Homework Assignments

The Biggest Mistake...

posted Dec 12, 2010, 9:28 PM by Kenneth D

The biggest mistake people continually make when they attempt to improve their English Language skills is this... "They delay seeking expert help, and then expect to achieve results within an unrealistic period of time".

There are NO shortcuts!

Mastering ANY language takes time. This is especially true with any written form!

However, if work with an English language specialist who can help you prepare for your IELTS examination well in advance of your test date you will succeed!  How long does this take?  Well, there are no simple answers here. The time needed for any individual to prepare is determined by many factors.

What I do know is that the more time spent in preparation, the greater the chance for success!

Visual Thesausus Tool

posted Dec 12, 2010, 7:38 PM by Kenneth D

To improve your writing skills it is necessary to improve your vocabulary.

Words are 'expression tools', and your ability to express is LIMITED by the number of 'expression tools' you have available to you. One of the BEST ways to improve your vocabulary is to use a thesaurus.

However, not any thesaurus will do here!

Use a VISUAL thesaurus, like the one found at www.visualthesaurus.com.  Why?  Well, because a visual thesaurus not only shows you the related synonyms but also presents a visual representation of the relationships between them.  A visual thesaurus replicates the way we Human Beings think, and therefore it is a very powerful tool which can help you to rapidly improve your vocabulary. It costs just $2.95 a month. 

Improve your English Reading Skills...

posted Oct 31, 2010, 11:21 PM by Kenneth D

A technique that is used to hone Journalism students' writing skills is also most effective in helping non-native English speakers to improve their reading skills.

Here's how it works...

When reading any text first "preread it".  You do this FIRST to better understand the context, and to gather core information at the same time. Resist the temptation to focus on individual words or phrases in the text (especially if you don't understand a word or phrase).

As you SKIM read ask yourself these questions;

1. WHO (is this about).
2. WHAT (is this about)
3. WHEN (is this about)
4. WHERE (is this about)
5. WHY?
6. HOW?
7. IF
Note: Not all questions will apply to every piece of text. In this phase focus on who, what, when, and where.

Next...

Once you have a general idea about the context go back an read for more details, using...

1. WHO (is this about).
2. WHAT (is this about)
3. WHEN (is this about)
4. WHERE (is this about)
5. WHY?
6. HOW?
7. IF

When you use this technique on a regular basis it will help you to improve your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in English, guaranteed!


Homework Assignments

posted Aug 27, 2010, 9:51 PM by Kenneth D

As all forms of English writing (or writing in any language for that matter) require practice we will regularly post homework assignments for those attending our IELTS writing classes.

The assignments posted here will be a mix of IELTS Academic Writing and IELTS General Writing tasks.

Feel free to try our IELTS writing samples, whether or not you are a student of ours.  However, discussion on any of the writing assignments posted will only be held with our students in our (group or private) classes.

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