Nightmares about IELTS Academic Writing Part 2?

Are you preparing for the IELTS Academic exam? Most students have issues with Writing part of this test, especially Part 2. In fact, most students think Part 2 is a bit of a nightmare!


Don't stress too much about IELTS Writing!


Don't worry! We are here to help you prepare for Writing Part 2. There are many types of essays you might be asked to write for the IELTS test, but in this post, we are going to look at discussing two opposing opinions - sometimes called FOR and AGAINST.


The Task


This IELTS animal rights essay discusses the exploitation of animals by humans.

Take a look at the question:


A growing number of people feel that animals should not be exploited by people and that they should have the same rights as humans, while others argue that humans must employ animals to satisfy their various needs, including uses for food and research.
Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Two Opinions


In this essay you are being given two opposing opinions to discuss.


This is the first opinion: Animals should not be exploited by people and they should have the same rights as humans.


This is the second opinion: Humans must employ animals to satisfy their various needs, including uses for food and research.


In this type of essay, you must look at both sides. In other words you need to discuss the arguments FOR animal rights and AGAINST.


You must also ensure you give YOUR opinion.


Organizing the Essay


One way to organize an essay like this is to consider both opinions, then give your opinion in a final paragraph or dedicate a whole final paragraph to your opinion.


Another way to write an essay like this is to also make one of the 'for' or 'against' opinions your opinion as well.


Look at the model animal rights essay below. The second body paragraph discusses the first opinion, but the topic sentence makes it clear that this paragraph is also representing the writer`s opinion as well:


However, I do not believe these arguments stand up to scrutiny.


This now means that in two body paragraphs you have covered all three parts of the question from the animal rights essay:


1. First opinion

2. Second opinion

3. Your opinion


The advantage of doing it this way rather than having a separate paragraph is that you do not need to come up with new ideas for a new paragraph.


If you have a separate paragraph with your opinion you may find you cannot think of any new ideas or you may end up repeating the same things as in your previous paragraphs.



IELTS Writing Example


You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.


Write about the following topic:


A growing number of people feel that animals should not be exploited by people and that they should have the same rights as humans, while others argue that humans must employ animals to satisfy their various needs, including uses for food and research.


Discuss both views and give your opinion.


Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own experience or knowledge.


Write at least 250 words.



Animal Rights Essay - Model Answer


Some people believe that animals should be treated in the same way humans are and have similar rights, whereas others think that it is more important to use them as we desire for food and medical research. This essay will discuss both points of view.


With regard to the exploitation of animals, people believe it is acceptable for several reasons. Firstly, they think that humans are the most important beings on the planet, and everything must be done to ensure human survival. If this means experimenting on animals so that we can fight and find cures for diseases, then this takes priority over animal suffering. Furthermore, it is believed by some that animals do not feel pain or loss as humans do, so if we have to kill animals for food or other uses, then this is morally acceptable.


However, I do not believe these arguments stand up to scrutiny. To begin, it has been shown on numerous occasions by secret filming in laboratories via animal rights groups that animals feel as much pain as humans do, and they suffer when they are kept in cages for long periods. In addition, a substantial amount of animal research is done for cosmetics, not to find cures for diseases, so this is unnecessary. Finally, it has also been proven that humans can get all the nutrients and vitamins that they need from green vegetables and fruit. Therefore, again, having to kill animals for food is not an adequate argument.


To sum up, although some people argue killing animals for research and food is ethical, I would argue there is sufficient evidence to demonstrate that this is not the case, and, therefore, steps must be taken to improve the rights of animals.


(Words 290)


This essay would score in the range of 7.0 to 7.5. Possibly even an 8.0.


In the model answer, you can see that there is excellent use of linking words. These words help the essay flow smoothly and coherently. There is also a good contrast between paragraph one and two, where the writers gives the for and against arguments. She goes on to give her opinion, as required by the question. The language used is sophisticated and appropriate.


As you can see, it takes a lot of work to write a good answer to an IELTS academic writing part 2 question but if you practice enough and learn the techniques from teachers, you will be fine!


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