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Opinion essays

  1. 1. From Successful Writing Upper-Intermediate 1 NA Raul Cabezalí 2011
  2. 2.  What are they?  Structure  Points to consider before starting to write  Useful language  Beginnings and Endings Raul Cabezalí 2011
  3. 3. Opinion essays require your opinion on a topic which must be clearly stated and supported by reasons. It is necessary to include the opposing viewpoint in another paragraph. They are formal in style  Formal vocabulary and grammar  No contractions Raul Cabezalí 2011
  4. 4. A successful opinion essay should have: a. b. c. An introductory paragraph where you state the topic and your opinion clearly A main body consisting of two or more paragraphs. Each paragraph presents a separate viewpoint supported by your reasons. A conclusion, where you restate your opinion using different words Raul Cabezalí 2011
  5. 5. • Paragraph 1- state the topic and your opinion Introduction • Paragraph 2 – viewpoint 1 and reason • Paragraph 3 – viewpoint 2 and reason Main body • Paragraph 4 – opposing viewpoint and reason • Final paragraph – restate your opinion, using different words Conclusion *You may include more viewpoints, and therefore more paragraphs in the main body Raul Cabezalí 2011
  6. 6. Ready? Hold on a minute … Don’t start yet! Raul Cabezalí 2011
  7. 7. 1) 2) 3) 4) First decide whether you agree or not and make a list of your points and reasons. Write well-developed paragraphs consisting of more than one sentence Begin each paragraph with a topic sentence which summarizes what the paragraph is about Use linking words throughout your composition Raul Cabezalí 2011
  8. 8. Tip: Time is usually tight in an exam – do not write a draft of your essay first and then re-write a final version on the exam paper (as you might run out of time or else not have enough time for a final revision and correction of possible mistakes.) Write an outline with the structure of your essay plus your main points and reasons, and use it as a guideline. Raul Cabezalí 2011
  9. 9. To express opinion: I believe I strongly believe I think in my opinion in my view the way I see it It seems to … me that Raul Cabezalí 2011
  10. 10. To list points: In the first First of all place To start with Firstly … To begin with Raul Cabezalí 2011
  11. 11. To add more points: What is more Another major reason furthermore moreover also Besides Not to mention the fact that In addition to this/that Apart form this Raul Cabezalí 2011
  12. 12. To introduce contrasting viewpoints: It is argued that People argue that There are people who oppose Contrary to what most people believe Opponents of this view say As opposed to the above ideas Raul Cabezalí 2011
  13. 13. To introduce examples: For example For instance Such as In particular especially Raul Cabezalí 2011
  14. 14. To conclude: To sum up All in all All things considered Taking … everything into account Raul Cabezalí 2011
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