A new novel – Painted Dog – please read and vote!

Could you do me a favour?

My new novel ‘Painted Dog’ is out now on the Kindle Scout website. https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/165NEN69MTBD9

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It’s free for you to read the first few chapters and if you like it, please vote for it. If I get enough votes, Amazon will help me publish and market it.

‘Deep In the ancient jungle, the River Tribe find two of their own, dead. They send for a hunter from the city, but the young man who travels the tropical river to help them, is not quite what they expect.

He is the Painted Dog and with him, comes the old animal they call UkanDooAh.

There are dangers deep in the jungle, giants and ghosts too, but there is also something precious, the village girl, Atepe.’

 

 


IELTS and TOEFL: How to use sample written essay answers…

You have a book full of sample essay answers.

What do you DO WITH THEM?

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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

  1. 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?
  1. Highlight the grammar structures or sentences that you like and learn these.
  2. Cut up the essay into sections and rearrange it.
  3. 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).
  4. 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:

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IELTS and Academic writing – fixed expressions

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

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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

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Writing better sentences for IELTS and TOEFL

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.