Month: August 2012

Vocabulary learning strategies

The best strategy really, is to keep reading, listening and speaking to English speakers. However, you can be active in expanding on a new word you may come across in an article or a conversation. Here are a few different

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IELTS Writing Task 1 – How to write the overview/summary paragraph

To recap (briefly summarize) the paragraph structure for your Task 1 essay: Introduction Overview/Summary of main trends/features Detail Detail I’m going to talk about paragraph #2. The second paragraph of your essay, the overview/summary paragraph is very important  because it

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Different types of questions for the IELTS Listening Module

You have 30 minutes (plus an extra 10 minutes to transfer your notes/answers to your answer sheet after listening to all the recordings) to complete 4 sections with a total of 40 questions, testing different listening skills  such as: listening

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Common errors – When do you use ‘most’ or ‘most of’?

I’ve seen this error often even in intermediate to advance students’ writing. Here’s the difference between ‘most x’ and ‘most of x’ Most, as in: “Most university students prefer classes that start after 10 a.m.” Here, the noun “university students”

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IELTS Reading: Strategies for matching heading to paragraph

Make sure you’ve read the general approach to the reading test. A few things to know about heading matching: This task can be difficult and time-consuming. There are always more headings than you need. If it is used for a

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4 Paragraph Structure for Problem/Solution Essay

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 problem/solution essay,

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4 Paragraph Structure for the IELTS Writing Task 2 Essay

To keep things simple and easy to organize – always plan on writing a 4 paragraph essay. By following this same formula, you will be able to plan your essay quickly and easily for any question. Here is the simple 4

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IELTS Speaking tips – Fluency and Coherence

One of the 4 criteria the IELTS Speaking module is assessed on is fluency and coherence.  What does this mean? Fluency is the ability to maintain a flow of language without unnatural hesitation. Coherence is the logical organization, development and connection

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How to write introductions quickly for IELTS Task 2 essay

You only have 40 minutes to plan and write a fully developed 250-word essay. The “meat” (most important/substantial part) of your essay is in your main body paragraphs, so you don’t want to spend too much time thinking of a

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IELTS Task 1 – What are the criteria for marking?

According to the IELTS Handbook, Task 1 is assessed on: Task achievement Coherence and Cohesion Lexical Resource Grammatical Range and Accuracy In plain terms: Task Achievement: Did you answer the question? Did you understand what the graph shows? Did you present

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