Write to Score High on the IELTS and TOEFL
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Write to Score High on the IELTS and TOEFL

Essential tips and shortcuts to increase your writing score
4.2 (3 ratings)
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Last updated 3/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Have a strategy and vocabulary to approach essays on the IELTS and TOEFL
  • Use commas correctly
  • Know and use transition words correctly
  • Know different essay structures and how to use them
  • How to write good thesis, topic and concluding sentences
  • Targeted phrases by subject area students can use in their essays
  • Read, evaluate and edit real world ESL student essays
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  • An intermediate level of listening skills in English
  • Have a practice essay written, or be will to write one during the class to share (optional)

Many students have to pass the IELTS or TOEFL Exams in order for them to continue their education in the country of their choice. The writing portion of these exams is difficult for many students. This class directly teaches students how to score high in the elements of task achievement and grammatical range and accuracy. These are 2 of the 5 areas students lose points in the most. This course also targets dozens of key vocabulary words needed in the areas of technology, education, global business and more. Not only are the words taught, but example sentences and collocations are modeled so students learn to use these words correctly.

Students will look at example essays and how they are good and how they can be improved. Lectures have practice exercises for students to complete and they can ask the teacher any questions they have.

This course takes about 1 week to complete and is structured into three parts REVIEW and PRACTICE of key grammatical issues, VOCABULARY development and APPLICATION of these in writing.

Who is the target audience?
  • Students preparing for the writing sections of the IELTS or TOEFL General and Academic
  • Business professionals who need to learn how to write a longer essay
  • ESL students in the USA who need better writing skills for school
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
Common Errors Made in Writing
5 Lectures 30:52
Advanced Subject Verb Agreement

This lecture talks about those nouns that can take words such as 'a', 'the', 'some', 'few', 'many' etc. It gives students some tricks to remembering how to use them.

Nouns that are Both Singular and Plural

This lecture talks about collective nouns and how to use them at an advanced level.

Preview 04:45

A review of the most critical uses of commas students need to do well on the writing test.

How to Use the Comma

This lecture covers three types of transition words and demonstrates how to use them.

Transition words
Part 2: Articles
4 Lectures 33:26

This is an advanced review of definite and indefinite articles.

The and a for the IELTS

This is an advanced review of countable and uncountable nouns. This grammatical area is the source of many errors for ESL students.

Article or No? Countable and Uncountable Nouns

This is the first of 2 lectures about 'the'. Some words and phrases always use 'the'. This lecture covers some of these you need for the exams.

Using 'the' Part 1

This is the second lecture that covers common expressions that do and do not take 'the'. Good for the speaking and writing part of the IELTS and TOEFL.

Using 'the' Part 2
How to make comparisons and contrasts
2 Lectures 06:19

This instructional video explains 5 of the most powerful comparison words and how to use them.

5 Powerful Comparison Words

This lecture explains 5 essential contrast words and how to use them.

5 Powerful Contrast Words
Essay Patterns
2 Lectures 08:14

This video explains a simple essay structure that scores high when done well. Great for the "agree or disagree" type essay questions on the IELTS and TOEFL.

A simple but effective essay structure

This lecture discusses another essay format than can score more points.

"Let's Find Out" Essay Structure
Vocabulary Development
3 Lectures 08:12

13 of the most common and useful technology words and phrases you can use on the exam.

Memorize the phrases I give you. You can use them in many different situations.

Technology Vocabulary for the IELTS and TOEFL

This lecture covers 13 useful words and phrases students can memorize and use on the exam.

Preview 03:04

14 vocabulary words to be used in essays about the global economy.

Global Economy Vocabulary for the IELTS and TOEFL
Writing Skills in Action
4 Lectures 34:01

Focusing on the prompt is a great way to score more points. This lecture tells you how to do this effectively.

Use What You Have

This is an actual student sample response that I graded. We go over the strengths and weaknesses of this essay.

Essay Practice 1

A more advanced student essay is discussed and analyzed. Please download essay first before listening to the lecture.

Essay Practice 2

Explains to students how to get the most out of working through real ESL student essays.

How to use the practice student essays
Final Thoughts
1 Lecture 07:03

This is a quiz that covers the key ideas from the lectures.

Final Quiz
10 questions

A brief review of key points in this class.

Preview 07:03
About the Instructor
Katherine Katsenis
4.6 Average rating
31 Reviews
1,042 Students
4 Courses
Philanthropist, Teacher, Mental illness wrangler

I have been a teacher my whole adult life, now going on 25 years! My passion is helping students become fluent in English.

My other goal is to help others with mental illness, so I have shared my story and my ways of living a positive life. All my classes are reasonably priced so students can get the help they need.