INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTING SYSTEM (IELTS)
It is an international institutionalize test of English Language proficiency for non- native English Language speakers. It is collectively managed by the British Council, IDP. In 1989 Cambridge Assessment English and Australian IELTS was established. IELTS is one of the dominant English language test in the world, other being the TOEFL, TOEIC, PTE, and OPI/OPIC.
IELTS includes four Modules namely:
The writing section involves two tasks that is Task 1 and Task 2.
TASK 1: task one includes paraphrasing.
- Writing about numbers (dates, time, decimals, percentage, money etc).
- Learning how to chronicle the various task 1 visual types.
- Discussing trends and patterns in data.
- By using analytical or objective language.
TASK 2: It involves various aspects such as;
- Learning to outline very quickly before writing.
- Eassy organization.
- Knows the five types of tasks 2 essays.
- Learn how to write an introduction.
- Learn how to write body paragraphs.
- Learn how to use supporting details.
- Learn how to write Task2 conclusion. (1-2 sentence paraphrases of the thesis is recommended).
PART 1: SPEAKING ABOUT OURSELF: Fluently discussing personal topics related to such things as:
PART 2: MONOLOGUE RESPONSES: Students should practice:
- Brainstorming monologue responses in one minute.
- Using supporting details.
- By using transition words and other, markers to indicate main ideas and shifts in the discussion.
PART 3: PERSONAL PERSPECTIVES.
- The 500 NYT writing prompts listed above.
- Work on deliberate a wide range of topics (education, government, technology, history, the environment etc).
READING: It includes
- Pre- reading ( skimming a text )
- Scanning for Answers.
- Student must take less than three minutes to do some pre- reading.
- Read titles / heading.
- Of each paragraph, student must read the first sentence or two.
- Skim the remainder of each paragraph quickly. Underline key words/ information.
- Write very short notes in the margins (1-3 words maximum) labeling the topic of each paragraph.
- Then go straight to questions.
Read the questions and scan for Answers.
Students get exposure to both the “form” ( accent ) and “content” ( subject matter / material) of IELTS speaking by having them listen to academic discussions and lectures for comprehension; the better TED talks are great for this, if they don’t rely too heavily on visuals. Students should also get used to listening to a variety of accents.
The four parts of the IELTS test:
- Listening: 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes’ transfer time)
- Reading: 60 minutes
- Writing: 60 minutes
- Speaking: 11–14 minutes
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