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IELTS Preparation

  1. 1. Mohammad S Alsoufi BSc, MSc, PhD Candidate February 2010 IELTS Preparation
  2. 2. <ul><li>What is IELTS? </li></ul><ul><li>Test Format and Band Scores </li></ul><ul><li>L istening </li></ul><ul><li>Academic R eading </li></ul><ul><li>Academic W riting </li></ul><ul><li>S peaking </li></ul><ul><li>How to Apply </li></ul><ul><li>Visit WWW for Help </li></ul><ul><li>Books for IELTS </li></ul>Outlines
  3. 3. What is IELTS <ul><li>IELTS is the I nternational E nglish L anguage T esting S ystem </li></ul><ul><li>Designed to assess the English language ability of people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication </li></ul><ul><li>Total test time 2 hours and 45 minutes excluding brakes </li></ul>
  4. 4. Test Format & Band Scores <ul><li>Candidates are tested in L istening, R eading, W riting and S peaking </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>L istening , R eading and W riting must be completed in one day without break </li></ul><ul><li>S peaking can be completed within 7 days before or after the main test day </li></ul>Test Format & Band Scores
  6. 6. Test Format & Band Scores <ul><li>IELTS Band Score </li></ul>
  7. 7. Listening
  8. 8. Listening <ul><li>The listening material is recorded on a cassette tape which you will hear only ONEC !! </li></ul><ul><li>A range of English accent are used </li></ul><ul><li>At the end, Candidates will be given 10 minutes to copy the answers onto the answer sheet </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling is important – can use both British and American spelling </li></ul><ul><li>Answer sheet has two sides </li></ul><ul><li> One for Listening test </li></ul><ul><li> One for Reading test </li></ul>30 Minutes 04 Sections 40 Items
  9. 9. Listening <ul><li>When count words Prepositions ( in , of , to , at , etc) and Articles ( a , an , the ) do counts as a words </li></ul><ul><li>Each question is worth one mark </li></ul><ul><li>The problem  Getting lost !! </li></ul><ul><li>The solution  Read ahead !! </li></ul>30 Minutes 04 Sections 40 Items
  10. 10. Listening <ul><li>Before Listening: </li></ul><ul><li>Read the questions </li></ul><ul><li>Look at all the questions in each section </li></ul><ul><li>Read the instructions carefully </li></ul><ul><li>Known the form of your answer </li></ul><ul><li>Decide what listening for </li></ul><ul><li>Predict the answer </li></ul><ul><li>Time available ( 20-30s 15s 30s ) </li></ul>30 Minutes 04 Sections 40 Items
  11. 11. Listening <ul><li>To do well in listening: </li></ul><ul><li>Key words </li></ul><ul><li>Main topic </li></ul><ul><li>Synonyms </li></ul>30 Minutes 04 Sections 40 Items
  12. 12. Listening <ul><li>Section 1: Conversation (Two Speakers – based on social and semi-official context ) </li></ul><ul><li>Section 2: Monologue ( A talk by a single speaker based on a non-academic situation, e.g. in a film, play etc… ) </li></ul><ul><li>Section 3: Conversation (Four Speakers - based on academic topics or course-related situations ) </li></ul><ul><li>Section 4: Lecture </li></ul>30 Minutes 04 Sections 40 Items
  13. 13. Listening <ul><li>Types of questions </li></ul><ul><li>Label the diagram </li></ul>30 Minutes 04 Sections 40 Items
  14. 14. Listening <ul><li>Types of questions </li></ul><ul><li>Complete the table  must fill all gaps with answers to get one mark </li></ul>30 Minutes 04 Sections 40 Items
  15. 15. Listening <ul><li>Types of questions </li></ul><ul><li>Fill in the blank  write no more than three words and/or a number for each answer </li></ul>30 Minutes 04 Sections 40 Items
  16. 16. Listening <ul><li>Types of questions </li></ul><ul><li>Write a short answer  write no more than five words </li></ul>30 Minutes 04 Sections 40 Items
  17. 17. Listening <ul><li>PAY ATTENTION !!! </li></ul><ul><li>In Numbers: ‘ 00 ’ sometimes is read as ‘ double 0 ’ instead of ‘ zero-zero ’ </li></ul><ul><li>The Last Word Counts: </li></ul><ul><li>Generalizations: </li></ul>30 Minutes 04 Sections 40 Items
  18. 18. Listening <ul><li>PAY ATTENTION !!! </li></ul><ul><li>For multiple-choice questions </li></ul>30 Minutes 04 Sections 40 Items
  19. 19. Listening <ul><li>PAY ATTENTION !!! </li></ul><ul><li>Copy the Example’s Style </li></ul><ul><li>Example 1: 55%  means ( 55% ) not (‘ 55 Percent ’ or ‘ fifty five percent ’) </li></ul><ul><li>Example 2: First  means ( First ) not (‘ 1st ’ or ‘ 1 ’) </li></ul><ul><li>Example 3: always write the full version of Prof. June  Professor June </li></ul>30 Minutes 04 Sections 40 Items
  20. 20. Academic Reading
  21. 21. Academic Reading <ul><li>All candidates are required to read three texts of between 500 and 900 words each </li></ul><ul><li>The texts and questions increase in difficulty </li></ul><ul><li>The answer and the record on the answer sheet within the 60 minutes ( Remember the guy with ZERO score ) </li></ul><ul><li>Each question is worth one mark </li></ul><ul><li>No penalty for wrong answers </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling is important - can use both British and American spelling </li></ul>60 Minutes 03 Sections 40 Items
  22. 22. Academic Reading <ul><li>Texts are taken from books, magazines, journals and newspapers, all written for a non-specialist audience </li></ul><ul><li>At least one of the text contains a detailed argument </li></ul><ul><li>The problem  Not having enough time </li></ul><ul><li>The Solution  Time management </li></ul><ul><li>‘ 15-20-25 ’ rule  ( 13 + 2 , 18 + 2 , 23 + 2 ) </li></ul>60 Minutes 03 Sections 40 Items
  23. 23. Academic Reading <ul><li>Types of questions </li></ul><ul><li>Summary Completion </li></ul>60 Minutes 03 Sections 40 Items
  24. 24. Academic Reading <ul><li>Types of questions </li></ul><ul><li>Matching headings to paragraphs </li></ul>60 Minutes 03 Sections 40 Items
  25. 25. <ul><li>Types of questions </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying the writer’s views </li></ul>Academic Reading 60 Minutes 03 Sections 40 Items
  26. 26. <ul><li>Types of questions </li></ul><ul><li>T rue/ F alse/ N ot G iven </li></ul><ul><li>PAY ATTENTION !!! </li></ul><ul><li>Each paragraph usually contains an answer to one question. For example, if Q.1 in Paragraph A , then Q.2 will probable be in Paragraph B </li></ul>Academic Reading 60 Minutes 03 Sections 40 Items
  27. 27. <ul><li>Types of questions </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple choice </li></ul>Academic Reading 60 Minutes 03 Sections 40 Items
  28. 28. <ul><li>Types of questions </li></ul><ul><li>Table completion (using words taken from reading passage) </li></ul>Academic Reading 60 Minutes 03 Sections 40 Items
  29. 29. Academic Reading <ul><li>Types of questions </li></ul><ul><li>Matching Causes and Effects </li></ul>60 Minutes 03 Sections 40 Items
  30. 30. Academic Reading <ul><li>Types of questions </li></ul><ul><li>Sentence Completion (using words taken from the reading passage) </li></ul><ul><li>Short answer questions </li></ul>60 Minutes 03 Sections 40 Items
  31. 31. Academic Writing
  32. 32. Academic Writing <ul><li>Allocate about 20 minutes Task 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Allocate about 40 minutes Task 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Task 2 is worth more marks </li></ul><ul><li>Task 1: write description of at least 150 words based on material found in a chart, table, graph or diagram </li></ul><ul><li>Task 2: essay of at least 250 words in response to a statement or question </li></ul>60 Minutes 02 Sections 400 Words
  33. 33. Academic Writing <ul><li>Task 1 - Tips </li></ul><ul><li>Do not copy phrases from the question </li></ul><ul><li>Do not include information not in the graph or picture </li></ul><ul><li>Do not take more than 20 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Do not forget to leave time to read it through </li></ul>60 Minutes 02 Sections 400 Words
  34. 34. Academic Writing Task 1 - Examples Flow Chart Bar Chart/Bar Graph Pie Chart Graph Diagram Table
  35. 35. Academic Writing Task 1 – The Language of Change 60 Minutes 02 Sections 400 Words
  36. 36. Academic Writing Task 1 – The Language of Change 60 Minutes 02 Sections 400 Words
  37. 37. Academic Writing Task 1 – The Language of Change 60 Minutes 02 Sections 400 Words
  38. 38. Academic Writing Task 1 – The Language of Change 60 Minutes 02 Sections 400 Words
  39. 39. Academic Writing Task 1 – The Language of Change 60 Minutes 02 Sections 400 Words
  40. 40. Academic Writing Task 1 – The Language of Change 60 Minutes 02 Sections 400 Words
  41. 41. Academic Writing Task 1 – The Language of Change 60 Minutes 02 Sections 400 Words
  42. 42. Academic Writing <ul><li>Task 1 (Example) </li></ul><ul><li>You should spend about 20 minutes on this task </li></ul><ul><li>The graph below gives information about changes in the birth and death rates in New Zealand between 1901 and 2101 </li></ul><ul><li>Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information shown below </li></ul>D B 60 Minutes 02 Sections 400 Words
  43. 43. The graph shows changes in the birth and death rates in New Zealand since 1901, and forecasts trends up until 2101 Between 1901 and the present day , the birth rate has been consistently higher than the death rate. It stood at 20,000 at the start of this period and increased to a peak of 66,000 in 1961. Since then, the rate has fluctuated between 65 and 50 thousand and it is expected to decline slowly to around 45,000 births by the end of the century In contrast, the death rate started below 10,000 and has increased steadily until the present time . This increase is expected to be more rapid between 2021 and 2051 when the rate will probably level off at around 60,000 before dropping slightly in 2101 Overall, these opposing trends mean that the death rate will probably overtake the birth rate in around 2041 and the large gap between the two levels will be reversed in the later part of this century Introduction Main Body Conclusion Academic Writing 60 Minutes 02 Sections 400 Words
  44. 44. Academic Writing <ul><li>Task 2 - Tips </li></ul><ul><li>Study question carefully </li></ul><ul><li>Underline key points </li></ul><ul><li>Quickly brainstorm the topic </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on the main points and supporting details </li></ul><ul><li>Organise points in a plan </li></ul><ul><li>Structure according to the type of essay </li></ul>60 Minutes 02 Sections 400 Words
  45. 45. Academic Writing <ul><li>Task 2 - Types </li></ul><ul><li>Arguments </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages and Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>Problems and Solutions </li></ul>60 Minutes 02 Sections 400 Words
  46. 46. Academic Writing Task 2 – Strength of Claim 60 Minutes 02 Sections 400 Words
  47. 47. Academic Writing Task 2 – Examples of Different Structures 60 Minutes 02 Sections 400 Words
  48. 48. Academic Writing <ul><li>Task 2 (Example) </li></ul><ul><li>You should spend about 40 minutes on this task </li></ul><ul><li>Dealing with juvenile delinquency </li></ul><ul><li> Youth Crime </li></ul><ul><li> Low Class in </li></ul><ul><li> Inner City Areas </li></ul><ul><li> Custody </li></ul><ul><li> Approved School and Remand School </li></ul><ul><li> Community Service </li></ul><ul><li> Punishment </li></ul><ul><li> Behaviour </li></ul><ul><li> Attitude </li></ul>60 Minutes 02 Sections 400 Words
  49. 49. Speaking
  50. 50. Speaking <ul><li>Time: 11 – 14 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Individual oral interview ( Three Parts ) </li></ul><ul><li>All Speaking tests are recorded </li></ul><ul><li>How the speaking component is assessed </li></ul><ul><li>Fluency and Coherence </li></ul><ul><li>Vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Grammatical Range and Accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>Pronunciation </li></ul><ul><li>Transition signals </li></ul>
  51. 51. Speaking <ul><li>When you entre the exam room: </li></ul><ul><li>Smile and act confident </li></ul><ul><li>Look at the examiner in the eyes </li></ul><ul><li>Confidently introduce yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminate nervous gestures </li></ul><ul><li>Wear smart clothing </li></ul><ul><li>Remember !!! </li></ul><ul><li>Speak clearly </li></ul><ul><li>Project your voice </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid repeating phrases </li></ul><ul><li>Always say more than Yes or No !! </li></ul>
  52. 52. <ul><li>Part 1 (Introduction) </li></ul><ul><li>This section of the test lasts 4-5 minutes and in it you may need to give longer answers to questions to ensure you display your best ability </li></ul>Speaking
  53. 53. <ul><li>Part 2 (Individual Talk) </li></ul><ul><li>Candidate is given a verbal prompt on a card and is asked to talk on a particular topic. 1 minute preparation time before speaking at length for up to 2 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>The examiner then asks 1 or 2 rounding-off questions </li></ul>Speaking
  54. 54. <ul><li>Part 3 (Discussion Topics) </li></ul><ul><li>The examiner and candidate engage in a discussion of more abstract issue and concepts which are linked to the topic in Part 2 </li></ul><ul><li>The discussion lasts between 4 and 5 minutes </li></ul>Speaking
  55. 55. <ul><li>Part 3 (Discussion Topics) </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>Can you tell me more about that? Please explain ? </li></ul><ul><li> Yes, that would be fine </li></ul><ul><li> Well, the first thing / idea that comes to mind is ...... </li></ul><ul><li>You mentioned ... Why do you say that? </li></ul><ul><li> Actually, that is difficult question to answer; nevertheless, in my opinion ...... </li></ul>Speaking
  56. 56. Speaking <ul><li>Part 3 (Discussion Topics) </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to speculate about the future </li></ul>
  57. 57. How to Apply <ul><li>An application form </li></ul><ul><li>Bring your original valid passport </li></ul><ul><li>Two photos (passport size) and the background must be white or light blue only </li></ul><ul><li>The IELTS test fee </li></ul>
  58. 58. Visit WWW for help <ul><li>IELTS Academic Reading help </li></ul><ul><li>www.cambridgeesol.org/teach/ielts/academic_reading </li></ul><ul><li>IELTS Writing help </li></ul><ul><li>www.cambridgeesol.org/teach/ielts/academic_writing </li></ul><ul><li>IELTS listening help </li></ul><ul><li>www.cambridgeesol.org/teach/ielts/listening </li></ul><ul><li>IELTS speaking help </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.cambridgeesol.org/teach/ielts/speaking </li></ul><ul><li>Scott’s English Success </li></ul>
  59. 59. Books for IELTS <ul><li>Recommended study materials for students who want an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher </li></ul>
  60. 60. Questions !

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