James’ Tips ️

“How can I get a high band (7.0) in IELTS?”, many students ask.
Having a strong introductory paragraph is a good start.

🗣 James’ comment on the student’s work:
– It is not necessary nor desirable in fact, to start every single Task 2 essay with “controversial / hot topic”. The phrase is hackneyed or has been used to death by all the candidates. Just don’t use it, if you want to sound different that is.
– Single plural incongruence right from the beginning is a nice head shot. The chances of surviving a head shot though not non-existent, remain slim.
– Lexical resources evident.
– Incorrect prepositional usage.
– Linking evident. Some linking arbitrary.
– Some collocation issues.
– Some range carelessness.
– “Tendencies / the tendency”. Lack of awareness regarding the indefinite article, the definite article, or plurality, remains the more persistent problem you are struggling with.
– Some good descriptives.
– Continue to bolster your lexical repertoire.
– Tighten up accuracy with grammatical range, as well as try extending it.

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James’ Tips ️

This week we look at a sample by a Hong Kong working professional currently targeting an all 7.0.

Can you spot the positive and negative objective marking criteria?

  1. Chinglish
    2. prepositions
    3. determiners
    4. singular plural coherence
    5. spelling
    6. third person singular
    7. lexical accuracy
    8. more range
    9. parsing
    10. passive voice

📌 Comments 📌

Ideas trenchant, but no marks are awarded for good ideas; au contraire, it is the grammatical accuracy, grammatical range, and lexical sophistication, and precision, that renders the mark. Just too many errors, which can be overcome with adequate reading immersion and exposure coupled with writing practice.

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James’ Tips

This week we look at a sample by a Hong Kong working professional currently targeting an all 7.0.

📗 Can you spot the positive and negative objective marking criteria?

  1. Chinglish
    2. prepositions
    3. determiners
    4. singular plural coherence
    5. spelling
    6. third person singular
    7. lexical accuracy
    8. more range
    9. parsing
    10. passive voice

📔 Comments 📔

Ideas trenchant, but no marks are awarded for good ideas; au contraire, it is the grammatical accuracy, grammatical range, and lexical sophistication, and precision, that renders the mark. Just too many errors, which can be overcome with adequate reading immersion and exposure coupled with writing practice.

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James’ Tips ️

This week we look at a sample by a HK working professional currently targeting a 7.0.
📒 Can you spot the positive and negative objective marking criteria?
1. DO NOT FORGET THE REFERENCE
2. more linkers
3. singular plural incoherence
4. “and” does not qualify as range
5. more descriptives
6. syntax
7. missing “be” verbs
8. conjugation
9. definite article usage
10. prepositions
📘 Comments
Task Achievement is sound; coherence and cohesion lacking due to failure to reference. Some range is evident. More linkers and descriptives could raise performance. Failure to reference will incur a significant penalty, up to 2.0 TA penalty, per examiner prerogative. Spelling errors, singular plural incoherence, and conjugation errors are not tolerated at the 7.0 level. Finally, whereas task 1 is only 40% of the band, theoretically, in practice, it is 100% of the first impression which will influence interpretation of the task 2, and thus, should be done carefully.
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This week we look at a sample by a DSE student targeting a 6.5.

Can you spot the positive and negative objective marking criteria?

  1. Introduction, the most critical paragraph, has no range
    2. Examples belong in the body paragraphs
    3. Single plural incoherence issues
    4. collocation
    5. some range evident
    6. determiners
    7. inappropriate lexicons
    8. good use of sign post language demonstrating an orderly progression of ideas
    9. parsing issues
    10. punctuation issues

🖍 Comments

Candidate demonstrates a reasonable degree of a range of complex sentence structures, despite some spelling, punctuation, parsing and lexical errors. In addition to the quantity of errors, the introduction and the conclusion paragraphs do not demonstrate enough grammatical range.

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James’ Tips ️

This week we take a look at a Writing Task 2 written by a Hong Kong working professional targeting a 7.0. There are a number of issues in this sample, including a rather subtle but common issue with many HK students. See if you can spot it:

✅❎ James’ comment on the student’s work:

Task achievement check.

Coherence and cohesion adequate.

Examples and arguments sound.

Better paragraphing, or, more careful topic sentence forming, will help. It is not necessary to put examples in a topic sentence, but rather, to articulate the point, followed by in the next sentence, examples, illustrations, analogies, etc. Possibly, since the two examples seemed central, to have them each in their own paragraph, with a paraphrased – not repeated – topic sentence that echoes and supports the thesis.

More effort in paraphrasing will help give a good first impression to the examiner, which of course, requires

some lexical resource.
Spelling is essential at 7.0 and above.
A “time out”, is essentially, temporary prison for children, not exactly time away from the classroom, thus slightly awkward.

Some over use of “and” indicates lack of practice and flexibility with complex sentence structures not withstanding at least one solid instance of a complex sentence.
To make an argument, make an argument; not, maybe, make an argument.
Consider as a conclusion closing sentence, rather than “could, should, may, might”:

Demanding that children grow in knowledge and creativity while pigeonholing them is both an antithetical oxymoron, and worse, cruel and inhumane.

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James’ Tips ️

This week we take a look at a Writing Task 1 written by a Hong Kong working professional who is targeting a 7.0 yet unfortunately makes an all too common mistake. Can you spot this fatal mistake? Have a look at the attachment before reading the comments below:

✅❎ James’ comment on the student’s work:
Task Achievement adequate. Coherence and cohesion check.
Grammatical range conspicuously lacking.
“…and…” does NOT constitute a demonstration of a range of complex and sophisticated sentence structures, a red flag, used no less than 5 times; use in conjunction with, in tandem with, coupled with, not to mention, in addition to, as well as, etc, instead.
Grammatical accuracy is reasonably good.
There is at least one instance of solecism, or a broken illegible sentence, now corrected with proper complexity of range.
Some linking is used but could be improved. See amendments.
Some tense issues cause coherence issues.

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學生 Melody 經過 James 一個課程既教導後,由之前IELTS屢次失敗,最終達到全7既成績去移民

全職媽媽既 Melody 她爲了兩個小朋友決定移民到澳洲。IELTS 她需要每份 paper 最少達到7分既水平(全7)。其實她之前也考過亦清楚知道自己最大既問題就係Writing所以當她黎到我地 centre 時已經好清楚想瞭解如何提升Writing。

我們建議她可以上16堂既課程,畢竟她 Writing 比較弱。當時她有好多顧慮因爲家裏有兩個小朋友需要照顧,好難抽身。所以最終她決定自己再嘗試多一次但最後都需要回來求助。

她一黎到就立刻報名,連 timetable 都印定出黎,highlight好所有既堂。不出一個月完成16堂就馬上報考IELTS,雖然一次未能考到理想分數但也有明顯進步,再接再厲既她再補多幾堂,第二次也不負所望,成功通過更開心既係達到她可以同家人小朋友移民既心願!

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🎉 James’ Tips ️

This week we will be looking at a Task 1, and one of the techniques that students may use to show analytical ability as well as ensure they have enough word count, which is fatal otherwise.
This essay was written by a HK DSE student targeting a 7.0, however, due to the preponderance of syntax errors, is at the moment still around a 6.0 bank.
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✅❎ James’ comment on the student’s work:
Third person singular errors, as highlighted in the essay, are damning around a 6.0
The candidate demonstrates some ability with a range of complex sentence structures, yet some gaucherie as well, thus nullifying somewhat the effect.
Spelling errors are not permitted at 7.0
Candidate makes the mistake of using HK’s favorite incorrect preposition “on”, corrected in the essay based on context.

✏ Singular plural incoherence is decisive in a 6.0 band, and no higher than 6.5 if there are few errors, which this essay is not the case.

Finally, in the conclusion, the candidate attempts to interpret the data, which, though not necessary, does present an opportunity to demonstrate skill and analytical ability if done so skillfully within the parameters of the topic. It is generally frowned upon to attempt to interpret the data which minimally requires that one report, not interpret, it.

However, there is something to be said of, nothing ventured, nothing gained, and what better way to stand out from the candidate pool than by astutely demonstrating incisive clarity, within reason. The key is to say, “the data suggests” rather than “I guess”, with the caveat of the limitations of the data. This candidate has done so, as appended.

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