For an IELTS agree disagree essay you can either agree with the statement, disagree with the statement or give your opinion which contains a balanced approach to the issues in the statement. However, this does not mean you can discuss both sides impartially – you must give a clear opinion to get a good score in the criterion of Task Response which is 25% of your marks. Another name for an agree disagree essay is an opinion essay or argumentative essay. Download a PDF copy of the model essay below: IELTS Agree Disagree Model Essay
IELTS Opinion Essay Question
The growing number of overweight people is putting a strain on the health care system in an effort to deal with the health issues involved. Some people think that the best way to deal with this problem is to introduce more physical education lessons in the school curriculum. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
IELTS Agree Disagree Model Essay
Owing to the problems which a growing population of overweight people cause for the health care system, some people think that the key to solving these issues is to have more sport and exercise in schools. In my opinion, I completely agree that this is the best way to tackle the issue of deteriorating public health in relation to weight.
Firstly, dealing with the issues surrounding obesity and weight problems is best solved by taking a long term approach and introducing more sport and exercise in schools. This method will ensure that the next generation will be healthier and will not have such health problems. At the moment, the average child in the West does sport possibly twice a week, which is not enough to counteract their otherwise sedentary lifestyle. However, by incorporating more sports classes into the curriculum as well as encouraging extracurricular sports activities, they will undoubtedly become fitter and more active.
Another point to consider is that having more sports lessons for children in schools will probably result in children developing an interest in exercise which might filter through to other members of their family and have a longer lasting effect. In other words, parents with sporty children are more likely to get involved in sport as a way of encouraging their children. By both parents and children being involved, it will ensure that children grow up to incorporate sport into their daily lives. This is certainly a natural and lasting way to improve public health.
In conclusion, to deal with an increasing population of unfit, overweight people, changing the lifestyle of the coming generation by introducing sport in schools is the easiest and most effective method to use.
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Stock words and phrases
point = something said or stated expressing a particular fact or idea
make the/my point , prove the/my point (= to prove that sthg is true by arguing about it
make out a case for .. put the case for (= to state strong arguments for or against sthg.)
argument ... is hard to sustain ... is weak/strong
raise the question
tackle the question
to be concerned with ..
issues arise from this statement
state, assert, claim, hold, maintain, declare, believe, think, suggest
point out, indicate, suggest
argue, reason, dispute, contend,
deny, reject, refute
acknowledge, admit, concede, grant
agree, endorse, support
comment, remark, observe, note, report,
compare , add, illustrate, respond
raise (a question, difficulty), pose (a problem)
propose, plan, set up, establish
try to, seek to, endeavour to, attempt to
follow from, be decuded from, be clear from, [es desprén de...]
drive home, hammer home
I am perfectly aware that ..
It eludes me ... it escapes me ...
details have escaped my notice
From Atkins, Beryl T., with H. Lewis, and Francisco Ariza, "Language in Use: A Grammar of Communication in Spanish and English," Collins Spanish-English English-Spanish Dictionary by Colim Smith, 2nd edition (London: Collins, 1988; Barcelona: Grijalbo, 1988)
The broad outline of the essay
Developing / Starting the argument
The other side of the argument
The balanced view
Constructing a paragraph
Ordering various elements within it
One's own point of view
Someone else's point of view
Introducing an example
Introducing a quotation or source
The mechanics of the argument
Introducing a fact
Indicating a supposition, toning down an argument
Expressing a certainty
Indicating doubt or uncertainty
Conceding a point, expressing agreement
Emphasizing particular points
Introducing a restatement or explanation
Making a correction, introducing an opposite idea
introducing an alternative
Indicating the cause or reason
Indicating the consequences, the result, the effect