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5 Reasons to use Linking in IELTS Writing and Speech
One way to improve your IELTS band score is to use linking in your writing and speech. Here are 5 reasons why:
- Linking your ideas from sentence to sentence within each paragraph gives your writing a more complex and sophisticated feel to the examiner.
- Linking words or phrases help you to build a logical argument or thread in your assignment by joining one statement to another. An assignment without these words reads like a series of unrelated statements with no flow.
- Transitions and link words perform an important function in writing. They signal to the examiner the direction the writer is taking.
- They are used to link the flow of ideas in your writing, guide your examiner towards the next stage of your argument and link paragraphs together.
- They can be used to show; addition, time, location, comparison, contrast, clarification, summary and conclusion. Further, they can be used to emphasise a point or introduce a result.
Examples of linking words and phrases
Respective examples for the list in the last bullet above include:
- in the background
- in other words
- on the whole
- for this reason
There are many more examples and IELTS candidates would improve both their writing and speaking if they were to develop a wide range for use in the IELTS Test.
IELTS Test examiners do assess use of linking words
The key aspect of using this technique is that it allows the IELTS examiner to assess your piece of writing according to the criteria of the higher bands, one such criterion being the use of link words.
So using them will definitely improve your band score.
My suggestion would be to learn them in a set of 10. This will probably be enough to see you through either task one or task two. Learning more of them would be even better.
Do this and you can then relax more, knowing that you are making the best possible attempts to obtain that all important band seven.
Having drawn your attention to this technique, it would now be sensible if you were to go away and write an IELTS task one or a task two and submit through our IELTS writing assessment service, in which you can show that you have read and understood the blog and could use linking expressions profitably in your next IELTS exam.
Finally, with all this in mind, how many linking words and phrases can you see in the above piece of writing?
To your IELTS success,
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