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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

IELTS Tips

Structure, structure, structure!
One of the great things about teaching IELTS is that most of the questions are similar, and even though they increase in level of difficulty throughout, they can all be written to a structure. With the writing tasks, ensure that students include all the necessary information in an essay, such as thesis statementtopic sentences,supporting ideaswell-constructed paragraphs and a conclusion with no new information. Achieving this formula is the half-way point to achieving a decent score. For writing, one of our favourite tasks is what we call a ‘Mini-Essay’. A Mini-Essay builds the students skills by focusing on the structure rather than the overall content. The student must write an introductionbody paragraph and a conclusion.
Practice, practice, practice!
The final tip about the IELTS test that the students must do to succeed is to practice as often as they can. Doing exercises and practice tests is helpful, but can lead to burnout over time. Students can also gain a strong understanding of grammatical structures, speaking and listening from a wide range of media sources. Watching the news should be able to help students with vocabulary relating to science that may come up on the reading test, while providing them with a range of different accents. Reading magazine or news articles is a great way to improve the pace of reading.