Hi, I’m Mister Paul. Welcome to my blog! During this lesson, you’ll be able to find out how to answer task one of the IELTS general writing examination. Within the general IELTS writing examination, task one involves writing a letter. Usually, you have got to try and do 3 things in your letter. You have got twenty minutes and you have to put in writing a minimum of one hundred and fifty words. During this lesson, you’ll discover a way to set up and write a general task one IELTS answer.
You’ll learn easy methods that you’ll be able to use to put in writing a far better answer and improve your IELTS writing score. Let’s begin by going over a sample question: Your neighbour has been creating a great deal of noise recently. This has resulted in certain issues, and you wish to raise them to prevent the problem from escalating. Write a letter to your neighbour. In your letter: – state evidence of the noise and make a case for the issues this has caused for you – say what’s going to happen if the matter isn’t resolved.
Planning for IELTS general task one answers is simpler than for different IELTS writing tasks. All general task one queries have an identical structure. This implies that your answer will have identical formats on every occasion. The question asks you to try and do 3 things. All paragraphs should have their own clearly defined purpose. So, your answer can have 3 short paragraphs.
You will need a brief introduction. Simply write one sentence to clarify why you’re writing; like this: I’m writing to complain regarding the noise levels emanating from your house over the past few weeks. The introduction could be completely different in different tasks. For instance, if you’re writing to a lover, you’d write something abundantly less complicated. There’s an additional issue you’ll need to consider whilst planning: tone. Once we say ‘tone’, we tend to mean how formal or informal your letter ought to be. Task one of the final IELTS writing examination is where tone is clearly mentioned within the rating system.
You need to put in writing in an applicable tone, and your tone must be consistent. What tone does one suppose you wish were here? Ought your letter to be formal, neutral, or informal? Most likely, your letter is somewhere between neutral and formal. You’re writing to your neighbour, therefore it’s not necessary to be overly formal. However, let’s not forget you’re writing to complain and that adds formality. In my experience, the most common mistakes with task one answers isn’t obtaining the right tone. Either candidates select an inappropriate level, or they combine completely different levels within the same answer. Each of those mistakes can hurt your score. So, before you write something, consider how formal your letter ought to be. Now, you have got a plan; let’s write our initial paragraph! Check out the start of a letter: Emily, how’s it going? I’m really writing as a result of problems I have with noise coming from where you are living.
I’d like to know the reason for the noise levels. I mean, what on earth are you doing that’s causing so much noise? I can hardly hear myself think while I’m talking to somebody who’s sitting next to me – it’s that loud. Please inform me as to what’s occurring matter is tone. As you detected before, it’s a typical mistake to combine formal and informal language.
Words for IELTS writing hello there my name’s Ben Worthington in this tutorial we’re going to look at words you can include to improve your IELTS essays and then we’re going to look at formulas for improving the words in your IELTS essays and the reason why I want to look at the formulas is because if you know the formula then you can quickly improve any essay but if you’ve only got three four five words then okay you’ve got those extra words but you have to wait for the ideal opportunity to insert them into your essay and sometimes the ideal opportunity does not always arise which can cause you to force the word into the essay which makes it sound unnatural and that’s definitely what we do not want to do so first in this tutorial we’re going to look at three good words that we can use and I will explain why they are useful valuable words and then I’ll give you two strategies that you can use to improve any essay to improve the words in any essay that you write let’s get started so the first word is ascertain now the reason why I chose ascertain was because it’s not very common in everyday spoken English or even that common in written English so if you show the examiner that you can use these fancy words or words that are less common you’re going to help impress her or him so let’s see what does ascertain mean well it means to determine okay so we could say it is increasingly difficult to ascertain the reasons for more regulations in the workplace okay more often than not more red tape makes it increasingly difficult for employers to employ so ascertain here we could just interchange it with determine but ascertain like I said is slightly less common shows the examiner you’ve got a wide lexical resource or helps to persuade the examiner that you’ve got a wide lexical extensive lexical resource next one beget now if you’ve had beget before that’s fantastic if you haven’t it basically means to cause to bring about so in this instance we could say government regulations often beget more bureaucracy red tape and inefficiencies and once again what we’re doing is we’re changing something that’s quite common or widespread often cause bureaucracy and we’re upgrading it for something that’s less frequent that’s used less often and once again we’re showing the examiner we’ve got a more extensive lexical resource than our students than our colleagues who are also competing with us okay next one tantamount what does tantamount mean well it basically means virtually the same as okay and another reason actually I’ve just remembered another reason why we should consider improving our vocabularies not because we’re going to show the examiner that we know how to use less common words it’s just that these less common words often can only be used in certain circumstances and often have specific grammar rules in this case it’s tantamount to so we’re not only going to improve our lexical resource but we want to slightly improve a grammatical range and accuracy okay so I’ll give you an example to place a modern McDonalds-style restaurant in one of these areas would be tantamount to architectural architectural vandalism or would be almost the same as architectural vandalism and I don’t need to explain which sounds better in that instance hopefully it’s clear now let’s move on to some of the formulas that you can use to improve your academic English and I want to be specific here we’re looking at improving academic English because if we do this with messaging our friends we’ll look a bit weird or like a little bit odd so first one topic-specific vocabulary this is probably one of my favorites because I think it’s the easiest and the quickest to improve your score and I mean I won’t go into how we get topic-specific vocabulary but if you can see here I’ve marked it in green and it basically means these are the words that you would only find when we’re talking about a specific topic topicspecificso you can see we’ve got performers promoters for the questions about sports events spending money that’s roughly the idea okay so performers promoters entertainment spectacle not only was that an example of topic-specific vocabulary it’s also a collocation collocations help your language sound more natural and it’s less likely to make a mistake using a collocation because they come together so you can’t really mess it up so we’ve got to entertainment spectacle performers promoters and also you’ll see as well that there are lots of other words underlined in this paragraph beget aspire to cultural wealth monetary considerable wealth can you see this is sort of like slightly more advanced vocabulary that you’re not going to find on the street or talking especially in the spoken English most likely not in spoken English but this is what we’re aiming for if you want to get a band 7 or above a good control solid control of vocabulary that shows like a higher ability and topic-specific vocabulary uses slightly less frequent common words that’s the way to go so that’s one example the next example is once you’ve finished finished writing your essay what you do is you go through it okay and you look for opportunities to improve it hopefully you’ll be looking for opportunities to correct it as well but at the same time why not look for opportunities to improve that vocabulary so a good place to start is to look for words like good bad nice verbs like to be to have to get and we can upgrade them okay we can upgrade and we can show the examiner that we know how to use words slightly less common and more specialized and more specific I’ll give you an example so in the paragraph before we said entertainment spending is definitely a good development if we say entertainment spending is a positive development or is definitely a positive development then we’re using vocabulary that’s less common and positive and good in this instance are interchangeable okay and then I’ve gone on to improve the rest of the paragraph slightly changing the meaning in some cases but either way it’s definitely better so when they have access to these events okay I changed that from upon purchasing access for such events it sounds more academic it sounds more advanced when they have access is very basic okay and then once again in the basic paragraph I’ve said they have the opportunity to spend some nice time with their family and friends brah how basic does that sound fair enough it’s easy to write it’s simple and it’s clear but it’s basic it’s terribly basic it’s almost criminal so the upgraded version would be I will just start with the second part they gained the opportunity to spend quality time quality time another collocation I’ve substituted gained for have and I’ve also elaborated the sentence and make memorable experiences with their friends and family and it means you know when you’re spending a nice time probably you’re going to be making memorable experiences but here I was a little bit more specific and I just wanted to emphasize that so those are the ways that you can improve your writing okay you can improve your writing by improving the words and if we look at the last two sort of like tips I gave you these are formulas and adopting formulas is much more powerful than just learning the specific words so if you can adopt these formulas and go through your paragraph look for opportunities to change the vocabulary from generic and normal and standard to topic-specific and at the same time look for opportunities to upgrade your language okay my name is Ben Worthington I hope you enjoyed this tutorial if you want more help or if you’re in a hurry and you really just want to get IELTS out of the way then have a look at the online course we’re getting lots of success at the moment they’re like how I explained before you get some feedback it’s a very fast way to improve and yeah basically makes IELTS a lot easier so have a look at that it’s at ieltspodcast.com my name is Ben Worthington and have a great day and good luck with your IELTS preparation
Hi, I’m Daniel. Welcome to Oxford Online English! In this lesson, you can learn about paraphrasing in IELTS essays. First question: what’s paraphrasing? Paraphrasing means saying the same thing in a different way. But, I’m guessing you already knew that. Probably, you’re watching this video because you think you need to paraphrase the question in your IELTS essay introduction, and you aren’t sure how to do it. We’re making this video because there’s a lot of bad or inaccurate advice about paraphrasing around, and many IELTS students have the wrong idea about what paraphrasing is and how they should use it in their IELTS essay. With our IELTS students, we often have to spend time breaking down bad habits and bad ideas which students have about this. So, in this lesson, you can learn the truth about paraphrasing in your IELTS essay. You’ll see the number one mistake that IELTS students make with paraphrasing, and you’ll learn how to use paraphrase effectively in your IELTS writing exam.
Let’s start with something that might surprise you: What? But wait, I saw this video, and it said I should paraphrase the question in my introduction. But wait, I read this article, and it said I should paraphrase the question in my introduction. But wait, my teacher told me I should paraphrase the question in my introduction. Okay, we know. There’s a lot of IELTS advice out there that says, ‘paraphrase the question in your introduction.’ Why should you listen when we say you don’t need to? Don’t pay attention to us; pay attention to the official IELTS scoring scheme. To save you time, we’ve added links to the official scoring scheme under the video.
You can read it right now! Go ahead; read the scoring scheme and find the word ‘paraphrase’. We can save you some time: it isn’t there. Remember, this is the official scoring system, which the examiners use to mark your IELTS writing exam. The writing mark scheme does not talk about paraphrase AT ALL. Why not? Because you don’t have to paraphrase the question in your introduction. Okay, you think, so how do I start my essay? Surely paraphrasing the question is better than nothing? I don’t know what else to do… Here’s how a lot of students approach paraphrasing.
See if this looks familiar to you. Let’s take a question: Robots, computers, and machines are becoming more advanced, and can perform many jobs which used to be done by people. What problems does this cause, and how can these problems be solved? So, let’s practice bad paraphrasing! Let’s see now, we need to change the words. Let’s find some synonyms: robot = automaton advanced = cutting-edge machine = apparatus job = assignment people = folks Wow, great synonyms, right? Let’s plug them into our sentence to create a bad paraphrase: Automata, computers, and apparatus are becoming more cutting-edge, and can perform many assignments which used to be done by folks. Let’s change a couple of small things so it’s not so close to the original: Automata, computers, and apparatus are more and more cutting-edge, and can do many assignments which were done by folks in the past. Finished! What a great paraphrase! No, no, no! This is terrible, and it will only hurt your IELTS score. Don’t do this! This is what many IELTS students do, but it’s a bad idea. Let’s see why this doesn’t work.
First, a question: what’s a synonym? You probably said something like, “a word with the same meaning as another word.” That’s more or less true. However, a true synonym is a word which can replace another word in any sentence. So, imagine you have two words: A and B. If word A can be replaced with word B in any sentence, they’re synonyms. If word A can be replaced with word B sometimes, but not always, they’re not true synonyms. Maybe they have a similar meaning, but they aren’t the same. What’s the point of all this? The point is that there are very few true synonyms in English, or any language. Just because two words have the same meaning does not mean they can be used in the same way. The words people and folks have the same basic meaning, but that doesn’t mean that you can say folks any time you say people.
They aren’t true synonyms. Why not? Because vocabulary usage depends on more than just meaning. Register and collocation are equally important. Also, many words which have a similar meaning don’t have exactly the same meaning. Machine and apparatus are similar, but they aren’t the same. Job and assignment are similar, but they aren’t the same. So, that’s problem number one. When you use words that you think are synonyms, they probably aren’t true synonyms. That means you’re changing the meaning—which is dangerous—and also making language mistakes, which can hurt your vocabulary score. There’s a second problem: this is a really weird and unnatural thing to do. Imagine someone asks you a question. What do you do? Do you repeat the question back, using different words? Hey! How was your weekend? Ah… You wish to enquire about my recent non-working days? How’s the weather in the US? So… You want to know about the climatic conditions in North America? No! This is weird! When someone asks you a question, you answer the question.
Your IELTS essay is the same. The task asks you a question. Your essay should answer the question. Your answer starts from your first sentence. Bad paraphrase adds nothing to your answer. No paraphrase is better than bad paraphrase. A bad paraphrase is only an empty sentence with language mistakes. That’s all the examiner will see. For your IELTS score, this is only negative.
Ok, you think, so how do I start my essay? You have two options, and it depends on your target score. Let’s look. This is going to be a short section. If your target score is 6 or maybe 6.5, and you don’t know how to start your essay, here’s what you do: Write an introduction which is one sentence. Write a thesis statement. That means you explain what you’re going to talk about and what you’re trying to prove with your essay. For example: In this essay, I will discuss possible solutions to the problems caused by robots and computers taking people’s jobs. Or: I intend to show that the problems caused by robots and computers taking people’s jobs are serious, but also possible to solve. Or even: Robots and computers are replacing people at work.
This is a serious problem, and I will discuss how we can solve it. That’s all you need. But, you say, isn’t that too short? No—not at all. First of all, your introduction can be any length. Your introduction can be one sentence. Here’s an important point: your introduction is the least important part of your IELTS essay. Are the example introductions you saw above great? No. They’re not great, but they are easily good enough. Your conclusion is super-important. How you organise your ideas into paragraphs is very important.
How you support and connect your ideas is extremely important. Your introduction is not that important. You can get a high score with a very basic introduction. So, here’s a simple solution: if you don’t know what to write in your IELTS essay introduction, don’t write much at all. Write a short thesis statement, and then start the body of your essay. This is good advice if your target is 6 or 6.5, but what if you’re aiming for a higher score? So, what does effective paraphrase look like? Remember, you’re thinking about writing a strong IELTS essay here. That means an essay which scores between seven and nine. Here’s the thing: when you write a strong essay, you can’t think about it as lots of separate things. Lots of IELTS students write essays in this way: “Ok, first I have to paraphrase the question, then I need to write a thesis statement. Ok, first body paragraph: I need a topic sentence, then a supporting example, then a linking phrase, then a second supporting example… et cetera.” That can work for intermediate IELTS scores: to 6.5, but it’s not a good approach for higher scores.
For higher scores, your essay needs to be one coherent, connected piece. What does that mean, practically? And what does it have to do with paraphrasing? First point: your first sentence should be connected to everything else in your essay. That means you need to know exactly where your essay is going before you start writing. Before you put one word on the page, you need to know all the important things you want to say. Practically, that means you need to know what your conclusion is going to be before you start writing. You also need to know exactly how many body paragraphs you’re going to have, and what you’re going to put in each one.
To be clear, that means when you write your first sentence, you aren’t just thinking, “How can I find a synonym for this word?” Good paraphrasing isn’t about that. You already know the conclusion you want to reach, and you know the ideas you want to discuss. Effective paraphrasing includes this. It shows your reader—the examiners—where your essay is going. Effective paraphrasing shows how you understand the key ideas in the question, and what conclusion your essay is trying to reach. So, the main point: paraphrasing depends on planning. It’s not a simple thing; it’s not just taking some words and replacing them with other words—it’s connected to other parts of your essay.
It’s connected to your ideas and opinions. If you don’t know the conclusion of your essay, you can’t write a good introduction. To write a good introduction, you need to know exactly where you’re trying to go. Let’s see how this can work in practice. To paraphrase effectively, you need to take the ideas in the question and add your own interpretation. Here’s the question you saw before: Some questions: The question talks about robots, computers, and machines. What do these words mean in this context? Can you think of specific examples? What exactly does advanced mean? Advanced in what way? The question mentions jobs which used to be done by people. Like what? The question asks: what problems does this cause? Are these problems serious, or not? Why or why not? Pause the video and think about these. If you want to write a good introduction, you need to have clear answers to all of these questions! Now, let’s see how you could effectively paraphrase this question: Advances in technology have led to the automation of many jobs, especially low-level or manual positions.
This has led to many serious problems, including unemployment and increasing rates of poverty and inequality. This is what a good paraphrase looks like. Here’s a question: which way do you think this essay is going? Do you think the writer will be positive, negative or neutral about the effects of automation? It sounds negative. You can guess that the essay will conclude that automation causes serious problems which are not easy to solve. Someone who reads the first sentence of your introduction should be able to do the same thing; they should be able to guess where your essay is going. Remember: this starts in your head. Everything needs to be clear in your head before you write anything. Another point to notice: our paraphrase doesn’t have the same sentence structure as the task. The paraphrase is two sentences, while the task is just one. The task asks a question: “What problems does this cause?” Our paraphrase replaces this with a statement: “This has led to many serious problems.” Also, our paraphrase replaces general ideas in the question with more specific ideas. The question mentions “many jobs,” but our paraphrase talks about “low-level or manual positions.” The question mentions “problems,” but our paraphrase talks about “serious problems, including unemployment and inequality.” To review, to write an effective paraphrase, you need to do three things: One: have a clear plan in your head, with a clear conclusion, which should be obvious to your reader from the first sentence of your essay.
Two: don’t try to stick too closely to the sentence structure in the question. Paraphrasing is about ideas, not just words. Three: interpret and develop the ideas in the task, so that you replace general ideas in the task with your own more specific ones. Now, you should understand more about how to paraphrase in your IELTS essay. Good luck if you have an IELTS exam coming up soon! You can find more free English lessons, including IELTS preparation lessons, on our website: Oxford Online English dot com. Thanks for watching! See you next time! .
Good morning ma’am may I come in, yes please thank you so much this is the speaking test of the International English Language Testing system taking place on Saturday the 21st of October at the Falcon Center the Center number is FC two six zero one the candidate is Harish Rao and the candidate number is zero zero zero eight five zero zero the examiner is Manjita Osta and the examiner number is two zero zero five zero one good afternoon what’s your full name please my name is Harish Rao and what should I call you you can call me Harish now in this first part I’d like to ask you questions about yourself let’s talk about where you live where do you live in your country? I live in a place called Bombay which is now called Mumbai it belongs to the west part of India in the state of Maharashtra it’s called the city of dreams because many people aspire to make it big in Indian films which is called Bollywood.
Would you recommend others to visit it and why? yes definitely I would definitely recommend people coming into Bombay for few things especially to witness the amazing enthusiasm when it comes to Bollywood and cricket and in order to taste mouth-watering food in the city and also be part of the array of processions which happen for different festivals across the nation at different times of the year. Has it changed in the last decade and how? yes definitely I think there are a lot of changes which have happened in the past decade few things notably changed are pollution and population. I think they have increased an alarming rate property prices have also skyrocketed due to which it’s costing an arm and leg for a middle-class family to afford a decent place in the city mainly where there are facilities available like highly accessible public transport good schools and colleges and also shops to shop your groceries or to buy clothes it’s become really very costly on the upside though they have been a lot of changes in the infrastructure in the city they have been a lot of colleges which have come up due to which numerous number of people are going to colleges as compared to before there have been a lot of malls which have come up due to which a lot of spending habits which has been seen amongst people of the city there are lot of varieties of things to shop these days because of these things now let’s talk about interests and hobbies what’s a favorite hobby? Coming from the city of Mumbai it gives me an opportunity and platform to you know pursue a lot of hobbies few would be food related hobbies and movie related ones I am a foodie so I like to try out a lot of cuisines plethora of them available in streets of Mumbai or probably in fancy restaurants I am also a movie buff so I like to watch movies on action genre more than the comedy ones especially the Transformers and the Mission Impossible and The Matrix it’s just amazing to watch so many of them and also a couple of Bollywood movies where our actors show amazing movie action which are really entertaining.
What hobbies and interest you had when you were in school? Well I was an avid Philatelist and had a hobby of collecting a lot of stamps from different countries in the world I was fond of history and a lot of historical monuments like Statue of Liberty and Taj Mahal being part of the stamps used to really make me collect those and also you know different historical figures like Queen Elizabeth or Gandhi or Hitler will also make me make me feel that the stamp is quite significant in it’s value that’s nice do you think one should be encouraged to take up hobbies professionally? Well I believe that hobbies can be taken up professionally and I’ve seen a lot of examples in the world who have taken hobbies professionally and they made it big in their in their passion all right now let’s move on to food so what cuisines are famous in your city? well there are lot of cuisines available in the city which I I cannot recollect a lot of stuff but there are three main dishes which are which I’m really fond of namely Vada Pao Pao Bhaji and Pani Puri there are amazing street food available in the city of Mumbai and probably available 24 by 7 if you want to hunt those in the streets and I really love them which this you enjoy the most as a child? the one which I loved the most was Vada Pav it’s an amazing potato dumpling which is deep fried and then it’s available at practically any Street which you go where you see street food available and it’s it’s wrapped up into a hot bread and so with a lot of spices should the restaurant modify their cuisines as per the customers need or should they stick to the original recipe? the world is becoming a global village and Fusion is becoming the mantra these days I believe that customizing the food as per the spice level and the allergens should definitely be encouraged by the restaurants now I’m going to give you a topic and I’d like you to talk about it for one to two minutes you have one minute to think about what you are going to say and you can make some notes if you wish do you understand? Sure.
I’d like you to describe a sport which you think is underappreciated okay so you have one to two minutes to speak on this topic don’t worry if I stop you I’ll let you know by the timer is up you may start to speak now please according to me table tennis is a sport is underappreciated it’s commonly called as ping pong if it’s played in leisure but it is also called as table tennis if it’s played as a serious sport table tennis as a sport is practiced almost in all countries in the world and it’s also part of the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games the equipment needed for it is a good blade a nice set of rubbers which are quite speedy and spinny a rock solid table a net which which doesn’t sag a really firm flooring which gives good grip to your foot and you don’t slip and many other things probably a good Robo if you want to increase your agility and reflexes or if you don’t have a training partner so you can use the robot to play with I think even after having so many positives in this sport it is still under appreciated because of various aspects like few other sports for example in India cricket or badminton now or tennis they are highly marketed because of the commercial aspect of it I am not saying that the players in belonging to the sport don’t do a lot, yes they practice a lot but there are various and commercial aspects from money perspective from a power and influence perspective because of which these games are highly seen in India which probably overshadows table tennis I would say that cricket majorly overshadows table tennis because there are so many people who follow cricket as a religion more than a sport there’s a lot of betting going on when it comes to cricket probably a match you might see about a billion dollars in bet mainly because it’s so much popular in the inner most cities and inner most villages in India because people love the spirit of cricket.
Would you like to play this sport ever? actually I do play the sport and I treat it very seriously mainly because it helps me in my agility and my day to day hand eye coordination different kinds of neuro related activities and it definitely develops a lot of senses basic senses in you so I love to play table tennis and I would like to take it to a professional level at some stage thank you can I have the paper and the pen back please, yes, thank you. now you’ve been telling me about sports so I’d like to ask you some more questions related to it let’s talk about the attitude to in sports do you think sports should be given the same importance as academics in your country? well I believe yes it should be given the same importance of the academies in my country because I believe that sports and academics go hand in hand and why do you think that because a human body does a lot in terms of academics by consuming its mental energy so there has to be some compensation to that by giving some physical energy emitting some physical energy so I believe that in order to have a complete stable state of mind and body you need to play sports as well and it also helps in developing a lot of neurological skills reflexes agility which also help in being really alert in your academics and also having a good presence of mind overall.
Why do you think that parents encourage their children to focus more on their studies than on sports activities? well it’s because of the majority of the population back in India they it belongs to the middle class society which has a lot of social economical pressures due to which academics has been always in the forefront because that’s the sole way of earning money in a most natural and a normal way if you consider sports sports requires a lot of commitment and it may also sometimes be possible that you may not succeed and in the sport to the level that you can earn a stable set of income so that’s reason why parents being concerned encourage children to be more on academics than on sports do you think sports is treated merely as a hobby in your country? well it’s perceived to be taken as a hobby in my country kids to take it seriously when they play any sport in childhood but there are social economical pressures which let them take priorities on pursuing academics more than sports after certain age if they belong to a middle class or probably a poor family in order to sustain some good stable income in the future so it is perceived but I am pretty sure that there are a lot of people who want to pursue sport seriously but not given the platform to be successful in that in that sport what are taking or whatever they are talented in but if given a platform I think they would probably take sports as a career if given a choice which sport would you play for the rest of your life and why? I would play table tennis and basketball for the rest of my life because it comes really naturally to me I love the fact that there’s a lot of adrenaline and there’s a lot of you know my senses are kept alive till the day I die when I place these kind of sports so I would keep playing these sports for the rest of my life sure now let’s move on to talk about the gender aspect of sport do you think women are considered to be less strong than men when it comes to sports? On no, women are equally talented as men and in fact sports has its own beauty it’s not at all related to gender it’s actually related to how you perform from an absolute scale perspective and you decide your scale you decide where you want to go you decide how far you want to reach in that sport and it’s absolutely nobody stopping you just because you’re woman or a man.
Thank You Than you very much Harish this is the end of the speaking test. Thank you. Hi welcome back so I hope you’ve made note of the IELTS speaking test format and you understood how to answer each section well I know a lot of you are looking for speaking partners because I get that question a lot in my emails in the comment all my messages which come to me so let me tell you that I personally use Cambly. Cambly is an amazing app it basically helps you do a one-on-one practice lesson with native english-speaking tutors they would basically be from countries like the USA Canada or the UK and no matter where you live in or what time zone you are in you will always have a tutor at hand that’s the beauty of it it has tutors 24/7 all you have to do is just select one future and start speaking or practicing why don’t I do one thing I’ll quickly show you how to use it hey guys hi so this is the Cambly app which I have on my phone so all I need to do is just click onto it set up an account of course and on top you see there is home there is tutors and there is topics so we will click on to tutors and these are the tutors which we will get there are different tutors from different english-speaking countries like UK USA Canada Australia and you can choose which tutor you want so let’s see you will also know that there are these green dots beside each tutor which shows that they are available a red dot would mean that they are busy the moment and you see that faces are changing this means the tutors are being updated as per their time zone so let’s pick up a tutor so I think I will go for let’s say Sarah Sarah has been scored four point nine out of five so there’s a rating if I click onto Sarah this is the profile of Sarah so we know that whom are we talking with and what experience our tutor would have so let’s quickly get on to Sarah.
So Hi I’m Sarah and you are Manjita. Yes Sarah, that’s lovely I’m happy to hear that you could pronounce my name correctly very few do that, I am really glad to meet you how are doing today. I’m really great and hope you’re doing well as well I had prepared to speak on a particular topic and I wanted to have a quick chat with you share that with you and probably understand if I can make it better. (absolutely) so I wanted to speak sure and I wanted to speak on the most memorable day of my life well my last birthday was the most memorable day of my life I went to ski to New Zealand it was great breathtaking experience the snow was good the weather was good I was really excited the equipment’s were heavy but I was happy to use them and the best part is that I was able to ski now I’m really glad about it it was I was happy and it was a great experience so that’s it That is super English Manjita.
Thank you. Usual words are not stronger sometimes in the way that you say things for example you could say the weather was absolutely fabulous okay rather than saying the weather was nice the ski was great the ski was wonderful yes I I guess I got what you are trying to say (I am delighted to be there). yeah yeah nice is a very average word okay it’s a nice day and the weather is nice the pudding is nice the dog is nice but if you’re having the best day of your life things are much better than nice mm-hmm probably I can say that the view was mesmerizing absolutely mesmerizing awesome wonderful superb perfect all right sure great Sarah nice talking to you I think I got a lot of ideas and going ahead (you’re welcome) yeah and and I’ll try adding these adjectives in my preparation as well bye it was a pleasure to talk to you okay bye-bye well it’s that simple this video was done in association with Cambly and they’ve been very kind to help my viewers and subscribers with a special discount so if you’re looking for using this app I highly recommend it and please give it a shot if you are looking for specific links or further description everything is there in the description box below all you have to do is just hit the link and you will get your discount code by the way my dear keep practicing all the very best and you are my rock star and you will be a champion soon best of luck with your IELTS speaking test you you
9 band 9 verbs for IELTS writing task hi my name is Ben Worthington in this tutorial we are going to look at 9 band 9 verbs you can use in your IELTS writing task today this tutorial is divided into 3 parts first, we look at the verbs then I will explain why they are band 9 this is quite interesting this useful to help you advance with your IELTS writing thirdly, we look at examples of these verbs in IELTS sentences in IELTS essays and this is really valuable because unless you get the context of the verbs then you could be making a very serious mistake which is forcing the verb which I’ll go into in more detail in a minute of 9 band 9 verbs we have hinder, weaken, translate, intensify, debate conceive, break, delegate, and lobby now some of these verbs have different meanings for example I can say break as in I broke my arm yesterday and that’s probably around A2 or band 4 or 5 level now if I were to say that the media broke the story yesterday then in that context with that usage then it’s a C2 interestingly with these 9 verbs the first four of them are extremely valuable for 3 types of IELTS task 2 questions the 3 types of questions are discuss both views give your opinion and advantages and disadvantages and the reason why these verbs are useful are because they lend themselves very naturally to these types of situations so hinder is to limit the abilities so if we’re discussing the disadvantages we can say that new government regulations for road safety drastically hinder the effectiveness of logistics transport companies for example can you see or new government regulations drastically weakened the effectiveness of logistics companies so just random examples there but they lend themselves very useful for these types of essays the other one, translate, is very useful because it’s quite versatile we can say government resistance for new regulations translates into a lack of enthusiasm and ultimately a lack of protection for the environment so translate is very versatile we can use it in lots of different essays now the other ones have to be used with more caution except conceive conceive, we could definitely use when we’re saying discussing both views when it’s give your opinion because conceive is imagine and I’ll give you examples about how we can use these verbs in IELTS sentences in a second how do I know that these are band 9 and this is really interesting because there’s no other IELTS tutor that I know of who is doing this and it is quite easy I think as you probably know IELTS is owned by 3 organizations it’s owned by the IDP, British Council, and Cambridge English language assessment those 3 organizations Cambridge English language assessments are the experts who decide about the language criteria they deal with all the language aspects of the test not all but pretty much most of it and these IELTS band scores correspond to the common European framework for reference which is basically the European Union’s version of the band scores except they don’t go from band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 they go from A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 now as you can see from the chart a C2 correlates directly to a band 9 I mean not directly but there is a correlation there now if we click on the verbs that I told you before and if we click using the Cambridge English language dictionary remember this is the organization responsible for the criteria of the exams or partly responsible for the criteria we find that the verbs that I give you the verbs that I gave you correspond to certain levels here we go let’s click on hinder I’ve got it linked into the Cambridge dictionary we go there and what would you see look C2 C2 level and as I said before it’s to limit the ability of somebody to do something you can see that C2 look at that C2 to intensify to become greater more serious more extreme and this is the case with all of them I think most of them are C2 now don’t be confused here it says B1 but the meaning that I was giving you okay is C2 to change something into a new form okay so all of these are C2 or at the very very worst C1 okay so conceive pretty certain like as a verb C2 debate now debate as a noun is B2 debate as a verb discuss in a formal way C2 you see hinder okay hinder limit the ability of something abandoning dated school buses would most likely hinder any efforts to improve road safety around schools the main reason is that if each parent brings their own child the traffic around schools would be horrendous so we can see here it’s used correctly and it sounds very natural and likewise disregarding a detailed list of activities for a free day would most likely hinder any efforts to obtain the full potential of the said free day now in both cases it sounds natural we could use these in the body paragraph we could easily use them in the middle or the beginning because it would be a strong start to the body paragraph but nevertheless, they’re still useful and they’re still valid it depends on your writing style I think it would be good actually to use these at the beginning of the body paragraph in a second in a minute I’ll give you an example of a bad example I’ll give you an example of a bad sentence to use at the beginning of your body paragraph let’s have a look at the next one weaken cause something to be less strong hopefully you’d have spotted the similarity between this sentence and this one okay so in this case they are interchangeable but in this one it’s not interchangeable at all and it’s as I’ve noted here it’s grammatically perfect but it sounds forced okay so this one same as before abandoning dated school buses would most likely weaken any efforts to improve road safety around schools the main reason is that if each parent brings their own child the traffic around schools would be horrendous so exactly the same as before here disregarding a detailed list of activities for free day would most likely weaken any efforts to obtain the full potential of the said free day weaken any efforts why does it sound unnatural because there is not a strong force or movement or group of people or any effort for that matter of people like actively promoting that do not make plans for free days okay so this is why it sounds forced okay and the way you start to spot verbs or words that are forced into sentences is by improving your language skills so it almost becomes natural that something sounds off or that it sounds unnatural and this is a long process to get to that ability however if you’re writing for IELTS if you can find more lists and more examples then it’s going to speed up your learning curve or it’s going to speed up your advancement or your learning regarding academic writing it’s going to speed it up considerably let’s have a look at translate abandoning dated school buses would most likely translate into congested and dangerous roads around the school furthermore the air quality could only worsen translate yeah it’s quite straightforward this is very useful to have this verb the reason is it’s because it’s quite versatile i.e.
You could use it in a lot of different essays the other ones but these ones you could probably use in the discuss both views and your opinion and advantages and disadvantages quite easily whereas this one you could use in most essays okay because it’s basically saying this means this which is an essential part of your paragraph because it’s you developing your argument and your position now second example disregarding a detailed list of activities for a free day would most likely translate into a sloppily organized day replete of spontaneous distractions and unforeseen costs this is writing rather aggressively okay because there’s no doubt in the reader’s mind after reading this about my position on this issue and the issue basically was you know should you plan your day or should you leave it to be spontaneous without planning and replete by the way is a very good word it means full of spontaneous distractions okay a day full of spontaneous distractions and unforeseen costs let’s move on intensify this is my favorite so abandoning dated school buses would most likely intensify any road safety or pollution issues the school district might already be facing so here it just makes it to become stronger it intensifies these issues okay now once again I can’t use intensify because there’s no real sort of like issue around unplanning or not planning a day okay so once again this is why the list is very useful if you want to start using these and also examples and as I said before on the online course there are lots of lists and examples to help speed up the learning process to help you to get you writing better you’re going to improve your writing faster let’s go debate to discuss in a formal way those who debate in favor of abandoning school transport may have forgotten important issues such as air quality, road safety, and dual income families and you see so in this way I’ve used it more as argue in favor of okay and once let’s see this one again not really suitable because there’s no real debate here yes there is no — you cannot imagine two groups of people arguing whereas in this case you could easily imagine a group of parents arguing with another group of parents saying bring back school buses no each to their own everyone’s got their own way of transporting of transport so this is why debate well this is why some verbs are more suitable or more useful than other ones here well as you saw before we could definitely use hinder, translate we can but we could definitely use some of the others for the free activities essays now final one conceive here this is just let me share a useful spelling rule and that’s ‘I before E except after C’ you probably know that already anyway it is difficult to conceive any benefits of abandoning school transport okay I won’t go into it anymore into more detail but here what I wanted to say is that two things this is a useful word because we’re talking about opinions we’re talking about the advantages and disadvantages or we’re talking about discussing both views so here it’s quite versatile we can conceive of the views of that question we can conceive both views can you see how it’s much more versatile than some of the other ones so conceive is definitely useful and as we saw before this is C2 level which equates to band 9 second point if we were starting the body paragraph like this it is it would be terrible — well not terrible but it’s just not good form and the reason why is because it creates reader strain I’m going a bit off-topic now but it’s useful it creates reader strain because I have to wait until the middle of the sentence until I find out what this object pronoun refers to this is why I put those dots and this is why this sentence we couldn’t use it as the topic sentence to introduce the body paragraph or to start the body paragraph we would use the ‘it ‘in the middle of the or would use ‘it’ later on in the body paragraph when it’s clear what the ‘it’ refers to and it would be useful to use ‘it’ because it would improve our cohesion and coherence score because we don’t have to keep repeating the issue that we’re talking about we can just refer to it as ‘it’ so this is why if we do start a sentence with an object pronoun it’s better when it’s crystal clear what that object pronoun is referring to next one here it is difficult to conceive any benefits to planning a valuable free day perhaps a more optimized schedule but the stress of okay so here it’s quite versatile again so this is why it’s quite useful there we go 9 band 9 verbs for your IELTS writing task now my recommendation is that you start using these words in your IELTS essay use them today get familiar with these words write out some example sentences and get some feedback if you do want some feedback have a look at ieltspodcast.com we’ve got an essay correction service there it’s 24 hours so you can improve fast and personally I think the best way to improve is by getting feedback and getting guidance now there are 3 things I want you to do before you stop watching this video number 1 in the comments section can you write out a sentence with one of the verbs and I’ll try and give you feedback on that sentence I’ll try and help you out number 2 and this is very, very serious if you liked the video please give me a thumbs up without these likes I do not sleep at night number 3 if you want some free IELTS materials go to ieltspodcast.com you just sign up and as I said before while you’re there you might as well check out the online course and the essay correction service thank you for watching and have a great day and good luck with your IELTS preparation
– Okay, so, this is a very special video that I’m gonna make today with one of my students, who I’m very very proud of. I’m proud of all my students, but even more of proud of Crystal because she did the test many many many times before she came to me and she showed huge determination to get the score that she needed, so I thought we’d make this video today just for some of you who might be struggling, might have failed the test a few times. Just to give you some inspiration, some motivation to keep going. So Crystal, thank you very much for doing this today. And can you just give some background information about you so people can get to know you a little bit? – Yeah, sure. Well, I’m working in Hong Kong as a nurse for the government. And recently I’d like to move to a foreign country, and work abroad with my husband, so I need to take the IELTS. So the reason I chose IELTS, and not the other Occupational English Test because it applies to many western countries.
Like, the Occupational English Test, which is specific to, say, Australia or Canada. . – So if I can pass the IELTS with the score I need, then I don’t need to take two or three tests, which is quite advantageous. – So I started to study all the materials on the IELTS since last year, it was a long time ago. So, I first began with some online material, I tried IELTS and think I got a six overall, which is far from what I need, and then I enrolled in a face-to-face course. It was a regular course, that includes speaking, listening, writing and everything, but after course I still couldn’t get the score I need so. And I found the five day challenge, and I was amazed by how simple is the idea. And then I was determined to enroll into the course. And, can you tell people how many times you did the test before you got the score that you needed? – Oh, I’m sure I have did the test with British council seven times, cause there’s this record online.
And then two or three times with IDP. – So I have experienced eight or nine times of failure. So I’m actually quite experienced in IELTS. – Yeah, you’re an IELTS expert. And can you tell people what scores you got on your last attempt? – On my last attempt, I got an overall eight, with nine in listening, eight in reading, and then both seven in writing and speaking. – Yeah, excellent and we’re really happy that you got that score because you didn’t get that score the first time and we were kind of like why is this, we couldn’t figure out why, and you couldn’t get it, but we figured it out and we helped you get the score that you needed.
So, if you were to give someone some advice, someone in a similar situation to you, someone who wants to move to a different country and has maybe done the test a few times and failed. What advice would you give them? – Hmm, well from my experience, I think you really need to know your strengths and weaknesses. So, like me, I know I have no problem with listening and reading, and I focus on writing and speaking. So for writing I think the writing correction stuff is really good. Once you submit your essay, you know your weakness is in task achievement or grammar, vocabulary, then you focus on correcting it. For my case, sometimes I misunderstand the question, so I really need to understand exactly what to answer.
And then I also improved my grammar, minimized my mistakes and also I tried to remember as many synonyms and tried to write the vocabularies so that you can achieve seven in every criteria. – Oh Crystal, I think we’ve lost you there. (chuckles) Hopefully it’ll come back. Yep, you’re back now, okay. So that’s great advice for writing. Anything for speaking, because I know that we worked a lot on your speaking, and you know a lot about the speaking test but what would you suggest to someone who is maybe where you were, you were getting for speaking, and you needed the seven.
What advice would you give someone there? – Yes, actually there is a real gap between and seven, so if you need a seven in speaking, you really need to work on every aspect so that you achieve pronunciation seven, grammar seven, and then you can get overall seven. So for my case, I studied all the materials in Chris’ course and so I familiarized with the format and I know the content is not important, so that I can focus on talking and elaborating my answer. But that is not enough, that is actually the basic. You really need to speak and talk if you want to improve. Because listening and reading is not equivalent to speaking. So what you need is to really speak. So previously I talked to a speaking partner, then he became quite busy and so we can’t talk really frequent and then I enrolled in another plan and I talked to a native English speaker every day, 30 minutes, during my lunchtime.
– But it takes time, the miracle will not happen in a day, but as long as you keep talking, we try to mimic the intonation and where a rest was. Which we tried to speak in a more native way, and you learn some phrase and verbs and idioms from them, and keep improving your grammar. Because I found that I made a lot of mistakes on tenses, and sometimes the agreements on nouns and verbs. – Just do your best and one day I believe you’ll be there. I mean, just listening to you, your grammar is excellent, but you still are making little small mistakes and I think that’s something that people need to realize, is that in order to get above a seven for speaking your grammar doesn’t need to be perfect. Your vocabulary doesn’t need to be perfect, your fluency doesn’t need to be perfect, it just needs to be at the standard where it needs to be. I think people put a lot of pressure on themselves in the speaking test that, you know, every sentence needs to be exactly correct when that really doesn’t help you, because you put yourself under too much pressure and then that can affect your fluency, affect your confidence, and then you know everything can kind of spin out out of control, would you agree with that? – Yeah, yeah, so see, my English is not perfect, but I think I can communicate with an English speaker, like you, you gave me so much confidence.
So just keep talking. I think that’s really, really good advice. You talked about that you used a different service than mine to find a native English speaker so that you could talk to them every day, what was that, just if anybody wanted to use that, or do you have a range of different services that you tried? – Okay, well actually, so remember you posted on your wall on Facebook and you asked if anyone used online resources that is useful, so one of our buddies talk about Cambly, C-A-M-B-L-Y.
– And well it provides a platform to talk with a native English speaker, in case if you don’t have anyone to talk with. – Yeah, yeah I’ve heard of Cambly before, I’ve heard it’s really good, and I know there’s a number of different things but one of the big requests that we get from people is just like ‘I live in a non-english speaking country, where do I find people to talk to?’ So, there are so many different resources these days that you can find on the internet, but yeah, that’s great advice.
So Crystal, you got a perfect nine in listening? – A nine in listening, yeah. – A 9 in listening, so people will probably want me to ask you, any tips for listening, because if you’re getting a nine you’re obviously doing something right so, anything that you can suggest to people for listening? – Well, in my usual time I used to switch to English channel so I haven’t listened to Cantonese news for a long time, since I started preparing for IELTS, so try to listen to everything and keep each channel English and one tip during the test is to write down what you listen but without changing any words.
So if you hear that is S at the end, remember to put an S, so just write down exactly what you hear in the test. – Actually I think British Council’s listening is more straightforward because, so this time when I had got a nine in the listening, I found that I need to fill in sometimes one or the maximum three words in fill in the blanks, which is quite easy compared to IDP, I’m sorry.
(laughs) But I’m comparing the two tests, because you know I’m quite experienced. (laughs) – Yeah, I don’t have any experience with IDP, I’ve only worked for the British Council, so — – Exactly. – You would know more about that than me, to be honest. – Okay, and so if you have more vocabulary in your mind, then it will be easier for you. Because I think some people are struggling with listening because they haven’t heard of the vocabulary before. – Mmmhmm. – So, expand your vocabulary. Keep listening to English, and just keep practicing, and remember to check your grammar at the end. – Mmmhmm, excellent. Good, good advice.
A lot of people think that they have a listening problem or a reading problem when I reality they have a vocabulary problem, and because a lot of the answers to the reading questions and the listening questions will be synonyms, or require you to know the meaning of the word so, vocabulary is a huge part of preparing for the reading test, listening test, speaking test, writing test, it’s all a lot about vocabulary, so if you were to give people some quick advice about how to improve their vocabulary, what would you suggest? – Well I think vocabulary cannot be improved suddenly, magically.
– So you pay attention to the words that you don’t know in your real life, and you check every word you don’t know, and if there is some interesting word or some new word, just jot it down. For writing, actually I almost write an essay every day. – Mmmhmm. – And often I compare with the model essay you gave to me and then I learned new vocabularies from your essay. – Mmmhmm. – And then I will categorize and write synonyms together, in Google Documents. – Mmmhmm. – And then one day when I have more synonyms to the same word and that I search it and I can refresh my memory. – Excellent, you should send me that Google document, that’d be interesting to see all of the different words and everything that you picked up, it would be really interesting to see.
(laughs) So Crystal, thank you very much for, for sharing that information, that’s great. Just, what happens now in your future now, what difference is IELTS gonna make to your future? – Well after I got the score I need I plan to start my registration in several countries to see which one works first and then I will work abroad. So in the meantime I will start my study in Canada next year. – I’ll study a nursing course that help me to get my nursing license. So basically I’m one step forward and I can relax for a few days. – Yeah. – Because I don’t need to focus on writing and listening anymore. – You never have to worry about this, any testing, this is great. And you gave me some excellent nursing advice about my son, which was really nice of you too, so. There we go. (laughs) Thank you very much, Crystal, thank you, that should be a great help to a lot of people, and if you need anything in the future just let me know. – Yeah, sure, hope I can help other people as well. Thank you for your hard work in helping other people.
– Thank you very much, Crystal. See you again, bye bye. .
Hi, I’m Justin. Welcome to Oxford Online English! In this lesson, you can learn how to answer task one of the IELTS general writing exam. In the general IELTS writing exam, task one involves writing a letter. Usually, you have to do three things in your letter. You have 20 minutes and you need to write at least 150 words. In this lesson, you’ll see how to plan and write an effective general task 1 IELTS answer. You’ll learn simple strategies you can use to write a better answer and improve your IELTS writing score.
Let’s start by looking at a sample question: Your neighbour has been making a lot of noise recently. This has been causing you problems, and you want to ask them to stop. Write a letter to your neighbour. In your letter: – ask for an explanation for the noise – explain the problems this has caused for you – say what will happen if the problem is not solved Pause the video if you want more time to look at the question. Let’s begin by looking at what you need to think about before you write. Planning for IELTS general task one answers is easier than for other IELTS writing tasks. All general task one questions have the same structure. This means that your answer can have the same structure every time.
The question asks you to do three things. Each point can go in its own paragraph. So, your answer will have three short paragraphs, like this: Then, you need a short introduction. For this question, you can just write a single sentence to explain why you’re writing, like this: I am writing to complain about the noise levels coming from your apartment in recent weeks. The introduction might be different in other tasks. For example, if you’re writing to a friend, you’d write something much simpler. There is one more thing you need to think about when planning: tone. When we say ‘tone’, we mean how formal or informal your letter should be. Task one of the general IELTS writing exam is the only place where tone is clearly mentioned in the scoring scheme.
You need to write in an appropriate tone, and your tone needs to be consistent. What tone do you think you need here? Should your letter be formal, neutral, or informal? Probably, your letter will be somewhere between neutral and formal. You’re writing to your neighbour, so you don’t need to be incredibly formal, but you’re also writing to complain, which adds formality. In our experience, one of the most common mistakes with task one answers is not getting the tone right. Either candidates choose an inappropriate level of formality, or they mix different levels in the same answer. Both of these mistakes will hurt your score. So, before you write anything, think about how formal your letter should be. Now, you have a plan; let’s write our first paragraph! Look at the beginning of a letter: Dear Emily, How’s it going? I’m actually writing because I have some issues with noise coming from your apartment. I would like to demand an explanation for the noise levels.
I mean, what on earth are you doing that’s so noisy? I can hardly have a conversation with someone sitting next to me, because it’s so loud. Please inform me what is occurring. Pause the video if you want more time to look at the answer. Think about whether this is good, or whether it needs some work. There’s a problem with this beginning. Do you know what it is? The problem is tone. As you heard before, it’s a common mistake to mix formal and informal language. Here, you can see very formal sentences, like: I would like to demand an explanation for the noise levels. You can also see more informal language, like: I mean, what on earth are you doing that’s so noisy? The start of the letter also mixes different levels of formality. Writing how’s it going? is a more informal way to start a letter or an email, but if you’re writing to complain, you would almost certainly need to use a more neutral or formal tone.
To get a high score in the general IELTS writing exam, you need to write in a consistent tone. If you want to practice, think about how you could improve the answer you saw before. You can pause the video, and start again when you’re ready. Let’s see how you could improve this answer: Pause the video if you need more time to read. You can see that we’ve got rid of some of the more informal language, like how’s it going? This is also better because it’s consistent without being too formal.
Our original answer included very formal language, like Please inform me what is occurring. You don’t get more points for being more formal; you get a high score by writing in an appropriate and consistent tone. Next, let’s continue by thinking about use of language in your answer. Task one of the general IELTS writing exam is the simplest of all the IELTS writing tasks. This is an advantage, but it also means you need to think carefully about using a wide range of language. Let’s look at this by adding another paragraph to our model answer: This situation is having a bad effect on my entire family. I have been unable to sleep, because of the loud noises even late at night. My son complains that he cannot do his homework. Even our dog has been behaving oddly; she is not eating well and has no energy. This is a good paragraph, and the use of language is already good. However, to get higher scores, you would need to use a wider range of language.
Let’s do two things here. First, look at the five underlined words and phrases. Can you change these words and phrases to make them more detailed and more specific? Think about it—you’ll see some possible answers in a minute. Your second job is to take two sentences and combine them into a more complex sentence. There’s more than one way you could do this, so find an idea which makes sense to you. Think about your answers now. Pause the video if you need more time. Ready? Let’s look: You can see that you don’t need to make big changes. A lot of students think that you need to use a lot of very academic language to get high scores in IELTS. You don’t. To get high scores—even band 9—you need to use a range of language with flexibility and precision. That might include academic language in some cases, but for a letter, that wouldn’t be appropriate. Collocations are very important for your IELTS vocabulary score.
Using collocations like sleep properly, noise levels, lose your appetite, or focus on your homework will boost your vocabulary score. For grammar, we simply connected two sentences with the conjunction while. This adds variety to the sentence structures, which will also help your score. At this point, you need to write one more paragraph. Here, you’re going to see how you can connect your ideas more effectively. There’s a common problem we see with IELTS writing in our students. Students often plan each paragraph separately. Then, they write each paragraph as a separate unit, and the paragraphs don’t have much connection to each other. This will hurt your score; 25 per cent of your score is for coherence and cohesion.
To get a higher score for coherence and cohesion, your writing needs to have a clear progression. That means it needs to have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Let’s look at a final paragraph which doesn’t handle this well: I must ask you to reduce the amount of noise you make, and try to keep quiet during the evening when we are at home. If you continue making noise at these levels, I will have no choice but to make a noise complaint to the police and/or to the city council. Regards, Samira Pause the video if you want more time to read the paragraph.
This is not bad, but it doesn’t include any links or references to the other points you’ve made in the letter. It also lacks a concluding phrase, which could provide a strong, clear end to your letter. Let’s see how you could improve this: Can you see what’s changed? Pause the video to read. There are four changes. First, we made a reference to the first paragraph, then we added a reference to the second paragraph. We also avoided repetition by adding a reference to ‘this situation’, instead of talking about noise levels again. Finally, we added a concluding phrase. And you’ve finished! Practice these steps and ideas and you should be able to get a high score in task one of the general IELTS exam.
Here’s a question for you: what do you find most difficult in task one of the general IELTS writing exam? Please let us know in the comments. You can see the full text of the model answer on our website: Oxford Online English dot com. Look for a link in the video description if you’re watching on YouTube. Thanks for watching! See you next time! .
Hi guys I’m Manjita and thank you for being my darling subscribers today we’re going to talk about something which is very very important I will teach you five power packed words of vocabulary which you can definitely use in your English speaking section of IELTS and you will score higher marks trust me it’s good to use simple sentences but use some great vocabulary, not a lot of them just space it really well and use just five or six good vocabulary or great words in English and then that’s the mantra of scoring good marks well the very first one which I want to share with you is called plethora plethora, means a lot of stuff, right.
Now this word plethora plethora so this word you can use for a lot of things you can say while if you’re talking about hobbies you can say I have plethora of hobbies a lot of hobbies but this is my favorite one or I went to a particular place it has plethora of food items plethora of cuisines plethora of malls plethora of shopping complexes so now you know whenever you want to use the word a lot or great options use plethora okay.
Well let’s talk about the second word and that is mesmerized mezmerizes mesmerized okay it means that you awe struck you’re charmed this you can use for any place which has caught your attention it was so beautiful so you will use the word mesmerized and in a verb mesmerized because it’s a past tense so you can say the lake or the place or the holiday destination or the picture the painting it was so beautiful that I was mesmerized okay so now you know how to use mesmerize so try using this word describing anything which is beautiful okay it could be a beautiful dream it could be a beautiful place it could be a beautiful concert it can be anything so use the word mesmerize alright the third one we’ll talk about is however yes however however however right this word is used when you have to describe two contradicting sentences okay for example you’re explaining your hobby so I used to play football however now I love cricket okay so the two different things you’re talking about so you connect them with however all right I was a very active child however now I just love to sit on my couch okay or I used to love singing however dancing is my new hobby so I’m talking about two different contradicting sentences I’m connecting them using however, okay the next one recapitulate recapitulate we will say it together…recapitulate recapitulate recapitulate recapitulate okay it means it’s another words for summarizing so usually in your third part of IELTS you’ll have a “state your opinion” kind of a form where the examiner will say….
So in your opinion this is good or that is good you feel this is better or that is better so at the end when you say to summarize instead of using the word summarize you can save well to recapitulate this in my opinion is good to use the word recapitulate for summary okay practice this recapitulate alright and the last one of course we all are caught in to this most of the times and that word is dilemma alright dilemma dilemma dilemma it means when you are in a situation where you have to make – I mean you are between two difficult choices and both are unpleasant so well you have to choose one and that point but you have to make…
When you have to difficult choices to consider you are in a dilemma I was in a dilemma you choose this or that, right, it was a difficult situation I was in a dilemma dilemma okay. So now you have got all the five words in-front of you. All you have to do is practice to pronounce it clearly and my tip is whenever you use these words in whatever sentences you’re forming in the sense… in whatever situation comes in try to use these words of course in the correct form and at the correct places but I’ve given you these generic words you can use them in whatever situation is coming in front of you, if it’s hobbies or its food its shopping centers whatever you can use plethora very nicely if it’s about describing a beauty or how enchanted you were you can use mezmerize right so you’ve got the whole gist of how to do it please practice to pronounce it practice it in front of the mirror and whenever you use these words or whichever of these 5 words which I’m saying pause as in by pause I mean take it slow okay the place was really beautiful and I was so mesmerized by the beauty of it so you note my speed that I paused or I slowed down I stressed when I said the word mesmerized okay and then went ahead so the listener understands…
Okay, you are using interesting vocabulary some difficult but relevant words and in the appropriate places and then you score marks. Bye, I’m sure these words will help you let me know that did you find them useful or not and have you started practicing and using them. All the best for your IELTS and your general English learning journey and you will rock because you are my rock star bye bye, take care. .