Opinion essay (essay agree or disagree)

Let’s learn from two sample opinion essays, agree or disagree essay samples and analysis, video tutorials and vocabulary below to write Task 2 better.

Opinion essay sample 1

Some people think that mobile phones should be banned in public places like libraries, shop and on public transport. To what extent do you agree or disagree? (Exam date 29/05/2021)



the use of mobile devices


complete ban of mobile phones in publicly accessible places


agree or disagree (to what extent)



[TOPIC] has become a perpetual concern/controversial topic. Some individuals believe that [VIEWPOINT]. In my opinion, {OUR OWN OPNION}

Body 1

allow mobile phones might benefit travelers, customers, and the community

SUPPORT: (1) instructions and information without bothering staff to ask for their help (scanning QR codes); (2) public health crises (Covid-19 pandemic) reduce close contact.

Body 2

degrading perception of public places

SUPPORT: (1) turning public places into private ones

(2) decrease interaction and communication among strangers


re-emphasize OUR OWN OPINION


The ever-growing use of mobile devices has become a controversial topic. Some individuals believe that the administration should issue a complete ban on mobile phones in publicly accessible places, including libraries and public transports. I cannot entirely agree with this perspective in some instances.

On the one hand, mobile phones in public areas might benefit travelers, customers, and the community. First, it could significantly enhance the traveler experience as visitors in understaffed public spaces could conveniently use their handheld devices to access essential information and instructions on the site without bothering any staff to ask for their help. For example, visitors to museums could simply scan QR codes to explore the information about painters and their masterpieces, or shoopers could use their phone to navigate and locate products in department stores. Second, during public health crises, like the Covid-19 pandemic, using phones in public areas could reduce unnecessary contact, contribute to contain the transmission of the virus in the community. For stance, ticket collectors could scan the e-ticket code by bus riders instead of collecting traditional paper tickers, or customers could pay their bill at shops and restaurants by scanning QR codes with their smartphones rather than using physical cards or cash.

On the other hand, I still argue that the ubiquitous mobile phones could degrade the public perception of public space as they create portable personal territories. Cellphone users might be under the illusion that they have privacy even in public areas, so they are more likely to violate social norms about having disruptive, private phone calls. They could also become more detached from the surroundings as they are engrossed in texting or browsing websites. As the discrepancy of public and private spheres might become less transparent, while the role of public spaces in educating people about how to behave and interact with those different from themselves might be incredibly hindered if smartphone users no longer feel they need communication with strangers. By banning mobile devices in public sites, organization and the administration could keep the public in the oublic sphere, and actively encourage people to observe and interact with one another.

In conclusion, while mobile phones could be beneficial to visitors’ experience and help contain the spread of virus during public health crises, I still believe that banning these devices could preserve the public spheres’ originality and social interactions.

Words: 393

Vocabulary and Collocations:

operating costs

operating costs


manpower shortage

public health crisis

public health crisis

close contact/social distancing

social lockdown


close contact/social distancing

social distancing



appear everywhere

social norms/social codes

social rules



be detached from

separate / separate

portable personal territories

mobile personal territory

public/private spheres

public/private space

Essay agree or disagree number 2

Education for young people is important in many countries. However, some people think that the government should spend more money on education for the adult population who cannot read and write. To what extent do you agree or disagree?



Adult learning/education


Increase public money on improving adult literacy


Agree/disagree to what extent



TOPIC has become a widely perpetual concern. Some individuals argue that VIEWPOINT. In my opinion, I firmly agree with this perspective.

Body 1

Adult education can generate health and economic benefits for learners themselves and their families.

Support: make better health decisions; better opportunities for employment and childcare.

Body 2

Contributing to business development, GDP, and social stability

Support: businesses save operating and recruitment costs; immigrants integrate better into the community � contribute to GDP and social stability.


Summarize and re-emphasize our own opinion.


Adult literacy has attracted wide public attention in recent years. Some individuals believe that the administration should prioritize public investment in reducing illiterate among adults. In my opinion, I firmly agree with this perspective.

First, public spending on adult literacy could generate economic and physical well-being for learners and their dependents. Adult teaching potentially creates better health outcomes as literate adults could make better informed health decisions regarding nutrition and preventive care, which one is impossible as they could not understand instructions on bottles of medications or nutritional information on food packages. Also, improved literacy results in more employment opportunities because they might no longer find it challenging to understand a job application and seek higher-paid jobs, so that these adults are able to pull themselves out of poverty and chronic underemployment. Furthermore, parent’s literacy could have the power to increase their children’s academic excellence, effectively breaking the cycle of low literacy and correlated poverty.

Second, reducing adult illiterate could contribute more to business flourishment, GDP growth, and social stability. Investing in adult learning could save businesses billions of dollars as workers of poor literacy might cause orders to be canceled or dispatched incorrectly due to technical errors, so that businesses could lose loyal customers. Besides, adult literacy could simplify the recruitment process as employers no longer need to recruit staff externally but internally, so that they could expand their business without any friction. In, as immigration has become a major contributor to GDP growth in several countries, successful transition into native labor market remains elusive for many additions and guest workers whose skills and knowledge are usually under-utilized due to their language literacy. As a result, public spending on adult literacy could help these newcomers with their stable employment to better integrate, to contribute to local communities and to social harmony, otherwise they would be susceptible to isolation, loneliness, and anxiety.

In conclusion, the government should spare the state budget for adult literacy improvement due to its financial, physical, and economic benefits to learners and the society at large.

Words: 342

Vocabulary and Collocations:

Adult literacy/adult learning

Education for adults

Rippling effects

Ripple effect (chain effect)

Economic/physical well-being


Informed decision

Wise decision

Preventive care

Preventive care

Chronic underemployment

Chronic underemployment

Break the cycle of

Break the cycle/round…

Major contributor

Key contributors

Remain elusive

delusion / paranoia

Susceptible to

Easy to

Practice topic 3:

The best way to teach children to cooperate is through team sports at school. To what extent do you agree or disagree? (January 19, 2023)

At a glance, we see that this is a lexical topic that is not too strange both in terms of vocabulary and reasoning. A LOT of students with a simple mindset would immediately choose to write Agree and then develop the paper with arguments about the benefits of team sports to co-operation.

Some key words and basic arguments for this direction would be:

In sport competitions at school, team members are usually classmates, and matches are held between different teams representing classes in the same grade or school.

(In school sports leagues, team members are usually classmates, and matches are held between teams representing classes in a grade or school.)

Then => classmates are classmates who have to work together to achieve a common goal. (Classmates are teammates, united to work together to achieve a common goal.)

Moreover, team sports requires tactics (strategies) => members must lower their ego and follow instructions (lower their ego and follow instructions).

The process of overcoming difficulty together as a team and seizing victory will teach them the meaning of cooperation. (The process of overcoming difficulties with the team and winning will teach them the meaning of cooperation.)

However, with such a one-sided argument, the article will not be convincing enough. We need to look at the topic more carefully: “The best way to teach children to cooperate is through team sports at school. To what extent do you agree or disagree?”

The keyword “best way” is the trap in this article. In addition to team sports, there are many other ways to teach students how to cooperate.

If the candidate cannot analyze it any other way and compare it with team sports, the article will not be coherent and convincing enough. Therefore, we can also develop the article in the direction of recognition – criticism as follows:

Body 1: Acknowledge the effectiveness of team sports in teaching students how to cooperate with one of the ideas presented above.

Body 2: Criticize by giving some disadvantages of team sport and suggest a better way to teach students to cooperate:

– Disadvantages of team sports: children, especially teenagers, often have a large ego => it is not easy to reconcile strong personalities => team sports requires real management good management from adults (teachers or coaches), who in my personal observation, coaches or teachers who specialize in sports management are rare in normal schools => almost impossible to do.

– Suggest an alternative: group assignments or group activities in the classroom are easier to organize for most casual teachers and still get the most out of them. results of cooperation among students.

Take an example: tell a story about a group presentation that you have participated in and achieved good results through cooperation: discuss, listen to each others’ ideas, assign and complete individual tasks for the shared purpose.

=> From that, the conclusion in the direction of Disagree, team sports is not “BEST WAY”

Hope the above outline analysis has helped you to have some more ideas and vocabulary to implement this article. Please try to write.

You can also refer to:

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Topic: Sports (with video tutorial)

Sample IELTS Writing Advantages and disadvantages – with detailed learning videos

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