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TABULA RASA LANGUAGES

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LISTENING SECTION
THINGS YOU NEED TO REMEMBER
QUESTION TYPES
LET'S GET THIS STARTED
TEST SCORES
WRITING SECTION
This part of the exam is divided into two tasks.
LETTER
WRITING FORMAT
ESSAY
This essay must be divided into 4 paragraphs
Assignments
Writing Tasks
INTRODUCTION TO IELTS
IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s proven English language test. It was one of the pioneers of four skills English language testing over 25 years ago, and continues to set the standard for English language testing today, besides it is accepted as evidence of English language proficiency by over 9,000 organizations worldwide.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW
WHERE CAN I TAKE IELTS TEST?
OZI:
- Located at Calle 113 # 11ª – 44.
- Their phone numbers are: 637 52 27 - 629 71 87 - 213 48 14
BOGOTA
British Council:
- Located at Carrera 9 No. 76-49, 5th floor
- Their phone number is: 325 90 90.
Colombo Americano:
- Located at Calle 19 No. 2 – 49
- Their phone number is: 3347640, Ext. 231 – 243
ABOUT IELTS - Remember that...
There are two types of IELTS – General and Academic
It evaluates the four skills; speaking, listening, reading and writing.

The speaking section takes place 2 or three days before/after the other sections and it lasts 15 minutes.(it is never the same day).
Exam timing (see the chart)

The following tutorial sessions aim to prepare the students in terms of the four language skills evaluated in the IELTS test, speaking, listening, writing and reading. During these sessions students will have the opportunity to take two simulation exams which will allow them to test themselves.

Program
Class 1 – Introduction, Writing section
Class 2 – Listening section
Class 3 – Reading section
Class 4 – Speaking section
Class 5 – First simulation exam
Class 6 – Practice; weaknesses focus
Class 7 – Practice; strengthens focus
Class 8 – Second simulation exam
Class 9 - Final practice - doubts clarification
Class 10 - Final feedback
IELTS provides a profile of a candidate’s ability to use English.
The results are reported as band scores, on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest), in 0.5 increments.
LETTER
ESSAY
20 minutes
25% of the score

40 minutes
75% of the score

INTRODUCTION
Within the introduction you need to give:
1.1 GENERAL OVERVIEW of the problem or situation given.

A)
agree or disagree about something

or


B)
discuss the positive and negative aspects of certain issue


You can begin the overview with words like

A)
Nowadays
Through the years
Worldwide
B)

Over the last decade there has been an important debate about…

1.2 ESTABLISH REASONS/POINTS OF VIEW

Besides the overview you must also establish two reasons or points of view that will be developed in the 2 paragraphs
You can use the following themes as a guidance to focus the two reasons or perspectives of your essay

FIRST ARGUMENT / PERSPECTIVE
2.1 LINKING WORD

First of all,
Firstly,

2.2 DEVELOP THE ARGUMENT/PERSPECTIVE

Develop a question and an answer about the issue
or
give a strong example or anecdote: recent studies have…

3.1 Linking word


Furthermore,
Secondly,
On the other Hand,

3.2 DEVELOP THE ARGUMENT/PERSPECTIVE

Develop a question and an answer about the issue
or
give a strong example or anecdote: recent studies have…
SECOND ARGUMENT/ PERSPECTIVE
4.1 LINKING WORD

Finally
To summarize

4.2 COUNTER-ARGUMENT / PARAPHRASE THE INTRODUCTION

4.3 FINAL AGREEMENT

Therefore, I firmly support
So, I agree
I strongly disagree with

CONCLUSION
Remember that IELTS exam is paper based. which means that all of the assignments given during the tutoring sessions will have to be handmade and with legibly handwritten in the following format.
Introduction
Dear, Sir or Madam
The reason of this letter is in order to...
Details/Resolution
Give details about what happened according to the situation they give you./Provide a resolution whenever it is required.
Closing
I will be looking forward for an answer.
Sincerely yours … Pepita R

You traveled by plane last week and your suitcase was lost.

You have still heard nothing from the airline company.
Write to the airline and explain what happened. Describe your suitcase and tell them what was in it. Find out what they are going to do about it.

You should write at least 150 words
.
Begin your letter as follows:
Dear ..............
You have just moved into a new home and are planning to hold a party
.

You are worried that the noise may disturb your neighbor.
Write a letter to your neighbor. In your letter
introduce yourself
describe your plans for the party
invite your neighbor to come

Write at least 150 words
.
You and your family are living in rented accommodation in an English speaking
country.

You are not satisfied with the condition of some of the furniture.
Write a letter to the landlord. In your letter

Introduce yourself
explain what is wrong with the furniture
say what action you would like the landlord to take
You borrowed some books from your school or college library.

Unfortunately you have to go away to visit a sick relative and cannot return the books in time.

Write a letter to the library. Explain what has happened and tell them what you want to do about it.

Millions of people every year move to English-speaking countries such as Australia, Britain or America, in order to study at school, college or university.

Why do so many people want to study in English?
Why is English such an important international language?

Give reasons for your answer
Some governments say how many children a family can have in their country.
They may control the number of children someone has through taxes.

It is sometimes necessary and right for a government to control the population in
this way
.

Do you agree or disagree?

Give reason for your answer
.
Using a computer every day can have more negative than positive effects on
young children.

Do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own
knowledge or experience.
Some people think it would be a good idea for schools to teach every young
person how to be a good parent.

Do you agree or disagree with this opinion?


Describe the skills a person needs to
be a good parent.
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own
knowledge or experience.
LETTER - write at least 150 words
ESSAY - write at least 250 words
In case that the student takes less than 10 tutoring sessions, the program will be modified taking into account student's needs
READING SECTION
In the reading component of the test you will have three sections of increasing
difficulty for understanding and answering; this means that as you move through the reading passages you will find that they become more difficult to understand and, hence,questions may seem more complex to answer.
Section 1:
This section may contain two or three short texts or several shorter texts.
Section 2:
C
omprises two texts, this section is focused on workplace context
We have managed to prepare great number of students to pass the
international exams
and to reach the desired level of
general and business English
,we offer a wide variety of classes to meet the needs of our students.

THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF TABULA RASA LANGUAGES
TIPS
Not to misplace
Pay close attention to the statement
Section 3:
There is one long text. This section,is focused on general reading it involves more extended passages with a more complex structure
Practice time
:
Go to the book page 61 to practice the type of questions from the reading section
assignments
practice set 1
pages:from 74 to 84
practice set 2
pages: from 85 to 96
practice set 3
pages: From 97 to 106
practice set 4
Pages: From 107 to 117
Useful extra resources
There are four sections in the listening component of the test, each with ten questions. The questions are designed in such a way so that the answers appear in order in the listening passage.

The first two sections deal with situations related with everyday social contexts.There is a conversation between two speakers in Section 1 and a monologue in Section 2.
The other two sections deal with situations found within the educational and training contexts. In Section 3 there is a conversation between two main speakers,and Section 4 is a monologue on an academic subject.You will be able to listen to the recordings once only. They include a range of accents, including British, Australian, New Zealand, and American.
You need to be answering as you are listening to the passages. You are to write your responses on the question paper. The entire listening will take approximately 30 minutes. At the end of the test you are given 10 minutes to transfer your
responses onto an answer sheet. While transferring, be pendant to NOT MISPLACE your responses
Additionally, be careful on how you write down your answers as poor spelling and grammar are penalized.
QUESTION TYPES

Within the question types you will find the following:
Multiple choice, matching
Plan/map/diagram labeling
Form/note/table/flow-chart/summary completion, and
Sentence completion throughout the 4 sections.
ASSIGNMENTS
Practice set 1

page 17 to 22
Practice set 2

page 23 to 28
Practice set 3

pages 29 to 34
Practice set 4
pages 35 to 38

Academic Writing
Remember that you will develop
the strong example to reinforce
the weakest position.
IDEAL TIMING
2 TO 3 Minutes
OUTLINE
35 Minutes WRITING
2 to 3 Minutes REVISION

In task 1 of academic writing you may be asked to describe facts or figures presented in one or more graphs, charts or tables on a related topic; or they may be given a diagram of a machine, a device or a process and asked to explain how it works. You should make sure to include the most important and the most relevant points in the diagram.

Some minor points or details may be left out. You should write in an academic or semi formal/
neutral style.
EXAMPLE
IDEAL TIMING
1 to 2 minutes - OUTLINE
10 to 15 minutes - WRITING
1 to 2 minutes - REVISION
In the last decade, there has been considerable debate over the role of free speech in a free society. Some object to absolute freedom of speech. Others advocate free speech, arguing that the freedom of speech is the single most important political right of citizens in a civilized society. Whilst I believe that there are strong arguments on both sides, I would suggest that freedom of speech should be protected in all but extreme circumstances.

The freedom of speech is important at all levels in a society. Yet it is most important for the governments. A government which does not know what the people feel and think is in a dangerous position. This is how the communist regimes of Eastern Europe were toppled in the 1980s. The same is happening again in other regions of the world today. The governments that muzzle free speech run a risk of pushing their people to behave destructively or to rebel.

Furthermore, without free speech no political action is possible and no resistance to injustice and oppression is possible. Without free speech elections would have no meaning at all. Policies of contestants become known to the public and become responsive to public opinion only by virtue of free speech. Between elections the freely expressed opinions of citizens help restrain oppressive rule. Without this freedom it is futile to expect political freedom or consequently economic freedom.

In conclusion, I believe that the importance of free speech as a basic and valuable characteristic of a free society cannot be underestimated. It may be challenging for society to allow differences of opinion out into the open; however, the consequences of restricting free speech are likely to be more damaging in the longer term.
Essay sample
General Outline/Structure
In here you will need to explain the main features of the given graphic.
Development/Details
In this part you will need to establish main comparisons and relevant information.
Conclusion
In this part you are required to give a general conclusion in which you do not include your point of view but the information provided in the graphic.
USEFUL LINKING WORDS
listening question samples
ADDITIONAL LINKS TO PRACTICE AT HOME
http://www.examenglish.com/IELTS/IELTS_listening.htm
http://www.dcielts.com/listening/
SPEAKING SECTION
In the Speaking component of the test you will face a one-to-one oral interview between you and an examiner. In the room there is a tape-recorder for recording the interview; this is done for purposes of reviewing whenever the candidate is not satisfied with the results and asks for a review of his/her scores. There are three parts to the test and each part fulfills a specific function in terms of interaction pattern, task input, and candidate output.
INTRODUCTION
PART # 1
In this part, the examiner introduces him/herself and checks your identity. Then the examiner asks you general questions on some familiar topics such as home, family,work,studies, and interests among others. To ensure consistency, questions are taken from a scripted examiner frame. This part lasts for 4-5 minutes. The focus of this part of the test is to evaluate your ability to communicate opinions and information on everyday topics and common experiences or situations.
PART # 2
In the second part of this component
the examiner gives you a card
which asks the candidate
to talk about a particular topic
and includes points to cover in your response. You are given
1 minute to prepare your answer
, and are given a pencil and paper to make notes. After this 1 minute time, you will have
2 minutes to develop your response
. Using the points on the task card effectively, and making notes during the preparation time, will help you think of appropriate things to say, structure you talk, and keep talking for 2 minutes. You are to
talk from 1 to 2 minutes
and the examiner will stop you after 2 minutes, and ask you one or two questions on the same topic.
This part lasts 3-4 minutes, including the preparation time
. This part focuses on your ability to speak at length on a given topic, using appropriate language and
organizing you ideas coherently
PART # 3
In Part 3 of the speaking component, the examiner will ask you some questions so you and him/her can discuss issues related to the topic in Part 2 in a more general and abstract way and – where appropriate – in greater depth. This part lasts 4-5 minutes and it is focused on your ability to express and justify opinions and to analyze,discuss, and speculate about issues.
Question types samples
IELTS Speaking Part 1
- What kind of food do you like?
- Tell me about any typical kinds of food in your country.
- In your country, is cooking a man’s job or a woman’s job?
- How do you feel about eating food from another country?
IELTS Speaking Part 2

Describe a recent news story that you heard or read about.
You should say:
- How you heard about the news story
- What people, places and events are involved
- How you felt about the news story
- And why you found this news story particularly interesting
IELTS Speaking Part 3
The Media
Example questions:
- How important is the role of the newspaper in our daily lives?
- Do you think newspapers are more or less reliable than television as a source of information?

Censorship
Example questions:
- What is the reasoning behind censorship?
- Do you feel that what is reported in the media should be more strictly controlled
or do you feel that there is too much censorship?

The Journalist
Example questions:
- What personal qualities do you think make a good journalist?
- To what extent do journalists have the power to change lives or situations?
TIPS FOR SPEAKING SECTION
When speaking about a test like the IELTS, it is important that you know that some grade of formality is needed when accomplishing the tasks.
Talking to yourself in English and translating yourself becomes a powerful tool when you attempt to improve your speaking skills
Move in your security area. If you are not very skilled in constructing long subordinate sentences or your vocabulary is not very big, do not try to build complex sentences when speaking.
Singing along or repeating dialogues from movies will also help you to learn new vocabulary, improve you pronunciation and learn idiomatic expressions.
Videos to practice at home
https://www.facebook.com/tabularasalanguages
@tabularasalang
You can contact us through
+57-3188621583
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ACADEMIC READING SAMPLES
ANSWER SHEET
The Listening ability is the one ability that can not be taught. We will provide you all the structure for the different questions, nevertheless you must practice it within daily basis in order to be enhanced.
info@tabularaslanguages.com
www.tabularasalanguages.com
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