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Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondHello again, everyone. Well, this week on the course, we focus on the skill of reading. And I'd like to give a quick recap of what we've covered. Quite often when we talk about reading, we're thinking of just one type of reading. It's the kind of reading where we read every single word of every single sentence of every single paragraph of the whole text, trying to read everything carefully. But I hope what you learned from our course this week is that there are actually many different kinds of reading. Yes, we do need to understand the meaning of words. But sometimes reading is about finding specific information.

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 secondsSometimes reading is about making inferences, which is to say trying to figure out what the writer really means, even if they don't tell us directly. And sometimes reading is about determining the main idea, whether of a paragraph or of a text. So it's very important not to assume when you approach a reading task, that you need to read everything carefully. This week, we took a look at three different IELTS Reading Test tasks. And I hope you've learned that in order to do well on these tasks, you shouldn't be reading every word carefully. You will run out of time. But rather, that you should figure out what type of reading is necessary and required and then read accordingly.

Skip to 1 minute and 33 secondsNow, I'm glad because I was reading your comments, and many of you said that you now have a better sense of which task you need to work on, which type of reading you're not finding so easy. I hope you will practise on the particular type of reading that you're not so sure about and practise effectively. Here's some further advice I'd like to give you. If you're roughly at the beginner or low-intermediate level, I'd like to encourage you to just go and learn more words. The research tells us that you need to know at least a certain percentage of the words in any given reading material in order to understand it.

Skip to 2 minutes and 15 secondsSo if your vocabulary is still quite small, it's worth working on expanding your vocabulary. And as Pauline told us in the video, it's important to learn these words in context. If you just learn the words in isolation, you'll have no clue how to use them. But if you get to see how other people use them in sentences, then you get a better sense of how those words can be used correctly. On the other hand, if you're already at the intermediate level - let's say you're at IELTS Band 5 or Band 6, I'd like to encourage you not to worry so much about big words.

Skip to 2 minutes and 55 secondsIn the comments box, a lot of you are still worried that for the yes, no, or not given task, you said you found it difficult because you did not understand a lot of the big words in there. But here's the thing - let's take one of the questions in that task. One of the questions in that task was asking whether Flannery's thesis was a good one or a bad one. In order to be able to answer this question, the sentence you needed to understand was the one that began with the more basic problem with Flannery's thesis is... Now think about it. The words that tell you the answer to the question are the words the more basic problem.

Skip to 3 minutes and 41 secondsAre any of those words big words? I hope you realize that in fact, those are not big words. But they are the words that express a particular attitude, opinion, or a perspective on the topic being talked about. And therefore, instead of focusing on learning big words and their meaning, focus on learning what the attitude or opinion is that is being expressed by particular English words. If you go online and Google attitude, tone, and opinion in English words, you'll be able to find lists of words that convey different attitudes and opinions. Be careful though, because the same English word can express a different attitude.

Skip to 4 minutes and 34 secondsFor example, I can say hmm, that food smells nice, or I could say hmm, what's that smell? In both sentences, I use the exact same word smell, but in the first one I'm expressing a positive opinion. In the second one, I am expressing a negative opinion. In any case, it's good to focus your practice on different things depending on the level of your English at this point. If you're a beginner, try to learn more new words. If you're at the intermediate level, try to focus on learning the opinions and attitudes that are conveyed by particular English words. Now, this week we only covered three of the different tasks in IELTS reading.

Skip to 5 minutes and 25 secondsAs you saw in step 3.11, of our course there are actually more, different tasks that appear on the IELTS Reading Test. So what I'd like to encourage you to do is to take a look at those other tasks, and then try to figure out what type of reading do I need to do in these tasks? And once you figure out what type of reading you need to do, how might you efficiently and effectively approach those tasks? When you have done this, please leave a comment at the beginning of Week 4, so we know how you got along. But while you go and do your homework, I'm going to go and start my weekend now. Take care of yourselves.

Skip to 6 minutes and 3 secondsAnd I'll see you next week. Bye.

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