IELTS Target 7.0: Preparation for IELTS Academic Ebook – Chris Gough

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IELTS Target 7.0 is a short course for students who wish to achieve an IELTS score higher than 6.5 and who want to develop their all-round English to a truly advanced level.

Overview

The short course consists of four units, each containing five modules. The recording and texts are as challenging. If not slightly more challenging than those you encounter in the exam. Writing practice concentrates on Task 2 writing tasks and practise more sophisticated discursive discussions.

Frequent reflective exercise encourage you to think about how you approached an exam task. why you performed well or not aswell as you’d hoped, and how to go about performing better next time. IELTS Target 7.0 aims to help you develop your all-round English, as well as to help you attain a higher score in the exam.

How IELTS Target Band 7 works

IELTS Target 7.0 is a short course for students who wish to achieve an IELTS score higher than 6.5 and who want to develop their all-round English to a truly advanced level. The short course consists of four units, each containing five modules. The recordings and texts are as challenging. if not slightly more challenging, than those you will encounter in the exam. Writing practice concentrates on Task 2 writing tasks and practises more sophisticated discursive discussions.

The organization of the five modules is briefly summarized below. The approach differs from IELTS Target 5.0 and IELTS Target 6.5 m that the Speaking Module comes after the Listening, Reading and Writing Modules and consolidates what has previously been learnt.
Vocabulary is dealt with in the language development section at the end of the Listening. Reading and Wrtirg Modules. Key vocabulary from recordings, texts and compositions is analyzed and follow-up exercises develop lexical areas throughout each module. You are frequently required to compare English expressions with equivalents in your own language.
There is an Exam Practice Module at the end of each unit which focuses on listening and reading exam techniques. Additional exam-style writing tasks are provided in a separate section at the back of the Course Book

Listening
At this level, you will not have the sort of pre-task preparation and scaffolding that was a major feature of IELTS Target 6.5. You will focus on key vocabulary and occasional on grammar points once you have completed the tasks. Practice largely concentrates on Sectors 3 and 4 of the Listening test, as those are the more challenging. Some of the recordings are probably sightly longer than will be the case in the exam and there are also more questions to answer related to one recording.

Reading
The Readng Module is designed like the Listening Module. The texts are the same length as those you will encounter in the exam, but more questions are applied to one text than will be the case in the exam. Texts are generally about more specific topics – the environment, scientific research, etc. – and you will not know as much about them before you read. The language development section of the module will sometimes focus on text organization and sometimes on discourse features.

Writing
The Writing Module concentrates on Task 2 writing tasks, the more challenging of the two tasks. Each unit provides analysis of and practice with a particular writing skill or technique required for the exam. A frequent approach is to compare good and poor model compositions. Four additional tasks are provided in a separate section at the end of the course, and. again, a good model is provided for each.

The Grammar checks occur in the Writing Module in this short course Grammar is treated as revision and if you feel that you need more rigorous practice with a particular point, you should use an appropriate grammar resource in your own time or ask your teacher to help you in the lesson.

Speaking
You will practise exchanges typical of Parts 2 and 3 of the Speaking test, rather than answering simple questions. Some of the speaking activities involve using more sophisticated language than you will probably need to use m the actual Speaking test and there are a number of exercises that involve discussing the meaning of proverbs

Exam Practice
The Exam Practice Module alternately practises listening and reading skills. Four additional writing tasks are provided m a separate section at the end of the course Recordings and texts are generally the same length as those you will encounter in the exam, but a greater number of questions are applied than will be the case in the exam.

Exam tips
These tips occur all the way through the short course They are there to help you know how to approach the various tasks that make up the exam and to provide advice on how to go about getting the highest score possible in the exam They also give advice that will help you to improve your all-round level of general English.

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