Month: August 2012

IELTS Writing Task 1: Describing and comparing data in the detail paragraphs

I first wrote about the general approach to the Task 1 question and the 4-paragraph structure that you should stick to. To review: 1. Introduction paragraph (paraphrase the title of the graph/chart) 2. Overview/Summary paragraph – this states the overall

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IELT Listening: Strategies for Section 1 – listening to a conversation

Section 1 is a conversation between two people in an everyday social context, for example: booking accommodations or asking questions at an information desk. You only hear the recording once. Each section has 10 questions and may have a variety

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Common Errors – Answers for Agreement

I previously wrote about a common error that many students make in writing, especially when rushing to finish an IELTS essay in time. This is agreement between different parts of speech.  See the post here. Here are the answers for

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How to write the Agree or Disagree Essay for IELTS Task 2

I previously wrote about sticking to the same formula of a 4 paragraph structure. Once you practice this approach, it will be very easy to plan and organize your essay when you’ve only got 40 minutes. For the agree/disagree essay, I

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Improve Vocabulary by Using Context Clues

When you’re reading a passage, you will undoubtedly come across words you don’t know. While it’s good to get out the dictionary and look up new words, you don’t have time to do that all the time. And especially in

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IELTS Reading: Strategies for Summary Completion

It’s good to be familiar with  the different types of questions for the Reading module. Then make sure you’ve read about general reading strategies. Once you’ve practiced the general strategies, you can try specific strategies for the different question types. Here

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IELTS Speaking – Tips for Part 1

Part 1 is the Introduction and Interview and lasts for about 4 – 5 minutes. The examiner will ask you a few questions about familiar and general topics such as your family, interests/hobbies, your country or city, studies or working

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Common Errors in Grammar – Agreement

Even if you’re upper-intermediate to advanced, when you’re writing fast in a timed situation, you sometimes forget to check basic grammar elements, such as agreement (singular/plural) between different parts of speech. When you practice your writing, check your agreement with:

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Writing Task 1 – How to write the Process or Diagram Essay

You may have read my approach to the Task 1 essay for graphs and charts. The process/diagram essay should also have 4 consistent paragraphs. Once you’ve practiced this approach, you should feel much more confident in how to tackle  a

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General Strategy for IELTS Listening

While there are specific tips  in approaching the different types of questions, here is the general approach to the IELTS Listening module. Before you listen to the recordings and during the very short breaks in between the sections – take

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