Monthly Archives: April 2014

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.13

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. While questions related to film and music aren’t as popular as those about memories, it is still advisable to prepare sample answers in case the examiner asks you one. Write your answer in the comments box below. Next week, I’ll post a model answer.

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Before you begin, see how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and how to manage your time effectively.

IELTS Topic Vocabulary: Tourism

Tourism is actually a sub-category under Multi-culturalism and Immigration, a popular topic in the IELTS exams. I posted a Writing Task 2 question recently which raised the issue of foreign tourists paying more than local tourists to visit attractions.

Most students will have ideas, and probably some experience (if they have traveled abroad) on this subject. Once you’ve got the structure of the essay (Intro – Body 1 – Body 2 – Conclusion), the next most important thing is to use topic-specific vocabulary to raise your band score.

Remember that if your grammatical accuracy is high, you’re already close to a band 7. From here on, it’s a matter of enhancing your vocabulary and using appropriate words and collocations in discussing the subject. So how can you build a good vocabulary? Continue reading

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.13

Here’s a sample Writing Task 2 question on the topic of tourism.

 

Foreign visitors should pay more than local visitors for cultural and historic attractions. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

 

This is a straightforward agree-disagree question. Here’s a simple structure to organize this type of essay.

Often, the problem with Task 2 questions is how to take a simple topic and build it into a 250 word essay. It’s easier to think of it in terms of small blocks of text rather than 250 words to write. For the topic above, you can divide your essay into four blocks:

Introduction: 25-40 words
Sentence 1 – paraphrase the question
Sentence 2 – give your opinion Continue reading

IELTS Vocabulary: Economy & Money

Here is the text of the article I linked to in this post. This article will help you boost your vocabulary on a common IELTS topic Economy & Money.

If you haven’t read it yet, please read the article and make a note of useful vocabulary. Then, compare your list to the words and phrases highlighted in the text below.

THE ARTICLE:

What if we defined success not by the money we spent and the goods we consumed but by the quality of life we create not only for ourselves but for everyone with whom we share the planet? What if we added up the positives of economic growth and subtracted from them the clear negatives, so we had a better picture of whether we were headed in the right direction? Continue reading

Economy & Money: Video Transcript

Here is a transcript of the video I linked to in this post. This video will help you boost your vocabulary on a common IELTS topic Economy & Money.

If you haven’t watched the video yet, please do so and make a note of useful vocabulary. Then, compare your list to the words and phrases highlighted in the transcript below.

TRANSCRIPT:

We’re heading out into the unknown. We need signposts to guide us – to assure us we’re going in the right direction. Continue reading

IELTS Topic Vocabulary: Economy & Money

Economy & Money is one of the fifteen IELTS topics that frequently comes up in each of the four exams. To answer these questions confidently, you need to know topic-specific vocabulary. In this post, I’ll give you some resources you can use to increase your economy and money related vocabulary. But first, here are some examples of when you might be asked a question based on this topic:

IELTS Reading
A passage based on factors influencing the economy of Singapore.

IELTS Listening
A lecture on economic progress of several nations.

IELTS Writing Task 1
A bar chart comparing the economic growth of various countries Continue reading

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.12

Here’s a sample Writing Task 2 question on the topic of economy.

 

Economic progress is often used to measure a country’s success. However, some people believe that other factors are more important. What other factors should also be considered when measuring a country’s success? Do you think one factor is more important than others?

 

Note the structure of the question: two sentences introduce the question. The first sentence is a fact and the second is an opinion.  Then comes the two-part question:

What other factors should also be considered when measuring a country’s success?

Do you think one factor is more important than others? Continue reading

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.11

Here’s a sample Writing Task 2 question on the topic of technology.

 

In the last 20 years there have been significant developments in the field of information technology (IT), for example the World Wide Web and communication by email. However, future developments in IT are likely to have more negative effects than positive.

To what extent do you agree or disagree. Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own experience or knowledge. You should write at least 250 words.

 

Note the structure of the question: there are two sentences that tell you the topic. Then comes the question: “To what extent do you agree or disagree?” This is followed by another sentences giving you further instructions on what to include in the essay. Continue reading

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.12

Here’s another IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. Questions about your favorite city, historic places, or interesting cities are again a common theme in Speaking Part 2. Write your answer in the comments box below. Next week, I’ll post a model answer.

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Before you begin, see how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and how to manage your time effectively.

IELTS SPEAKING PART 2 – Q.11 MODEL ANSWER

Here’s the model answer for last week’s Speaking Part 2 question.

I’m going to talk about my favorite TV programme, which is Dr Who.

It is a science fiction show and chronicles the adventures of a time traveling alien known as The Doctor and his human companions through space and time.

I usually  watch it once a week when it airs on TV. However, I also have the series on DVD and often find myself having Dr Who marathons on weekends.

I love the show not only for its imaginative storyline, but also for the portrayal of the complexities that arise from a life of time traveling, which are mind numbingly fascinating. The tenor is balanced between light comic moments and grave solemn ones. The reason its my favorite, though, is because it opens my mind to what the future may hold and also instills a new wonder for our past.

Here is the original question from last week.

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Learn more about  how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and how to manage your time effectively.

No more spelling mistakes

Spellings are very important in the IELTS exams. Here are my TOP 5 ways of checking your spellings.

1. Read backwards

When we read a text, we read from left to right and top to bottom. However, we almost always read to understand (or extract meaning) from the text. Therefore, our brains are programmed to focus on meaning when we read from left to right, top to bottom. When you’re checking the text for spelling errors, read the text backwards i.e. bottom to top, right to left. Let’s take an example. Look at the text below. Read it backwards, starting with the last word  “future”. Continue reading

IELTS Writing Task 1 – Model answer

Here is the answer to last week’s question (see the bar chart here):

 

The bar chart in figure 5 compares Americans between the ages of 20 and 29, in terms of sex and insurance status, who were unable to afford medical care in 2008.

It is clear that the uninsured were least likely to get medical attention when required, and irrespective of insurance, women had less access to healthcare. It is also noticeable that uninsured women comprised the majority of population who did not get medical attention when they needed it.

If one considers all Americans in this age group – regardless of coverage status – the chart shows that 9.6 percent of men couldn’t afford medical care while 10.6 percent of women faced the same problem.

However, there was a stark difference in numbers according to insurance status. Among the privately insured, only 4.3 percent of men and 5.6 percent of women were unable to get medical care, while the number of uninsured Americans who couldn’t afford medical care was nearly five times as much. (161 words)

 

IELTS Writing Task 2: Advantages / disadvantages

When asked to discuss advantages and disadvantages (or benefits and drawbacks) in IELTS Writing Task 2, follow the following structure to organize your essays:

You can use this four-paragraph framework with most Task 2 essays. From this list of possible question wordings, can you choose which other questions you can use this structure with?

Write your answers in the comments below.

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