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Yes, it’s Back to Concision, Again (8 of 30)

    Yes, it’s Back to Concision, Again (8 of 30) Remember, being concise helps give you that ‘clear progression’ in your writing (= IELTS 7). That peacock’s feather above is actually incredibly complicated, but all the parts fit together in a simple way to make a clear pattern. That’s the same you should write. If you make the same point in fewer words, WRITE THOSE WORDS!  You then have time to … …

Yes, it’s Back to Concision, Again (7 of 30)

    Yes, it’s Back to Concision, Again (7 of 30) Remember, being concise helps give you that ‘clear progression’ in your writing (= IELTS 7). The picture of the flower above is simply beautiful – beautiful because it’s so simple. Yet it is actually a very complex creation. But nature has presented it simply, not confusingly. We don’t have a mess of detail, but instead the simplicity of elegant lines. Think like that when you write. If you make the same point in fewer words, WRITE THOSE WORDS!  You then have time to … …

Yes, it’s Back to Concision, Again (6 of 30)

    Yes, it’s Back to Concision, Again (6 of 30): Sentences Remember, being concise helps give you that ‘clear progression’ in your writing (= IELTS 7). A butterfly is an incredibly complicated creature, a mixture of many million tiny parts, but we see in the picture above a simpler image. Yes, if you make the same point in fewer words, WRITE THOSE WORDS!  You then have time to … …

Yes, it’s Back to Concision, Again (4 of 30)

Yes, it’s back to Concision, Again (4 of 30): Sentences Remember, being concise helps give you that ‘clear progression’ in your writing (= IELTS 7). You want to make complicated things (like the picture above) fit together to be something clear and beautiful. Remember, if you make the same point in fewer words, WRITE THOSE WORDS!  You then have time to …   move on, say more, and achieve more of the task.   …

Let’s Practice Being Concise (3 of 30): Time to Practise

    Let’s Practice Being Concise (3 of 30) In the previous post, I showed (or proved) that being concise helps give you that ‘clear progression’ in your writing (= IELTS 7). If you make the same point in fewer words, WRITE THOSE WORDS!  You then have time to … …

Yes, it’s back to concision again – The Value of Concision (2 of 30)

The Value of Concision (2 of 30) In the previous post, I quoted from my own IELTS Writing Task Two book (Page 33, at the bottom), which states … This new sentence is much shorter, and makes the same point. That is, the sentence is concise, and concision is a sign of a good writer. Concision helps give you that ‘clear progression’ (= IELTS 7). Thus, if a sentence can make the same point in fewer words, WRITE THAT SENTENCES! You then have time to … …

Yes, it’s Back to Concision (again) [1 of 30]: The Value of Concision

  The Value of Concision (1 of 30)   Okay, after having written no less than 50 (!) posts all about the nature of English-language teaching and the sad, backwards, and fraudulent world of IELTS/English teaching in Taiwan (and all the consumer advice you need to know), I’ll move on. To what? What’s the next step? [er …. there’s the link to the above picture]. …

(48 of 50) CLT & TAIWAN: Summarising all the Signs

(48 of 50) MODERN LANGUAGE TEACHING (CLT) & TAIWAN: Summarising all the Signs   Well, I’m getting to the end of this long series – in fact, there are two concluding posts (49 and 50), but before that, I think it would be good to provide a summary of the previous series of posts about being fake/not-real and reasons for worrying about your teacher or school. This is a handy list which you can apply to any school or teacher of English/IELTS before you decide to give them your money. Check all the facts (hence the picture), and remember, ask for proof as well. Here are all the signs.   …

雅思考試一戰7分 (L 8.5分)

作者samfff (山姆先生) 看板IELTS 標題 [心得] 雅思一戰7分 (L 8.5分) 時間Wed Jul 4 13:23:19 2018 雅思一戰7.0 成績: L:8.5 S: 7.0 R: 6.5 W: 6.0 過去背景: TOEIC 925 補習: Andrew Weekday Courses (W&L 和 R&S都有上) 準備時間: 3-4週 (不包含補習的時候) …