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IELTS tutorial – How to include personal experiences in your essay

Posted on April 28, 2011 by - 2 Comments

I’ve had quite a few IELTS students ask me how to include personal pronouns in their essay while maintaining an academic tone. If this is also a question you’ve had, here’s a quick video to help:

IELTS Test (France) April 2011 Task 2 Question

Posted on April 26, 2011 by - 7 Comments

According to IELT-blog.com, a student received this Task 2 question on their examination:

Many people want their country to host an international sporting event. Others believe that international sporting events bring more problems than benefits. Discuss both views and include your opinion, supported by examples.

Let’s write a response together. Firstly, please note that this essay question clearly states ‘discuss both views‘ so our only option here is to write a discussion essay.

International sporting events do a lot for cultural understanding and economical development among the global family. However, the staging of major international sporting spectacles is not entirely positive. Thus, the opinions surrounding whether international sporting events contribute positively to a country or not will be analyzed before a reasoned conclusion is drawn.

It is believed by many that countries who host major international sporting events reap numerous rewards. Take the Beijing Olympics of 2008, for example. These Olympic games greatly helped China to shed its twentieth century status as an incapable, political mess. This positive change to the country’s image did a lot to encourage international trade partners, who may have been weary of the country’s capabilities otherwise. Thus, it is clear why many people around the world want their country to host an international sporting event.

However, there are other groups who feel internationally held sporting events do more harm than good to a country. For example, the Formula 1 race held annually in various cities around the world is often criticized for its insensitive nature towards the environment. As the racetracks are only used once a year, many feel this wastes the huge stretches of land they sit on, land that would perhaps be better used for residential purposes. Thus, it is understandable why many do not support their country’s foray into international sporting.

After looking at both sides of the argument, it is felt that a country’s participation in international sporting events is much more positive than negative. It is hoped international sport can help promote cultural understanding.

New 30 Second IELTS videos available from YouTube

Posted on April 26, 2011 by - Comments are off

Check them out at the 30 Second IELTS YouTube playlist page.

What is the difference between TOEFL and IELTS?

Posted on April 25, 2011 by - Comments are off

Rebecca’s lessons are great (please visit her YouTube video page to support a terrific online English teacher). Here, she spells out the main differences between the two exams:

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Some people feel raising the age limit required for obtaining a driver’s licence can enhance road safety. Would this be an effective strategy in your country?

The age at which a person is legally able to drive is a very important consideration. In my home country of Canada, successful test takers can drive independently at the age of 16, an age that I feel is too young. I thus agree that raising the driving age limit in my country would enhance road safety. To prove this, I will look at a driver’s maturity and the motivators behind their decision to drive.

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