Esl Writing Essay Questions

Writing Topics

Academic Topics for Timed Writing --
On the SAT, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, test takers get 30 minutes to write an opinion essay, so practice with these 30+ opinion topics with a timer if you like

Academic Writing Topic 1  
If you could travel to 3 countries, where would you go and what would you do? (Opinion)  

Academic Writing Topic 2  
In order to have a successful marriage, what steps should a couple take before getting married? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 3  
Is book learning or experience more significant in a person’s life? Why? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 4  
Is luck or effort more important in one’s life? Why do you think so? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 5  
Should art be taught in public schools? Why or why not? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 6  
Should businesses that pay for healthcare require employees to exercise? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 7   
Should caps or limits be put on the salaries that professional athletes can earn? Why or why not? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 8  
Should everyone go to college? Why or why not? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 9  
Should grades in school be given? Why or why not? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 10  
What are 3 common fears and how can people overcome them? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 11  
What are 3 fun vacation places that most anyone would enjoy? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 12  
What are 3 good hobbies or sports? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 13  
What are 3 important cultural norms or traditions from your cultural background? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 14  
What are 3 of the most significant news stories this year? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 15  
What are advantages and disadvantages of cars? (Opinion)
Academic Writing Topic 16   
What are the 3 most important characteristics of a leader? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 17   
What are the 3 most important subjects that students should study in high school to prepare them for the future? Why? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 18   
What are the 3 most important subjects that students should study in college to prepare them for the future? Why? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 19   
Do movies stars have a responsibility to be good role models? Why or why not? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 20   
Do sports stars have a responsibility to be good role models? Why or why not? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 21  
What are the advantages and disadvantages of computers? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 22   
What are the benefits of gardening? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 23   
What are the benefits of knowing your family history? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 24   
What are the benefits of personal goal setting? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 25    
What are the benefits of space exploration? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 26    
What are the differences between long-time friends and new acquaintances? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 27   
What are the steps that can be taken to achieve world peace? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 28    
What are your top 3 to-dos on your life’s list? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 29   
What is independence and why have so many wars been fought over it? (Opinion)

Academic Writing Topic 30   
What is the government’s role in providing assistance to survivors of natural disasters? (Opinion)

Writing an essay can be a daunting task for both teachers and students in terms of creating and crafting a high quality essay,  and finally editing and grading them.

It seems though we may have overlooked one of the toughest steps in writing an essay and that is actually selecting an appropriate and interesting topic for your students.

Thankfully I have put together a list of 25 great essay topics that might just make that process a little easier.  Enjoy.  And remember to add any other great suggestions in the comment section below.

If you are still struggling with the essay writing process and need further guidance be sure to check out our definitive guide to writing a great essay. 

  1. Zoos are sometimes seen as necessary but not poor alternatives to a natural environment.  Discuss some of the arguments for and/or against keeping animals in zoos.
  2. Imaginethat your teacher wants to teach a new subject for the next few weeks.  Your teacher will take suggestions, and then let the students vote on the new subject. What subject should your class choose? Write an essay to support your choice and to persuade the other students to vote for your choice.
  3. Are actors and professional athletes paid too much?
  4.  Should teachers have to wear uniforms or have a dress code?
  5. Since the invention of nuclear weapons we have had a long period of GLOBAL peace and stability.  Are nuclear weapons global peacemakers or killing devices?
  6. Should boys and girls be in separate classes?
  7. Is the death penalty effective?
  8. To what extent is the use of animals in scientific research acceptable?
  9. What age is appropriate for dating?
  10. Pretend you woke up one day and there were no rules. People could suddenly do whatever they wanted! Explain what the world would be like. Use your    imagination!
  11. Should student’s textbooks be replaced by notebook computers?
  12. Should students be allowed to have cell phones in elementary and high schools?
  13. Should wealthy nations be required to share their wealth among poorer nations?
  14. Should money be spent on space exploration?
  15. Is fashion important?
  16. Are we too dependent on computers?
  17. Ifyou had the opportunity to bring any person — past or present, fictional    or nonfictional — to a place that is special to you (your hometown or    country, a favourite location, etc.), who would you bring and why? Tell us    what you would share with that person
  18. Most high level jobs are done by men. Should the government encourage a certain percentage of these jobs to be reserved for women?
  19. Should students be allowed to grade their teachers?
  20. In your opinion what factors contribute to a good movie?
  21. The destruction of the world’s forests is inevitable as our need for land and food grows.  Do you agree?
  22. Many parents give their children certain chores or tasks to do at home. Should    children have to do chores or tasks at home? Be sure to explain why you    think it is a good idea or a bad idea. Include examples to support your    reasons.
  23. Should the voting age be lowered to thirteen?
  24. Should the government place a tax on junk food and fatty snacks?
  25. Should more be done to protect and preserve endangered animals?
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