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星期五,2014年07月18日      

Sometimes i feel nervous to talk clearly and fluently to the examiners,even i may have prepared for that for a long time,,so how can i improve my spoken English? And is there any better and more effective ways to enlarge my vocabulary?

Kishore:   It is natural to be nervous in this situation. You need to develop your confidence, and this confidence will come from practising your English speaking and communication. Preparation is important but it needs to be the right type of preparation. This also applies to enlarging your vocabulary - I'd suggest these steps: when you learn new vocabulary do not just learn a translation, thibk about all the other elements you need to be able to use this vocabulary (eg the pronunication, the grammar/part of speech, the collocation ie which words this goes with, any synonyms or antonyms etc); read/listen to English as widely as possible, this will help you pick up new vocabulary in context; regularly brainstorm vocabulary in themes or topics like travel, feelings etc - it is always easier to remember and use new vocabulary if you learn/remember this in relation to a subject or theme.

星期五,2014年07月18日      

hi.Mr.Roy.Is it always neccesary to give reasons for you answers in speaking?

Kishore:   Good question. This depends on the part of the test, but in general it is useful to give reasons for your answers, it helps you extend your answers. This is less important in Part 1, more important in Part 3, and sometimes relevant in Part 2 (usually included in the bullet points if this is so). Doing this also allows you to demonstrate your signposting skills - these are very important for coherence - such as "I think this is due to the fact that ......."

星期五,2014年07月18日      

I always can not finish reading test in the given time because I read all passage before answer questions.I make more mistakes if I read part of the passage. Shall I change my reading method?

Kishore:   I'd suggest you change your reading method, yes. It takes too much time to read the whole passage first before answering questions. it is better to identify and read the topic sentences first - this will give you an idea of the theme of each paragraph. The topic sentence is usually the first sentence in a paragraph (75% of time) or the last sentence in the paragraph. Then analyse the questions carefully, look for key words, and guess where you will find the answers. Do not start reading from the beginning of the passage. You should have an idea of which paragraph you will find the specific answer. Don’t worry if you do not understand all the words – you may not need to understand everything.

星期五,2014年07月18日      

I felt too nervous to talk naturally and fluently as usual when I meet native speaker in speaking test because I am not confident.Could you give me advice?Thanks

Kishore:   This is understandable. It is not easy speaking in a foreign language. The best way to develop confidence is through practice. Remember you can practice speaking, even by yourself, on as many different topics as possible. Talk for one minute, then make it 2 minutes, then increase again and again. Also, make sure you learn the right aspects of speaking, see these videos to give you a comprehensive insight: http://www.chinaielts.org/guide/band_descriptors_speaking.shtml

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星期日,2014年09月21日      

In writting task 2, question like "What are the advantages and disadvantages relates to this topic", do you have to state your own opinion in the essay?? Thanks

Kishore:   Simple answer - yes, you are expected to state your opinion. For example, you could say that, in your opinion, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, or the opposite, or that they two are equal.

星期五,2014年09月19日      

hi, kishore,nice to meet you here.I just graduated from high school and i want to go abroad for futher study.I stareted perparing the IELTS Test these days.My targer is to get a band of 7 to 8.Can you give me some advice on improving my speaking and writing please?It's hard to find opportunities to practice my spoken English in our university .How can i make progress in the two aspects with a relatively tight schdule? I feel it difficult to strike a balance between my regular courses and IELTS Test preparation.Do you have any suggestions?I also need some advice on expanding my range of vocabulary.

星期五,2014年09月19日      

The first time I took part in the exam,I got 6 in written work.But the second time I got5.5 in writing.I don't know why,because the method I prepare it is the same as the first time.I want to know what I should do and how I take exercise now to prepare my third time exam in October 26.

Kishore:   Hi. The slight difference in those writing scores can happen - there could be any number of reasons, perhaps your ideas and arguments were not quite as strong in the second exam, perhaps you made a few more grammatical or vocabulary-related mistakes. I cannot say for sure. In terms of preparation, I suggest you look through all the videos here to understand precisely what is expected in the writing test, and also learn the tips that are suggested ?http://www.iqiyi.com/v_19rrhtfbv4.html. Also look at the writing section on Road to IELTS where you will have the chance to practice some techniques. Good luck!

星期五,2014年09月19日      

I am very confused about how to use "-"symbol. For example, "low-risk investment". Will I loose mark if I write "low risk investment "?

Kishore:   You would not lose any marks for this specific example. It is difficult to generalise so I cannot say this will always happen in all cases.

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星期四,2014年10月30日      

hi there, i always have difficulty on those reading task, the true ,fause or NOT given, cannot tell which should be fause which is not given, can you explain further? thx

Colin:   Hello, Look at the advice on this question type in our preparation course Road to IELTS http://www.chinaielts.org/guide/road_to_ielts.shtml

星期四,2014年10月30日      

Hi~I am confused about the writing test. I have took participate for twice but the score were all below 6.0. I need 6.0 for my master study. I think exercise blindly does not help and I have written English homework for 3 years. How can I improve writing on earth?

Colin:   Hello, It sounds like you need some help from a good teacher. A good teacher will ask you to provide some written samples of task 1 and task 2. Then, using the marking criteria, they will help you identify the things you are good at doing in your writing and need to continue and the things you can/need to improve. when you have this kind of feedback you'll be able to set some learning goals. Good luck!

星期四,2014年10月30日      

I feel difficult to catch up with the reading skill and writing skill, especially Subject verb agreement. How can I improve it?

Colin:   Hi, A good way to do things is work your way through the different skills. How good are you at reading for main idea? If okay then move onto more detailed reading. Give yourself some credit for what you can do because that helps with motivation. Practice is necessary too. As for the subject verb agreement then you need practice on that too. There are lots of practice activities on our website for learners learningenglish.britishcouncil.org.cn Happy English!

星期四,2014年10月30日      

hi,dear, can you advise on how to practise the fast reading? desperately need to improve my reading speed. thx!!

Colin:   Hello, As a general rule, it's a good idea to first skim the passage to get a sense of the text type and the topic. Looking at the first line of each paragraph will usually give you the main idea of the paragraph (topic sentence). Having a general idea of what is where will help with the next step... reading and answering the questions. There are many things that we can do read faster e.g. lots of practice...but just make sure you maintain accuracy as well as speed. Hope that helps a little

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