How to put your worries aside and get down to work aiming at the score of 7 in your IELTS test?
Charles Dickins: The most important thing in life is to stop saying, “I wish” and start saying “I will.”
My Aim: Helping candidates to achieve the score of 7 or 8!!
I have taught IELTS preparation courses for more than 5 years. In order to help candidates taking this test, I am going to present my experiences in a series of blogs. I would be grateful if you could help me by adding your comments to the blogs in order to present a useful package for IELTS candidates.
Step: 1 – Signing up with a tutor
Follow these instructions and sign up with an experienced tutor:
Sign up with a tutor with genuine experience in teaching this course. Practicing online individually is useful but will never get you to the level of 7. In choosing your tutor you should have the following points in mind during your trial class:
His work experience in teaching IELTS
His complete and comprehensive knowledge of the procedures of the test.
His knowledge of useful tips and instructions on how to do each part of the test.
Providing suitable and up to date textbooks.
Arrange the following lesson plan with your tutor:
Concentration on Speaking and Listening during the class.
Correction of writing and reading tasks and giving you feedback during the class.
Arrange to have 2 or 3 classes per week. This is the best sequence for online classes giving you time to do homework.
Your tutor should at the end of each class give you a package of homework. (Reading or Writing task).
Your tutor should be prepared to correct your writing tasks and give you feedback on them.
Of course, there is no short cut to success and it needs a hard work. You may see so many hacks introduced to you out there for language learning, but believe me, none of them will work. Here are some language learning tips that you need to know:
If there is going to be a hack or a secret to learn a new language, then here it is hours of awkward and strenuous conversation with people better than you in that language. Just one hour of conversation is as good as five hours in a classroom and 10 hours learning language by yourself.
It is better to study four hours a day for two weeks rather than studying a language an hour a day for two months. That is the reason why people take language classes in school and never remember anything. Studying just 3-4 hours a week is not going to work.
Learn the 100 most common words
Some vocabulary gives you a better return when you learn them than others. Start with the most common ones. Then make sentences over and over again. Learn that much of grammar to be able to do it, continue doing this till you feel comfortable with all of those words.
Carry dictionary on your phone
These days there are apps for everything. Keep practicing in your head when you on move during the day.
Focus on becoming conversational
Remember the greatest achievement is forcing yourself to speak. Make communication with others. Sitting in your room and struggling with a software program is not going to help you to learn the new language. With first 100 words, you can start making communication. Let communication help you the way to your new world.
Last month I had a very respectable student seeking to achieve a high score on his IELTS exam. He really worked hard, burning the candle at both ends. I conducted 4 to 5 lessons in a week for him. He got his reward and sailed through his IELTS exam with flying colors.
Here I wanted to share some of the valuable experiences we gathered during this crash course;
Prioritize and concentrate on the parts of the IELTS exam which you think you are not confident at
During this course, we concentrated on the Reading and Speaking section of the exam. This saved us a great deal of time. He needed to work on listening and writing as well but we rightly programmed his time to concentrate solely on the points which he felt he is not confident at.
Methodology to gain self-confidence for the Speaking section of the exam
In this field I provided him with a set of common topics which usually come up in IELTS exams, coupled with a set of sample answers and useful expressions. He worked on these topics and prepared his answers. Then we had practice sessions on each topic. In this way, he achieved a high level of self- confidence which was his winning card in the actual exam.
Saving precious time in the Reading section of the exam
He was really worried about this part of the exam. He didn’t have trouble finding the right answers. However, it was the time factor which he couldn’t master. So we started specifying and practicing a clear and step by step procedure in getting to the right answer. At first, it was a bit difficult for him to adapt but as we proceeded he realized that by sticking to these procedures he scored 100% accuracy in half the time which he used to spend on each question. These procedures boiled down to pinpointing the keywords and then using Skimming and Scanning techniques to find the answers.
Final Note: In my personal view in any project you should first draw your fundamental Red lines. These are TIME, RESOURCES and COMMITMENT. In this way, you can draw your roadmap and stick to it to the end.
Looking from space, the view of our planet with its blue oceans and green continents is breathtaking. However, the essence of this beauty is its diversity of cultures and languages. Our world has over 6000 languages, every one of which should be cherished and preserved. This is our responsibility towards future generations.
There are five undeniable reasons for learning a new language. We can compile a long list of reasons for this indisputable necessity. However, 5 of them are irrefutably the most significant which can make a huge impact on our life and career. When you learn a new language you are not only studying a set of grammar rules or words, you are opening the door to new cultures and a new lifestyle.
First let’s Face some facts:
It is believed that on the whole, more than 6,000 languages exist on our planet. However, it is anticipated that in a century this figure will drop down to the hundreds.
Half of the webpages on the Internet are in English, while only 5% of the world speaks English as a native language. It’s the language of finance, diplomacy, aviation and IT, not to mention art and popular music.
12.44% of the world’s inhabitants speak Mandarin Chinese, next is Spanish by near 6% and finally English with 5.5%.
Technology is fading boundaries every day. Think of instant translation of live speech enabling speakers of different languages to communicate.
1.Opens the door to job opportunities globally
The ability to communicate in at least two or three languages appears to be increasingly significant in the global business community. It creates job opportunities in business, medicine, law, technology, military, industry and marketing, etc. In any fruitful and long-lasting business relationship, your language fluency is the stepping stone to establish trust between you and your clients. Such an ability has a huge impact and makes your first connection successful.
Having this ability puts you one step ahead to move up your career ladder. Any recruiter will undoubtedly tell you that speaking a foreign language is a significant plus to your CV. Mastering at least two languages makes you a more valuable employee in your team and company.
Nowadays, as the global economy expands, many companies cooperate closely with their clients overseas. Thus, they need employees who can connect with them in various languages and demonstrate in-depth understanding of other cultures.
An engineer, a CEO or a salesperson who knows Mandurian or Spanish, is able to communicate with a larger array of clients and make an impact.
With globalization marching ahead, you will most probably be working with co-workers from different nationalities. Being able to communicate in other languages distinguishes you of other employees.
Let me debunk a myth that adults are incapable of reaching proficiency level in a language. During the last decade, numerous studies have not found any direct connection between talent in absorbing a new language and age. . But the only problem is that unlike children we, as adults, are frightened of making mistakes when speaking a foreign language.
2.Enhances your business and analytic skills
Scientists believe that learning a second language slows down the aging process of mind. In fact, it is proved by researchers that bilingual experience enhances the brain’s cognitive functions. Functions such as planning, problem-solving and multi-tasking which are more mentally demanding.
Doctors who can communicate with their patients in their native language are able to come to a diagnosis much faster. Engineers who are capable of explaining their ideas to their clients surely are more successful and, as a result, can expand their skills and competences.
Presents new ways to judge the world around you and be more open minded
Studying foreign languages allows us to look at problems differently and come up with alternative ideas to resolve them. learning a second language has a profound effect on the way we judge other people and automatically changes our belief and lifestyle. This will allow you to be more flexible and tolerant. Being multilingual puts you in an advantageous position of being able to see the world from different angles, surely this elevates your status.
Makes travelling a unique experience
Nearly all English speakers are on a false assumption that anywhere you go for your holiday you will get by, so what’s the point of learning a new language. This might be true to some extent but it would surely restrict you to routine routes and public places. However, if you want to get a real taste of new cultures you should venture out and hit the off beaten tracks. In this case sharing the same language with native speakers will turn into a unique experience. They would cherish your effort to speak their language, creating trust and friendship.
Learning a new language enhances your creativity
These days creativity is a quality required in all fields of business, but what is creativity? In a nutshell creativity means the ability to come up with original and unusual approach to solve problems and challenges on the road ahead.
Scientists have proven that learning a new language boosts your creativity. One of the recent studies in this field was carried out by: Verica Marian, Ph.D., and Anthony Shook in Arizona State University.
In practical sense creativity means to be able to provide a variety of solutions to a problem, by learning a new language you brain is forced to learn and remember new vocabularies, phrases and grammar rules. This experience trains your brain to function more creatively.
Here I’d like to introduce four essential principals that will help you to achieve rapid progress in your language learning.
Find your motivation.
Motivation might vary from one student to the other. You need to target your motivation point. In short, if you are about to participate in an exam such as IELTS, that could be your motivation.
Immerse yourself in English: practice your English skills outside of class.
Try to practice everywhere, every day and every hour. If you study 1 hour in the class, you have to practice 3 hours outside.
Making mistakes is part of the learning process.
Don’t get upset, embarrassed or in any way anxious, especially when it comes to speaking English. People will only admire your eagerness in mastering the English language. Remember we only learn from our mistakes.
Make it your life
This means that you cannot learn the language in a blink of an eye. You need to be patient and enjoy your learning process. The keyword is consistency.