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 Argumentative Essay IELTS

This is one of the three types of essays in the IELTS writing exam. You should learn how to structure each type of essay, as each of the three questions requires a different structure.

Sample IELTS essay question

Computers are being used more and more in education and some people believe there will soon be no role for the teacher in education.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

  

  

Steps in Planning your IELTS Essay 

1.  Underline key vocabulary in the question and write words with the same or related meaning.

 

2.  Decide what kind of response is needed.

 

3. Brainstorm key points for the answer.

 

4. Decide on the structure of the essay  

 

   Steps in writing your Essay

 

INTRODUCTION  

1.Paraphrase the question  

 

2. State your position [totally/strongly/somewhat    +  agree/disagree] 

 

BODY 

 3. Write topic sentences for each body paragraph  

 

Sequencing word  +  topic + point 

The main reason why I believe teachers are necessary is because they are essential for disciplining and motivating students  

 

CONCLUSION 

4. Summarise main points 

5. Give your final opinion or recommendation/ restate your position 

  

Sample IELTS argumentative Essay

Text Organisation                                                                          Language Features 

     general topic  

 statement of position

(specific topic)

 

 

sub-argument 1

 

 

support

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sub-argument 2

 

support

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concession

 

support

 

 

 

 

 

summary of main points

 

 

 

 

opinion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technology is being used increasingly in the classroom and some people believe that educators will become redundant. I somewhat disagree that teachers will be replaced by machines. 

 

The main reason why I think that teachers are essential is because they encourage and discipline students. Many people find it difficult to be interested in learning new things. Therefore educators are needed to make classes more interesting and stimulate students’ desires for learning. Also, in the case of young people, teachers often need to force students to learn through the use of punishments. 

 

Another reason why teachers are needed is because they can teach young people important skills and values. This is because educators serve as role models to their students and teach them how to appropriately interact with their peers. Therefore, if people only learn using machines they will lose the opportunity to learn important social skills and values.  

 

However, studying over the internet certainly offers a lot of convenience. First, we are able to study in the comfort of our own homes, without the need to commute to school. Second, we can choose to study at any time we like even in the middle of the night.  

 

In summary, I somewhat disagree that machines can replace teachers. This is because teachers can encourage students to learn and teach them how to interact with other people. Although, computers do offer the ability for people to learn anywhere at any time. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sequencing word

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sequencing word

 

 

 

 

 

 

condition

 

 

 

 

 

use of concession words

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signal of conclusion

 

 

use of concession words