IELTS|Adults|Advanced|Unit 7|2. The arts. Writing practice

REAL ENGLISH: How to talk about art

Test your understanding of this English lesson

The Arts


1. Choose the answer that best fits each space.

Some people believe arts subjects such as literature and music have little importance in schools today. To what extent do you agree with this?

2. Match the words in the box with the arts below. Some words may be used more than once.

a memoir a blow-torch charcoal  a stage a cast design a pigment canvas a portrait
a metaphor a melody a poem bronze non-fiction a composition an orchestra a sketch durability
function an instrument a rehearsal a builder an installation rhythm a genre improvisation


Literature: a memoir, …

1. Both options are correct. Choose the one that is more suitable in the context.

2. Complete the lecture notes below by writing an appropriate word from the box in each space.

Gabriel García Márquez

Task 2 Reporting ideas

In the Task 2 essay, you may want to support your argument or offer a balanced view’ by reporting other people’s opinions or ideas. The Cambridge Academic Corpus shows that reporting verbs are used extensively in academic English.

1. Read these opinions that were voiced in a survey on recycling. Complete each statement below reporting their ideas.

2. Rewrite each sentence below, putting the reporting verb into the passive and making any other changes necessary. The agent can be omitted, but include one of these adverbs if many people are involved.

commonly generally universally widely


Most people think that his arguments against a tougher recycling policy are seriously flawed.

His arguments against a tougher recycling policy are widely thought to be seriously flawed.

3. Complete the second sentence so that it means the same as the first, using a modal passive.


It would be possible to persuade most citizens to participate in household collection schemes.

Most citizens could be persuaded to participate in household collection schemes.

4. Use some of the ideas above and others of your own to answer the following essay task.

You should give a balanced argument, reporting the views of both those in favour of and those against recycling.

Write about the following topic.

Recycling is now an essential measure: it is time for everyone in society to become more responsible towards the environment.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

IELTS Speaking test (Band 8.5 — 9.0) — Sample 1

1. Complete these sentences with an appropriate word or expression.