While training one of my students to use complex vocabulary in IELTS Speaking, I have noticed that she was relying quite heavily on using an electronic dictionary/translator to come up with various sentences. Unfortunately, much of what she was saying was rather confusing, as she had translated without considering whether or not the expressions used were appropriate to the […]Read more "Why IELTS students should avoid electronic dictionaries or translators"
Quite often, when IELTS candidates do some self-studying, their main source of knowledge and reference is usually the internet, mainly Professor Google. This shows a sense of resourcefulness on the student’s part when it comes to gathering study material for their IELTS preparations. Unfortunately, some of the information that is floating on the internet is […]Read more "How is my IELTS Writing assessed?"
Apart from IELTS Speaking, IELTS Writing Task 1 General Module is the only other area where you can get away with using slang and colloquial language. In fact, including this is a good idea in informal writing, NOT formal letters! Make sure that you do not use this too much and too often. Otherwise, your […]Read more "Using colloquialism in IELTS Writing Task 1"
In IELTS General Writing Task 1, candidates are required to compose a letter, either formal or informal and it is important that they know how to do this properly. KayVee.INC via Compfight If you are attempting the IELTS General module, you may benefit from the website links below for advice, examples and exercises on writing […]Read more "Formal letters in IELTS Writing Task 1"
Here is a short exercise for IELTS candidates doing the General Training module. These are expressions that you can use when writing a letter in IELTS Writing Task 1. If you post your answers in the Reply box below, I will try my best to respond. Openings Can you match the first and second halves […]Read more "Phrases for letters in IELTS Writing Task 1"
There are several things candidates need to think about before answering IELTS Writing Task 1 questions. The following points outline some important approaches: Academic Task 1 Decide how many paragraphs you need. When you write an introduction, it must not repeat what is written in the task instructions. If it does, the examiner will ignore […]Read more "IELTS Writing Task 1: Important Things to Consider"
In letter writing, it is important for IELTS candidates to be able to distinguish between expressions that are appropriate for formal correspondence and those that are more suitable for social messages. Unsurprisingly, students seem to think that as long as their grammar is right, then their writing would be OK. This is, unfortunately, a myth! […]Read more "Informal expressions in IELTS Writing Task 1"
Well, your pencils are sharpened and you are now ready to start the Writing section of the IELTS. You have understood the important strategies and techniques that you need to use when you practised by yourself and with your tutor. Photo Credit: nathan17 via Compfight Before you receive your first question paper, you run through […]Read more "10 Simple Rules for IELTS Writing Task 1"
Although many people tend to believe that the IELTS General module is easier than Academic, this can be far from the truth for some candidates. In fact, IELTS General Writing Task 1 may not be as simple as some may think. Planning for this part of the test demands some imagination on the writer’s part. For […]Read more "Planning in IELTS General Writing Task 1"
What makes the IELTS test possibly more difficult for candidates is the importance placed on spelling when giving answers. There is no room for error. Even if you give correct answers, they will be marked wrong if the spelling isn’t accurate. And this has been a bone of contention for many candidates who frequently bombard […]Read more "Correct spelling in IELTS"