A few days ago I was at a birthday party. It was in its full swing. All were happy, especially the adults. They were more strong than the other members. After spending two hours celebrating. They settled down in groups and started talking about their efforts for getting good scores in IELTS. Some of them had performed tests. Some are preparing and some are planning for joining classes. Some are disheartened due to their low scores. I noticed, that their worries are reasonable. I was sitting near them and also asked to join their group. I introduced myself as an English teacher. Their faces have got a flowering smile and vanished all the anxieties. I started counseling them honestly as;  

You all know, that the process of IELTS [International English Language Testing System] is categorized into four sections – Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. Your test starts with listening which is the most difficult section. Because native speakers make conversation with their natural accent and fluency. That is not matched with the non-native listeners. To solve the trouble, many instructions are given to you in your classroom training that is not enough to tackle the problem. So ask a question yourself, how many words you read daily, and how many words you can listen to properly to make an adequate answer. What is the answer? Write honestly. You will find you spend most of the time of the day indulging in non-important activities under the title of the study.  

  • The first tip is –to focus on your target. Make a collection of topics as- traveling, adventure, cooking, education, modern technology, the culture of English-speaking countries, desires of the young generation, economic and social conditions, etc. How many topics you can prepare and listen about, depends upon your efforts. If you handle one topic daily, 30 topics you can listen to properly and can answer quickly without any hesitation. 
  • 2nd tip is- to watch curiously BBC channel. It telecasts a variety of programs by native speakers on different issues. Live telecast will help you to improve your listening. 
  • 3rd tip is – to keep a pencil and a notebook in your hand for note-making what have you listened to. Review and make a summary. Your efforts make you a practical listener. 

Reading Section 

Reading is as important as listening. On the first day of your class, whether you join online or offline, guidelines are given as Read the paragraph thoroughly and understand it. Look at the questions before starting a reading. 

 Would these guidelines help you to get enough scores? No, never for average students. To get good scores – start practicing to make a harmony with ‘parts of speech of the English Language’. Parts of speech are:-

  1.  Noun
  2.  Pronoun
  3. Verb
  4. Adjectives
  5. Adverb
  6. Preposition
  7. Conjunction
  8. Interjection   

Explanation of Parts of Speech

Explanation and practical uses of these parts of speech will help you to develop a command of the English language.   

Noun:– With the absence of nouns, no paragraph can be developed. So read these lines and observe how noun words are important and how your ignorance about nouns affects your results. Read these lines-  O’Flaerhty, posted at various times over the next few years in Egypt, Haiti, San Domingo, and Czechoslo Vakil as well as Palestine, soon proved himself a very able diplomat. In these lines words that start with capital letters are nouns. If you know about nouns, it is easy to give a correct answer. Otherwise, your answer will be incorrect.

Definition of a noun:- Noun is a word that names a person, animal, action, place, or anything is called a noun. I consider, nouns to work as the heart of the language. The first task of yours is to learn about nouns in detail. You can learn online or offline.

Pronoun:– A pronoun is a word that is used instead of a noun. Spend some time learning of kinds of pronouns. It will help you to be a conscious learner.

Verb:–  Unaccompanied by a verb, how an action can take place. A verb is a word that says what a person or a thing is done or what happens. Be sharp. Find out a book of verbs with their meanings because English is a foreign language that cannot learn without meanings. If the meaning of the verb is vague how you can understand the action of the noun.

Adjectives:-  An adjective is a word that tells you more about the noun. Learning the degrees of adjectives makes you confident. Adjectives have three degrees positive, comparative, and superlative. Through hard work, you can learn how to be a skillful reader. ’Quick, Smart Grammar Adjectives’ a book developed by Neeti Kaushik and Anamika Dutta will help to create a firm grip over the language.  

Adverb:–  Adverb is a word that modifies the meaning of verbs and adjectives. It tells how, when, and where an action is performed. Learning adverbs make you an intelligent competitor. For the purpose to get 9 bands in IELTS. This part of the speech demands more attention. Adverbs increase your capability as a reader. Many links are available for the online learning you can click and learn.

Preposition:-  A preposition is a word placed before a noun or pronoun to show the relationship between the noun or pronoun and some other words in a sentence.  

 When you read a paragraph try to concentrate on preposition words and try to understand the relation between a noun or pronoun. This skill will help you in writing answers quickly. You should learn prepositions with the help of pictures to eliminate your confusion. A number of worksheets are available on the internet.

Conjunction:-  A conjunction is a word or phrase which joins together words or sentences or parts of sentences. Practice for kinds of conjunction is compulsory for each English learner. Kinds of conjunctions are – coordinating, correlative, sub-ordinate, and adverbial conjunctions. Daily practice of conjunctions makes one’s reading as well as writing strong. Ignorance of sentence connector words will prove as a secret loss certainly that appears after declaring your result. 

Interjection:-  An interjection is a word or group of words that express some sudden feeling or emotions of the mind. Sign of interjection is [ ! ] . It serves the purpose of expressing one’s sudden feelings and developing the ability to become an alert reader. Emotions cannot be caught but expressed with the help of these words.  

  • Express joy:  Hurrah!  Ha-Ha! 
  • Sorrow:         Alas! Ah! Oh! 
  • Surprise:       What! Ha! 
  • Appreciation: Bravo!  Well done!
  • Calling:           Hello! Hi!
  • Warning:         Look!  Listen! 

Writing Section

Writing demands more practice than reading because writing own views are absolutely different from reading the views of others. Writing your own views on a particular topic in the nick of time probably confused many candidates. Because of irregularity in practice, inefficiency in sentence formation and lack of vocabulary, and dearth of critical and analytical thinking. If you make efforts to practice with the given guidelines of using ‘part of speech’  and learn the use of the clause, phrasal verbs, phrasal proposition,  articles [a, an, the], gerunds, and participle. These are the integral parts of writing skills. A book you can buy ‘IELTS Writing Made Easy’ written by ‘George John’ has included 300 essays. 

Speaking Section

Speaking needs fluency. Fluency depends upon your vocabulary and the art of expressing views. You should use the formula – ten questions and one clue card practice with your classmate daily. In one month you have learned 300 questions and 30 clue cards. All the sections are interrelated. If you start with one section. It helps directly or indirectly to improve your English Language. You can sign in for those websites and channels where native speakers train you to overcome the fear of speaking.

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