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    IELTSBlog.compresents:

    HowtogetahigherIELTSscore

    bybuildingapositiveimageintheexaminersmindThisseriesoflessonswaspreparedbyDonnaMillenespeciallyforthereadersofELTSBlog.comI .ThelessonsarebrilliantandwilldoamazingthingsforyourIELTScoreifyoustudyandimplementthem.s

    Youwilllearn:

    Lesson#1: ositive,psychologicalimpressiononyourHowtocreateapIELTSassessors.

    Lesson#2:HowtowriteaTask1reportthatwillimpressyourassessors(AcademicModule).

    Lesson#3: rthatwillimpressyourassessorsHowtowriteaTask1lette(GeneralTrainingModule)

    Lesson#4: linfluenceyourassessorsHowtowriteaTask2essaythatwilpositively(AcademicandGeneral).

    esson#5

    L : testscorebyHowtoimproveyourSpeakingconnectingwithyourassessor.

    Lesson#6:HowtooptimizeyourperformanceintheListeningandReading

    tests.

    DonnaMillen,coauthoroftheCentreforEnglishLanguageintheUniversityofSouthAustraliasIELTSonTrackseriesofbooks(ieltsontrack.com)talksaboutwhatmaycreateapositivepsychologicalimpressiononassessorswhomaybescoringtheWritingandSpeaking(interview)componentsofyourIELTStest.

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    Lesson#3:HowtowriteaTask1letterthatwillimpressyourassessors(GeneralTrainingModule)

    BeforebeginningLesson#3,hereisashortsummaryofwhatwelearnedlastweek.SummaryofLesson#2.

    tsimportantnotbecomeaclockvictimintheIELTSWritingtest.IAclockvictimwastestimeby:toomuchclockwatchingtoomuchwordcountingbuildinguptoomuchanxietyabouttime

    ly,withoutthinkin writingimmediate gabouthowtoorganisetheresponse

    estsituationby:Thisisnothelpful.Manageyourtimeandyourselfinthet

    ofessionaltestpersonaconstructinganacademicandprtakingtimetoplanyouranswer

    hesegiveyoumorecontrolof,andmorefeelingfor,thereaderwriterrelationship.TInyourAcademicWritingTask1response,apositiveimpressioncanbemadeontheassessorby:

    ion,

    ormattion,

    takingcarewithaccuracyofinfafocussingonimportantinform

    comparingratherthanlisting,avoidingpersonalcommentspresentingasystematiclayoutItsalsoimportantto:

    elementarywriteinastyleandtonethatisformalandprofessional.reducethosegrammarmistakesthatassessorsmayconsiderconstructsentencesthathaveclearandcorrectboundaries.

    NowletsmoveontoLesson#3.

  • Importantbackgroundissues

    ntheIELTSGeneralTrainingI WritingTask1youareaskedtowritealetter,andareskedtoincludeinyourletter3different,listedpiecesofinformation.a

    Readthetaskparts

    Theassessorwillbeimpressedifyourletteroffersbalancedconsiderationofallthreeartsoftheletter,meaningthatyourparagraphscontainsimilaramountsofinformation

    carefully

    pabouteachofthethreepartsoftheletter.heywillbemuchlessimpressedifyouleaveoutoneofthethreepartsbecauseyouspentoomuchtimewritingabouttheothertwopartsandcametotheendofyourtime.Tt

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    Thinkcarefullyaboutthekeypurposeoftheletter

    whentheletteriswritten.Askyourself:WhyamIMakesurethatthispurposeisclearwritingthisletter?DoI:

    omethingtobedone?wantsomeonetodosomething?

    daskforsomething?

    wanttocomplainaboutsomethinganwanttogivereasonswhyIcantdoswanttoinvitesomeonetoanevent?hateverthecentralpurposeoftheletter,ithelpsifthatpurposeisclearintheletteryourite.

    Ww

    AtestpersonaforGeneralTrainingWritingTask1Wehavesuggestedthatatestpersonaisanexpressionreferringtotheimportanceofavingawritingidentitythatenablesyoutoimaginewritingauthenticallytoarealperson,h

    ratherthanseeingyourselfasjustatesttakerwritingtogetascore.AtestpersonaforTask1ismucheasiertocreateasthetypeofletterimmediatelycreatesaclearwriterreaderrelationship.Thetasktellsyouwhoyouarewritingtoandwhy,soyoucanreallybemoreorlessyourselfandwriterealisticallyasifreallyinthatsituation.

  • CreatingagoodimpressioninyourWRITINGGENERALTRAININGWritingtask1

    Insomewaysaletterisaneasycontextinwhichtowriteandinwhichtoimpresstheassessorsincethesituationforthecontentandtherelationshipofletterwriterletterreceiverareclear.AlsoyouhavemorefreedomtochoosewhattosaythanintheAcademicWritingtask1.Evenso,therearestillnumerouswaysinwhichyoucancreateanevenbetterimpressionthroughyourwriting:

    8TipstoWritinganImpressiveLetter1.Userealexperiencesoumaybeaskedtowritealettertoafriendtodiscussaholidayoravisit;youmaybe

    plainaboutsomeproblemsinyourapartment.YaskedtowritetoalandlordtocomWhateverthenatureoftheletter,trytoconnectittosomeactualexperiencefromyourownlife,ifthatispossible.Thishelpsthecontextofthesituationtoseemmorerealandmaymakeyourwrittencommunicationappearmoreconvincingandrealistictothessessor.Italsomeansthatthenyoudontneedtostruggletothinkofsomanynewdeas.ai2.WriteingoodfaithEventhoughthisisatestofEnglishandyouarenotinfactwritinganactuallettertoarealperson,trynottoturntheletterintoasortofjokeletterbywritingthingslike,DearMickeyMouse,orendingyourletterwithsomethinglike,Yourssincerely,Mr.Bean.Youmayfeellikebeingplayfulintheletterbutitsmuchbettertoactingoodfaithbywritingtheletterinastraightforwardandauthenticway.Thisismorelikelytoimpressheassessor.t3.ChoosetheappropriatetoneYouwillimpresstheassessorifyouareabletochooseastyleofEnglishexpressionthatfitsthetypeofletterandfitstherelationshipbetweenyou,theletterwriterandthereceiver.

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  • So,forexample,ifyouarewritingtoanorganisationandtosomeoneyoudontknowthere,yourlanguagewillbeformalnotchatty.Conversely,ifyouarewritingtoaclosefriendyouwillnaturallyuseinformalstylesofEnglishinordertoreflecttheclosenessoftherelationship.Itwouldseemstrangetowritetoafriendincold,formallanguage(Forxample:Similarly,Conversely,Anexceptiontothistrendis,Comparedto,Thisatternchangedfromto.)

    ep4.Usesuitablelanguage.Yourassessorwillbeimpressedifyou:Chooselan orformaExample1:Iamwritingtoyoutoreportthelossofmysuitcaseon..(formal)xample2:Howarethingswithyou?ImwritingtoseeifyouwanttocomeovertomyplaceoradinnerpartyonSaturday.(informal)

    guagethatreflectstheappropriatetoneinformal l

    Ef

    variationinverbtenseenrequireaskilfulmixofverbtenseandmodaluse

    ManageLettersoftExample:IwastravellingonyourbusbutIleftmysuitcaseonit..Ishouldbeveryratefulifyouwouldreturnittome.Icanarrangetocollectitfromyouroffice.Ishall

    inthecityonMondayPleaseletmeknowifthisisasuitabletime.gbeUsevarietyofsuitablelinkinglanguagebetweenthesentencesinyourletterInletters,itisappropriateoccasionallytouseexpressionsthatsuggesttheattitudeorudgmentofthewriter,especiallyadverbslike,Obviously,Clearly,Fortunately,

    ly,jUnfortunateExamples: Unfortunately,Icantcometoyourparty

    Obviously,Iexpecttobereimbursedforthedamagecausedtomy.Fortunately,Ihavebeenabletochangemytravelplans

    5.TrynottobetoorepetitiveAletterisanopportunitytoshowcommandofsynonymandrangeofformalorinformalexpression.Richnessofvocabularyusegivesyourwrittenstylemorepersonalityandthisgivesastrongerimpressionofyou(thewriter)toyourssessor.Beingoverrepetitivereducesthecolourandtextureofyourletter.

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  • 6.TrytouseinterestingexpressionsandvocabularyEspecia authenticEnglishidiomaticandph

    llyininformalletterstofriendsthereisscopeforsomerasalverbforms.But,itsNOTagoodideato:translateidiomsfromyourownlanguageintoEnglishuseidiomsunlessyouarereallyconfidentthattheyarecurrentlyused,and

    henandhowtheyareusedconfidentaboutpreciselyw

    xamplefromaninformalletter:EIcantcometotheofficedowithyouonSaturdayasIverunoutofcashandmycars.nyway,Imtryingtostopbeingsuchapartyanimal.A

    7.Giveanyexplanationsinyourlettereconomicallyandclearlyometimestheletterwillaskyoutoexplainsomethingorgivereasons.Trynottobeoodetailedincasetheexplanationbecomestoolong,tooconfusingandunclear.St8.UseanappropriatewayofdrawingthelettertoacloseEveryletterhastobedrawntoaclosesmoothly.Therearevariousexpressionsthatanworkwell,butofcourseitdependsnotjustontone(formalorinformal)but

    purposeofthelettercalsoontheExamples:Formal

    Illlookforwardtohearingfromyou I trust you will give this matter due consideration and respond at your

    earliest convenience

    I should be grateful if you would reply to my letter with some urgency.

    Informal

    Hopetohearfromyousoon

    eendoftheletteryoucanusevarioussuitableoptions

    Looking forward to hearing from you

    Rightatth

    xamples:

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    EYourfaithfully,/Yourssincerely, (formal)

    Allthebest,/Bestwishes, (informal)

  • 5SimpleRulesforaGoodLookingLetterEventhoughthesedaysmostpeoplewritelettersontheircomputers,trytomakeourletterlookattractiveandneatsothatitseemsalittlelikethelookofaomputergeneratedletter.Thiscarewithpresentationwillimpresstheassessor.yc

    How?1.AfterstartingyourletterwithDear.(plusnameofpersontowhomyouarewritingMr/Ms+familyname,forformalletters;firstnameonly,forfriends)..,eaveanemptylinebeforestartingthecontentoftheletter.(Remember,youdont

    riteanyaddressesintheletter)lneedtow

    xample:EDearMrsSmith,Iamwritingtoinformyou.Useparagraphingclearlysothattheletterhassections,preferablyoneforeachaskpart.Leaveanemptylineaftereachparagraph.2t

    .Trytowritelinesofaboutthesame,evenlength,likeacomputerdoes.3.Leaveonelinespaceaftertheendoftheletterbeforewriting,Yourssincerelymoreformal),orAllthebest(moreinformal)4(5.Leaveanotherlinebeforesigningyourname.Remembertojustuseyourgivenameifyouarewritingtoafriend,butuseyourfullnameifyouarewritingtoanrganizationortosomeoneyoudontknow.

    no

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    Tosummarise

    WiththeIELTSGeneralTrainingWritingTask1itisimportantto:readthetaskpartscarefullythinkaboutthepurposeoftheletterthinkbeforeyouwritetohelpyouranswertobewellorganised.YoucanhelptocreateapositiveimpressioninGeneralTrainingWritingTask1,ifyou:

    thideasforyourletteruserealexperiencesfromyourlifetohelpyouwiwriteingoodfaithchoosetheappropriatetoneforthetypeofletter

    ewhichsuccessfullycontrolsvariedverbformsneeded,useschooseappropriatelanguagvarietyofvocabulary,andoccasionaladverbiallinkingexpressions

    dendingstoyourlettertrynottobetoorepetitivechooseappropriateformalorinformalbeginningsansetouttheletterneatlyandinawellorganisedwayInthenextlessonIlllookatcreatingapositiveimpressionwhenwritingyourresponsetothelonger250wordIELTSAcademicandGeneralWritingTask2.HopeyoullcomebackandjoinmeforLesson#4.

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