Friday, 10 May 2013

Speaking Test May 10

Part 1
  • What is your full name?
  • How can I call you?
  • Do you work or study?
  • Where do you come from?
  • Is it a village/town or city?
  • What do you like the most about your town?
  • What you dislike about your town?
  • What problems are being faced by the city?
Part 2

     Describe your visit to a cafe. Say
  • Which cafe did you visit?
  • With whom did you visit?
  • How it looked like?
  • What you liked and disliked ?
Follow up
  • Why did you visit this cafe?
  • Do you prefer visiting this place - why or why not?
  • What is the difference between cafe and restaurant 
Part 3

  • Why old people sleep less as compared to young people?
  • What kind of problems old age people face?
  • Would you like to take  rest during the day? Why or Why not?
  • what diet do you take to remain healthy?
  • why present diet is not healthy as compared to the past?
  • How do you feel when you meet any strange person?
Other (Part 2) Situation Response card

Describe any Polite Person. Say
  • Who the person is ?
  • How do you know him?
  • Why you consider him to be polite?

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Reading Tips

       Heading/Title Matching
       Read the first two sentences of the Paragraph
       Comprehend the main topic and message conveyed
       Compare the options and shortlist options that match
       Review the shortlisted options and try to eliminate the one’s that do not suit.
       You will be left with only one option even if you have more than one keep them and proceed with the next paragraph. In the end you will be able to come with the one best answer.
       If you are unable to find the answer from the first two sentences repeat the above process with last two sentences.

       True/False/Not Given
       Find the keywords(Nouns/verbs) from the statement.
       Try to locate those keywords in the passage. You may not find the same words. Lookout for  synonyms and references.
       Use the keyword only for navigation and not to decide the answer.
       Read  the sentence containing the keyword(s) and compare the same with the statement in the question.
       It is good idea to assume the cases before you start looking for the keywords about in which case you will say true/Yes, when will you say false/no.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Probable Topics for forth coming IELTS Test

1.                  The subject and lesson content of what children are taught in schools is often decided by central authorities, such as the federal government. Some people believe that teachers should be responsible for this task. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Give reasons for your answers and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.  (Academic)

2.                  Task 2: Some people believe that for environment protection we should reduce air travel? (GT)
Do you agree or Disagree?

3.      Individuals can do nothing to change the society. Any new development can be brought only by government and large institutions. To what extent do you agree or disagree? (Academic)
4.      Films and computer games containing violence are popular now. Some people think they have a negative effect on society and should be banned. Others think they are just a harmless form of relaxation. To what extent do u agree or disagree?

5.         It's been seen that reading for pleasure develop imaginations and better language skills. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

6.         “Shopping" is free time activity in today’s world and is replacing traditional hobbies. What is the reason? Is that a positive or negative development?

7.         Some people believe that living in high-rise buildings make people feel lonely and unhappy. Others think that there are some advantages. Discuss both views and give your opinion

8.         Many universities and colleges these days offer distance learning programs instead of face-to-face courses. Do you think the advantages of this new approach outweigh the disadvantages?

9.      Some people think that young learners should not have school subjects such as sport or physical exercises, and that these subjects should be replaced. What is your opinion? Add any relevant information and give examples from your own experience.

10.      Some say all offenders should be sent to prison, other argue that there are better alternatives such as community work for those who commit minor crimes. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

11.      Some say that students should concentrate only on the subjects that they like. Others suggest that they should focus on all school subjects. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

12.       Children are learning things by watching TV and movies. What are advantages and disadvantages of this method? Give reasons and examples.

13.     In some countries boarding schools are getting more popular. Is it a positive or negative development? What are the reasons behind it?

14.    Some say that children should spend more time working on school projects from an early age, others believe that young children should spend more time playing and have less stress at school. Discuss both views and give your own opinion. Use examples from your experience.

15.     Some people say that school studies are not useful and most important things are learnt outside the school. Do you agree or disagree? Give your opinion and examples.

Nowadays sending children to boarding school (either in other countries or in their own countries) is becoming increasingly popular. Why is it? Is it a positive development ? (18 Apr 13/AC)

Time spins and with every spin there is a change. Education and social norms are no different. Time has added new spices to education system. Boarding schools are now flourishing and it has become common to educate the wards in the residential schools.

There are many reasons for this evolution. First of all parents have now become more busy in their endeavours that it has become difficult for them to take care of their wards. Especially working parents find it convenient to shift the responsibility of upbringing to others. However it is great irony that in most of the cases to escape from their responsibility (I may sound offending by saying this but it is a ground reality), parents admit their wards to residential schools. Secondly, parents use it as tool to mend the ways of their erring children.

Besides, sometimes parents have to take this extreme step owing to lack of facilities at their place. Good educational institutions are not available at all the places and these may be situated at places far from home towns from where it may not be feasible to commute on a regular basis. To avail these facilities children need to be sent to residential schools whether they are in the other town or other nation. Further in the part of the country, I belong to that is  Punjab, it has become a style statement to send the child to boarding schools of metropolitans and other countries.

I do not consider it to be a positive development. I do not find it pretty convincing to send children away from home just because you can’t find time for them. These days almost every second day incidents like- children running from hostel due to constant ragging by seniors, suicide attempt by a child on failing to convince the parents not to re-join hostel, child undergoing depression due to difficulty in coping with the studies in hostel environment, throng the headlines of newspapers. I have observed that child gets spoiled in the absence of the eagle eye of the parents. He does not have the opportunity of sharing his day to day problems with parents but the overburdened teachers acting as mentors. The liberty available at the hostel can deviate child from the primary objective and spoil him. Hence, as far as possible child should not be sent to the residential institutes which can turn-out to be a nightmare for the parents.