Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondHello, everyone. My name is Gad, one of the educators on the course. On behalf of my colleagues, I'd like to thank you for your participation in the course this week. It's really great seeing people from so many different places with so many different motivations trying to find out more about IELTS. Some of you are wanting to go into university and others just want to improve their English. You all come from different backgrounds and, therefore, you have lots of things to teach one another.

Skip to 0 minutes and 31 secondsAnd, therefore, I would encourage you, not just this week but in all the weeks to come, to spend a lot more time commenting and not just writing down your own thoughts but also responding to the comments that other people have. In fact, if you're able to make use of the study group feature, that would be even better, because then there would be a smaller group of people that you can learn from and learn with throughout the five weeks that we're together. I'm very glad to see this week that a lot of you left comments in that section about what things you find difficult about writing.

Skip to 1 minute and 12 secondsWhat we actually know from the research is that being able to evaluate ourselves, our strengths and weaknesses, is actually very important and key to our learning efficiently. And, therefore, it's good that you're able to tell which things you find difficult, whether it's vocabulary or structuring your ideas or coming up with ideas in the first place. I hope you'll think about these things a little bit more so that you know what you need to work on next. I'd also just like to say that, in this regard, it's useful to think about the assessment criteria for IELTS which we share with you this week.

Skip to 1 minute and 53 secondsNow, the reason we share with you the assessment criteria is not just so that you can know, oh, these are the things I need to do in order to beat the test, but rather the assessment criteria in IELTS are designed to capture the important qualities of writing. And, therefore, if you work on these qualities more, your writing will improve. And that's why your IELTS score will go up. So, for example, we worked on discourse markers this week. That will fall under one of the four criteria. Can you think about which criteria that falls under?

Skip to 2 minutes and 26 secondsAnd after you have done that, you might want to think about some of the other criteria and think, what are the components that make up that criteria, so that you can work further on improving yourselves in those specific aspects of those specific criteria. One last thing to give you as a kind of homework or challenge, in one of our steps this week, you tried your hand at writing a response to Task 1. Now, when I was looking at your responses, I saw that a large number of people started their response with the words, the graph, dot, dot, dot.

Skip to 3 minutes and 4 secondsIn fact, if you look at it, it's a whole row of people who all started their essay and their response in the same way. So my challenge to you is this. Are you able to write another response to the same question but starting your response in a different way and structuring your ideas in a different way? Is there a way for you to present the data in the graph in different fashion? How about go to your original response and, underneath it, respond by writing a new version of it, and then perhaps I'll comment on some of them?

Skip to 3 minutes and 39 secondsAnd if you want to, as we mentioned in one of the steps, you could also go to Write & Improve and submit your responses there where you can get instant feedback on your writing. I hope this week on writing has been useful for you, and I look forward to seeing you on the course next week where we will focus on speaking. I hope you have a good weekend, and see you next week. Bye-bye.

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