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IELTS Speaking Tips

Bob Schoenfeld

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IELTS SPEAKING TIPS:

How to Answer Interview Questions Accurately and Effectively

The Speaking Module of the IELTS consists of three parts. Let's look at part 1: The Interview


Part 1
You will need to answer general questions about yourself, your homes/families, your jobs/studies, your interests, and a range of familiar topic areas in four to five minutes.

Exhausting the Possibilities
Part 1 will ask basic questions. There are only so many possible basic questions that can be asked about someone. You can easily be prepared for every possibility. Go through and write down all the possibilities and a good answer for each. When you’re asked about your family, don’t have to struggle to come up with descriptions for your family members. Practice ahead of time and know what you’re going...

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Pronunciation and Listening in English Part 5

Loquus

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Whadya say?

Conjunctions – And, Or, But

 

This week we continue our examination with American English pronunciation and why it can be so difficult at times.

 

We’ve looked at content and function words. If you remember, content words are pronounced longer, louder and more clearly than function words. Content words are what you hear, because they have the meaning of the sentence.

 

If you can hear the content words, you can usually understand the sentence.

 

What else causes problems when listening in English? Actually, some very simple English words can cause problems because we don’t pronounce them the way you expect. Let’s look at conjunctions. Conjunctions are connecting...

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Pronunciation and Listening in English Part 4

Loquus

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Whadya say?

Content and Function Words

 

We received a lot of questions about our last discussion of pronunciation. If you remember, we talked about:

 

CONTENT WORDS:

  • Words with meaning that are easy to describe – nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs
  • Content words are pronounced longer, louder and more clearly than function words

 

FUNCTION WORDS:

  • Words with little meaning, but are necessary to English grammar – prepositions, articles, helping verbs
  • Function words are pronounced more slowly, quietly and less clearly than content words

 

This is important because all you need to hear are the content words. If you can hear the content words, you can usually understand what...

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Pronunciation and Listening in English Part 3

Bob Schoenfeld

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Whadya say?

Content and Function Words

 

In our continuing look at American pronunciation, today we are examining pesky little words – prepositions. Preposition, like in, of, to, for, at and many more, are a small, but essential part of English grammar.

 

One common problem in English is that listening can be hard. You may understand some words, but you miss other words. You notice that some words are louder and some are quieter. Some words seem to be longer and some seem to be shorter.

 

And sometimes, you stop listening when you a miss a single word. You get frustrated or nervous – and you stop. You miss what people say because you missed a word or phrase.

 

Often, the words people miss are prepositions or articles....

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How to Answer IELTS Writing Task 2: General Writing

Bob Schoenfeld

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For those of you about to take the IELTS and are sweating bullets about the Writing Task 2 section, don’t worry. This blog will help you. I will take you through a slide presentation that guides you through the writing process.  You will see what kind of information you need to include to get a good score.

 

While Task 1 asks you to understand and explain a graph, Task 2 asks you to write an opinion essay about a current topic. The topic will be something accessible to everyone taking the test. They will not ask you about 17th century Ethiopian politics, the evolution of Jazz or the size of Barack Obama’s ears. They will ask you to explain your position about an easily understandable task.


You will have 30 minutes to write at least 250 words. This...

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