Writing Task 2 Revision – Useful Approaches to Show Opinions
In the Writing Task 2 test and academic writing contexts in general, opinions represent what the writer personally thinks about the discussed trend or problem. Therefore, opinions can be highly subjective and emotionally driven.
The IELTS Examiner expects to see opinions in your Writing Task 2 essay. Although opinions have a subjective nature, you must support them with reasons, analyses and examples. Importantly, please make sure that your opinions are clear and directly related to the essay topic.
There are several ways in which you can describe opinions in your Writing Task 2 essay:
1. Present your opinion to disagree with a view/ statement:
By doing this, you show that you are personally in favor of the opposite view/ statement.
For example: Building new roads and bridges can help cities accommodate a greater number of private vehicles. However, this will further accelerate the growth of private vehicles and does not help ease traffic congestion. Therefore, in my opinion, creating new public transport connections is a more effective solution.
2. Compare the advantages with the disadvantages of a trend:
If you claim that the advantages of a trend outweigh its disadvantages, you are clearly a supporter of that trend.
For example: Working from home can help employers save rent, security and facility expenses. Furthermore, it allows employees to create flexible work schedules and spend more time with their families. Although the disadvantage of working from home is that team collaboration may be hampered, I personally believe that the advantages of this trend outweigh.
3. Introduce an example to support the view/ statement you are in favor of:
To defend the view/ statement that you think makes more sense, you can introduce a real-life example, case studies or statistics.
For example: There is a lack of research to confirm that homeschooling brings superior educational benefits to children. However, numerous studies have shown that children who are educated at home demonstrate weaker teamwork and communication skills. Thus, in my opinion, formal education is more effective than homeschooling.
Do you have other approaches to show opinions? Please share your thoughts below in the comment section.