Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondHello, everyone, and welcome to the round-up of Week 3. I'm Martine, and this is Tom, one of the mentors on the course. Hello. So I've had a really enjoyable week. I think it's been a really interesting week on reading, hasn't it? Yes. Yes, it's been really interesting to see you all talking about the different reading issues, the skimming, the scanning, and the vocabulary. There's been some great conversations going on. Absolutely. What I've been really pleased to see this time with this course compared to previous times when we've run this course is that people have been really interacting with each other in the comments.

Skip to 0 minutes and 39 secondsSo instead of just writing a comment and then disappearing and going somewhere else, people have been responding to each other, answering each other's questions. And that's really fantastic to see. I'd like to encourage you, if possible, to do more of that in the study groups as well. So we've been looking at the study groups and looking at people's conversations. And it's great to see so many people using the study groups. But please try to, again, with the study groups, not only write comments, but also answer each other's comments and ask questions to other learners in the study groups. That would be a great way to get more out of them and get to know people and help each other.

Skip to 1 minute and 19 secondsYes, don't underestimate the amount of expertise that you have amongst yourselves, the other participants in the course. There's a lot of you who are studying for IELTS already. You're quite familiar with IELTS. So really do keep asking questions, keep talking about your experiences. I think you'll get a lot out of it. Absolutely. So one of the things we were talking about this week was skimming and scanning. And a lot of you were kind enough to say it was really useful for you to find out about this kind of reading strategy. And it's really important to remember this is not just something for the IELTS exam.

Skip to 1 minute and 57 secondsSkimming and scanning are ways that you can read more strategically, you can read more quickly. In the exam, you have an hour and you have 40 questions. So you have to go very quickly. But this is true of the rest of life, too. Those of you who are going to go to university, you will always find that there is a book list this long and that you have this much time to do the reading in. So working on those skills now will really help, not just in the exam, but in the rest of your life too. Absolutely, yeah. Another thing that a lot of people asked about this week is vocabulary. And those are the two main things, actually.

Skip to 2 minutes and 34 secondsOne is running out of time, and we hope that skimming and scanning will help you with that. And the other thing was unknown vocabulary. A lot of people said they find it difficult when there's a lot of vocabulary they don't know in the IELTS test. So I guess what's really important to say there is it's important to find the right balance when you're practicing reading between developing the skills of reading, which will help you to understand which words are important, which words it doesn't really matter if you don't know them, which words you really need to know, balancing those kind of skills with actually spending plenty of time building your vocabulary and learning new words and reviewing vocabulary and so on.

Skip to 3 minutes and 19 secondsYes, absolutely. I was just going to say that Pauline Cullen was talking in her video about learning vocabulary. She said remember to sometimes go back to language learning, that people will often spend a lot of time practicing exam questions, practicing reading skills, which is great, which is useful. But sometimes you do just have to go back and keep working on your English, work on your vocabulary, work on your grammar. And you may well find that this increases your band score much more quickly than just taking exam paper after exam paper. Absolutely. Remember, it's an English proficiency test. It tests how good you are at English, not really how good you are taking exams. Absolutely.

Skip to 3 minutes and 59 secondsSo if you haven't done so already, please take a look at-- I think it's step 3.14, 3.14-- Sounds right. --where Pauline's talking about how you can read widely and use your reading practise to the optimum to maximise your opportunity to learn vocabulary through reading. And then I guess the most important thing then is how you review the vocabulary you've learned and use the vocabulary notebook to remember the words that you've learned and use them. I know we were talking before about different ways that students can use their notebook better. Yes, one of the points that Tom was making, particularly, is that we often look at students' vocabulary lists. And they've just got one word, and then maybe the translation.

Skip to 4 minutes and 46 secondsAnd then they have lots and lots of words like this. And it's not quite the best way of learning a language because words always exists within context of other words, within what language teachers call collocation, within the grammar of that particular word. So if you learn a word, try and learn it in a sentence, and ideally learn a sentence that's applicable to your life or something that's interesting to you. So maybe one of the words that we had was the word "guideline" that was in the first reading text. Maybe you can write a sentence for yourself that's something like, "When I take my IELTS exam, I will follow the guidelines that I learnt in the Inside IELTS course," for example.

Skip to 5 minutes and 31 secondsIt will help you remember the word, remember the collocation, and also the grammar as well. That's great because it's personal, so you're more likely to remember it. But also, you've got "follow the guidelines." You can see not just the meaning of the word, but how to use it in a meaningful context, which is fantastic, yeah. And then I guess it's just about finding as many opportunities as you can to really listen, speak, and write in different contexts so that you've got the chance to use a much wider range of vocabulary in real communication. Absolutely. Anything else you want to say before we wrap up?

Skip to 6 minutes and 6 secondsOne more thing I was going to mention, actually, that was quite interesting to see, I've being taking a look at the countries where people are who are studying on Inside IELTS at the moment. And what's amazing to see is that there's people on Inside IELTS from almost every country in the world. Almost every country in the world has people learning on Inside IELTS now. There are lots of people from many countries. At the moment, the top country is actually Thailand. We've got 12,000 learners from Thailand at the moment. So hello to everybody in Thailand.

Skip to 6 minutes and 38 secondsWe've also got people from lots of other countries-- India, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and several other places all over the world, right down to some countries where there's very, very few people. For example, in Guinea-Bissau in West Africa, we have one person currently learning on Inside IELTS. So-- Wow. Hello, one person. Yeah, if you're there in Guinea Bissau. Hope you enjoy the course. And everybody else, wherever you are in the world, I hope you're enjoying Inside IELTS, and we look forward to seeing you again in Week 4. Excellent. Listening next week. Thank you. Thank you.

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