What To Expect In Each Section Of The Test
I thought today I might share an interesting read with you about high IELTS scores. The original article appeared at el.gazette : High Ielts score beats ability in quest for academic results
High Ielts score beats ability in quest for academic results
Pre-sessional courses don’t boost academic results for weaker test performers, study finds
Why do international students do worse than their native-speaker counterparts academically?
Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency have shown that they gain proportionately fewer first and upper second-class degrees than UK home students
- Underline these keywords and as the listening progresses look only at these words and not everything else. Focus your attention on them.
- Pay attention to:
- synonyms for words that are included in the various options or ideas expressed in a different way
- dates or numbers and any other information that could be very specific.
- Also, BE CAREFUL! A lot of times details are mentioned from ALL the options. You have to be alert to distinguish clearly which one is the correct one!
- Don’t spend too much time trying to think of an answer. Just move on to the next one.
- If you are unsure about an answer, you can guess. Or you can take advantage of the 10 minutes given to you to transfer your answers to think or rethink about a tricky question.
- Good luck!
Young and growing: An animated infographic showing how the global population is set to change
Watch the videographic and complete the gaps of the tapescript:
In 1950, —————————— (1) in rich countries in North America, Europe and Oceania was around 30 years old.
In Asia, Africa and Latin America it was closer to 20 .
Since then ——————————————————- (2) as people have fewer babies and live longer. But Africa’s different.
It’s high fertility and deaths from war and disease that ————– (3a) the median age ———— (3b).
Though ———————————– (4) as people live longer, healthier lives.
In the rich world, ———————————- (5) , while the median age in poor countries ————————— (6).
A ———————————————– (7) in terms of population numbers.
In the middle of the 20th century, there were 2.5 billion people.
In most places, the population ————————————- (8) — and ———————————————– (9) by 2050.
In Asia, the number of people surged and is forecast to taper off.
But in Africa, the population ————————————- (10) and this is likely to continue .
In fact, Africa’s population ——————————————— (11) to almost two and a half billion people by 2050, making the region a growing market.
This is my 2nd videographic activity I have prepared and I hope you will find it as helpful as the first one.
Meeting of the minds : how sexual equality increases income inequality
Listen to the video and insert the phrases in the correct gap
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economic disparity most diploma a quarter of with a degree
In 1960, ———- (1) American men ——– (2) high school ——– (3) or less married women ——— (4) education level. Biologists call this ‘assortative mating’ , like ‘Marries like’. Then, only ——– (5) men ———– (6) married women with one, in part because they weren’t as cpmmon.
It was even fewer if they held a graduate degree. But half a century later with more educated women in the workforce, the situation’s vastly different.
Now, men with a degree are ——- (7) as likely as they were to marry women with one. With a graduate degree, 40% of men marry similar women, a ——— (8) from 13 percent in 1960.
This marks the ———- (9) power couples. Those with less schooling are less likely to marry their female equivalents, probably because women have better graduation rates. The good news is that women are better-educated and marrying —————- (10) men, who in the past might have married their secretaries. But the bad news is that power couples earn much more, ——————– (11) income inequality. In 1960, a couple without high school diplomas owned a ———— (12) than the mean household income. The situation is now ———- (13).
Power couples took home 76% percent more than the average household but it’s ——– (14) to 120 percent more now. So a byproduct of women’s equality is greater —————- (15) and that advantage may be passed down as a birthright to their kids.
Have you ever seen a videographic? I’m sure most of you have. Have you ever thought of using them in an IELTS class? Well, they are an excellent choice for IELTS students because a videographic is a video which combines moving images with graphical images on top. (macmillan dictionary) There are several videographics you can find online which are like ‘live’ charts. Everything takes place in front of your eyes. I find them particularly helpful for students starting to work with charts. It’s a great practice.
I have started preparing a short series of such videographics which students can watch and complete a short exercise. The videos are short so they do not have to spend a lot of time on them. In this way, they watch the analysis of a graph/chart, etc. and also learn and/or revise language used when writing a report for IELTS task 1. Teachers can download the video and do the exercise in class or you can ask your students to visit my blog and do the exercise. Whichever is more convenient.
I hope you like them. Remember to leave me feedback so that I know you find them helpful!
Global smart phone shipments
Sales have reached a ———— (1) but with a new cast of companies. In ——— (2) around ———————– (3) smartphones were sold. Nokia shipped— ——– (4) , —————- (5) by Blackberry, Apple, Samsung, HTC and others. The market soared but Samsung and Apple took over the first and second ————- (6) and pulled away. Last year, shipments ———– (7) a billion according to the research firm IDC. Samsung and Apple still dominate but new names make the top 5 : LG of S.Korea and Huawei and Lenovo from China . Nokia left the —————- (8) all together. It’s selling its mobile phone Division to Microsoft. Blackberry and HTC are absent, too. The ———— (9) growth is the cheap android phones especially from China. Today, supplies outside the top 5 ———— —– (10) almost 40% of shipments, ——– (11) the ——- (12) of just 4 years ago.
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