Block Paragraphs

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edited May 20 in IELTS Test
Have a look at this paragraph which was written by an IELTS candidate as part of a Task 2 answer:
The development of new technologies will influence current ways of teaching.
New ways of communication will provide a more practical and easy way of learning for some students.
One example of this is the possibility that students will have their classes online.
This will provide greater time flexibility - for example, time saved in transportation to school.
This changes will cause communication between students and teachers to be less physical.

Can you see a problem with this paragraph?

Yes, the problem is that the paragraph was not written as a block.  Correct paragraph construction is that the entire text is left aligned with each new sentence following the previous one.  So the correct format for all paragraphs in any formal (IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, PTE) writing is in a block style.  We also strongly recommend leaving one blank line between paragraphs as this makes it very clear to the reader where one paragraph ends and the next one begins.  

Therefore, the above student's paragraph should have been written like this:

The development of new technologies will influence current ways of teaching. New ways of communication will provide a more practical and easy way of learning for some students. One example of this is the possibility that students will have their classes online. This will provide greater time flexibility - for example, time saved in transportation to school. This changes will cause communication between students and teachers to be less physical.

All the best with the writing of your block paragraphs! B) 






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