Active Learning   Seminars  Presented by Nigel Veal
Please take part!
for IELTSWriting Task 1
Task 1: Write a report about a graph,table, bar chart or diagram, using aminimum of 150 words.
Time allowed: 20 minutes
Do notgive your own opinions or reasons        in Writing Task 1
Unfortunately, the divorce rate in the USArose during the 1990s. Divorce has a negativeeffect on family life.      The div...
The number of flights increased in December.This is probably because people wanted tospend Christmas with their families. ...
Paraphrasethe question stem!
Paraphrasingshows = illustrates (or ‘compares’ if the graph is comparing)proportion = percentageinformation = datathe numb...
The bar chart illustrates the number of studentsstudying different subjects at university levelover a five-year period.   ...
The line graph illustrates changing patterns indomestic access to different forms of technologyin the UK between 1990 and ...
The graph below show…
Computer went up
The use of computers in people’s homesincreased during the 10-year period.More people used computers in theirhomes in 1999...
The chicken was fluctuated crazily
The consumption of chicken fluctuatedconsiderably during the five-year period.
Men quickly fell down smoking.
The percentage of men who smokeddecreased sharply.The number of male smokers felldramatically.
The red column was go up.
Decide if you need to1. write about changes over time2. make comparisons3. both
This simplified diagram shows applications for differentcourses by month in various colleges. Write a description of thema...
The three subjects all reveal completely different trends withonly applications for Accounting remaining stable throughout...
Exam strategyTask 1 Paragraph planParagraph 1 – Say what the diagram shows in your own words (youwill lose marks if you co...
Use suitable linking words    to show contrast
But be careful
Although car sales rose during thefirst quarter, but they fell in April.
Use these words to describe predictions:• It is predicted/forecast(ed)/estimated/expected/projected/anticipated that … wil...
Well first of all the blue line starts low then has a steadily rise. After a bit more itthen rises sharp. This is probably...
Text BThe bar chart illustrates the average amount of unleadedpetrol and diesel consumed in a week for age groupsranging f...
Vary your sentence     subjects
Gerunds are very versatile
Gerunds can be used to add extra information…. rose …., increasing from …. to …..…. rose …., overtaking …. in …. and reach...
Gerunds can be used to add extra information…. rose …., increasing from …. to …..…. rose …., overtaking …. in …. and reach...
Which prepositions need to be used in the following sentences?                            in1. There was a steady rise ___...
Use the passive voiceto describe man-made processes
Present Simple           … is grown …Present Continuous       … is being grown ...Past Simple              … was grown …Pa...
is madeChocolate 1…………….. (make) from up to 12 different types of cocoa                             are sortedbeans. First...
Use the active voiceto describe natural processes
Life Cycle of a Frog
for IELTSWriting Test 1
English   is your               to            Success!
Get yourpassport here!
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  1. 1. Active Learning Seminars Presented by Nigel Veal
  2. 2. Please take part!
  3. 3. for IELTSWriting Task 1
  4. 4. Task 1: Write a report about a graph,table, bar chart or diagram, using aminimum of 150 words.
  5. 5. Time allowed: 20 minutes
  6. 6. Do notgive your own opinions or reasons in Writing Task 1
  7. 7. Unfortunately, the divorce rate in the USArose during the 1990s. Divorce has a negativeeffect on family life. The divorce rate in the USA rose during the 1990s.
  8. 8. The number of flights increased in December.This is probably because people wanted tospend Christmas with their families. The number of flights increased in December.
  9. 9. Paraphrasethe question stem!
  10. 10. Paraphrasingshows = illustrates (or ‘compares’ if the graph is comparing)proportion = percentageinformation = datathe number of = the figure for / how manypeople in the USA = Americansfrom 1999 to 2009 = between 1999 and 2009from 1999 to 2009= over a period of 10 years / over a 10-year periodhow to produce = the process of producingin three countries = in the UK, France and Spain (i.e. name the countries)
  11. 11. The bar chart illustrates the number of studentsstudying different subjects at university levelover a five-year period. The bar chart shows how many students were studying five different subjects at tertiary level between 1996 and 2001.
  12. 12. The line graph illustrates changing patterns indomestic access to different forms of technologyin the UK between 1990 and 1999.The graph shows changes in the availability offour types of technology in British homes duringthe 1990s.
  13. 13. The graph below show…
  14. 14. Computer went up
  15. 15. The use of computers in people’s homesincreased during the 10-year period.More people used computers in theirhomes in 1999 than at any other timeduring the decade.
  16. 16. The chicken was fluctuated crazily
  17. 17. The consumption of chicken fluctuatedconsiderably during the five-year period.
  18. 18. Men quickly fell down smoking.
  19. 19. The percentage of men who smokeddecreased sharply.The number of male smokers felldramatically.
  20. 20. The red column was go up.
  21. 21. Decide if you need to1. write about changes over time2. make comparisons3. both
  22. 22. This simplified diagram shows applications for differentcourses by month in various colleges. Write a description of themain changes.
  23. 23. The three subjects all reveal completely different trends withonly applications for Accounting remaining stable throughoutthe three months. Applicants for Economics and BusinessStudies showed opposite trends with the former falling steadilyand the latter rising sharply.
  24. 24. Exam strategyTask 1 Paragraph planParagraph 1 – Say what the diagram shows in your own words (youwill lose marks if you copy the question). follow this with severalsentences describing the main features supported by reference tothe diagram (eg include dates and figures).Paragraph 2 – Give further details – describe other features,significant differences and make comparisons where relevant.Support with figures from the diagram.Summarizing sentence – End with one or two sentences that give anoverall summary of the main features. No explanation, reason orconclusion should be given.
  25. 25. Use suitable linking words to show contrast
  26. 26. But be careful
  27. 27. Although car sales rose during thefirst quarter, but they fell in April.
  28. 28. Use these words to describe predictions:• It is predicted/forecast(ed)/estimated/expected/projected/anticipated that … will …• … will …• The projection is for … to …• … is/are predicted/forecast(ed)/estimated/expected/projected/anticipated to …• … is/are set to …
  29. 29. Well first of all the blue line starts low then has a steadily rise. After a bit more itthen rises sharp. This is probably because of the strong Chinese economy.
  30. 30. Text BThe bar chart illustrates the average amount of unleadedpetrol and diesel consumed in a week for age groupsranging from 20-60 years of age. Generally, unleadedpetrol was consumed at a higher rate than diesel, thehighest being 14 liters of unleaded per week for the 41-45 year age group. This is a difference of more than 3liters in comparison with diesel.
  31. 31. Vary your sentence subjects
  32. 32. Gerunds are very versatile
  33. 33. Gerunds can be used to add extra information…. rose …., increasing from …. to …..…. rose …., overtaking …. in …. and reaching a peak of …. in ….…. rose …., before leveling off ….…. fell ...., before rising ….
  34. 34. Gerunds can be used to add extra information…. rose …., increasing from …. to …..…. rose …., overtaking …. in …. and reaching a peak of …. in ….…. rose …., before leveling off ….…. fell ...., before rising ….
  35. 35. Which prepositions need to be used in the following sentences? in1. There was a steady rise ____ unemployment between 1999 and 2003. of2. There was a drop ____ 6% in the unemployment rate during the 5-year period(from 12% to 6%). to3. Unemployment rates rose ____ a high of 12% last year. by4. Unemployment fell ____ 2% last year (from 12% to 10%).
  36. 36. Use the passive voiceto describe man-made processes
  37. 37. Present Simple … is grown …Present Continuous … is being grown ...Past Simple … was grown …Past Continuous … was being grown …Present Perfect Simple … has been grown …
  38. 38. is madeChocolate 1…………….. (make) from up to 12 different types of cocoa are sortedbeans. First, the beans 2..……………. (sort) by hand before being roasted. is roastedEach type of bean 3…………..… (roast) separately, which is timeconsuming but important. are loadedNext, the beans 4 ...……………. (load) into a machine called a ‘winnower’,which removes the hard outer shells of the beans. After this, the beans are mashed5...…….……….. (mash) into a thick paste and sugar and vanilla are added is called6…………..…… (add). This paste 7…………….. (call) the ‘chocolate liquor’. is heatedThen the chocolate liquor 8…………….(heat) for up to 72 hours to make is blendedsure the liquid 9………………… (blend) evenly. Following this, the liquor is tempered10 ……….……….. (temper) for several hours – repeatedly heated andthen cooled. is allowedFinally, the chocolate 11…….………… (allow) to cool and harden beforebeing packaged.
  39. 39. Use the active voiceto describe natural processes
  40. 40. Life Cycle of a Frog
  41. 41. for IELTSWriting Test 1
  42. 42. English is your to Success!
  43. 43. Get yourpassport here!

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