Balancing your opinion in an IELTS essay.

ieltsHow to show the other side of the argument in an opinion essay.

In an opinion essay, you need to give 2 reasons for your opinion back them up with details and give examples. I usually advise my students to choose one side, either agree or disagree, and stick with that. You do not actually get a higher band score for a balanced approach so it is safer to choose one side and stick with that view throughout the essay. Remember that your opinion must be in the introduction, body paragraphs and the conclusion.

However, something that will showcase your language ability is to show the other side of the argument or a concession which helps to balance the essay. This gives the essay good coherence and you can demonstrate your grammar skills if you feel confident with your grammar. However, this should be done carefully because you still have to maintain your own opinion and not contradict yourself.

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When Should I Write My Opinion?

IELTS Essays: Giving your opinion.

There is some confusion among IELTS students about when you have to give an opinion in an essay and when not to give an opinion. If you are asked for a direct opinion and you don’t write it you could lose marks, so it is very important to understand when your direct opinion needs to be included.

Actually, all IELTS essays ask for your position. Some directly ask an opinion but others may ask something like: ‘What are the problems and what solutions can you suggest?’ this is actually asking for your position on the issue or suggestions for solutions.

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Discussion Essays: expressing others opinions

Expressin the public opinion IELTSHow to write the public or general opinion in IELTS Discussion essays.

When writing a discussion essay in IELTS writing task 2,  you have to give the public opinion or others opinions as well as giving your own opinion (if the task asks for your opinion).

To do this you will need to use special phrases to show others views. If you do not refer to why people hold a particular opinion, then you will lose marks in task response. You must mention others views and why they hold those views or the whole essay could turn into a problem solution essay or even an advantage disadvantage essay. It is all about the way language is used here.


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Structure and tips for part 3 of IELTS speaking

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IELTS Speaking part 3 has about 3 to 6 questions and you need to give detailed answers.

The main focus of this part of the test is to talk at length and give examples. You are marked on grammar, vocabulary, fluency and pronunciation. You will not be marked on your ideas. There are about 6 or 7 question types that could come up. They might be about giving an opinion, comparing, predicting something in the future, talking about people, contrasting and so on. Click here for a lesson on the types of questions in speaking part 3.

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