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Topic types by Mind Map: Topic types
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Topic types

Making an argument (MA)

hypothetical situation

What needs to be done

Make a choice

Support your hypothesis

topic is usually written in the future or conditional tense

Keywords and phrases



In your opinion...

If you could change (something), what would you change?

What is the best way to (do something)?

What should be the main focus?

Which of the following should you do?

Which of the following is most important to you?

What would you give to help someone?

How would you do something?

How would you do something/choose between two things?

How will (something) affect (something else)?

Agreeing and disagreeing (AD)

State an opinion

Defend your point of view <- give your reason

Keywords and phrases

Do you agree or disagree...?

Do you support or oppose...?

In your opinion which is most effective?

Why or why not?

Stating a preference (PR)

Must discuss both sides of an issue

Compare and contrast both sides

give the pros and cons

The advantages and disadvantages of something

State your own personal preference and give your reasons to support your choice.

Keywords and phrases

Some do this; Others do that

Some say this, others say that

Which opinion do you agree with?

In your opinion, which is better?

Which would you prefer?

Would you prefer to...?

Compare these advantages and disadvantages

Compare these views?

Which viewpoint do you agree with?

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages

Which is best for you?

Compare these attitudes?

How is (something) is different from (another thing)?

Giving an explanation (EX)

Describe what something is

How it happened?

Why it occurs?

How it is different?

Why something is good or bad?

Establish criteria and use those criteria to make a judgement

Keywords and phrases



What do you consider most important: (list)?

What have you learned by (doing something)?

Why do you think (something happens)?

What are the qualities of (something)?

Choose an event and tell why you enjoyed it?

How has (something) changed?

Why is something important?

How does something affect something else?

How something is different?