Thursday, 29 March 2012


Friday IELTS Speaking Tip!
IELTSスピーキング、金曜日のワンポイント!


 Avoid talking about yourself in Part 3
    Questions in Part 3 require you to speak on more general and less familiar topics like the environment, crime, tourism and  health.  It is not helpful to talk about yourself because the vocabulary and grammar you use will be more simplistic and low-level.




    Example

    Question;
    What kind of machines for doing housework do people use in their homes these days?


    Answers:

      
    Well, I use many housework machines, but the machine I use most is my washing machine because I have three children and a husband who have a lot of washing eveyday. I don't like washing clothes much because it's quite boring and ...


    Well, I think these days most people have a washing machine which most people use on a daily bases. I think without a washing machine people would have to clean their clothes by hand, which would be extremely time consuming. Also,...






    Practice
    Try to focus on speaking about people in general than on yourself.

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    Tuesday, 27 March 2012




    Monday IELTS Writing Tip!
    IELTS ライティング  月曜日 のワンポイント!


    • Task 2: Focus on one idea per paragraph


    A paragraph should only have one main topic. If you write more than one idea, your message could be confusing, and you will have less space to write your SUPPORT (reasons, examples and results).


    Example 


    It is often said that children should be encouraged to be competitive. To what extend do you agree or disagree?


    The main reason I believe it is important to encourage children to be competitive is that 
    it can be an excellent preparation for life as an adult in a very competitive world. These days, there is a lot of competition in many areas of life, for example, people have to compete for jobs and for promotions at work. So by teaching children about the importance and value of competition when they are young, they will have a better chance of being successful in later life.



    Note
    Having many ideas will not help you get a higher score, but having one clear idea with good support can give you a high score.

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    Friday, 23 March 2012



    Friday IELTS Speaking Tip!

    IELTSスピーキング、金曜日のワンポイント!

    •  The most important thing in the IELTS Speaking test is to.....

    Say as much as possible!! 
                                              
      
      You need to give long answers in Part 3 to show you can speak "at length", and to show the variety of vocabulary and grammar you can use.


      Practice
      Try to speak for at least 30 seconds to one minute on every part 3 question.






      Monday, 19 March 2012


      Monday IELTS Writing Tip!
      IELTS ライティング  月曜日 のワンポイント!


      • Task 2; There are 3 question types 
        1. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
        2. Discuss both views and provide your own opinion
        3. Direct question; Why? How? What? etc..


        Examples



        Many people say that the only way to guarantee getting a good job is to complete a course of university education. 


        To what extent do you agree or disagree? 



        Many people say that the only way to guarantee getting a good job is to complete a course of university education. Others claim that it is better to start work after school and gain experience in the world of work.


        Discuss both views and provide your own opinion.



        Recently, the number of crimes committed by teenagers has been increasing.

        Why is this happening?

        What can be done to reduce the number of teenage crimes?



        Note
        You will need at least 2 body paragraphs for each question type (4 paragraphs in total).

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        Sunday, 18 March 2012

        IELTS(アイエルツ)とは



        IELTS(アイエルツ)はInternational English Language Testing Systemの略で、受験者の英語運用能力を評価する為のテストです。
        IELTSには、General(移住希望者向け)とAcademic(留学希望者向け)モジュールがあり、海外の大学や大学院留学を目指している方はAcademicモジュールを受験する必要があります。

        アメリカの大学や大学院留学を考えている方々にとっては、TOEFLの方が馴染みがあると思いますが、
        最近では、StanfordやHarvardを始め、多くの学校でIELTSのスコアを受け付けてくれます。

        日本国内で開催されるテストは、財団法人日本英語検定協会(英検)が運営を担当していて、テスト実施の5週間前までに予約する必要があります。
        IELTSの受験費用は、24,675円(2012年3月現在)です。

        このブログでは、IELTS教師暦10年のKevin先生と、海外の大学院受験を考えているIELTSモンスター氏が効果的なIELTS対策と勉強法をみなさんと共有していきます。




        Wednesday, 14 March 2012



        Friday IELTS Speaking Tip!
        IELTSスピーキング、金曜日のワンポイント!

        •  Avoid any negative features of fluency; hesitation, repetition and long pauses by using fillers.
          
          You are been tested on how SMOOTHLY and EASILY you can speak in English so if you often hesitate, repeat words (I think..I think..I think...) or pause for long periods your IELTS score will be low. One good way to avoid this problem is to use FILLERS like, "umm", "well", "let me see", "I guess" and "you know" when you are thinking about what to say next.

          Example

          Question         What is beneficial about doing outdoor activities?

          Answer         
          "Hmm, well, I guess that the main benefit of doing out door activities is that, umm, let me see, yeah, it is good to be out side and in the fresh air and in nature I think it's, you know, just physically healthy to be active in the fresh air, umm, surrounded by calming natural umm, you know, environments.


          Practice
          Try to use fillers like these whenever you speak English, you will also sound more natural.


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          Sunday, 11 March 2012




          Monday IELTS Writing Tip! 
          IELTS ライティング  月曜日 のワンポイント!


          In Task 2; Don't waste time on the introduction. 

          You only need two sentences in the essay introduction; PARAPHRASE of the question/statement and a THESIS STATEMENT.


          Example



          Recently, the number of people living in cities has been increasing dramatically around the world and this has brought with it a number of problems. In this essay, I will discuss these problems, and suggest some possible solutions.

          Note
          Your introduction should not take more than 3 minutes to write.


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          Friday, 9 March 2012




          Friday IELTS Speaking Tip!
          IELTSスピーキング、金曜日のワンポイント!

          • In Part 3 try to give at least 2 ideas/ points with SUPPORT 
            (パート3では、少なくとも2つのアイデアに説明を加えて)
            You are been tested on HOW MUCH you can say on each question/topic so be sure to say as much as possible. A good rule is to say at least 2 ideas/ points and include support like REASONS, EXAMPLES and RESULTS.



            Example

            Question  What is the purpose of zoos?

            Answer         
            "Hmmm, let me see, I think there are variety of purposes for zoos but perhaps the main purpose is to provide a place for the public to view and experience wild life, because, you know, humans tend to have a lot of interest in wild animals. For example, pandas are a very popular wild animal because of their, you know, cuteness, and so having a zoo where people can come and watch them is very appealing. Also, of course zoos provide facilities where scientists can closely observe and research wild animals which would normally be difficult to do because wild animals tend to avoid humans in nature. So, by having these animals in an enclosed space it's much easier to observe their behaviour"


            Practice
            Try to give at least two ideas with support to a Part 3 IELTS question. Try repeating the answer into a voice recorder until you are happy with the answer.


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            Tuesday, 6 March 2012





            Tuesday IELTS Writing Tip!
            IELTS ライティング 、火曜日のワンポイント!


            • In Task 1; write about 3 Main Features with 1 Support (data) sentence each.


            Three main features from the graph is a good number, but remember that you need to describe the details of each main feature by providing support (data) for each main feature.

            Example
            One of the main points to note is that Toyota clearly sold the most cars throughout the period. In detail, at the beginning of the period in 1995 Toyota car sales totalled approximately 14 million compared to the closest rival Honda at 12.5 million cars sold. By the end of the period in 2000 the rates were similar at 14.5 million (Toyota) and 13 million (Honda).



            Practice
            Try writing one main feature with one support sentence for 3 different IELTS graphs.


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            Monday, 5 March 2012





            Monday IELTS Speaking Tip!
            IELTSスピーキング、月曜日のワンポイント!

            • Use the keywords from the question in your answer
              (質問にあるキーワードを使って答える)
            It's a good idea to use the keywords from the question to help yourself focus on the topic and to give you a little time to think. It also shows the examiner you understand the question clearly and are answering directly.

            Example

            Question         Did you learn to cook when you were a child?

            Answer         
            "Yes, I did learn to cook when I was a child. Umm, my mother taught me quite a lot about the basics of cooking, and ahh, I used to, you know, help her all the time in the kitchen"


            Practice
            Try this any time you answer questions in English.


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