IELTS 11 Writing Model Essay (Free sample)

Test 2 Task 1 Question

The charts below show the proportions of British students at one university in England who were able to speak other languages in addition to English, in 2000 and 2010.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.

Test 2 Task 1 Model Essay by an Expert 

The pie charts display the difference between the number of languages spoken by British students at a university in 2000 and 2010. They also display some of the most popular languages spoken as well as English.

At the university documented, more students spoke a language additional to English in 2010 than 2000. In 2000, 80% of students could speak at least one additional language, compared to 90% in 2010. The number of students able to speak more than one other language also increased by 5% from 10% in 2000.

The percentage of students able to speak individual languages shifted between 2000 and 2010. The proportion of students able to speak only German and English remained constant at 10% of students. Those able to speak Spanish or one other language in addition to English increased by 5% over the decade from 2000. In contrast, students able to speak French in addition to English decreased by 5% from 2000 to 2010. It decreased to just 10% of all students in 2010, making it the joint least popular specified language, equal with the percentage of German speakers. Indeed, in 2010, there were more students able to speak Spanish than students able to speak French or German combined.

In summary, the percentage of British students able to speak at least one extra language increased between 2000 and 2010, with the distribution of languages spoken shifting slightly across this time period.

(236 words)

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