This invaluable little book highlights the real mistakes that students make in the exam – and shows how to avoid them. Based on analysis of thousands of exam scripts, each unit targets a key problem area. Clear explanations and exercises help students to use the language accurately.
Regular tests offer students a further opportunity to check and consolidate what they have learnt.
• Highlights common mistakes that learners really make.
• Based on analysis of thousands of exam scripts.
• Short, snappy explanations focus on key problem areas.
• Includes exam-style exercises.
About the Author
Julie Moore has been involved in ELT for over 12 years, working first as a teacher in Greece and the Czech Republic before returning to the UK to complete an MA at the University of Birmingham. In recent years, she has worked as a lexicographer on a number of learner’s dictionaries and has been involved in research, editing and writing on a range of ELT projects, especially in the areas of vocabulary and learner errors. Julie currently works as a freelancer from her home in Bristol.
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By C. Herrador on 4 Nov. 2008
This book is quite small (for its price). However, it is divided in around 25 units. Each unit is about a specific grammar point in English. The rule is well and simply explained and followed with short exercises (with correction at the back of the book). After a few units, there is a "global" test with exercises about the specific points just seen. I would say this book can be a good complement (for someone with already a good level in English) but definitely not sufficient to practice or prepare the IELTS.
By Assya Ostroukh on 28 April 2011
It is not that small because it is VERY condensed and there is no waist of space as in other language books.
As for the content, it is exactly what students preparing for IELTS Academic need. It is not a textbook on how to take the test. It explains how to say and write correct phrases on IELTS topics. It has very good explanations on the first academic essay (the report). Use of articles and prepositions is explained well too.
Briefly, it is not a study-book that prepares you for exam. But it is very useful as a supplement. Strongly recommended for someone who wants to score at more than 6.5.
By S. Smith on 18 April 2014
This book is based on the actual mistakes that students commonly make in the IELTS exam, and gives clear guidance on how to avoid them. Its thirty sections are arranged broadly in order of difficulty, with the easiest and most common first. These sections are divided into ten groups, each followed by a revision test: there is also an answer key for all the tests. Each of the sections gives concise guidance on its topic followed by a short exercise to consolidate this.
I have used this to prepare students for the IELTS exam and have generally found it very useful for teaching in conjunction with other study aids. It may not be so useful for self-study, for two reasons. Firstly, there is no introduction or other guidance on how to use this book and, secondly, the brevity of its explanations can lead to misunderstandings.
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