IELTS Podcast https://www.ieltspodcast.com Pass IELTS with expert help. Fri, 24 May 2019 08:41:02 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/cropped-ielts-podcast-logo-orange-thumb-rev-1-32x32.png IELTS Podcast https://www.ieltspodcast.com 32 32 Complete tutorials for IELTS to help you improve faster and pass the exam.<br /> Visit the site for a complete range of <a href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/online-ielts-course">online courses</a> and a new improved <a href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/essay-correction-service/">essay correction service</a>. IELTS Podcast clean IELTS Podcast ben@ieltspodcast.com ben@ieltspodcast.com (IELTS Podcast) Interviews with IELTS professionals IELTS Podcast http://www.ieltspodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/IELTSPodcast-final_FB_profile_orange.png https://www.ieltspodcast.com IELTS Speaking: Using Discourse Markers (Advanced) https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/discourse-markers-speakers/ Wed, 22 May 2019 09:13:03 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122283 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/discourse-markers-speakers/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/discourse-markers-speakers/feed/ 14 <p>We look at a few useful techniques you can start to use in your next speaking exam. They are quite easy to adopt and will make you sound more natural. In this tutorial you will learn: Discourse markers This will help you in your IELTS speaking exam because: You’ll be able to use discourse markers […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/discourse-markers-speakers/">IELTS Speaking: Using Discourse Markers (Advanced)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> We look at a few useful techniques you can start to use in your next speaking exam.

They are quite easy to adopt and will make you sound more natural.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • Discourse markers

This will help you in your IELTS speaking exam because:

  • You’ll be able to use discourse markers in part 3 of IELTS speaking.

If you are struggling with the Speaking exam, or just want to improve faster, have a look at the Speaking Confidence course (included in the Jump to Ban 7 or it’s Free writing course).

What are Discourse Markers?

When answering the speaking examiner’s questions, you’ll want to make use of discourse markers to show fluency and cohesion.

Discourse markers or signposts as they are sometimes called, are words or phrases that make it easier to identify attitudes or changes of direction and perspective in a conversation.

Most people who are at least at an intermediate level of English already know how to use basic signposting such as: ‘’in my opinion,’’ ‘’finally,’’ and ‘’next.’ However, here are some examples of less commonly used discourse markers for linking ideas and signposting ideas:

What are examples of Discourse markers?

Expressing agreement

  • Absolutely….
  • Certainly…..
  • Definitely…..
  • Well actually……

Expressing an attitude

  • To tell you the truth…..
  • I must admit…..
  • To be honest…..
  • Ideally…..

Discourse markers speaking

Because part one of the speaking exam is more informal, the above words and phrases are ideally suited for answering the examiner’s questions. Here are some example questions and possible ways that you can use them in your answers:
Does your name have a special meaning?
‘’Well actually, it does. Jamila is an Arabic word which means beautiful woman.’’

Do you like your hometown?
‘’Certainly! I love Huddersfield; it’s one of the best towns in the world!’’ By the way, any IELTS tutors familiar with England might be laughing at that last statement because Huddersfield doesn’t have the best branding – which is unfair!!!

How would “using them with flexibility” look like?

What are some places of interest in your town?
‘’To tell you the truth, my home town is quite small, as compared to other cities. There’re not many things to do or see there. I must admit, there is only one museum in the entire city.

So there you have it! As you can see, it’s not that hard to get a high score on the IELTS speaking exam. While most people are probably very nervous about it, the reality is that by following these easy tips, you’ll probably do better than you expect.

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We look at a few useful techniques you can start to use in your next speaking exam. They are quite easy to adopt and will make you sound more natural. In this tutorial you will learn: Discourse markers This will help you in your IELTS speaking exam bec... We look at a few useful techniques you can start to use in your next speaking exam. They are quite easy to adopt and will make you sound more natural. In this tutorial you will learn: Discourse markers This will help you in your IELTS speaking exam because: You’ll be able to use discourse markers […] IELTS Podcast clean 8:48
IELTS SUCCESS: Band 9 Student Shares Quick Tips You Can Use Today https://www.ieltspodcast.com/student-stories/student-strategies-nigeria/ Sat, 18 May 2019 09:08:57 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122260 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/student-stories/student-strategies-nigeria/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/student-stories/student-strategies-nigeria/feed/ 46 <p>I interviewed star student Bamidele, he got some great scores and generously shares how he did it! Look at these results: Band 9 in the reading! Hint, it’s all about the third passage! Band 8.5 in the listening! Bamidelle shares a super strategy you can try today! Hint: Listen to question 1, but look at […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/student-stories/student-strategies-nigeria/">IELTS SUCCESS: Band 9 Student Shares Quick Tips You Can Use Today</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> I interviewed star student Bamidele, he got some great scores and generously shares how he did it!

Look at these results:

Band 9 in the reading!
Hint, it’s all about the third passage!

Band 8.5 in the listening!
Bamidelle shares a super strategy you can try today! Hint: Listen to question 1, but look at question 2.

Band 8 in the speaking!
Hint use past, present and future in part 2.

Band 7 in the writing! (After Band 6 twice 😩)
Hint: Don’t memorise essays, memorise structures! And use the recent IELTS Task 2 questions page!

Bamidelle took the IELTS to get to Canada.
He prepared using the materials at IELTSPodcast.com.

In the interview he shares exactly how he scored so well in each section. Trust me, each of his tips are very practical and most of them can be implemented today.

Listen to this tutorial with a pen, write it all down and try it out today!

band 9 tips

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I interviewed star student Bamidele, he got some great scores and generously shares how he did it! Look at these results: Band 9 in the reading! Hint, it’s all about the third passage! Band 8.5 in the listening! I interviewed star student Bamidele, he got some great scores and generously shares how he did it! Look at these results: Band 9 in the reading! Hint, it’s all about the third passage! Band 8.5 in the listening! Bamidelle shares a super strategy you can try today! Hint: Listen to question 1, but look at […] IELTS Podcast clean 34:08
How to Write Your Essay Conclusion https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/essay-conclusions-tutorial/ Wed, 15 May 2019 07:55:20 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122234 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/essay-conclusions-tutorial/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/essay-conclusions-tutorial/feed/ 6 <p>In this tutorial we look at the four golden rules for an essay conclusion. We review some sample conclusions, and look at various techniques to write an effective conclusion. You can download or listen to the audio version here: |Direct Download Here | Stitcher | iTunes | Spotify | Soundcloud | Transcript | Click here for […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/essay-conclusions-tutorial/">How to Write Your Essay Conclusion</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> In this tutorial we look at the four golden rules for an essay conclusion.

We review some sample conclusions, and look at various techniques to write an effective conclusion.

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Click here for a full list of IELTS essay vocabulary.

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In this tutorial we look at the four golden rules for an essay conclusion. We review some sample conclusions, and look at various techniques to write an effective conclusion. You can download or listen to the audio version here: |Direct Download Here |... In this tutorial we look at the four golden rules for an essay conclusion. We review some sample conclusions, and look at various techniques to write an effective conclusion. You can download or listen to the audio version here: |Direct Download Here | Stitcher | iTunes | Spotify | Soundcloud | Transcript | Click here for […] IELTS Podcast clean 19:44
What to Expect on Your Speaking Exam https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/what-to-expect-speaking-exam/ Sat, 11 May 2019 10:54:26 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122219 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/what-to-expect-speaking-exam/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/what-to-expect-speaking-exam/feed/ 4 <p>In this podcast, we try to relieve some of your exam day stress by detailing what will happen at your speaking test. This way you will know what to expect and won’t be taken by surprise by some of the procedures. We cover: Why the test is recorded What’s allowed in the room and what […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/what-to-expect-speaking-exam/">What to Expect on Your Speaking Exam</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> In this podcast, we try to relieve some of your exam day stress by detailing what will happen at your speaking test. This way you will know what to expect and won’t be taken by surprise by some of the procedures.

We cover:

  • Why the test is recorded
  • What’s allowed in the room and what is not allowed
  • What types of questions you will get
  • How to handle part 2
  • What your examiner will write down
  • What the examiners can say and what they cannot
  • Why your examiner may seem like he/she is not listening (!!!)
  • Why examiners say, “thank you,” and “why?” so much
  • And other examiner behavior that may seem strange!

 

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In this podcast, we try to relieve some of your exam day stress by detailing what will happen at your speaking test. This way you will know what to expect and won’t be taken by surprise by some of the procedures. In this podcast, we try to relieve some of your exam day stress by detailing what will happen at your speaking test. This way you will know what to expect and won’t be taken by surprise by some of the procedures. We cover: Why the test is recorded What’s allowed in the room and what […] IELTS Podcast clean 22:43
IELTS Speaking: New Questions with Sample Answers (part 2) https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/2019-recent-questions/ Wed, 08 May 2019 08:25:29 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122196 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/2019-recent-questions/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/2019-recent-questions/feed/ 4 <p>In this tutorial we answer MORE Speaking parts 2 and 3 questions recently seen in the IELTS exam. If you want to refer to the first part of this tutorial, you can find it here: New Questions with Sample Answers Cue Card (Part 2) Describe a place in your city that you would like to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/2019-recent-questions/">IELTS Speaking: New Questions with Sample Answers (part 2)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> In this tutorial we answer MORE Speaking parts 2 and 3 questions recently seen in the IELTS exam. If you want to refer to the first part of this tutorial, you can find it here: New Questions with Sample Answers

Cue Card (Part 2)
Describe a place in your city that you would like to visit
You should say:
– where it is
– what people do there
– how you know it
– and explain why you want to go there

apparently
venue
Although, I’m not entirely sure to be honest
I heard

I would love to talk about a place in London. London isn’t strictly my city because I’m from the North, however, there is a place that I’ve been wanting to visit for a long time.

It’s called the Rooftop Gardens, apparently, they are owned by a successful business man called Richard Branson. He apparently got refused for entering this venue because of his looks.

So he returned the next day and bought it!

I think it’s a casual cafe, and a restaurant in the evening. Although, I’m not entirely sure to be honest. I think they also might hold private events and parties. I heard it’s really popular in London, and it’s usually full, I also heard it has rather sporadic opening times.

I know about these gardens because my mum went there a few times when she lived in London. <Anecdote> She explored a lot of the city and told me numerous times all of the new spots she had found. When my mum lived in the capital, she loved exploring it. Everyday she would explore a new neighbourhood, a new restaurant, a new museum.

I’d really like to go there because I’m a keen plant enthusiast, and there are supposed to be lots of flowers, tropical plants, and exotic trees up there. It’s also rather unique to have a large botanical garden on the roof of skyscraper. Also, this rooftop garden has been on my bucket list for long time!

And that’s my talk about a place I’d like to visit, I hope you liked it.

Discussion (Part 3)

What kinds of tourist sites are popular in your country?

so to speak
It’s difficult to say because
for example

<REFLECTION> The tourist sites that are popular in my country are probably the ones associated with “Englishness”, so to speak. <EXAMPLE> Perhaps these would include Big Ben, the little tea cottages, and of course Trafalgar Square. It’s difficult to say because I haven’t lived there for a while. There are also a lot of areas classed as having outstanding natural beauty, for example the White Cliffs of Dover, and perhaps even the Yorkshire Dales. Personally, I prefer visiting these types of areas, in the countryside.

What can governments do to prevent pollution in tourist sites?

I’ve never actually thought about this to be honest

I’ve never actually thought about this to be honest, I guess they could educate the tourists before they arrive in the area. They could also place more litter bins around the areas. I think also the tourist sites could be better managed, for example, the government could clearly mark the paths to be taken, or even limit it to guided tours -this would reduce the amount of people and most likely reduce the amount of pollution. But it isn’t an easy problem to solve.

What are the advantages of visiting less known places?

Well, to start with
One last advantage

I love visiting less known places. Well, to start with, there are considerably less tourists around. You probably have more chance to meet the locals, and even interact with them, depending on the languages you speak though. These areas are probably considerably cheaper too. For example, a few years ago I went to Lviv in Ukraine, and it was extremely cheap, and also a beautiful beautiful city, with hardly any tourists.
One last advantage is that in some places they might hardly ever get new visitors, so they treat you really well because you made the effort to get off the beaten track and visit their city.

What are the disadvantages when there are too many tourists in one site?

<personal answer> I can relate to this question a lot. Back in 2005 I went to Budapest for the first time, and there were hardly any tourists, and the place was extremely cheap. About 13 years later I return and (1) a lot of the young local people had moved to Germany or the UK for work, (2) prices had increased, and (3) the city was packed with tourists. Restaurants were full every weekend, and the popular streets were teeming with tourists. For me, personally, it was felt like a completely different city.

PRO TIP: Lists usually sound best in threes.

  1. a lot of the young local
  2. prices had increased
  3. the city was packed with tourists


Cue Card (Part 2)
Talk about a subject that you used to dislike, but have an interest in it now. Please say
– What subject is it?
– Why didn’t you like it?
– Why are you interested in it now?

I’d like to talk about learning German at high school. We had the option to choose French or German, I chose French I think everyone chose it, and because my surname ends in W, I think I was at the end of the list and so ended up having to do German.
I disliked it for quite a few reasons, firstly I was forced to study it, secondly I disliked the sound of the language, and finally, all my friends were in the French class. I was silly though because I ended up studying it for about 5 years and did the bare minimum each year.
I really regret not putting in any serious effort, I can remember bits and bobs now, like the days of the week and certain phrases. I memorised how to say “I am an only child”, this way the teacher would stop asking me questions about my family. Incidentally though, I have a brother and sister.

I’m interested in it now because I have friends in Austria and Germany, I also believe I could pick it up relatively quickly too. I’d like to read some German literature too, perhaps the books written by Nietzsche.
That’s my talk about a school subject.

Discussion (Part 3)

What subjects did you like at school?

I absolutely loved economics, I think it was because the teacher was excellent. His name was Mr Sykes, and he brought the subject to life. He had such a mental clarity when he taught it, I was really impressed. He even taught us material not on the curriculum because he thought it was important for us. That’s a good teacher.

Is learning many subjects at once good?

It’s difficult to say, on the one hand you get a taster of lots of different subjects, so I guess later you can specialise. But on the other hand, if you already know what you enjoy, you are wasting a lot of time learning about things you dislike and will probably never use.
I guess if you are indecisive it’s probably valuable, otherwise it’s a waste of your time.

Is it better to learn one subject at a time, in your opinion?

Yes I think so. If I look back at anything I have ever succeeded at it was because I focused. For example when I left Manchester and started to learn Spanish -that’s all I did, I just learnt Spanish all summer. By the time the university started I was more than prepared and all my friends who had spent the summer in the UK, were really impressed. So, yes I think one subject at a time is the best way to progress.

Do you think teachers should have entertaining teaching styles?

This is a very sensitive subject. A teacher may think they are entertaining but it could be borderline ridiculous for the other party. <ANECDOTE> At high school, I heard about a teacher called Mr Train, who would lock naughty students in a cupboard. I don’t know if it was for discipline or entertainment, but I don’t think he was allowed to continue. So I guess, it really depends if they can be certain it is entertaining then yes, otherwise they should probably tread very carefully.

4. Cue Card (Part 2)
Describe a family business you know. Please say
– What is it?
– How did you come across it?
– Who are their customers?

Discussion (Part 3)
– What are advantages and disadvantages of a family business?
– Why do some people like to work in large scale businesses?
– What are the reasons that many businesses fail in their first year?
– What are the qualities of a good business person?
– Why do some people like to start their own businesses?

5. Cue Card (Part 2)
Describe a success your friend has achieved
You should say:
– who your friend is
– what the success was
– what he or she did
– how you felt about the success

Discussion (Part 3)
Why is it hard to maintain friendships for some people?
How do people in your country make friends these days?
Why Is it easier to make friends on the internet than in reality?
What qualities do you think are important in a friend?
What factors may result in the breakdown of a good friendship?
Friendship is the most important relationship. Do you agree? Why? Why not?

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In this tutorial we answer MORE Speaking parts 2 and 3 questions recently seen in the IELTS exam. If you want to refer to the first part of this tutorial, you can find it here: New Questions with Sample Answers Cue Card (Part 2) Describe a place in you... In this tutorial we answer MORE Speaking parts 2 and 3 questions recently seen in the IELTS exam. If you want to refer to the first part of this tutorial, you can find it here: New Questions with Sample Answers Cue Card (Part 2) Describe a place in your city that you would like to […] IELTS Podcast clean 39:25
IELTS Writing: Five Band 9 Words For Your Next Essay https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/five-band-9-words/ Wed, 01 May 2019 13:28:28 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122152 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/five-band-9-words/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/five-band-9-words/feed/ 27 <p>Five BAND 9 Words to impress the examiner (using Cambridge language proficiency C2 vocabulary) Appalling – extremely bad. Classical – in an old or traditional style. Adolescent – a young person who is transforming into an adult. Cumulative – growing incrementally. Attainable – something that is achievable Why Cambridge language proficiency C2? This course is […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/five-band-9-words/">IELTS Writing: Five Band 9 Words For Your Next Essay</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> Five BAND 9 Words to impress the examiner

(using Cambridge language proficiency C2 vocabulary)

Appalling – extremely bad.
Classical – in an old or traditional style.
Adolescent – a young person who is transforming into an adult.
Cumulative – growing incrementally.
Attainable – something that is achievable

Why Cambridge language proficiency C2?

This course is designed for the English language student who wants to pass on a higher IELTS band. Level C2 are formal-sounding English words which are not as commonly used as many other words. Native English speakers are comfortable using these words. This is why the foreign language learner who can use them in context should obtain a higher band pass in the IELTS.

These words are versatile and with some practice they’ll enrich your English and help you to sound more fluent and practiced.

Over the next few slides we offer you examples of these words used in sentences that demonstrate how they may be used in the writing or speaking sections of the IELTS

Appalling – extremely bad.
Classical – in an old or traditional style.
Adolescent – a young person who is transforming into an adult.
Cumulative – growing incrementally.
Attainable – something that is achievable

Appalling

In some parts of the world war, poverty and malnutrition have created bad conditions for the poor souls who live there.
In some parts of the world war, poverty and malnutrition have created appalling conditions for the poor souls who live there.

Our historical past is filled with very bad acts of hatred and cruelty, much of it committed in the name of religion.
Our historical past is filled with appalling acts of hatred and cruelty, much of it committed in the name of religion.

Climate change is said to be the cause of not so good weather conditions experienced in many parts of the world. These include hurricanes, floods and freezing conditions.
Climate change is said to be the cause of appalling weather conditions experienced in many parts of the world. These include hurricanes, floods and freezing conditions.

Classical

Clothes cut along normal lines tend to be more formal and will look good no matter what the current day fashion trends.
Old style ballet remains popular despite the introduction of many more modern dance forms.
Old and traditional style architecture is typically based on ancient Greek and Roman buildings.

Clothes cut along classical lines tend to be more formal and will look good no matter what the current day fashion trends.
Classical ballet remains popular despite the introduction of many more modern dance forms.
Classical architecture is typically based on ancient Greek and Roman buildings.

Adolescent

Hormonal disturbances in teenage boys and girls have a tendency to lead to skin outbreaks. This, in turn, can damage their self-esteem.
Children who are almost adults undergo many physical and emotional changes, which can be confusing for both the teenagers and their parents.

Hormonal disturbances in adolescent boys and girls have a tendency to lead to skin outbreaks. This, in turn, can damage their self-esteem.
Adolescent children undergo many physical and emotional changes, which can be confusing for both the teenagers and their parents.

Cumulative

It is vital to study not just the financial accounts for the month but to evaluate the long term effect on the annual results.
Lots of detailed measures allow financial analysts to follow trends over time.
It is not just a single incident but repeated sun exposure that causes skin cancer

It is vital to study not just the financial accounts for the month but to evaluate the cumulative effect on the annual results.
Cumulative measures allow financial analysts to follow trends over time.
It is not just a single incident but cumulative sun exposure that causes skin cancer

Attainable

Managers should set easy to reach targets. Otherwise the employees will be discouraged and will not strive to achieve to meet the objectives.
Dieters who set easy weight loss goals are much more likely to keep going and lose the weight.
The highest possible score in the exam was Band 9.

Managers should set attainable targets. Otherwise the employees will be discouraged and will not strive to achieve to meet the objectives.
Dieters who set attainable weight loss goals are much more likely to keep going and lose the weight.
The highest attainable score in the exam was Band 9.

Before your IELTS exam

    • Practice these and other similar C2 words until you are comfortable using them in everyday situations. Don’t risk using them until you are certain that you can use them context.
    • Find someone to speak to. There is no substitute for practice.
    • Read as widely as you can. Find interesting subjects that you can use as a basis for building your knowledge base to use as basis for your written essay.
    • Repetition is the best way to learn and to remember, so practice everyday for the best exam results.

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Speak Confident English https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/speak_confident_english/ Sat, 27 Apr 2019 16:52:31 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122130 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/speak_confident_english/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/speak_confident_english/feed/ 16 <p>In this delightful interview I chat with a professional tutor called Annemarie who runs SpeakConfidentEnglish.com. Here are the questions we cover: Why would a student have issues with their confidence? Assuming a student has 1 week, how could they boost their confidence? A lot of students are studying at home, by themselves, how can these […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/speak_confident_english/">Speak Confident English</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> In this delightful interview I chat with a professional tutor called Annemarie who runs SpeakConfidentEnglish.com.

Here are the questions we cover:

  • Why would a student have issues with their confidence?
  • Assuming a student has 1 week, how could they boost their confidence?
  • A lot of students are studying at home, by themselves, how can these students boost their confidence in speaking English?
  • A lot of students struggle with “my mind goes blank” in an interview setting.
    -Why do you think this is?
    -And what can they do to solve it?

Who is Annemarie?

A self-described shy language learner and introverted online business owner, Annemarie’s mission is to help international women gain the courage and confidence they need to be successful in English—for work and daily life—no matter how shy, stuck, or frustrated they feel. She’s the founder of Speak Confident English and creator of Fluency School, an online English confidence coaching program.

Find out more about Annemarie here:

Confident English Lessons Online (Blog): https://www.speakconfidentenglish.com/online-lessons/
Fluency School Course: https://www.speakconfidentenglish.com/fluencyschool/
Confident Job Interviews: https://www.speakconfidentenglish.com/confident-job-interview-course/

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In this delightful interview I chat with a professional tutor called Annemarie who runs SpeakConfidentEnglish.com. Here are the questions we cover: Why would a student have issues with their confidence? Assuming a student has 1 week, In this delightful interview I chat with a professional tutor called Annemarie who runs SpeakConfidentEnglish.com. Here are the questions we cover: Why would a student have issues with their confidence? Assuming a student has 1 week, how could they boost their confidence? A lot of students are studying at home, by themselves, how can these […] IELTS Podcast clean 33:08
Band 6.5 IELTS Essay with Ex-IELTS Examiner Commentary https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/writing-band-6-5/ Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:45:30 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122109 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/writing-band-6-5/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/writing-band-6-5/feed/ 26 <p>Below we have a Band 6.5 essay graded by an ex-IELTS examiner. First you can read the essay, and after we break down why this essay scored a Band 6.5. Each criteria has been considered and the sentence in the essay has been colour coded to correspond to the fours marking criteria used by the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/writing-band-6-5/">Band 6.5 IELTS Essay with Ex-IELTS Examiner Commentary</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> Below we have a Band 6.5 essay graded by an ex-IELTS examiner.

First you can read the essay, and after we break down why this essay scored a Band 6.5.

Each criteria has been considered and the sentence in the essay has been colour coded to correspond to the fours marking criteria used by the British Council / IELTS IDP.

LR – Lexical Resource
CC – Cohesion and Coherence
TR – Task Response
GR – Grammatical Range and Accuracy

Watching or listening to this tutorial will help you understand:
– How an essay gets a Band 6.5
– What sentence structures and language is needed to avoid band 6.5
– How a Band 6.5 essay sounds

At the end you will find the audio and video.

Today, most people get married and give birth in their thirties rather than when they are younger.

Is it a positive or negative development in your opinion?
To what extent do you support this development?

The issue of early weddings followed by a pregnancy before thirties (LR1) has grown in importance over the past few years (GR1) / (TR1). This is a common dream between many women (LR2), but nowadays this dream is facing drastic changes due to many factors. Globalization, economic crises and increasing population numbers (TR2) are contributing for that (LR3). I strongly believe that couples need to be aware and convicts of their situation (LR4) before decide (GR2) to have children before thirties.

LR1 – You have the right idea with paraphrasing – but it’s vital to ensure that your language use remains natural. This sounds a bit odd.
GR1 – Accurate use of the present perfect with a time expression.
TR1 – On the right track with your opening sentence.
LR2 – ? This doesn’t make sense.
TR2 – Be sure to focus on the question. It isn’t asking you why this situation came about.
LR3 – contribute to something
LR4 – Perhaps ‘convinced that it’s the right thing to do’?
GR2 – before deciding

Although an early marriage and pregnancy is a desire for many couples, there are some factors that need to be considered (CC1). Firstly (CC2), due to the world economic crises which made the number of available jobs decrease considerably and also the real state industry increasing prices exponentially, directly affecting millions of people (CC3) and their dreams of constitute (LR5) a family and buy the first residence. Secondly, the cost of living is reaching numbers that average salaries cannot afford (TR3). For example, a study from Boston university (TR4) showed that nearly one third of the newlyweds in which the couples were (GR3) below thirties, do not intend to have children. The central reason behind this is (CC4) the uncertainty of being able to (GR4) provide a decent life for their children (LR6).

CC1 – Accurate use of ‘although’.
CC2 – Good to organise your essay with ‘Firstly…’, ‘Secondly…’.
LR5 – Take care with natural collocation – ‘dreams of having…’
CC3 – Problems with sentence structure / coherence here.
TR3 – Again, you need to focus more on whether it is a positive development rather than why it has happened.
TR4 – Good to use an example to support the point you are making.
GR3 – Accurate use of a relative clause.
CC4 – Good to link your ideas together smoothly.
GR4 – Good accuracy here.
LR6 – Natural use of vocabulary.

However (CC5), this scenario is a tendency for our reality (LR7) these days, I firmly believe that this situation is a negative development (TR5) in the society. Many families are being constituted late or even not starting. For example, women (TR6) having their babies after 35 years old is a risk not only for the mother’s health (GR5), as well for the baby (GR6). The child can be born with malformation (TR7) and very weak with a risk to develop diseases due to their fragile immune system (LR8). On the same way the mother, that can face serious health problems and also a big risk of losing the child.

CC5 – Check the use of ‘however’ – it is not used accurately here. ‘Although’ would work.
LR7 – This sounds unnatural – problems with collocation.
TR5 – Good to respond more directly to the question.
TR6 – Good to use an example to support the point you are making.
GR5 – Very accurate sentence construction here.
GR6 – Perhaps ‘but also for that of the baby’.
TR7 – Now you are starting to answer the question better.
LR8 – Not usually hyphenated but lovely use of collocation.

To conclude (CC6 & 7), a mature decision must be made for (GR7) the couple. Not only the desire of an early marriage with many sons but, more important than that if they would be able to provide the basics for the children like a health environment, education and support (TR8). In my opinion a balance between the desire versus reality must be taken in consideration before take a decision (TR9). After that within the couple limits (GR8) / (LR9), decide a proper age to get married and have
their children.

CC6 – Clear use of paragraphing.
CC7 – You have introduced your final paragraph appropriately.
GR7 – by
TR8 – This needs to be more directly related to the question.
TR9 – Again, task achievement could be stronger here.
GR8 – To be grammatically correct, this would need to be possessive – ‘the couple’s limits’.
LR9 – It still sounds a bit odd, though. Perhaps ‘the couple’s financial constraints’?

PROBABLE SCORE: 6.5 / 7.0

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Band 8 First Time https://www.ieltspodcast.com/student-stories/band8-first-try/ Sat, 20 Apr 2019 13:08:03 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122091 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/student-stories/band8-first-try/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/student-stories/band8-first-try/feed/ 36 <p>In this episode Sara shares how she got these amazing scores first time: Speaking 8.5 Listening 8.5 Reading 7.5 Writing 7.5 Overall 8.0 She had taken the TOEFL three times and learnt from her mistake. This time she decided to invest in a professional online course, and she: Saved time by preparing for just one […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/student-stories/band8-first-try/">Band 8 First Time</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> In this episode Sara shares how she got these amazing scores first time:

Speaking 8.5
Listening 8.5
Reading 7.5
Writing 7.5
Overall 8.0

She had taken the TOEFL three times and learnt from her mistake.

This time she decided to invest in a professional online course, and she:

  • Saved time by preparing for just one exam
  • Avoided the emotional roller coaster
  • Paid less – took the exam just once

We also talk about why you should be PROUD of your accent!

This is a great story, and listening to this interview will really inspire you to take action and pass IELTS!

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IELTS Essay and Vocabulary (Climate change) https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-vocabulary/essay-climate-change/ Wed, 17 Apr 2019 08:10:50 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122029 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-vocabulary/essay-climate-change/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-vocabulary/essay-climate-change/feed/ 27 <p>To score high in IELTS Writing you first need to understand how IELTS examiners grade this part of the IELTS test. IELTS examiners do not give you one grade, they give you four grades. You never see these but they are added together to create an overall band score in IELTS Writing. The four areas […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-vocabulary/essay-climate-change/">IELTS Essay and Vocabulary (Climate change)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> To score high in IELTS Writing you first need to understand how IELTS examiners grade this part of the IELTS test.

IELTS examiners do not give you one grade, they give you four grades. You never see these but they are added together to create an overall band score in IELTS Writing. The four areas that they grade you on are:

Task Achievement
Cohesion and Coherence
Lexical Resource
Grammatical Range and Accuracy

This tutorial focuses on Lexical Resource:

  • What is Lexical Resource?
  • What can you do to improve your band score in this area?

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IELTS on Computer https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-preparation/ielts-on-computer-2/ Sat, 13 Apr 2019 12:21:56 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=121989 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-preparation/ielts-on-computer-2/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-preparation/ielts-on-computer-2/feed/ 15 <p>Advantages of taking the IELTS on Computer You get the results sooner Tests available almost every day Great for fast typers Easier to make corrections (copying and pasting is not allowed) Timer to help you manage the time Word counter in the writing part Headphones for the Listening (less distractions?) A lot of centres have […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-preparation/ielts-on-computer-2/">IELTS on Computer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> Advantages of taking the IELTS on Computer

  • You get the results sooner
  • Tests available almost every day
  • Great for fast typers
  • Easier to make corrections (copying and pasting is not allowed)
  • Timer to help you manage the time
  • Word counter in the writing part
  • Headphones for the Listening (less distractions?)
  • A lot of centres have the Speaking test on the same date as the rest of the exam
  • For the Reading part, you can highlight segments of text, you can also make text notes too, see image below.

In the online course we ask students to only send in computer typed essays.

Disadvantages:

  • More expensive (around 100$ usd more)
  • You can’t write or draw on the question sheet, potentially bad for the Listening and Reading
  • Writing Task 1 – might be harder because you can’t take notes on the question paper
  • Highlighting text takes much more effort and wastes time, following maps is more difficult, etc.

Advantages of Paper Based IELTS (traditional)

  • Cheaper (around $100 usd less)
  • Works better for slow typers
  • Possible to make notes on the question sheet, helpful for tasks including maps and highlighting key words
  • You may make mistakes, but you certainly won’t make a typo

Disadvantages:

  • Most younger people, myself included, do type faster than they write, so the Writing part will be slower for the majority
  • Students with poor handwriting could lose points (more info here).
  • Have to transfer answers to the answer sheet, increased chances of making mistakes
  • Fewer tests, longer wait for the results
  • Speaking could be arranged for another day

Dmitry, a student from Russia, told me that he was at a 6.5 previously. He took the computer-based test and managed to get 7. He was convinced it was because it was computer-based.

He said he suffered from writing slowly, and his handwriting was poor.

I think this is quite common among students nowadays, especially those who don’t use the Latin alphabet daily (Chinese / Russians etc).

Nowadays almost everyone is typing on computers, for work, school etc.

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How was it?
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For IELTS Reading on the computer check out this video from IELTS IDP:

It’s a mixture of normal buttons you would expect to choose your answer (multiple choice).

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It also includes drag and drop options for matching the headings.

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New Questions with Sample Answers https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/april-recent-questions/ Wed, 10 Apr 2019 08:28:19 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=121923 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/april-recent-questions/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/april-recent-questions/feed/ 6 <p>In this tutorial we answer speaking questions recently seen in the IELTS exam. We focus on parts 2 and 3. Each answer has been transcribed. Useful phrases you can use are highlighted. The audio tutorial explains why these phrases are useful and how you can use them. Tip: Listen to the audio, write down the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/april-recent-questions/">New Questions with Sample Answers</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> In this tutorial we answer speaking questions recently seen in the IELTS exam.

We focus on parts 2 and 3.

Each answer has been transcribed.

Useful phrases you can use are highlighted.

The audio tutorial explains why these phrases are useful and how you can use them.

Tip: Listen to the audio, write down the phrases, and try and use them in your everyday conversations.
Eventually they will stick and sound more natural.

1. Cue Card (Part 2)
Describe your grand parent’s job
You should say:
– what it was
– how long he or she had this job
– how he or she got the job
– and whether you would like to have this job

USEFUL PHRASES:
Well to be honest, I don’t have much to go on here,
If I remember correctly
she got the job through a friend of hers
________ isn’t really my forte,
And that’s my small talk about

Well to be honest, I don’t have much to go on here, because I never met my Grandads, and my dad’s mum was retired, and we didn’t see her a lot. So I only have my Grandma to talk about.

If I remember correctly, she was a typist at a school for disabled children I think. She typed up letters that were to go out to parents and people connected with the school.

I think she transformed handwritten letters into typed ones because when she was working they didn’t have computers.

I believe she got the job through a friend of hers. I think they were talking about it at the market, and her friend suggested she should go for the new opening at Hollybank School. It was that or either she saw an advertisement in the newspaper and applied.

I would definitely not like to have this job because it requires a lot of patience and accuracy. Patience isn’t really my forte, to be honest.

Also, back then I think if you made a mistake it took a lot of time, typex and effort to correct it without it being visible. This would severely test my patience.

I really think it would be one of the worsts jobs I could ever be given.

And that’s my small talk about my grandma’s job.

What kinds of jobs are easy to get in a foreign country?

USEFUL PHRASES / DEVICES:
usually a reasonable demand
For example, …
Conditional: If _________ then _____ would.
gladly welcome them
or a cleaner of some sort.
So to summarise,
there is little conversation or interaction needed.

If you’re a native English speaker there is usually a reasonable demand for English tutoring. Also, I think if you are good in your profession it’s quite easy to get a job in a foreign country. For example, if an expert is world class in their field, I guess most universities would gladly welcome them.

Some of the most common jobs include being an au-pair, or a cleaner of some sort.

STORY: Last year I went to Poland and I found that a lot of the Uber drivers and food delivery drivers were foreign. I guess they didn’t need to speak the language to do those jobs.

The technology does most of the communication for them.

So to summarise, I’d say language jobs, domestic jobs and perhaps jobs where there is little conversation or interaction needed.

Is it hard to find an interesting job in your country?

strong job market
I guess
a diverse economy
job sites
enticing job descriptions.
decent job
In fact…
soul destroying

Well in my country, England, there is a relatively strong job market and I guess a diverse economy. So I think yes it would be easy to find an interesting job.
In fact last week I was looking on the job sites and found a few enticing job descriptions.

STORY: A few years ago I lived in Spain, and when I graduated I really struggled to find any decent job for the qualifications I had. In fact, I took a really boring job working in a logistics company. That job was soul destroying, it was so repetitive, I was so happy when the contract ended.

So, I think it depends on the economy of the country with regards to finding interesting an job.

Why do some people keep changing their jobs?

job loyalty
pay
opportunities
working conditions
perks
opportunities
interesting projects
job hopper
notice
although
career prospects

I think job loyalty has greatly reduced in recent years. I think people change because they can find better pay, better opportunities, and better working conditions.

STORY: I was reading The Everything Store, a book about how Amazon grew into the behemoth it is now. In one chapter it mentioned how all their engineers were ditching Amazon and going to Google. It mentioned that they moved for better perks, better opportunities, more interesting projects. Also –if I remember correctly– Silicon Valley was a major pulling factor too, because Amazon is based in rainy Seattle.

ANECDOTE: Personally, I was a bit of a job hopper too, although I was always considerate and gave the employer plenty of notice, in some cases I even found my own replacement.

So, I think people change their jobs a lot because they want to improve their conditions, location of work and most likely their career prospects.

What kinds of preparation should people do for a job interview?

I guess…
job interview techniques.
candidates

Hmmm, I think confidence is the key to excelling in a job interview. This could be obtained by learning what is expected of you, so I guess you should do your homework about the company.

Go to their blog, search the news and stuff like that.

ANECDOTE: I remember when I was looking for work in Manchester, I always used to search online for the CEO’s name, and try and mention it during the interview. For example, if they asked me if I had any questions, I’d say “yes, was it David Smith’s idea to start selling in Asia, or have you always been selling there?”.

However, I wasn’t really all that successful in job interviews.

I think the preparation candidates should do is mainly research about the company first, then perhaps review some job interview techniques.

What should a good employer do?

A good employer should, look after it’s workforce, give them opportunities to grow and perhaps even push them to more be the best versions of themselves they can possibly be. But I think that’s easier said than done.

So perhaps a more realistic answer would be to manage the organisation effectively to ensure job security and safety for the employees.

How would you define an interesting job’?

I think an interesting job would really challenge you, for me personally it would have to be the opposite of predictive and repetitive. No two days could be the same.
Other ways to characterise interesting, might be you are changing location a lot, although this would take a toll on a person’s personal life.

Other ways a job could be interesting could be if you are constantly learning. This would make it stimulating.

I once worked in a factory, in my hometown, and the only thing that made it interesting were the practical jokes we played on eachother.

So I guess whether a job is interesting or not, really depends on the person.

2. Cue Card (Part 2)
Describe a place in your city that you would like to visit
You should say:
– where it is
– what people do there
– how you know it
– and explain why you want to go there

Discussion (Part 3)
What kinds of tourist sites are popular in your country?
What can governments do to prevent pollution in tourist sites?
What are the advantages of visiting less known places?
What are the disadvantages when there are too many tourists in one site?

3. Cue Card (Part 2)
Talk about a subject that you used to dislike, but have an interest in it now. Please say
– What subject is it?
– Why didn’t you like it?
– Why are you interested in it now?

Discussion (Part 3)
What subjects did you like at school?
Is learning many subjects at once good?
Is it better to learn one subject at a time, in your opinion?
Do you think teachers should have entertaining teaching styles?

4. Cue Card (Part 2)
Describe a family business you know. Please say
– What is it?
– How did you come across it?
– Who are their customers?

Discussion (Part 3)
– What are advantages and disadvantages of a family business?
– Why do some people like to work in large scale businesses?
– What are the reasons that many businesses fail in their first year?
– What are the qualities of a good business person?
– Why do some people like to start their own businesses?

5. Cue Card (Part 2)
Describe a success your friend has achieved
You should say:
– who your friend is
– what the success was
– what he or she did
– how you felt about the success

Discussion (Part 3)
Why is it hard to maintain friendships for some people?
How do people in your country make friends these days?
Why Is it easier to make friends on the internet than in reality?
What qualities do you think are important in a friend?
What factors may result in the breakdown of a good friendship?
Friendship is the most important relationship. Do you agree? Why? Why not?

 

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Band 9 IELTS Essay with Ex-IELTS Examiner Commentary https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/ielts-essay-review/ Wed, 03 Apr 2019 09:46:42 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=121870 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/ielts-essay-review/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/ielts-essay-review/feed/ 24 <p>Below we have a Band 9 essay graded by an ex-IELTS examiner. First you can read the essay, and after we break down which sentences helped this essay score a Band 9. Each criteria has been considered and the sentence in the essay has been colour coded to correspond to the four marking criteria used […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/ielts-essay-review/">Band 9 IELTS Essay with Ex-IELTS Examiner Commentary</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> Below we have a Band 9 essay graded by an ex-IELTS examiner.

First you can read the essay, and after we break down which sentences helped this essay score a Band 9.

Each criteria has been considered and the sentence in the essay has been colour coded to correspond to the four marking criteria used by the British Council / IELTS IDP.

LR – Lexical Resource
CC – Cohesion and Coherence
TR – Task Response
GR – Grammatical Range and Accuracy

Following this tutorial will help you understand:

  • How an essay gets a Band 9
  • What sentence structures and language is needed for a Band 9
  • How you can link ideas smoothly

Online education and training is becoming increasingly popular in the business world. Do the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?

Enthusiasm for digital technology is at an all-time high, not least in the workplace as companies around the world turn to internet-based training to keep their employees abreast of all the latest developments. As with all new trends, there is some debate about whether this transition is for the best.

One key reason for this move away from more traditional training methods is the fact that e-learning offers businesses the opportunity to reduce their expenditure significantly. Providing face-to-face training can be exorbitantly expensive, particularly in terms of travel costs and lost productivity, and online courses can greatly reduce the expense of keeping employees well-informed and up-to-date. Computer-based training renders geographical location irrelevant and this eliminates the need to pay an instructor to travel to your office or cover the cost of sending your employees to a training centre. It also minimises the amount of time wasted. From a purely financial perspective, there is no doubt that this shift to digital learning makes perfect sense.

However, research suggests that the quality and effectiveness of web-based courses lag behind the efficacy of those delivered in a classroom setting. People crave interaction and while digital training courses may offer a welcome addition to a company’s professional development plan, many educators believe that they should be used to complement rather than replace instructor-led sessions. Some subject matter such as compliance training is well-suited to an online format whereas management or leadership courses which are more collaborative in nature, are best taught ‘in person’. Many companies are starting to implement ‘blended learning’ programmes which aim to combine the best of both worlds.

In conclusion, although the rise of computer-based education is very attractive in terms of reducing overheads, for the moment at least, more traditional training still has its place in the workplace. The challenge for businesses is to find the right balance between the two.

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Online education and training is becoming increasingly popular in the business world. Do the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?

Enthusiasm for digital technology (LR1) is at an all-time high (LR2), not least in the workplace (CC1) as companies around the world turn to internet-based training to keep their employees abreast of all the latest developments (LR3). As with all new trends, (CC2) there is some debate about whether this transition is for the best (TR1).

LR1 – topic specific vocabulary; appropriate use of paraphrasing
LR2 – demonstrates a wide range of vocabulary
CC1 – links ideas together smoothly
LR3 – makes natural use of sophisticated vocabulary
CC2 – links sentences together so that the essay flows
TR1 – ends the introductory paragraph in such a way that it leads smoothly into the main essay

One key reason for this move (CC3) away from more traditional training methods is the fact that e-learning offers businesses the opportunity to reduce their expenditure significantly (TR2) / (LR4). Providing face-to-face training can be exorbitantly expensive (LR5), particularly in terms of travel costs and lost productivity, and online courses can greatly reduce the expense of keeping employees well-informed and up-to-date. (GR1) Computer-based training renders geographical location irrelevant (LR6) and this eliminates the need to pay an instructor to travel to your office or cover the cost of sending your employees to a training centre (TR3). It also minimises the amount of time wasted. From a purely financial perspective, there is no doubt that this shift to digital learning makes perfect sense (GR2).

CC3 – links the introductory paragraph to the main essay
TR2 – presents a relevant main idea
LR4 – natural use of a wide range of vocabulary / collocation
LR5 – natural use of collocation
GR1 – accurate use of a complex sentence
LR6 – sophisticated use of vocabulary
TR3 – extends / supports the main idea
GR2 – a well-constructed complex sentence

However (CC4), research suggests that the quality and effectiveness of web-based courses lag behind the efficacy of those delivered in a classroom setting (CC5) / (TR4). People crave interaction and while digital training courses may offer a welcome addition to a company’s professional development plan, many educators believe that (GR3) they should be used to complement rather than replace instructor-led sessions (TR5). Some subject matter such as compliance training is well-suited to an online format whereas (CC6) management or leadership courses which are more collaborative in nature, are best taught (GR4) ‘in person’. Many companies are starting to implement ‘blended learning’ programmes which aim to (GR5) combine the best of both worlds (LR7).

CC4 – appropriate use of a linking word to contrast ideas
CC5 – good use of referencing – ‘those delivered…’
TR4 – presents a relevant main idea
GR3 – a well-constructed complex sentence
TR5 – extends / supports the main idea
CC6 – links ideas together smoothly
GR4 – demonstrates the ability to use a wide range of structures
GR5 – effective use of a relative clause
LR7 – appropriate use of high level vocabulary

In conclusion (CC7), although the rise of computer-based education is very attractive in terms of reducing overheads (LR8), for the moment at least, more traditional training still has its place in the workplace (GR6). The challenge for businesses is to find the right balance between the two (TR6).

CC7 – introduces the final paragraph
LR8 – natural use of a wide range of lexis
GR6 – accurate use of a complex sentence structure
TR6 – the whole paragraph clearly addresses the task

 

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Amit Shares his Strategy for Jumping to Band 7 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/student-stories/speaking-part-2-tell-story/ Sat, 30 Mar 2019 17:05:33 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=121852 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/student-stories/speaking-part-2-tell-story/#respond https://www.ieltspodcast.com/student-stories/speaking-part-2-tell-story/feed/ 0 <p>Meet Amit! He is currently living in the US and aims to be in Canada very soon (hence why he’s taking IELTS). In this entertaining conversation, Amit explains how he got to Band 7 with his writing score and also why he thinks he failed his speaking exam. He said he messed up by failing […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/student-stories/speaking-part-2-tell-story/">Amit Shares his Strategy for Jumping to Band 7</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> Meet Amit!

He is currently living in the US and aims to be in Canada very soon (hence why he’s taking IELTS).

In this entertaining conversation, Amit explains how he got to Band 7 with his writing score and also why he thinks he failed his speaking exam.

He said he messed up by failing to prepare for part 2.

Although he loves telling stories (a useful skill for part 2), he unfortunately fumbled it and failed.

So he upgraded to the Speaking Confidence course, and will return to do another episode once he’s passed the speaking part.

In the conversation we briefly look at the mechanics of telling a good interesting story.

Here are a few resources for this:

A pdf about the components of a great story.

Here is a much more detailed guide.

We also review how you can get to Band 7, and how you can keep at that level.

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Pronunciation https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/pronunciation/ Wed, 27 Mar 2019 13:45:29 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=121835 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/pronunciation/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/pronunciation/feed/ 2 <p>In this episode we speak with Karren from Slow American English. She shares some of her tactics and techniques to: – Boost your confidence – Perfect your pronunciation – Make your speech sound more like a native speaker. Who is Karren? Karren was born in Indiana, USA. She has a BA in English and a […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/pronunciation/">Pronunciation</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> In this episode we speak with Karren from Slow American English.

She shares some of her tactics and techniques to:
– Boost your confidence
– Perfect your pronunciation
– Make your speech sound more like a native speaker.

Who is Karren?

Karren was born in Indiana, USA. She has a BA in English and a CELTA qualification for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL).

She set up the Slow American English podcast because she knew students would benefit from listening to slowly-spoken English audio.

 

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In this episode we speak with Karren from Slow American English. She shares some of her tactics and techniques to: – Boost your confidence – Perfect your pronunciation – Make your speech sound more like a native speaker. Who is Karren? In this episode we speak with Karren from Slow American English. She shares some of her tactics and techniques to: – Boost your confidence – Perfect your pronunciation – Make your speech sound more like a native speaker. Who is Karren? Karren was born in Indiana, USA. She has a BA in English and a […] IELTS Podcast clean 31:11
IELTS SPEAKING: Making Notes on Cue Cards https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/cue-cards/ Wed, 20 Mar 2019 14:50:14 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=121808 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/cue-cards/#respond https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/cue-cards/feed/ 0 <p>This tutorial shares: Understanding the cue card Developing your ideas Expanding the questions and answers Part 3 – Answering the ‘how/why’ question For the complete written guide, click here. You can download or listen to the audio version here: | Direct Download Here | Stitcher | iTunes | Spotify | Soundcloud |  </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/cue-cards/">IELTS SPEAKING: Making Notes on Cue Cards</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> This tutorial shares:

  • Understanding the cue card
  • Developing your ideas
  • Expanding the questions and answers
  • Part 3 – Answering the ‘how/why’ question

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This tutorial shares: Understanding the cue card Developing your ideas Expanding the questions and answers Part 3 – Answering the ‘how/why’ question For the complete written guide, click here. You can download or listen to the audio version here: | Dir... This tutorial shares: Understanding the cue card Developing your ideas Expanding the questions and answers Part 3 – Answering the ‘how/why’ question For the complete written guide, click here. You can download or listen to the audio version here: | Direct Download Here | Stitcher | iTunes | Spotify | Soundcloud |   IELTS Podcast clean 23:38
Boost Your Confidence for IELTS https://www.ieltspodcast.com/student-stories/boost-ielts-confidence/ Wed, 13 Mar 2019 14:27:33 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=121778 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/student-stories/boost-ielts-confidence/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/student-stories/boost-ielts-confidence/feed/ 20 <p>Did you ever take the IELTS test and get really upset with your result? Did you ever feel fed up, frustrated, and or felt you deserved a better score? Well this happened to Maria, a lovely girl from Russia now living in Adelaide, Australia. Maria is doing her PHD and has taken IELTS twice, the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/student-stories/boost-ielts-confidence/">Boost Your Confidence for IELTS</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> Did you ever take the IELTS test and get really upset with your result?

Did you ever feel fed up, frustrated, and or felt you deserved a better score?

Well this happened to Maria, a lovely girl from Russia now living in Adelaide, Australia.

Maria is doing her PHD and has taken IELTS twice, the first time scoring 5.5 in the writing.

Obviously she was quite upset over this result, but she didn’t throw in the towel!

Nor did she immediately pay for another load of IELTS tests.

No.

She decided to wait 6 months, spend the time preparing, tenaciously studying practice test, actively listening to podcasts, and investing in her preparation.

Finally exam day came and she got those typical exam nerves.
Before the speaking exam she was breathing really fast, really shallow and almost panicking.

To calm herself down she engaged in some diaphragmatic breathing which calmed her down and got her ready for the examiner.

The speaking test went well, the examiner abandoned the scripted questions and really engaged with Maria.

Well a few weeks later the result came…

Maria was over the moon! She even scored a Band 9 in one of the sections!

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How to Beat Procrastination and Prepare for IELTS https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-preparation/procastination/ Wed, 06 Mar 2019 15:19:24 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=121747 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-preparation/procastination/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-preparation/procastination/feed/ 8 <p>This tutorial will help you get ready for IELTS. We look at the causes of your exam procrastination, them succinctly offer a range of valuable solutions. Get this tutorial if you want to: Jump start your IELTS preparation Make the most of every study session Get an effective ATTACK PLAN to ensure your next IELTS […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-preparation/procastination/">How to Beat Procrastination and Prepare for IELTS</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> This tutorial will help you get ready for IELTS.

We look at the causes of your exam procrastination, them succinctly offer a range of valuable solutions.

Get this tutorial if you want to:

  • Jump start your IELTS preparation
  • Make the most of every study session
  • Get an effective ATTACK PLAN to ensure your next IELTS test is your LAST!

REASON: You know the task will take effort and hardwork

For this, I break it into smaller parts and then usually start with the easiest!

For example if need to write an essay about immigration, and I knew nothing about immigration, first I’ll watch a TedTalk, note some new vocabulary, make a list, and then perhaps start an essay.

Another way is to trick yourself by saying “Just one”. For example you say you will write out one vocabulary list, or copy down one model essay.

The idea is that you want to get momentum, so you start with the easiest task first. Then once you are into it, you realise it isn’t too bad and you keep going.

REASON: I’ll do it later…

We are all guilty of this, plan to avoid this because otherwise LIFE gets in the way and will disrupt you.

Make it your number one task. The morning works best for me. Write that essay as soon as I wake up. Practice my speaking all morning etc.

REASON: Working on small tasks because they are easier:

How might this look like? RESEARCHING ON GOOGLE and watching tutorials!!!!! You cannot learn to ride a bike with a book.

REASON: Lack of motivation!

My own solution is two fold:
1. Throw in the towel and mope! Don’t fight your body, give it a rest. If you find yourself continuously moping around, examine why that might be. Did you eat terribly last night? (Junk food?) Or is it deeper, a fight with your friends or partner?

2. Fight it, drink a strong coffee, phone in flight mode and attack the plan (more of this a little bit later).


REASON: You are unclear about how to get started

This is so common, and is very overwhelming.

My solution:
1. Establish where you are failing (practice tests and feedback), then you know where to focus

2. Action plan / To do list and commitment: Practice tests, essay writing, or speaking partner. Cut off date for evaluation No. 2

Break this list into the smallest possible chunks. You cannot eat a burger in one bite. Learn to write a Task 2 essay can be broken down into: Master introductions, improve spelling, etc etc…

Evaluation No.2 – How am I doing? Have I improved? Repeat step 1.

procrastination


REASON: You often get distracted

Basically: Phone in flight mode, quiet area, any intrusive thoughts just write on paper and carry on, headphones with focus music, Pomodoro technique of breaking task into time segments of 40 minutes.

These reasons were adapted from this graphic.

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IELTS Advanced Speaking: Cause and Effect https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/cause-effect/ Wed, 27 Feb 2019 15:24:15 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=121712 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/cause-effect/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/cause-effect/feed/ 4 <p>In this tutorial, you will learn: the definitions of cause and effect the language phrases needed to talk about cause and effect when and how to use this language in your IELTS speaking exam IELTS Speaking: Using Cause and Effect Language in your IELTS Speaking Test (part 3). To express cause and effect in English, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/cause-effect/">IELTS Advanced Speaking: Cause and Effect</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> In this tutorial, you will learn:

  • the definitions of cause and effect
  • the language phrases needed to talk about cause and effect
  • when and how to use this language in your IELTS speaking exam

IELTS Speaking: Using Cause and Effect Language in your IELTS Speaking Test (part 3).

To express cause and effect in English, we use certain words and phrases.

  • due to
  • because of
  • owing to
  • thanks to
  • as a consequence of
  • as a result of
  • because
  • since
  • as
  • for

To express cause and effect, these words or phrases will either be followed by a noun or a verb.

IELTS Speaking

When we talk about a situation that makes another situation happen, we talk about cause and effect. We use certain expressions such as because, due to, since, and as to talk about causes and effects. In this lesson, you will learn the meanings of cause, effect, and affect. You will also learn how to express cause and effect in English.

Followed by a noun

These cause/effect phrases are followed by a noun or noun phrase.

  • due to
  • because of
  • owing to
  • as a consequence of
  • as a result of
  • thanks to

In the following examples, the noun or noun phrase will be in green. The cause always comes after the cause/effect signal word or phrase.

Signal word/phrase + Cause, + Effect
Effect + Signal word/phrase + Cause

1. Due to Sara’s procrastination, she did not pass the IELTS exam.
Signal phrase: Due to
Cause: Sara’s procrastination
Effect: She did not pass the IELTS exam
Signal word/phrase + Cause, + Effect

2. He failed the test because of his poor preparation strategy.
Signal phrase: Because of
Cause: His poor preparation strategy
Effect: He failed the test
Effect + Signal word/phrase + Cause

3. As a result of the traffic, we canceled the group study session.
Signal phrase: As a result of
Cause: The traffic
Effect: We canceled the group study session
Signal word/phrase + Cause, + Effect

4. Donald could not attend owing to his impeachment.
Signal phrase: Owing to
Cause: Donald’s impeachment
Effect: Donald could not attend
Effect + Signal word/phrase + Cause

5. He was fired as a consequence of lies.
Signal phrase: As a consequence of
Cause: Lies
Effect: He was fired
Effect + Signal word/phrase + Cause

Followed by a verb

These cause/effect signal words are followed by a subject + verb or verb phrase.

  • because
  • since
  • as
  • for

In these examples, the subject + verb or verb phrase is in purple.
The cause comes after the cause/effect signal word or phrase.
Signal word/phrase + Cause, + Effect
Effect + Signal word/phrase + Cause

1. Because Jared was dishonest, he ended up in jail.
Signal word: Because
Cause: Jared was dishonest
Effect: He ended up in jail

2. He lost a lot of money because the court proved he was guilty.
Signal word: Because
Cause: the court proved he was guilty
Effect: He lost a lot of money

3. The student passed her exam since she had improved with honest feedback.
Signal word: Since
Cause: improved with honest feedback
Effect: student passed her exam
These cause/effect signal words are followed by a subject + verb or verb phrase.

In your IELTS exam, learn with caution! Try to learn these structures so they sound natural. The first time you use these you may need to recall the grammar structure (this ok!). But in the exam only use these structure if you can use them without having to recall the grammar structure. Learn them to such a level they become automatic and fluent… how? Repetition is the mother of all learning!

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Climate Change Model Essay https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/climate-change-model-essay/ Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:41:07 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=121662 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/climate-change-model-essay/#respond https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/climate-change-model-essay/feed/ 0 <p>How can you get a high band score in Lexical Resource in IELTS Writing Task 2? If you need a high band score in IELTS Writing, then you first need to understand how IELTS examiners grade this part of the IELTS test. IELTS examiners do not give you one grade, they give you four grades […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/climate-change-model-essay/">Climate Change Model Essay</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> How can you get a high band score in Lexical Resource in IELTS Writing Task 2?

If you need a high band score in IELTS Writing, then you first need to understand how IELTS examiners grade this part of the IELTS test. IELTS examiners do not give you one grade, they give you four grades that you do not see and these are added together to create an overall band score in IELTS Writing. The four areas that they grade you on are:

Task Achievement

Cohesion and Coherence

Lexical Resource

Grammatical Range and Accuracy

In this article I will look at:

What is Lexical Resource?

What can you do to improve your band score in this area?

As Lexical Resource is 25% of the overall score, it is very important that you choose your vocabulary carefully. Many IELTS candidates focus on answering the question and do not pay enough attention to the vocabulary and then get 5.0 for Lexical Resource and this lowers their overall band score.

To get a 6.0 or above in Lexical Resource, IELTS examiners are looking for use of a range of less common words and phrases.

Let’s see how you can do this with an essay about the environment – a popular IELTS Writing topic!

First of all, before focusing on the vocabulary, you must read and understand the question…

 

It is the job of governments and companies to deal with the huge environmental problems which we face. Individuals on their own can do little or nothing’. What is your opinion about this statement?

In this question, you need to focus on governments, companies and individuals so the best way to write your answer would be using separate paragraphs for each group. The essay below is divided into three main topic paragraphs; however, you will see that I bring ‘individuals’ into each paragraph to say how they can help the situation.

Ok, so now you understand the question, before writing the essay, it is useful…

NO!!!

… before writing the essay, it is ESSENTIAL that you note down some complex words/phrases that you could use in your answer. If you do not do this, you will probably not think of using them in the answer and then you get a low Lexical Resource score.

What vocabulary could you use to improve your Lexical Resource band score in this task?

Take a look through the essay below and you can see that all the words highlighted in green are words that are connected to the issue of the environment and, moreover, they are words/phrases that would show the IELTS examiner that you can use a range of less common words and complex language. In addition, there are examples of collocations – these are words that go together and are used naturally by native speakers, but are often not widely known by non-native speakers so by using these you will impress the IELTS examiner.

Here are some examples of collocations I have used in this essay:

To tackle climate change = to deal with climate change

A pressing problem = a problem that needs dealing with urgently

A moral responsibility = a duty to behave in a way that is right

The key players = the most important people

‘It is the job of governments and companies to deal with the huge environmental problems which we face. Individuals on their own can do little or nothing’. What is your opinion about this statement?

It cannot be disputed that the world is experiencing an environmental crisis. According to recent research, if nothing is done to tackle climate change in the near future, our planet will face the devastating consequences of global warming. Undoubtedly, it is the role of governments and corporate organisations to take action, however I strongly feel that individuals need to make a contribution to deal with this pressing problem as well.

Politicians could certainly invest public finances in order to research the issues connected with climate change and, furthermore, could pass laws in relation to industrial pollution, which is making a major contribution to the greenhouse effect. Nevertheless, it requires constant pressure from citizens, either alone or in environmental pressure groups, on our leaders to make this happen. The general public can protest, lobby their politicians or vote for a political party who proposes introducing green policies if elected.

Similarly, corporate businesses should be adopting more sustainable working practices, for instance, by switching to more environmentally-friendly ways of manufacturing using renewable energy such as solar panels. Likewise, the individual as consumer can play a role here too, by refusing to purchase products which have been manufactured in a way that damages the environment.

It must also be acknowledged that individuals have a moral responsibility to care for our planet. For example, reducing consumption of fossil fuels whenever possible, becoming self-sufficient by growing their own vegetables and switching off lights when they are not needed. Although some of these actions may seem minor, the cumulative effect of everyone taking such actions would be enormous.

It is probably certainly the case that governments and international companies are the key players with responsibility for protecting our planet. Nonetheless, I am still convinced that ordinary people, either individually or cooperatively, can help to make the changes necessary to have a significant impact on our future.

As previously mentioned, the environment is a frequently used topic in both IELTS Speaking and Writing so if you need a high band score in IELTS, write a practice essay on this topic now.

RE-ORIENTATE THE TOPIC TO CLIMATE CHANGE / INDUSTRIAL POLLUTION 600

Global warming essay

This global warming essay lesson is mostly about the need to vary your vocabulary when you write. This means thinking about the topic of the question of course but also thinking about what the question asks you to do – i.e. talk about causes etc.

Read and understand the question – structuring the essay

Research shows that global warming is caused by human activity. What are the possible effects of climate change and what can governments and individuals do to reduce these?

This is a two part question. To answer it, you must write about both

the causes of climate change

what can be done about it by both governments and individuals

The sensible approach is to use separate paragraphs for each point. My essay below is divided into two main topic paragraphs. You could use three if you wanted to write a separate paragraph for government and individual actions.

Choosing the language

You should see that you need this language for the essay:

climate change vocabulary

cause and effect vocabulary

suggestion vocabulary

My suggestion is that you do not start writing too quickly but plan and think about what words you need to use.

See the vocabulary

Cause and effect vocabulary. This is key area of language and you want to vary the word “effects” in the question. Look at the red words below to see how I do this. You will find a lot more words on my lesson cause and effect vocabulary

  • cause and effect

Climate change vocabulary. This is the topic vocabulary of the essay. If you need more, take a look at my vocabulary lesson on this:

Suggestion language. Don’t forget this. You have options here too. The mistake is to go “must” “must” “must”. English had lots of words for this. Think of

  • should
  • need
  • can

There is now little doubt that global warming and climate change are the result of human activity. This has happened because of a failure in environmental policy by governments and a lack of concern for wasted energy by individuals.

It is almost universally accepted that climate change is the consequence of a number of environmental failings. Perhaps the most important of these is how fossil fuels such as gas and coal are still the main source of power. This is a problem because their use means that a large amount of CO2 is released into the atmosphere causing the greenhouse effect. Another serious issue is how illegal logging continues in rainforests and the Amazon Basin in particular. It should also not be forgotten that there is a connection between global warming and the inefficient use of energy by consumers in the home.

While governments must take prime responsibility for reducing climate change, individuals too can play a part. Political leaders across the globe need to cooperate so that research into renewable forms of energy such as wind and solar power is properly funded and the use of coal and gas in power stations is phased out. They must also of course ensure that regulations against logging are properly enforced. Consumers of energy can help by insulating their homes properly and using solar panels where possible so that less energy is required and wasted. These actions should limit the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere and so reduce the greenhouse effect.

In conclusion, while global warming is a serious threat to humanity, there are a number of steps that can be taken to reduce its effects.

(274 words)

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