TABLE MANNERS

TABLE MANNERS

Both hands must be above the table at the same time. They cannot be below the table even if they are together.

Remember to always say PLEASE and THANK YOU.

If you've served your own portion, it is considered good manners to finish everything on your plate before asking for more.

Do not put ice in your wine. At restaurants, wine is served at the temperature at which it is meant to be enjoyed.

After you have finished eating, place the cutlery parallel together, vertically at the center of your plate so the waiter will know to take away your plate.

While you are still eating your meal, place the cutlery to the sides of your plate at 4:00 and 8:00, opposite sides of the plate, signifying to the waiter that you wish to keep your plate.

To communicate that you want more wine, simply finish your glass, but to signify that you have had enough to drink, leave some wine in your glass.

When dining at another's residence, do not use salt or pepper. This is an insult to the person who cooked the meal and is interpreted as "You did not get it right."

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Monday, December 29, 2008
ETIQUETTES

Business Etiquette

Powerful First Impression Make your first 10 words count: ³Thank you for taking the time to meet with me´, ³It¶s a pleasure tofinally meet you Mr. X´, ³Denise thank you for your interest in getting together´, ³Juan, thank you forsuggesting we meet today´, ³It¶s great seeing you again´ Tune into others: Making eye contact, always wear a smile· Your expressions demonstrate the confidence you have in yourself· Be vibrant, be confident and people will respond positively· Walk with a purpose·Put some bounce into your step.· Move with vigor and vitality·Most of us enjoy being around high-energy people· Be Impeccably Groomed Keep your hair neat and in a fashion that flatters the shape of your face· Wear jewelry appropriately to the event and situation·shoes should be well maintained

MEN
Use the one finger test when buying shirts. Make sure a shirt fits properly by placing your indexfinger between the collar and your neck. If there is enough room to slip your finger comfortable into thespace, you are not only assured of an excellent fit, you would also feel less compelled to unbutton the topbutton Know that most women like to see a little leg, but not when you are wearing trousers. Wear socksthat cover your calves when seated.

WOMEN

Should be aware of poor impression made by hosiery with runners. Always keep an extra pairof stockings with you when going to an important event

Business Greetings and Introduction
Stand up Make eye contact· Smile· Say your name· Shake hands

MEN

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Don¶t wait for a woman to initiate a handshake-Always offer a woman your full hand in a handshake. Forget the business of shaking fingers. -Avoid my hand over your hand handshake as this could be interpreted as a subtle form of one-upmanship

WOMEN
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Always offer a complete and firm handshakeShake hands with customers and clients, even when you meet them outside the work placeAvoid wearing an oversized ring on the right hand it can hinder others from giving you a firmhandshake Never stay behind the desk when meeting or greeting someone. When shaking hands, the onlything that should be between the two of you is spaceShake hands at both the beginning and at the end of a meeting

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Friday, December 26, 2008
WRITING TOPICS

WRITING

1. EDUCATION TO CHILDREN IS NOT ACCSESSIBLE IN THE RURAL ARES OF A DEVELOPING COUNTRY.SOME PEOPLE ARE OF AN OPINION THAT MORE TEACHERS AND BOOKS SHOULD BE PROVIDED WHILE OTHERS SAY INTERNET SHOULD BE INTRODUCED.WHAT IS YOUR OPINION DISCUSS

2. WHAT IS SPACE TOURISM.IS IT GOOD OR BAD

3. GIVE RELEVANT EXAMPLESPEOPLE CHANGE THEIR CAREER AND PLACE OF RESIDENCE FREQUNTLY THESE DAYS.WHAT ARE THE POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF IT? Posted by sonali at 11:14 PM 0 comments Links to this post

QUESTIONS IN DECEMBER(DELHI)

1)STAGE1 ARE YOU WORKING WHAT DO YOU DISLIKE ABOUT YOUR JOB DO YOU READ BOOKS.HOW OFTEN? HAVE YOU GIFTED A BOOK TO SOMEONE STAGE2 THE PLACE WHERE YOU STUDIED OR WORKED · WHERE WAS IT · HOW DID YOU FEEL · WHAT DID YOU LIKE OR DISLIKE ABOUT IT? STAGE3

SHOULD BASIC REQIUREMENTS BE AVAILABLE IN SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES IS CUTTING TREES GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT WHAT CAN GOVERNMENT DO TO STOP CUTTING OF TREES 2) STAGE1 WHAT IS YOUR NAME? DESCRIBE YOUR HOMETOWN? WHAT IS its MAIN ATTRACTION? HOW HAS IT CHANGED FROM THE PAST? TALK ABOUT A SHOP IN YOUR AREA? WHAT TRHINGS DO YOU BUY THERE? HOW HAS THE SHOP CHANGED FROM THE PAST? WHAT IS THE ROLE OF TEACHERS IN YOUR LIFE? ARE THE TEACHERS STRICT TODAY? STAGE 2 DESCRIBE A PLACE WITH LOT OF WATER BODIES WHAT IS IT · WHERE IS IT SITUATED · WHAT DID YOU ENJOY THERE · WHY DID YOU LIKE IT STAGE 3 WHAT IS THE NORMAL USE OF WATER IN DAILY LIFE? WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ABOUT THE DEPLETION OF WATER? IS IT POSSIBLE TO REDUCE WATER WASTAGE? DIFFERENCE IN PAST AND PRESENT WATER USAGE? TALK ABOUT WATER SPORTS? WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON INTRODUCTION OF WATER SPORTS IN SCHOOL? 3) STAGE1 DESCIBE YOUR HOMETOWN WHAT IS THE SPECIALITY OF YOUR HOMETOWN .

WHAT ARE THE PLACES OF INTERESTR IN YOUR HOMETOWN STAGE 2 DESCRIBE A TEENAGER YOU KNOW · WHO IS HE/SHE · HOW DO YOU KNOW HIM/HER · WHAT ARE THE SPECIAL QUALITIES YOU LIKE ABOUT HIM/HER STAGE 3 WHAT SHOULD BE THE CORRECT AGE FOR TO GIVE RESPONSIBILITY TO ATEENAGER? SHOULD THE TEENAGER BE GIVEN POCKET MONEY? WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GROWTH OF A TEENAGER? WHY IS TEENAGE SPECIAL? Posted by sonali at 11:00 PM 2 comments Links to this post Friday. November 28. What kind of outdoor sports activities you are interested in? Part-2 Describe a person good at work Where he/she works How long do you know this person Say what made you to think that this person is good at work Part-3 . Tell me something about your favorite mode of transport. 2008 SPEAKING QUESTIONS(COCHIN) FEEDBACK QUESTIONS IN NOVEMBER Part ± 1 What sorts of magazines do you read? Do you follow fashion? Are fashion magazines popular in your country? Do you keep pets at home? Briefly describe a pet animal you are familiar.

What is an ideal working environment in your opinion? What are some of the factors that influence the performance of workers? How the work environment of the present and the past differ? What can be done to improve the productivity of workers? Explain the importance of stress management at work place? Part-2 Describe a news story you watched on the television What the story was about How did you feel about it How it influenced you Part-3 What responsibilities the media have to the general public? What differences you see in covering news between TV and newspaper? Who is an ideal journalist in your opinion? Why do we see a lot of sensational news in TV and newspapers these days? Part-2 Describe something you like to wear on special occasion What it is? Where did you buy this? Say how do you feel about wearing this. Part-3 Can you judge a person by appearance? What kind of dress materials you prefer wearing on parties? Why it is important for people to wear formal clothing at interviews? Do you think that personal grooming is important in modern times? Part-2 A much polluted area you been to Which the place was? How polluted it was? Say what did you feel about that place? Part-3 What are the bad impacts of pollutions in cities? What are the major causes of pollution ? Which do you think is more dangerous .indoor or outdoor pollution? Posted by sonali at 1:33 AM 1 comments Links to this post .

Posted by sonali at 1:20 AM 0 comments Links to this post Thursday. What kind of music are they playing? Who mostly go there? Third part .NGO(ANSWER TO THE QUERY) NGO is Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) AND a legally constituted organization created by private organizations or people with no participation or representation of any government. November 27. Foundations and charities use sophisticated public relations campaigns to raise funds and employ standard lobbying techniques with governments. 2008 NOVEMBER IELTS FEEDBACK(PHILIPINES) I. First Part What is your name? Describe your hometown. the NGO maintains its non-governmental status insofar as it excludes government representatives from membership in the organization. Interest groups may be of political importance because of their ability to influence social and political outcomes. Non-governmental organizations need healthy relationships with the public to meet their goals. What is interesting in your hometown? Why do you think weekends are important? Second Part Describe a place where people listen to music most. In the cases in which NGOs are funded totally or partially by governments.

First Part . When did you read the book? Third part Do you think books will become obsolete with the emergence of the internet? Who would you rather teach children how to read. What can I see from the windows? How do you celebrate birthdays in your country? Tell me your activities on a typical evening. Second Part Tell me about a book that you have read. What kind of music do you usually download and why? II. parents or teachers? Is it important for a reader to read more on topics not related to his field? Will books still be important to the next generations? III. First Part Do you live in a flat or a house? Describe to me your house. Tell me about the walls.Why is music important to children? What are the benefits? How does it increase mental skills? Comment about the free downloading of music in the internet.

did you ride a bicycle? Do some people use the bicycle as a mode of transportation? Describe a family that you admire most? Who are they? Where do they live? Why do you admire this family? How often do you see them? Second Part Describe a picture that you saw that captured your attention. How do computers affect photography nowadays? How does digital photography affect the accuracy of photos found in textbooks? WRITING TOPICS . Why it is important to you. Third part Discuss the importance of the internet.What¶s your name? What will I call you? Tell me about your place When you were a child. What is the picture? When it was taken.

Albert Einstein "All the world 's a stage. Robertson Imagination is more important than knowledge. A society cannot function well if an individual would be able to do what he wants to do. and all the men and women merely players."-. Scene VII) . W. 3.William Shakespeare. but education ends only with life" -. 2 Comment on the following: Society is based on rules and laws. 2008 QUOTABLE QUOTES Instruction ends in the schoolroom. Imagination encircles the world. Why is this so? Do you agree or disagree? Posted by sonali at 12:35 AM 0 comments Links to this post Wednesday.F. November 26. As You Like It (Act II. They have their exits and their entrances.1 Comment on the importance of fashion and self-expression through clothing. Knowledge is limited. And one man in his time plays many parts" -.Fashion nowadays has been of great importance to people.

That's relativity.Ralph Waldo Emerson "I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think. but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. But whether it is going to warm your heart or burn down your house. all the books I want to read. it is easy in solitude to live after your own." --Albert Einstein "Love is a fire.John Burrough . you can never tell." -. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. and all the friends I want to see. Shaw "The voyage to discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes"-Marcel Proust "When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. all the walks I want to take." -."The human heart feels things the eyes cannot see.Joan Crawford "It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinions." -."-. therefore." -. and knows what the mind cannot understand. B. All progress.G.Robert Vallett "Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. depends on unreasonable people.

A." . poet "Experience is the name so many people give to their mistakes. But you can afford a better class of enemy.."Happy are those who dream dreams and are willing to pay the price to see them come true." .Antoine de Saint Exupery "The most important thing about goals is having one.. It is the only coin you have. not when there is nothing more to add." . Einstein (1879-1955) "Perfection is achieved. we can only help them discover it within themselves. lest you let other people spend it for you.Carl Sandburg." ." ..Claude Pepper Not everything that can be counted counts." .. but when there is nothing left to take away. and only you can determine how it will be spent." .Galileo Galilei "Time is the coin of your life. and not everything that counts can be counted.Lord Mancroft .Oscar Wilde "Money can't buy friends. Be careful...Geoffrey Albert "We cannot teach people anything.." .

be good or bad." -.Frank Tyger "We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty.Lou Erickso "The most important thing to do in solving a problem is to begin." ." -." .Oscar Wilde "Modern technology Owes ecology An apology. The meter just keeps a-ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still. their passions a quotation." -. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions.""Most people are other people.. 1923 "Life is like a taxi.Bo Jackson "A free press can. most certainly without freedom.Havelock Ellis."-.." -. the press will never be anything but bad. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.Jawaharlal Nehru . had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands. charm and adventure. of course. their lives a mimicry. Eddison "Set your goals high.Alan M.French Existential Writer Albert Camus (1913-1960) The sun. and don't stop till you get there. The Dance of Life." -. the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago. but.

" . and leave a trail. only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.1519) "Only after the last tree has been cut down«the last river has been poisoned«the last fish caught. 2008 SPEAKING QUESTIONS(NOVEMBER) (1) STAGE ONE DESCRIBE YOUR HOMETOWN DO YOU LIKE ARTS HAVE YOU VISITED ANY ART GALLERY WOULD YOU LIKE TO TEACH IN FUTURE ARE TEACHER STRICT IN YOUR COUNTRY STAGE TWO A PHYSICAL ACTIVITY WOULD YOU LIKE TO INDULGE IN FUTURE WHAT IS IT WHEN AND WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO INDULGE IN IT WHY WOULD YOU LIKE TO INDULGE IN IT STAGE THREE ." Leonardo da Vinci (1452 .Cree Indian Prophesy Posted by sonali at 12:04 AM 0 comments Links to this post Tuesday. Go instead where there is no path. November 25."Do not follow where the path may lead. so a life well spent brings happy death." .Ralph Waldo Emerson "As a well-spent day brings happy sleep.

HOW IMPORTANT IS PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN TODAYS WORLD DO YOU THINK PEOPLE INDULGE IN MORE PHYSICAL CTIVITY THESE DAYS COMPARE INDULGENCE IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY OF THE PAST AND PRESENT WHY ARE LOT OF HEALTH CENTRES COMING UP PRESENTLY (2) STAGE ONE INTRODUCTION DO YOU STAY IN A HOUSE OR AN APARTMENT WHAT CAN YOU SEE OUTSIDE YOUR HOUSE DID YOU PARTICIPATE IN GAMES/SPORTS WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG DO YOU THINK CHILDREN SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN GAMES STAGE TWO DESRIBE A PHOTOGRAPH YOU LIKE WHOSE PHOTOGRAPH IS IT? WHAT IS IT ABOUT WHY DO YOU LIKE/DISLIKE IT STAGE THREE DO YOU THINK PHOTOGRAPHS IMPRESS PEOPLE HOW ARE PHOTOGRAPHS USED TO MOTIVATE PEOPLE HAVE YOU BEEN MOTIVATED BY ONE? HOW CAN PHOTOGRAPH HELP US TO LEARN HISTORY (3) STAGE 1 MAY I KNOW YOUR NAME? DO YOU WORK OR STUDY? WHAT ARTICLES/EQUIPMENTS ARE USED IN YOUR PROFFESSION? WILL MORE EQUIPMENT BE USED IN FUTURE? DO PEOPLE RIDE BICYCLES IN YOUR COUNTRY? IS IT SAFE FOR CHILDREN TO RIDE BICYCLES IN YOUR SOCIETY? STAGE2 DESCRIBE A SPORTS EVENT YOU HAVE PARTICIPATED OR WATCHED .

STAGE 1 INTRODUCTION WHAT DOES YOUR HOUSE LOOK LIKE? WHAT DOES THE WALLS OF YOUR HOPUSE HAS? WHAT CAN YOU SEE FROM THE WINDOW OF YOUR ROOM? DO YOU LIKE PLAYING GAMES? WERE YOU INTERESTED IN GAMES WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG? DO YOU INDULGE IN EXERCISE DO YOU THINK EXERCISE IS NECESSARY FOR CHILDREN STAGE2 DESCRIBE A PHOTOGRAPH YOUI HAVE TAKEN /SEEN WHAT IS IT ABOUT WHERE DID YOU SEE/TAKE IT WHAT DO YOU LIKE/DISLIKE ABOUT IT (5) STAGE 1 INTRODUCTION WHAT DO YOU DO IN THE EVENING DOES YOUR PAST TIME CHANGES ACCORDING TO SEASON.HOW? STAGE2 DESCRIBE A GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE WHAT WAS IT? WHY DID YOU GIVE IT WHERE DID YOU BUY IT WHY DID IT BRING PLEASURE .WHAT WAS IT WHEN DID YOU WATCH/TAKE PART IN IT WHAT YOU LIKE/DISLIKE ABOUT IT STAGE 3 DO YOU STILL WATCH SPORTS PROGRAMS? WHICH PROFFESSION DOES NOT REQUIRE A COMPETITIVE PERSONALITY? WHAT IS THE ROLE OF PEOPLE IN CO-OPERATING SOCIETY? (4).

STAGE3 IS YOUR PROFFESSION ACCORDING TO YOUR WISH WHY DID YOU CHOSE IT WHAT ARE OTHER OCCASSIONS APART FROM MARRIAGE/BIRTHDAY WHEN PEOPLE GIVE GIFTS 6 STAGE1 INTRODUCTION TELL ME ABOUT YOUR HOMETOWN WHAT ARE THE SPECIAL PLACES IN YOUR HOMETOWN STAGE2 EXPLAIN ABOUT AN ELECTRONIC ITEM EXCEPT COMPUTER WHAT IS IT WHAT IS THE USE WHY DO YOU LIKE OR DISLIKE IT STAGE3 WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ABOUT LAUNCHING NEW THINGS AND THEIR RESEARCH ARE ELECTRONIC ITEMS GOOD OR BAD INFLUENCE ON YOUNGSTERS WRITING TOPICS 1. 2008 October IELTS Feedback (Philippines) First Part Do you work? Do you find your work hard? . WHAT IS SPACE TOURISM. October 30.IS IT GOOD OR BAD 2. PEOPLE CHANGE THEIR CAREER AND PLACE OF RESIDENCE FREQUNTLY THESE DAYS.WHAT ARE THE POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF IT? GIVE RELEVANT EXAMPLES Posted by sonali at 12:24 AM 0 comments Links to this post Thursday.

When was this? How did you do it? Why did you do it? What do you think are the factors that made you successful? Is success important in life? Other questions for the second part: Describe a garden that you visited and liked.Is swimming popular in your town? Where do people in your town go for swimming? Do people visit your house often? What do you do when people visit your house? why? Do you like visiting other people's house? Do you like attending parties? Do you like to party with friends or family?Describe an ideal party for you. Others oppose these two. Second Part (cue card) *Describe some good advice given to you What was the advice? Who gave the advice? What happened after the advice was given? Follow-up questions (Part 3) Why do you think young people defy their parents?What advice can you give to these young people? Second Part (cue card) *Describe a college friend that influenced you the most. When did you meet the person? Why you remembered him the most? Follow-up questions (Part 3) Do you agree that parents must choose who will be the friends of their children? Have you ever been betrayed by a friend? In what way? When was the last time you saw your friend? Second Part (cue card) *Name one success in your life. Writing Some support the invention of factory farming and the creation of scientific fruits and vegetables. Describe a particular law in your country that made a big impact on you. What is your opinion .

Strong accent gets in the way of correct pronunciation. The speech is mostly fluent with some hesitation and repetition. but not always they are used appropriately or accurately. speaking band 6.5 Candidate gives short answers.5 Candidate can talk at length without much hesitation or repetition. on one hand. October 28. His pronunciation is good and the accent doesn¶t get in the way. not willing to talk at length. but there are several errors in more complex sentences. many of which are left incomplete. etc) is there. even if there are some grammatical errors. even if sometimes the choice of a word is inappropriate. His vocabulary is simple but sufficient for him to talk on the subject and make himself clear. His vocabulary includes not only simple but also sophisticated words on the subject. Usage of linking words (like however. He hesitates a little and sometimes uses linking words incorrectly.Posted by sonali at 2:35 AM 3 comments Links to this post Tuesday. Responses are exactly what he¶s being asked. the meaning is perfectly clear. October 22. The vocabulary is large enough for candidate to speak on the given topic and he is easy to understand. the language is fluent but relatively simple. Posted by sonali at 10:11 PM 0 comments Links to this post Wednesday. Speaking Band 7 Candidate speaks smoothly without much effort. The pronunciation is mostly correct with occasional errors. The linking words are used naturally and in the right places. but it shows that the grammar in complex ones is harder for him to control. There are many mispronounced words. His vocabulary is appropriate but not sophisticated and doesn¶t show variations. His sentences are easy to follow ? the information has a sequence and he uses linking words to move smoothly from one idea to another. Speaking Band 6 Candidate is willing to talk at length. He uses some idioms and sometimes does that inappropriately. The control of grammar is good. the mistakes are rare. not always directly answering the question. The grammar of simple sentences is mostly accurate. 2008 . then again. The candidate uses both simple and complex sentence structures. 2008 DIFFERENCE OF WHOLE AND HALF BANDS(hope it helps!!!! Speaking Band 5. He doesn¶t cover the whole subject in his answers.

Which is better? 2. STAGE 1 Do you live in a flat or a house? Are there any windows in your house? What does your house look like? What is there on the walls of your house? How important is it to celebrate birthdays? For whom is it more important? Adult or children STAGE2 Describe a place you visited recently That was the place? When did you visit it? With whom did you go and why did you like it STAGE3 What are the kinds of tourist places in our country? What do you think is necessary to make a tourist place attractive? Is the communication system (related to tourism) effective in our country .SPEAKING EXAM QUESTIONS(OCTOBER) FEEDBACK (OCTOBER) STAGE1 Do you work or are you studying? Do you enjoy gardening? Do you think people engage in gardening these days? Explain about a museum you have visited Describe any bus journey that you have enjoyed STAGE2 Describe a long journey that you made Where it was When did you make it Whether you liked/dislike it STAGE3 What are the problems faced in long journey How can along journey be made interesting? Compare traveling in group and alone.

DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE?? SPEAKING 2 stage 1 DO YOU WORK OR ARE YOU ASTUDENT? WHAT COURSE ARE YOU PURSUING? . September 10. then parent should be punished. Give reasons for your answer with relevant examples Posted by sonali at 9:15 PM 1 comments Links to this post Wednesday.WRITING TASK-2 If children commit crime like drinking and driving or committing robbery. Do you agree or disagree. 2008 SPEAKING QUESTIONS UPDATE(SEPTEMBER) Speaking 1 Introduction (STAGE ONE) DESCRIBE YOUR RESIDENTIAL PLACE? WHAT ARE THE FACILITIES ABOUT HEALTH IN YOUR LOCALITY? WHAT DO YOU DOTO KEEP HEALTHY? STAGE TWO (TASK ±CARD) TALK ABOUT A PERSON YOU HAVE HELPED WHO IS HE/SHE WHAT DID YOU DO HOW DID YOU FEEL AFTER HELPING STAGE THREE (LONG RUN) IS IT GOOD TO HELP OTHERS? WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IN THE ATTITUDE TOWARDS HELP BETWEEN PAST AND PRESENT? HOW DO YOU THINK ³NGO´ RAISE FUNDS? Writing POLICE CARRYING GUNS OPENLY INCRESES VIOLENCE AMONG THE YOUNGSTERS.

/DISADVN. 2008 SPEAKING STAGE TWO(JUNE) A person who is best at his /her profession Who is that person? Why do you think him/her best? What he/she did for society? Describe and e-mail/letter/greeting card you have received recently When did you receive it What was it about Why it was important for you Posted by sonali at 1:39 AM 2 comments Links to this post Tuesday. July 14. OF COMPUTER? STAGE 2 A SKILL YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN IN FUTURE WHAT IS IT? WHY DO YOU WANT TO LEARN IT? WHAT ARE THE DIFFICULTIES YOU WOULD FACE STAGE3 HOW CAN WE LEARN COMPUTERS DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE LEARNING PROCESS OF YOUNG AND OLD INFLUNCE OF PARENTS AND TEACHERS ON LIFE Posted by sonali at 4:12 AM 4 comments Links to this post Monday. 2008 RECENT SPEAKING QUESTIONS IN IELTS EXAM(MAY) FEEDBACK QUESTIONS FOLLOWING ARE THE FEEDBACK QUESTIONS (MAY) .DO YOU USE COMPUTER? WHEN DID YOU LEARN TO USE THE INTERNET? ADVAN. June 3.

March 10. where) STAGE3 DiscussionAbout languages around the world . (What language.1 STAGE ONE: INTRODUCTION WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSION? WHY DO YOU LIKE IT? ABOUT FOOD? STAGE TWO: DESCRIBE A BOOK THAT YOU HAVE READ WHAT IS IT WHEN DID YOU READ IT WHICH CHARACTER DID YOU LIKE MOST WHY DID YOU LIKE IT STAGE THREE: WHY DO YOU THINK PEOPLE DO GARDENING THESE DAYS IS READING PREFERRED BY YOU? PAST AND PRESENT COMPARISON OF READING? ARTS AND MUSEUMS WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT? 2 STAGE ONE: DESCRIBE YOUR HOMETOWN? DESCRIBE YOUE PROFFESSION? CURRENT RESIDENCE WHY DO YOU LIKE IT? STAGE TWO: DESCRIBE A CITY YOU HAVE VISITED WHAT WAS THE CITY? WHEN DID YOU VISIT IT? WHAT YOU LIKE/DISLIKE ABOUT IT? STAGE THREE: TYPES OF TELEPHONE WHICH IS BETTERAND WHY NEWSPAPER AND ITS USE SINCE WHEN ARE YOU READING NEWSPAPER Posted by sonali at 9:40 PM 0 comments Links to this post Monday. 2008 LATEST FEEDBACK OF EXAMINEES Speaking STAGE1 InterviewQuestions about yourself STAGE2 Little SpeechYou are going to learn foreign language. not English. why.

Sure.describe place you live in.Describe cafe or restaurant you enjoy the mostwhere/why/what kind of food Discussion . Discussion The role of the Internet in today¶s society. What shall I call you? You could call me XXX. 2. Little Speech A website that I found useful.how to improve public means of transport.favorite newspapers/ type of newspapers in your country Little Speech.What kind of cafe/restaurants are in your countrySocial profits of eating in restaurantWhat kind of factors improve restaurants Speaking Interview Do you study or work?Do you have friends in you class?Would u like to be friends with them after you finish studying?How often you go shopping (for clothes)How important is color when we choose clothes Little Speech Favorite book of your childhood Discussion What is the important of library in your townThe effect of internet on reading and writing skills. How old are you? I am 22 years old. I was born in 1980. January 23. 4. is it good for families. which is XXX. Posted by sonali at 2:09 AM 1 comments Links to this post Wednesday. Could you show me your identification card please? Hello. 3. and yourself? 5. . On the eight of March 1980. I am also called by my English name.means of transport in your city. here you are. Speaking Interview.Hello. to be exact. How are you? I am well thank you. 2008 SPEAKING SAMPLES : Model Speaking Question & Answer part 1-Introduction 1.Speaking Interview Simple introduction & some questions about my living place. Could you tell me your full name please? My full name is XXX. In other words.

and it does not have any special meaning really. To be more exact.6 ) No. the English equivalent of my family name would be something like peace. I grew up here and I attended a well-known school called School number 163. and a variety of other businesses.8 ) Not really. Where do you live? I live with my parents here in xxx at the moment. My English name was given to me by one of my high school teachers. I personally believe that I myself will determine my destiny irrespective of what my name is. but I would like to be more independent soon.6. but I am looking forward to the day that I can have my own apartment. We live in a respectable area with many shops. restaurants. Yes. 9. How long have you lived in your hometown? I come from xxx. and it really doesnt have any special meaning. part 2-hometown ? 8. Names were important to the older generation as they of the opinion that it will determine your destiny to some extent. and I love them very much. Does your name have any special meaning? ( 7 . My English name was randomly chosen by one of my high school teachers.8 ) I presume you are referring to my Chinese name. restaurants. I believe a person has to work out his own life. My parents have been living here for the past thirty years or so. I am planning to do this as well as I can 7. I have my own room and enjoy the privacy that it brings. During the week I live in a . and in the case of my first name it would be strong one. my name does have some special meaning. My family name means peace. I grew up here and I attended a well-known school called School number 163. We live in a nice area with many shops. I will do this by acquiring good qualifications and by working hard. I dont think it can do anything for me. 8. How long have you lived in your hometown? I come from xxx. Does your name have any special meaning? ( 5 . that is not so easy to answer. and other businesses. 9. we live in an apartment building in one of the northern suburbs of the city. My parents have been living here for the past thirty years or so. The people in our building are generally friendly and quite. and my first name means strong one. Please allow me to explain. 7. However. Allow me to explain: they are good parents. I am part of the new generation who do not attach too much significance to our names. which makes it a pleasure to live there. Is your name important to you? ( 7 . 6. Is your name important to you? ( 5 .6 ) Yes. Where do you live? Well.

Java Square. In addition. certainly. many farmers have orchards. there are many other sites that are worthwhile visiting.dormitory at the university. 12. many farmers have orchards. here are many heavy industries manufacturing anything from aircraft and automobiles to machine tools. it is the largest square . If I had to choose one place. It has many heavy industries such as automobile. Secondly. What I mean is that it is a large open space where one can see the sky clearly. What is the difference between your hometown and other cities(such as Hong Kong)? The main difference between my hometown and Hong Kong is the climate. which you will find around the city. 13. xxx is in the northeast part of my country. Secondly. What are the main crops in your region? In our region many crops are grown. In addition. pears. So I really do not know which of the two to call my home at the moment. Can you tell me about some famous landscapes in your hometown? . there they have a tropical climate. Here they grow many kinds of fruit like apples. it houses an important government building. I guess you could call it the City Hall. For example one would find all kinds of vegetables in the fields of this region. For example. other animals and even pandas in their natural environment. This is still remembered by many of the elderly folks to this day. but over weekends I live with my parents in a village about one hour by car from xxx. 13. Can you tell me about some famous scenic spots in your hometown?What are the main places of interest in your hometown? Why? (. Another example that I could mention is the Imperial Palace that belonged to the last dynasty . the xxx invaded the city and committed many atrocities (that is to say many crimes) during the occupation. and feel free. For example. What are the main crops in your region? In our region many crops are grown. For example. and the capital of the xxx province. Lastly. For example. and the spectacular TV Tower. For example one would find all kinds of vegetables in the fields of this region. To the northeast of the city there is the famous Mountains and the zoological park and botanical gardens. Firstly. In winter we often go skiing there. In addition. It is better known as an industrial city. with many gardens and a lake. it is important to note that it is not known for its agriculture. which is the highest architectural attraction in my country. I could mention the Great River. What places should foreigners visit in your hometown? Why? Sure. and peaches. aircraft. wolves. It consists of a large park. and machine tool manufacturers. bears. and peaches. 14. Lastly. What places in your hometown do you like best? There are many places that I like. Firstly. 10. Here they grow many kinds of fruit like apples. I would like to tell you about Government Square. 11. Here in my hometown . That is to say that it is very hot and humid. Government (City Hall) Square with the Great Theater alongside it. It has about three million inhabitants. it is rich in history. In summer it is a popular place to visit and see tigers. Can you tell me something about your hometown? Yes. In addition it also is the site of an emperors tomb from the Dynasty. I would like to mention the Park. pears.

Please allow me to explain. they are trying to work out a good life for themselves and their children. In other words. Are you a student or do you have a job? I am a student at the moment. Maybe Hong Kong is an exception. 14. Although cities like Toronto.New York. I am working in a workshop of a large manufacturing plant at the moment. In addition. Language is all about communication. like everyone else. Wednesday afternoons we are off. Here in my hometown we have cold winters and hot summers. and that the workshop is always kept clean and tidy. What are the people like in your hometown? Can you tell me something about the character of the people in your hometown? Well. 17. I have the responsibility to see that are the tools are in good order. For example. whereas Hong Kong is more a financial center. in my hometown you would still find many good oldfashioned (traditional) people who have strong principles and values about many aspects of life. That is to say that it is very hot and humid. as it is better known as one of the most important financial capitals of the world. and in Hong Kong there are many tycoons. Part 3-present situation (student) 16. For instance. Are you a student or do you have a job? I have a job.we have cold winters and hot summers. Forexample. afternoons. What do you like most about your studies? Well. For example. Secondly. here we also have good and bad people. Secondly. here we have many factory workers. parents are trying all they can to ensure that their children receive a good education. 15. I am studying English on a full-time basis at a Language School here . here we also have many wholesome families as well as our share of criminal elements in the society. That is to say. What is the difference between your hometown and Hong Kong? The main difference between my homnetown and Hong Kong is the climate. So when I am able to communicate with someone in English. or to be more exact. I feel that I have . I have to assist my artisan in getting his jobs done. and went to work immediately. and are allowed to go swimming at a nearby hotel. I am an assistant to one of the automotive electricians in the workshop. 16. the people have not become materialistic to the same extent as the inhabitants of Hong Kong. 15. I graduated from high school two years ago. they all are bustling with industrial and cultural activities. We have a number of foreign teachers who assist us in the correct pronunciation and grammar of the language. and wealthy people. and evenings. I believe that my hometown has not been westernized to the same extent as a city like Hong Kong. My hometown is an industrial city. What are the people like in your hometown? Can you tell me something about the character of the people in your hometown? Well. family-orientated workers who are not very wealthy. there they have a tropical climate. millionaires. For example. We have classes in the mornings. they arent any different from the inhabitants in any other large city. they arent any different from the people in any other large city. I guess the speaking part. For example. are larger than my hometown .

Secondly.8 ) Thats an interesting question. What kind of job would you prefer after graduation? ( 5 . 23. have a ten-minute break. I believe that the hotel industry will be growing greatly in future. I study in the mornings and afternoons. 22. 21. people are becoming more affluent. We do reading and writing. Do you think your present subjects are relevant? ( 5 .8 ) I am planning to become a Hotel Manager. we often use case studies in class. and then take the evenings off to relax with my family or friends. What I mean is that the professor gives us examples from real life to examine and report on. namely English for Academic Purposes called EAP. but over the weekends I put in more hours. What are your job prospects? ( 5 . For example. I believe that after graduating I will be able to find a good job anywhere in the world. 18. I would like to render a service in the community to which I will eventually belong. Firstly.achieved something. I follow this habit from Mondays to Fridays. and the study for another two hours. English is the language of the future. For example. and spend more and more of their money on holidays. 19. our lecturers and some advisors from the relevant industries have set up our study material. Please allow me to explain. What is your major? ( 5 . practical speaking. Please allow me to explain. I study for two hours. we have only one subject.8 ) As I have been studying on a full-time basis at an English Language School. It gives me the opportunity to question them about their countries and cultures. For example. but also have mastered a very necessary tool for my future career. Allow me to explain myself by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly. Firstly.8 ) Yes. What I mean to say is that all hotels and resorts have the same objectives irrespective of where they are situated. Allow me to explain my personal view by shortly mentioning the following points: I believe that the xxx University is the best University in the country. Describe your study habits? ( 5 . I always start promptly at eight in the evenings.8 ) I have well established study habits. Which is the best university in your country? ( 5 . Their aim is to ensure that their guests have a good time and return again. it has the highest percentage of students passing their courses of all the universities in my country. I particularly like our free talk sessions with the foreign teachers.8 ) I would like to become a medical doctor. Part 3- . and listening by means of cassettes. 20. especially in the business world. In addition. For example. What I mean to say is that the people who we are going to work for one day have had the opportunity to tell the university what they think we should be taught. I would like to assist the elderly that do not have the financial means to afford private hospitals. What I mean to say is that when I am able to communicate well in English I will not only be able to go and study abroad and improve my qualifications. For example.

we had a large library. Allow me to explain by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly. and give them some idea of the costs. I would like to mention that I am in the designing department. 28. I have a Diploma in Nursing. I am an Engineer. Allow me to explain myself by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly. I graduated in 2001 from xxx University . 26. there will be soon no role for teachers . when my company builds a new road. and so on are all trained there. It is the largest university in my country and has about twenty thousand students. Allow me to explain myself by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly they were carefree days. What impressed you most when you were at university / college? ( 5 . OR ( 5 .24. For instance. Do you have a degree? If so. and all I had to do was get good grades. What do you do for a living? . I am earning enough money to be able to rent my own apartment. I work for a large construction company.8 ) I was most impressed by the knowledge and skills of my lecturers. they had experience in the working environment. we specialize in the building of railway bridges. Secondly.8 ) No. For example. I have a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering. I graduated in 2001 from the Medical Training College . 27. and sporting facilities at our disposal. I was impressed by the facilities. some o my best friends today were people that I met in school. Lastly. well-equipped laboratories. We have to look at the site for a new bridge.1 As computers are being used more and more in education. What I mean to say is that I had no or very few worries. 25. For example. ambulance drivers. It is a well-known College giving excellent training to future nurses and other medical staff. Secondly. Secondly. Secondly. and then decide what type of bridge will be suitable. January 16.8 ) Yes. Is your job important to you? That is a broad question. many people benefit from our work.8 ) Of course! Those were some of the best times in my life. we have to make recommendations to the railway company of all the alternatives. For example. Posted by sonali at 12:21 AM 0 comments Links to this post Wednesday. my job is important to me because by doing it I can serve my community and my country. For example. To be more precise. My parents provided in my day-to-day needs. it makes me feel good about myself. and could tell us exactly what we would come across there. Do you still remember your school days? ( 5 . For instance. 2008 SAMPLE ESSAYS(band 8) Q. when and where did you graduate? ( 5 . Describe your job in detail. I had many friends in school. hospital staff.

giving extra exercises or even suggesting a private tutor. which helps them to improve their social skills. In conclusion. pupils could progress in their acquisition of knowledge at their own pace using computers instead of learning from teachers. the presence of a teacher is essential for students because the human contact influences them in positive ways. in the same classroom. However. the role for teachers in the learning process is still very important and it will continue to be in the future because no machine can replace the human interaction and its consequences. Q2. students realize that they are not dealing with a machine but with a human being who deserves attention and respect. especially in the field of education. Others have decided to leave the original way of learning and to get knowledge through online schools. Nowadays. Moreover. students can have a bigger chance not to fail in a subject.in the classroom. There have been immense advances in technology in most aspects of people¶s lives.Improvements in health. These changes in the learning process have brought a special concern regarding the possible decrease of importance of teachers in the classroom. an increasing number of students rely on computers for research and to produce a perfect paper for school purposes. Some people believe the role of teachers started to fade because computers have been helping some students to progress in their studies quicker than when compared with an original classroom. In this way. thus some would be tied to a slow advance in their studies because of others¶ incapacity of understanding. Firstly. education and trade are . They also learn the importance of studying in group and respect other students. students have different intellectual capacities. teachers are required in the learning process because they acknowledge some student¶s deficiencies and help them to solve their problems by repeating the same explanation. For example. Hence.

they developed . but sometimes the money disappears with no significant changes and they cannot even pay the interest to the bank. But this can only be achieved through international help programs in which leaders of the world¶s richest countries donate medicine and also send doctors and nurses to treat and educate those in need. This vicious cycle will continue indefinitely unless wealthier nations show interest in minimizing the worldwide economic differences. an unstructured education system and a weak international trade. decided to forgive billions of dollars worth of debt owed by the world¶s poorest nations. Moreover. upheaval.essential for the development of poorer nations. unemployment. The devastating consequences of the AIDS epidemic in those countries could improve if the infected populations receive free drugs to control the disease. the governments of richer nations should take more responsibility for helping the poorer nations in such areas. Consequently. Most of the poorer nations are buried in debts as a result of their unbalanced finances which are reflect in a failed health care. health and commerce. hunger. last year the G8. most of the poor countries rely on selling agricultural products and raw material to rich nations and buying industrialized products from them resulting in a huge financial deficit. have access to health professionals and get information on how to prevent its spread. disease. Today¶s world has been divided into developing and industrialised countrieswhich the main difference between them is the amount of money that governments apply in important sectors such as education. Regarding this issue. lack of education and both inexperienced and corrupt administrations.they borrow a significant amount of money from the World Bank to try to improve their broken economies. as well as taking more responsibility for assisting unfortunate countries. which is comprised of leaders of the eight richest nations. However. Most of the African countries live in sub-human conditions because of the extreme poverty. In addition.

Moreover. education and trade. There is no doubt that education and the learning process has changed since the introduction of computers. provokes an amazing feeling of pride in their country. For example. thus some leaders have tried to accept agreements to end their dispute and live peacefully. which is considered the best team in the world. Brazil has a high rate of unemployment. In conclusion. international sporting events show benefits in some developing countries which live in a daily internal civil war. Moreover. Every four years. crime. Similarly. From ancient History. Q3 Popular events like the football World Cup and other international sporting occasions are essential in easing international tensions and releasing patriotic emotions in a safe way. Though expert systems have made computers more intelligent. . compete pacifically and even embrace each other after an event. to the more recent international disputes. In conclusion. and connectivity has expedited the data availability. the Brazilian squad. lack of education. which results in poverty and death. Also.adequate loan programs to financially assist those countries. However. The search for information has become easier and amusing. there will be soon no role for teachers in the classroom. their aid is the key to breaking the vicious cycle.As computers are being used more and more in education. these popular events have called the world¶s attention to the terrible consequences of wars. when athletes from Palestine and Israel would forget their differences. at least temporarily. These sporting occasions have proved to be helpful in easing international tensions in difficult times when powerful leaders were trying to control the world¶s economy and other governments were fighting over land. They paint roads with the national colors. the whole world stops to watch international sporting events such as the Olympics and the Football World Cup in which athletes show their best performance to make their country proud of them. poverty and corruption which leads to an immense embarrassment of being Brazilian and a low self-esteem. popular sporting events play an important role in decreasing international tensions and liberating patriotic feelings as History has shown. Most people seem to forget all their problems and even the criminal activity decreases. leaders of the industrialised countries play an indispensable role in assisting developing nations deal with essential areas such as health. when Greeks and Romans would interrupt battles to participate in the games. the competition brings families and neighbors together and even rival gangs watch the games and celebrate peacefully. use wear the Brazilian team shirt and buy national flags. The Olympic Games are one of the best examples which prove how sporting events can bring nations together. when the Football World Cup starts. hunger. Q4.

teachers play and will play an important role in the classroom. there will be no replacement for the human interaction. This. teachers should be more aware of their role as guides in the acquisition of knowledge rather than transmitters of facts. As computers are becoming a common tool for teaching. fill it. The mere activity of touching and exploring this device constitutes an enjoyable task for a kid. in my personal view. which is usually embedded in the academic digital material. Nobody can argue that the acquisition of knowledge is more fun and easier with computers. keep updated and serve as a problem solvers in the learning process. what can be expected. At a higher educational level. the need of human interaction in the learning process will always be present. Make sure they received it and scheduled you to take the test on the date you have chosen. 3. is a change of the teachers¶ role but not their disappearance from the classroom. the availability of digital books. But. no matter how sophisticated its software is. but in the way how this interaction takes place. No matter how complex computers become. besides the increasing complexity and behavior of intelligent software. Posted by sonali at 8:24 PM 3 comments Links to this post Sunday. 2. you¶ll have to go through some formalities . enclose your photos. In my opinion. especially at the primary level. The expertise of a teacher in how to explain and adapt complex concepts to different individuals can hardly be mimicked by a computer. at least in the foreseeable future. accompanied with the relaxing attitude and software interactivity. To summarize. Note: the dates could be different for Academic and General IELTS. usually conduce to a better grasping of new knowledge. January 6. Posted by sonali at 8:43 PM 0 comments Links to this post . provide the student with an ever accessible source of information. Download and print the application form. simulator and other academic materials. There is the necessity for a human being to be able to determine what the specific needs of each individual are. of course. the money and send it to your local IELTS centre. that otherwise would not be at hand. They have to be open minded to the changes that are taking place. Call your local IELTS test centre and find out the dates when you can take IELTS and how much it costs.they have not yet become a substitute of the human interaction in the learning process. thus allowing students to discover the facts for themselves. 2008 FORMALITIES BEFORE IELTS The IELTS test formalities When it becomes clear to you that you need to take IELTS. copy of identification and.which are: 1.

whether it's a good place to live what you do ± if workingwhat your job is. January 4. You can achieve a higher score by: A)understanding the structure so there are few if any surprises B)familiarizing yourself with the common topics C)practicing extensively with a teacher /tutor so you can get feedback D)rehearsing till you can speak comfortably and confidently E)receiving tips. The Speaking Module always follows the same three-part structure. 2008 SPEAKING IELTS Speaking The Speaking Module of the IELTS rates your ability to communicate clearly. if you enjoy them and why . why you chose them. what kind of jobs people do. what you like / dislike about your job. what is interesting there. why you chose that kind of work. though the topics vary from one candidate to the next. for example your hometown ± what kind of place it is. correctly and meaningfully in English in a variety of situations.Friday. if studyingwhat subjects. how long you've been doing it. You are interviewed alone by an examiner and the conversation is recorded. advice and guidance provided online and in IELTS guidebooks IELTS SPEAKING .STRUCTURE PART 1 4-5 minutes Introduction & Interview on Familiar Topics PART2 3-4 minutes Individual Long Turn or Extended Speaking or Monologue PART 3 4-5 minutes Two way discussion on the topic given in part 2 In the first part of the speaking section you will usually be asked to give: your full name your identification answers to basic questions about yourself.

why he / she is special and how he / she influenced you. you will be handed a card with a topic. Describe a person Role of the family in modern life.PART 3 In this section. Then you need to speak about it for about one or two minutes. learning English. Describe a person you would like to meet explain why you chose this person and what effect such a meeting would have on you. etc. IELTS SPEAKING MODULE . However. and why you think it impacted you so greatly. etc. Say how long you have known the person. the question related more to your personal experience. Tell the story. Describe a problem Modern life. Examples include: Describe someone who has influenced you in your life.Usually. Describe a difficult time in your life the problem. you will be asked more general. learning styles. You will be given one minute to think about it and make notes if you like. how it affected you and why. your hobbies. Describe a book. etc. national festivals. and what you learned. parents¶ responsibilities. two other topics. your solution. Describe a place that had a major impact in you. in Part 2. your food preferences. your daily routine. is it easier or harder than before?Other examples Part 2 Part 3 Describe a parent What is the role of parents in today¶s society Describe a friend Is friendship the same in every country? Describe a place Should we spend money on national parks? . IELTS SPEAKING MODULE . and in Part 3.PART 2 In this part. you will participate in a two-way discussion with your examiner. story or movie which had a major impact on you. This is shown below: Describe a teacher Education in your country. The topic will be an extension of a subject you spoke about in Part 2. extended or indepth questions to test your ability to expand on a topic and express your opinions. what tourists do in your country. which might include the following topics: your family.

wear a watch in case you cannot see the clock in the exam room. erasers. You may even want to bring more food or a snack with you. passport. eat. In fact. test number. It is a time to review skills and your test technique. Leave nothing to chance. If possible. pencils. A pen that runs dry or a pencil that breaks can take several minutes to replace. It is essential that you keep track of time. for example. Have everything ready that you need to take with you to the test so you can simply pick it up in the morning. however. especially if your speaking test is at a later time that day. During the test Most students at the test will feel nervous. This is quite normal. pens.Describe a book Are writers respected in your country? Describe a movie Is censorship of movies a good idea? Describe a problem Is modern life becoming easier or more complicated Describe a happy event How can we increase the role of the family before the test This is not a time for intensive study. try going there at a similar time one or two weeks before the real test. It may make you alert and help you to focus. You cannot. The night before the test You must have a good dinner and go to bed at your normal time not too early and not too late. Set your alarm clock the night before or arrange a wake-up call. etc. It is important to exercise. as you do not want to disrupt your sleep pattern if possible. it can actually be quite helpful in terms of motivation. take food or drink into the exam room. You will be required to complete a registration form and to show your passport before you enter the examination room so you must arrive at the time specified by your test centre. If you are late. Avoid the added tension of having to rush. you will not be allowed to enter. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the test centre. the test registration form. Check before the exam exactly what articles you need. If you do not know how to get to the test centre. rest and sleep well during the week in which you will take the test. you could go for a walk. The aim is for you . If you are early. On the morning of the test Eat a good breakfast. You will have several hours of concentration ahead of you and you will need food and drink in the morning.

ventilation and temperature should be appropriate. Do not jeopardise your performance in one section just because you believe that you have done badly in another. have done better than you imagined. January 3. it is a good idea to write down an answer. In contrast. in fact. Remember that every section is marked independently. Examination technique By using good examination technique you could help to improve your overall score for the IELTS test. the lighting. 2008 IELTS WRITING . The examination room should be suitable for testing.You are not penalised for incorrect answers. ALL THE VERY BEST!!!!!! I WELCOME ALL YOUR COMMENTS AND QUERIES. For example. so guess wisely. You may. Ensure that you adhere to the times suggested as they usually correspond to the number of marks given for a particular question. much of this anxiety can be overcome by good preparation. Focus on what you know rather than on what you don't know while you are doing the test. such as not being able to hear the recording of the Listening Module. mark it in some way and return to it at the end. by writing your best answer at the actual time of reading the question. Do not leave any answers blank. high levels of anxiety can affect a student's performance. However. Posted by sonali at 12:58 AM 0 comments Links to this post Thursday. even if you are not sure of it. you save the time you need to spend again on re-reading the question and re-acquainting yourself with the subject matter. If you are not confident about your answer. familiarity with test details and a positive attitude. that is. Furthermore. Many students intend to return to the answers they have omitted at the end of the test but do not have enough time to do so.to try to perform at your optimum level. In the Listening and Reading Modules. make sure you ask the person in charge to do something about it. you may ask to change seats. If you are uncomfortable because of any of these factors or if there is some other problem. before moving on to the next question. Do not underestimate or try to predict your outcome.

Posted by sonali at 9:06 PM 0 comments Links to this post IELTS READING . Writing Task 2 is worth more marks than Writing Task 1 so candidates should be sure to leave plenty of time to complete Writing Task 2. Task 1 For Writing Task 1 candidates are given some visual information which may be presented in the form of one or more related diagrams. or evaluate and challenge an argument or idea. candidates are presented with an opinion. Writing Task 1 assessment is based on the following criteria: 1) Task Achievement 2) Coherence and Cohesion 3) Lexical Resource 4) Grammatical Range and Accuracy Task 2 For Writing Task 2. Candidates must write at least 250 words and are advised to spend 40 minutes on this task. present and justify an opinion. They must write at least 150 words on this task. compare and contrast evidence or opinions. graphs or tables. problem or issue which they must discuss.An Overview of IELTS Academic Writing Module format IELTS Academic Writing lasts a total of 60 minutes. It consists of 2 tasks (Writing Task 1 and Writing Task 2) and candidates must answer BOTH tasks. TimingStudents are advised to spend 20 minutes on Task 1 and 40 minutes on Task 2. They may be asked to present the solution to a problem. Academic Writing band scores are reported in whole bands or half bands. Writing Task 2 assessment is based on the following criteria: 1) Task Response 2) Coherence and Cohesion 3) Lexical Resource 4) Grammatical Range and Accuracy Each of the tasks is assessed separately by a trained and qualified examiner and given a score. charts. Answer format Candidates write their answers in pen or pencil on Answer Sheets provided. They must complete both tasks in one hour. Candidates are asked to describe the information or data.

It's useful to read the list of course. You have 60 minutes to complete the test. In each section of the Academic Reading Test there will be 1 text with 13 or maybe 14 questions to answer in 2 or 3 sets of differing formats. At least one text will contain a logical argument. There is NO extra time at the end of the test to transfer your answers to the answer paper (you get 10 extra minutes in the listening test only). We will look at the types of question that you will meet later. books and journals and are written for general interest or for an academic though non-specialist reader. IELTS Academic Reading Test Question Types Below is a list of the types of question that you could meet in the IELTS Academic Reading Test. If there are any words or terms of a specialist technical nature which candidates would not be expected to know. but the only way to really be familiar with the types of question is through practice. then a short glossary will be provided. Multiple choice questions Short answer questions Completion questions: Completing sentences Completing notes Completing a summary (no word bank) Completing a summary (with word bank) Completing a diagram Completing a flow chart Completing a table Matching a bank of headings to identify paragraphs or parts of text Matching a bank of writers' views/claims/information with the writer Identification of information in the text: yes/no/not given questions true/false/not given questions Matching lists/phrases . your answers must be on the answer paper at the end of the 60 minutes. The total length of all the texts put together will be between 2000 and 2750 words. The texts will come from magazines. One text may contain non-verbal materials such as a diagram. The test has 40 questions based on a series of 3 texts.The Test Format The IELTS Academic Reading Test has 3 sections. graph or illustration.

Writing 4 words or more is wrong. Be aware so you don't waste time looking for something that isn't there. be careful about your spelling! One constant discussion I have had with students is whether to read the questions first and then read the passage or read the passage first and then the questions. that the reading should test whether you understand what you read and not how you spell something but these are the rules. People think. use no more than 3 words. to show you really understand. getting good knowledge of the contents without using up too much precious time. You won't be asked to do it in 3 words or less unless it is possible so don't worry. Writing two examples. If you are a good. the answer you are looking for does not exist as it could be a not given. If the question asks for one answer then give one answer. it can always be done.Classification questions Some Tips for the IELTS Academic Reading Test Don't spend too long on a single question as that will lose you time for answering questions that could be easier for you. and come back at the end of the test if you have time.If the texts are short then it doesn't take long to quickly read through them. Read the questions and instructions so you don't make a silly mistake. For example. good grammar and spelling are important. if the question has a yes/no/not given answer. Just a quick read through using a technique called skimming an analysis of the text that will help you find the answer more easily. Sometimes. This can help you answer the questions better. One area that students don't like is that. If the question type is difficult and asking something which is hard to answer then reading the text first can help. If the question asks for no more than 3 words. It can depend on the length of the text and how much time you have. in the reading test. The type of question where this could happen would be: Give one example of. quite rightly in my opinion. It can depend on how good and fast a reader you are. then you can read the text quickly. people often will mix the yes/no answers with the true/false answers and write yes as an answer instead of true or vice versa. On the other . Leave any questions that you have spent too long on. Giving two is wrong as it asks for one and you will be marked wrong. From my experience with many students my conclusion is that there is no correct answer for this. Sometimes leaving a question and coming back later can help you answer it too.. It depends on a number of variables. It can depend on the types of question and how difficult the questions are. if you spell something wrong. Strictly speaking you are wrong although you have understood the question and answer. The grammar part is not as important as you can't make many grammar errors in 3 words (the maximum you use in the reading test) but.. it will be marked as wrong. fast reader. So. Let's look at these variables. is wrong.

First of all. Listening to the radio is excellent as it is the same skill as the IELTS listening test . It's a good idea to have your watch or a small clock on your desk so you know exactly how long you have left in the test at any given time. If you spend to long on one part. Remember the test gets more difficult as it goes on so you will probably need more time for the questions at the end than for those at the start. Use this time (usually 20 seconds) wisely. When you read the questions you can usually predict some of the types of answer that will come. You need to get some answers on the answer sheet as quickly as possible. IELTS Academic Listening Test Strategies There isn't much you can do but there some things. Use this time to check through and then turn ahead to read the next questions in advance. Time management is an important thing to be aware of. If time is short then it doesn't matter how complex or long the texts are. In addition to this. Listening to the TV is good too but you can see the speaker. is to practice on specific IELTS practice material. in section 1. For example.hand.listening to a voice without the speaker(s) being present. After that though there are other things. Listening to the news on TV and radio is probably the best practice you could do with these two media. keep control on how long you spend on each section. All these things will develop your listening skills. At the end of the sections you also get some time to check your answers. You have a number of texts to read and 40 questions to answer in 1 hour. especially if time is short. You should know in advance all the questions before you hear the tape. As usual practising your techniques is the key. As I said above. you get time to read the questions at the start of each section and mid-way in each section. if you can see that the test is asking for a 'telephone' number. You can also see English speaking films at the cinema or at home on TV or video. So. You could try turning your back to the TV as this will make it more realistic. if the texts are short it is easier to find the answers so you may not have to waste time reading the texts to find the answers quickly. as I've said before. then . Posted by sonali at 1:55 AM 0 comments Links to this post LISTENING CONTINUED Practice for The IELTS Academic Listening Test There are different types of practice that you can do to improve your listening skills for the IELTS exam. don't spend too long on a difficult answer but also keep an eye on the clock. What I tell students is to experiment in your practice and see what suits you for the different types of question in different situations. The best. you may find that you have not enough time to finish all the questions and some of those questions could be ones that you could answer quite easily. you can see that there is not one answer to the problem of whether to read the texts or questions first.

in the listening test.: a postcode) as sometimes what you think is the answer will be read out only for the speaker to correct him or her self and then say the correct answer. The grammar part is not so important as you can't make many grammar errors in 3 words (the maximum you use in the listening test) but. People think. Some people put their answers directly onto the answer paper. Beware of some questions which require a number (i. it's not so difficult to correct. An important tip is to answer all the questions as you hear them.: a telephone number) or some letters (i. at the end of the test you have 10 minutes extra to transfer your answers from the question paper to the answer paper. I feel it's better to write the answers on the question paper and use the 10 minutes given at the end for the transfer. Tips and Ideas about the IELTS Academic Listening Test As in all IELTS tests. be careful about your spelling! If the question asks for no more than 3 words. don't wait until later.you know you'll be listening out for 'numbers' and the word . This I feel is a mistake. that the listening should test whether you understand what you heard and not how you spell something but these are the rules. use no more than 3 words. people will very often forget this answer and secondly. Sometimes people in these tests hear the correct answer but decide to remember the answer and write it down later so they can wait for the next answer. Think about this when you are practising so you can develop this skill. Firstly. you will have to remember up to 5 or 6 answers in a row before you can write them down. Then you'll forget even more. if you spell something wrong. the questions get harder as it goes on. if you follow this method. You will see from your practice that the types of listening and questions that you encounter in Section 1 are more difficult in Section 2 and so on. In the later sections this becomes more complicated but the same technique can be used. quite rightly in my opinion. if you make a mistake. good grammar and spelling are important. So. As I said above. Writing 4 words is . This does not mean that by Section 4 they are impossible but they are more demanding linguistically. Writing the answers on the question paper allows you to keep your concentration on the questions and. it will be marked as wrong.e. One area that students don't like is that.e.

If you are calm and keep listening. especially if it is only an A.C. Guess if you really don't know. maybe the answer will come or even be repeated. So. Sometimes you think you have missed it but you are mistaken.B. If it has really gone. have a go! Logic.wrong. One miss is probably not going to destroy your mark so calm down and listen for the next one. There are no marks taken away for wrong answers or even stupid answers. general knowledge or just luck might give you the right answer! . Don't panic if you miss an answer.D question or something similar. then it is history. it can always be done. Worrying and panicking is only going to make you miss another one. You won't be asked to do it in 3 words or less unless it is possible so don't worry. Never leave a question unanswered.

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