Task 2. Essay (25 points)
You should spend about 45 minutes on this task.
Write between 200 – 250 words.
Do you agree that you should be critical about the information you read online?
Write an essay, giving reasons and arguments to support your opinion.

1. An essay is considered to be formal writing therefore – no short forms are used and try to use the appropriate vocabulary - formal language.
2. There is a space provided for notes. Things you have written there will not be evaluated so we recommend using the space for an outline (ordering the ideas you are going to address in each paragraph).
3. You have to keep in mind the limit of words required in the task.
4. Ensure that each point is written in a new paragraph. It will give you points for the outline.
5. Use linking words/phrases at the start of each paragraph. Make sure that you use linking words!
6. Start each paragraph with a topic sentence that clearly links the paragraph to the rest of the essay.
7. Provide supporting evidence/arguments for each point you make.

Thesis statement/your main idea should be given in the introduction. Introduction should not be very long. Start with general information of what people/you read online.
Paragraph 2
Choose the opinion you stand for – to be critical or not about the information you read online Then give your support/opinion/reasons to support your argument. Do not write general information but your personal examples and opinion/experience.
Paragraph 3
Choose the next argument and write the topic sentence for this paragraph. Give your opinion/experience/examples/reasons to support your argument. Do not write general information but your personal examples and opinion/experience.
In conclusion you summarize the main ideas. Restate your thesis and concluding remarks. You can also use the same ideas as in introduction just using different words. Conclusion usually is short – it contains a few sentences.

It is hotly debated...
Many people today say that..
Adding ideas
In addition
Also/ Too
Explaining why
For this reason
As a result
This is due to
Expressing contrast
On the one hand
On the other hand
Although/ Though
Explaining someone else’s opinion
According to
It is said that
Some people say that
Many people feel
Giving examples
For instance
For example
Such as
In conclusion
I agree that
In my opinion
I am in favour of
On the whole
To sum up
In conclusion
It seems to me that..
Finally, it is important to remember..
To sum up