It’s a great little resource book with tips on:
How to tackle task 1 and task 2 on the IELTS reading paper
Sample essays and ‘HOW TO USE THEM!’.
How to ANSWER THE QUESTION for both task 1 and task 2.
Here’s the UK version
Here’s the American version
For the Spanish version
In Japan click here
In India click here
If you’re in Germany, click here
For the Mexican version, it’s here
If you’re in Australia click here
If these links don’t work – please search ‘Teach yourself IELTS writing’ on Amazon in your country. You should see that the price for Kindle download is 0.00 – Click to ‘buy’ it for free.
Why would he give you it for nothing?
He wants you to buy his other resource book – Teach yourself IELTS Reading! See below…
Learning academic sentences is a powerful way to make your language stronger.
Like learning karate moves in the dojo, the more times you say or write them the more you will understand how they work.
Also like karate moves, once you know how they work, you can use them in the real world!
5 Academic sentences
- Employment not only offers us a way to make money for ourselves and governments, it also gives us the opportunity to do something meaningful in the world.
- In my opinion, there’s a very strong economic argument for effective primary school education.
- As long as free healthcare is managed well, there is no need for it to be wasteful or expensive.
- Prices fell by more than 20% last year and as a result, sales increased by 15%.
- Teachers have many roles, in addition to educating students they can often act as role models.
Here are some things my students said about IELTS task 1.
‘When I see graphs I feel sick…’
‘I just don’t understand all the pictures…’
‘I’m terrible with numbers and tables…’
‘Task 1 is easy….you just write what you see.’
You have a book full of sample essay answers.
What do you DO WITH THEM?
Sample essays show you how to write good academic English and give you examples of structure, vocabulary and grammatical structures.
Here are some activities you can do with sample essays and sample answers
- Answer the essay questions before you look at the sample answers. Then compare your answer to the sample. Ask yourself these questions:
- How did both essays answer the question? What examples did you use? What examples did the sample answer use?
- What words and expressions did the essays use? Are there any expressions that sample answer used that you could steal?
- How did both answers use paragraphs? Was the sample answer more effective than yours?
- What grammatical structures did the answer use? Were they better than yours? How?
- Highlight the grammar structures or sentences that you like and learn these.
- Cut up the essay into sections and rearrange it.
- Read the essay out loud and record yourself on your mobile phone. Listen back to yourself (great for speaking practise and will help you memorise chunks of language that you know sound good).
- Read the sample answer with your study partner and then TALK about it!
There are sample essays all over the web.
Here are some from DC IELTS http://www.dcielts.com/ielts-essays/sample-ielts-essays/
Some from IELTS Liz http://ieltsliz.com/100-ielts-essay-questions/
For lots more help with your IELTS writing, check out Richard L King’s Teach yourself IELTS writing here:
Language is made up of chunks (see Michael Lewis – The Lexical Approach).
Like bricks that you put together, pieces of language fit together to make sentences. This is how we all use language. Learning fixed expressions and how they work will make you a more powerful writer.
…and it’s easy.
Download a copy of the fixed expressions worksheet and complete the tasks here academic-fixed-expressions-for-ielts
More fixed expressions from around the web
Nice Fixed Expressions Quiz with a video from ESL about
Good Expressions explained from Study Lib
Here’s an awesome audio on fixed expressions from Luke’s English Podcast
For more help with your IELTS writing, check out Richard L King’s Teach yourself IELTS writing
Watch this video with a short poem by the writer Gary Provost
We’re not novelists but varying the rhythm of your sentences can help you with your writing. Some sentences can be short. Some need to be long to show that you can use effective and complex structures. Above all, the sentences you write must be effective at communicating your ideas.