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Let’s do Collocation Again, Okay? (2 of 12)

Let’s do Collocation Again, Okay? (2 of 12) Collocation is the key to getting a higher IELTS Writing and Speaking score, but it is not easy. Students often do not collocate words very well (which is why they don’t receive IELTS 7 or 8). To have ‘a sense of collocation’ (= IELTS 7), you need to have some familiarity with English, and the words must fit together just like the pieces in the above picture. So, start reading all my pixnet posts, and getting this familiarity, right?   In the meantime, the following exercises will help. …

Let’s do Collocation Again, Okay? (1 of 12)

  Let’s do Collocation Again, Okay? (1 of 12) Introduction to Collocation Okay everyone, it’s time (once again) to return to collocation. But let me begin by (re)introducing this concept. Let’s look at the public version of the IELTS Band Descriptors. These state that for your Writing Vocabulary Mark … …

Let’s do ‘Concision’ Again, Okay? (16 of 16)

Let’s do ‘Concision’ Again, Okay? (16 of 16) In this final post (in this series), we conclude by giving the answer to the three ‘over written’ paragraphs given in the previous post. Here they are.   Here’s the first paragraph. …

FREE OBSERVATION TOMORROW for IELTS Writing Task 2 // Concision 15 of 16

  Hi everyone. 1. Did you know the girl next to me in the picture above (although she looks a bit like a boy) got … IELTS NINE for Reading, IELTS EIGHT for Speaking (which really surprised me, as she was a rather quiet bookish girl in class), IELTS EIGHT for Listening. But, let me tell you, she worked really hard, too. I remember seeing her IELTS coursebooks (the ones written by me of course) covered with writing and translations of every difficult word into Chinese. Yes, this student went through EVERY single word of every book, so she was willing to put in a lot of time and effort. …

Let’s do ‘Concision’ Again, Okay? (13 of 16)

  Let’s do ‘Concision’ Again, Okay? (13 of 16)   Let us use this post to ‘fix’ the ‘overwritten paragraphs’ from the previous post, Post 12. Remember, we want it to be as trim and neat and clear as the hedge in the above picture. …

Let’s do ‘Concision’ Again, Okay? (12 of 16)

Let’s do ‘Concision’ Again, Okay? (12 of 16)   Remember, you need to make your writing as trim, neat, and defined as that hedge in the picture shown above. That means doing some work, as that lady is the picture is doing, to think before you write, to cut away words and phrases that repeat, are unnecessary, or unclear.   …

Let’s do ‘Concision’ Again, Okay? (11 of 16)

Let’s do ‘Concision’ Again, Okay? (11 of 16) Remember, you need to make your writing as trim, neat, and defined as that hedge in the picture shown above. That means doing some work, as that lady is the picture is doing, to think before you write, to cut away words and phrases that repeat, are unnecessary, or unclear.   In the last post, we had a 83-word paragraph … …

Let’s do ‘Concision’ Again, Okay? (10 of 16)

  Let’s do ‘Concision’ Again, Okay? (10 of 16) Remember, you need to make your writing as trim, neat, and defined as that hedge in the picture shown above. That means doing some work, as that lady is the picture is doing, to think before you write, to cut away words and phrases that repeat, are unnecessary, or unclear.   …

Remember, you can still join the IELTS Courses (Term 7) // Let’s do ‘Concision’ Again, Okay? (8 of 16)

  Term 7 AIS IELTS Courses – Still time to Join! (and get the FREE IELTS test!) The term 7 IELTS Writing & Listening Course started yesterday (Monday), but you can still join, but you MUST get in by this coming Wednesday (Lesson 2). We can arrange a free make-up lesson for the missed first lesson. The Term 7 IELTS Reading & Speaking Course starts tonight (Tuesday), so, get in. It’s great fun, really useful, with all the tips, hints, practice, with all my experience (25 years of it) about the real IELTS tests. …

AIS Term 7 IELTS Courses starting this coming Monday // Get in Quick (and get a free IELTS Test!)!

  Do you know that the girl standing next to me, on the right of the picture (although she looks a bit like a boy, doesn’t she?) got… IELTS 8 for Speaking, IELTS 9 for Reading, IELTS 8.5 for Listening?   Okay, her IELTS Writing score was ‘only’ 6.5, but she told me afterward that she didn’t finish either writing task on time. Yes, slow writers will always struggle to get high scores, because underlength writing is immediately penalised. But what’s wrong with 6.5, right? And imagine the score she would have got if she had written faster. Wow. Underlength writing, and she STILL got 6.5. So, her writing was definitely good! …

Let’s do ‘Concision’ Again, Okay? (7 of 16)

  Let’s do ‘Concision’ Again, Okay? (7 of 16)   Okay, we continue with another exercises about concision. Remember, you need to make your writing as trim, neat, and defined as that hedge in the picture shown above. That means doing some work, as that lady is the picture is doing, to think before you write, to cut away words and phrases that repeat, are unnecessary, or unclear. …

Let’s do ‘Concision’ Again, Okay? (6 of 16)

  Let’s do ‘Concision’ Again, Okay? (6 of 16) Remember, you need to make your writing as trim, neat, and defined as that hedge in the picture shown above. That means doing some work, as that lady is the picture is doing, to think before you write, to cut away words and phrases that repeat, are unnecessary, or unclear.   …

Let’s do ‘Concision’ Again, Okay? (5 of 16)

  Let’s do ‘Concision’ Again, Okay? (5 of 16) Okay, we continue with another exercises about concision. Remember, you need to make your writing as trim, neat, and defined as that hedge in the picture shown above. That means doing some work, as that lady is the picture is doing, to think before you write, to cut away words and phrases that repeat, are unnecessary, or unclear.   …