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Here is how to add new words and phrases to your IELTS journal…

Posted on September 30, 2011 by - 4 Comments

I was lucky enough to log into www.ielts-chat.com just after our online friend, Matilda, posted this excellent BBC study resource of tips for all portions of the exam:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/radio/specials/1143_exams/index.shtml

While on the topic, I would like to elaborate on the idea of ‘Word Maps’. Please try to write more than just the definition for new words you encounter. You should be including example uses of the word and adding additional uses you encounter in your day-to-day life.

So, for example, if a student sees the verb ‘sap’ in one of their readings, they should note both the definition and use:

sap (v.)

  • to drain
  • ‘sapped the morale of the army’
  • ‘sapping demand globally’

When you next go to review your vocabulary log, you will be reminded of how you saw the word in use.

What new words have you encountered this week? In what context were they used? Please reply to this post with your thoughts.

(Model letter) Task 1 as seen in Ahmedabad, India, 22 September 2011

Posted on September 25, 2011 by - 4 Comments

You purchased electronic equipment online and found it damaged when it arrived.  Write a letter of complaint to the manager of the online company.  In your letter:

  • describe the product
  • describe the damage
  • explain what you want to happen as a result of this incident

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to you regarding damaged goods I have received from your company.

You see, while perusing your website last week, I came across an external data drive that I felt could help me backup the hard drives of a few old computers I have in my office.  You can imagine my surprise when the product arrived with a large crack in the outer casing, exposing the inner wiring.  I imagine his must have happened during transit as this crack is way too obvious to have been missed by the packaging department of your company.  The product code is AA44-57 and I am attaching a copy of my receipt to this letter for your reference. 

I think it goes without saying that I am expecting you to reissue a working data drive to me.  Please let me know where and how to send the damaged goods back to you.  I also expect you to pay for the postage of this return.

Expecting prompt action,

Ryan

 

(Video) IELTS Task 1 General – How to…

Posted on September 24, 2011 by - 1 Comment

(Model essay) Academic IELTS exam question as seen in Toronto on 30 August 2011

Posted on September 22, 2011 by - Comments are off

Some people think it is our moral duty to help poor people.  Some people think that big amounts of money do not reach the poor.  Discuss and give your opinion.

There is no question that poverty around the world is a major issue.  However, often the responsibility and role the wealthy play in supporting the less wealthy is debated on both moral and practical grounds.  Many believe as ethical human beings, people are required to support each other.  Others feel the system for providing financial support is too flawed to be engaged.  Both sides will be discussed in this essay before a conclusion is reached.

On the one hand, many people argue all humans have a moral obligation to help the less fortunate, and the merits of this are easy to see.  For example, Mother Teresa devoted her life to rectifying dire living situations around the world.  Her actions made it clear that a single individual can make a big difference, and this is the basis of the argument that all humans have a responsibility to each other.  It is easy to see why many people support this point of view.

However, others counter this argument by citing basic flaws that make it difficult for modern people to help the poor.  For instance, it is widely known that China’s political system is rife with corruption.  For Chinese people wanting to donate money, there is of course a possibility that established organizations for human welfare are equally as corrupt.  Thus, many fear that any financial help they provide will not actually reach those in need.  When looking at this example, it is clear why many support the idea that donating money is in many ways fruitless.

After analyzing both sides of this argument, it is felt perhaps the best way to help others is to donate time instead of money.  It is hoped more people will do what they can for the benefit of those in need.

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Here is the essay as it appears in the video:

Nowadays, all new town planning should include public parks, shopping malls and sports facilities. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Designing the layout of a new town is an extremely intricate process. The question of what should and should not be included sets the foundation of the town’s identity forever. In my opinion, the addition of public parks, shopping malls and sports facilities is essential to the incubation of community and the encouragement of healthy lifestyles. I thus agree that these items should be included when a new town is being planned, and I will share examples to prove this.

Firstly, public parks and shopping centres help new towns foster a sense of community. For example, my small Canadian town has a very nice park near its centre. At weekends, the open context of the park environment makes it possible for people to meet each other and create friendships. This sort of organic community building is seen in my hometown’s shopping mall, too. Shopping malls encourage interaction, and thus they are great forums within which people can mingle and have experiences that could evolve into friendships. Thus, the helpful role public parks and shopping malls play in the establishing of a new town is clear.

Secondly, sports facilities catalyse positive lifestyle choices among townsfolk. For instance, the central location of my small town’s football pitch is a regular reminder to people passing by that exercise is important. Children in the town are visually aware that sport is accessible to them, and thus they engage in physical activity regularly. This is a clear advantage to town designs that include sports facilities.

As the above shows, public parks, shopping malls and sports facilities are helpful in many ways to the establishment of a town. Their inclusion in the planning of new towns is thus highly recommended.

You choose the prepositions!

 

The essay as it appears in the video:

What are some alternatives to fossil fuels? Do you feel the world will ever stop using them?

Global dependence on fossil fuels continues to be a pressing problem in the modern world. Although environmentally friendly energy sources are available, market prices make these alternatives prohibitively expensive for most people. I argue that humanity will indeed stop using fossil fuels in the future, but this will only happen when the price of cleaner energy sources falls to a point of competition. This will be proved by looking specifically at current trends within solar energy and biodiesel consumption.

Firstly, the increased availability of solar water heaters has made solar energy prices competitive with fossil fuels in some parts of the world. For example, the mass production of solar water heaters in China has led to their adoption as a cheap alternative to water heated using coal. Because this trend comes as a direct result of financial incentive, it is logical to conclude that market shifts will eventually cause green energy to take the place of fossil fuels.

This phenomenon is further exemplified by alternative fuel types such as biodiesel. For instance, although still slightly more expensive than energy sources derived from fossil fuels, biodiesel’s steady decline in price over the past 20 years coincides directly with a rise in its sales in most parts of the world. As most experts argue, a massive shift to biodiesel consumption will occur when prices remain consistently below fossil fuels. Thus, worldwide dependence on fossil fuels can be expected to erode as alternatives become more economical.

As evidenced by these trends in solar energy and biodiesel consumption, humanity is gradually shifting itself from fossil fuels to more environmentally friendly energy sources, and I hope this development continues.

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Do the advantages trump the disadvantages in this IELTS essay?

[Note: The word ‘phenomenons’ appears in this video. This should be ‘phenomena’, as it is with reference to the scientific plural.]

More and more students are going to another country for higher education. Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?

It is very common today for students to go abroad to complete their college or university education. However, this trend presents both advantages and disadvantages to the students and the institutions involved. These items will be analysed in this essay before a position is declared.

The advantages of rising foreign student numbers are numerous. For one, this trend encourages human collaboration and the exchanging of ideas. For example, a Canadian engineering student attending a Japanese university would bring ideas and perspectives different to those of their classmates, a phenomenon that enriches the university’s program and level of discussion as a whole. In addition to this, having studied outside their home country, this student would take valuable international understanding with them, an important second benefit that promotes peace and international friendship. As this example shows, students and the world at large benefit when higher studies are engaged outside the home country.

However, many would argue the globalising of higher education does have certain disadvantages. For many young adults, foreign students may represent a threat to both professional opportunities after school and the overall workforce of their country. In the US, for example, companies scout talent on university campuses, and at select times this means offering employment to a foreign student instead of a local student. Although this scenario does occur, its impact on local graduates and their employment opportunities has been sensationalised by the media and large personalities like President Trump. Moreover, it should be remembered that attracting the world’s most talented students increases opportunities for important phenomena like scientific discoveries. Thus, the disadvantages of students going abroad for higher education are difficult to define.

As the above discussion reveals, the advantages of globalised higher education much outweigh the disadvantages, and I strongly hope countries continue to encourage the growth of their foreign student bodies.

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CAN YOU WRITE IN ALL CAPS ON THE IELTS?! (…and other questions!)

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