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This is a suggested plan for an essay on the following topic:
“Today a lot of different cultures and ethnic groups live together in one country. Why is this so and do you think this is a positive or negative development?”
In the introduction paragraph you should first explain about the situation, mention its reason and consequences:
Example: Due to the highly developed technology, advanced communication channels and massive amounts of information delivered by media about various countries, people get more motivated to leave their home country and move somewhere else in the world. In turn, this creates a situation where well-developed and thus desired countries are getting filled of a mixture of cultures, all brought by immigrants. As beneficial as this development is to the well-being of a country, it’s drawbacks shouldn’t be forgotten.
First body paragraph – 1 point against multicultural society
People stick to their own ethnic group and don’t interact with other groups, thus creating the opposite of united society.
Make that point, explain why this is so and why this is bad for the country. Then mention the good sides of cultural mix to smoothly move on to the 2nd paragraph.
People from various cultures contribute in multiple different ways to development because they bring with them different sets of skills, characteristic to their home country.
Second body paragraph – 1 point for multicultural society
Make that point, explain why this is happening and why this is to the benefit of the new country.
Third body paragraph – 1 point for multicultural society
People broaden each other’s horizons by exposing a larger audience to the traditions of their own country.
Make that point, explain how this is happening and what are the benefits for the new country.
Summarize what was already said without adding new information, express your own opinion.
I’ve received a letter from a student who ran out of ideas to write about in his IELTS essay. Nick (not his real name) was asking me if I could send him a plan for his essay and I thought that more people could find it useful, so here it is:
Essay topic: Some people think that if women were to rule the world, there would be less violence in it. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
In the introduction you can first state that there are people who think that women have a less violent nature than men and for this reason suggest that women would make the world a less violent place if they were in power. Then you could mention that putting the women in charge won’t necessarily have that effect, because there are arguments for and against.
First body paragraph – 3 points against women in power
Ruling the world takes some cruelty that women might not have
Having more submissive nature than men, women can create even more violence
Women are not decisive enough to enforce order and thus reduce violence
Second body paragraph – 3 points in favor of women in power
Women have less violent nature
Women have less tolerance for violence
Women are very concerned with making the world a safer place for the sake of the kids
State your personal opinion (let’s assume that you’re in favor of women in power), then summarize what was said in the second paragraph.