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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

How to Improve Your IELTS Speaking Skills?

Communicating in English is an advantage to any individual. Most companies and institutions in English speaking countries hire people who can use and understand the English language. Hence, Filipinos who are applying for work, student or even immigrant visas to the said country are required to take an English proficiency exam such as the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination. 
 


Many Filipinos are preparing these days for the IELTS test. One of the most crucial parts of the test is the speaking exam. This is when candidates will have to sit in front of a native English speaker for a speaking test. The test will last for about fifteen minutes that involves three different tasks. Each task is unique and quite challenging, so here are a few tips on the three tasks of the IELTS speaking test.

Task 1 Interview

In this part, the examiner will be asking general and familiar questions. These can be about your family, school, work, hobbies, and even your interests. The purpose of this task is to know the examinee and to make him or her comfortable in the whole duration of the test.

Tips!

  • Give some details in your responses. For example, when you are asked about your family, do not just say how many you are but also a little background about each member.
  • Yes or No type of questions should not be answered with a simple YES or NO. Provide more reasons.
  • Always answer questions in complete sentences.
  • Giving out examples makes a better response. For example, when asked about a hobby, describe the hobby and cite a time when you last did this activity or hobby.
  • Do not spend so much time thinking of an answer. The questions are simple and starters for more serious talk.

Task 2 Long Turn (Cue Card)

A cue card will be given to a candidate on the second task of the IELTS speaking test. He or she will be given a minute to prepare and about a couple of minutes for the response.

Here is a sample question:
  1. Talk about a subject you are studying
  2. What subject are you studying?
  3. What is the subject about?
  4. How do you feel about it?
  5. And explain why you are interested in it.

Tips!
  • Use the preparation time to write words and phrases that you will use in the response.
  • To have an organized response, follow the flow of the guide questions. This will give a smooth flow of ideas for your response.
  • Choose a particular response, in this case a subject in school, which can be easily supported in the response. This should be something you are very fond of or familiar with.
  • Be conscious with the response time. Make sure that you have enough time to talk. Practice often.
  • Do not go off the topic. Be careful with the verb tenses that are used in the questions and so is with your response.

Task 3 Two-way Discussion

The third task’s question is still related with the second task. This task is about three to five minutes. Questions will be an in-depth discussion on the second task’s topic.

Tips!
  • When you need to think about the question, do not hesitate to use fillers such as, “It is a good question, well…”
  • Always provide details and examples to support your answer.
  • Do not hesitate to ask the examiner to repeat the question. There could words or expressions that may seem unfamiliar. Asking them to repeat is not a deduction to your score; however, do not do this for all the questions.
  • Do not give responses that have incomplete thought. Always finish your sentences and the ideas in it.
  • Use transition words to guide the examinee in your response. Responses could be fairly lengthy, so the use of such will make it sound better.
Follow these tips for good and satisfying results for the IELTS speaking test.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Jrooz Review Center Gets Top Registration Agent Awards by British Council Philippines in 2014

Philippines, January 21, 2015 - Jrooz Review Center was awarded as the top 5 and 6th IELTS registration agent in the Philippines for FY 2014 by the British Council. Jrooz Cebu was top 2 IELTS registration agent in the Visayas while Jrooz Makati secured the top 5th spot in the National Capital Region (NCR) category.


 
Known for its quality review and training programs, Jrooz continues to provide affordable IELTS courses to Filipinos and foreigners who hopes to pass the IELTS test. It has five branches all over the Philippines – Makati, Manila, Cebu, Davao, and Baguio. Check out the latest promos and events of Jrooz Review Center by visiting them on their offices or contact them via the following:

Jrooz Manila: Unit 409 and 412 Dona Felisa Syjuco Building, 1872 Remedios Street corner Taft Avenue Ermita, Metro Manila
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Jrooz Makati: 1514 Cityland Herrera Towers Valero cor. Rufino St. Salcedo Village, Makati City
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About Jrooz Review Center:

JROOZ REVIEW CENTER was established in 2001 in order to bring the best possible opportunity for Filipinos looking to reach the standards in the English language (IELTS and TOEFL IBT) that are required by many overseas universities, professional bodies and immigration departments.

JROOZ REVIEW CENTER also trains students who wish to pass the Physical Therapists exams and become licensed Physical Therapists either in the Philippines (PT exam) or in the U.S. (NPTE exam).

The center maintains branches in Makati, Manila, Cebu, Davao and Baguio and has achieved an enviable record of successes through its highly-developed curriculum and its dedication to employing the best available instructors.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

How to Organize Your Thoughts in Writing an Essay

Thinking of ideas on what to write could possibly the first problem people have when they are asked to write an essay. Though a topic is already given, getting the right angle for the essay can be tricky. There are a lot of people who consider writing essays as difficult. However, writing, in truth, is pretty easy when the person knows how to organize his or her thoughts for the essay. How can one write a good essay?

Writing an outline

 
 
Outlines are like framework of the essay. It is with the outline that the writer will be able to organize his ideas. Ideas can be organized according to its time order or its importance. Brainstorming for ideas comes in to this stage. One can generate a lot of ideas at first. Then, these ideas have to be grouped. Examine the ideas to which group can have a strong support to the main argument of the essay. Eliminate weak ideas and those which do not directly address the argument. Once you are done with brainstorming and the outline, it is now time to write the essay.

Introduction
An introduction welcomes the reader to the essay. It is where the writer gets the interest of the reader to continue reading the essay. A perfectly written introduction can awaken the curious mind of the reader. Writers should always remember to write the main argument in this part. As the reader sees and understands the main idea, expectations are set for the essay.

Body

The body of the essay contains the supporting ideas and details to the main argument. Writers should indicate clearly the reason they have. Reasons should be made general in order to further explain the idea in the succeeding sentences. Further, topic sentences should be clear and concise.

There should be at least two body paragraphs. One paragraph should contain one idea. This idea is further elaborated by giving examples. The discussion should be from the general idea down to specific details.

Conclusion

A good essay has a closure – a summary of all the ideas discussed. Conclusions should not discuss further the idea. Conclusions can either leave a question to the reader or provide a solution to the argument. It can be optional to essays, but it is advised to any writer to include a conclusion to any of their writings.

A lot may have problems on writing essay, but the best thing to do is to practice. Start by writing simple journals and write longer essays on specific topics in the long run. Writing is fun. Let it be an outlet of what you are feeling inside.


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

How to Handle IELTS Examiners Who are Intimidating?

Coming to a job interview can bring cold feet to anyone. Everyone feels scared and very anxious when sitting in front of their future employers and is being evaluated with every question they ask. Some are very good in handling themselves in these stressful situations while others are not, and as a result, they fail to get the job. This exact scenario also happens to people who are scheduled for the IELTS speaking examination. 
 

 
The IELTS speaking test is a face-to-face interview with a native English speaker or a trained non-native English speaker. The test will last for only about fifteen minutes but, according to some candidates, the fifteen minute interview seems to be an hour because of the anxiety they feel during the interview. To make matters worse, some examinees have very intimidating IELTS examiners. With this type of examiner, candidates are distracted on how they can impress their examiner. How exactly can one handle intimidating IELTS examiners?

· Before going in the interview, think of the reason why you are taking the IELTS. You need an inspiration to help you do well in the speaking test. Tell yourself that you need to do well because your future relies on this examination. Have a positive mind set before stepping inside the room.

· During the interview, look at the examiner straight in his or her eye. This will show them that you are confident with your answers. This is a display that you do not fear whatever intimidation they are planning to show on you. Act tough and always smile in giving your answers.

· Maintain the tone of your voice. When your voice sounds on high or very low, the examiner knows that you are nervous; thus, you will start feeling anxious. Always speak in your normal tone. Clear your throat before speaking if you think this helps.

· Speak clearly when you are being interviewed. Do not give the examiner the chance to comment on how confusing your response is with his or her facial expressions.

· Give them full detailed answers. Make them feel that you are interested with what they are asking.

· Do not look on the notes the examiner is writing. Once you look at them, you will get distracted.

· Always come to a speaking test prepared. When you know that you have the right amount of preparation, no one can intimidate you.

Feeling anxious or getting intimated is a normal feeling in an interview. You have to handle yourself by believing that you are prepared and your responses can impress the interviewer.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Tips and Techniques on the Rules of Grammar

Many non-native English speakers admit that they have a hard time studying the English language. First, the English language has a very broad vocabulary. Words can be synonymous to one another but should be used appropriately in sentences. Second, the sentence structure is different. Finally, the grammar rules are quite a handful that it will take years for one to understand each rule. Indeed, learning English can be tough and challenging. People spend months and even years to be very well at it.

Here is a guide on non-native English speakers on how they can improve their skills in the English language through studying the English grammar.


 
1. Know the 8 parts of speech. Each part of speech plays a vital role in creating logical sentences. You have to know which word modifies which word to make a grammatically correct sentence. As a review, the eight parts of speech include the following: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections.

2. Study the five basic sentence patterns. Good sentences are constructed through these patterns. Remember the verbs that need an object and those who do not. The 5 basic English patterns are:

  • Subject – Verb
  • Subject – Verb – Complement
  • Subject – Verb – Object
  • Subject – Verb – Indirect Object – Direct Object
  • Subject – Verb – Object – Object Complement

3. Use pronouns correctly. They should agree in number, case, and gender. Always remember to have their antecedents in the sentences to avoid confusion.

4. Tenses are very important. You have to know the time when the action happens, happened or will happen. The consistency of the tenses is a huge factor in your responses.

5. Use the active and the passive voices correctly. Do not stick to one voice of verb in your responses. Create sentences that utilizes both and you will see the big difference.

6. Be careful with run-on sentences. Make sure that you make compound sentences with a comma and a coordinating conjunction (for, and, not, but, or, yet, so).

7. Fragments should be avoided both in speaking and writing. Write full sentences with a subject and a verb.

8. Misplaced modifiers are usual mistakes. Modifiers should be placed near the noun or words that they modify.

9. Dangling modifiers happen if there is no noun to be modified. Check sentences making sure that modifiers have their nouns being modified.

10. There are a lot of prepositions in the English language. It could be pretty hard to memorize all the rules; however, one trick is to be familiar with their usage.

11. Punctuations should be used accordingly. Commas and periods are the most commonly used punctuations; hence, learners of the English language should know the rules on these two.

12. Tag questions are usually used in speaking. Anyone should remember that a positive sentence gets a negative and vice versa.

13. Phrasal verbs are a combination of verbs and prepositions that create a different meaning when used together. For example, take off can mean remove something or a plane starting to ascend. They have a number of meanings, so knowing them will come in handy in writing and speaking responses.

14. Parallelism is commonly overlooked in making sentences. Unparallel sentences sound okay, but they are generally wrong for not being balanced. This is needed to be revised in essays or any writing output.

15. Subject and verb agreement. Always bear in mind that a singular subject takes a singular verb. Be sure to find the subject in the sentence. Know if it’s singular or plural, then creating a verb for that will not be that difficult.

The English grammar may seem complicated if a student’s mind is prejudiced with its complexity. Learners should understand that English is easy with the right knowledge and constant application of the rules in grammar.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

How to Get a High Score in the IELTS Speaking Test

Speaking in English is common to many Filipinos. It has been a part of our daily conversation. This has been influenced since English has been used in schools and offices. Moreover, Filipinos are fond of watching English movies and following American TV series. Thus, it is not surprising why most Filipinos can speak the English language. Because of this, a lot of foreign nationals expect Filipinos to be great in communicating in English. 
 

In applying for work, study or immigrant visa in English speaking countries, an English proficiency examination is a requirement. Filipinos have to take the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination. The test has four sections and the speaking test is where most Filipinos feel anxious. Taking the IELTS speaking test feels more pressure because of the standard score set by the companies and academic institutions overseas. It is important to any candidate to hit the target score to be able to lodge their applications. How can one get a high score in the IELTS speaking test?

· Understand the different tasks of the test

There are three different tasks in the test. As a candidate, it is much better to know what each task asks you to do and the way on how to make appropriate responses.

· Be familiar with the questions

The first task of the speaking test is an introduction. The examiner will be asking some familiar questions on familiar topics like work, study, hobbies, family and personal background. There are a lot of these questions online that are for free.

· Improve your pronunciation

People have the tendency to speak very fast when they are nervous. Speaking fast causes words to come out not very clearly. When this happens, the examiner will not be able to understand your response. When they fail to understand the response, you will eventually lose some points.

· Use new vocabulary

Choose words that will best express your ideas. Using new vocabulary will not only showcase the strength of your vocabulary bank but also avoids redundancy on the words you are using.

· Grammar check

A good response has correct grammar and well-constructed sentences. Be consistent with the verb tenses.

· Practice

Find someone who can help you practice speaking. Someone who can evaluate your responses and give comments that can develop not only your speaking skills but also your confidence in using the English language. IELTS review centers have speaking coaches that are professional in addressing problems in speaking.

Getting a high score in the IELTS speaking is possible with the right practice and guidance from IELTS speaking coaches.

Friday, November 14, 2014

How Many Months Does the IELTS Review Take?

Studying is a tedious yet important part of being a student. A lot of students complain of studying for long hours just to review for a final examination. College students would spend about two weeks to prepare for a midterm examination, and even would go for a month to be ready for the finals. Since getting a high score in exams is the aim of these students, they do not mind studying in the library for hours and staying up late at night to review their notes. Is this style of studying applicable in reviewing for the International English Language Testing System examination or the IELTS?

Test takers for the IELTS test prepare for months before taking the examination. It is not a simple English comprehension test with a multiple choice or true or false type of question. Different types of questions are involved in the different tasks in the examination. Moreover, since there are four sections in the examination: reading, listening, speaking and writing, skills are needed to successfully respond to the different questions.
 


When taking the IELTS, it is recommended for candidates to be in IELTS review centers. Most IELTS review centers have two different kinds of programs: the unlimited review and the intensive review. In the unlimited review program, students can review in the center for a year. They are given the opportunity to study with their teachers until they are ready for the IELTS examination. Though this is an unlimited review program, most candidates take about two to three months before taking the real test. Within this time, candidates are introduced about the IELTS, the sections and the tasks in each section. Skills will be developed within the given time and mock tests are administered to evaluate their progress.

The intensive program is a two-week program that focuses more on mock tests and coaching for the real test. The candidates will be given intensive activities to hone their skills for the IELTS. Most candidates who enroll for this program are those who have already taken the test and want to take a refresher course for the IELTS.

Candidates should bear in mind that reviewing for the IELTS should be taken seriously. The coaches are there to guide and help build the necessary skills; hence, it is important for these candidates to attend classes every day and participate in every classroom discussion.

It may take a few months to be prepared for the test, but it is much better than to take the test with a little knowledge on how to make responses to the tasks. Learning about the IELTS is not possible in one night. Time and effort should be put into it as well.