Review of the week

In this video, Neil looks back over some of the highlights of the week.

Neil mentioned comments from Fernando Genesco and Amani Alboni on the value of practising writing every day, but not trying to do too much at one time. It’s worth going through the comments on that step because lots of people share other suggestions that have worked for them. The important thing is to find what works for you, so the more ideas you have to try, the better.

If you have not yet tried writing a full Task 1 answer in Step 1.20, read through some of the ones already submitted and give your opinion and feedback.

This course focuses on the Academic Writing test, but some participants have asked about the General test. In Task 2, all the activities we cover in Weeks 2 and 3 will apply equally to the General test. The topics may be slightly different, but the question types and the process for planning and answering them are the same. Task 1, however is very different, and anyone interested in practising for it can check the following links:

IELTS General Practice Test
B2 Writing Skills including both letters, emails, graphs and charts
C1 Writing Skills including both letters, emails, graphs and charts

Several students during the week recommended Write & Improve for online error cheking and writing practice, so try it out and see what you think.

Make sure you also check the additional resources in Step 1.22 but as Neil says in the video, don’t feel you have to work through them all right away. They are resources to help you practise and prepare over the coming weeks and months before your test. We will be sharing more at the end of each week, then you can focus on the ones that you think are most useful for you.

Coming up in Week 2

Next week, we’ll look at Part 2 of the Writing test - writing an essay. We’ll discuss how to brainstorm, plan and write a strong, well-organised and effective essay. We’ll also look at the examiner’s assessment criteria for task response as well as for coherence and cohesion. You’ll then have a chance to try writing your first complete essay.

If you want to get started straight away, go to the To do list for Week 2.

Remember, you can always use the To do icon at the top of the page to see what’s coming up or go back to previous weeks and catch up.


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