Updated: Jun 22, 2020
Do you know that annoying song that gets stuck in your head and you just can't stop singing it?
Well, I've created a song that will hopefully stick in your head on your TOEFL test day!
When you memorize the lyrics to this song, you won't have to struggle finding the right words to say for your Writing Task 1 essay because the structure, the verbs and the transition words will be in your head already.
Do you have to use these words to get a high score?
Of course not. There are many different ways you could write your Task 1 essay. Also, these words alone won't help you reach a high score. You also have to have excellent paraphrasing skills and the ability to catch the details in the lecture so that you can summarize them.
I'm not a big fan of template writing at all. So, why am I giving you this song as a template that you can use in your writing?
1. When my students began to use it, their essays' organization and sentence structure began to improve.
2. My students reported feeling more confident and less stressed out while writing this task. 3. My students saved time. They could focus more on summarizing the details of the reading and lecture instead of worrying about fancy set ups.
So, if it works, who am I to keep it a secret?
Learn the song below and sing along. Notice the Writing Task 1 template below.
TOEFL Land's Writing Task 1 Song Lyrics
Both the reading and lecture discuss __________.
While the reading says that ___, the lecture disagrees.
Points Out That
On the other hand,
First, the reading claims that___
However, the lecture insists that___
Next, the reading asserts that___
In contrast, the lecture argues that___
Finally, the reading states that ____
On the other hand, the lecture points out that______
Notice how the lyrics fit with the following template.
WRITING TASK #1
Introduction (2 sentences)
1. State the Topic
Both the reading and the lecture discuss ____(topic)________
2. State the relationship between the reading and the lecture
While the reading says that _________, the lecture disagrees.
Supporting Paragraph #1
First, the reading claims that (point #1 from the reading)
However, the lecture insists that (point #1 from the lecture)
Supporting Paragraph #2
Next, the reading asserts that (point #2 from the reading)
In contrast, the lecture argues that (point #2 from the lecture)
Supporting Paragraph #3
Finally, the reading states that (point #3 from the reading)
On the other hand, the lecture points out that (point #3 from the lecture)
Are you ready to see how this template works with an example essay? Click here.
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