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 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 .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. 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 .

In the cases in which NGOs are funded totally or partially by governments. the NGO maintains its non-governmental status insofar as it excludes government representatives from membership in the organization. Non-governmental organizations need healthy relationships with the public to meet their goals. First Part What is your name? Describe your hometown.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. What kind of music are they playing? Who mostly go there? Third part . November 27. 2008 NOVEMBER IELTS FEEDBACK(PHILIPINES) I. Foundations and charities use sophisticated public relations campaigns to raise funds and employ standard lobbying techniques with governments. What is interesting in your hometown? Why do you think weekends are important? Second Part Describe a place where people listen to music most. Posted by sonali at 1:20 AM 0 comments Links to this post Thursday. Interest groups may be of political importance because of their ability to influence social and political outcomes.

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. 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. First Part Do you live in a flat or a house? Describe to me your house. Tell me about the walls. First Part .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. 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. What kind of music do you usually download and why? II.

What¶s your name? What will I call you? Tell me about your place When you were a child. Third part Discuss the importance of the internet. Why it is important to you. What is the picture? When it was taken. 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 .

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

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

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

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

" . Go instead where there is no path." . only then will you find that money cannot be eaten. 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 . and leave a trail."Do not follow where the path may lead.Ralph Waldo Emerson "As a well-spent day brings happy sleep. so a life well spent brings happy death.Cree Indian Prophesy Posted by sonali at 12:04 AM 0 comments Links to this post Tuesday. November 25.1519) "Only after the last tree has been cut down«the last river has been poisoned«the last fish caught." Leonardo da Vinci (1452 .

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 .

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).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 . 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.

2008 October IELTS Feedback (Philippines) First Part Do you work? Do you find your work hard? . PEOPLE CHANGE THEIR CAREER AND PLACE OF RESIDENCE FREQUNTLY THESE DAYS.IS IT GOOD OR BAD 2. WHAT IS SPACE TOURISM. October 30.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.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. Describe a particular law in your country that made a big impact on you. 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.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. Writing Some support the invention of factory farming and the creation of scientific fruits and vegetables. Others oppose these two. What is your opinion .

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

Give reasons for your answer with relevant examples Posted by sonali at 9:15 PM 1 comments Links to this post Wednesday.DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE?? SPEAKING 2 stage 1 DO YOU WORK OR ARE YOU ASTUDENT? WHAT COURSE ARE YOU PURSUING? .WRITING TASK-2 If children commit crime like drinking and driving or committing robbery. then parent should be punished. 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. Do you agree or disagree. September 10.

June 3. 2008 RECENT SPEAKING QUESTIONS IN IELTS EXAM(MAY) FEEDBACK QUESTIONS FOLLOWING ARE THE FEEDBACK QUESTIONS (MAY) . 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.DO YOU USE COMPUTER? WHEN DID YOU LEARN TO USE THE INTERNET? ADVAN./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.

March 10. (What language. why. 2008 LATEST FEEDBACK OF EXAMINEES Speaking STAGE1 InterviewQuestions about yourself STAGE2 Little SpeechYou are going to learn foreign language. not English. where) STAGE3 DiscussionAbout languages around the world .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.

Describe cafe or restaurant you enjoy the mostwhere/why/what kind of food Discussion . 2. Sure. Little Speech A website that I found useful. How are you? I am well thank you. How old are you? I am 22 years old. which is XXX. Could you tell me your full name please? My full name is XXX.describe place you live in. is it good for families. Speaking Interview.how to improve public means of transport.Speaking Interview Simple introduction & some questions about my living place. 2008 SPEAKING SAMPLES : Model Speaking Question & Answer part 1-Introduction 1. I was born in 1980. here you are.means of transport in your city. Could you show me your identification card please? Hello. Posted by sonali at 2:09 AM 1 comments Links to this post Wednesday. 4. January 23. to be exact. . 3.favorite newspapers/ type of newspapers in your country Little Speech. I am also called by my English name. and yourself? 5.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.Hello. On the eight of March 1980. In other words. What shall I call you? You could call me XXX. Discussion The role of the Internet in today¶s society.

9. and it does not have any special meaning really.6 ) Yes. Does your name have any special meaning? ( 5 . During the week I live in a . How long have you lived in your hometown? I come from xxx. part 2-hometown ? 8. I will do this by acquiring good qualifications and by working hard.8 ) Not really. 7.8 ) I presume you are referring to my Chinese name. Is your name important to you? ( 5 . My parents have been living here for the past thirty years or so. Allow me to explain: they are good parents. restaurants. Where do you live? I live with my parents here in xxx at the moment. we live in an apartment building in one of the northern suburbs of the city. I grew up here and I attended a well-known school called School number 163. I believe a person has to work out his own life. and in the case of my first name it would be strong one. I am part of the new generation who do not attach too much significance to our names. The people in our building are generally friendly and quite. and it really doesnt have any special meaning. Yes. and I love them very much. restaurants. My family name means peace. and other businesses. However. I have my own room and enjoy the privacy that it brings. Is your name important to you? ( 7 . which makes it a pleasure to live there. Where do you live? Well. I am planning to do this as well as I can 7. I grew up here and I attended a well-known school called School number 163. 9. Does your name have any special meaning? ( 7 . but I would like to be more independent soon. I personally believe that I myself will determine my destiny irrespective of what my name is. 8. We live in a nice area with many shops. Names were important to the older generation as they of the opinion that it will determine your destiny to some extent. 6. My English name was randomly chosen by one of my high school teachers. My parents have been living here for the past thirty years or so. and a variety of other businesses. my name does have some special meaning. To be more exact.6 ) No. that is not so easy to answer. the English equivalent of my family name would be something like peace. and my first name means strong one. but I am looking forward to the day that I can have my own apartment.6. Please allow me to explain. I dont think it can do anything for me. My English name was given to me by one of my high school teachers. We live in a respectable area with many shops. How long have you lived in your hometown? I come from xxx.

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

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

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

It is a well-known College giving excellent training to future nurses and other medical staff. What I mean to say is that I had no or very few worries. and could tell us exactly what we would come across there. Describe your job in detail. I would like to mention that I am in the designing department. and sporting facilities at our disposal. For example. January 16. I had many friends in school. OR ( 5 . 26. Allow me to explain myself by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly.24. and give them some idea of the costs. Allow me to explain myself by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly they were carefree days. Secondly. Allow me to explain by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly. and so on are all trained there. and then decide what type of bridge will be suitable. For instance. Is your job important to you? That is a broad question. For example.8 ) I was most impressed by the knowledge and skills of my lecturers. hospital staff. Secondly. What do you do for a living? . What impressed you most when you were at university / college? ( 5 . 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. For instance. when my company builds a new road. they had experience in the working environment.1 As computers are being used more and more in education. it makes me feel good about myself. I graduated in 2001 from the Medical Training College . I am earning enough money to be able to rent my own apartment. we had a large library. Do you have a degree? If so.8 ) Of course! Those were some of the best times in my life. My parents provided in my day-to-day needs. I have a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering. Secondly. there will be soon no role for teachers .8 ) No. 27. some o my best friends today were people that I met in school. we specialize in the building of railway bridges.8 ) Yes. To be more precise. For example. well-equipped laboratories. I am an Engineer. many people benefit from our work. I was impressed by the facilities. I work for a large construction company. when and where did you graduate? ( 5 . I graduated in 2001 from xxx University . 25. ambulance drivers. and all I had to do was get good grades. Secondly. We have to look at the site for a new bridge. Do you still remember your school days? ( 5 . I have a Diploma in Nursing. Lastly. 28. 2008 SAMPLE ESSAYS(band 8) Q. It is the largest university in my country and has about twenty thousand students. we have to make recommendations to the railway company of all the alternatives.

These changes in the learning process have brought a special concern regarding the possible decrease of importance of teachers in the classroom. Moreover.in the classroom. There have been immense advances in technology in most aspects of people¶s lives. the presence of a teacher is essential for students because the human contact influences them in positive ways. 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. students can have a bigger chance not to fail in a subject. thus some would be tied to a slow advance in their studies because of others¶ incapacity of understanding.Improvements in health. 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. giving extra exercises or even suggesting a private tutor. They also learn the importance of studying in group and respect other students. pupils could progress in their acquisition of knowledge at their own pace using computers instead of learning from teachers. an increasing number of students rely on computers for research and to produce a perfect paper for school purposes. Q2. which helps them to improve their social skills. In conclusion. However. In this way. For example. Firstly. especially in the field of education. in the same classroom. students realize that they are not dealing with a machine but with a human being who deserves attention and respect. 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. Hence. students have different intellectual capacities. education and trade are . Nowadays. Others have decided to leave the original way of learning and to get knowledge through online schools.

decided to forgive billions of dollars worth of debt owed by the world¶s poorest nations. Consequently. hunger.essential for the development of poorer nations. they developed . the governments of richer nations should take more responsibility for helping the poorer nations in such areas. last year the G8. Moreover. Regarding this issue. Most of the poorer nations are buried in debts as a result of their unbalanced finances which are reflect in a failed health care. which is comprised of leaders of the eight richest nations. The devastating consequences of the AIDS epidemic in those countries could improve if the infected populations receive free drugs to control the disease. However. This vicious cycle will continue indefinitely unless wealthier nations show interest in minimizing the worldwide economic differences. as well as taking more responsibility for assisting unfortunate countries. unemployment. disease. 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. but sometimes the money disappears with no significant changes and they cannot even pay the interest to the bank. Most of the African countries live in sub-human conditions because of the extreme poverty.they borrow a significant amount of money from the World Bank to try to improve their broken economies. an unstructured education system and a weak international trade. In addition. lack of education and both inexperienced and corrupt administrations. 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. 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. health and commerce. upheaval. have access to health professionals and get information on how to prevent its spread.

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

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

what you like / dislike about your job. what is interesting there.Friday. if studyingwhat subjects. why you chose them. though the topics vary from one candidate to the next. why you chose that kind of work. 2008 SPEAKING IELTS Speaking The Speaking Module of the IELTS rates your ability to communicate clearly. what kind of jobs people do. 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. correctly and meaningfully in English in a variety of situations. January 4. for example your hometown ± what kind of place it is. advice and guidance provided online and in IELTS guidebooks IELTS SPEAKING . The Speaking Module always follows the same three-part structure. if you enjoy them and why . You are interviewed alone by an examiner and the conversation is recorded. whether it's a good place to live what you do ± if workingwhat your job is.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. how long you've been doing it.

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

If you are early. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the test centre. If you do not know how to get to the test centre. It is important to exercise. You may even want to bring more food or a snack with you. as you do not want to disrupt your sleep pattern if possible. it can actually be quite helpful in terms of motivation. A pen that runs dry or a pencil that breaks can take several minutes to replace. It may make you alert and help you to focus. You will have several hours of concentration ahead of you and you will need food and drink in the morning. erasers. etc. try going there at a similar time one or two weeks before the real test. you will not be allowed to enter. The aim is for you . however. Avoid the added tension of having to rush.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. Check before the exam exactly what articles you need. especially if your speaking test is at a later time that day. Leave nothing to chance. In fact. 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. It is a time to review skills and your test technique. During the test Most students at the test will feel nervous. On the morning of the test Eat a good breakfast. If possible. pens. test number. the test registration form. rest and sleep well during the week in which you will take the test. 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. eat. This is quite normal. for example. take food or drink into the exam room. pencils. You cannot. If you are late. wear a watch in case you cannot see the clock in the exam room. Have everything ready that you need to take with you to the test so you can simply pick it up in the morning. It is essential that you keep track of time. you could go for a walk. passport.

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

It consists of 2 tasks (Writing Task 1 and Writing Task 2) and candidates must answer BOTH tasks. charts. Candidates are asked to describe the information or data. Academic Writing band scores are reported in whole bands or half bands.An Overview of IELTS Academic Writing Module format IELTS Academic Writing lasts a total of 60 minutes. problem or issue which they must discuss. 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. compare and contrast evidence or opinions. They may be asked to present the solution to a problem. present and justify an opinion. 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. Posted by sonali at 9:06 PM 0 comments Links to this post IELTS READING . 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. Answer format Candidates write their answers in pen or pencil on Answer Sheets provided. TimingStudents are advised to spend 20 minutes on Task 1 and 40 minutes on Task 2. They must complete both tasks in one hour. or evaluate and challenge an argument or idea. graphs or tables. Candidates must write at least 250 words and are advised to spend 40 minutes on this task. candidates are presented with an opinion. 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. They must write at least 150 words on this task.

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. The texts will come from magazines. 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 . You have 60 minutes to complete the test. then a short glossary will be provided. The test has 40 questions based on a series of 3 texts. your answers must be on the answer paper at the end of the 60 minutes. We will look at the types of question that you will meet later. 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). 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. It's useful to read the list of course. books and journals and are written for general interest or for an academic though non-specialist reader. At least one text will contain a logical argument.The Test Format The IELTS Academic Reading Test has 3 sections. If there are any words or terms of a specialist technical nature which candidates would not be expected to know. The total length of all the texts put together will be between 2000 and 2750 words. but the only way to really be familiar with the types of question is through practice. graph or illustration. One text may contain non-verbal materials such as a diagram.

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

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

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

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

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