IELTS Discussion Essay Sample 3 - Society

In this post, we will look at a discussion essay example from the IELTS writing task 2 test. Students often ask if the questions are repeated year after year and the answer is no, but the topics are. There are so many questions written each year, you may find your practice answering various questions on different topics. For example, you could write essays to answer questions about education or the environment, which benefits you because you learn vocabulary associated with those topics and develop ideas that can help you in your writing test.

Practising writing IELTS task 2 essays on a range of topics is a great way to learn new vocabulary for those topics, but also to practice your essay structures. You begin to develop your ideas around those topics, thinking of examples and giving your opinions.

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Take a look at the IELTS essay example below >>

Many people consider that the clothes you wear can affect moods and behaviours, however, others think that garments are just wrappings that protect and cover our bodies. This essay agrees that there are some clothes that can boost one’s confidence.

On the one hand, when people wear certain clothes it can boost their confidence and change their way of behaving. People with professional job titles like teachers and lawyers wear smart clothes when at work to exude an air of authority, as well as allowing their behaviour to change. this can also be said for those who wear uniforms in their work, like police officers and medical professionals, these clothes assist the people in turning into their job title and feeling like they are taking on a certain role. For example, in a study by Manchester University in 2016, they found that 90% of teachers felt they had more authority, respect from students and control when wearing smart clothes to work.

On the other hand, some individuals can feel empowered wearing any item of clothing. Some who are more practical may choose clothing for comfort rather than style or to fit into their job role. Many office workers for example may choose to wear comfy clothes if they are sitting at a desk for most of the day, or wear flat shoes if they have to walk a lot. Many choose their clothes for the environment they are working in and don't need them to act in a certain way. For instance, Instyle magazine in 2016 released an article, which revealed that most office workers would choose to purchase clothes for comfort rather than to be in style. 

In my opinion, I believe that the clothes you wear can make you feel as though you are fitting into your job role easily. They can give you the confidence and authority to behave in a certain way, whether it is lecturing a group of students or have business meetings with high profile individuals. For example, in my own experience, dressing smartly in a school when teaching, sets you apart from the students and commands more respect. It also allows you to feel as though you are in charge and have the confidence to lead your classes throughout the day.

In conclusion, I believe that we should always make ourselves look smart when necessary because this can boost confidence and can help people to be successful individuals.

(Word count - 405 / Band score 8)


  • Task Achievement - The essay provides an answer to the question asked, supported by relevant examples.
  • Coherence and Cohesion - The answer has been divided into clear logical paragraphs and each main body paragraph only has one main idea. There are cohesive links between the main body paragraphs.
  • Lexical Resource - There is evidence of a wide range of vocabulary, with no errors in the text.
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy - The answer has no grammatical errors. The sentences have a wide range of structures. 

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