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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      

Hello, Colin.I have three questions. 1.What exactly the speaking test address.The content(the perspective)or the English ability,cause I always found that the examiner show strong objection about what I aid. 2.I want to know the success rate about the writing test reconsideration,cause I just got a 5 in my writing test and that is far lower than my expection.I never acquired this score before even in my first test. 3. Could you tell me the time limit in reconsiferation.It been a while since I submitted my reconsiderate application in two months ago. thank you very much.

Colin:   Hello! Thanks for your questions. For the last question you will need to get in touch with the our service team. Their details are on the information you received with your results. http://www.chinaielts.org/guide/band_descriptors_speaking.shtml As for the writing result, sometimes people misread the question and that can affect the criterion of Task Achievement/Task response. If you are in any doubt contact our service team (contact details are with the results). You can request your test to be remarked. hope this helps Happy English and good luck!

星期四,2014年10月30日      

Hello, Colin. I want to know the importance of the part of speech in writing session. If I make some mistakes, it has a great influnce on the final grade? I i.e. I wrote "a satisfied life" .

Colin:   Hello and thank you for your question. It's important to remember that making mistakes will happen and if you read the band descriptors closely you will see descriptions of appearance/absence of error at different band levels. A good exercise is to try and rate your own writing to understand the band descriptors and what is okay at different bands. Does an error like the one you wrote make a difference to your grade? well that depends on the grade you are after. for the lower and mid bands, probably not. errors are not just the only thing that determines the final grade. Each of the four criteria used to assess the quality of your writing are equal in weighting (so each 25%) Here's the link to the band descriptors if you are note sure: http://www.chinaielts.org/guide/band_descriptors_writing.shtml

星期四,2014年10月30日      

Dear Colin,I would like to confirm the meaning of the phrase "is free" in the title which is: Some people think the most important thing in life is free-something cannot be bought. Some of my friends think that the phrase means free of charge. Others believe that it means freedom. In my opinion, I prefer the latter, as the title has specified one thing and freedom also can not be bought by money. More over, if the word "free" means free of charge, then, there will be many things such as air, water, sunshine and so on. In this way, the title will be more proper when it was adjusted as “Some people think the most important things in life are free-something can't be bought. So, how about your opinion, thank you very much.

Colin:   Hello! Like the British band the Beatles said in their hit 'Money', 'The best things in life are free' - they were referring to wonderful things that happen on planet earth which you don't have to pay for...like crisp sunny autumn days, the sound of rain when you are warm in bed... We usually see this expression in the plural form rather the singular.

星期四,2014年10月30日      

hi,What's the best way of improving spoken English?

Colin:   Hello. Its a mixture of practice (talking about different things and in different ways with different people) and getting feedback (comments from other students, your teacher, yourself if you can record yourself) and input (new words and ways to say things) you could try this activity too: http://www.chinaielts.org/guide/suggestion_professional/300.shtml Good luck!

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