Month: April 2014

IELTS Topic Vocabulary: Tourism

Tourism is actually a sub-category under Multi-culturalism and Immigration, a popular topic in the IELTS exams. I posted a Writing Task 2 question recently which raised the issue of foreign tourists paying more than local tourists to visit attractions.

Most students will have ideas, and probably some experience (if they have traveled abroad) on this subject. Once you’ve got the structure of the essay (Intro – Body 1 – Body 2 – Conclusion), the next most important thing is to use topic-specific vocabulary to raise your band score.

Remember that if your grammatical accuracy is high, you’re already close to a band 7. From here on, it’s a matter of enhancing your vocabulary and using appropriate words and collocations in discussing the subject. So how can you build a good vocabulary? (more…)

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IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.13

Here’s a sample Writing Task 2 question on the topic of tourism.

 

Foreign visitors should pay more than local visitors for cultural and historic attractions. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

 

This is a straightforward agree-disagree question. Here’s a simple structure to organize this type of essay.

Often, the problem with Task 2 questions is how to take a simple topic and build it into a 250 word essay. It’s easier to think of it in terms of small blocks of text rather than 250 words to write. For the topic above, you can divide your essay into four blocks:

Introduction: 25-40 words
Sentence 1 – paraphrase the question
Sentence 2 – give your opinion (more…)

IELTS Vocabulary: Economy & Money

Here is the text of the article I linked to in this post. This article will help you boost your vocabulary on a common IELTS topic Economy & Money.

If you haven’t read it yet, please read the article and make a note of useful vocabulary. Then, compare your list to the words and phrases highlighted in the text below.

THE ARTICLE:

What if we defined success not by the money we spent and the goods we consumed but by the quality of life we create not only for ourselves but for everyone with whom we share the planet? What if we added up the positives of economic growth and subtracted from them the clear negatives, so we had a better picture of whether we were headed in the right direction? (more…)

Economy & Money: Video Transcript

Here is a transcript of the video I linked to in this post. This video will help you boost your vocabulary on a common IELTS topic Economy & Money.

If you haven’t watched the video yet, please do so and make a note of useful vocabulary. Then, compare your list to the words and phrases highlighted in the transcript below.

TRANSCRIPT:

We’re heading out into the unknown. We need signposts to guide us – to assure us we’re going in the right direction. (more…)

IELTS Topic Vocabulary: Economy & Money

Economy & Money is one of the fifteen IELTS topics that frequently comes up in each of the four exams. To answer these questions confidently, you need to know topic-specific vocabulary. In this post, I’ll give you some resources you can use to increase your economy and money related vocabulary. But first, here are some examples of when you might be asked a question based on this topic:

IELTS Reading
A passage based on factors influencing the economy of Singapore.

IELTS Listening
A lecture on economic progress of several nations.

IELTS Writing Task 1
A bar chart comparing the economic growth of various countries (more…)

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.12

Here’s a sample Writing Task 2 question on the topic of economy.

 

Economic progress is often used to measure a country’s success. However, some people believe that other factors are more important. What other factors should also be considered when measuring a country’s success? Do you think one factor is more important than others?

 

Note the structure of the question: two sentences introduce the question. The first sentence is a fact and the second is an opinion.  Then comes the two-part question:

What other factors should also be considered when measuring a country’s success?

Do you think one factor is more important than others? (more…)

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.11

Here’s a sample Writing Task 2 question on the topic of technology.

 

In the last 20 years there have been significant developments in the field of information technology (IT), for example the World Wide Web and communication by email. However, future developments in IT are likely to have more negative effects than positive.

To what extent do you agree or disagree. Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own experience or knowledge. You should write at least 250 words.

 

Note the structure of the question: there are two sentences that tell you the topic. Then comes the question: “To what extent do you agree or disagree?” This is followed by another sentences giving you further instructions on what to include in the essay. (more…)