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IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.10 Model Answer

Last week’s sample question was another in the series of culture-themed questions. The aim of Part 2 questions is to allow candidates to talk about something specific and personal to them, for which no specialist vocabulary is needed. You can probably talk at length about such questions, so does that mean you should not prepare for them?

In fact, the easier questions – about topics that you have a lot of knowledge – are the best ones to impress the examiner on. And you can do this simply by peppering your answer with good vocabulary - collocations, phrasal verbs, and some uncommon words. 

Here’s my model answer. Can you identify instances of good vocabulary in it?

I’m going to talk about the festival of Diwali, which is also called the festival of lights.

Diwali is usually celebrated in late October or early November. The exact date is determined according to the Hindu calendar.  Continue reading

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IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.10

Here’s another video which could loosely be categorized under any of the IELTS sections on this site. It doesn’t talk about any one particular topic but it’s greatest strength lies in the fact that it is full of data – tables, charts, and graphs – similar to ones you would expect to find in IELTS Writing Task 1. For that reason, I’m going to categorize this video as a must-watch. :) Don’t just watch the video, get the most out of ted-ed – develop your listening skills, note down some useful vocabulary, and answer the questions along with the video.

 

The good news of the decade?

Hans Rosling displays 10 years of UN data in visually delicious charts and graphs, showing front-page worthy, mostly unreported good news.

 

Which piece of information did you find the most important? Share your ideas in the comments below.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.10

In the comments below, make notes on how you will structure your response.

 

Women should have an equal role alongside men in both police and armed forces. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

 

See here how to answer IELTS writing task 2 questions here. I’ll post a model answer soon.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.9 Model answer

Last week’s cue card asked you what is probably my favorite kind of IELTS Speaking Part 2 question. I think a lot of students get scared as soon as they see words such as law, government, crime etc. but answering these questions doesn’t require any of the specialist vocabulary you may think you’ll need.

All it needs is awareness and opinions – awareness of things happening in your country and around the world (read, read, read! or listen, listen, listen!) and opinions about them. While most students do have opinions, they aren’t able to express these well in spoken English. In my model answer below, can you identify useful phrases I’ve used to express opinions:

I’m going to talk about the law against chewing gum in Singapore.

The law bans the import of chewing gum into the country, and there’s a strict fine against spitting chewing gum out on the street. Continue reading

IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.9

This is a slightly different video and would probably be best placed under the IELTS grammar or writing category. If you have ever been confused about the use of the ‘comma’, this one is for you. Watch the video and learn more about how and when to use the comma in writing. Don’t just watch the video, get the most out of ted-ed – develop your listening skills, note down some useful vocabulary, and answer the questions along with the video.

 

Comma story

Terisa Folaron offers some tricks of the comma trade and tells you when and how to best use the comma.

 

Still have questions about how to use the comma? Ask away in the comments below.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.8 Model answer

Last week’s Speaking Part 2 question was quite similar to the one I posted a couple of weeks ago. Both questions require you to describe your actions that helped someone. With slight modification, this model answer can be used for both questions.

Here’s last week’s sample question again:

Q1

Jot down some brief notes for this cue card in the comments section below. Find out how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and how to manage your time effectively.

IELTS Study Tips

A lot of students leave the exam hall having answered less than half the questions. Apart from speaking and writing exams, there is room for making educated guesses.

GUESS

In the Reading section, give yourself 2-3 minutes at the end to guess answers for all the questions you haven’t found answers to. In the Listening section, you have ten minutes at the end to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. After you have transfered all your answers, fill in any blanks with logical guesses.

 

 

IELTS Study Tips

A very large percentage of students don’t read the question carefully. Therefore, they either don’t understand what the examiner wants or only answer half the question.

READ THE DAMN QUESTION

As you’re reading the question, underline or circle the keywords so you don’t miss anything. Don’t worry about fancy, colorful highlighters – you will only be wasting time switching from pencil to highlighter and back again.

 

 

IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.8

Here’s a fantastic video exploring the mania that surrounds English teaching and learning. There’s no doubt that English is the official global language of the world now. But when did it become a phenomenon? And when did this phenomenon become a mania? Don’t just watch the video,get the most out of ted-ed – develop your listening skills, note down some useful vocabulary, and answer the questions along with the video.

 

The world’s English mania

Jay Walker talks about the ways in which learning the English language has become a feverish enterprise across the globe.

 

What are the advantages and disadvantages of English as lingua franca? Share your ideas in the comments below.