IELTS Writing Part One- Describing Processes & Tasks

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Language for IELTS Writing Part One- Describing Processes & Tasks

Brainstorm phrases into these three categories

First stage

Next stage

Last stage

Hints

What phrases with these words (or versions of them) can you add above? There is usually 
more than one expression per word: 
First/ Begin/ Stage/ Initial/ Follow/ Last/ Final

Compare your ideas with those below the dotted line.

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First stage

Next stage

Last stage

The first/ initial stage/ 
step/ part of the process 
is…
To start with…
At the beginning/ start of 
the process,…
First of all
Firstly,…
To begin with…
Initially…
The process/ cycle starts 
with…
The start of the process/ 
cycle is…
At first…

At this point
The next step
Subsequently
After/ Following that
The following step is
,and then
,after which
After + ing, …
After having + PP,…
When that stage is 
finished/ completed,…
Once …
Having completed…, 
the… moves on to…
As soon as…
This is followed by…

Finally
The last/ final step is
To bring the process to a 
close,…
The process concludes 
with/ by…

What are the differences between First/ At first and Last/ At last?

What information would you want to include in the introduction to a process task? What 
phrases could you use? 

Compare your ideas with the ones on the next page.

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2012

The pictures/ visuals/ diagram illustrate/ show/ explain how…/ the steps involved in…/ the 
process by which…

There are… stages, starting with… and ending with…

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2012

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