Back to Collocation. Yes, again! (3 of 6)

  Hi everyone.     Well, it’s back to collocation. Collocation, or more specifically, bad collocation, is one reason people cannot achieve IELTS 7 or 8. It’s certainly something to work on. Here is the next set of sentences for you to look at.   …

Back to Collocation. Yes, again! (2 of 6)

Hi everyone.    Well, it’s back to collocation, as I said last night. Collocation, or more specifically, bad collocation, is one reason people cannot achieve IELTS 7 or 8. It’s certainly something to work on, so here is the next set of sentences for you to look at.   Time to Practice …

Back to Collocation. Yes, again! (1 of 6)

  Okay everyone, it’s time (once again) to return to collocation, and now, I think I might go back to it for a while. But let me begin by (re)introducing this concept. To begin, let’s look at the public version of the IELTS Band Descriptors. These state that for your Writing Vocabulary Mark …   …

The ‘IELTS Ten Super Instant Easy Everything Magic Book’ // ‘Examiner Approved’!! (3 of 5)

In the last post, I mentioned the … “IELTS Ten Super Instant Easy Everything Magic Book” syndrome. Let’s look at another aspect of these books. Part of the ‘Magic Book Rule No.5 (= having a title which guarantees an impossibly high band scores in a very short time) is a claim on the front cover that the books are ‘approved by IELTS examiners’, ‘recommended by IELTS examiners’, ‘endorsed by all IELTS examiners’, and so on, and so on. Hmmmm. An interesting claim. Time to think, everyone. Do you really believe this? Really? I mean REALLY? I hope not, since straight away you would have to find a good answer to the following questions. …

The ‘IELTS Ten Super Instant Easy Everything Magic Book’ (2 of 5)

In the last post, I introduced the … “IELTS Ten Super Instant Easy Everything Magic Book” syndrome. … and explained how to get an IELTS 7, there would have to be a lot of study, a lot of time, and a lot of effort on your part. But why spent time and effort when you can get it all at once with an IELTS magic book? There are lots of them out there, so just buy one, right? Great idea, right? Maybe I need to define the term. What is an ‘IELTS Magic Book’? Here are rules which must be followed to make an ‘IELTS Magic Book’. The book must … …

“IELTS Ten Super Instant Easy Everything Magic Book” syndrome // Answer to Being Concise (8 of 8)

The ‘IELTS Ten Super Instant Easy Everything Magic Book’ (1 of 5) I had a student a few days ago who said, “I bought all these IELTS Books from mainland China, but I now realize they are all junk, and I threw them away.” Of course they are all junk. But there are so many self-proclaimed IELTS ‘experts’ out there now, and it seems that anyone of them can now write a junk book (in Chinese), promise everything like magic [hence the above picture], get their friends to use the social media to say how good the book is, and the author makes a lot of (your) money. …

Let’s Practice Being Concise (8 of 8)

In the previous post, I quoted from my own IELTS Writing Task Two book (Page 33, at the bottom). This page compares the sentence … When people try to park cars in cities, they usually find it difficult. [13 words] with … Parking cars in cities is usually difficult. [7 words] …

Let’s Practice Being Concise (7 of 8)

In the previous post, I quoted from my own IELTS Writing Task Two book (Page 33, at the bottom). This page compares the sentence … When people try to park cars in cities, they usually find it difficult. [13 words] with … Parking cars in cities is usually difficult. [7 words] …

Let’s Practice Being Concise (6 of 8)

In the previous post, I quoted from my own IELTS Writing Task Two book (Page 33, at the bottom). This page compares the sentence … When people try to park cars in cities, they usually find it difficult. [13 words] with … Parking cars in cities is usually difficult. [7 words] …

Let’s Practice Being Concise (5 of 8)

In the previous post, I quoted from my own IELTS Writing Task Two book (Page 33, at the bottom). This page compares the sentence …   When people try to park cars in cities, they usually find it difficult. [13 words] with … …

Let’s Practice Being Concise (4 of 8)

In the previous post, I quoted from my own IELTS Writing Task Two book (Page 33, at the bottom). This page compares the sentence … When people try to park cars in cities, they usually find it difficult. [13 words] with … Parking cars in cities is usually difficult. [7 words] …

Let’s Practice Being Concise (3 of 8)

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.   …

Let’s Practice Being Concise (2 of 8): The Value of Concision (Part II)

  My IELTS Writing Task One book has Tip 6. My IELTS Writing Task Two book has Tip 10. They both have the same name: CUT THE FLUFF! This has helped the average IELTS Writing Score in Taiwan to rise. After my books were published, and with all my teaching, the message finally got out – but there are still many bad books out there, with many bad teachers playing the ‘memorisation game’, and there are large numbers of students who fall for this. Some of the most popular teachers, the ‘famous’ one, the ones who ‘everyone say are good’, can be the worst. Hence, the average score is only 6. It isn’t 7, or higher. Not yet. But let’s not think about IELTS. Let’s just think about good writing generally. What’s wrong with fluff? Well, here’s a nice quote from a famous book called ‘The Elements of Style’, by…