In IELTS essays getting a good band score on the Task response criterion requires that 

-candidates follow the essay FORMAT and TONE

-respect the WORD COUNT (of 250 words) 

-respond to the topic, scope and essay type as prescribed by the TASK, and 

-develop an answer to the question as CLEARLY and FULLY as possible.

So, what is wrong with the essay introduction below in terms of TASK RESPONSE? 


Some people say that the only reason for learning a foreign language is to travel or work in a foreign country. Others say that these are not the only points why someone should learn a new language.

Discuss both these views and give your opinion.

Candidate’s answer:

Dear Reader, learn a foreign language is very hard work, don’t you thinking? I only know cause I’ve learned like 5 myself and trusts me, it’s frigging hard! Anyways, as I saying it require a lot of dedicashion, so I think both are true …

What would be your FIRST step in helping this learner from a TASK RESPONSE perspective?

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