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Tips for Practicing English This Summer for Your IELTS Exam

29 Aug 2019
Tips for Practicing English This Summer for Your IELTS Exam

Are you preparing to take your IELTS exam this autumn? If so, you’ll want to make sure you spend plenty of time this summer practicing your English. There are many different ways to immerse yourself in the English language, so you’ll be ready for your exam.

One of the most challenging aspects of learning English many people have is speaking English during conversations. It’s not uncommon for people who are learning English to have to pause and think about their responses before speaking.

They may even find it difficult to use the correct words and grammar when forming sentences. To help you prepare for your spoken part of the IELTS exam, you should find English speaking people you can converse with.

The second most challenging aspect of learning English is being able to read English and fully comprehend each word’s meaning. You can immerse yourself in books that interest you or turn on the captions on English programs and movies and read those while listening to the actors speak.

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If there are any words you don’t recognize or know the meaning of, write them down. Once you finish the book or watching the program or movie, look up their definitions. Now go back and re-read the book or re-watch the program or movie.

The third most challenging aspect of learning English is writing complete sentences in English. There are grammar rules, sentence structures, and other rules you must follow. Additionally, written content needs to flow and not jump from one idea to another with clear transitions.

An effective way to become a better English writer is to translate something you have written in your native language into English. You can also take advantage of free written exam prep materials available on our website and at your nearest IELTS Test Centre location.

The final aspect of learning English is being able to listen and comprehend what others are saying. Speaking English won’t help much if you can’t understand what others are saying.

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Listening requires using what you’ve already learned about English comprehension through reading activities. If you turn on the captions during a program or movie, it will help to improve your reading abilities, but also your listening skills when you listen to the actors speak.

You can also put your listening skills to the test by spending time with an English speaking friend. During the conversation, ask them questions about themselves. As they speak, listen to what they say. If you don’t understand a word or phrase, ask for clarification.

By using these tips, you should be able to improve your English skills and be ready to take your exam this autumn. Please feel free to explore our website further for our free exam prep materials or the location of your nearest test centre.

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