IELTS Task 1 Writing – Telephone Landlines

IELTS Task 1 Writing – Telephone Landlines

The diagram below shows the number of landline telephones per 1000 people in different countries in three time periods. Write a university lecture describing the information shown below. = This second sentence is the same as “Describe the main features and make comparisons where relevant”.

Simply, you are writing and expository essay in third person voice, that’s what you do for a university lecture.

Write at least 150 words.

Overview – 1st paraphrase the question with added details. 

The bar chart illustrates the number of landline telephones per 1000 people in nine different south-east Asian countries in three time periods with intervals of two years from, 2000 to 2004. Immediately, it is clear that wired telephones are much more popular in Brunei and Singapore than in the other seven countries. This type of phone is somewhat common in the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, and relatively rare in the remaining four nations.

ANALYSES (= take the main feature (which is qualitative) and describe it quantitatively)

Looking at the data in greater detail, in Singapore 450 out of 1000 people have a landline in 2000 and slightly less in the following years. (band 7.5)

Looking at the data in greater detail, in Singapore, nearly one of every two people own a landline at the turn of the millennium; with a slight decrease at each consecutive two years. (band 9) Traditional telephones are roughly half as popular in Brunei as in Singapore with about one in four people having this service. Again, there is a slight decrease in this number from 2002 to 2004, similar to Singapore. Both the Filipino and Thai people used landlines between 5 and 10% of the population in 2000 and 2004; however, there is an inverse trend, in the Philippines, the use of wired phones decreases at each interval as where in Thailand it increases, but with the absence of data for 2004. (190 words – so let’s wrap it up) In the remaining five countries the use of this utility is 5% or less of the population which is a negligible amount. 


In summary, there is a broad range of the popularity of landlines among these nine nations, and there are clear differences of either increase or decrease from one country to another in the given years. 

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