IELTS Podcast https://www.ieltspodcast.com/blog/ Pass IELTS with expert help. Tue, 20 Aug 2019 16:41:25 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 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/blog/ 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/blog/ Process Diagram Language and Paragraphs https://www.ieltspodcast.com/academic-ielts/process-diagram-language/ Sat, 17 Aug 2019 12:22:15 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122894 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/academic-ielts/process-diagram-language/#respond https://www.ieltspodcast.com/academic-ielts/process-diagram-language/feed/ 0 <p>In this tutorial, we take a close look at process diagrams. We discuss: How to write an overview What verbs you should use When you should use passive and active voice How to write more cohesive paragraphs Which words you can use from the diagram and which not And we walk you through several different […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/academic-ielts/process-diagram-language/">Process Diagram Language and Paragraphs</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> In this tutorial, we take a close look at process diagrams. We discuss:

  • How to write an overview
  • What verbs you should use
  • When you should use passive and active voice
  • How to write more cohesive paragraphs
  • Which words you can use from the diagram and which not
  • And we walk you through several different process diagrams to see the suggestions in practice.

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In this tutorial, we take a close look at process diagrams. We discuss: How to write an overview What verbs you should use When you should use passive and active voice How to write more cohesive paragraphs Which words you can use from the diagram and w... In this tutorial, we take a close look at process diagrams. We discuss: How to write an overview What verbs you should use When you should use passive and active voice How to write more cohesive paragraphs Which words you can use from the diagram and which not And we walk you through several different […] IELTS Podcast clean 23:23
Essay Answers for Recent Task 2 Questions (part 2) https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/recent-essay-questions-answers-p2/ Sat, 10 Aug 2019 09:23:21 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122864 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/recent-essay-questions-answers-p2/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/recent-essay-questions-answers-p2/feed/ 30 <p>These may be your common issues the first time you see an IELTS Writing Task 2 question: “I don’t know this topic!” “What should I write here???!!!” “How can I start my essay???!!!” “My mind is going blank!” “This is the first time I’ve heard about this word!” To help you with this common problem, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/recent-essay-questions-answers-p2/">Essay Answers for Recent Task 2 Questions (part 2)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> These may be your common issues the first time you see an IELTS Writing Task 2 question:

“I don’t know this topic!”

“What should I write here???!!!”

“How can I start my essay???!!!”

“My mind is going blank!”

“This is the first time I’ve heard about this word!”

To help you with this common problem, I decided to make a part 2 tutorial answering more recent IELTS task 2 questions.

In this tutorial:

  • I breakdown each of the question
  • Suggest IELTS essay answers and
  • Organise them into paragraphs

The formula I use in this tutorial is similar to the one I teach on the “Jump to Band 7 or it’s Free” online IELTS course.

1. Some people believe that if people are allowed to work after the age of 60, it will cause some problems. Do you agree or disagree?

Ideas for body paragraph 1

– Yes: lots of problems,
– Sight, attention, technology gap, especially machinery… blue collar work..
– In some countries senior citizens are required by law to retake their driving exam….

Ideas for body paragraph 2

– Disagree: The elderly can be better qualified at the job, more life experience, more insight, more wisdom..
– Pension burden if not allowed to work after 60.
– Example: most western countries have a serious demographic deficit of an ageing workforce. A country simply cannot prosper if all its wealth goes towards a pension.

Conclusion

– For some sectors it should be illegal or at least the worker should be medically tested, but for other jobs, especially white collar work, it should be ok.

2. Some parents think it is good to have mobile phones for their children, others disagree with it. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Ideas for body paragraph 1

– Agree: Good idea because can stay in contact with parents, safer, can be used for making better enriching a child’s life.
– Example: algebra app, language learning app, … recent studies showed students learned 26% faster when using IELTS Podcast Android app.

Ideas for body paragraph 2

– Phones are bad: Undoubtedly bad detrimental. Teenagers are quickly swiftly becoming screenagers, missing out on physical interactions and games.
– Social media has a negative impact on confidence and contributes to cyber-bullying… and other trends such as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). For example ….

3. Some people think that schools should select students according to their academic abilities. Others believe that it is better to have students with different abilities study together. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Ideas for body paragraph 1

– should select students on their academic ability – GOOD IDEA BECAUSE
– Same speed for the whole class…
– Can go as fast as possible …
– Selecting on their academic ability is clearly a much fairer option. For example IF a student has behaved badly the entire year, and subsequently got lower grades, why should that student be placed in a class with hard working dedicated students.
– FURTHERMORE Studies show that schools who make classes based on ability have much statistically higher levels of student satisfaction.

Ideas for body paragraph 2

– different abilities studying together – BAD IDEA because
– Terrible idea. Language learning, different ability some students are bored, others are severely challenged and can give up.
– For example a report into a traditional classroom language environment showed…
– Much better to choose specialist online courses, where the student works at their own speed.

Conclusion

– Selecting students based on ability not improve class effectiveness, student happiness, but also increases engagement. Therefore…. It is predicted….

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These may be your common issues the first time you see an IELTS Writing Task 2 question: “I don’t know this topic!” “What should I write here???!!!” “How can I start my essay???!!!” “My mind is going blank! These may be your common issues the first time you see an IELTS Writing Task 2 question: “I don’t know this topic!” “What should I write here???!!!” “How can I start my essay???!!!” “My mind is going blank!” “This is the first time I’ve heard about this word!” To help you with this common problem, […] IELTS Podcast clean 33:36
Greeting the Examiner https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/greeting-examiner/ Wed, 07 Aug 2019 08:54:06 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122850 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/greeting-examiner/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/greeting-examiner/feed/ 12 <p>Setting the tone for the Speaking test: Greeting IELTS examiner In this tutorial, you’ll learn How to greet the examiner How to make the best impression that you can before you commence the exam. This will help you in your IELTS because You’ll make a good first impression You’ll set the tone for a comfortable, confident […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/greeting-examiner/">Greeting the Examiner</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> Setting the tone for the Speaking test: Greeting IELTS examiner

In this tutorial, you’ll learn

  • How to greet the examiner
  • How to make the best impression that you can before you commence the exam.

This will help you in your IELTS because

First impressions count. The objective of this lesson is to help you to make the best first impression that you can. We want to help you to make a good start and set the tone for the IELTS speaking test.

What happens before the exam when the examiner greets you, introduces him or herself and generally makes you feel more comfortable is vital to setting the tone of the speaking exam.

The way that you greet the examiner is very important. Make sure that you smile when you greet him. The greeting should fit the time of day so you should say “good morning”, “good afternoon” or “good evening” as appropriate.

Wait until you are offered a seat before sitting down. Some students may be tempted to stand beside the chair and ask the question “Please can I sit”.

In this context “can” is not the correct word to use. “Can” is a word of authority. The correct phrase is “Please may I sit”.

When you are offered a seat, don’t forget to say thank you.

When the examiner asks your name, as he will do, don’t say my name is. Fluent English speakers would use a contraction when answering such a question. So, the correct answer is “My name’s ………”

He will then ask questions such as “Are you comfortable?” “Can we commence the Speaking test?”. Make sure that you answer these questions in a polite way and in full.

This prelude to the exam is all about getting comfortable and making the first impression on the examiner. It gives the examiner time to get to know you a little better, finding out whether you work or study, and what your interests are.

Following the introduction, the examiner will introduce a topic which may include sports, television, hobbies or the weather. These are general questions which require general answers. Make sure that you answer correctly in complete sentences.

Don’t speak too fast. This makes it more difficult for the examiner to understand you. Speaking slowly allows you more time to think and you are less likely to make mistakes.

Speed in speech suggests to the examiner that you are nervous. If you are running your words together you will become far more difficult to understand. Make use of pauses. It makes your speech easier to understand and will help you to gather your thoughts.

Make sure that you allow the examiner to finish the question before you jump in with the answer.

To recap. We start with a greeting and a natural smile. An artificial smile will impress no-one. If the examiner asks your name answer him.

Don’t get nervous if he fails to ask you what your name is. He can check your name on your identity document.

When the examiner asks for your identity document don’t hang it in front of his face or hand it to him silently. The correct response to the question “May I see your identity document” should be “With pleasure sir” or something similarly polite.

First impressions count. This is a good time to set the tone of the rest of the test. You should use the time to make yourself comfortable and to impress the examiner with your good manners and friendly disposition. Try not to be nervous. Nerves are not helpful when you are trying to pass a speaking test as it will affect your speech.

The introduction forms no part of the test, but it does set you up to do well if it is handled properly. Use it to relax and to set the tone for the rest of the test and you lay a foundation to success.

Be polite and don’t ask the examiner questions. That’s his job. So, if he asks how you are don’t respond by asking how he is. Simply say “I’m fine thank you Sir”

When you walk into the exam room look confident. Hold your head up high. Sit up straight. Don’t slouch and watch your body language.

Confidence and a well-managed, polite introduction will help you to make the best impression. This will, in turn, set you up for a better IELTS Speaking test result.

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Setting the tone for the Speaking test: Greeting IELTS examiner In this tutorial, you’ll learn How to greet the examiner How to make the best impression that you can before you commence the exam. This will help you in your IELTS because You’ll make a g... Setting the tone for the Speaking test: Greeting IELTS examiner In this tutorial, you’ll learn How to greet the examiner How to make the best impression that you can before you commence the exam. This will help you in your IELTS because You’ll make a good first impression You’ll set the tone for a comfortable, confident […] IELTS Podcast clean 15:22
Essay Answers for Recent Task 2 Questions (part 1) https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/recent-essay-questions-answers/ Sat, 03 Aug 2019 09:45:10 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122817 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/recent-essay-questions-answers/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/recent-essay-questions-answers/feed/ 16 <p>The first time you see an IELTS Writing Task 2 question, these may be your common thoughts: “I don’t know anything about this topic!” “What should I write???!!!” “Oh no! My mind is blank!” “What’s this all about?!” To help you overcome this problem, I decided to make a tutorial answering recent IELTS task 2 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/recent-essay-questions-answers/">Essay Answers for Recent Task 2 Questions (part 1)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> The first time you see an IELTS Writing Task 2 question, these may be your common thoughts:

“I don’t know anything about this topic!”

“What should I write???!!!”

“Oh no! My mind is blank!”

“What’s this all about?!”

To help you overcome this problem, I decided to make a tutorial answering recent IELTS task 2 questions seen by students all over the world.

In this tutorial:

  • I breakdown each of the question, suggest IELTS essay answers, then organise them into paragraphs.
  • You will learn how to answer difficult Task 2 questions, generate ideas and get full points for each paragraph.

The formula I use in the entire tutorial is similar to the one I teach on the online IELTS course “Jump to Band 7 or it’s Free”.

On this online course, we have 16 exercises to solve this exact issue:

task 2 questions

After watching the tutorial, you can send your answers to us for FAST feedback and improvement.

We see students improving EVERY DAY, and regularly getting IELTS essay answers after completing this idea generation exercise.

Let us help you nail IELTS so you can move ahead with your plans!

1. Nowadays consumer goods have become the most important part of people’s lives. Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?

Ideas for body paragraph 1
– Advantage: Understandable – a car – can be the most important if you need it for work, family etc Advantages are mobility, freedom, independence…  

Ideas for body paragraph 2
– Disadvantage: When you fawn over a new product, it has been said the product owns you rather than you owning the product.
– Example: expensive phone, you are constantly worried about the screen smashing, or leaving it on a table, or in a taxi — the worry associated can be stressful. 

Conclusion
– 
Although it is understandable they are vital components of modern life, it must not be forgotten, that our lives are so much more than consumer durables.

2. Some people say that protecting the environment is the government’s responsibility. Others believe that every individual should be responsible for it. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Ideas for body paragraph 1
– Yes: Government’s responsibility
– Policies govt could do, then country specific example

Ideas for body paragraph 2
– Yes individual responsibility
also
– Action individuals could take + examples. 

Conclusion
– 
MY OPINION: Such a mess, such a disastrous state, such a shame, so much so that all parties need to step up and take responsibility for the state of affairs we have landed ourselves in. 

3. Some people are fond of buying new gadgets, phones, or laptops. Is this a good or bad thing? Discuss your opinion.

I can write it’s an entirely bad thing, or I can write it’s an entirely good thing. 

Ideas for body paragraph 1
– Good: 
New tech, drive innovation, tech development, job creation etc.
– Example: new investment in tech to stay competitive – Sony – manufactures new chip plant in Korea for PlayStation 5. 

Ideas for body paragraph 2
– Bad: C
onsumerism, waste, unnecessary, planned obsolescence
– Example: Research showed searches for the phrase “slow iPhone” peaked a few weeks before the launch of new iPhone models. This is an extremely worrying development because people might be manipulated into buying new gadgets, and finding an exaggerated happiness in their new products. 

Conclusion
– Pros and cons: I think in the past it was fantastic, nowadays with the environment in such a dire state consumerism needs to be upgraded somehow.

 

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The first time you see an IELTS Writing Task 2 question, these may be your common thoughts: “I don’t know anything about this topic!” “What should I write???!!!” “Oh no! My mind is blank!” “What’s this all about?!” To help you overcome this problem, The first time you see an IELTS Writing Task 2 question, these may be your common thoughts: “I don’t know anything about this topic!” “What should I write???!!!” “Oh no! My mind is blank!” “What’s this all about?!” To help you overcome this problem, I decided to make a tutorial answering recent IELTS task 2 […] IELTS Podcast clean 32:32
Band 7 IELTS Task 2 Essay Review https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/model-band-7-essay/ Wed, 31 Jul 2019 09:45:41 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122801 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/model-band-7-essay/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/model-band-7-essay/feed/ 12 <p>In this tutorial we have a Band 7 essay graded by an EX-IELTS examiner (from our team of essay correctors!). First you can read the essay, and after we break down which sentences helped this essay score a Band 7. Each criteria has been considered and the sentence in the essay has been colour coded […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/model-band-7-essay/">Band 7 IELTS Task 2 Essay Review</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> In this tutorial we have a Band 7 essay graded by an EX-IELTS examiner (from our team of essay correctors!).

First you can read the essay, and after we break down which sentences helped this essay score a Band 7.

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.

This tutorial will help you understand:

  • How an essay gets a Band 7
  • What sentence structures and language is needed for a Band 7
  • How you can link ideas smoothly

At the present time, the population of some countries includes a relatively large number of young adults, compared with the number of older people. Do the advantages of this situation outweigh the disadvantages?

It is well known that some countries have a population with more young people than old people. Even this fact could have both advantages and disadvantages, In my opinion the positive implications of having a youthful population over-weigh the negative ones. This essay will discuss the advantages and disadvantages giving examples to support both points of view.

On one hand, having more younger people could lead to a lack of professionals in the society. Older population may be more educated than the young one, this is being why they have had more time to study a professional career during their lives. For example, to become a specialist physician it is needed at least 10 years of university studies and this may not be able for a young adult yet. In addition, younger population have less life experience than old population. People after their 50’s may have been through a lot in life and they may be more prepared to solve any day-life problem than younger people. This could help to form a less stressful society. Lastly, younger populations are likely to have higher rate of crime, this could be because young people have more energy to commit crime than old people. A study from the University of Chile showed that in the south of Chile, where the population is mostly young, the rate of robs and crimes where twice higher than in the north where most of the population where in their 50’s and older.

On the other hand, youthful populations are in general more active and more happy. This may be because they have less old age-associated illness leading them to work more and maintain them-self more active. Adding to the fact that healthy people can work more efficiently, with this they can contribute to the economy of the country, making money instead of spending. For instance, it is a fact that old societies spend a lot of money in health for their old citizens. Another positive aspect of having young adult populations is that there are more chances of having outstanding sport professionals. Young people have more time and more energy than old people to practice and become an excellent sport professional. In soccer most of the players retires from their soccer-career when they turn thirty years old. With old people there would be no time to start a sport career. And last but not least, young societies are more likely to have outdoor activities for the community. This could be because they are more proactive in organize those activities and also more likely to participate in them. Old people may be too tired to go out.

To conclude with the arguments given above, I firmly believe that the advantages of youthful population over-weigh the  disadvantages. Even though, there are some positive aspects of having an older population
that we should consider.

It is well known that some countries have a population with more young people than old people (TR1). Even (CC1) this fact could have both advantages and disadvantages, In (GR1) my opinion the positive implications of having a youthful population overweigh the negative ones (TR2). This essay will discuss the advantages and disadvantages (LR1) giving examples to support both points of view.

TR1 – Good to begin by paraphrasing the question.
CC1 – Check the meaning / use of ‘even’.
GR1 – Check your use of punctuation.
TR2 – Good to state your opinion clearly.
LR1 – A bit repetitive. Try to vary your use of vocabulary if you can.

On one hand (CC2) / (TR3) having more younger people could lead to a lack of professionals in the society. Older population may be more educated than the young one, this is being why (LR2) they have had more time to study a professional career during their lifes (LR3). For example (CC3) / (TR4), to become a specialist physician it is needed at least 10 years of university studies and this may not be able for a young adult yet (GR3). In addition, younger population have less life experience than old population. People after their 50’s (LR4) may have been through a lot in life (LR5) and they may be more prepared to solve any day-life problem than younger people. This could help to form a less stressful society. Lastly, younger populations are likely to have higher rate of crime, this could be because young people have more energy to commit crime than old people. A study from the University of Chile (TR5) showed that in the south of Chile, where the population is mostly young (GR4), the rate of robs (LR6) and crimes where twice higher than in the north where most of the population where in their 50’s and older.

CC2 – An appropriate phrase to introduce your first ‘body paragraph’.
TR3 – Good organisation / use of paragraphing.
LR2 – because
LR3 – life (singular), lives (plural)
CC3 – Appropriate language to introduce an example.
TR4 – Good to include an example to support your idea.
GR3 – Some problems with sentence structure here. Perhaps ‘specialist physicians require at least… and young adults have not yet had time to accumulate this knowledge..’?
LR4 – Perhaps ‘who are over fifty’.
LR5 – Perhaps a bit on the informal side, but lovely natural use of language.
TR5 – Again, good to use examples to support your comments.
GR4 – Accurate use of a relative clause.
LR6 – Take care here. ‘Rob’ is a verb – and the noun is ‘robbery’.

On the other hand (CC4) / (TR6), youthful populations are in general more active and more happy. This may be because (CC5) they have less old age-associated illness leading them to work more and maintain them-self more active (LR7). Adding to the fact that healthy people can work more efficiently, with this they can contribute to the economy of the country, making money instead of spending (GR4). For instance, it is a fact that old societies spend a lot of money in health for their old citizens (LR8). Another positive aspect of having young adult  populations is that there are more chances of having outstanding sport professionals. Young people have more time and more energy than
old people to practice and become an excellent sport professional. In soccer most of the players retires (GR5) from their soccer-career when they turn thirty years old (LR9). With old people there would be no time to start a sport career. And last but not least (CC6), young societies are more likely to have outdoor activities for the community. This could be because they are more proactive in organize those activities and also more likely to participate in them. Old people may be too tired to go out.

CC4 – A suitable phrase to begin the second ‘body paragraph’.
TR6 – Appropriate organisation / use of paragraphs.
CC5 – Smooth use of referencing to link to the previous sentence.
LR7 – This sounds a bit odd. Perhaps ‘stay / keep (more) active’.
GR4 – spending it
LR8 – This could be more natural. Perhaps ‘on health care for their senior citizens’?
GR6 – … most of the players / most players retire…
LR9 – Natural use of vocabulary.
CC6 – Perhaps a little informal, but very natural use of language.

To conclude (CC7) / (TR7) with the arguments given above, I firmly believe that (TR8) the advantages of youthful population over-weigh the disadvantages (LR10). Even though, there are some positive aspects of having an older population that we should consider.

CC7 – An appropriate way to begin your final paragraph.
TR7 – Good organisation.
LR10 – Take care with spelling – ‘advantages’, ‘disadvantages’ – and you need ‘outweigh’ rather than ‘over-weigh’.
TR8 – Good to state your position clearly.

PROBABLE SCORE: 7.0 / 7.5

On the online course we have a guarantee: JUMP TO BAND 7 OR IT’S FREE

After watching the tutorials you send your answers to us for feedback.

Every day we see students improving, and regularly getting ideas for Task 2 after completing this task.

This is just one of the many valuable ways we help students like you pass the exam and move ahead!

 

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In this tutorial we have a Band 7 essay graded by an EX-IELTS examiner (from our team of essay correctors!). First you can read the essay, and after we break down which sentences helped this essay score a Band 7. In this tutorial we have a Band 7 essay graded by an EX-IELTS examiner (from our team of essay correctors!). First you can read the essay, and after we break down which sentences helped this essay score a Band 7. Each criteria has been considered and the sentence in the essay has been colour coded […] IELTS Podcast clean 27:19
IELTS Writing Topics with Ideas and Answers (Task 2) https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/topics-answers/ Tue, 30 Jul 2019 04:41:13 +0000 http://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=3241 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/topics-answers/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/topics-answers/feed/ 6 <p>IELTS Topics are extensive, and consistently finding answers for them takes practice. Below I share how I produce an essay, including thinking of ideas, building paragraphs and planning. Contents How to Get Ideas For Topics Topics and Answers Video of IELTS Topics, answers and getting Ideas Audio version and transcript Topic and Answer: Education Topic and Answer: Globalisation […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/topics-answers/">IELTS Writing Topics with Ideas and Answers (Task 2)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> IELTS Topics are extensive, and consistently finding answers for them takes practice. Below I share how I produce an essay, including thinking of ideas, building paragraphs and planning.

How to Get Ideas For Topics

Sometimes you see a question and your mind goes completely blank. This is such a common problem that we have a full chapter in this course dedicated to solving it.

Here is a very brief method I have taught for years that helps solve this exact problem, for the complete tutorial click here.

  1. Make sure your head is full of ideas for every type of question.
    Work through lists of task two questions.
    Specifically practise making quick essay plans / answers – they need to be made quickly to simulate exam conditions.
  2. If you find you have no idea what to write then research online. For example, imagine you got a question about the environment / climate warming, you go to google and research and read about that exact topic.
  3. Then go back to the question and try making a plan.
  4. Try to simplify the question in your mind, cut through to the minimum – this will make the task clearer. For example this question:
    Some people give praise to famous scientists and mathematicians.  Others think more highly of literary authors and artists than scientists or mathematicians. Which group of professionals do you regard more highly and why? Include specific details and examples to support your choice.
  5. Could be crudely simplified to:    
    Who are better? Scientists or authors?
     Yes, this is an oversimplification, but it will get your brain started in the right direction, especially if your mind has gone blank.

Recent IELTS exam questions with answers
A full and comprehensive archive of recent IELTS exam questions with answers can be found in the comments section below.

IELTS writing task 2 structure
Structure is quite essential when writing a fully relevant and well formatted essay. In the IELTS they are especially looking for how coherent your essay is, to see how you can better structure yours for success click here.

Vocabulary for IELTS writing task 2 band 8
Achieving a band 8 score in the IELTS is not impossible, it just needs preparation and a variation of vocabulary to help showcase your English skills. We have compiled a list of helpful vocabulary you might want to incorporate to your own.

IELTS writing task 2 introduction phrases
Introducing your essay is the first way to grab and hold the attention and good impression of the marker. Take a look at some introduction phrases here to help you do just that.

IELTS General Writing Essay Topics can be found here.

Common IELTS Writing Task 2 Topics (List)

Below is a list of the most common essay topics for Task 2 questions. Click the topic to get a sample essay, vocabulary list, and a Ted Talk video (to help learn the vocabulary in context). You can also find an indepth tutorial about IELTS vocabulary and lexical resource here.

Sport
Employment
Law
Health
Technology
Politics
Education
Language and culture
Crime
Environment

Topics, Answers and Ideas

TECHNOLOGY

Some people think that robots are important for human’s future development. Others think that robots have negative effects on society. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

IDEAS: Definitely important, true, big advances, productivity, intelligence, machine learning, artificial intelligence, etc

Can have negative effects –
Unemployment – automation – loss of jobs – safe nets need to be in place – welfare system etc
Even death of citizens – Tesla accident autonomous driving –

Conc: there are too many advantages to ignore, we cannot forego these advances however more precaution and govt. Legislation could be wise.

SOCIETY

Some people think that new houses should be built in the same style as older houses in the local area. Others disagree and say that local authorities should allow people to build houses in the styles of their own choice. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Yes, should be in the same style, keeps property values higher, uniformity, conformity, and cohesion –

EG certain villages in prosperous parts of England such as Cheshire, The Cotswolds, and Howarth have extreme rules because the areas have immense cultural heritage. To place a modern MacDonald’s style restaurant in one of these areas would be tantamount to architectural vandalism.

-Great idea! Innovates an area, introduces new flavours, styles and ideas into stale and old areas. Your house can reflect your personality. You can make it more environmentally friendly. You can install technical innovations. Solar panels, or even solar cells in roof tiles, available from Elon Musk’s company.

Conc: both are viable and fair, the caveat is that the law should be clear from the beginning and be permanent – changing it would be extremely unfair.

SPORTS

Some people spend a lot of money attending cultural or sports events. Is it a good or a bad thing? Give your opinion and examples from your own experience.

INTRO

BODY PARAGRAPH 1
Definitely a good development, gives something for people to aspire to. It also most likely begets higher revenues for the performers and promoters, which should ultimately lead to a even more events. This undoubtedly leads to greater monetary and cultural wealth for a society. Take for example the English Premier League (EPL), this entertainment spectacle has brought considerable wealth into cities such as Manchester, Liverpool and London. Higher ticket prices lead to better wages for football stars, which lead to more quality players wanting to play in the EPL, leading to a considerable increase in high net-worth individuals residing in these cities. There has undoubtedly been a positive self-fulfilling cycle of improvement and quality, fuelled by increasing prices. Furthermore high prices will most likely mean higher tax revenues for the government, this is definitely beneficial for society.

P2 – Same, but apply to a cultural event – ballet – opera???

 

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How To Get Ideas And Plan Your Essays

What we’re going to do is look at about 5 or 6 IELTS Task 2 questions.

And together we’re going to work through what we’re going to write for each paragraph.

I’m going to be quite quick but I just want to show you the process I use for when I’m writing my essays.

And I do write a lot of essays ’cause I find out

the more I write, the easier it gets (logically).

And of course being a native speaker, I don’t have to check it.

Although, I will admit

my spelling isn’t fantastic.

However, I got Microsoft Word and stuff like that for some of the other problems (usually the vowels and stuff).

But anyway, let’s get going.

First of all, good luck to Shuko and Hamilian.

The 2 online students that are gonna take the test.

I’ve been working with them trying to get ideas working on the speaking,

get ideas for essays,

working on their grammar,

and I’m pretty certain they’re going to do it.

So we’ll see. I’ll let you know how it goes.

But I’m pretty certain they can do it.

They’ve been working quite hard (especially Shuko… she never stop sending me essays).

But it’s good.

Let’s get started.

So I’ve decided to take question from about 3 or 4 subjects.

Globalization

Education

and Equality.

Let’s get started.

First question:

“Do you think it is better for students to work before the university study?”

“Why”

“Use reasons and specific examples to support your choice.”

Now then…

For this essay, I decided “Yes, it is better.”

For the 1st paragraph I said:

“The student would get practical experience,”

“they get contacts,”

“they get on-the-job skills.”

That’s very good collocation to use “on-the-job skills.”

And then to prove my point, I give an example and I say,

“Studies from the UK Government show that graduates with work experience are twice as likely to find employment.”

So it’s quite believable, that example.

And of course, these are just rough ideas but it’s a solid idea.

And I’m going to say “yes” from beginning to the end.

I’m not going to write a discussive essay because there’s no need to.

I agree totally with what the question says.

Then for question 2, once again “yes.” A second reason.

So I’ll say, “Can you continue the first argument?”

I’ll say, “It’s better preparation, chance to improve social skills, close the gap between academia and the private sector…”

Also more collocations there: “social skills,” and “private sector.”

“It also helps the student to commit…”

“It also helps the student before they commit to a long term plan.”

So it helps them decide. Then for my example, I said:

“One out of six students will change their higher education course while at university.”

If you actually look at the presentation on a slideshow or on the video on YouTube,

You’ll see that the notes, they’re not full sentences. It’s just a few bullet points, random ideas, all put together.

And I’ve used the shortened version (I didn’t say “university” I just put “uni”).

‘Cause at this stage, my grammar doesn’t have to be perfect.

The spelling doesn’t have to be perfect.

I’m just getting ideas and building the essay.

In this podcast, we’re just going to look at paragraph 1 and paragraph 2.

‘Cause introductions and conclusions can be written after you’ve got your main ideas for your body paragraphs.

… And that’s where you pick up most points.

Next question… Also related to education…

“Some people believe that children should do organized activities in their free time while others believe that children should be free to do what they want to do in their free time.”

Not the best written question there but anyway…

“Which viewpoint do you agree with?”

“Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.”

Let’s go.

Quickly, I’m writing down ideas. I’m going to say:

“There’s lots of benefits in letting the mind wonder.”

“Children can express themselves.”

“They can find themselves.”

“They can do what they prefer and excel at.”

Like I said, ideas. Ideas. Just getting them down. Maybe I’ll use 2 of these in the actual body paragraph.

Then I’ve got an example… or a believable example

(I invented this but it doesn’t matter.)

(I invented this but it’s believable.)

“Recent studies show 12% of school students dislike physical education, therefore if sports were chosen it be unfair to this minority.”

Yeah? That’s believable. That’s believable. It’s about 12%.

I remember at school, there’s a few that didn’t’ like sports, so it’s believable.

I’m not saying, “99% or all students hate physical activity” because that would just be insanely inaccurate.

And also, notice the vocabulary I used.

I’ve used the collocations of course, “physical education”

but I also used, “dislike” I didn’t say “hate” or “absolutely disgust” because that is very strong language.

And this is an academic essay so we have to limit it a little bit.

We cannot be so absolute.

Now, my second paragraph focuses on the cost and what would be necessary.

Basically, the disadvantages.

And so I’m saying that:

“It’d be costly for the school.”

“They might need time to plan it.”

“They might need to buy possible equipment.”

And then for my example, I would say:

“Furthermore studies show that the brain operates better after a distraction from a structured task such as studying.”

Then finish the sentence with “Therefore recreational time from the students’ schedule would have detrimental effects.”

Also, not the more specific vocabulary.

I’m talking about “schedule”

“recreational times”

This is good vocabulary because it’s vocabulary only related to education or specially related to education.

So it shows the examiner I’ve got rich vocabulary.

Next question.

“Many people say that globalization and the growing number of multinational companies have a negative effect on the environment.”

“to what extent to you agree or disagree.”

“Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.”

So what’s the crooks of the question?

“That globalization and multinational companies are damaging the environment. Having a negative effect.”

So first: Globalization, definitely damaging the environment.

I could be long. I could give a long and complex, more accurate answer saying that:

“Globalization is increasing the cost of world economic resources which is therefore increasing the price of substitute products (or rival products) such as ecological energy from wind farms… blah, blah, blah…”

But the examiner doesn’t care. Yeah?

He wants to see just something logical.

So I’m just going to take simple route.

Something that’s going to be easy to explain and where I’ve got some good vocabulary.

Let’s go. This is my idea:

“Increased interaction between countries”

“Leads to increase goods and services traded”

“Which means more production”

“Therefore more resource extraction” (such as mining)…

Maybe I’ll remove that in my final sentence ’cause then I could just talk about the example, which would be:

“For example, in China (largely considered the workshop of the world), in many cities air pollution masks are needed to commute around the city center.”

So therefore, I’ve proved my point. I said that globalization is damaging the environment.

Quite simple.

Believable example.

And it’s easy to follow.

Next, I have to go back to the question ’cause I wanted to check.

The 2nd point was about multinationals.

Once again, I’ve taken the simple route. It says,

“Multinationals are responsible for negative effects in the environment.”

It’s quite a big statement to say that. But I’m just gonna say “yes.”

I’m just going to say “yes” because it’s simple.

I’m getting points for my language, not for the quality of my ideas.

So I will say,

“Yes, multinationals do increase pollution.”

“Globalization requires global solutions (these can have drastic consequences if accidents happen).”

Of course I’m going to expand it a little bit but that’s the main part of my argument.

It says, “A negative effect in the environment” in the question.

Here, I’ve put “increased pollution” more or less is saying.”

I’ve put “destroyed the local ecosystem” in my example.

In my example, I talk about:

BP

The Gulf of Mexico

The oil pill (a few years ago)

… destroyed the local system.

It proves my point.

And if you’ve caught them before, I said “drastic consequences” just another collocation there.

Once again, get in a solid plan together,

put in down the points,

thinking of an example that will correspond,

then I’ve got 2 solid paragraphs.

Now, all I have to do is my conclusion and my introduction.

Which I can draw from the body paragraphs.

Next question:

“Parents want to achieve balance between family career but only a few manage to achieve it.”

“What do you think is the reason?”

“Discuss possible solutions and provide examples.”

Now, we’ve got the problem and a possible solution.

So the first paragraph will be what is the reason why there is a challenge trying to find the balance between family and career.

My second paragraph, I will suggest solutions.

This is very important.

I’ve paid attention to the question and each paragraph will correspond

to the question,

to the parts of the question,

structures of the question,

and therefore I’m going to pick up points for Task Response.

Let’s have a look.

“The first reason why there is an imbalance…”

Notice as well, I used the negative form of the verb.

It says, “It’s difficult to achieve a balance,” so I said, “The reason for the imbalance…”

“… is because there’s increased competition in the work place,”

“changes in society,”

“increase in the amount of working mothers put strain on the family…”

As you can see, I’ve got quite a few points here. So I might cut them down and only use the ones most relevant to my example.

And my example (once again) is completely invented but it’s believable. Here it is:

“Studies in the United States (US) show that families with two full-time parents are more likely to separate.”

“Therefore, this shows that finding the balance is incredibly difficult.”

This is the reason. This is what I think.

They’re more likely to separate. Full time, lots of stress, it’s going to be difficult.

Paragraph two, possible solutions.

Possible solutions. Here, I’ve just gone for something that fitted…

I came with my example first, and then I thought “Okay, I can go with this route.”

First I thought of France having a 35-hour working week.

(Which is quite outrageous if you’re coming from the UK and from the United States to even do this.)

(Due to the culture that we have there in the UK).

So the solution would be:

Regulations from the government.

Government could legislate for increasing maternity leave.

More flexible working practices.

Reduced working week.

For example, “In France, the government proposed and implemented a 35-hour working week.”

Also, lot of collocations there.

“maternity leave”

“flexible working practices”

“working week”

Use these. Once you get in special vocabulary that you’re only going to find talking about this topic.

So we’ve done a few questions about globalization, also touching on the environment.

We’ve done a few about education.

Now, we’re going to do one about… Well, another one about equality.

Let’s go.

“Nowadays both men and women spend a lot of money on beauty care. This was not so in the past.”

“What may be the root cause of this behavior?”

“Discuss the reasons and possible results.”

Now this one was tricky.

This one was tricky for me because it’s difficult to find the examples about this.

Especially for 2 paragraphs.

Okay, it wasn’t difficult. It was a bit more of a challenge and I have to think more.

But it’s important that you do the thinking process beforehand.

So let’s have a look at paragraph 1.

Before I tell you the answers, try and think of some ideas yourself.

The more times you do this,

the more times you look at a question

and think of examples,

think of ideas,

think of arguments,

the easier it gets.

Especially regarding the examples.

Especially if you invented the examples.

So my idea was basically marketing.

I’ll give you the question again:

“Nowadays both men and women spend a lot of money on beauty care. This was not so in the past.”

“What may be the root cause of this behavior?”

“Discuss the reasons and possible results.”

My idea for paragraph 1:

Marketing.

For this, it’s quite easy to think of examples ’cause we are exposed to publicity everyday.

So it’s not that difficult.

“The beauty market for women is worth millions, consumer goods companies see similar potential for the male market.”

Once again, just bullet points.

“Therefore developing new ranges, e.g. L’Oreal for Men Expert.”

“Therefore the reason is the potential opportunity.”

Okay?

“The female market for women is worth millions.”

“The male market isn’t developed.”

“Therefore developing the male market and we’ve practically doubled our sales.”

So let’s have a look at some of the collocations.

“consumer goods companies”

And I can even say, “Consumer goods companies such as L’Oreal, Proctor and Gamble, Johnson and Johnson…”

“see the potential for male market”

For example, L’Oreal developed an expert.

And that’s fine.

That’s fine.

If I put up all these ideas together in one cohesive paragraph…

And if you need to know how to write a cohesive paragraph, have a look at the sentence guide at

ieltspodcast.com

Because that gives you just a really simple formula to use to drop your ideas in and presto.

You have a strong, coherent paragraph.

Let’s go.

Next paragraph.

This one was a little bit more difficult to think of.

Because I was going a bit off topic.

I was going to talk about people are now caring for themselves more.

They started to eat more organic food.

And then I thought, “Whoa, whoa, whoa. Stop. Stop. That’s a crazy idea.”

“There’s nothing to do with organic food.”

So what I did was just crossed it all out,

went back to the beginning,

and I said:

“It’s difficult to say the results of this because it’s earlier.”

I went back to the question. The second part was:

Discuss the reasons and possible results.

Well, the results are that it’s difficult to say because it’s early. It’s early days.

And then I say:

“However the general trend is in this direction.”

For example:

“Deodorant was considered unnecessary before the 1950s.”

“Therefore the market will probably grow and will be completely normal in the future.”

I didn’t have to say reasons to this or stuff like that.

Because it’s kind of clear.

Deodorant wasn’t a product available in the 1950s/before the 1950s.

However the consumer goods companies slowly introduced it in the society.

So maybe if you’re from a different country, you’d think of an example.

Maybe it’s happening at the moment in certain countries. You know?

10 years ago, there was no market for moisturizer in the country.

Now, the local market is the 2nd biggest in the world.

Blah, blah, blah. Something like that.

Now, to get the skill of thinking of ideas and building paragraphs, all you can do is go to

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Download 250 IELTS Task 2 questions,

20 IELTS essays.

And if you’re still having problems, if you want to develop it further you can go to

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and have a look at the sentence guide.

I’ve been having lots of success with that. It’s making the whole process a lot easier.

So definitely consider that.

And if you’ve got any questions, just send us an email and I’ll be happy to respond.

I’ll be happy to help you out.

Ok, good luck in the exam.

It’s just a question of work. I think you can do it.

Alright? Keep on it.

Keep going.

 

Topic and Answer: Education

Do you think it is better for students to work before their university study? Why?  Use reasons and specific examples to support your choice.

MY ANSWER: YES! – One position, easier to write, easier to read. 

PARAGRAPH 1
Practical experience, contacts, on the job skills. EG: Studies from the UK Government show graduates with work experience are twice as likely to find employment…..

PARAGRAPH 2
Better preparation, chance to improve social skills, close the gap between academia and private sector, helps student decide on future before committing long term, EG 1/6 students will change their higher education course while at uni….

Many people believe that it’s better to learn something in a group rather than individually. Do you agree or disagree?

Paragraph 1
Agree – learning in group has many advantages
Elements of teamwork can be adopted
Group can utilize each person’s skill expertise

Paragraph 2
Disagree – Individualism is better
Self reliant, own the result, not dependant on others
More mature way, more responsible
No laggards

Topic and Answer: Education (child)

Some people believe that children should do organised activities in their free time while others believe that children should be free to do what they want to do in their free time. Which viewpoint do you agree with? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

MY ANSWER: CHILDREN FREE TO CHOOSE

PARAGRAPH 1 -In favour of letting them choose.
-benefits letting the mind wonder, children can express themselves, find themselves, do what they prefer and excel… etc etc
-EG Recent studies show 12% of school students dislike physical education, therefore if sports were chosen it would be unfair to this minority.

PARAGRAPH 2 -Reasons against “organised activities”
Organising activities is:
-costly for the school
-need time to plan
-possible ‘equipment’ to purchase
-furthermore studies show that the brain operates better after a distraction from a structured task such as studying.

 

Topic and Answer: Globalisation

Many people say that globalisation and the growing number of multinational companies have a negative effect on the environment. Which viewpoint do you agree with? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.

PARAGRAPH 1 -DEFINITELY DAMAGING THE ENVIRONMENT
-Increased interaction between countries
-Increase in goods and services traded -this means more production, therefore more resources. EG China ‘workshop of the world’ – many places air pollution masks needed.PARAGRAPH 2 -MULTINATIONALS / PROBS WITH GLOBALISATION
-YES increase pollution – (this decision taken for simplicity)
-Globalisation requires global solutions -these can have drastic consequences if accidents happen
-EG BP Gulf of Mexico, oil spill, destroyed the local ecosystem…

 

Scientists believe that in order to protect the environment, people must use less energy in their daily lives. However, most people have not changed the way they live. Why do you think many people have not taken individual action? What could be done to encourage them to take action?

Ideas for body paragraph 1

Not taken individual action because:
– Danger not immediately or directly facing them
– Tragedy of the commons
– Collective problem – easier to shirk responsibility

Ideas for body paragraph 2

What could be done to encourage them to take action?
– Media campaigns by the government
– Tax or financial incentives EG In Tokyo ……

Some believe that is the responsibility of people to take care of the environment. Others say it is the government that should take care of the environment. Discuss both views and state your opinion.

Paragraph 1
People should take care of the environment because:
We are the consumers, we vote with our wallets,
Throw away culture become considerably too prevalent – consumers are causing horrendous damage (pacific garbage patch)

Paragraph 2
Government should take care of the environment because:
They have the power to legislate
Can impose fines and taxes on polluters
Supposed to be guardians of the country, which means collectively they are guardians of the earth… but not true in reality

Conclusion
Both should be doing more!

Topic and Answer: Travel and Transport

In many countries small shops and town centers are going out of business, because people tend to drive to the large out-of-town stores. This results in an increase in car use, and it also means that people without cars have limited access to out-of-town stores. Do you think advantages of such development outweigh its disadvantages?

Ideas for body paragraph 1

The advantages of out of town shopping centres are very limited…
– Slightly cheaper prices – but huge new developments contribute to urban sprawl of cities… This reduces investment in city centres … which are more much more than just places for shopping EG Vienna regularly has art exhibitions in the city centre…

Ideas for body paragraph 2

– For example: those without transport are disenfranchised
– Traffic on the roads
– ALSO (MAIN POINT) -Some might argue they create jobs .. but really it is probably just shifting employment from one area to the other…

 

Topic and Answer: Employment

Parents want to achieve balance between family and career but only a few manage to achieve it.
What do you think is the reason?
Discuss possible solutions and provide examples.

PARAGRAPH 1 – The reason for imbalance
-Reason is work life balance, increased competition in the workplace, changes in society, increase in the amount of working mothers puts strain on the family, EG Studies in the US show that families with two full-time parents are more likely to separate. -therefore this shows that finding the balance is incredibly difficult.

PARAGRAPH 2 – Possible Solutions?
-Regulations from government, increasing maternity leave, more flexible working practices, reduced working week, EG France had a 35 hour working week

Topic and Answer and Ideas: Gender issues

Nowadays both men and women spend a lot of money on beauty care. This was not so in the past.
What may be the root cause of this behaviour?
Discuss the reasons and possible results.

IELTS Writing Essay Structure:

INTRO

PARAGRAPH 1 -Marketing.
Beauty market for women is worth millions, consumer goods companies see similar potential for the male market.
Therefore developing new ranges, e.g. Loreal for Men Expert.
Therefore main reason is the potential opportunity.

PARAGRAPH 2 -Results?
-Difficult to say the results because it is still early, however general trend is in this direction,
Deodorant was considered unnecessary before the 1950s.
-Market will probably grow and it will be completely normal in the future.

CONCLUSION

Some people think that men are naturally more competitive than women. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Paragraph 1
Agree – Men are more competitive
Look at sporting fans, globally most are male
A lot of sports historically only men participate: F1, Boxing, MMA, etc.
Psychological drivers of men include: dominance, control

Paragraph 2
Agree – Men are more competitive
Although it is difficult to say without sounding sexist
Is it nature or nurture – difficult to say

Topic and Answer: Education (Student Reward)

Students perform better in school when they are rewarded rather than punished.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

IELTS Writing Essay Structure:

INTRO: Paraphrase question and state your side / argument.

IDEA / PARAGRAPH 1: they perform better in schools -definitely better
Types of reward – certificate, recognition, positive reinforcement,
Studies show children are sensitive and easily influenced when younger, therefore positive environment probably better…

IDEA  / PARAGRAPH 2: they perform better when punished – works but too harsh for childhood
Possibly does work, but it’s old fashioned, potentially dangerous – could discourage a student for life

CONCLUSION
Positive better and more more modern.

 

Topic and Answer: Employment (Skills)

In today’s very competitive world, a worker has to possess multiple skills to succeed.
Among the skills that a worker should possess, which skill do you think is more important, social skills or good qualifications?
Explain the reasons and provide specific examples to support your answer.

IELTS Writing Essay Structure:

INTRO: Paraphrase question and state your side / argument.

PARAGRAPH IDEA 1:
Social skills more important – no man is an island – idiomatic expression correctly used i.e in context
We need people around us –
Lacking social skills could seriously disrupt, demotivate and damage a team. – big list of great vocab for Lexical Resource score there.

PARAGRAPH IDEA 2:
Good qualifications, certificates very useful, extremely useful in certain fields such as medical, but in general, less technical areas, social skills triumph – less common vocabulary “triumph”

CONCLUSION
Consider both, but give more weight to sociability.

 

Topic and Answer: Employment (Business)

Do you think businesses should hire employees who will spend their entire lives working for the company?
Explain why do you agree or disagree.
Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.

IELTS Writing Essay Structure:

INTRO: Paraphrase question and state your side / argument.

PARAGRAPH IDEA 1:
Very bad idea to have life time permanence- almost zero incentive to improve,
Not fair to employee because the company may pledge allegiance to the company but then the company relocates to Asia. Horrible.

PARAGRAPH IDEA 2:
The employee may become a burden for the company. Employee may become a cost that damages the company, lots of companies suffer because contractual arrangements made in boom times.
British Airways is a perfect example of expensive pension contracts made, only for the entire industry to change and render the contracts a massive headache.

CONCLUSION
Freedom should be given for employees to “cherry pick” their career destiny.

cherry pick definition
Cherry Pick your Best Ideas

 

Topic and Answer: Gender issues (Career)

Some people think women should be given equal chances to work and excel in their careers.
Others believe that a woman’s role should be limited to taking care of the house and children.
Which opinion do you agree with and why? Include specific details and examples to support your choice

PARAGRAPH IDEA 1:
Women should of course be given equal rights to perform to the best of their ability (good collocation) in the market place
Generous provisions and allowances should be made into law to encourage this behaviour and allow females to also fairly take time out from the career ladder to pursue a family.

PARAGRAPH IDEA 2:  another good reason why I think the first point:
Making legal structures to facilitate this transition would not only help to improve the worker’s happiness and wellbeing but also improve the health of society as a whole.
Japan has a rather bleak future due to the low fertility rate, perhaps this kind of future could be avoided with more generous legislation.

Conclusion
Definitely should pursue a career and definitely fulfil the traditional family role also. Government should help make both objectives possible.

 

Topic and Answer: Technology

Do you think that technological advancement has brought more harm than good?
Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.

What technologies did you use to help you in your studies? Describe how it has helped you. Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.

With the latest technological advancements, dating is now possible online. Would you recommend online dating for your single friends? What are the advantages and disadvantages of online dating? Site some examples to support your answer.

In the developed world, technological progress is increasing. What problems will this cause for individuals and society? Suggest some measures that could be taken to reduce the impact of radical technological advancements.

At the present time, artificial intelligence of some technologies is advancing rapidly, especially in the driving sector. Do the advantages of this situation outweigh the disadvantages?

Films and computer games which contain violence are very popular. Some people believe they have a negative effect on society and so should be banned. Other people, however, say they are just harmless and help people to relax. Discuss both these points of view and give your own opinion.

Ideas for body paragraph 1

Some people believe they have a negative effect on society and so should be banned.
– No strong scientific study
– Present globally but clearly only the US has issues regarding gun violence.
– Banning usually has the direct opposite of its intentions

Ideas for body paragraph 2

…harmless and help people to relax.
– Playing with toy guns never seemed to be a problem, these are a modern interpretation of toy guns
– With every new development of a generation the older generation is usually worried… EG This happened with the Beatles, with heavy metal and Us hip hop..

These days, mobile phones and the internet are very important to the ways in which people relate to one another socially. Do the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?

Paragraph 1
It is more advantageous to relate socially to others via the phone
Possible to give more frequent contact and support
Possible to find others similar to you, useful for those with obscure or specialist interests

Paragraph 2
Disadvantages
Cyber bullying is becoming a realty
Teenagers becoming addicted to phones, even labeled screenagers
Phenomenon called instagram realty which shows the real life pictures without the filters… .

Topic and Answer: Health

Many doctors say that people in today’s world do not do enough physical exercise. What do you think are the causes of this?
What solutions are there to this problem?

Ideas for body paragraph 1

Cause of not doing enough physical exercise
Joke: no natural predators nowadays, nature would have solved this problem,… in the past wild animals would have eliminated those out of shape…. JOKE
– Sedentary lifestyle in the office
– Lack of time for sport in a lot of modern lifestyles (40h / week + commuting etc)

What solutions are there to this problem?
– Media campaigns by the government
– Tax or financial incentives EG In Tokyo ……

Topic and Answer: Society

Weddings are more expensive in many countries nowadays when compared to the past. What is the reason behind this? Is this a positive or a negative development?

Paragraph 1
Reason behind this is probably social media
Vapid attempts at self promotion and
“keeping up with the joneses”.
Now it can be really publicised Ideas here need to be organised a little before starting the essay.

Paragraph 2
Definitely a negative development
Although it’s a memorable day and should be cherished – fact is, large amounts of cash are being spent,
Most families have a considerable financial mountain ahead – babies, mortgage, etc

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IELTS Writing: Mariana from Brazil Scored 7.5 (Computer based!) https://www.ieltspodcast.com/student-stories/brazil-ielts/ Sat, 27 Jul 2019 05:03:55 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122756 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/student-stories/brazil-ielts/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/student-stories/brazil-ielts/feed/ 19 <p>In this tutorial, we’re going to talk to Mariana on how she passed IELTS using our online course. Mariana is from Brazil and she took IELTS five times until she finally scored 7.5 in Writing. The other four exams were taken in 6 months and she was getting 6.5 only! Since she sat the IELTS […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/student-stories/brazil-ielts/">IELTS Writing: Mariana from Brazil Scored 7.5 (Computer based!)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> In this tutorial, we’re going to talk to Mariana on how she passed IELTS using our online course. Mariana is from Brazil and she took IELTS five times until she finally scored 7.5 in Writing. The other four exams were taken in 6 months and she was getting 6.5 only!

Since she sat the IELTS paper-based FOUR times already, she didn’t think twice about taking the computer-based format on her 5th try.

Now that IELTS is off her list, she will apply for Canadian PR, (good luck Mariana!).

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  • The question given to her on the exam day and how she wrote her essay
  • How she practiced on the Listening, Reading and Speaking parts

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IELTS Speaking Band 7 – Lexical Resource https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/speaking-lexical/ Wed, 24 Jul 2019 06:56:10 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122737 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/speaking-lexical/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/speaking-lexical/feed/ 13 <p>In this tutorial you will learn: How to use complex (less common, idiomatic) vocabulary and paraphrase to achieve Band 7 in Lexical Resource in the Speaking exam This will help you in your IELTS Speaking exam because: The use of less common, idiomatic vocabulary, collocation and choosing style well for your answer will get you […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/speaking-lexical/">IELTS Speaking Band 7 – Lexical Resource</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to use complex (less common, idiomatic) vocabulary and paraphrase to achieve Band 7 in Lexical Resource in the Speaking exam

This will help you in your IELTS Speaking exam because:

  • The use of less common, idiomatic vocabulary, collocation and choosing style well for your answer will get you a good IELTS band score
  • Knowing how to paraphrase effectively will help you avoid repeating yourself and sound accurate
  • You will see examples of inappropriate vocabulary use and learn how to correct them

IELTS descriptors indicate that in order to achieve Band 7 in Lexical Resource, the candidate needs to

•uses vocabulary resource flexibly to discuss a variety of topics

•uses some less common and idiomatic vocabulary and shows some awareness of style and collocation, with some inappropriate choices


•uses paraphrases effectively

 

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In this tutorial we will explain and illustrate these features and suggest strategies to improve errors.

First, let’s examine a sample answer to a Part 2 question.

Describe a kind of weather you like. You should say:

  • What kind of weather it is
  • What you usually do during this weather
  • How this weather affects your mood
  • Why you like this type of weather

Well, I relish low temperature weather because it is a rare event in my city where I live, you know, since our city is near the equator, so it’s really hot and humid during the year. Therefore, I always look forward to December when the weather is cooler and a little bit cold or windy. It’s my time; during this weather I usually desire lying on the bench in my garden, watching the sky and sipping my hot coffee with joy and pleasure. As I can do what I can’t in the dry season, I’m always like on cloud nine whenever this cold comes. I enjoy doing all the stuff under this kind of weather, especially with my mother, such as planting trees, looking at the clouds passing above me and going out without wearing a jacket. I think I never get bored about the cold due to the fact that it’s very comfortable to work and study. Besides, when this type of weather turns up, it means that an interesting series of holidays will come soon like Christmas and New Year, which are the time for family.

This is a good answer that fits some of the descriptors for Band 7. Let’s have a closer look why and which ones.

The examinee does use vocabulary resource flexibly to discuss a variety of topics. We can see a good range used with confidence and ease to denote places, weather, feelings and attitudes, most of which are used effectively in the answer.

Further, the speaker uses some less common (equator, humid, passing above, planting) and idiomatic vocabulary (on cloud nine, look forward to) appropriately and naturally.

They also show some awareness of style and collocation, with some inappropriate choices. Here we are going to explain what style and collocation are and what it means to make inappropriate choices in vocabulary use.

Style is a property of a text which may be informal, neutral, formal, or, depending on the type of our listener.

We usually speak to acquaintances, friends and family in an informal style.

To people we encounter for the first time or to a mixed audience we speak in a neutral style.

To a superior, a professor, a person we deeply respect, or in a highly professional or academic context we speak in a formal style.

So, the choice of vocabulary will vary greatly depending on the person that we choose to talk to.

Overall, this sample answer maintains an informal style, look at vocabulary like you know, I’m always like on cloud nine, stuff, get bored, turns up. Still we can see the use of such neutral words and phrases as look forward to, a little bit cold, enjoy, comfortable, sipping my coffee.

This mixture is appropriate as neutral vocabulary may be mixed with either the informal or the formal one, but certainly not with both at the same time.

And this is exactly what we see – a few formal words that do not belong here due to style (therefore, desire, due to the fact that). They will need to be replaced by appropriate neutral or informal choices. Yet, these are not the only vocabulary errors in this answer.
There is also some misuse of collocations. This term describes the likelihood of two words going together, like, for instance a good job or a wonderful occasion.

There are some good examples used properly in the answer (a rare event, sipping my coffee, the dry season), mixed with less appropriate use of collocation (relish low temperature, under this kind of weather, an interesting series of holidays). You will see these corrected in the final version of the answer.

Finally, the candidate mostly uses paraphrase effectively but again, with some omissions. To paraphrase means to say the same thing in other words. Repeating the same wording all over again in your answers is not only irritating and boring, it will also lower your exam mark.
Make sure you find appropriate ways to say the same ideas in other ways yet check that the words can be used that way together!

Here are some successful examples of paraphrase from this answer: low temperature successfully rephrases cold weather, cooler is a good alternative for cold, watching the sky is replaced by looking at the clouds passing above me.

However, it is a rare event in my city and since our city is near the equator reuse the word city, which could be changed. Also, as I can do what I can’t sounds quite repetitive and unnatural and thus needs to be rephrased. You will see these corrected in the final version of the answer.

So, here is the final, corrected sample answer. See what corrections were made.

Well, I relish enjoy low temperature weather because it is a rare event in my city where I live, you know, since our city is near the equator, so it’s really hot and humid during the year. Therefore, This is why I always look forward to December when the weather is cooler and a little bit cold or windy. It’s my time; during this weather I usually desire prefer lying on the bench in my garden, watching the sky and sipping my hot coffee with joy and pleasure. As I can do what I can’t typically wouldn’t be able to in the dry season, I’m always like on cloud nine whenever this cold comes. I enjoy doing all the stuff things under in this kind of weather, especially with my mother, such as planting trees, looking at the clouds passing above me and going out without wearing a jacket. I think I never get bored about with the cold due to the fact that because it’s very comfortable to work and study. Besides, when this type of weather turns up, it means that an interesting series of long-awaited holidays will come soon, like Christmas and New Year, which are the time for family.

 

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IELTS Academic Writing – 9 Point Checklist https://www.ieltspodcast.com/academic-ielts/checklist-academic-task-1/ Sat, 20 Jul 2019 06:18:33 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122721 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/academic-ielts/checklist-academic-task-1/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/academic-ielts/checklist-academic-task-1/feed/ 6 <p>This tutorial is a concise and valuable checklist for your Academic IELTS Task 1. 1. How to order your information To achieve good marks, you must present your information in a logical format. Not only must you ensure that all of the information is presented, but you must also make sure that the essential points […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/academic-ielts/checklist-academic-task-1/">IELTS Academic Writing – 9 Point Checklist</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> This tutorial is a concise and valuable checklist for your Academic IELTS Task 1.

1. How to order your information

To achieve good marks, you must present your information in a logical format. Not only must you ensure that all of the information is presented, but you must also make sure that the essential points are highlighted. Below we have listed some of the ways that you can present your information in a logical format.

  • Group similar items together
  • Start the discussion with the most important information
  • Discuss the general outline, highlighting any deviations
  • Work along a timeline from earliest to latest
  • Work from the biggest to the smallest.

It is essential that you accurately describe the diagram data in task 1 or you could lose points in the area of Task Response.
There is often heaps of data to handle so it is vital that you select the relevant information. This is often a difficult task. You will have answered the question adequately if someone reading the information could themselves make a graph from the data that you have presented to them in your report.

2. Language

Not only is it necessary to make accurate use of numbers when you write your report, it is also vital that you use different words and phrases to describe the fractions percentages and numbers in your descriptions. In this section we offer you practice session to expand your vocabulary and to test your language skills in this arena.

Never lose sight of the fact that this is a language test.

Below we present two sentences to demonstrate how you can use language to describe two similar scenarios very differently.

  • In South Asia 23% of the population live on $1.25, while in East Asia only 8% have a similar amount.
  • Stated differently
  • Less than a tenth of the population of East Asia live on $1.25 a day, whilst nearly a quarter of the people in South Asia live on a similar amount.

The second sentence sounds better because it makes more appropriate use of vocabulary. You should always bear in mind that this is a test of your language skills. It is vital for you to practice these skills so that you become skilled at using the language to describe and analyse the graphs.

You need the power of language because you can’t always see the numbers.

Frequently in the test you will receive a graph where you are unable to see the values. Without values you will have to describe the graphs using descriptors. To do this properly you will have to have a wide range of vocabulary that accurately describes the graph. You should include the following in your description.

3. What type of diagram is it ­– Identify the type of diagram as a table, flow chart, bar, line or pie graph.

4. The units used – Make sure that you identify the units used by scrutinising the x and y axis. They may be units of time such as hours or years, units of currency such as dollars or euros or they may be simple numbers.

5. The period of time – Does the data refer to current or past events or is it a prediction of what might happen in the future? You should not just get the tenses correct but should also refer to actual times in your description.

6. Trends and outlines – Your description should outline any patterns in the diagram and when expressed over time you should note any upward or downward trends. If there are similarities in static data it is also important that your point these out. For example if you have a chart of sales to various countries, you can use the data to point out where the largest, smallest and similar sales occur.

7. The subjects of the graph – Make sure that you include every subject on the graph. For example if you have a bar chart that compares seven countries ensure that every single one is mentioned in your task.

8. Exceptional data – If there is any exceptional data on the diagram, you should make mention of it as it is almost certainly key information.

9. Extremes – Make sure that you include the highs and lows and any other extreme information in your description. If there are too many to mention, you’ll have to make a judgement on the most important extremes.

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Advanced IELTS Speaking Techniques: Inversion (part 2 of 2) https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/advanced-speaking-inversion/ Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:00:51 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122697 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/advanced-speaking-inversion/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/advanced-speaking-inversion/feed/ 15 <p>In this tutorial you will learn: The importance of inversion How to use it IELTS specific examples This will help you in your IELTS speaking exam because: You will develop a range of complex structures to use when you’re answering questions in parts 1, 2 and 3. How to Use Inversion Another structure which will […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/advanced-speaking-inversion/">Advanced IELTS Speaking Techniques: Inversion (part 2 of 2)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> In this tutorial you will learn:

  • The importance of inversion
  • How to use it
  • IELTS specific examples

This will help you in your IELTS speaking exam because:

  • You will develop a range of complex structures to use when you’re answering questions in parts 1, 2 and 3.

How to Use Inversion

Another structure which will make a significant impact on your IELTS speaking score is the use of Inversions. Inversion just means putting the verb before the subject.

We do this in questions, but we can also do this when we want to show surprise or to show that something is striking or unusual. Here’s an example:

  • I’ve never been so tired.
  • Never have I been so tired.

The second sentence is the inversion and emphasises how tired the person was. It has a much stronger effect than the first sentence.

We mostly use inversion with negative adverbs and adverbial phrases such as: never, hardly, rarely, seldom, only then, it wasn’t until, nowhere, in no way, on no account, no sooner than.

With inverted sentences we put the adverb at the beginning of the sentence, this emphasises it. We then change the place of the subject and the verb ‘be’, for example:

  • She is rarely so rude.
  • Rarely is she so rude.

Notice that the first sentence is the way that people speak most of the time. However, the second sentence is inverted because it begins with an adverbial phrase and we changed the place of the subject and the verb.

Here are two more sets of examples.

  • You are to go there on no account.
  • On no account are you to go there.
  • I have never tasted such good food.
  • Never have I tasted such good food.

One thing to keep in mind is that with present simple and past simple verbs, you will need to add do/does, or did + infinitive.

Also, with modals we use the modal + ‘be’, for example:

  • We seldom see such things.
  • Seldom do we see such things.
  • I hardly got to sleep.
  • Hardly did I get to sleep.
  • He could never be called clever
  • Never could he be called clever

When we have an auxiliary verb, this changes place with the subject, and the verb remains the same, for example:

  • I had only then called him.
  • Only then had I called him
  • I will in no way be going.
  • In no way will I be going.

How to use Emphasis and Inversion in the IELTS Speaking Exam

How to use Inversion for Speaking in Part 1

You will almost certainly be asked questions about either your likes or dislikes or your opinions on things. An example question and answer may look something like this:

Examiner: What kind of music do you like?

Candidate: What I really enjoy the most is Rock. No sooner do I start listening to it than

Inversion for Speaking in Part 2

Examiner: Describe a piece of art you like.

You should say:

  • What the work is.
  • When you first saw it.
  • What you know about it
  • And explain why you like it

Look at the way you can use emphasis and inversion below:

The piece of work that I like the most is Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh. I first saw it when I went to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam and no sooner had I seen it than I fell in love with it. Only when I arrived in Amsterdam did I learn the full story of Van Gogh’s life. Rarely had I seen anything as striking and distinctive. What I love about it is the colour…

Inversion for Speaking in Part 3.

Examiner: How has art changed in the last few decades in your country?

Candidate: The thing that has most changed in the last few decades is the rise of graffiti as an art form. In the past, seldom did we see urban art in the museums or auction houses….

The structures that we have looked at above will most certainly help improve your English.

Not only that, but learning them will also give you useful phrases which you can use in the IELTS speaking exam.

Knowing some of them, and how they are used, gives you a template for answering questions, and you should not find yourself in a situation where you can’t think of anything to say.

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Advanced IELTS Speaking Techniques: Emphatic Structure (part 1 of 2) https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/advanced-speaking-emphatic/ Wed, 10 Jul 2019 07:33:08 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122620 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/advanced-speaking-emphatic/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/advanced-speaking-emphatic/feed/ 24 <p>In this tutorial you will learn: The importance of emphatic structure How to use it IELTS specific examples This will help you in your IELTS speaking exam because: You will develop a range of complex structures to use when you’re answering questions in parts 1, 2 and 3. One way to raise the level of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/advanced-speaking-emphatic/">Advanced IELTS Speaking Techniques: Emphatic Structure (part 1 of 2)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> In this tutorial you will learn:

  • The importance of emphatic structure
  • How to use it
  • IELTS specific examples

This will help you in your IELTS speaking exam because:

  • You will develop a range of complex structures to use when you’re answering questions in parts 1, 2 and 3.

One way to raise the level of your English, when you are taking the IELTS speaking exam, is by using emphatic structure and inversion.

As well as making your English sound more sophisticated, these structures let you avoid being repetitive and show the examiner that you can use complex English appropriately.

It is these things which will help lift your level and allow you to get a higher band score.

Using Cleft Sentences for emphasis

A cleft sentence is basically a sentence which is in two parts because it has two verbs. It is particularly useful in IELTS speaking as it helps add emphasis.

During the speaking test you will almost certainly be asked to talk about things you like, or why you do/did something. Cleft sentences are perfect to use in these situations. Look at the sentences below:

  • I really like going to the cinema with my friends
  • What I really like is going to the cinema with my friends

The second sentence emphasises the information we want our listener to focus on. Therefore, it demonstrates that you can use more complex English structures to communicate more effectively.

Form:

  • What-clauses…
  • The reason (why)…
  • The thing (that)…
  • The person (who)…
  • The place (where)…
  • The time (which/when)…

Example:

  • I feel most content in my family home.                                                   ‘Normal’ sentence
  • The place where I feel most content is my family home.                     Emphatic sentence

Grammatically, we put the person, place or thing at the beginning of the sentence. Then we use the verb ‘be’ and the emphasised phrase. Let’s take a look at some additional examples.

  • What I like the most is summer.
  • The reason that I am learning English is to get a job in hospitality.
  • The place (where) I most enjoyed going was to my grandparent’s house.
  • The people I try to avoid are the ones who are too cynical.
  • The thing restaurants need to remember is that not everyone eats meat.
  • The music that I hate the most is modern jazz.

From the last four examples, we can see that we often use this structure to express an emotive response or reaction.
The verbs- enjoy, dislike, adore, hate, like, loathe, love, need, prefer, want, etc., are often used in these types of sentences.

How to use it in IELTS Speaking Part 1

You will almost certainly be asked questions about either your likes or dislikes or your opinions about things.

Typical questions could include:

What kind of music do you like?

Do you think it is better for children to grow up in the city or the countryside?

Look at the way you can use emphasis and inversion below:

  • What I really enjoy the most is…
  • The thing I like about the country is….

How to use it in IELTS Speaking Part 2

Look at the way you can use emphasis and inversion to answer the question below:

Describe a piece of art you like.

You should say:

  • What the work is.
  • When you first saw it.
  • What you know about it
  • And explain why you like it

The piece of work that I like the most is Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh. I first saw it when I went to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. What I love about it is the……

How to use it in IELTS Speaking Part 3

Now let’s look at a sample question for part 3 and how you can use the same structure to answer the question.

Examiner: How has art changed in the last few decades in your country?

Candidate: The thing that has most changed in the last few decades is the concept of art. Nowadays people consider graffiti as art. The place where this is most obvious is in big cities like New York and London.

The structures that we have looked at will help improve your English and learning them will also give you useful phrases which you can almost certainly use in the IELTS speaking exam.

Knowing some of them, and how they are used, gives you a template for answering questions, and you should not find yourself in a situation where you can’t think of anything to say.

To help you internalise and learn faster these cleft sentences and emphatic structures, I’ve prepared a brief recording of a sample task 2.
Once again, if you can guess the accent of the speaker then email us your guess, the first five correct answers will get an essay correction for free!

Describe a piece of art you like.

You should say:

  • What the work is.
  • When you first saw it.
  • What you know about it
  • And explain why you like it

Well to be honest, I must admit I am not a massive art fan, however, the piece of art I love the most would most definitely be by the English artist called Banksy.

He is quite a mysterious and secretive artist yet he’s reached global stardom. I should mention that I haven’t actually seen his work in real life, the place I saw it was on the internet, if I recall correctly.

What I know about it is that last year this specific piece of art was put up for auction in London, and at the exact time it was sold, it started to self destruct. Hidden inside the frame was a shredder, and the artwork dropped through the internal shredder and was pretty much destroyed.

The reason why I like it so much is because this was a truly unique point in art history. Nothing like this had ever been done before. I think the art work immediately shot up in value after this incident.

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How to Get Essay Ideas for Task 2 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/ideas-for-writing-task-2/ Sat, 06 Jul 2019 03:58:06 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122617 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/ideas-for-writing-task-2/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/ideas-for-writing-task-2/feed/ 11 <p>Meet Sophy! She was brought up in the west, now lives in the east and everyday sees students struggling to get ideas. In this tutorial we look at: – Why it’s difficult to get ideas – the origin of the problem – Techniques to overcome it – Cockney vs. Yorkshire accents! 😉 If you are […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/ideas-for-writing-task-2/">How to Get Essay Ideas for Task 2</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> Meet Sophy!

She was brought up in the west, now lives in the east and everyday sees students struggling to get ideas.

In this tutorial we look at:
– Why it’s difficult to get ideas – the origin of the problem
– Techniques to overcome it
Cockney vs. Yorkshire accents! 😉

If you are in a hurry to solve this problem, and your mind goes blank whenever you see an IELTS Task 2 question, then have a look at the “Jump to Band 7 or it’s Free” online IELTS course.

We have a chapter to solve this exact problem.

Ideas for Writing Task 2

After watching the tutorial, you complete the exercise and send your answers to us for feedback.

Every day we see students improving, and regularly getting ideas for Task 2 after completing this task.

This is just one of the many valuable ways we help students like you pass the exam and move ahead!

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Meet Sophy! She was brought up in the west, now lives in the east and everyday sees students struggling to get ideas. In this tutorial we look at: – Why it’s difficult to get ideas – the origin of the problem – Techniques to overcome it – Cockney vs. Meet Sophy! She was brought up in the west, now lives in the east and everyday sees students struggling to get ideas. In this tutorial we look at: – Why it’s difficult to get ideas – the origin of the problem – Techniques to overcome it – Cockney vs. Yorkshire accents! 😉 If you are […] IELTS Podcast clean 26:58
Band 8 IELTS Task 2 Essay Review https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/model-band-8-essay/ Wed, 03 Jul 2019 06:52:49 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122598 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/model-band-8-essay/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/model-band-8-essay/feed/ 24 <p>In this tutorial we have a Band 8 essay graded by an EX-IELTS examiner (from our team of essay correctors!). First you can read the essay, and after we break down which sentences helped this essay score a Band 8. This tutorial will help you understand: How an essay gets a Band 8 What sentence […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-writing-task/model-band-8-essay/">Band 8 IELTS Task 2 Essay Review</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> In this tutorial we have a Band 8 essay graded by an EX-IELTS examiner (from our team of essay correctors!).

First you can read the essay, and after we break down which sentences helped this essay score a Band 8.

This tutorial will help you understand:

  • How an essay gets a Band 8
  • What sentence structures and language is needed for a Band 8
  • How you can link ideas smoothly

Our online IELTS course not gets you to a Band 7, but we have also had A LOT of students scoring Band 8s and higher. Check out the course here.

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

There is now little doubt that (TR1) / (CC1) 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. (LR1) / (GR1)

TR1 / CC1An appropriate way to begin this type of essay.
LR1 / GR1Excellent use of language – both lexically and grammatically.

It is almost universally accepted that (CC2) climate change is the consequence of a number of environmental failings. Perhaps the most important of these (CC3) 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 (LR2). Another serious issue is how illegal logging (LR3) continues in rainforests and the Amazon Basin in particular. (CC4) 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. (GR2) / (TR2)

CC2 – An impressive way to introduce the first ‘body paragraph’.
CC3 – Appropriate, accurate use of referencing.
LR2 – Accurate use of a wide range of vocabulary which relates specifically to the topic.
LR3 – More effective use of some impressive vocabulary.
CC4 – The link between these sentences could be smoother.
GR2 – Flawless use of a wide range of grammatical structures to this point in the essay.
TR2 – Task achievement could be stronger in this paragraph. Try to address the question more directly.

While governments must take prime responsibility for reducing (LR4) climate change, individuals too can play a part (LR4). (TR3) Political leaders across the globe (LR5) 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. (LR6) / (GR3) They must also of course ensure that regulations against logging are properly enforced (LR7) / (GR4). Consumers of energy can help by insulating their homes properly (LR8) and using solar panels where possible so that less energy is required and wasted (GR5). These actions should limit the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere and so reduce the greenhouse effect. (TR4)

LR4 – Lovely natural use of collocation.
TR3 – This is the first time the task has been addressed directly. Aim to focus on the question much earlier in the essay.
LR5 – Very natural language use.
LR6 / GR3 – Lovely accurate use of a wide range of vocabulary and grammar.
LR7 / GR4 – Slight repetition with ‘properly’, but impressive use of language.
LR8 – Natural but a bit repetitive.
GR5 – Very natural use of language.
TR4 – True, but focus more on the question.

In conclusion (TR5) / (CC5), while global warming is a serious threat to humanity (LR9), there are a number of steps that can be taken (LR9) to reduce its effects. (TR6)

TR5 / CC5 – An appropriate way to introduce the final paragraph.
LR9 – Very natural use of collocation.
TR6 – A bit off topic here. Focus on whether it is the responsibility of governments or individuals.

PROBABLE SCORE: 8.0 / 8.5

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Language Tips from a Polyglot EX-IELTS Examiner https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-preparation/iwtyal-tips/ Sat, 29 Jun 2019 07:11:46 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122583 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-preparation/iwtyal-tips/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-preparation/iwtyal-tips/feed/ 22 <p>In this episode I chat with Olly Richards from (I Will Teach You A Language.com). Olly has learnt 8 languages, from Spanish to Chinese. Before his current project he was an IELTS examiner. Olly shares: -His unique way of teaching languages -Why it’s very effective, and how it can be applied to learning English (faster […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-preparation/iwtyal-tips/">Language Tips from a Polyglot EX-IELTS Examiner</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> In this episode I chat with Olly Richards from (I Will Teach You A Language.com).

Olly has learnt 8 languages, from Spanish to Chinese.

Before his current project he was an IELTS examiner.

Olly shares:
-His unique way of teaching languages
-Why it’s very effective, and how it can be applied to learning English (faster and better!).
-Why the current language teaching system is broke!

And then we talk about IELTS!!!!
-where most students lost points in the IELTS exam
-how examiners are trained
-what the examiner expects from you

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In this episode I chat with Olly Richards from (I Will Teach You A Language.com). Olly has learnt 8 languages, from Spanish to Chinese. Before his current project he was an IELTS examiner. Olly shares: -His unique way of teaching languages -Why it’s ve... In this episode I chat with Olly Richards from (I Will Teach You A Language.com). Olly has learnt 8 languages, from Spanish to Chinese. Before his current project he was an IELTS examiner. Olly shares: -His unique way of teaching languages -Why it’s very effective, and how it can be applied to learning English (faster […] IELTS Podcast clean 51:31
Essay Topics and Answers for Recent Task 2 Questions https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-preparation/t2-questions-part-2/ Wed, 26 Jun 2019 08:51:41 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122564 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-preparation/t2-questions-part-2/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-preparation/t2-questions-part-2/feed/ 20 <p>IELTS Essay Ideas and Answers for Writing Task 2  Finding ideas and answers for Task 2 questions WAS difficult. Listen to this tutorial to get: – Ideas for recent Task 2 Questions – A formula for essay planning – A strategy to build cohesive paragraphs You can download or listen to the audio version here: […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-preparation/t2-questions-part-2/">Essay Topics and Answers for Recent Task 2 Questions</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> IELTS Essay Ideas and Answers for Writing Task 2 

Finding ideas and answers for Task 2 questions WAS difficult.

Listen to this tutorial to get:
– Ideas for recent Task 2 Questions
– A formula for essay planning
– A strategy to build cohesive paragraphs

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task 2 questions


Questions and Answers:

1. Many people believe that it’s better to learn something in a group rather than individually. Do you agree or disagree?

Paragraph 1
Agree – learning in group has many advantages
Elements of teamwork can be adopted
Group can utilize each person’s skill expertise

Paragraph 2
Disagree – Individualism is better
Self reliant, own the result, not dependant on others
More mature way, more responsible
No laggards

2. Some people think that men are naturally more competitive than women. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Paragraph 1
Agree – Men are more competitive
Look at sporting fans, globally most are male
A lot of sports historically only men participate: F1, Boxing, MMA, etc.
Psychological drivers of men include: dominance, control

Paragraph 2
Agree – Men are more competitive
Although it is difficult to say without sounding sexist
Is it nature or nurture – difficult to say

3. These days, mobile phones and the internet are very important to the ways in which people relate to one another socially. Do the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?

Paragraph 1
It is more advantageous to relate socially to others via the phone
Possible to give more frequent contact and support
Possible to find others similar to you, useful for those with obscure or specialist interests

Paragraph 2
Disadvantages
Cyber bullying is becoming a realty
Teenagers becoming addicted to phones, even labeled screenagers
Phenomenon called instagram realty which shows the real life pictures without the filters… .

4. Weddings are more expensive in many countries nowadays when compared to the past. What is the reason behind this? Is this a positive or a negative development?

Paragraph 1
Reason behind this is probably social media
Vapid attempts at self promotion and
“keeping up with the joneses”.
Now it can be really publicised Ideas here need to be organised a little before starting the essay.

Paragraph 2
Definitely a negative development
Although it’s a memorable day and should be cherished – fact is, large amounts of cash are being spent,
Most families have a considerable financial mountain ahead – babies, mortgage, etc

5. Some believe that is the responsibility of people to take care of the environment. Others say it is the government that should take care of the environment. Discuss both views and state your opinion.

Paragraph 1
People should take care of the environment because:
We are the consumers, we vote with our wallets,
Throw away culture become considerably too prevalent – consumers are causing horrendous damage (pacific garbage patch)

Paragraph 2
Government should take care of the environment because:
They have the power to legislate
Can impose fines and taxes on polluters
Supposed to be guardians of the country, which means collectively they are guardians of the earth… but not true in reality

Conclusion
Both should be doing more!

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University Admissions Coach Shares Tips https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-preparation/admissions-consulting/ Sat, 22 Jun 2019 08:23:56 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122532 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-preparation/admissions-consulting/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-preparation/admissions-consulting/feed/ 1 <p>Meet Linda! In this episode we chat with a real professional in the field of university admissions. Linda is the owner of Accepted Admissions Consulting, and helps students get into prestigious universities in the US. I ask Linda the following questions: -What are the common challenges university applicants face? -What is the best way to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-preparation/admissions-consulting/">University Admissions Coach Shares Tips</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> Meet Linda!

In this episode we chat with a real professional in the field of university admissions.

Linda is the owner of Accepted Admissions Consulting, and helps students get into prestigious universities in the US.

I ask Linda the following questions:

-What are the common challenges university applicants face?

-What is the best way to write a personal statement?

-What are admission readers looking for?

-How can a student develop interview confidence?

Check out these useful resources that Linda suggests:
Accepted’s Free Resources
Admissions Straight Talk

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Linda: How’s my audio? Is it okay? Is it acceptable?

Ben: It’s perfect.

Linda: No pun intended.

Ben: It’s accepted.

Linda: Okay, great.

Female Voice: You are now listening to the IELTS podcast. Learn from tutors and ex-examiners who are masters of IELTS preparation. Your host, Ben Worthington.

Linda: Hello, my name is Linda and I’m very happy to join Ben Worthington on the IELTS podcast today. I am the founder and CEO of Accepted. I’ve been an admissions consultant since 1994 and I’m happy to share my admissions insights and experience with IELTS podcast listeners.

Ben: Super. Welcome to the podcast, Linda. It’s a pleasure to have you. Could you tell us, just before we jump into it, where you’re from and how you got into this sort of like area, into this sector?

Linda: Okay. I’m from Los Angeles; born, raised, lived here almost all my life. I went to UCLA as an undergraduate student and also got my MBA at UCLA. At the time this was a long, long time ago, there was a lot of concern when I was an undergrad about the nefarious influence of television. It sounds very innocent and quince today, but the concern was that people were not writing as well as they used to in let’s say the ’50s. This was the ’70s because they were spending their time watching television as opposed to reading books.

So, UCLA decided that they were going to increase the writing requirements for Poli Sci 1 and they hired people who wrote well and who had an English background and they offered me the position and I took it. I got great training, really outstanding training and I loved the work.

But at the time, again this was the 1970s the PC was not around yet. Writing was very tedious. Editing papers meant white out and little things that you stuck in a typewriter or just retyping the whole thing and I did not see myself making a living from writing or editing or anything like that. Fast forward about 15 years, my husband and I had six young children and–

Ben: Wow! That’s a lot.

Linda: Yes, ranging in age from 3-12 at the time and we needed to make some money and basically I was the one to make it. He had a full-time job. You could say I had a full-time job too with the kids, but it was a little bit more flexible and I was looking for something that I could do that I would enjoy.

I’d been a real estate agent, but I was no longer enjoying it and it also was going to eat up that family time. I had friends who were writers and editors and I thought that given my background and how much I had enjoyed that work, I would try it. So, I tried it and I was asked and I assumed I’d be asked to write– edit rather, not write research papers and term papers and stuff like that.

I kept being asked to write personal statements for graduate school and that was just a whole lot more fun. So, I decided this was like the early mid-90s. Actually, it was right around ’94, I decided to focus my business on admissions. At the time the idea of being a graduate school admissions consultant was bizarre to most people and my husband was very supportive because he saw that I was getting these requests, but he also thought I was nuts. I started focusing at that point on admissions.

In 1996, I put up Accepted. It was an experiment and if you want to see a really ugly website you can go look it up on the way back machine. It was an experiment that worked.

Ben: Wow! That’s fantastic. What an awesome story. Wow! I do have questions in front of me, but just one that’s popped into my mind now because I’ve looked at personal statements before and you have reminded me it is enjoyable because editing them and really sort of like pulling out nuggets and really getting the students to sort of like shine, so to speak.

When you’re looking at them, at these letters are you– do you find that maybe– I mean this might be right, it might be wrong. This is not really my area of expertise, but do you find that the letter is all centered on the student and is that okay or should the letter be directed at the university and what you are going to do for the university? I’m just wondering how they should write this.

Linda: Well, there are letters of recommendation and then there are application essays or personal statements or statements of purpose. They have slightly different names different nuances. I assume you are talking about the essays, not the letters of recommendation which are written by a third party. [unintelligible 00:05:22.10] Am I right there?

Ben: You are correct, yes.

Linda: Okay. So, I think you’ve actually hit the nail on the head. What the entire graduate application should do and I think this goes for undergraduate too, but certainly for graduate is show that the applicant both fits in at the target school and they can fit in in terms of academics, in terms of experience, in terms of goals, all kinds of different ways.

In terms of their educational needs, but also has something to add to the class they hope to join, to the program they hope to join, to the school’s community and ultimately the larger world. So, that paradox of both fitting in and standing out is kind of at the heart of admissions and I frankly think it’s not something that’s really well understood.

Ben: Yes, that’s really interesting. So, it has to be a balance of not just I can do this, I can do this, I did this, I will do that but I can bring this for you because I did this in the past and I will do this for you. Is that right? Is that the kind of balance we are looking for?

Linda: I think it’s a little bit exaggerated. I think if you apply to Harvard and you say I’m going to make Harvard a better place it might come off as a little bit arrogant, but if you say I want to contribute– I hate I want to contribute, I’d love to work on this project at Harvard. I’d love to organize this event. You hear? It’s not so much I’m going to– you’re going to benefit by being [unintelligible 00:07:04.14] and that you don’t want to come across saying, but you can say I’d love to work on this.

Ben: Awesome. Right, now I got you. Okay. Thank you for that. That’s a very detailed answer. Excellent. So, the next question I was going to ask you is maybe we’ve covered it a little bit, but what are the common challenges that a student faces when they’re trying to get into university?

Linda: Well, I think one we’ve already kind of touched on is that there is this paradoxical element to the application. I think another challenge they face is just assessing where they should apply. How do their qualifications match up against the admitting class profile of the schools they are applying to and this is whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate, medical school, business school, law school, it doesn’t matter.

Then there is also they should be considering, especially for graduate school less so for undergraduate, what do they want to get out of the degree? Yes, undergraduate, college especially in the United States, I think abroad it can be different, you’re expected to do a certain amount of exploring and not necessarily know what you want to do for the rest of your life when you enter at 18.

But when you apply to graduate school and you are focusing now on medicine, law, chemical engineering, business, whatever it might be, you shouldn’t be exploring at that point. You should know that that’s your chosen field. You don’t necessarily need to know what specialty you want to go into let’s say in medicine or what kind of law you want to practice, but you should be able to have some experience that indicates familiarity with this particular specialty and perhaps some goals or directions beyond the graduate program that you are applying to.

Ben: Interesting. Interesting. Because you just mentioned like in the U.S. and the system we are talking about there it just reminded me that in our listeners I think maybe there will probably be about three Americans out of the thousands that we get. I was thinking, you just reminded me, I was thinking what would be the common challenges for a foreign student approaching this U.S. system and wanting to get into a U.S. university because I know lots of listeners who’ve got their sights on the U.S. and would love to study there. It’s like a dream.

Linda: Well, lack of familiarity with the U.S. school system, educational system is certainly one challenge. Sometimes, lack of familiarity with English is another challenge and I think that probably one of the biggest challenges especially for people coming from Asia or two in particular. One is some educational systems are very numbers focused. It’s a grade, it’s a test score and that’s it.

The U.S. does take a more holistic approach to evaluating candidates. It’s not all about the grades and test score. Yes, they do count. It’s not like you can show up with poor grades and expect to get into an Ivy League school. Poor grades or poor test score and say well I have this great experience. Yes, they look at it holistic, but they don’t ignore– so that’s I think one thing that’s very hard for international students to grasp.

The other thing is in some cultures, Americans in particular are very comfortable saying I did x, y, and z. I think in some cultures, that’s considered bragging. The line between demonstrating confidence and arrogance is a murky one and sometimes culturally defined.

Ben: Wow! That’s a very accurate description of what I’ve encountered especially with regards to like the test score obsession. When you say looking– the admissions offices is going to look at this holistically, they’re not only going to take into account the test scores, but they’ll also look at maybe extracurricular activities and what this student is doing outside of the school. Is that right?

Linda: Correct, correct and many fields right now are looking for both leadership and teamwork. So, if somebody’s been doing– again, some research fields, at this point most research is done in teams also. So, unless you’re a starving artist in a garage, you’re probably working in teams.

Ben: Right, I see.

Linda: So, that’s important.

Ben: Could you give us an example of what this teamwork would be? Would it be– I’m guessing here like a sports team that seems–

Linda: It could be.

Ben: What about other sort of like team events? Would it be something like scouts?

Linda: It could be– well, it depends again. If it’s college and you’ve been a scout through high school, then that could be highly relevant. If you were a scout in elementary school and you are now applying to graduate school, it doesn’t pass, sorry.

It could be playing in a band, being part of a theatre production. It could be a charitable organization, serving on a board. It could be being part of an alumni organization. It could be being on a team at work depending upon again, what kind of program that you are going for. It could be– if someone is applying to college and you are part of this student council or student club in your high school or you’re part of again a governing body in a college organization or an event that you plan.

The possibilities are so broad to show these kinds of qualities, but what sometimes happens is that the international applicant doesn’t realize that they are valued.

Ben: That reminds me of an admissions coach I spoke to and he said that the institutions are a little bit flexible. He was referring to Australia and the UK. So, maybe if the student got a band 7, but the university insisted on paper that they needed a band 7.5 to get into this program. Is it the same in the U.S.? Is there a little bit more– is there a little bit of flexibility there? Is it still worth a student applying even if they don’t meet the exact criteria?

Linda: It really depends on the school and the program. If a school is a competitive school and says this is our minimum, then they probably mean it. The applicant can certainly call the school and say listen, is there any exception? But in all likelihood they mean it.

If the school isn’t such a competitive school, in other words, it’s struggling to fill up its class, then they might be more lenient. The other thing is with most tests, you can always retake the test. So, let’s say you say there was a jackhammer going outside the room and that’s why I scored poorly or I was getting sick or you know whatever it is, the common reaction of the school is well, that’s okay. Then just retake it. And again, the flexibility of the school is probably going to be dependent upon how many applications they are receiving.

Ben: Right, excellent. We’re going to jump into sort of like the interview because I know that quite a few students can get nervous. In the IELTS exam, there is a face-to-face interview with an examiner and I’ve seen students– it’s so saddening. It’s so sad because they fall to bits in front of the examiner whereas minutes before we were just having a free flow conversation and then in front of the examiner they tense up and they are like showing, I don’t know, maybe 70% or 60% of their natural ability. I’m sure– has this happened to some of your students or some of your…

Linda: Yes.

Ben: Yes?

Linda: Yes, you’re talking now about admissions interviews or specifically IELTS… yes

Ben: Well, it’s a bit of an overlap. You know what I mean. It’s like basically–

Linda: Of course these overlap, but I’ll let you advise on the IELTS interview specifically. For an application interview, whether this is for business school or medical school interview, I strongly encourage our clients to review their application, to really comb the school’s website, if possible talk with current students and recent alumni. That would be number three and number four and this is really important; prepare to tie your experiences to the school’s programs and values.

Ben: Beautiful.

Linda: You can even set up a spreadsheet. School values: a, b, c, d. and I have these experiences that show that I share these values or I have these qualities. And then you can do it another way. You can say I’m really proud of this experience. I participated in this sorority and I increased membership by 50%. I worked in a team and I did this and this and this. Then list the qualities that you employed in that role.

Was it leadership? Was it teamwork? Was it great listening? Was it organizational skills? And list them so that if you are asked you can go either way. You can talk about the experiences you really want them to know about as well as tie to values that they hold dear. So, that’s kind of point number four.

Point number five which I think is very relevant whether you are going into an IELTS interview or an admissions interview is to– before you go in, don’t talk to the people just as nervous as you in the waiting room. Talk to yourself and use positive imagery before the interview.

Visualize yourself doing something you know you are good at. If you are a great tennis player, just imagine that fantastic serve. If you are a great musician, you are performing on stage and you’re just doing great. Visualize that. Then visualize yourself excelling in the interview, just acing it.

And then try positive self-talk. Affirmations. “I’m going to ace this interview today. I’m going to wow them.” You don’t have to say it out loud especially if you are shy, but we all have these conversations going on in our head and unfortunately, sometimes they are negative. They are not healthy. They are negative. Make the ones that you are having with yourself before you go in positive.

Ben: Yes, this is beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. It’s so– it’s kind of ironic because a few episodes ago, I was talking about visualizing and just visualizing the most successful interview. You sat there, back straight, you’re smiling. You’re looking at the examiner and it’s going well and yes, very similar to what you were saying. That’s fantastic advice–

Linda: I think also there’s a few mechanical things you can do. Go to the place of the interview the day before so that you know where you are going and you can’t get lost. And then allow an extra half hour or hour or whatever for traffic or parking problems or whatever so you’re not going to be there at the last minute. Just things like– those are kinds of mechanical ones, but I think– I’m thrilled to hear that you were talking about this just a couple of weeks ago also.

I do think we have these negative conversations and I think if we can be more positive about ourselves or just think positively, then we’re going to do better.

Ben: Absolutely. It’s like half the battle. Also, it can just as– it makes such an impact as well with your preparation. If you’ve got this negative self-talk saying you’re not going to succeed then you’re not going to be– it’s going to make it ten times harder to sit down and start preparing for it whereas if you are like okay let me give this my best shot. I deserve a band 7. I deserve to get into an Ivy League university. If you can just channel the conversation and make it positive. I completely agree with you there.

Linda: Yes, we’re on the same page.

Ben: Absolutely yes. So, we’re coming to an end and well, just two more questions. First one is why will a coach help a– not why. How can a coach help a student get into university?

Linda: There’s lots of ways. We can help the applicant choose the best schools where it’s going to be easiest for them to show fit and where they have the greatest likelihood of achieving their goals or meeting their educational needs.

We can guide them to write the essays and the resumes that help them show they both fit in as we discussed at the beginning of the interview and stand– fit in at the target schools and stand out in the applicant pool in a positive way. You don’t want to stand out in a negative way obviously.

We can provide mock interviews which help both in terms of the content of their responses and helps them feel more confident and comfortable when they go into the interview. We can help them mitigate weaknesses. Sometimes, people have a poor first year in college or maybe they had a bad semester. Maybe there was family illness. Maybe there was a problem. We can help them mitigate that, show that they really have the ability to succeed in whatever program they are applying to.

We can help them handle wait lists, respond to multiple offers and sometimes negotiate scholarships and grants. So those are–

Ben: Super. There are plenty of ways there.

Linda: Absolutely.

Ben: One last question. Success stories; do you have any stories that come to mind of like a student, maybe an international student who’s like– maybe you’ve helped and now is like excelling or you helped get in who maybe, I don’t know, you thought possibly couldn’t do it when they started?

Linda: Sure. We had– I remember there was one client applying to– well a couple of stories. We had one client this past year who was applying to top business schools and he actually had worked with another consultant first and then he came to get us. He wasn’t– he just wasn’t 100% happy with his essays.

He came to us. Turns out he also had a GMAT score that was distinctly below average for the schools he was aiming for. Like 50 points or more and– 60 points or more. He worked with our consultant. He worked hard with our consultant and he got into the top business schools in the world.

Ben: Wow! Oh, my word. That’s fantastic. Well done.

Linda: That was one. Then there was another story. This was from years and years ago. It was actually from 2001-2002. It was a fellow that we worked with and he was from the Middle East. He was applying to Ivy League schools and after 9/11 he was concerned that he should just stop.

He talked to his consultant, his consultant talked to me and we said no, we think you should definitely proceed. The reports of anti-Muslim filling in the United States were exaggerated. We thought he would get a fair shake and again he got into his dream school. And he was over the moon, overjoyed.

Ben: Wow! That’s fantastic. That’s fantastic. It just goes to say like what we were saying before like this self-talk. If you’re not controlling the conversation going on in your mind, somebody else possibly can or will. Like you just said with the media especially the media it can exaggerate things so much, blow it out of proportion to the point where it starts influencing behavior and it can be quite sad in some cases just like you talked about with the Middle Eastern guy.

Linda: He actually– in that case, it wasn’t even so much the self-talk, it was the rumor mill.

Ben: Exactly.

Linda: And that’s– sometimes the weakness of hanging out in various applicant forums as opposed to going to somebody who’s knowledgeable it can be the blind leading the blind.

Ben: Excellent point there. Well, thank you very much, Linda. Do you have anything– well, before we finish if you’ve got anything else to add you could tell us now. If not, tell us where students can find you.

Linda: Sure. Just go to www.accepted.com. I think our name pretty much tells about our benefit. We help you get accepted and we love to help IELTS podcast listeners. We do work with applicants from around the world: India, China, Indonesia, the Middle East, South America, Africa. You name it; we’ve probably worked with them. Mongolia.

Ben: Awesome. Fantastic.

Linda: Thank you so much, Ben, for having me. I really enjoyed talking to you.

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Meet Linda! In this episode we chat with a real professional in the field of university admissions. Linda is the owner of Accepted Admissions Consulting, and helps students get into prestigious universities in the US. Meet Linda! In this episode we chat with a real professional in the field of university admissions. Linda is the owner of Accepted Admissions Consulting, and helps students get into prestigious universities in the US. I ask Linda the following questions: -What are the common challenges university applicants face? -What is the best way to […] IELTS Podcast clean 26:22
How to use Word and Sentence Stress to Score Higher in Pronunciation on Your IELTS Exam https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/speaking-pronunciation/ Wed, 19 Jun 2019 08:02:48 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122508 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/speaking-pronunciation/#respond https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/speaking-pronunciation/feed/ 0 <p>In this tutorial you will learn: The importance of word stress The importance of sentence stress This will help you in your IELTS speaking exam because: You will develop a wider range of pronunciation features on your IELTS speaking exam. Getting ready for the IELTS speaking test is not easy. One of the four areas […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/speaking-pronunciation/">How to use Word and Sentence Stress to Score Higher in Pronunciation on Your IELTS Exam</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> In this tutorial you will learn:

  • The importance of word stress
  • The importance of sentence stress

This will help you in your IELTS speaking exam because:

  • You will develop a wider range of pronunciation features on your IELTS speaking exam.

Getting ready for the IELTS speaking test is not easy.

One of the four areas that you’ll receive a grade for is pronunciation; in fact, pronunciation accounts for 25% of the speaking score.

You might not know it, but the way you pronounce your words and sentences, and the pauses that you make when you’re speaking is all part of pronunciation and will make a significant difference in your IELTS speaking exam.
One of the important parts of pronunciation is word stress. Many English learners find it difficult to use sentence stress correctly. In English, stress occurs regularly throughout your sentence.

If you use word stress in your speech, you will instantly and automatically improve your pronunciation and therefore score higher on your IELTS speaking test. So what exactly is stress? In this article, we’ll discuss word stress and sentence stress.

What is word stress?

In English, when a word has more than one syllable, one part of the word will be more stressed than the other; this is called word stress.

And it means that one of the vowel sounds of that syllable will be pronounced longer, louder, and at a slightly higher pitch than the other parts of the word.

If you mispronounce the word and place stress on the wrong syllables the listener will not understand you properly.

Along with changing the meaning of a word, stress changes can also change the part of speech especially in cases where words have the same spelling.

For example, let’s compare two similar words that have different meanings because of stress.
con′test /ˈkɑːnˌtɛst/

The first word above is a noun, and it means a game or competition. We pronounce it by putting the stress on the first syllable.

Compare it to the following:
con·test′ /kənˈtɛst/

In this second word, the syllable is on the second syllable; and it means to argue against something. Here are a couple more for you to practice:
pre′sent pre·sent
ob′ject ob·ject
ex′port ex·port

If you’re unsure where the stress is in a word, check a dictionary. In most dictionaries, you will see the symbol ‘ before the stressed syllable. Also, check out https://forvo.com/, the online pronunciation dictionary.

Word Stress Rules

Now that you have a general understanding, here are a couple of basic rules about word stress:

  • Vowels are stressed, not consonants.
  • One word cannot have two stresses; so each word has one stress.
  • If a word is both a verb and a noun, the noun stresses the first syllable, whereas the verb, is stressed on the second syllable. See the above examples.

Also, here are some additional rules to follow:
1. For most nouns with two syllables, the stress is on the first syllable.

  • Parent
  • Embrace
  • Chicken
  • Knowledge

2. Prefixes and Suffixes aren’t stressed.

  • Effortless
  • Undo
  • Opening
  • Inside

3. If a word ends in ‘’er’’stress is on the syllable before it.

  • Teacher
  • Painter
  • Loser
  • Dancer

4. Stress the first part of compound words.

  • Blackbird
  • Greenhouse
  • Bedroom
  • Sunrise

5. Stress the first syllable of three syllable words ending ‘’ly’’.

  • Perfectly
  • Quietly
  • Basically
  • Drunkenly

Sentence Stress

Another important part of pronunciation is sentence stress which is the overall rhythm of sentences whereby emphasis is on certain words but not on others.

Useful tip for the speaking exam: In sentence stress, content words are often stressed, while structural words are not. Content words are words with the most meaning in the sentence; these are the words that are stressed; this includes the following:

  • Nouns
  • Adjectives
  • Main verbs
  • WH-questions, i.e., who, what, where, when, etc.
  • Negative words, i.e., never, neither, not, etc.
  • Modals, i.e., should, could, might, etc.
  • Adverbs, i.e., carefully, loudly, quickly, etc.

On the other hand, structural words which are not stressed are as follows:

  • Articles
  • Prepositions
  • Possessive adjectives, i.e. his, her, my, etc.
  • Personal pronouns, I, you, he, etc.
  • Conjunctions, i.e., but, and, or, etc.

Here are some examples of stressed works in the following sentences:

1. They won’t go to school today.
2. Allison’s father had a heart attack.
3. Have you seen the new movie with Brad Pitt?
4. I’ve never heard of that!
5. I’m going back to Vienna for good.
6. The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.

By practicing word stress in your speech, your pronunciation will immediately and automatically get better.

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In this tutorial you will learn: The importance of word stress The importance of sentence stress This will help you in your IELTS speaking exam because: You will develop a wider range of pronunciation features on your IELTS speaking exam. In this tutorial you will learn: The importance of word stress The importance of sentence stress This will help you in your IELTS speaking exam because: You will develop a wider range of pronunciation features on your IELTS speaking exam. Getting ready for the IELTS speaking test is not easy. One of the four areas […] IELTS Podcast clean 18:35
Lena Scores Band 8 and in September Starts University in Germany 🇩🇪 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/student-stories/band8-university-germany/ Sat, 15 Jun 2019 05:41:45 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122480 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/student-stories/band8-university-germany/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/student-stories/band8-university-germany/feed/ 8 <p>Lena is from Moscow, and starts university in Germany in September. Lena scored 7.5 in the writing. She followed our online IELTS course, wrote essays and our team of EX-IELTS EXAMINERS, corrected her work, gave her feedback, and she quickly improved her writing skills. Lena scored for the following: 7.5 Listening 8 Reading 7.5 Writing 8 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/student-stories/band8-university-germany/">Lena Scores Band 8 and in September Starts University in Germany 🇩🇪</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> Lena is from Moscow, and starts university in Germany in September.

Lena scored 7.5 in the writing.

She followed our online IELTS course, wrote essays and our team of EX-IELTS EXAMINERS, corrected her work, gave her feedback, and she quickly improved her writing skills.

Lena scored for the following:

7.5 Listening
8 Reading
7.5 Writing
8 Speaking

Overall: Band 8

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Lena shares what happened on her speaking exam (she had a very interesting examiner…..).

She shares how she prepared for hard IELTS topics she didn’t know what to write about.

Lena also shares a book she found really useful for preparing for IELTS topics.

Never give up!

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Lena is from Moscow, and starts university in Germany in September. Lena scored 7.5 in the writing. She followed our online IELTS course, wrote essays and our team of EX-IELTS EXAMINERS, corrected her work, gave her feedback, Lena is from Moscow, and starts university in Germany in September. Lena scored 7.5 in the writing. She followed our online IELTS course, wrote essays and our team of EX-IELTS EXAMINERS, corrected her work, gave her feedback, and she quickly improved her writing skills. Lena scored for the following: 7.5 Listening 8 Reading 7.5 Writing 8 […] IELTS Podcast clean 32:13
IELTS Speaking: Fluency and Cohesion https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/fluency-cohesion/ Wed, 12 Jun 2019 10:07:21 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122433 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/fluency-cohesion/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/fluency-cohesion/feed/ 8 <p>In this tutorial, you will learn how to use connectives and discourse markers effectively to attain Band 7 in the Fluency and Cohesion criteria. This will help you in your IELTS Speaking exam because: You will learn what connectives and discourse markers are and what is flexibility in their use You will see examples of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/fluency-cohesion/">IELTS Speaking: Fluency and Cohesion</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> In this tutorial, you will learn how to use connectives and discourse markers effectively to attain Band 7 in the Fluency and Cohesion criteria.

This will help you in your IELTS Speaking exam because:

  • You will learn what connectives and discourse markers are and what is flexibility in their use
  • You will see examples of how they can be used successfully to improve your answer for Band 7

The criteria of Fluency and Cohesion for BAND 7 indicates that the candidate should use a range of connectives and discourse markers with some flexibility. Let’s discuss what are discourse markers and connectives, what is to use them with flexibility and how to achieve that flexibility in your exam answer.

In order to sound convincing and confident your speech needs to be both connected and logical.

This can be achieved in speech by using a number of special words and phrases called connectives or linkers.

Very often they are also called discourse markers, though some sources still specify that discourse markers’ function is to actually show the listener that we are going to show attitude, introduce opinion, rephrase, repeat or change what we are saying. Anyway, both groups of these words help to make what we say clearer for the listener and add order and structure to your answer.

Connectives are words or phrases that connect and relate sentences and paragraphs. They help to build the logical flow of ideas as they signal the relationship between sentences and paragraphs. You can see some of the more commonly used connectives in the table below.

These words and expressions help to develop, relate, connect and even move ideas.

The table below lists a few of the most frequently used connectives.

FUNCTION CONNECTIVES
addition and, also, besides, furthermore, too, moreover, then, equally important, another
comparison like, in the same manner (way), as so, similarly
contrast but, in contrast, conversely, however, still, nevertheless, yet, on the other hand, on the contrary, or, in spite of this, actually, in fact
order or sequence first, second, (etc.), finally, next, then, to begin with, after, before, as soon as, in the end, gradually
results as a result, so, accordingly, consequently, thus, since, therefore, for this reason, because of this
purpose for this purpose, with this in mind, for this reason
to signal an example or emphasize for example, to illustrate, for instance, to be specific, such as, especially
to summarize or conclude in summary, to sum up, to repeat, briefly, in short, finally, on the whole, therefore, as I have said, in conclusion, as you can see


Discourse markers
are words or phrases that we use to manage what we say or write or to express attitude. They are also quite helpful in building a well-organised answer and orienting your listener as you speak.

FUNCTION Discourse markers
To preface what you really think Actually, I have to say
To confess that something is true I must admit
To give yourself time to think Well
To start, end or change topic Right, so, anyway
To say something in another way What I mean is, in other words
To talk about knowledge we share with listener You know, you see
To introduce personal opinion My point is, what I’m getting at is, I mean, I guess

 

fluency and cohesion

A piece of advice for those who want to attain a Band 7 answer would be to use a good variety of both connectives and discourse markers, to avoid repeating them and not to use only the basic ones (like and, or, but, however, in my opinion). This is exactly what the exam criteria of using them “with flexibility” refers to.

Now let’s have a look at the good answer and the function of each connective in context.

QS: Why do people want to learn a foreign language?

Well [to give yourself time to think], that’s because [reason] it’s very useful in modern society. I guess [personal opinion], language learning stopped being a hobby and turned into a trend. That [reference] is due to [reason] many real advantages in employment, relationships and health.

First [order], speaking more than one language can open up a great number of employment opportunities for job seekers, especially [emphasis] if [condition] that language is widely used in business. So, if [condition] you speak a language like English or Mandarin, you will be able to work for not only local but [contrast] global businesses too [add ideas], with the additional advantage of a very decent salary.

Second [order], if [condition]you speak two or more languages, this [reference] will help you to extend your connections worldwide. So [result] you will be able to build lasting friendships with foreign co-workers or local people when [time] you travel around the world.

And finally [order], your brain will benefit a lot from such a [example] learning activity as discovering a new language. Research showed that studying another language helps prevent brain illness and keeps you more mentally fit as well as [add ideas] improves your memory. In short, [conclude] what I’m getting at is that [personal opinion] learning a foreign language is more than beneficial!

 

As you can see, this answer indeed shows a flexible use of connectives and discourse markers. They are not repeated (except several uses of if, which is justified) and all used appropriately.

All the ideas are organised well and the connections between them are clear and logical. Thus, using appropriate connectives will make your exam answer ordered and intelligible, and will show that you are flexible when using them and can use a certain range to express yourself in an orderly and logical manner.

 

Well , that’s because it’s very useful in modern society. I guess, language learning stopped being a hobby and turned into a trend. That is due to many real advantages in employment, relationships and health.

First , speaking more than one language can open up a great number of employment opportunities for job seekers, especially if that language is widely used in business. So, if you speak a language like English or Mandarin, you will be able to work for not only local but global businesses too, with the additional advantage of a very decent salary.

Second, if you speak two or more languages, this will help you to extend your connections worldwide. So you will be able to build lasting friendships with foreign co-workers or local people when you travel around the world.

And finally, your brain will benefit a lot from such a learning activity as discovering a new language. Research showed that studying another language helps prevent brain illness and keeps you more mentally fit as well as improves your memory. In short, what I’m getting at is that learning a foreign language is more than beneficial!

 

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to use connectives and discourse markers effectively to attain Band 7 in the Fluency and Cohesion criteria. This will help you in your IELTS Speaking exam because: You will learn what connectives and discourse marke... In this tutorial, you will learn how to use connectives and discourse markers effectively to attain Band 7 in the Fluency and Cohesion criteria. This will help you in your IELTS Speaking exam because: You will learn what connectives and discourse markers are and what is flexibility in their use You will see examples of […] IELTS Podcast clean 34:52
IELTS Speaking: Pronunciation Pro https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/pronuncian-amanda/ Sat, 08 Jun 2019 09:01:20 +0000 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/?p=122408 https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/pronuncian-amanda/#comments https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/pronuncian-amanda/feed/ 8 <p>Meet Amanda from Pronuncian.com. In this tutorial, she shares her strategy for improving a student’s speaking pronunciation skills. We cover: Why students struggle under exam conditions The fastest ways to improve your pronunciation Long term strategies to improve Common errors non-English speakers have Two of the strategies I mention are taken directly from the Speaking […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com/speaking-ieltspodcast/pronuncian-amanda/">IELTS Speaking: Pronunciation Pro</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ieltspodcast.com">IELTS Podcast</a>.</p> Meet Amanda from Pronuncian.com. In this tutorial, she shares her strategy for improving a student’s speaking pronunciation skills.

We cover:

  • Why students struggle under exam conditions
  • The fastest ways to improve your pronunciation
  • Long term strategies to improve
  • Common errors non-English speakers have

Two of the strategies I mention are taken directly from the Speaking Confidence course, which is part of our online IELTS course (Jump to Band 7 or it’s free).

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Meet Amanda from Pronuncian.com. In this tutorial, she shares her strategy for improving a student’s speaking pronunciation skills. We cover: Why students struggle under exam conditions The fastest ways to improve your pronunciation Long term strategie... Meet Amanda from Pronuncian.com. In this tutorial, she shares her strategy for improving a student’s speaking pronunciation skills. We cover: Why students struggle under exam conditions The fastest ways to improve your pronunciation Long term strategies to improve Common errors non-English speakers have Two of the strategies I mention are taken directly from the Speaking […] IELTS Podcast clean 36:24