This is the first in a series of posts about how to write an IELTS essay. In this one I sit in front of my webcam and tell you a story. For me, this can be a great form of teaching and understanding ideas. It’s a story I tell all my “real” students in my “real” classroom and I try to tell the story in exactly the same way I tell it to them – all done in one take with no rehearsal and no editing. So sorry if the video quality isn’t that great.
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If your video doesn’t work or if you live somewhere without access to Youtube, here are some of the key points in brief:
- get a general picture of what IELTS writing is about before you start the practice. Going from the general to the particular is almost always a good idea.
- treat IELTS as a test of English, not a test of intelligence (see IELTS writing – it’s not a test of intelligence)
- understand how the writing is marked (see Writing band scores)
- IELTS essays are not academic essays: it’s about the quality of your words, not the quality of your ideas
- learn what the IELTS writing conventions are