Model French Essays O Level

In order to write a good essay, you will need to write structured paragraphs.

General Introduction of the topic

De nos jours, les problèmes de ….

Cette année, le débat sur l’environnement est omniprésent.

En ce moment, l’éducation est au centre des sujets d’actualité

Paragraph 1

Premièrement, il me semble que…

De plus, je pense que…

En effet, la société évolue….

Paragraph 2

Deuxièmement, je crois que ….

Cependant, il est important de noter que…

Il est vrai que le gouvernement pourrait….

Enfin, je suis inquiet/inquiète car ….


Pour conclure, il est essentiel de rappeler que ……

En conclusion, …

Linking Words

Here’s below a list of linking words – mots de liaison.

This is not an exhaustive list. It’s only a summary of essential words you might want to learn for the day of the exam.

tout d’abordfirst of all
en premier lieuin the first place
en second lieuin the second place
doncso, therefore
au lieu deinstead of
après toutafter all
à part çaotherwise
au contraireon the contrary
c’est à direfor exemple
de plusalso
de mêmemoreover
malgréin spite of
en conséquenceas a result
soit… soiteither … or
sinonif not
par comparaisonin/by comparison
par oppositionin/by contrast
en faitin fact
aussias well
dans la realitéin effect
dans ce casin this case
selon moiaccording to me
d’une part … d’autre parton the one hand…on the other hand
c’est pourquoithis is why
par conséquenttherefore
parce quebecause
pour conclureto conclude
en conclusionin conclusion

Related Notes

Reading time:  2 minutesDifficulty: Intermediate

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à la finin the end
à mon avis / quant à moi / selon moiin my opinion
alors quewhereas
autrement ditin other words
avant de conclurebefore concluding...
bien que je puisse comprendre quealthough I can understand that
cela va sans dire queit goes without saying that
considéronslet's consider
d’après moiaccording to me
d’une part, d’autre parton one hand, on the other hand
en ce qui far as ... is concerned
en outrefurthermore / moreover
enfinfinally, at last
grâce àthanks to
il est donc question deit is a matter of
il faut bien reconnaître queit must be recognised that
il semble que les avantages l'emportent sur les inconvenientsit seems that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages
il serait absurde de dire queit would be absurd to say that
il vaut mieuxit is better to
je crois quei think/ believe that
je soutiens donc queI maintain that
je suis contreI am against
je voudrais souligner queI’d like to underline that
la premiere constatation qui s'impose, c'est quethe first thing to be noted is that
ne… ni… nineither… nor
pas forcément la faute denot necessarily the fault of
pour commencerto start with
selon moiaccording to me
tout bien considéréall things considered

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