Band 9 Reports: Processes – Making Tea

The diagram below shows the process of making five types of tea.

Summarize the information by reporting the main features and making comparisons where relevant. You should write at least 150 words.

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REMEMBER TO:

  1. Link each stage in the process
  2. Use a range of linking vocabulary. No repetition if you can.
  3. Mention which stages are similar and which are different i.e. make comparisons!
  4. A process is about something happening to something. Therefore, use the simple passive tense e.g. “The bread is baked” not the “The bread bakes” or “The baker bakes the bread.

 

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STRUCTURE

  1. INTRODUCTION

Paraphrase the title you are given.

“The diagram below shows the process of making five types of tea.”

“Shows” could be “outlines”

“Process” could be “steps involved in”

“Making” could be “the production of”

“Types” could be “varieties”

SAMPLE – “The diagram outlines the steps involved in the production of five varieties of tea.”

2. OVERVIEW

Try to say something about the process overall. In this example, the tea leaf is the same but differences in the production process lead to the different types.

SAMPLE – “Although all five kinds of tea are derived from the same variety of tea leaf, the leaves undergo different methods to ultimately create the diversity of teas.”

3. BODY

Link each stage and make comparisons. Linking words and phrases are in bold.

SAMPLE – “After the tea leaves have grown, they are plucked from the plants and then withered to reduce moisture content. Leaves to produce white tea are then simply dried in an oven before they are ready for use.”

*Note* Now one tea has been completely talked about, so there are four left. This should make it clearer to write about. Remember that organising your answer in a clear way is key.
*Note 2* “withered” means “dried up” so you can include the point about “moisture content”. However, you don’t need to know this. Just use the information in the diagram in passive voice

In fact, the oven drying stage is the same for all of the types, but there are differences in the steps in between. Leaves for green tea are steamed and subsequently rolled before drying, while oolong and large-leaf black tea is only rolled.

The two remaining tea varieties differ in that they are put through a fermentation process. Leaves that will become oolong tea are partially fermented following being rolled, while large-leaf black tea, in contrast, is fully fermented. Finally, leaves destined to be small-leaf black tea are crushed before fermentation instead of being rolled which creates the small-leaf appearance.

FULL ANSWER

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The diagram outlines the steps involved in the production of five varieties of tea. Although all five kinds of tea are derived from the same variety of tea leaf, the leaves undergo different methods to ultimately create the diversity of teas.

After the tea leaves have grown, they are plucked from the plants and then withered to reduce moisture content. Leaves to produce white tea are then simply dried in an oven before they are ready for use.

In fact, the oven drying stage is the same for all of the types, but there are differences in the steps in between. Leaves for green tea are steamed and subsequently rolled before drying, while oolong and large-leaf black tea is only rolled.

The two remaining tea varieties differ in that they are put through a fermentation process. Leaves that will become oolong tea are partially fermented following being rolled, while large-leaf black tea, in contrast, is fully fermented. Finally, leaves destined to be small-leaf black tea, instead of being rolled, are crushed before fermentation,  which creates the small-leaf appearance. (180 words)

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