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IELTS Academic exam writing preparation | Canguro English

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Xuất bản 14/08/2015
Join me as I give you tips and techniques for you to get the score you want in the writing section of the IELTS Academic exam. See you in class! ***** EXAM FORMAT The next section is writing. Now, this is the section that I think is the most difficult to teach, because some people are naturally better than others at writing, even in their native language. Let's look at the format of the IELTS Academic writing. It is 60 minutes, and divided into two tasks; - Summarising, describing, or explaining a table, graph, chart or diagram (at least 150 words) - Writing a short essay (at least 250 words) Now there are two important things to note; - There is no maximum to the amount of words you can write, but you MUST write the minimum amount of words - Part 2 is worth twice as many marks as part 1 So, let's look at how your mark is calculated. There are 4 criteria, each worth equal amounts (25%); - Task achievement/task response - Coherence and cohesion - Lexical resource - Grammatical range and accuracy Now let's look at these 4 criteria in more detail. TASK ACHIEVEMENT/TASK RESPONSE This basically means; did you answer the question? Did you provide all the information requested? Based on the assessment criteria if you attempt to answer the question, but only address some of the bullet points, or if you include inappropriate or irrelevant information, then you can expect a band 4. Whereas if you address all the criteria clearly and support your main idea then you can expect an 8. COHERENCE AND COHESION This means; does it make sense? The assessment criteria shows us that if your ideas are not organised logically, if there is no clear progression in your response or lots of repetition, and if you do not link your ideas with clear paragraphs, then you can expect a band 4. If you organise your ideas and your paragraphs well, with a clear overall progression, then you can expect an 8. LEXICAL RESOURCE This includes your vocabulary, your spelling, and your word formation. The criteria shows us that if you use a limited vocabulary, with lots of repetition and spelling mistakes that cause difficulty for the reader, then you can expect a 4, but if you use a wide range of vocabulary, with rare spelling errors and perhaps a few unnatural collocations, then you can expect an 8. GRAMMATICAL RANGE AND ACCURACY Do you know your grammar, from the present simple to the 3rd conditional? The assessment criteria shows us that if you use a limited range of structures, with simple sentences that have no clauses, with bad punctuation, that are difficult to read, then you can expect a 4, but if you use complex sentences within complex structures, with correct punctuation, then you can expect an 8. IELTS TECHNIQUES So let's look at some IELTS exam techniques. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS As always, the first and most important thing is FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. For example do not write less than the minimum amount of words, or write about things that are not in the questions. WATCH YOUR TIME The next most important thing is to watch your time. You need to spend about 20 minutes on part 1 and 40 minutes on part 2. Part 2 is worth double the marks of part 1. If you spend all your time on part 1 you will be in trouble! Don't forget that that time must include some time at the end to read your text and correct any mistakes PLAN Next, plan plan plan. You cannot start writing without a clear plan. To get a good mark you need a clear structure, with introductions, conclusions, and a clear progression of your ideas in the middle. You need to select and organise the information given to you in the paper. DO NOT! Now, whatever you do, do not waste your time memorising text to use in the exam. They are not stupid. They know if you are using memorised text and they will penalise you. Use your time to develop good writing skills! Now, two more things that you mustn't do! - Don't use bullet points - Don't copy words or phrases from the exam paper Now, watch my IELTS writing masterclass to learn how to take your score from a 4 to an 8!
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