Necessary Skills For Essay Writing

I’m going to begin by talking about your approach to IELTS both from the learning and the teaching point of view then we’ll look at each of the four macro skills separately so that’s reading listening writing and speaking and with each skill I’ll be talking about the skills you need to practice how to approach test materials with students at bands four and five and how to exploit those test materials and use them as teaching tools I’ll also be referring to our latest title the Cambridge official guide to IELTS the book is a very comprehensive guide to the IELTS test and it’s in two separate parts the first half is a skill section which outlines and explains the different skills you need to master for the IELTS test and this is followed by a practice test section with eight to practice tests and my role on this book was writing the skills section. Find more about what it takes to write an essay on Robotdon.

So let’s start by asking this question how do you see the IELTS test your attitude to the test can shape the way you prepare for it in this picture the student sees the test is an obstacle blocking his path the problem with seeing the test that way is that preparation generally involves looking for ways around the obstacle or looking for shortcuts for example you might look for patterns or ways to try and guess answers or try to learn writing task answers off my heart to use in the test not only will this give you a lower score in the test but it also wastes valuable learning time another problem with this image is that the whole focus is only on the test itself and not on language learning and that’s not desirable either for the language classroom or in terms of making progress in your language learning here are some common strategies that people use to try to get a higher score students often plan to do lots of practice tests I know one student whose approach was to keep taking the test over and over.

And he was quite disappointed when he kept getting the same score teachers who are new to IELTS might decide to prepare their class by giving them practice tests and going over the answers but as you can see from this next slide these are all unhelpful strategies when it comes to improving your IELTS score looking for patterns or shortcuts and only focusing on tests means that you go around in circles and essentially just stay in the same place it’s much better to see the tests like this in this picture the IELTS test is a signpost that tells you how far you’ve come in your language learning taking this analogy a little further you could see IELTS as a sort of GPS in the test the students need to give off very clear signals to show where they are the aim of an IELTS course should be to show students how to give off those signals and also to help improve and develop their language skills so that they can make genuine progress and achieve a better score in the test.

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