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July 11, 2018


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I comply agree with Simon idea.I had an IELTS exam last week.I believe that there are not any time on that situation and it is useful to Know exactly what you should do in any section.

Certainly go for four paragraphs, and have a thirteen sentence plan in your head. There is not time to write three good and well argued body paragraphs. Trying to write too much is a mistake.

Just my opinion

I took a german exam as IELTS last month and I used always same structure to write an essay. Even though I tried to success this exam 4 times, I successed writing part of exam always. So I can say obviously that memorization of structure gives more chance to tackle with exam pressure. I mean Simon has right 100 per cent.

Hi Simon
I totally agree with you, it is better to have one method to follow.

as a teacher we can help students brainstorm more flexible when they are jet down some good ideas , but under the time pressure .

Hi Simon,

I think sticking to one approach is helpful. And I have a related question to your approach: are there any tips to come up with those 13 sentences? Sometimes I find it is hard to think about some long sentences. Thanks!

There is no “absolute or best way” to do Writing Task 2 BUT there is a better way for students to easily remember what to next which I believe is on the most crucial area students fail to do during test day.

There are so many ways to eat ramen; the most popular method is through the use of chopsticks. In other countries they use fork, is wrong? Definitely not! Can we use our pencil or pen instead of chopsticks? Yes we can, but is it practical? No, it’s not.

My point here is, SIMON’s way is the most practical and the easiest way to teach students HOW to write and not WHAT to write. It gives them a guide on what to write next. I am not against flexibility but base on my experience, teaching them multiple methods is actually more counter-productive.

I said this in another post. Examiners spend around 3 to 4 minutes marking your essay (and often less). The essay is read once to get an idea of the 'amount of errors' (grammatical and vocabulary), and then again to check for a clear and consistent opinion, how well it is supported, and for vocabulary range.

When you are preparing for the test, the goal should be to reduce errors, because they are the first thing the examiner notices. Following a prescriptive approach reduces errors much more quickly than a 'free approach', so it is clearly better. In addition, it is much faster to write.

Who has recently taken an IELTS exam?What was your topic for Writing task 2?And Task 1?Please,Tell.Thanks

Bruce Lee said: "I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times"

Once it is a useful and practical approach, there is no doubt to follow the routine. And more importantly, students are trained to take an exam not to be a prominent writer.

i am 100% agree with simon's teaching method.

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