IELTS Academic Writing Task 2: Discuss 2 views + Your opinion essay – Structure and template

IELTS Academic Writing Task 2: Discuss 2 views + Your opinion essay – Structure and template

At IELTS Writing Task 2 you can come across with this type of question:

Discuss both these views and give your own Opinion

 

At IELTS Writing Task 2 you can come across with this type of question:

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion

For example:

Some people prefer to spend their lives doing the same things and avoiding change. Others, however, think that change is always a good thing.
Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

The trick with this question is that in you have 3 tasks at the same time:

1) You need to write why people support the first point of view;
2) You need to write why people support the second point of view;
3) You need to write choose and support either position and explain why.

ATTENTION

It’s easier to write, if you choose either ONE from these two points of view - it is shorter and easier to phrase than writing that you agree with both positions + explain why.

If you forget one of these THREE TASKS, then the first Writing Marking Criteria suffers (Task Achievement), because the task of the essay comes out incomplete.

HERE IS THE EFFECTIVE STRUCTURE OF THIS TYPE OF IELTS ESSAY:

1) IF YOU AGREE WITH THE FIRTS VIEW

1§ Introduction: Paraphrase the Task + My Opinion: which view do I support? (2 SENTENCES)

2§ The first view (why do people think so?) + Explanation + Example

3§ The second view (why do people think so?) + Explanation + Example OR result

4§ Conclusion: sum up the two views + My Opinion: the view I support (2-4 SENTENCES)


2) AGREE WITH TWO VIEWS (BALANCED ANSWER)

(If you want to give yourself a hard time and make things more complicated.)

Some people think that parents should teach children how to be good members of the society. Others, however, believe that school is the place to learn this. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

1§ Introduction:

People have different views about whether parents or schools should bear the responsibility for helping children to become good citizens. In my view, this responsibility should be shared. (Paraphrase the Task + My Opinion, 2 SENTENCES)

2§ The first view (why do people think so?)

On the one hand, parents certainly have a vital role to play in the upbringing of their children. + Explanation + Example

3§ The second view (why do people think so?)

On the other hand, school teachers may contribute almost as much as parents to the development of a child. + Explanation + Example OR result

4§ In conclusion

Both parents and schools should work together to ensure that young people become polite and productive members of society.

(My Opinion: I support both views + why, 2-4 SENTENCES)


Choose the structure that suits you and your ideas. The main thing is to write about TWO VIEWS + about the one you agree with.

It is NOT necessary to write your point of view in the introduction, BUT some examiners prefer to understand your position on this issue from the very beginning, so it is better to write it in the first paragraph and as clear as it gets. And  duplicate it in conclusion in other words using synonyms.