Academic vocabulary for IELTS Writing Task 1 & 2

Academic vocabulary for IELTS Writing Task 1 & 2

Academic vocabulary for IELTS Writing Task 1 & 2.

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Here is a list of verbs to spice up your English writing abilities:

 

ESTIMATE: PREDICT; GUESS BASED ON SOME EVIDENCE.

[例句] Police estimate that over $ 200,000 was stolen.

 

IDENTIFY: SHOW; POINT OUT

[例句] Scientists have identified numerous species.

 

INTERPRET: GIVE A PERSONAL OPINION OR ANALYSIS

[例句1] His poems have been interpreted in many ways.

[例句2] I interpreted from the graph a rise in household expenditures.

 

MINIMIZE: KEEP AT A LOW LEVEL

[例句1] They attempted to minimize confusion. 

[例句2] 'Minimize the risk'

 

OCCUR: HAPPEN

[例句] A decrease in the sales of CDs occurred in 1994.

 

OBTAIN: ACQUIRE; GET

[例句] We obtain new information every day in school.

 

NOT ALLOW; NOT GIVEN PERMISSION

[例句] You are prohibited from using a cellphone in class.

 

SYMBOLIZE: REPRESENT

[例句] In Chinese culture, the dragon symbolizes dignity and power for good.

 

TRANSFORM: CHANGE INTO

[例句] With hard work you can transform into an honour student.

 

How can you remember the words?

Now that you've learned nine new academic words it's important to practice using them in your writing. Copy each word 5 times in your notebook to help you memorize the proper spelling. Make new sentences for each word and draw a picture that will help you remember the meaning. Many people are visual learners, which means they learn better when they associate a word with a picture or an image. We want to activate all parts of your brain to help improve retention.

There are many different ways to learn. Find a way that works best for you and stick with it to obtain your desired results!

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Tips from an IELTS Examiner|雅思考官口语技巧点拨

Tips from an IELTS Examiner|雅思考官口语技巧点拨

Tips from an IELTS Examiner.

One of the hardest sections of the IELTS exam is the Speaking section. Many students get low scores in this part of the exam because they don't know how to study for it. There is a saying in English, "practice makes perfect", and for this part of the test, it couldn't be truer.

We attended a presentation by International House London on tips for people studying for IELTS. Today, we wanted to share their TOP TWO tips for achieving a higher band score on the Speaking test. [1]

 

【Tip 1: Use complex linkers】

Linkers are the words that we use to link different ideas or parts of a sentence together. Some common linkers are: and, but, so, like, because. Native speakers often use these words in their speech, however, it's important during the IELTS speaking section not to overuse them. Repetition indicates to the examiner a poor vocabulary; this will be discussed further in Tip 2. In order to impress the examiner and show off your advanced grasp on the English language, you must use complex linkers.

► The following is a short list of complex linkers:

 

► Consider these two sentences:

"He is an amazing pianist and a great mathematician."

"In addition to being an amazing pianist, he is also a great mathematician."

 

▲ Both sentences are grammatically correct however the latter sounds more formal as it contains a complex linker.  

► Keep in mind when using these linkers it is important that you use them properly! For example, see if you can identify the mistake in the following sentence:

"Although, we were hungry, we ate all the food on the table. "

▲ 'Although' is a contrasting linker, while this sentence requires a 'reason and cause' linker. It can be corrected in many ways, here is just one example: "Because we were so hungry, we ate all the food on the table!"

 

 Tip 2: Avoid repetition!

The examiner is trying to gauge the breadth of your vocabulary; therefore, in both the writing and speaking sections, it is important to showcase how many different words you know. Repeating words or ideas in your speech reveals to the examiner that you have a difficult time articulating yourself.

For example, Lena is talking about the food in her hometown: "There are many delicious dishes from my hometown. My mother taught me how to cook many things and the dishes taste so good. My mother is a really good cook. One day, I would like to be able to cook like her because she is such an amazing cook."

Lena, has repeated a few words such as 'dishes, my mother, many, cook' and she has repeated the idea about her mother being a good cook. A better explanation would look something like this: "There are many delicious dishes from my hometown, Berlin, which is the capital city of Germany. My mother, who is an excellent chef, has taught me how to cook German cuisine however, I still have a lot to learn. One day, I hope to be as skilled as her."

A good way to make your responses less repetitive and more informative is to add new details about the people and places being discussed. In this case, the speaker provides more details about Berlin and lets the listener know that her mother is a chef.

With hard work and consistent practice you will do well on the IELTS. Good luck!

 

Source:

[1] For more information about International House London check out their website: http://www.ihlondon.com/

Skimming and Scanning for IELTS/TOEFL

Skimming and Scanning for IELTS/TOEFL

Skimming and scanning for IELTS/TOEFL.

If you are planning on taking the IELTS or TOEFL then you need to perfect your skimming and scanning techniques. Both exams contain reading passages of varying degrees of difficulty and questions pertaining to each article. Since these exams are time sensitive it's important to be a quick and efficient reader. 

An efficient reader strives to understand the meaning of the article as a whole. They don't fret about the one or two words that they don't recognize. Instead, they deduce the meaning from the words and sentences around them. 

 

The following steps will improve your comprehension and help you find answers in the text quickly:

 

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Step 1: Read titles and headings for clues

The title and headings provide insight about the general topic of the article.  

Step 2: Skim the text for meaning

When you're skimming, you are essentially speed-reading for gist (huh? Reading very quickly to understand the general meaning). You want to identify the writer's main idea, which can be found in the first few sentences of the introduction paragraph and the last few sentences of the conclusion. In addition, you must determine the purpose of each 'body' paragraph. While skimming underline the important sentences and jot down notes in the margin.

Step 3: Read the questions thoroughly

Once you have gathered the gist of the article, read through the questions carefully. Make sure you read through all the questions before attempting to answer them. People have different methods for answering questions, you can go in order or answer the easier questions first. Pick a strategy and stick with it.  

Step 4: Scan the text for answers

You can determine the kind of information you need to find from the question. It's very important to read the question properly. Think about scanning a Word Search puzzle for a hidden word; you're going to have a pretty hard time if you don't read the word bank! For a test like the IELTS, you're looking for words that stand out, such as names, numbers and dates, because they will help you find the answers. Sometimes it's better to read the text backwards to find this information. 

 

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The key to achieving a high IELTS or TOEFL score is practicing the right techniques. Although leisurely reading books will benefit your vocabulary and your comprehension, in a test setting you are limited in the amount of time that you have to complete the questions. The time-saving techniques above will help you be better prepared on test day. 

Getting Started

Getting Started

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