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Different reading skills for different tasks

Watch Nuria, a learner of English, talking to Gad Lim and Sharon Ashton about different ways of reading and approaching different IELTS task types.
Hi. I’m here again with Gad, and also with Sharon Ashton, who has taught English courses and written books for language students. And now she’s a consultant to Cambridge English Language Assessment. Hello, Nuria. Hello. How are you? I’m fine, thank you. How did you get on with the reading tasks and the quizzes last week? Oh, well, it took me a bit of time, but now good. From what I understand, I have to read in different ways depending on the task I do. Right? Yes. That’s right. Yes. And there are different ways of reading. You can read quickly through a long text just to get a general sense of it and to find the information that you need.
And then you can also read carefully to understand the detail. I mean, if you take the true/false task, for example, or the yes/no/not given, you would read through the text. It’s quite a long text. So you read through it quickly to start with. And then find the bit of text that you need, and then read more carefully so that you understand all the detail and can answer the question. Yeah, there are many question types, so it’s worth doing some practice tests so that you figure out which question types you find easier, and which ones you find harder. And then you can work more on the ones that you find more difficult. OK. No, this is very helpful. Good.
Because I’ve never thought about different ways of reading. And I’m sure that this will save me a lot of time. OK. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you.
Watch Nuria talking to Sharon Ashton, alongside Gad, about different ways of reading.
Which types of IELTS Academic Reading task do you find difficult? Thinking about what you have learned this week, why do you think you find this type of task difficult? What will you do to improve? Tell us in a comment below.
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