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The Official Cambrige Guide to IELTS, Student’s book + Audio

The Official Cambrige Guide to IELTS, Student's book + Audio

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The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS is THE definitive guide to IELTS. It contains all you need to succeed in the exam. Skill-building exercises cover all of the question types in the exam for both the General Training and Academic Modules. Our research into real IELTS candidates’ exam answers – and the mistakes they make, helps you avoid the same ones! Eight official practice tests and a focus on test-taking strategy help you maximise your score. The DVD-ROM includes videos of the Speaking test, and all the listening material, including the tests, as MP3 files. IELTS is jointly managed by the BC, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Introduction p5
IELTS Summary
IELTS Listening skills pi3
Getting ready to listen pi 5
1 Understanding the context pi 5
2 Using the correci spelling pl6
3 Writing numbers p 17
2 Following a conversation pi8
1 Identifying the speakers pl8
2 Identifying Function pl9
3 Understanding categories p21
3 Recognising paraphrase p22
1 identifying distractors p22
2 Recognising paraphrase p23
3 Selecting from a list p24
4 Places and directions p25
1 Describing a place p25
2 Following directions p27
3 Labelling a map p28
5 Listening for actions and processes p29
1 Understanding mechanical parts p29
2 Describing an action or process p31
3 Describing a process p32
6 Attitude and opinion p33
1 Identifying attitudes and opinions p3i
2 Persuading and suggesting p34
3 Reaching a decision p35
7 Following a lecture or talk p36
1 Identifying main ideas p36
2 Understanding how ideas are connected p38
3 Understanding an explanation p38
8 Contrasting ideas p39
1 Signposting words p39
2 Comparing and contrasting ideas p40
3 Using notes to follow a talk p41
IELTS Reading skills
1 Reading strategies p44
1 Using the features of a Reading passage p44
2 Skimming a passage and speed reading p46
3 Global understanding p47
2 Descriptive passages p48
1 Scanning for detail p48
2 Using words from the passage p49
3 Notes/flow-chart/diagram completion p50
3 Understanding the main ideas p55
1 Identifying the main Idea p55
2 Understanding the main points p57
3 Identifying information in a passage p58
4 Locating and matching information p59
1 Identifying types of information p59
2 Locating and matching information p60
3 How ideas are connected p63
5 Discursive passages p64
1 Discursive passages p64
2 Identifying theories and opinions p66
3 Matching Features p67
6 Multiple-choice questions p70
1 Understanding longer pieces of text p70
2 Different types of multiple choice p71
3 Identifying a writer’s purpose p72
7 Opinions and attitudes p73
1 Argumentative texts p73
2 Identifying the writer’s views/claims p75
3 Identifying grammatical features p76
8 General Training Reading p78
1 The General Training Reading paper p78
2 Dealing with multiple texts p83
3 Understanding work-related texts p84
IELTS Writing p91
Academic Writing Task 1 – Describing a chart, table or graph p93
1 Understanding graphs, tables and charts p93
2 More complex charts p96
3 Improving your Task Achievement score p97
2 Academic Writing Task 1 – Comparing and contrasting graphs and tables pi00
1 Avoiding repetition pi00
2 Comparing and contrasting data pl02
3 Grammatical Accuracy – describing numbers and figures accurately p 104
3 Academic Writing Task 1 – Describing diagrams pi06
1 Understanding a diagram pl06
2 Describing a process – coherence and cohesion pi07
3 Lexical Resource – being accurate pi08
4 Academic Writing Task 1 – Describing maps pi 10
1 Describing a map pi 10
2 Describing changes in a place pill
3 Grammatical Accuracy pi 12
5 General Training Writing Task 1 – A letter pi 13
1 Understanding the task pi 1 3
2 Improving your score pi 15
3 Checking and correcting pi 17
6 Writing Task 2 – Getting ready to write pi 19
1 Understanding the task pi 19
2 Planning and organising your ideas pi 20
3 Getting started – writing an introduction pi 22
7 Writing Task 2 – Expressing your ideas clearly pi24
1 Linking ideas – cohesion p 124
2 Lexical Resource-avoiding repetition pl25
3 Expressing a personal view pi27
8 Writing Task 2 – Checking and correcting pi 29
1 Developing your ideas clearly pl29
2 Grammatical Accuracy pi 30
3 Assessing your language pi 32
IELTS Speaking p134
1 The Speaking Test – Part I pi 36
1 Getting ready to speak p 1 36
2 Part 1 – talking about familiar topics pi 37
3 Using the right tense – Grammatical Range and Accuracy p 1 38
2 Part 2-Giving a talk pl40
1 Understanding the task pl40
2 Improving Fluency and Coherence pl42
3 Organising your notes and your talk pl43
3 Part 3-Talking about abstract topics p!45
1 Talking about abstract topics pl45
2 Agreeing and disagreeing pl47
3 Improving your Lexical Resource score pl48
4 Checking, correcting and assessing pl49
1 Dealing with problems pl49
2 Pronunciation, intonation and ‘chunking’ pi50
3 Assessing yourself and improving your score pi 53
Practice Tests
Practice Test 1 pi 54
Practice Test 2 pi 73
Practice Test 3 pi90
Practice Test 4 p207
Practice Test 5 p226
Practice Test 6 p246
Practice Test 7 p266
General Training Test p286
Practice Test 8 p300
General Training Test p319
Recording Scripts Рззз
Answer Key Рз&б
Sample Answer Sheets P397

Who is this book aimed at?
This book is designed for candidates of any level hoping to lake the IELTS test. It is suitable for students working alone or in a classroom situation. The materials can be used for self-study, or can be integrated into an IELTS preparation course. The book is also a valuable resource for teachers who are preparing IELTS candidates.
How can students of different levels use this book?
The IELTS test has two modules: the Academic Module and the General Training Module (see the following pages for an explanation of the two). Each Academic Module candidate will take the same test, no matter what his or her English level is. Similarly, each General Training candidate will take the same General Training test. So, the information in this book is useful and important to students of every level.
Lower-level language students generally need more guided practice and there are exercises in this book to provide this. However, they also need experience and practice in expressing themselves more freely, as this is what IELTS requires them to do. Similarly, more advanced students need frequent opportunities for self-expression, but they also need to become more self-critical and aware of their own common mistakes. Corpus research has shown that even high-level candidates make careless slips, so all levels can benefit from both controlled and free practice.


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