- Dec 31 Sat 2016 22:35
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Would you go to a doctor who didn't have a degree, and no experience? I hope not, because it might kill you. It is similar with IELTS Preparation teachers. It seems new 'experts' are appearing every day, popping up like mushrooms. I normally don't put Chinese on this blog, but this time I will, because if you are thinking about preparing for the IELTS, it's very important for you to know exactly about the IELTS Test, and about me. The most important aspect of any IELTS teacher will ALWAYS be their quality, qualifications, and experience.
- Dec 29 Thu 2016 23:58
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In IELTS Writing Task Two (the essay), you are asked to give 'examples from your own knowledge and experience'. This means that 'such as' is often used, but it is often used wrongly. We need to look at 'such as' closely. Here is the fourth of five ‘such as’ issues.
- Dec 23 Fri 2016 23:21
The instructions In the IELTS Writing Test for Writing Task Two (the essay) ask you to ‘give examples from your own knowledge and experience’. To do this, ‘such as’ is often used, but it is often used wrongly. So, we need to look at this phrase carefully. Here is the third of five ‘such as’ issues (from my IELTS Writing Task Two book [Tip 19, Item 3].
- Dec 22 Thu 2016 23:10
The instructions In the IELTS Writing Test, Task Two, ask you to ‘give examples from your own knowledge and experience’. To do this, ‘such as’ is often used, but it is often used wrongly. So, we need to look at this phrase carefully. Here is the second of five ‘such as’ issues (from my IELTS Writing Task Two book [Tip 19, Item 3] - see picture below).
- Dec 21 Wed 2016 23:21
In IELTS Grammar Tip (3), we looked at collocation (putting words together in accepted patterns). One of these collocations is V+adverb (e.g. to carefully insert the needle). The following 10 sentences all have correct collocation of the verb with the appropriate adverb, but all of them are strange, unnatural, or just wrong. Can you see the problem?
- Dec 20 Tue 2016 23:44
So, right now I am writing in my pixnet ‘blog’ (= web + log), but it connects to my face book. My immediate thought is … what is the difference between the two? As far as I can tell, a blog is like a diary, while face book is like a magazine. But that raises the issue: the posts I have written for this pixnet blog (which is supposed to be a diary-type entry) go also to my face book ‘Andrew’s IELTS Stuff’ (which is supposed to be a magazine-type entry). So, how do I write my posts? Blog-style or magazine-style? Well, pixnet (which I am using now), which is meant to be the ‘diary’, actually has hard and solid IELTS tips, so it’s not really a diary at all. This means that I’m really mixing it all up, right?
Okay, here, in this post, I’ll write a true ‘diary’ type message, and, although it will go to the face book, ‘Andrew’s IELTS Stuff’, I’ll argue that it is still a text to read, and any reading text is preparation for the IELTS Reading Test [See my IELTS Reading Book, Tip One, Strategy Seven, p.6]. So, how can I get personal and diary-like here? What about talking about the cutest and most lovable human being in the world – obviously, my son, right?
- Dec 19 Mon 2016 23:10
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IELTS Grammar Tip (3): Collocation
The public version of the IELTS Writing Band Descriptors mention that an IELTS 7 writer shows an ‘awareness of style and collocation’. Collocation is the act of putting the right words together. For example, in Chinese, you can say …
- Dec 16 Fri 2016 23:28
Bad Trend (1) // About Pairwork: 2nd and final part
Continuing my response to the claim of many school and teachers here: ‘you don't talk to fellow students; you just talk to the teacher’, I can first say what I said in the 1st part – that it is a bad trend which will severely 'crash' your learning. All the evidence and research argues against this trend.
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I have student who has come back from the Philippines after 3 month there studying IELTS. This student mentioned that she got IELTS 5.5 for writing before she left. She handed me a homework essay a few days back, and I corrected it carefully - at least, I tried my best. The topic wasn't clear; no key words from it were used, and the entire essay gave no coherent message. I would judge it to be an IELTS 4 (and I have a lot of experience in this - over 20 years).