A Beginner’s Guide to IELTS Writing Task 1
Jun23

A Beginner’s Guide to IELTS Writing Task 1

So you want to do the IELTS but you’re worried about the writing exam. Don’t be. It’s actually quite predictable, and if you study the right knowledge you can expect a high band score. This PPT lays out the basics that you need to know to do the IELTS Writing Task 1: IELTS Writing Task 1 Overview from David...

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IELTS Task 1 Practice Activity
Jun19

IELTS Task 1 Practice Activity

Here’s an activity that I recently used with a couple of students I tutor. They were having trouble with their IELTS writing skills because their punctuation wasn’t very good. In addition, they were having trouble putting their articles in the right place. What I did was give them the following sample answer and have them correct it. Why don’t you have a try, and then check your version with the real essay below?...

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2x Task 1 Model Essays
Jun14

2x Task 1 Model Essays

Question 1 The first chart below shows how energy is used in an average Australian household. The second chart shows the greenhouse gas emissions which result from this energy use. These two pie charts show information about household energy use in Australia and the resulting greenhouse emissions. While heating is the greatest use of energy, it is not the greatest producer of greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gases are produced by water...

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Paraphrasing for IELTS Writing Task 1
May20

Paraphrasing for IELTS Writing Task 1

Paraphrasing is an essential skill for IELTS, and it is particularly important for IELTS Writing Task 1. In this exam, you are required to paraphrase the question in order to write your first sentence. If you cannot do this, it becomes very difficult to pass the exam. If you copy the question, you will be deducted marks and it may cost you a high band score. Fortunately, learning to paraphrase is not difficult. In this PPT, I will...

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How to Easily Double Your Task 1 Vocabulary
May17

How to Easily Double Your Task 1 Vocabulary

Getting your target band score for the IELTS Writing Task 1 requires using language in a sophisticated way. Essentially, there are two really important factors: Use language accurately Avoid repetition How can you do that? Thankfully, you don’t need a vocabulary of thousands of words to describe trends. With a little practice, you can master the necessary vocabulary to describe dozens of trends and also learn to vary that...

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