How to write an Opinion Essay for Task 2 in IELTS


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Using the steps I’ve written about before: Analyzing the Task Question and the 4-Paragraph Structure, here is how you can approach the Opinion essay.


With the recent developments in technology like e-books, some people feel that printed media like books, newspapers, and magazines will soon be a thing of the past. Others feel that these forms of media will never disappear. What is your opinion?

Here, we are asked our opinion on what will happen to printed media in the future. Choose which view you support and brainstorm for 2 major reasons.

My outline:

  • Introduction (paraphrase topic/views and state my opinion): I believe that printed media will soon be a thing of the past, like vinyl records and film cameras.
  • Body Paragraph – Reason #1 : Ebooks and online news are much more affordable and accessible. Costs of digital publishing compared to physically publishing and distributing books are far less – and people will always prefer buying things based on cost. Books in New Zealand are expensive, so I buy ebooks for my Kindle that are much cheaper.
  • Body Paragraph – Reason #2: Ebooks are convenient. I can download any book I want and it’s easier to hold – lighter and smaller than holding a big heavy book.
  • Conclusion (restate my opinion): Technology in ebooks has made access to media and literature so convenient and affordable that I believe printed media will soon be phased out.

Here is my full sample essay:

With the rising popularity of personal devices such as iPads, Kindles and e-Readers, people are debating over whether printed media will survive or disappear in the near future. While some hopeful people feel printed media will never disappear, I believe that it will soon be a thing of the past, like vinyl records and film cameras.

The first reason is that digital books and media are so much more affordable than paper-bound books and actual newspapers. The costs of physically publishing and distributing books, magazines and newspapers are much higher than digitally publishing e-books and online news. Because people tend to buy on price, e-books and free news online will become even more popular. And as the demand for printed media declines, their prices will go even higher. Personally, I hardly ever buy the newspaper because I can read all my news online. Moreover, books tend to be very expensive here in New Zealand, so I get kindle e-books that are a fraction of the cost.

Another reason is that e-Readers are now so convenient and easy to use. People are naturally drawn to convenience and comfort and will always choose to pursue what is easiest.  Reading from a light, thin mobile device where you can read hundreds of different books or an online newspaper is incredibly convenient and appealing. Personally, I find it easier holding and reading my Kindle than a thick heavy book as well as downloading instantaneously any book that I want.

In short, technology in e-books has made access to media and literature so convenient and affordable that I believe printed books, magazines and newspapers will soon be phased out.

(274 words)


Cohesive devices/linking phrases: The first reason…/ Moreover,…/Another reason…/In short, …


other terms to use for/with e-books: digital books, online news, digitally publishing, downloading instantaneously, iPads, (Amazon) Kindle, e-Readers, mobile device

other terms for printed media: paper-bound books, actual newspapers, physically publishing

to be phased out (no longer be sold or available)

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