together a paragraph for an argumentative text
On this page you will practise building a paragraph
for an argumentative text. The text is about whether fees should be
charged for university courses.
Task 1: Dividing the
sentences into opposing and supporting arguments The sentences below all make up a paragraph from an
argumentative essay on the topic of whether the government
should charge fees for university courses. Divide the
sentences into two groups:
those sentences which support the
writer's main conclusion
those sentences which oppose the writer's
Charging fees for university courses
Writers main conclusion: Students should have to
pay fees for university courses
Furthermore, there is money to fund more places
for students so that in the future we will not have
the shortage of places we had in the past.
It is asserted that the skills that students
learn at university are important for the future
social and economic development of our nation.
However, as John Dawkins (1988:1) explains the
government is able to invest the money it gets back
into the higher education system so that overall
quality is improved.
Joan Sprat (1989:13) argues that the government
should provide free university education because
such education benefits the whole community.
Moreover, it is unreasonable to expect taxpayers
to pay for students' education when those students
get well-paid professional jobs after they
According to this argument, when students are
forced to pay for their education themselves fewer
of them will enrol in higher education courses.
Therefore,so this argument goes the government
should invest money in education as it does with
other vital resources.
Task 2: Building a
paragraph Now write a paragraph arguing for the conclusion that
students should have to pay fees for university courses
using all the sentences from your two groups,