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 . November 28. Tell me something about your favorite mode of transport.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. 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.

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 .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.indoor or outdoor pollution? Posted by sonali at 1:33 AM 1 comments Links to this post .

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

What can I see from the windows? How do you celebrate birthdays in your country? Tell me your activities on a typical evening. 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 . First Part Do you live in a flat or a house? Describe to me your house. 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. Tell me about the walls. What kind of music do you usually download and why? II.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. Second Part Tell me about a book that you have read.

What is the picture? When it was taken. 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. 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. Why it is important to you. How do computers affect photography nowadays? How does digital photography affect the accuracy of photos found in textbooks? WRITING TOPICS .

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

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

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

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

so a life well spent brings happy death. 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." . November 25. 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. Go instead where there is no path."Do not follow where the path may lead.Ralph Waldo Emerson "As a well-spent day brings happy sleep." Leonardo da Vinci (1452 .Cree Indian Prophesy Posted by sonali at 12:04 AM 0 comments Links to this post Tuesday.

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.

PEOPLE CHANGE THEIR CAREER AND PLACE OF RESIDENCE FREQUNTLY THESE DAYS.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? . October 30.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. WHAT IS SPACE TOURISM.IS IT GOOD OR BAD 2.

Others oppose these two. Describe a particular law in your country that made a big impact on you.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. 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. What is your opinion . 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 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. Writing Some support the invention of factory farming and the creation of scientific fruits and vegetables.

The candidate uses both simple and complex sentence structures. The pronunciation is mostly correct with occasional errors.Posted by sonali at 2:35 AM 3 comments Links to this post Tuesday. Posted by sonali at 10:11 PM 0 comments Links to this post Wednesday. His sentences are easy to follow ? the information has a sequence and he uses linking words to move smoothly from one idea to another. His pronunciation is good and the accent doesn¶t get in the way. Strong accent gets in the way of correct pronunciation. 2008 DIFFERENCE OF WHOLE AND HALF BANDS(hope it helps!!!! Speaking Band 5. His vocabulary is simple but sufficient for him to talk on the subject and make himself clear. on one hand. He doesn¶t cover the whole subject in his answers. even if sometimes the choice of a word is inappropriate. He uses some idioms and sometimes does that inappropriately. but there are several errors in more complex sentences. even if there are some grammatical errors. speaking band 6. but not always they are used appropriately or accurately. 2008 . then again. Responses are exactly what he¶s being asked. The grammar of simple sentences is mostly accurate. There are many mispronounced words. The speech is mostly fluent with some hesitation and repetition. many of which are left incomplete. the language is fluent but relatively simple. the mistakes are rare. October 22. The vocabulary is large enough for candidate to speak on the given topic and he is easy to understand. etc) is there. His vocabulary is appropriate but not sophisticated and doesn¶t show variations. October 28.5 Candidate can talk at length without much hesitation or repetition. Speaking Band 6 Candidate is willing to talk at length. not willing to talk at length. Speaking Band 7 Candidate speaks smoothly without much effort. He hesitates a little and sometimes uses linking words incorrectly. His vocabulary includes not only simple but also sophisticated words on the subject. The control of grammar is good.5 Candidate gives short answers. but it shows that the grammar in complex ones is harder for him to control. The linking words are used naturally and in the right places. Usage of linking words (like however. not always directly answering the question. the meaning is perfectly clear.

Which is better? 2.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. 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 .

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

2008 RECENT SPEAKING QUESTIONS IN IELTS EXAM(MAY) FEEDBACK QUESTIONS FOLLOWING ARE THE FEEDBACK QUESTIONS (MAY) . June 3./DISADVN. 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. July 14. 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.

not English. (What language. March 10.1 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. where) STAGE3 DiscussionAbout languages around the world . why. 2008 LATEST FEEDBACK OF EXAMINEES Speaking STAGE1 InterviewQuestions about yourself STAGE2 Little SpeechYou are going to learn foreign language.

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

Is your name important to you? ( 7 . I will do this by acquiring good qualifications and by working hard. 7. Does your name have any special meaning? ( 5 . 9. and in the case of my first name it would be strong one. Yes. My family name means peace. part 2-hometown ? 8. and I love them very much. we live in an apartment building in one of the northern suburbs of the city.6 ) Yes. 6. but I would like to be more independent soon. 9. and it does not have any special meaning really.8 ) I presume you are referring to my Chinese name. Where do you live? Well. which makes it a pleasure to live there.8 ) Not really. My English name was given to me by one of my high school teachers. We live in a respectable area with many shops. I believe a person has to work out his own life. I grew up here and I attended a well-known school called School number 163. During the week I live in a .6 ) No. and a variety of other businesses. that is not so easy to answer. Is your name important to you? ( 5 . I am part of the new generation who do not attach too much significance to our names. I have my own room and enjoy the privacy that it brings. and other businesses. I am planning to do this as well as I can 7. but I am looking forward to the day that I can have my own apartment. 8. Does your name have any special meaning? ( 7 . and my first name means strong one. My parents have been living here for the past thirty years or so. I grew up here and I attended a well-known school called School number 163.6. restaurants. To be more exact. However. the English equivalent of my family name would be something like peace. and it really doesnt have any special meaning. How long have you lived in your hometown? I come from xxx. I personally believe that I myself will determine my destiny irrespective of what my name is. Where do you live? I live with my parents here in xxx at the moment. The people in our building are generally friendly and quite. Names were important to the older generation as they of the opinion that it will determine your destiny to some extent. restaurants. We live in a nice area with many shops. Please allow me to explain. My parents have been living here for the past thirty years or so. My English name was randomly chosen by one of my high school teachers. How long have you lived in your hometown? I come from xxx. Allow me to explain: they are good parents. I dont think it can do anything for me. my name does have some special meaning.

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

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

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

It is a well-known College giving excellent training to future nurses and other medical staff. Do you still remember your school days? ( 5 . Secondly. For instance. I am an Engineer. Lastly. For instance. it makes me feel good about myself.1 As computers are being used more and more in education. January 16. I work for a large construction company. 25. I was impressed by the facilities. What impressed you most when you were at university / college? ( 5 .8 ) Yes. Posted by sonali at 12:21 AM 0 comments Links to this post Wednesday. and all I had to do was get good grades. Allow me to explain myself by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly they were carefree days. Do you have a degree? If so. For example. hospital staff. and sporting facilities at our disposal. 2008 SAMPLE ESSAYS(band 8) Q. my job is important to me because by doing it I can serve my community and my country. we specialize in the building of railway bridges.24. Secondly. some o my best friends today were people that I met in school. and so on are all trained there. we had a large library.8 ) I was most impressed by the knowledge and skills of my lecturers. I would like to mention that I am in the designing department. and then decide what type of bridge will be suitable. What I mean to say is that I had no or very few worries. many people benefit from our work. We have to look at the site for a new bridge. For example. I had many friends in school. My parents provided in my day-to-day needs. I have a Diploma in Nursing. What do you do for a living? . To be more precise. Allow me to explain by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly. well-equipped laboratories. Secondly. and could tell us exactly what we would come across there. I am earning enough money to be able to rent my own apartment. we have to make recommendations to the railway company of all the alternatives. Is your job important to you? That is a broad question. when and where did you graduate? ( 5 . For example. and give them some idea of the costs. It is the largest university in my country and has about twenty thousand students.8 ) Of course! Those were some of the best times in my life. Allow me to explain myself by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly. I graduated in 2001 from xxx University . ambulance drivers. 28. Describe your job in detail. 27. I have a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering. Secondly. they had experience in the working environment. For example.8 ) No. when my company builds a new road. 26. I graduated in 2001 from the Medical Training College . there will be soon no role for teachers . OR ( 5 .

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

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. However. This vicious cycle will continue indefinitely unless wealthier nations show interest in minimizing the worldwide economic differences. upheaval.essential for the development of poorer nations. hunger. the governments of richer nations should take more responsibility for helping the poorer nations in such areas. last year the G8. lack of education and both inexperienced and corrupt administrations. Regarding this issue. In addition. have access to health professionals and get information on how to prevent its spread.they borrow a significant amount of money from the World Bank to try to improve their broken economies. disease. The devastating consequences of the AIDS epidemic in those countries could improve if the infected populations receive free drugs to control the disease. which is comprised of leaders of the eight richest nations. as well as taking more responsibility for assisting unfortunate countries. Most of the poorer nations are buried in debts as a result of their unbalanced finances which are reflect in a failed health care. they developed . 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. unemployment. 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. health and commerce. Consequently. 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. 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. Moreover.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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