SPEAKING phase 2 prompt

This is IELTS speaking phase 2 prompt. As you already know that phase 2 and 3 are connected with each other. Part 2 is an individual long turn phase of about 3-4 minutes and tests your ability to talk at length, organizing your ideas coherently.

The examiner will give you a task card that asks you to talk about a particular topic and includes points that you can cover in your talk. It is not necessary for to talk about them in order. You have one minute to prepare your talk and a pencil and paper will be provided you to make your notes. You must talk for one to two minutes on the topic. The examiner will then ask you one or two questions on the same topic.

Part 3 is a two-way discussion of about 4-5 minutes.The questions are connected to the topic of Part 2. Part 3 is a discussion between you and the examiner in which you discuss more abstract issues and ideas. Part 3 tests your ability to express and justify opinions, and to analyse, discuss and speculate.

Describe your favourite season.
You should say:

what the season is and when it occurs
what the weather is like during this season
what your typical activities are during this season
and explain why it is your favourite season.

Source: Collins English for Exams;Speaking for IELTS by Karen Kovacs

understanding tables & expressing numbers in ACADEMIC

Understanding tables and ways of expressing numbers in academic module writing is somehow a difficult task for students. Here are some activities which help you to understand the tables followed by ways of expressing numbers.

As you already know that the first part is an information transfer task. This means you need to take information from a table, chart or diagram and present it in the form of a short written description.

The second part is a discursive composition. For this task you are given a statement or an opinion about something and you must present your view.

The whole test takes an hour, but you will need more time for Task 2 than Task 1 because you
have to write more words and it is worth more points. The test is organised like this:

words    suggested time

Task 1: Information Transfer        150       20 minutes

Task 2: Discursive Composition    250       40 minutes

First solve this Activity 1 > The IELTS writing test types of writing > 5 minutes

Below is a list of the types of writing you have to do in the IELTS test. Sort the list into writing for Task 1 and writing for Task 2.

compare and contrast points of view
describe an object or system
evaluate and challenge ideas or an argument
explain how something works
justify an opinion
organise, present and compare data
describe the stages of a process
present a solution to a problem
present evidence to support an opinion

Task 1: Information Transfer         Task 2: Discursive Composition

Have you done this?

Okay.

Now come to these two activities; first is about understanding tables and the other tells you the ways of expressing numbers while explaining these tables.

Understanding Tables

Ways of expressing numbers

IELTS writing answer sheet (front)

IELTS writing answer sheet (back)

Source: http://www.britishcouncil.org/

choose the best answer in Listening

WE are learning “choose the best answer in IELTS Listening Test” today. Let’s have a quick look at the questions first and highlight the keywords. When you hear your highlighted keywords in the audio, listen carefully as you will hear your answers next.

This listening test contains 10 questions.

You will hear three students in a study group working on a class assignment for their Economics class. Listen and choose A, B, C or D.

Page Number 1

Page Number 2

Recording

Answers

1) A

2) C

3) B

4) B

5) D

6) C

7) C

8) D

9) D

10) B

Transcript of the recording is available here.

Source: http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/ielts

And now here is a TED Talk for you.

“THE DANGER OF HIDING WHO YOU ARE”: Morgana Bailey has been hiding her true self for 16 years. In a brave talk, she utters four words that might not seem like a big deal to some, but to her have been paralyzing. Why speak up? Because she’s realized that her silence has personal, professional and societal consequences. In front of an audience of her co-workers, she reflects on what it means to fear the judgment of others, and how it makes us judge ourselves.

multiple choice in IELTS Listening

Today’s post is about multiple choice question is IELTS Listening. Have a quick look at the questions first to see what information you need to fill in. You can also take help from the transcript attached

SAMPLE TASK

RECORDING

TAPESCRIPT

ANSWERS

And today’s Ted Talk:

What happens when a dream you’ve held since childhood … doesn’t come true? As Lisa Bu adjusted to a new life in the United States, she turned to books to expand her mind and create a new path for herself. She shares her unique approach to reading in this lovely, personal talk about the magic of books.

Passionate reader
Lisa Bu has built a career helping people find great stories to listen to. Now she tells her own story.

academic writing task 2

My dear friends today I am sharing with you academic writing task 2 taken from Collins English for exams; Writing for IELTS by Anneli Williams.

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. 

Write about the following topic:

Women and men are commonly seen as different strength and weaknesses. Is it right to exclude males or females from certain professions because of their gender.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

  • First, break the question into small segments
  • discuss strengths for both
  • discuss weakness for both
  • discuss professions
  • take your position in favour or against.
  • write conclusion
  • make a mind map
  • explain your points accordingly.

label the diagram & choose the best answer in Listening

Here is today’s IELTS Listening task. Have a quick look at the questions first to see what information you need to fill in. Listen carefully for phrases related to directions, like “look across”, “in front of”. Also pay attention to the building names.

There are two tasks given for a single recording.

  • First listen to a Resident Advisor talking to a group of new students about the housing facilities at the university.
  • Label the diagram using no more than three words for each.
  • Then listen again and choose the best answer.

LABEL THE DIAGRAM TASK 1

CHOOSE THE BEST ANSWER TASK 2

RECORDING

ANSWERS

Study hall

Student Service Office

Tennis courts

Small stadium

Blackwell Hall

Dining Hall

Bicycle parking area

Flower garden

River Road

Bus stop

B

C

B

D

C

D

TRANSCRIPT

RA: Good morning everyone, my name is Vanessa, and I’m one of the resident advisors for this housing complex. I’m a senior at the university, and as a resident advisor, I am responsible for making sure that everyone who lives in the dormitory area has someone to go to if they have questions, problems, or needs any kind of help. Now, as a first step, it’s quite useful to have a look around the area. It’s not too big, and a short tour will help you get a clear picture of what is available and where it is.

So, first of all, as you know, this is one of our dormitory buildings, and it’s called West Hall. There are two main dormitory buildings in our complex, and the other one, you can see just next to us, is called Blackwell Hall, that’s black as in the color, and well – w-e-l-l. The reason we don’t call it East Hall is because this second hall was built using a donation from one of our alumni, a local businessman named James Blackwell, and because of this we named the hall after him.

Ok, so we are at West Hall, and this road ahead of us is called University Road. There isn’t much car traffic on this road as we don’t allow students living here to have cars. Of course there is a good bus network, and many students find that bicycles are usually adequate for travelling around the area. If you look across University Road, you’ll see three buildings, two in front and one more behind them. The one you see on your left is the laundry building – there are many washing machines and dryers for you to use to wash your clothes. It’s not too expensive, and is open 24 hours a day. To the right of the laundry services building is the student service office. This is an important place for you because this is where you go if you have any problems with anything related to your housing, studies, anything at all really. Finally, behind these two buildings is the study hall. It’s nice and quiet there, and many students like to go there while they wait for their laundry to finish. There’s no library there I’m afraid, but as you know the university campus has many libraries. This study hall is just a quiet place to read or study.

So now we’re going to continue walking down University Road. Follow me please. Ok, let’s stop here for a moment. Now, as I mentioned earlier, this is Blackwell Hall, our second dormitory building. And across the street from Blackwell Hall are our recreation facilities. There are quite a lot of things you can do here. First, you can see that there is a small stadium, nothing too fancy, close to the road. We do hold informal competitions here, maybe a football game or something, and of course you can form your own teams and hold games. Behind this small stadium there is an open area where you can do anything really, it’s just a small park. Oh, and of course, there are also two tennis courts. If you’re interested in using any of these facilities, make sure you book early – they are all very popular.

Student: Sorry, Vanessa, can I just ask a question?

RA: Sure.

Student: Where do we book the tennis courts?

RA: Ah, you can book both the tennis courts and the stadium at the student service offices – inside the building there is a small office for making bookings. Are there any other questions at this point? …. Ok, so let’s keep walking down University Road a bit more. Ok so now we’re at the last part of the dormitory complex. As you can see, University road ends here at this T-junction. This road in front of us is called River Road. Across River Road is the bus stop. Buses come frequently; there are several lines stopping here – and you can easily get to the main campus of the university or to the town from here. There is a schedule you can get from the student service offices. Now, let’s look to our left. The building here right next to the recreation area is the bookstore. It’s just a small one, so you might not be able to find everything you need there, but it’s a great place for buying pens and notebooks and things like that. In front of the bookstore, you’ll notice a circular garden. It’s just at the corner of University Road and River Road. This is what we call our flower garden. It’s maintained by the students living here – everyone does a bit of work on a voluntary basis. Again, if you are interested in helping out, you can go to the student service office building. Just on the opposite side of the flower garden you’ll see a bicycle parking area. As I mentioned earlier, residents here can’t use cars. Most people get around by bus and bike. There is always someone on staff watching the bicycles to make sure they are not stolen, but it’s still a good idea to use a bicycle lock when you park here. Finally behind the bookstore and the bicycle parking area you can find the dining hall. Inside the dining hall you can get many different kinds of food – it’s much more than just a cafeteria. There are a number of outlets offering cheap and healthy food, and you can get a range of different cuisines from all over the world. We have lots of students here with special dietary needs, and most of them have no problem working with the selection in the dining hall. Again, if you do have a problem with the food selection, you can talk to me or go to the student services building. Are there any questions? Yes –

Student: Yes, just a question about bikes – do we have to register our bikes with the office, or…

RA: At the moment no. However, this may change in the future if demand for bike parking increases. At the moment, you just park your bicycle. If you have guests visit you, they can also use the parking area. However, keep in mind that if you park your bike in a non-designated area, security may take it away. If this happens, again, go to the student service offices – they can help you.

Ok. Now, we’re going to walk back to the West Hall, and I’ll give you a look around the dormitory rooms themselves. (fade out)

Source: http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/ielts-practice/mock-listening-paper-dormitory-tour

Now here is today’s TED Talk for your listening practice.

Janet Echelman found her true voice as an artist when her paints went missing — which forced her to look to an unorthodox new art material. Now she makes billowing, flowing, building-sized sculpture with a surprisingly geeky edge. A transporting 10 minutes of pure creativity.

writing task 1 prompt (formal letter): general training

Here is today’s task. It is task 1 writing prompt for IELTS general training module taken form Cambridge English IELTS Book 10.

As you know there are two tasks in general training module, one is letter writing (formal and informal) and other is an essay writing. You have 60 minutes to complete both these tasks, 20 minutes for letter and 40 minutes for essay.

WRITING TASK 1
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

People in your area are having problems with their internet connection.
Write a letter to the company which provides the connection. In your letter:

  • describe the problem
  • explain how they are affecting people
  • say what the company should do to help

You do not need to write any addresses
Begin your letter like this:
Dear Sir or Madam,
Write at least 150 words.

SAMPLE ANSWER SHEET

table completion in IELTS listening

Today you are going to fill a table attached below. Listen to the introduction lecture to a course on American Literature and answer using one to three words for each gap.

Sample Task

Recording

Answers

1) England

2) organised religion

3) 1836

4) Britain

5) psychology

6) mystery

7) 1870

8) ordinary

9) workers’ rights OR ending slavery

10) southern OR south-eastern

11) France

12) his fate OR his destiny

13) environment

14) progress

15) poetry

Source: http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org

And here is today’s Ted Talk for your listening practice. Enjoy!

Is there an equation for intelligence? Yes. It’s F = T ∇ Sτ. In a fascinating and informative talk, physicist and computer scientist Alex Wissner-Gross explains what in the world that means. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Activity

Today’s post is about IELTS Academic Writing Task 1. I have taken this handout from http://www.teachers.cambridgeesol.org and use it in my class room but you can do it on your own. This activity tells you how to explain the graph according to the assessment criteria in 20 minutes.

  • First do the Exercise 1 “Understanding the task and data”
  • answer the questions 1 – 7
  • now look at the sample answer
  • do the Exercise 2, ‘Analyzing a sample answer’.
  • go through the sample answer
  • check the assessment criteria
  • start the actual sample task.
  • you are not expected to reproduce the sample answer word for word but to use the best aspects of it as a model.

* Key to Procedure steps for writing your sample answer is given along with the assessment criteria on Page 1 of the answer keys.

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Activity – Student’s Worksheet

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Activity – Sample Task

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Activity – answer keys

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IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Activity – Sample Answer

Source: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/teaching-english/