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Monday, June 30, 2014

List of Accredited IELTS Review Center in the Philippines - British Council (2014 Updated)

Source: British Council Philippines:



See the list at the link provided below for the authorised registration of IELTS test by the British Council in the Philippines.

http://www.britishcouncil.ph/partnerships/ielts-partnership-programme/agents



It includes JRooz Review Center, Niners, Canaan English Language Center, etc.

Friday, June 27, 2014

IELTS Grammar Training - 10 Commonly Misused Words in the English Language

Non-native speakers of the English language learn the said language in school at a very young age. Though the exposure is not intensive compared with other countries, other nationalities are somehow able to speak the English language well, just like the Filipinos. Luckily for Filipinos, learning the language has started in elementary and gets more intensive once in the university. Though Filipinos are considered good at speaking and understanding the said language, there are still some parts of this learning that needs to be polished – expanding one’s vocabulary.

A good sentence contains appropriate words to express what’s on your mind. Without thinking which words to use, speaking or writing in English is far from perfect. Hence, it is important for any learners of the English language to hone their skills in vocabulary. Since there are millions of words in the English language, confusing one vocabulary over another is pretty common. Here are ten commonly misused words in the English language (and how to use them properly).

1. Accept and Except

Accept is a verb which means to agree on something or to receive something. On the other hand, except is a preposition that means something is not included.

Examples:

  • He accepted the fact what he said was completely out of the topic.
  • Everyone was given an invitation to the party except Kim.

2. Affect and Effect

The word “affect” means to change or make something different while “effect” means the result of something.

Examples:

  • The government’s new law can affect people below the poverty line.
  • His vomiting and nausea are clear effects of the treatment.

3. Imminent and Eminent

As an adjective, imminent means something that is going to happen soon while eminent, another adjective, means well-known and successful.

Examples:

  • The newscaster said that the typhoon is imminent; hence, people living on shorelines are asked to evacuate.
  • An eminent businessman was shot dead last night.

4. Wreath and Wreathe

Wreath is an arrangement of flowers in a circular shape. Wreathe is a verb to mean to surround or cover.

Examples:

  • A wreath was given by the company to the loved ones.
  • A thick fog wreathed the road making it a bit dangerous.

5. Faint and Feint

Faint is to describe the feeling of being weak and dizzy while feint is usually used in sports to describe a quick movement to trick an opponent.

Examples:

  • She fainted and fell to the ground.
  • Boxers use a feint to win in a match.

6. Stationary and Stationery

When you are not moving or something is not in action, we use stationary to describe it. Stationery is a material used for writing like paper and pen.

Examples:

  • The soldiers are stationary while on their posts.
  • My mom needs some stationery so I am heading to the mall.

7. Tortuous and Torturous

When you refer something to be complicated, long and with twists and turns, use tortuous. However, when something cause pain or suffering, then we call it torturous.

Examples:

  • The hike was filled tortuous paths of thorny shrubs.
  • The president had to make a torturous decision to execute the spree killer.

8. Insure and Ensure

Insure is to buy insurance whilst ensure is to make certain on something.

Examples:


  • Playing safe, he insured his car for ten years.
  • He ensured that the document were authentic.

9. Principal and Principle

A principal is a person who heads a school while principle is a belief or rule.

Examples:

  • The principal was so angry he smashed the door.
  • His principles are strong that it is impossible to persuade him.

10. Story and Storey

Story is a written account (factual or fiction) and storey refers to the levels of a building.

Examples:

  • The company is planning to build a 6-storey complex.
  • His story was so true that I almost fell for his lies.

There are still dozens of words that are commonly misused in English. Learn their definitions to avoid confusion with their usage.





Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Jargons Should We Use or Avoid it in the IELTS?

Thinking of words to express our ideas into writing is a challenging trick in writing. As what most people know, vocabulary is important in writing as it gives the meaning to the sentence, to the essay as a whole. Choosing the right word is necessary as we need to find words that will complete the meaning and not confuse the reader with the thought we are trying to emphasize.



In writing, it has always been said to avoid using jargons. Jargons are special words that are used in a specific group, field or profession that are difficult to understand for most readers – unless you belong to that profession. Since it is special words, using it into writing can cause confusion and misunderstanding. Hence, candidates taking the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System are not advised to use such words.

Writing in simple or plain English can help people understand us better and create a positive response from the essay. Incorporating jargons in essays is a wrong move as it is not straightforward and most of the time, difficult to comprehend. Using jargons may make the essay intelligible; however, not all people understand such words so it should be avoided.

Here are some jargons used in writing that should be avoided in the IELTS and words that can replace them.


Jargon
Can be written as…
Jargon
Can be written as…
Afford an opportunity
let
As a matter of fact
In fact
Caveat
Warning
Echelons
Levels
Endeavour
Try
Penultimate
Next to the last
Parameters
Limits
Drill down
Look closely at
Ducks in a row
Organized
Holistic
comprehensive

Sources: wdcb.stcwdc.org/faq/faqs/jargon-to-avoid/ and www.jeffbullas.com/2014/01/13/50-epic-jargon-solutions-for-better-writing/ 

Candidates for the IELTS should consider writing in plain English. Writing should be direct to the point without using words or vocabulary that confuses the meaning of the text or even the reader. Instead of using these jargons, think of other ways on how to write these words. Choosing a simpler vocabulary or even finding a word expression can be an alternative. 



In IELTS review centers, students are always reminded to make use of different vocabulary in their essay without using jargons. An effective and powerful writing uses words that are simple yet strongly used in the essay. 

Writing is difficult. In fact, it takes time to learn how to write a good essay. However, with the help of IELTS mentors, writing essays for the IELTS becomes easier. Always remember that in IELTS writing, essays should be full in content and not with fancy words to make it look great.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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Monday, June 23, 2014

IELTS Test Registration Requirements

Have you already registered for the IELTS? Do you have the right requirements?

Filipinos take the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination seriously. Well, it really should be treated that way as the IELTS score is a major requirement for work or school overseas. Without hitting the target scores, the candidate loses the opportunity to apply abroad.

Because of this, thousands of Filipinos take IELTS review classes where they learn different skills they need to successfully get a good score in the exam’s four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. These four skills have special tasks that evaluate how well a candidate can understand and use the English language. These review classes can last for three months and more depending on the candidate. The longer the candidate prepares for the exam, the better skills he or she gets. However, candidates for the IELTS test need to register for the examination as early as possible as slots can get filled very fast. With the number of candidates all over the Philippines, finding a vacant schedule can be difficult. Here is what candidates should take note of in registering for the exam.

Whether you are taking it under IDP or British Council, you must present:

1.  A valid ID

A valid ID can be any of the following:

  • Passport
  • PRC professional ID
  • SSS ID card
  • GSIS e-card
  • Multipurpose unified national ID 
GSIS eCard

PRC ID

SSS ID

Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID)

Philippine passport



2. A photocopy of the ID


3. Payment
  • British Council: PhP 8986
  • IDP: PhP 890

Here is the test schedule for the IELTS.

IDP
British Council
June 28
July 10, 19, and 26
August 01, 09, and 16
September 06, 20, and 27
October 02, 11, and 18
November 01, 13, and 22
December 06, 13, and 20
June 28
July 10, 12, 19 and 26
August 02, 09, 16 and 21
September 04, 06, 20 and 27
October 02, 11, 18 and 25
November 01, 08, 13, and 22
December 04, 06, 13 and 20




Some candidates usually register for the test online. Some candidates seek help in registering to avoid mistakes upon registration. Candidates have to be very careful in filling out the form in registering. IELTS review centers can help these candidates upon registration. Candidates need to remember that the ID they have presented upon registering should be the same ID they will be presenting on the examination day. Registering for the examination is easy as long as candidates follow the instructions carefully and have the necessary requirements.

For the complete registration procedure, please watch this slide:

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

How Are Your Scores in the IELTS Computed?

The IELTS score reflects one's abilities in using the English language via its four core - listening, reading, writing and speaking. Ever wonder how these scores are computed?

You can find out more information at http://goo.gl/HQq3Xr.







Monday, June 16, 2014

Rating Criteria for the IELTS Speaking

Open your mouth when speaking!

This is very common to hear among speaking coaches when they teach their students on how to speak English fluently. Well, for words to come out clearly, one must understand that opening one’s mouth big enough is a perfect practice. Wonder why singers have to open their mouths widely when singing?

In speaking examinations, like the one in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination, there is more than to opening one’s mouth to get a good score in the IELTS speaking examination. Candidates have to remember that the IELTS speaking examination is done before a native English speaker. There is a huge amount of intimidation an interviewee will feel; hence, not only speaking skills should be developed but also one’s confidence in using the English language.

Here are the criteria speaking raters use in assessing an individual’s skill in the IELTS speaking examination.

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With all these criteria, candidates are now able to check their responses if they meet what is needed in the response. For best results, candidates are suggested to take IELTS speaking training with speaking coaches. Speaking coaches are trained individuals to address the needs of these candidates and even improve their speaking in the English language.