Opinion [Argument] Essay

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


1.Paraphrase the question

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


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


4. Summarise main points

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

Sample IELTS opinion essay

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 conclusion, 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. However, computers do offer the ability for people to learn anywhere at any time.

IELTS Opinion Essay How to write

Watch this video on YouTube.

Writing task 1 & 2

14 Responses

  1. Hitomi

    Hi, thank you for posting task2 essay. I have a question on the essay above. In the last sentence of the last paragraph, you used ‘Although’. I was wondering,should it be ‘however’?

  2. Prachi


    I have a query , in essay planning it was mentioned that we need to give examples but in the above essay I am unable to figure out the example in the body paragraphs.

    1. MikeAdmin

      Hi, You do not have to give examples in your essays. You are allowed to, and when you do it they should clearly illustrate the point you are making. In fact, previously IELTS writing tasks in the real test had the words “give examples from your own experience” and this is now removed. The reason for this removal is to avoid suggesting that examples must be given.

  3. Richard

    Hi mike, i bought your book task 2. Something it`s still not clear for me. It is how can I play the next question. I`m struggling with what its the right structure for.
    Some museums and art galleries charge admission fees, while others have free entry. What are the reasons? Do you think the advantages of free admission outweigh the disadvantages?


    1. MikeAdmin

      it is a two question essay so you should use the following structure:
      question one: reasons
      question two: whether you think the advantages of free admission outweigh the disadvantages

  4. Tara

    Hi Mike. Is there an template which we can follow like the one given in both sided essay ?
    and Thank you for such helpful videos and tips

  5. chinny

    Hi, Mike. thanks for the video. i have a question. in this type of opinion essay – “‘to what extent do you agree or disagree”, i thought is 50-50 essay where you give like 2 points to agree and 2 points to disagree with the question. Also, do you need to totally agree in this type of opinion essay or you somewhat or partly agree?

    1. MikeAdmin

      The word extent is a key here. Extent means how much. You have been asked how much you agree or disagree.
      It could be totally agree, strongly agree, somewhat agree…. And the same for disagreeing.
      it’s important that your opinion matches what you write in the body of the essay.
      If you totally agree then you are only going to be writing about agreeing.
      if you somewhat agree then you going to be giving reasons for agreeing and disagreeing.

  6. Max

    Why you not use in introductions this sentence (in this essay iwill discuss my opinion and will give examples) during give your opinion

    1. MikeAdmin

      That is OK, but I think it is better to say what your opinion is and why:
      “I totally disagree because it is cheaper and more convenient”

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