Sunday, March 13, 2011

Top IELTS Speaking Topics

Following are the IELTS Speaking topics appeared in subsequent IELTS Exam. Practice these topics for better result in IELTS Speaking module. Before giving you a topic to speak out the examiner will ask you to introduce your self. Don’t precise your introduction. Introduce your self with full name, living place, what is special about it and compare your hometown with another town.
1.    Describe a traditional instrument in your country?
2.    Describe an important festival in Iran / Home country. When is it? What do people do then?
3.    Describe a traditional garment in your country?
4.    Describe a historical place in your country. Where is it? What is special about it?
5.    Talk about mass media. Newspapers and their attractions for you.
6.    Why do people play games?
7.    What don’t you know about your future?
8.    Describe an invention before or after computer. Should the governments support inventors? Why do inventors invent?
9.    Name a book, film, or a piece of music that you like most and say why.
10.    Why always women cook and men do not in your country? Which is a better cook, a man or a woman?
11.    What is fashion? Do you follow fashion? Why do people follow fashion? How do people in your country follow fashion?
12.    Describe the traditional Architecture of your country. Is there something special about it?
13.    Discuss the factors affecting people to have more or less children in your country.
14.    What is Brain drain? What are the causes and effects of it?
15.    Compare the role of men and women in your country.
16.    Give reasons why the divorce rate has or has not increased in your country.
17.    Describe a traditional dish in your country. What are the ingredients?
18.    Discuss why you would like to visit a particular country. When are you going to visit it and why?
19.    Compare traditional houses with modern houses in your country.
20.    Discuss why you like a special kind of book, music, sports, or film.

Plague words or phrases for IELTS Examination

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the test of English language either for study or immigration purpose. There are four modules in IELTS Exam: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. During IELTS Reading and writing there are some problems created by words or phrases, so you must avoid these problems. Following are the list of words and phrases.
1.    As to whether: The single whether will be sufficient.
2.    And / or: Outer the lawful world, frequently, this structure is used; it is neither essential nor reasonable. Attempt using one word or the other.
3.    And Also: This is often disused.
4.    Being that or being as: These words are a non-standard substitute for because.
For example: Being that I was the youngest child, I always wore hand-me-downs.( Wrong)
 Because I was the youngest child, I always wore hand-me-downs.
5.    Basically, essentially, totally:  These words rarely add anything helpful to a sentence. Write the sentence instead of them and, more or less always, you will see the sentence get better.
6.    Considered to be: Remove the “to be” and, except it’s significant who’s doing the considering, attempt to remove the whole phrase.
7.    Due to fact that:  Using this phrase is a clear indication that your sentence is in problem. Did you mean “because”? Due to is suitable after a linking verb (The team’s failure was due to illness among the starts.); or else, avoid it.
8.    Etc:     This abbreviation often proposes a type of laziness. It might be better to give an additional example, thereby suggesting that you could have written more, but choose not to.
9.    Equally as:  Something can be equally significant or as important as, but not equally as significant.
10.    Each and Every:  One or the other, but not both.
11.    He / She:  is a gathering made to avoid gender bias in writing, but it does not work very well and it turns into downright conspicuous if it appears often. Use “he” or “she” or pluralize (where suitable) so you can avoid the problem of the gender-specific pronoun altogether.
12.    Firstly, secondly, thirdly, etc:  Numeral things with first, second, third, etc. and not with these adverbial forms.
13.    Got: Alot of writers consider “got” as a horrible word, and they have a point. If you can neglect it in writing, do so. I have got to must begin studying right away. I have got two pairs of sneakers.
14.    Had ought or hadn't ought. Eradicate the auxiliary had. You ought not to bother your sister that way. 
15.    Irregardless: No one word will get you in trouble with the boss faster than this one.
16.    In terms of: See if you can eradicate this phrase.
17.    Interesting:  One of the least interesting words in English, the word you utilize to express an ugly baby. If you “show us” why something is interesting, you're doing your job.
18.    Kind of or sort of: These are OK in casual conditions, but in proper academic prose, replace with somewhat, rather or slightly. We were kind of rather pleased with the results.
19.    Lots or lots of: In academic writing style, stay away from these colloquialisms when you can use “many or much”. Keep in mind, when you do use these words, that lots of something countable are plural. Keep in mind, too, that a lot of involve three words: "He earned a lot of money" (not a lot of).
20.    Literally: This word might be perplexed with literally, a rarely used adverb concerning to authors or scholars and their different professions. Generally, though, if you say it's "literally a jungle out there," you maybe mean symbolically, but you're maybe better off without either word.
21.     Just: Use only when you need it, as in just the right amount.
22.    Nature: If possible than don’t use this word. Images of a beautiful nature are probably just beautiful images.
23.    Necessitate: It's difficult to imagine a circumstances that would necessitate the use of this word.
24.    Of don’t write “should of”, “would of”, ”could of” when you mean, “should have”, “would have”, “could have”.
25.    Orientate: The new students become oriented, not orientated. The same thing applies to administrate: we administer a project.
26.    Only: Look out for position. Don't write "He only kicked that ball ten yards" when you mean "He kicked that ball only ten yards."
27.    On account of: Use the word “because” instead of “On account of”.
28.    Previous: as in "our previous discussion." Use earlier or nothing at all.

Important IELTS Listening Tips

IELTS Listening module is also very important module of IELTS Exam. Following are important tips regarding IELTS Listening module. Follow these tips for better result in IELTS Listening Exam.
Important IELTS Listening Tips
  1. Listen carefully to the instruction regarding each section. This will help you to familiarize with the important information about the condition and the speakers.
  2. Use the time at the starting of every section (and in the middle of Sections 1 – 3) to read ahead the questions and judge about the topic.
  3. It is very important to read the instructions of every section carefully. And don’t forget to make sure the maximum number of words acceptable.
  4. Listen carefully and write all your answers, remember listen the recording with full concentration as you won’t listen the recording a second time.
  5. Be sure, whatever you writer it makes sense in the context.
  6. Don’t skip any question and answer all the questions although you don’t any knowledge about answer. Try to understand more than you think.
  7. Don’t transfer your answer instantly to the answer sheet wait until the end of the recording. After the end of recording you have 10 minutes to transfer your answer to the answer sheet, which is plenty of time.
  8. Don’t overwrite on answer sheet and write your answer clearly on the answer sheet. Because if your answer is not clear in answer sheet than you may loose the marks.
  9. Be sure that you have written correct spelling and also check your grammar where necessary.
  10. Don't panic if you have to cross out or alter an answer.
  11. Don't worry if you miss any question. Look forward and focus on the next one.
  12. During listening don't try to rephrase the answer. Write down the words you listen which best fit the question.
  13. Remember don’t write more than the maximum number of letters or words acceptable for each answer.
  14. Avoid copying any words or letters that were written on the Question Paper during transferring your answers to the Answer Sheet.