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<ul><li><p>Page1</p><p>DonnaMillen(content) Web:http://www.ieltsontrack.comDesign&amp;layoutbyIELTSBlog.com Web:http://www.ieltsblog.com</p><p>IELTSBlog.compresents:</p><p>HowtogetahigherIELTSscore</p><p>bybuildingapositiveimageintheexaminersmindThisseriesoflessonswaspreparedbyDonnaMillenespeciallyforthereadersofELTSBlog.comI .ThelessonsarebrilliantandwilldoamazingthingsforyourIELTScoreifyoustudyandimplementthem.s</p><p>Youwilllearn:</p><p>Lesson#1: ositive,psychologicalimpressiononyourHowtocreateapIELTSassessors.</p><p>Lesson#2:HowtowriteaTask1reportthatwillimpressyourassessors(AcademicModule).</p><p>Lesson#3: rthatwillimpressyourassessorsHowtowriteaTask1lette(GeneralTrainingModule)</p><p>Lesson#4: linfluenceyourassessorsHowtowriteaTask2essaythatwilpositively(AcademicandGeneral).</p><p>esson#5</p><p>L : testscorebyHowtoimproveyourSpeakingconnectingwithyourassessor.</p><p>Lesson#6:HowtooptimizeyourperformanceintheListeningandReading</p><p>tests.</p><p>DonnaMillen,coauthoroftheCentreforEnglishLanguageintheUniversityofSouthAustraliasIELTSonTrackseriesofbooks(ieltsontrack.com)talksaboutwhatmaycreateapositivepsychologicalimpressiononassessorswhomaybescoringtheWritingandSpeaking(interview)componentsofyourIELTStest.</p></li><li><p>Page2</p><p>DonnaMillen(content) Web:http://www.ieltsontrack.comDesign&amp;layoutbyIELTSBlog.com Web:http://www.ieltsblog.com</p><p>Lesson#3:HowtowriteaTask1letterthatwillimpressyourassessors(GeneralTrainingModule)</p><p>BeforebeginningLesson#3,hereisashortsummaryofwhatwelearnedlastweek.SummaryofLesson#2.</p><p>tsimportantnotbecomeaclockvictimintheIELTSWritingtest.IAclockvictimwastestimeby:toomuchclockwatchingtoomuchwordcountingbuildinguptoomuchanxietyabouttime</p><p>ly,withoutthinkin writingimmediate gabouthowtoorganisetheresponse</p><p>estsituationby:Thisisnothelpful.Manageyourtimeandyourselfinthet</p><p>ofessionaltestpersonaconstructinganacademicandprtakingtimetoplanyouranswer</p><p>hesegiveyoumorecontrolof,andmorefeelingfor,thereaderwriterrelationship.TInyourAcademicWritingTask1response,apositiveimpressioncanbemadeontheassessorby:</p><p>ion,</p><p>ormattion,</p><p>takingcarewithaccuracyofinfafocussingonimportantinform</p><p>comparingratherthanlisting,avoidingpersonalcommentspresentingasystematiclayoutItsalsoimportantto:</p><p>elementarywriteinastyleandtonethatisformalandprofessional.reducethosegrammarmistakesthatassessorsmayconsiderconstructsentencesthathaveclearandcorrectboundaries.</p><p>NowletsmoveontoLesson#3.</p></li><li><p>Importantbackgroundissues</p><p>ntheIELTSGeneralTrainingI WritingTask1youareaskedtowritealetter,andareskedtoincludeinyourletter3different,listedpiecesofinformation.a</p><p>Readthetaskparts</p><p>Theassessorwillbeimpressedifyourletteroffersbalancedconsiderationofallthreeartsoftheletter,meaningthatyourparagraphscontainsimilaramountsofinformation</p><p>carefully</p><p>pabouteachofthethreepartsoftheletter.heywillbemuchlessimpressedifyouleaveoutoneofthethreepartsbecauseyouspentoomuchtimewritingabouttheothertwopartsandcametotheendofyourtime.Tt</p><p>Page3</p><p>DonnaMillen(content) Web:http://www.ieltsontrack.comDesign&amp;layoutbyIELTSBlog.com Web:http://www.ieltsblog.com</p><p>Thinkcarefullyaboutthekeypurposeoftheletter</p><p>whentheletteriswritten.Askyourself:WhyamIMakesurethatthispurposeisclearwritingthisletter?DoI:</p><p>omethingtobedone?wantsomeonetodosomething?</p><p>daskforsomething?</p><p>wanttocomplainaboutsomethinganwanttogivereasonswhyIcantdoswanttoinvitesomeonetoanevent?hateverthecentralpurposeoftheletter,ithelpsifthatpurposeisclearintheletteryourite.</p><p>Ww</p><p>AtestpersonaforGeneralTrainingWritingTask1Wehavesuggestedthatatestpersonaisanexpressionreferringtotheimportanceofavingawritingidentitythatenablesyoutoimaginewritingauthenticallytoarealperson,h</p><p>ratherthanseeingyourselfasjustatesttakerwritingtogetascore.AtestpersonaforTask1ismucheasiertocreateasthetypeofletterimmediatelycreatesaclearwriterreaderrelationship.Thetasktellsyouwhoyouarewritingtoandwhy,soyoucanreallybemoreorlessyourselfandwriterealisticallyasifreallyinthatsituation.</p></li><li><p>CreatingagoodimpressioninyourWRITINGGENERALTRAININGWritingtask1</p><p>Insomewaysaletterisaneasycontextinwhichtowriteandinwhichtoimpresstheassessorsincethesituationforthecontentandtherelationshipofletterwriterletterreceiverareclear.AlsoyouhavemorefreedomtochoosewhattosaythanintheAcademicWritingtask1.Evenso,therearestillnumerouswaysinwhichyoucancreateanevenbetterimpressionthroughyourwriting:</p><p>8TipstoWritinganImpressiveLetter1.Userealexperiencesoumaybeaskedtowritealettertoafriendtodiscussaholidayoravisit;youmaybe</p><p>plainaboutsomeproblemsinyourapartment.YaskedtowritetoalandlordtocomWhateverthenatureoftheletter,trytoconnectittosomeactualexperiencefromyourownlife,ifthatispossible.Thishelpsthecontextofthesituationtoseemmorerealandmaymakeyourwrittencommunicationappearmoreconvincingandrealistictothessessor.Italsomeansthatthenyoudontneedtostruggletothinkofsomanynewdeas.ai2.WriteingoodfaithEventhoughthisisatestofEnglishandyouarenotinfactwritinganactuallettertoarealperson,trynottoturntheletterintoasortofjokeletterbywritingthingslike,DearMickeyMouse,orendingyourletterwithsomethinglike,Yourssincerely,Mr.Bean.Youmayfeellikebeingplayfulintheletterbutitsmuchbettertoactingoodfaithbywritingtheletterinastraightforwardandauthenticway.Thisismorelikelytoimpressheassessor.t3.ChoosetheappropriatetoneYouwillimpresstheassessorifyouareabletochooseastyleofEnglishexpressionthatfitsthetypeofletterandfitstherelationshipbetweenyou,theletterwriterandthereceiver.</p><p>Page4</p><p>DonnaMillen(content) Web:http://www.ieltsontrack.comDesign&amp;layoutbyIELTSBlog.com Web:http://www.ieltsblog.com</p></li><li><p>So,forexample,ifyouarewritingtoanorganisationandtosomeoneyoudontknowthere,yourlanguagewillbeformalnotchatty.Conversely,ifyouarewritingtoaclosefriendyouwillnaturallyuseinformalstylesofEnglishinordertoreflecttheclosenessoftherelationship.Itwouldseemstrangetowritetoafriendincold,formallanguage(Forxample:Similarly,Conversely,Anexceptiontothistrendis,Comparedto,Thisatternchangedfromto.)</p><p>ep4.Usesuitablelanguage.Yourassessorwillbeimpressedifyou:Chooselan orformaExample1:Iamwritingtoyoutoreportthelossofmysuitcaseon..(formal)xample2:Howarethingswithyou?ImwritingtoseeifyouwanttocomeovertomyplaceoradinnerpartyonSaturday.(informal)</p><p>guagethatreflectstheappropriatetoneinformal l</p><p>Ef</p><p>variationinverbtenseenrequireaskilfulmixofverbtenseandmodaluse</p><p>ManageLettersoftExample:IwastravellingonyourbusbutIleftmysuitcaseonit..Ishouldbeveryratefulifyouwouldreturnittome.Icanarrangetocollectitfromyouroffice.Ishall</p><p>inthecityonMondayPleaseletmeknowifthisisasuitabletime.gbeUsevarietyofsuitablelinkinglanguagebetweenthesentencesinyourletterInletters,itisappropriateoccasionallytouseexpressionsthatsuggesttheattitudeorudgmentofthewriter,especiallyadverbslike,Obviously,Clearly,Fortunately,</p><p>ly,jUnfortunateExamples: Unfortunately,Icantcometoyourparty</p><p>Obviously,Iexpecttobereimbursedforthedamagecausedtomy.Fortunately,Ihavebeenabletochangemytravelplans </p><p>5.TrynottobetoorepetitiveAletterisanopportunitytoshowcommandofsynonymandrangeofformalorinformalexpression.Richnessofvocabularyusegivesyourwrittenstylemorepersonalityandthisgivesastrongerimpressionofyou(thewriter)toyourssessor.Beingoverrepetitivereducesthecolourandtextureofyourletter.</p><p>Page5</p><p>DonnaMillen(content) Web:http://www.ieltsontrack.comDesign&amp;layoutbyIELTSBlog.com Web:http://www.ieltsblog.com</p><p>a</p></li><li><p>6.TrytouseinterestingexpressionsandvocabularyEspecia authenticEnglishidiomaticandph</p><p>llyininformalletterstofriendsthereisscopeforsomerasalverbforms.But,itsNOTagoodideato:translateidiomsfromyourownlanguageintoEnglishuseidiomsunlessyouarereallyconfidentthattheyarecurrentlyused,and</p><p>henandhowtheyareusedconfidentaboutpreciselyw</p><p>xamplefromaninformalletter:EIcantcometotheofficedowithyouonSaturdayasIverunoutofcashandmycars.nyway,Imtryingtostopbeingsuchapartyanimal.A</p><p>7.Giveanyexplanationsinyourlettereconomicallyandclearlyometimestheletterwillaskyoutoexplainsomethingorgivereasons.Trynottobeoodetailedincasetheexplanationbecomestoolong,tooconfusingandunclear.St8.UseanappropriatewayofdrawingthelettertoacloseEveryletterhastobedrawntoaclosesmoothly.Therearevariousexpressionsthatanworkwell,butofcourseitdependsnotjustontone(formalorinformal)but</p><p>purposeofthelettercalsoontheExamples:Formal</p><p> Illlookforwardtohearingfromyou I trust you will give this matter due consideration and respond at your </p><p>earliest convenience </p><p> I should be grateful if you would reply to my letter with some urgency. </p><p>Informal</p><p> Hopetohearfromyousoon </p><p>eendoftheletteryoucanusevarioussuitableoptions</p><p>Looking forward to hearing from you</p><p>Rightatth</p><p>xamples:</p><p>Page6</p><p>DonnaMillen(content) Web:http://www.ieltsontrack.comDesign&amp;layoutbyIELTSBlog.com Web:http://www.ieltsblog.com</p><p>EYourfaithfully,/Yourssincerely, (formal)</p><p>Allthebest,/Bestwishes, (informal)</p></li><li><p>5SimpleRulesforaGoodLookingLetterEventhoughthesedaysmostpeoplewritelettersontheircomputers,trytomakeourletterlookattractiveandneatsothatitseemsalittlelikethelookofaomputergeneratedletter.Thiscarewithpresentationwillimpresstheassessor.yc</p><p>How?1.AfterstartingyourletterwithDear.(plusnameofpersontowhomyouarewritingMr/Ms+familyname,forformalletters;firstnameonly,forfriends)..,eaveanemptylinebeforestartingthecontentoftheletter.(Remember,youdont</p><p>riteanyaddressesintheletter)lneedtow</p><p>xample:EDearMrsSmith,Iamwritingtoinformyou.Useparagraphingclearlysothattheletterhassections,preferablyoneforeachaskpart.Leaveanemptylineaftereachparagraph.2t</p><p>.Trytowritelinesofaboutthesame,evenlength,likeacomputerdoes.3.Leaveonelinespaceaftertheendoftheletterbeforewriting,Yourssincerelymoreformal),orAllthebest(moreinformal)4(5.Leaveanotherlinebeforesigningyourname.Remembertojustuseyourgivenameifyouarewritingtoafriend,butuseyourfullnameifyouarewritingtoanrganizationortosomeoneyoudontknow.</p><p>no</p><p>Page7</p><p>DonnaMillen(content) Web:http://www.ieltsontrack.comDesign&amp;layoutbyIELTSBlog.com Web:http://www.ieltsblog.com</p></li><li><p>Page8</p><p>DonnaMillen(content) Web:http://www.ieltsontrack.comDesign&amp;layoutbyIELTSBlog.com Web:http://www.ieltsblog.com</p><p>Tosummarise</p><p>WiththeIELTSGeneralTrainingWritingTask1itisimportantto:readthetaskpartscarefullythinkaboutthepurposeoftheletterthinkbeforeyouwritetohelpyouranswertobewellorganised.YoucanhelptocreateapositiveimpressioninGeneralTrainingWritingTask1,ifyou:</p><p>thideasforyourletteruserealexperiencesfromyourlifetohelpyouwiwriteingoodfaithchoosetheappropriatetoneforthetypeofletter</p><p>ewhichsuccessfullycontrolsvariedverbformsneeded,useschooseappropriatelanguagvarietyofvocabulary,andoccasionaladverbiallinkingexpressions</p><p>dendingstoyourlettertrynottobetoorepetitivechooseappropriateformalorinformalbeginningsansetouttheletterneatlyandinawellorganisedwayInthenextlessonIlllookatcreatingapositiveimpressionwhenwritingyourresponsetothelonger250wordIELTSAcademicandGeneralWritingTask2.HopeyoullcomebackandjoinmeforLesson#4.</p><p>2009DonnaMillenandieltsontrack.com</p><p>Thisarticleiscopyrighttoieltsontrack.com,andmaynotbereproducedorcopiedwithoutthepermissionofieltsontrack.com</p><p>ThedesignandlayoutofthisseriesoflessonsarecopyrighttoIELTSBlog.comandmaynotbereproducedorcopiedwithoutthepermission</p><p>ofIELTSBlog.com</p></li></ul>