This course is all about the skills and techniques you need to use to succeed in task 1 of the IELTS Academic writing test. It will be evolving over time to include new videos and course materials to help you to complete the test with confidence.
This course will show you:
A suitable IELTS academic writing style.
What to include in every paragraph.
How to write about data analysis.
How to use patterns of analysis.
Smart tips for exam writing success.
This course is for:
International students hoping to study in an English speaking university.
Non native English speakers looking to work in an English speaking country or organisation.
Students who have passed the IELTS writing exam and are looking to improve their academic writing skills.
Useful advice for success in any IELTS writing exam.
Considering your use of contractions is an easy first step to improve your formal writing style, something needed for both IELTS academic writing tasks 1 and 2.
The IELTS official website tells us many of the key points we need to reach a band 6.5+ in the academic writing but it is written for examiners and teachers.
This lecture guides you through the goals in simple language so you know what to focus on.
Remember - this course will only help you if you commit!
Follow the tips in this video to get through the course in good time so that you can prepare for your IELTS and get the highest band possible.
Make sure you get all the tips from this video for getting through the course in record time with maximum engagement - don't skip it!
Don't skip this one!
By the end of this lecture you will have an in depth understanding of what paraphrasing is, how you can practise it and why you need to do it.
Here are some tips for paraphrasing:
Modern technology is changing the lives of people around the world.
Nowadays, people across the globe are able to live very different lives thanks to technology.
These two examples both have a similar meaning but use the following tricks to avoid repetition:
How to practise paraphrasing:
You can use Google Drive or Thesaurus.com to identify useful synonyms.
Why do we need to use paraphrases?
Helps you to broaden your English usage and understanding.
Encourages critical thinking.
Demonstrates an ability to acknowledge the work of others.
A quick guide for timing of your IELTS academic writing tasks. This is based on weighting of the two IELTS academic writing tasks and suggests splitting your time accordingly.
After this lecture you should have a clear understanding of what task 1 involves.
After this lecture you should have a clear of how to write a paraphrase sentence in task 1.
Demonstrate an understanding of the essay requirements.
Use synonyms to restate the essay question.
The graphs below give information about computer ownership as a percentage of the population between 2002 and 2010, and by level of education for the years 2002 and 2010.
The bar charts show data about computer ownership, with a further classification by level of education, from 2002 to 2010.
N.B. A good paraphrase sentence is essential for getting a Band 7.
Watch the lecture titled paraphrasing for more on how to paraphrase effectively.
After this lecture you should have a clear understanding of paragraph 2 the overview.
By the end of this lecture you will have learned about the different language you can use in the 3rd and 4th paragraphs of task 1.
This is the method I always recommend to students - 3 techniques to remember which can save you time and increase your IELTS band.
A key part of improving your IELTS academic writing band is to look at different ways of expanding your vocabulary. This video shows you how to start using a variety of word forms for talking about graphs and charts.
To go the opposite way in a trend, we also need to cover the movement down. This lecture builds on previous vocabulary and provides nouns and verbs for a downward trend.
The next technique mentioned for dealing with task 1 data is the language of extremes. This lecture guides you through making these sentences and how to do it for a strong IELTS score.
To add another dimension to your data analysis, surprising points can help you to improve your IELTS band. This lecture details language to help you with them.
Stand out from the IELTS crowd and use language to show surprising points from the data given to you in task 1. Not many students do this - here's how to do it well!
Let me guide you through the first steps to answering a free task 1 practice question - this is how I would start!
This follows on from the previous video lecture on the example question about computer ownership.
One thing you should do before leaving!
I am an academic English for university tutor currently working at a UK university and am an expert in the field.
I am also a graduate in Spanish & French from the University of Exeter, UK, and a keen language learner.
I have many years' teaching experience, having taught in both Europe and Asia with students from all over the world.
I do this every day to help students like you improve and achieve your goals - I look forward to helping you on your journey to success!
I am an Academic English Tutor employed in a UK university. I possess a wealth of experience in preparing university students for their prospective university courses, and future careers. These experiences have included providing guidance in writing, reading, listening, speaking and project research skills.
In addition, I am a PGCE qualified secondary teacher and have almost ten years experience in teaching, training and coaching across a range of disciplines including: English as a Foreign Language, literacy coaching, ICT training, design technology teaching and even surf coaching. I love teaching and learning every day!