In this episode we will learn about some of the criteria the examiner uses when assessing the IELTS writing and speaking test.
Knowing what the examiner is looking for can help improve your results because you will know what to focus on when practising.
In this episode we'll look at the writing task in the essay section of both the academic and general IELTS tests.
IELTS essay topics are of general interest and relate to current issues in society.
In this episode we will learn about Coherence - the logical organisation of ideas through paragraphing and sequencing; and Cohesion - the organisation of language, or how sentences are connected and related.
These are criteria used to assess Writing Tasks.
In this episode we will learn about sentence types: simple, complex, compound and compound-complex; and how to use them in your writing.
Examiners will look at the range of sentence types you use in your writing, in order to assess your grammatical range and accuracy.
In this episode we will learn about word forms and word order and how to use them in your writing.
Expanding on information in your IELTS Writing tasks allow you to convey meaning more precisely and demonstrate your range of vocabulary.
Both IELTS tests - the academic and the general - require you to write a short essay.
In this episode we will learn about question topics, which can be any topic of general interest and question tasks, which determine the style of essay you need to write.
In this episode we'll learn about the IELTS Speaking Test, which tests your ability to communicate and if you have the speaking skills needed for work or study.
During the test you will be asked to speak on a variety of topics ranging from the general and personal to the more abstract and you will be expected to use both formal and informal language.
Fluency is the ability to speak smoothly, continuously and at an effective speed. You don't always have to stop to think of the right word.
In this episode we learn how to effectively use 'fillers' when you speak and how using synonyms, opposites and related vocabulary gives continuity to your speech.
Language devices such as: transition words, time phrases, referents, conjunctions, and verb tenses will improve your coherency.
In this episode we will learn more about these language devices and how to put them into practise when discussing a topic in depth.
Knowing how to use your vocabulary in different ways can help you maintain conversation.
Your knowledge and command of word forms is referred to as your lexical resource - one of the criteria by which your speech is assessed.
This episode looks at strategies for building your lexical resource.
The structures you use to compare things in the Speaking Test are assessed asgrammatical range and accuracy, one of the IELTS marking criteria.
Whenever a question has a comparative adjective in it, you will be expected to reply with the language of comparison. The rules and structures for comparisons as well as prepositions are discussed in this episode and the accompanying study notes.
Intonation or the pitch pattern of your voice is important in spoken English because it conveys meaning in many ways.
In this episode and the accompanying study notes we will learn about intonation, stress and rhythm patterns and how their correct use is vital for speaking English naturally and fluently.
The IELTS Academic Reading Test requires efficient and accurate reading. There's not enough time to read the texts closely so you need to develop the ability to find information quickly.
In this episode, study notes and activity sheet we'll learn about the skills and strategies you need to practise for Reading Test success.
There are two IELTS Tests - the Academic Test and the General Training Test.
The main difference is that the texts you have to read for the General Test are more practical and related to everyday life.
In this episode you'll find examples and strategies for completing the Reading Section of the General Training Test.
Recognising signpost words and anticipating what the speaker will say are important skills for the IELTS Listening Test.
This episode and the accompanying Study Notes and Activity Sheet provide examples of the most frequently used signpost words and their common functions.
It's important to be familiar with how we talk about numbers because you can expect to be asked about them in the listening module of the IELTS Test.
The video, study notes and activities for this episode will help you understand the conventions of expressing numbers in English.
As festivals and celebrations are common topics in the IELTS Test, it's a good idea prepare to talk about a major festival in your country or the way weddings and birthdays are celebrated.
In the video, study notes and activities for this episode we'll discuss what to say when you talk about festivals and celebrations.
You can't know exactly what you are going to be asked about in the IELTS Test, but knowing how a description of an object is structured could be useful for the listening, reading or writing sections.
This episode and the accompanying notes and activities covers the language of description plus words and phrases for shape and position.
One of the skills assessed in the IELTS Test is listening or reading for specific information.
In this epsiode we'll use a story about a process to demonstrate the key questions you need to listen for when you are asked to complete a table or label a flow chart.
When both speaking and writing, it's a good idea to try to be as specific as possible when giving examples, or describing something.
In this episode we'll outline some words and phrases that will help you make your meaning more precise, and more convincing.
In IELTS there are many possible questions that can be asked about families. The questions are designed to make you use particular language functions.
Use this episode and the accompanying notes and activities to learn and practice the correct words for identifying family members and their relationships.
In this episode and the accompanying Study Notes and Activities you'll learn about how to use gerunds and infinitives when discussing holidays and leisure time activities. It's a good idea to brainstorm the topic of holidays and try to guess what you might be asked.
For the IELTS Test you need to think about how you will respond and what language to use if you are asked to talk about food, cooking and diet.
The video, study notes and activities for this episode will give you plenty of tips and vocabulary to practice.
In this episode you'll discover what prefixes and suffixes are and how they change the meaning and function of words.
The notes will provide you with common examples and you can practise your word formation skills by completing the activities.
Today's episode and study notes outlines some common grammar, cohesion and spelling errors that often occur in IELTS Tests.
Concentrating on these areas will help reduce the number of mistakes you might make and improve your results.
Several language features are used when giving advice.
In this episode and the accompanying Study Notes and Activities we'll advise on the most appropriate language to use if you are asked "What's your advice?" in the IELTS Writing and Speaking Tests.