One of the main messages that I try to communicate in my lessons is that 'difficult' words and grammar are not the secret to a high score. You don't need to be Shakespeare to get band 7, 8 or 9!
In fact, 'difficult' language often has a negative effect on people's scores. Instead of impressing the examiner, the 'difficult' language may be unnatural, inappropriate, or just incorrect.
Look at these examples from Sunday's lesson. I've underlined the words that I think the students hoped would impress the examiner.
- If schools administered with any teachers, disorder and lawlessness would arise.
- If uncensored commercials had been banned, the crime rate would be seized from rising.
All of the underlined 'difficult' words are either used wrongly or they seem strange in these contexts. It would be better to write the following versions:
- If schools were run without teachers, the behaviour of pupils would be much worse.
- If violent commercials were banned, the crime rate would fall.