I’m often asked about the differences between IELTS essay types, such as OPINION, FOR AND AGAINST, SOLUTION, and what I like to call DISCURSIVE.

I talk a lot about these a lot in my IELTS writing teacher training course (and how to teach them ;)), but in short, some essay types require a stronger STANCE, while what I call a DISCURSIVE essay is just a quasi-journalistic overview or DESCRIPTION of e.g. the causes that lead to a situation, etc., but WITHOUT our explicit judgement on it (=opinion), examining TWO sides of it (=for and against) , or suggesting a solution (=solution), etc.

Which essay type do you find EASIEST to teach? Why?

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