Monday, December 20, 2010

10 Tips for IELTS Preparation

10 Tips for IELTS Preparation (David Larbalestier):
  1. Become familiar with -> international English, a variety of English accents
  2. It takes more than 400 hours of study and learning to progress 1 IELTS Band or 200 hours for 0.5 of a Band. You cannot short cut language learning. Study does not equal learning.
  3. Don’t waste time to memorize particular versions of Listening, Reading, Writing, Structure. Spend your time doing practice tests and learning language in preparation for all versions. Learn language, not answer
  4. Read the questions, read carefully and think. Each question stands alone and can be answered on its own. If you miss a question-move on! Remember -> 13/30, 14/40, 15/50, etc
  5. Practice all question types. Do as many practice tests as possible. Listen to songs, movies, radio.
  6. Read the questions, read carefully and think! Practice all question types. Develop your reading efficiency-skimming, scanning and ……… (I miss a word, anyone can help me??).
  7. Practice writing essays on a range of topics according to length requirements in the time frame. Count the line on the page. Count the words you write per line. Work out how many lines you need to write to meet the length requirement.
  8. Expand your vocabulary for a range of IELTS topic. Learn useful words and their word forms. Always remember to get the spelling right! Test: What’s the verb form of destruction? Spell this word.
  9. Understand IELTS criteria and what the examiner is looking for. Learn to check your own word.
          A : Did I answer the question completely?
          L : Is my answer logical and coherent?
          R : Do I have a range of sentences and structures?
          S : Do I have spelling mistakes? 

   10. Understand IELTS criteria and what the examiner is looking for.
  • Improve fluency by speaking with anyone
  • Improve accuracy with a teacher or native speaker

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sharing Wealth Among Countries

By : Dao Thuy Hang 6a06 
Should wealthy nations be required to share their wealth among poorer nations by providing such things as food and education? Or is it the responsibility of the governments of poorer nations to look after their citizens themselves?

There are so many different countries in the world. Different countries have different conditions, some are rich, and some are poor. However, it is the responsibility of the governments of poorer nations to look after their citizens by themselves. 

The first reason to support for my opinion is that it will motivate the government to develop their country by themselves. If the wealthy nations are required to share their wealth among poorer nations, the poorer nations will not want to try their best to solve their problems. The poorer countries will become depend on the rich countries. The governments of poorer nations do not have to worry about providing food or education for their citizens anymore, so they do not want to try hard. As a result, their country can not develop dramatically.

Secondly, some rich countries are not voluntary to share their wealth with poorer nations. They can think that it is unfair for them because they have tried hard by themselves to get the wealth for their countries. Why other countries can not try to get the same wealth like them. Every country is not rich at the first time. They have to work hard to gain their achievement. Of course, they can help other countries, but they have to be voluntary to do so. They should not be required to do that.

However, many people think that wealthy countries should required to share their wealth with poorer countries, because it will be easier of poorer countries to develop. Practically, it will make poorer countries reduce their motivation and desire to develop their country.
In short, looking after the citizens is the responsibility of the government of poor countries by themselves. They will have more motivation to make their country richer and they do not need to depend on other countries.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Homework (Michael)

Vocabulary for IELTS
  1. Page 23 point 3.1
  2. Page 24 point 3.2
Dateline : Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Homework (Ms. Herlin)

IELTS Preparation (Blue Module)
  1. Page 120 Speaking 2
  2. Page 159 Unit 11 Prefixes
 Dateline : Friday, 10 December 2010

Source: Mrs. Dina - Mrs. Susan

Saturday, November 27, 2010

How to write an essay

In a sequence essay, you are writing to describe a series of events or a process in some sort of order. Usually, this order is based on time. You organize the essay by writing about each step of the process in the order it occurred.

Example question:
Write an essay outlining the stages of the salmon life cycle.

Describe what a salmon is like.

Supporting paragraphs:
1. Describe young salmon.
2. Describe adult salmon.
3. Describe what salmon do before they die.

Summary paragraph:
Summarize the main steps of the salmon life cycle.

The introduction paragraph is the first paragraph of your essay. It introduces the main idea of your essay. A good opening paragraph captures the interest of your reader and tells why your topic is important:
  1. Write the thesis statement. The main idea of the essay is stated in a single sentence called the thesis statement. You must limit your entire essay to the topic you have introduced in your thesis statement.
  2. Provide some background information about your topic. You can use interesting facts, quotations, or definitions of important terms you will use later in the essay. Example (if you were writing about hockey) Hockey has been a part of life in Canada for over 120 years. It has evolved into an extremely popular sport watched and played by millions of Canadians. The game has gone through several changes since hockey was first played in Canada

Tutor of the Month

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Mike's activity

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Homework for Michael's Class

Homework in Module of Vocabulary for IELTS 
on page 13 - 14, consist of number :

a. Point 2.1
b. Point 2.2
c. Point 2.3
    Dateline : 1 December 2010

    Thursday, November 18, 2010

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    Monday, November 15, 2010

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