Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 100 | Developing Writing | Argumentative Essay

We’re going to make the 100 episode a developing writing task! An argumentative essay is on today’s schedule. You’re going to write this essay in response to the following: “suburbanization is increasing as people move out of cities into suburban areas. Is it better to build more homes in existing suburbs or create new modern suburbs in rural areas?”

Building more homes
in existing suburbs
Creating new modern suburbs in rural areas

Plan your essay. Prepare to write five paragraphs that include an introduction, the advantages of the option you choose, the potential drawbacks, and a conclusion.

Remember to use parallel structures (as discussed in previous episodes) where appropriate and to integrate direct quotations into your writing. Your essay should be at least 300 words long.

Useful Expressions in Argumentative Essays

  • First and foremost,
  • Secondly,
  • Lastly,
  • Furthermore,
  • What is more,
  • In addition,
  • Also,
  • Not only…but also
  • A further advantage of
  • On the one hand,
  • On the other hand,
  • In contrast,
  • In spite of (+ noun / gerund/ the fact that…_
  • However,/Nevertheless,
  • Conversely
  • By way of contrast,
  • Therefore,
  • And so
  • As a result
  • As a consequence
  • Consequently
  • In my opinion,
  • Personally, I believe that
  • As far as I’m concerned
  • It is said that,
  • In conclusion,
  • All in all


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