How to write a perfect IELTS essay conclusion


Hi, everyone. I’m Jade. What we’re talking
about today is writing a conclusion for an IELTS exam or a CAE exam, so I’m going
to give you two ways to write conclusions so that when you get to the end, you don’t just
sort of put a full stop that doesn’t really say anything extra, that doesn’t feel like a
conclusion. Because when you write a conclusion, a good conclusion has a different tone, there’s
something that feels finished about it. And more generally, your conclusion should be
your last chance to impress, to show that examiner all that English that you know and
how fluent you are when you’re writing in English, and you should leave the reader with
an additional thought in the end, ideally, when you’re writing a conclusion. So let’s
look at a typical IELTS kind of question. “Some people think that parents should teach
their children to be good members of society. However, others believe school is
the best place to learn this.” And then the IELTS question would say: “Share your
experience, and give reasons for your answers.” So let’s imagine that you’ve
already written your essay. So, how do you begin your conclusion?
The… The first way I’m going to tell you, I’m going to
call it the “As I have discussed” conclusion, and there are three parts to writing this
conclusion. And I’m giving you the structure so that you can see how you can put a conclusion
together just by putting different pieces in there. And now, this is… This is great for
an IELTS essay. It’s not a super imaginative kind of conclusion that would be great
at university, but for IELTS, it’s… It’s good for IELTS. So, here are the three
parts for this conclusion: “As I have discussed”; then: “However” sentence with “I” or, you know,
using your subjectivity, basically; and then making a moral or social
observation in the first conditional. So let’s have a look. So,
“As I have discussed”, what we’re doing is we’re just taking that phrase,
basically, and this shows the tone… This establishes the tone of conclusion: “As I
have discussed”. You’re basically saying: “Well, I already told you all of
this, but now I’m summarizing.” “As I have discussed, there are advantages
and disadvantages to the question.” I’ve shown both sides of the argument. You could
just learn that, you could learn that whole phrase to begin a conclusion. What
do you follow it with? You follow it with a
“However” sentence. So, there may be advantages and
disadvantages, but there’s a catch. “However, I think parents should be responsible for
teaching children to be good members of society.” So this is you saying:
“Yeah, I see both sides. This is good about it, that’s
good about the other side. But, you know, for me
and in my opinion”, because now we’re using
your subjectivity by saying: “I think”, you can… You
can finally make your position clear, make your position known. Maybe in the rest of the
essay, this is discursive… This is a discursive essay. You’ve been showing both sides of the argument.
But if you write your essay in a way where you don’t use: “I think”, “I believe” in the
rest of the essay before, it can be quite powerful just to use “I think” once
at the end in your conclusion. So, again: “However, I think parents should
be responsible for teaching children to be good members of society.” That bit’s done.
What do we do next? Well, sometimes people like to end essays by giving
a grand statement about morals and the world, so you can also do this in your IELTS exam. And
this is what I’m talking about when I say: “Make a moral or social observation” to do with the
question, of course, not just the general one. So here’s an example: “If children are taught to
be good members of society, the world will be
a better place.” So, it’s in the first conditional,
because we’ve got “if”, then we’ve got the past simple,
followed by a clause with “will”. You can use that conditional structure
in your essay, in your conclusion. I think that’s good
because you’re showing the examiner you know how to write conditionals.
So, because these essays are marked on your style, but also your grammar when you’re writing
English, displaying a range of structures, it’s good to write this moral… Moral or
social observation in the conditional. So, that was the first way you can write a conclusion.
When we come back, I’m going to show you the second way you can write a
conclusion for IELTS or CAE. Let’s have a look at the second way to write a
conclusion for your IELTS or a similar discursive essay. So, in this conclusion, we
have a different structure to follow. First of all, you can make a subjective opinion
statement. What do I mean by “subjective”? That basically means using “I”. As I
mentioned, you should not really use: “I think”, “I think”, “I think” all the way through your essay, but it’s okay
to use it just in the conclusion for impact. Then you include the
sentence or statement with: “The most important reason
is”, blah, blah, blah. And then, again, you make a moral or
social observation. And this time, if you want, you can use a second conditional,
and I’ll show you. So, let’s have a look. A subjective opinion statement: “I think parents should teach their
children to be good members of society.” So we’re just taking… We’re taking… You know, there are two sides
to this question. There’s: “Parents should teach their children
to be good members of society”, and there’s: “School should teach
children to be good members of society”, so now you just show
us what you think. “I think parents should teach their
children to be good members of society.” That bit’s done. Now we need to do the statement with the
most important reason. So you’ve already given your reasons for this in the main body
of your essay. Now you just elaborate and tell us a little bit more about which reason
you think is the most persuasive reason or the most important reason.
For example: “The most important reason is because
parents can share their life experience with their children.” There, I’m implying that maybe
school teachers can’t do this. This bit’s done. And then, again, a moral
or social observation. We’re using the second conditional this time, and we use
the second conditional to talk about imagined situations, so that means hypothetical situations. And
it’s different because we are using “would”, and we’re using the bare infinitive
of the verb, and in the first clause we’re using past simple. So let’s… Let’s
read that last one: “If schools were to teach this” -teach children how to be
good members of society- “the role of the family
would be destroyed.” So that’s quite moral, quite a strong opinion to
leave your essay with, and it does establish that: “I’m finished now. My very
important essay is complete.” So, there are two ways of writing your conclusions
for IELTS, CAE, or a similar discursive essay. There are many more imaginative ways to
write essays; this is not a fixed rule. What can you take from this?
You can take some phrases, you can start to think
about the structure of your conclusion that you’re writing, and
hopefully when you get there in your exam, you won’t get stuck in your conclusion,
and you won’t just rewrite the answer. You’ll have something a little bit different to
say, also something that displays a little bit of clever grammar, like a second
conditional in your essay. So, yup, if you did like this lesson,
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on those exams, but I’m going now. [Banging noise] [Laughter] Neigh.

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