IELTS Discussion Essay Video Lesson: Useful Language

Learn expressions to use in your discussion essay for IELTS writing task 2 with this video lesson. It is important to use a variety of language to express both sides in your essay. Being able to have flexible language for giving other people’s opinions is a good way to increase your vocabulary band score.

Transcript

Hello in this lesson I’m going to look at some expressions that you can use for a discussion essay for IELTS writing task 2. Now when you have a discussion essay you have to support two different sides and this is not about your opinion this is about what other people think, other people’s opinion and you have to support what they think. so here are some very useful expressions to help you show other people’s thoughts and opinions.

Now there’s quite a lot of expressions you can use. I will run through each one but I will tell you now there are two expressions here that you shouldn’t use. can you see which ones? well I’ll tell you at the end of the lesson let’s have a look the first one. “Many people believe that ” this is a very common expression to use for IELTS It is not high band score but its clear and its academic so don’t worry, please use it. The next one “it is commonly believed that” this is a very nice expression because you can see here “is believed” that is the passive and it’s very good to give the examiner some passive tense in your essay. It will improve your band score and you can see this word here “commonly” that means many people so it has the same meaning as this sentence and this word we can change, we could say “it is frequently believed that” or we could say “it is often believed that”. So we could put a different adverb of frequency here. The next one “some people think that”  again it’s very simple but it is academic and its clear. “It is often thought that” here we’ve got another passive, so very nice to use. But “on the side of” or “the other side of the coin is” this is the other opinion, the other side. “It is considered by many that” this is a very nice expression is very academic. It’s very good to use for IELTS and again you have a passive here and you can change this word if you want and you could say “it is considered by some that”. The next one here “many argue that” is very nice very clear. You don’t need to say “many people”, you could say “many argue that “. Another one, “it is argued by some that”, again here we’ve got the passive and you can change this word, “it is argued by many that”. “On the one hand” and”On the other hand”, so that’s the one side of the argument, on the other hand that’s the other side of the argument. The last one “some people support the opinion that” again this is very nice, very academic.

So can you see the 2 expressions that you shouldn’t use? Well, it is these 2 here this one is not very academic, we use it more for speaking, and this one many students love to use this because it is an idiom however it is very informal and we don’t usually use that for an academic essay for IELTS so please don’t use that one in your discussion essay. But all the others are great and when you’re writing your discussion essay it’s very important that you give the simple tense and then sometimes a passive as well and you can keep changing that through your essay to show flexibility. Well that’s all for this lesson I’ll see you again in another IELTS lesson

 

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Comments

  1. Hi Liz

    What if we agree with both of the views. Can we still use those sentences you provided in the video? Thank you 🙂

    • A balanced approach does not mean agreeeing with both sides. It means presenting an opinion which is neither one side nor the other but your own specific opinion.

  2. Shree Banoth says:

    Hi Liz,

    I was wondering if we are not suppose this language in Agree/disagee(Opinion) essay.

    Basically whenever I start any opinion essay using one of the expressions mentioned above. And also some times for each paragraph I use “on the other hand” for the second paragraph opening sentences for opinion essay.

    Kindly confirm the same. If I not supposed to use, can you provide us with some Agree/Disagree(opinion) essay language too.

    Thanks,
    Shree

    • You use expressions such as “it is thought …” or “some people believe that …” when you express other people’s opinions. For your background statement in almost all essays, you might use these expressions. When you have an opinion essay, you use these expressions in the background and then present your own opinion directly in the thesis “In my opinion”.

      When you use “On the other hand” it is to present an opposing view. It shows an opposite. This is unlikely to be used in an opinion essay but not impossible. It depends on the ideas and the paragraph content.

      I hope that helps. See my model writing task 2 essays on this page: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task-2/

  3. Hi Liz,
    Cam you please clarify between discussion type and agree disagree type questions. How does the structure vary.

    • All IELTS essays have either two or three body paragraphs. The structures are decided depending on your opinion and ideas.

  4. Hello Liz,
    Is there a link for all the essay sample questions you shared?

    Regards
    Sweety

  5. Hello Liz,
    Is there are a link for all essay answers?

    Regards
    Sweety

  6. Hello Liz

    Is it necessary to write your opinion in introduction in a discussion essay (discuss both views and give your opinion)? And also please tell that is it the write structure for this type of question
    Introduction
    body para 1 (discussing one view)
    body para 2 (discussing other side of the argument and giving your opinion)
    conclusion

  7. Lee Stebbins says:

    Helpful commentary, I love the info – Does anyone know where I could acquire a sample form I could use?

  8. can we say the other side of the MEDALLION is

  9. Hi Liz, can i write 3 paragraphs if i agree with both sides of the arguments and third one is going to be about my opinion that it is better both

    • You shouldn’t agree with both sides. Giving an opinion, doesn’t mean sitting on the fence. Please see my advanced lessons.

  10. Hi Liz,
    Thank you very much for this helpful Blog.
    Just trying to be helpful here, you said in the first line: wring task1. So, I know it’s not serious error, but just want to get your attention on it, so maybe better to correct it.

    Best regards,
    Salah

    • Thanks. It really helps me when people tell me about typos because I don’t have much time for proof reading. Well spotted!!
      Liz 🙂

  11. Hello mam..im ALi From PAKISTAN and i am prepairing my IELTS exam test for 23 Jan ….could you give me few tips and techniques for task 2 and speaking for General Question

  12. Hi Im Aysa Im 12 years old and Im studing Ielts I have 2 older sister.My schools name is Hafez and the place that I study Ielts in it is Melal English school and there are some knowledgeable teachers there.
    Actually Im a cheerful person and I love Art.
    and then I love so much eating and watching animations especially Sponge bob.

    • Please inform your parents that you have posted a comment on my blog. It is essential that all underage comments are done with parental permission.
      Thanks
      Liz

  13. Asli Conku says:

    Hi liz,
    Thank you for your videos and everything.
    In writing task 2 if the topic says “discuss both these views and give your own opinion” when should we state our opinion? Can we mention it in inroduction part or in conclusion?
    While discussing both views are we allowed to be personal or we should discuss them objectively?

  14. Priji John says:

    Mam, I was going through the subscription video of your Discussion essay.After viewing it i was trying to write a Background statement for the question ” Some say all offenders should be sent to prison,others argue that there are better alternatives such as community work for those who commit minor crimes.Discuss both views and give your opinion “.

    I tried writing this line same as you were explaining on that video ” Although it is sometimes argued that all criminal ought to sent to jail,other people believe that the focus should be on other alternative methods “. Is this back ground statement correct.Please help me in this

  15. Hi mam
    My question is regarding writing task 2,
    Mam what counts more in IELTS,more number of ideas but not explained much or one-two ideas bit well explained.
    For example,to reduce environmental pollution ,we can write about a number of ideas like Using green energy resources to curb air pollution,lesser use of pesticides to control land pollution and so on..so should we write about all the ideas that i have in my mind or should i pick one or two of them and elaborate upon then well.?
    Thnx

  16. Hi Liz ..conclusion is compulsory in each essay?

  17. After 7 days I have an IELTS exam. And I have still problem with speaking and reading, so can you please help me how can I get improvisation in both?

    • Please see the reading section and the lesson: how to improve your reading. The look at the speaking section and how to develop your speaking at home.
      All the best
      Liz

  18. CAN YOU LIE WHEN WRITING YOUR ESSAY?

    • You can write anything you want. No one will check whether the information is true or not. However, as you have not presented me with an example of “a lie”, I can’t fully say yes.
      All the best
      Liz

      • plzz telk me which is best BC or IDP test

        • IELTS is owned by Cambridge ESOL, IDP and the British Council – they are all the same company. The test at IDP and BC is the same, the examiners are trained in the same way – there’s no difference.
          All the best
          Liz

  19. Hi Liz,
    All your videos and posts are very clear and helpful.
    What would be the common difference in usages for Academic and General Training IELTS writing tasks?
    Request your advice on whether all the academic expressions and related videos/posts will work for General IELTS as well.

    Thanks,
    Anu

    • Yes, all expressions are suitable for GT writing task 2. All tips and lessons are for both. The only difference between GT and academic writing is that the GT essay question is often slightly easier but the method of writing the essay is the same.
      Liz

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