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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

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 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

22 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

    Hi,

    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?

    Regards

    1. MikeAdmin

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

  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:
      EXAMPLE
      “I totally disagree because it is cheaper and more convenient”

  7. Aamir

    Due to the increase in usage of computing technology in the teaching domain, there may not be any need of teachers for schooling in the future. I somewhat disagree with this notion as teachers can influence the students and are always needed in some cases; however, computers are cheap and convenient.

    The main reason why teachers are essential is that they can serve as role models for their pupils. Students are often impressionable and can be impressed by the good qualities of their teachers. For example, if a teacher maintains cleanliness, students will do that too. Thus, teachers can offer more than just formal education by influencing children to do good.
    Another reason is that some situations demand educators instead of computers. Consider teaching students with disabilities who need to be handled with care and are unable to use machines. As machines may only use specified ways to teach, they can not adapt to the requirements of the learner. Therefore, teachers are better able to cater to the needs of disabled pupils in particular.

    On the contrary, computers can be helpful in education as they are economical. It can save people from extra dues like commuting to schools and school fees. Additionally, they make the process of learning easy. Not only we can study at the comfort of our homes, but also we can study at any time of the day.

    It can be concluded that computers are easy to use and budget-friendly, whereas teachers can serve as ideals and fulfill the demands of their students. That is why tutors would still be needed even in the presence of the technology.

    1. Mike Wattie

      You say you somewhat disagree but then you do not really provide any reasons to not disagree. You give advantages of computers, which seems like a reason to not agree
      but these advantages are not reasons to not have teachers. So really you have totally disagreed. For somewhat disagree you need to say a situation where we do not need teachers.
      For instance, “Adults don’t need teachers because they don’t need teachers to serve as role models or to monitor their behaviour”

      Safer and easier to just totally agree/disagree!

  8. Nawaz

    Greetings Sir!
    i have just started watching your videos and they are really helpful. I ll highly appreciate if you can give a and score of this essay. Thanks in anticipation.

    Some people think that women should not be allowed to work in police force.Do you agree or disagree?

    It is often argued by some that females should not be employed by the department of police. I entirely disagree with this notion as not only hiring women as police officers will lead to gender equality, but it will also be suitable in some situations.

    The main reason why i believe this is, if ladies work in the department of security, it will be a significant step towards ending gender discrimination. People tend to claim that the counterpart of men is weak and easily overpowered and hence should not be employed for such demanding jobs. However, by working in an organization that demands agility and physicality, ladies will have a chance to prove them wrong. These officers can serve as role models, and it may influence other departments to change their policy of hiring males only.

    Another reason why women may be employed in the police force is their suitability for specific tasks and circumstances. Some aspects of police’s work might require dealing with compassion and politely. Women can serve this purpose well as opposed to their more stringent counterparts. For instance, police officers at the airport security-checks need to behave well with the passengers. As females are relatively more friendly, people like them to be performing these sort of jobs rather than males. Based on their suitability for the work, women should be given priority in such cases.

    It can be concluded that some people tend to argue that only males should be working in the police department. However, I would suggest that females should be hired as well because this would promote their fundamental right to equality, and they fit specific areas of the job better.

  9. Muhammad

    Hi Mike
    i have been watching your videos and they are really helpful.
    Can you tell me what band score this essay will get.
    Much thanks!

    some people say that in order for a hobby to be enjoyable, it must be hard in some way.
    do you agree or disagree?

    Whether or not a hobby should be tougher is a debatable topic.It is often argued by some people that for a pastime to be amusing, it must be hard in one way or the other. I entirely disagree with this notion, as a hard hobby is likely to be given up and it may put added stress on the person.
    The main reason why I believe this is that people might be fed up with their hobby if it is tough. It is because people may not be able to go any further at some stage of its pursuit and hence, they may give it up altogether. Consider someone who tends to like solving puzzles in his free time. If he is not able to solve a difficult one, he will get annoyed at being stuck. After failing several times, he may lose interest in it and consequently may not try it again.

    Another reason is that complicated hobbies may be additional stress on an individual. Hobbies are meant to be fun and stress-relievers. However, if they are demanding, they may superimpose on the pressure a person already has. For instance, consider someone whose work requires physical work and chooses gardening as a source of pleasure. Although it may please him, he might not be able to pursue it for an adequate time as it will tire him up.

    It can be concluded: some people argue that only sophisticated hobbies can be fun. However, I believe that a rather simple one is better as compared to complex one as they may end up being boring and putting more stress on the pursuer.

    1. Mike Wattie

      Whether or not a hobby should be [tougher] TOUGH

      This is probably going to be 6.5 overall due to a low score for task response. The problem with the task response is that you have focused on the opposite of what you’re supposed to be doing.
      You have explained why difficult hobbies won’t be enjoyable… But you’re supposed to be arguing why hobbies have to be easy to be enjoyable. Sorry but it’s not the same thing! All you need to do to get this essay to band seven or above is reshaped the way you’ve presented your ideas.
      1. hobbies should be easy so that people will want to keep doing them [instead discussing quitting difficult hobbies]
      2. hobbies should be easy so that they are stress relieving [instead of difficult hobbies are stressful]

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