3 Topics for an IELTS Essay: Argument, Hidden Argument, Situation | Part 1 | IELTS Eddy Suaib

3 Topics for an IELTS Essay: Argument, Hidden Argument, Situation | Part 1

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IELTS writing task 2 is essay writing: you do not have to be a writer to write a good essay. This task may look more difficult that the writing task 1. Follow the rules, keep the right structure, use some “advanced” and “smart” vocabularies, and practice! This way you can create such beautiful essay in roughly 40 minutes! In this series we will talk about the 3 different topics for IELTS Writing according to Simone Braverman from his book Ace the IELTS.

There are 3 topics on essay IELTS, let’s call them A, H, S.

1. Argument
For example: Modern society benefits greatly from computer technology. However, becoming more dependent on computer has its disadvantages. Discuss threats of computers.
Here the 2 sides of argument a re the advantages and disadvantages of computers.

In this type of topic, you need to explore pros, contras, and the reasons, and you have to support one side only. Here is the sample of structure for this type of topic.
Introduction: Clearly state the both sides of the argument. Do not copy from instruction, write it in other words.
Body : Write at least 2 paragraphs. Write the first paragraph to tell about the side you disagree with. The side you agree should be written in last body paragraph.
Conclusion: Write the summary of the points you made.

2. Hidden Argument
These topics usually ask “To what extent...?” or “How has something change…?” For example: “To what extent should television participate in our children’s education?”
What they really ask here is whether the television should educate the children or not.

The structure for this topic is similar with Argument type. What is slightly different is in the Introduction part. The introduction part must reveal the hidden argument by defining the question. Rewrite the topic, for instance, from “To what extent should television participate in our children’s education?” into “Does television participate in our children’s education?”

After that, write the structure similar to Argument type above. The next part of this series will talk about the last type of topic, that is situation type and about general suggestion on how to write them.
Reference: Ace the IELTS (Simon Braverman)

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