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 .

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. Tell me something about your favorite mode of transport. November 28. What kind of outdoor sports activities you are interested in? Part-2 Describe a person good at work Where he/she works How long do you know this person Say what made you to think that this person is good at work Part-3 .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.

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

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

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

Why it is important to you.What¶s your name? What will I call you? Tell me about your place When you were a child. What is the picture? When it was taken. Third part Discuss the importance of the internet. How do computers affect photography nowadays? How does digital photography affect the accuracy of photos found in textbooks? WRITING TOPICS . 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

HOW? STAGE2 DESCRIBE A GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE WHAT WAS IT? WHY DID YOU GIVE IT WHERE DID YOU BUY IT WHY DID IT BRING PLEASURE .WHAT WAS IT WHEN DID YOU WATCH/TAKE PART IN IT WHAT YOU LIKE/DISLIKE ABOUT IT STAGE 3 DO YOU STILL WATCH SPORTS PROGRAMS? WHICH PROFFESSION DOES NOT REQUIRE A COMPETITIVE PERSONALITY? WHAT IS THE ROLE OF PEOPLE IN CO-OPERATING SOCIETY? (4). 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.

IS IT GOOD OR BAD 2. 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 IS SPACE TOURISM. PEOPLE CHANGE THEIR CAREER AND PLACE OF RESIDENCE FREQUNTLY THESE DAYS.WHAT ARE THE POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF IT? GIVE RELEVANT EXAMPLES Posted by sonali at 12:24 AM 0 comments Links to this post Thursday. 2008 October IELTS Feedback (Philippines) First Part Do you work? Do you find your work hard? .

Others oppose these two. Describe a particular law in your country that made a big impact on you. 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. What is your opinion . 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. 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.

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

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?? SPEAKING 2 stage 1 DO YOU WORK OR ARE YOU ASTUDENT? WHAT COURSE ARE YOU PURSUING? . 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. September 10. 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.WRITING TASK-2 If children commit crime like drinking and driving or committing robbery.

2008 RECENT SPEAKING QUESTIONS IN IELTS EXAM(MAY) FEEDBACK QUESTIONS FOLLOWING ARE THE FEEDBACK QUESTIONS (MAY) . July 14. June 3. 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./DISADVN.DO YOU USE COMPUTER? WHEN DID YOU LEARN TO USE THE INTERNET? ADVAN. 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.

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

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

Does your name have any special meaning? ( 7 . and it really doesnt have any special meaning. and a variety of other businesses. I personally believe that I myself will determine my destiny irrespective of what my name is. and it does not have any special meaning really. I grew up here and I attended a well-known school called School number 163. restaurants. Please allow me to explain. My English name was given to me by one of my high school teachers. 7. part 2-hometown ? 8. I am planning to do this as well as I can 7.6 ) No. However. Is your name important to you? ( 5 . How long have you lived in your hometown? I come from xxx. 9. and my first name means strong one. My family name means peace. and other businesses. my name does have some special meaning. but I would like to be more independent soon. How long have you lived in your hometown? I come from xxx. During the week I live in a . We live in a respectable area with many shops. restaurants. My parents have been living here for the past thirty years or so.8 ) Not really. I will do this by acquiring good qualifications and by working hard. I believe a person has to work out his own life. Where do you live? I live with my parents here in xxx at the moment. My parents have been living here for the past thirty years or so. 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. My English name was randomly chosen by one of my high school teachers. Yes. Allow me to explain: they are good parents. To be more exact. I dont think it can do anything for me. I grew up here and I attended a well-known school called School number 163.6 ) Yes. which makes it a pleasure to live there. The people in our building are generally friendly and quite.8 ) I presume you are referring to my Chinese name. and in the case of my first name it would be strong one. Does your name have any special meaning? ( 5 . I have my own room and enjoy the privacy that it brings. the English equivalent of my family name would be something like peace. I am part of the new generation who do not attach too much significance to our names. 9. Where do you live? Well. 6. 8. we live in an apartment building in one of the northern suburbs of the city. that is not so easy to answer.6. and I love them very much. Is your name important to you? ( 7 . but I am looking forward to the day that I can have my own apartment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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