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Expressing Disagreement Essay Topics

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

imply, entail,

argue, reason, dispute, contend,

deny, reject, refute

acknowledge, admit, concede, grant

agree, endorse, support

comment, remark, observe, note, report,

emphasize, highlight,

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

Introductory remarks

Developing / Starting the argument

The other side of the argument

The balanced view

In conclusion

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

Expressing disagreement

Expressing disapproval

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



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