was r_________________d to a smaller room in a new w____g of the building on the left side, which also includes a room for showers. R_____________g the long dressing room is a coordination area.

N__________________________e, there is now a large restaurant o___________________________y empty space and r____________g the r_____________n of the admin and ticket offices (t___________________r is now to the right of the office, d_______________g a cafe). The main door has r______________________e and there are no other a____________s since 2010.

Listening Practice

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