Thank you Simon.
I followed your lessons for more than 6 months and I have the test in 3 days. Hopefully, I will get good scores.
Posted by: L | Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 10:52
I wonder is there any different between the two questions "To what extend do you agree or disgree?" and "Do you agree or disagree?"
Could you help me solve this confusion ?
Posted by: Ryan | Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 18:15
Thanks, Teacher Simon! I also love the idea that "using which system depends on the question and the ideas I have". In this way, I don't feel forced into a particular structure. It's easier to write with my train of thoughts at that time, rather than forcing myself to brainstorm ideas to fit a particular structure.
Posted by: Nam Anh | Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 19:18
Your lessons are worth reading and very helpful. They will definitely benefit me in future. I am planning to take IELTS in August, any one wants to join speaking. My skype is 'junaidkahn'. Please PM me
Posted by: Junaid | Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 20:17
I looked back to the second articles and have a question,could any one tell me why there is a for in the sentence below?
One option would be "for" police officers to visit schools and talk to young people.
thx a lot
Posted by: Macgrady | Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 01:30
Which one is correct: smoother or more smooth? I couldn't find a good explanation on the internet.
Posted by: Achilles | Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 07:27
As far as I know, it is correct to use this structure:
One option would be (for somebody) to do something.
I notice that Teacher Simon often use this structure to suggest a solution/ measure in Writing Task 2 essay.
However, I don't know if it is correct to use the structure: One option would be that Somebody do (does) something. I haven't seen Teacher Simon use it before.
Smoother is correct. You can see it here:
Posted by: Nam Anh | Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 12:05
Prepositions are very hard to understand in English and they are used in many situations and in many ways. In this case, it's just a fixed structure: for + person + infinitive. You could replace it with 'that' but the structure of the sentence would change and the 'to' would be removed. It's not as natural as using 'for'.
They are exactly the same.
'Smooth' is a one syllable adjective, so it is more common just to add 'er' and write 'smoother'.
Posted by: sjm | Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 12:14
Dear Teacher Sjm,
Since you are here, could you please explaining this sentence to me? I do not understand what it means. Thank you very much!
"On the societal level, by forcing people to choose particular university subjects, governments can ensure that any knowledge and skill gaps in the economy are covered."
I have seen it in a Task 2 essay written by Teacher Simon, but I do not understand what he means by that.
Posted by: Nam Anh | Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 12:22
It basically means:
Thinking about society as a whole, if we force people to choose certain subjects, we can make sure that we have workers for any jobs that are currently important.
For example, if we need more engineers, we can make sure that universities produce them.
Posted by: Simon | Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 12:58
Thank you very much Teacher Simon! I really did my best in my speaking test this afternoon. I had nothing to regret! I will inform you my results about 2 weeks later:")
Posted by: Nam Anh | Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 14:12
I prayed and I kept repeating your words and your advice in my head before the test. I kept imagining how I would answer in Part 1,2,3, what would be the prirority in each part, how I would deal with if I was stuck, and I was completely confident and ready to show my best! Thank you, Teacher Simon!
Posted by: Nam Anh | Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 14:26
thank you for your answers. But I'd really grateful if you could tell me how would you assess this essay.
It says "completely agree" in the intro and doesn't use a "while" sentence, but it still seems to me like one of "Almost balanced opinion" essays. The body paragraphs are definitely "2. Main paragraph: explain why you accept one side of the argument" and "3. Main paragraph: but explain why you still favour the opposite view".
In a nutshell, this essay looks like a strong opinion at first glance, but actually, it is "almost" a balanced opinion.
Look forward from you at your earliest convenience.
Posted by: Yuki | Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 20:55
I have a question that I am really wonder. Is it okay to use some words like "innermost", "nuance", "unto", "connote", "encompass", etc. in writing task two? As I looked them up in Macmillan Dictionary and I found out that they are not used (they don't have any "stars").
Please give me your advices.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Posted by: Puta | Friday, April 28, 2017 at 14:00
I was able to provide a very good conclusion to my task 2, however I forgot to put the linking phrase "In conclusion" at the start of the conclusion. Will my score be affected because of this?
Posted by: Mithiin | Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 03:36
our task 2 writing topic @ 30/04/2017 was:
computer can now translate any other language quickly and accurately , that made learning other language is a waste of time
to what extent do you agree or disagree
could you please make a topic for this task so we will share ideas
Posted by: Ahmed Abbas | Monday, May 01, 2017 at 10:42
Could you please, give me a feedback regarding this essay below? what band do you think I could score?
Developed countries have created many environmental problems in the world, particularly in their contribution to global warming.
What can be done to reduce the danger of global warming?
It is true that first-world countries have played a detrimental role in the increase of global temperature. In my opinion, authorities should put together more restrictive policies to companies and implement a selective rubbish collection as a form of prevention against the rising temperatures.
Industries are the main source of pollution, especially in industrialised countries. Therefore, governments should consider applying high penalty rates to companies that do not comply with the minimum standard set by international organisations, in order to keep greenhouse gases at acceptable levels. However, a good example is Narigudo City in Japan, which was responsible for more than 62 percent of the Co2 found in the air in 2003. Research has indicated that the numbers drastically dropped down to 7 percent ten years after the Carbon tax law came into effect said Mr Takanoku, the local city council mayor proving the method’s efficiency.
Governments should also provide an efficient selective rubbish collection by placing recycling bins throughout the city, especially those places with a high concentration of people such as around stadium, public parks and train stations. Bins should also contain interactive signs and instructions on it to help educate and make people aware of the potential harm their rubbish could cause to the environment. In addition to that, such measure has also proven its efficiency as it separates the non-organic garbage like plastic bottles and cans, from the organic ones such as food scraps, rather than mixing it together and putting into those ordinary rubbish trucks still used in most cities.
In conclusion, there are many things that developed nations could do to solve environmental issues but in my opinion, the two above-mentioned such as selective garbage collection and the carbon tax policy are the most appropriate in this case.
Posted by: Sergio | Tuesday, May 02, 2017 at 13:16
I took the IELTS test on the 29/04/2017 in Australia. Writing task two was challenging as I didn't know how to address the task. I would like to have some ideas on how to solve it as I couldn't fit it in any of the 4 categories of essays.
Some people prefer renting than buying a home.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of renting your home?
Posted by: Paola Rodriguez | Wednesday, May 03, 2017 at 02:42
Could you please give me a feedback regarding this essay below? what band do you think I could score? It will be veryyyy helpful!
Question) Despite a variety of sport facilities and gyms, people are less fit nowadays than ever before.What do you think are the main causes of this problem? What solutions can you suggest?
Nowadays, sport facilities like gym are everywhere, people can have more chances to keep fit. However, it is undoubtedly that obesity is becoming serious than before. In this essay, i will explain the causes of the problem, and giving suggestions.
With the advent of the technology, people start to become more convenient, but more lazy. Living in the computer age, it is so simple to do anything that you want.For example, we can go to somewhere very easy, find someone that you want, or even have a quick meal. It seems help us a lot, but instead it makes us become dependence on it. When people start to rely on those gadgets, they will start to become lazy and don’t want to do anything. For instance, no willing to walk, move or go outside. Which may makes people have less exercise, and stay in the house all day, become overweight eventually.
To solve the problem, government should get involved on it. For example, they can encourage people to do more exercise and becoming healthy, by reducing their tax. So it can increase their motivation to work out. Moreover, government should co-operate with the companies, give the workers a balanced work-life, so they can have more time to do sport , becoming healthy and strong, instead of sitting in the office all the time.
In a nutshell, being fit is not a problem but obesity. Therefore, as long as the government provide enough assistance to the people, it is not hard to see a healthy and good looking society.
Posted by: Morand | Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 00:06
Could you please explain the main differences between "balanced answer" and "almost balanced answer" as they seems to have the same structure (Body 1: against, Body 2: for)?
Besides, can you please advise if it is ok to have a structure like Body 1 for and Body 2 against for "balanced answer" or "almost balanced answer" in Opinion question and in Discussion question?
Posted by: Thuy Hoang | Sunday, June 04, 2017 at 03:49
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IELTS agree or disagree essay - band 9 guide
This is a band 9 guide to writing agree/disagree essays in IELTS Writing. Agree or disagree essay questions are very common for IELTS Writing task 2. This type of questions asks you to say whether you agree or disagree with a given statement and justify your opinion.
In this lesson you will see IELTS writing task 2 sample question + model answer and learn
- how to choose an opinion for agree/disagree question
- how to generate ideas
- how to give a band 9 answer for agree/disagree question
IELTS agree/disagree question sample
Let’s look at an example of IELTS writing task 2:
This is a classic example of agree or disagree question that you may get on IELTS Writing task 2.
You can watch our video tutorial on how to tackle agree/disagree questions in IELTS Writing:
Choose your opinion & generate ideas
Agree or disagree question asks you to clearly determine whether you agree or disagree with the statement. Unlike questions that ask you to what extent do you agree or disagree, this question asks you to have a super-clear opinion. After you’ve decided your opinion, generate 2-3 supporting points for it.
For the task above you have two possible options:
- You fully agree that big salary is more important than job satisfaction
- You completely disagree that big salary is more important than job satisfaction
Now let’s generate supporting points for each of the opinions:
- Big salary is more important
- Having a job with a high salary makes people feel satisfied no matter what kind of job they do
- Money is essential for survival and good living
- Job satisfaction is more important
- Job satisfaction gives you a sense of fulfillment
- Doing what you like keeps you motivated and therefore leads to a career growth
- Money can’t buy happiness and it’s more pleasant to pursue what you’re interested in
For our essay, we’ll choose the second opinion.
Band 9 answer structure
After you’ve decided whether you agree or disagree and generated your supporting points, it’s time to start writing your essay.
There are a lot of ways to structure your essay, but we’ll use a structure that has been approved by many IELTS examiners to be high-scoring and coherent.
Band-9 essay structure:
- Body paragraph 1 - the 1st reason you agree/disagree
- Body paragraph 2 - the 2nd reason you agree/disagree
Let’s take a look at each of these sections in detail.
Write your introduction in two sentences:
- Sentence 1 - paraphrase the statement (you can use ‘it is argued/considered/thought that’ to start):
- Sentence 2 - say whether you agree or disagree with it and extend your opinion:
Body paragraph 1 - the 1st reason you agree/disagree
- Sentence 1 - state the first reason you agree/disagree.
- Sentences 2-3 - explain the reason.
To explain the reason effectively, you can imagine that your examiner has no knowledge of this subject at all and you have to explain every detail:
- Sentence 4 - example.
It’s always good to give examples in your body paragraphs, even if you’re not asked to do it. In our case, the task asks you to provide relevant examples:
- Sentence 5 - a short summary of your ideas in this paragraph:
This sentence should contain the main idea of the whole 1st paragraph. Use words firstly or first of all to introduce the first reason. In our case we’ll use the reason that job satisfaction gives you a sense of fulfillment:
Body paragraph 2 - the 2nd reason you agree/disagree
- Sentence 1 - state the second reason you agree/disagree.
This statement should contain the main idea of the whole 2nd paragraph. Use words secondly or moreover to introduce the second reason:
- Sentences 2-3 - explain the reason (assume that your examiner doesn’t understand the topic at all):
- Sentence 4 - support your idea with an example:
- Sentence 5 - a short summary of your thoughts in the 2nd paragraph.
You can write the conclusion in one sentence that summarizes your opinion + 2 reasons for it:
DO NOT write new ideas in the conclusion!
IELTS agree/disagree model answer
This is a full band-9 answer for IELTS agree or disagree question above:
It is often argued that it is more advantageous to choose a job with high wage, even if it doesn't appeal to you at all. I completely disagree with this opinion and think that job satisfaction is much more important than salary.
First of all, I believe that job satisfaction gives people a sense of fulfillment that no money can guarantee. Even if someone is earning a high salary, but feels tensed and compromises with his conscience, this person won’t enjoy his life. While pursuing one’s interests will always bring pleasure and feeling of satisfaction. For example, a lot of famous researchers made their career choices not because of appealing wages, but because they were passionate about science. That’s why it’s more important to choose the kind of work that makes you happy than to look only at a high salary.
Secondly, doing what you like keeps you motivated and therefore leads to a career growth. In other words, there is a strong relation between job satisfaction and productivity. People who love their jobs can easily excel in their fields of work and achieve better results than those, who put salary on the first place. For instance, Henry Miller decided to leave his everyday job despite a good wage and ventured to become a writer. And after enduring years of ups and downs he became one of the most famous and well-paid authors of the twentieth century. Thus, advantages of jobs that keep you satisfied outweigh the drawback of a low salary in a long-term perspective.
To conclude, I strongly believe that job satisfaction is more beneficial than high salary because it makes people happy and motivated.