Spelling in IELTS

Too many students lose marks in the Reading, Listening, and Writing sections because of poor spelling. A few misspelled words can mean the difference between 6.5 and 7. And if you are targeting a band score higher than 7, I highly recommend you work on your spellings.

Here’s what I tell my students:

1. Learn the spellings: Note down IELTS-related vocabulary in vocabulary notebook that allows you to focus on spelling. Here’s Johanna Stirling’s great spelling saver I usually give my students.

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Johanna Stirling’s Spelling Saver

The idea is to write down the word, analyze it (by counting the letters, noting any “funny” characteristics), writing the meaning, drawing the word shape, and then checking if you remember the spelling.

2. Check your spellings: At the end of the exam, leave yourself some time to go through what you’ve written and check it. Many of my students complain they can’t correct their own spelling mistakes. This is quite a big problem because my students are mostly Arabic and their spellings are h.o.r.r.e.n.d.o.u.s.

So are there any techniques out there to make spell-checking easier in the IELTS exam? I’ll post my top spellchecking tips next week.



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