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IELTS 30 Manual - What & How

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Read carefully! This page will change your life! From this point you will keep moving to the 30 task pages and return to it for information about each task. Wish you all the best and imminent success!

  • 30 Days
  • Marks 100
  • Medium

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Dear Academic / General Student, let’s move on to the course details.

The greatest focus being your language, this course also makes sure that your general knowledge, critical thinking, common sense, vocabulary and decision making skills are also catered well.

Your course will proceed like this:

  1. We will undergo this training for 45 – 60 Days.
  2. The commencement of this course is the first Monday of Feb, April, June, Aug, Oct, Dec.
  3. Each Day is divided into 2 parts for the convenience of task completion.
    1. Task Completion (First half)
    2. Writing Task Live Correction (Second half)
  4. Every day you will have a number of tasks on the Task Page (Below). You have to complete all the tasks in less than 3 hours and submit.
  5. For the first 10 Days you will have no Reading and Listening practice work.
  6. The first 10 Days are training period in Reading and Listening.

Listening & Reading Training:

  1. For Listening, each Day you have to perform a Transcription Task (explained below) on the audio provided in the English Melon IELTS telegram group. You can write or type the transcription on a note book or in the task page itself.
  2. For Reading, each Day you have to perform a series of labeling tasks (explained below) on the task page. You can write them either in the notebook or in the task page.

Writing Practice

  1. Unlike L and R, we start Writing practice from Day 1.
  2. If you are a paid member, you can type and post each day’s W tasks in the Telegram Group (preference for members who have an upcoming exam).
  3. The first 3 tasks will be corrected everyday (Mon – Fri)

NB! If you are IELTS 30 Gold member, you need to compose / type your tasks in your personal correction page.

Speaking

  • You have to “speak” your replies as explained in the task page.
  • NB! Some phones do not have the record () button.

Important!

You will also have a fiction for extra-reading practice. You will have to complete the reading of 1 chapter for each Day. The book, “The Code of Didymus” is also included in this study package. You will receive a paperback copy of the novel on payment for this course (50 USD / 3500 INR)

NB. Please remember, you can upgrade to the IELTS Gold Plan (200 USD / 14000 INR) any time.

The IELTS test assesses your abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking in a short duration less than three hours.

While the content and syllabus of both of the exam is same, one explicit difference is in writing. As far Academic is concerned; it is more university and colleges related interaction.

  1. A report (Academic)
  2. An essay (Academic and General)
  3. Letter writing (General)

IELTS Academic

  • The Academic format is for those who want to study or train in an English-speaking university or Institutions of Higher and Further Education.
  • Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of the Academic test.

IELTS General

  • For people who wish to settle down abroad.
  • The IELTS General Training test is for those who are going to English speaking countries for secondary education, work experience or training programs.
  • It is also a requirement for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.
  • The test focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts.

Obviously IELTS General is easier than Academic.

You can now do one of the following:

  1. If you are familiar with IELTS Modules, you can straight away proceed to each Day, from Day 1 to Day 30.
  2. If you are a beginner, read about Labeling and Transcription that are used to modify your Reading and Listening skills. After that you can start with the 30 Days Tasks.

These are your task pages. Open each page and complete them all. All instructions are provided.

Reading Section

For Reading Skill Development, we have the following programs:

  1. Sentence Labeling
  2. Paragraph Labeling
  3. Mock Tests (Timed)

Labeling

Labeling is a training program. By this, you will have to write the “labels” (summary) of a number of sentences. Whether is is sentence labeling or paragraph labeling, your task is to write the shortest summary (of the sentence / paragraph). Each label should be:

  1. Complete
  2. Shortest
  3. Informative

Method

  1. Read the sentences carefully.
  2. Summarize each sentence in a word or a few words.
  3. This summary is the “label” of the sentence.

Example for Sentence Labeling:

Chronobiology might sound a little futuristic – like something from a science fiction novel, perhaps – but it’s actually a field of study that concerns one of the oldest processes life on this planet has ever known: short-term rhythms of time and their effect on flora and fauna.

Here are a few sample labels (summaries) and remarks:

  1. Chronobiology OR (Too short, doesn’t convey info)
  2. Chronobiology – meaning OR (Wrote full word of a title)
  3. CB – Definition (Short but less info)
  4. CB – Short-term rhythms of life and their effects on flora & fauna (Too long)
  5. CB – Short-term rhythms of life and their effects on life ( Shorter, informative, complete)

Reading Question Types

  • Matching Headings Questions.
  • Categorisation Questions.
  • Matching Sentence Endings.
  • Table Completion.
  • Flow Chart Completion Questions.
  • Diagram Completion Questions.
  • Short Answer Questions.

Listening Section

For Listening Skill Development, we have the following programs:

  1. Audio Transcription
  2. Audio Labeling
  3. Mock Tests (Timed)

Transcription Method

Transcription (writing) of IELTS audios is the most striking feature of our IELTS training. That means, you have to write all the transcription tasks included in this Study Plan.

How to?

  1. Get any IELTS Listening audios (from the internet / youtube)
  2. Get your headphone / ear phone
  3. As you listen, write down the conversations and monologues in a notebook.
  4. If you cannot understand anything, pause, rewind and listen again.
  5. Pause, rewind, restart – but complete the transcription till the end.

NB! Sample transcription audios are provided in the “English Melon IELTS” telegram group.

Reading Question Types

  • Matching Headings Questions.
  • Categorisation Questions.
  • Matching Sentence Endings.
  • Table Completion.
  • Flow Chart Completion Questions.
  • Diagram Completion Questions.
  • Short Answer Questions.

Speaking Section

For Speaking Skill Development, we have the following programs:

  1. Writing the Speaking
  2. Speaking to your Partner
  3. Watching / listening to IELTS sample Speaking

Speaking Part 1

In part one you are asked general questions about hobbies or activities, in part two you have to talk on a topic for 2 minutes and in part three you have a discussion with the examiner about questions related to your talk in part two.

Where is your hometown?

My hometown’s in Hanoi, which is the capital city of Vietnam. It’s located in the north of the country, not really that far from the southern Chinese border.

Is there much to do in your hometown?

Oh yes, there’s certainly lots to do there as it’s a fairly big city. If you like going out in the evening there are a lot of good restaurants and bars. If you prefer cultural activities there are museums and art galleries. But if you like nature there are lots of other things outside of the city which are easy to reach.

What are the people like in your hometown?

They are mostly quite friendly, but as with most big cities everyone is often busy so it may seem as if they are not interested in speaking or having a chat. But if you live there you know that most people are quite happy to have a chat if they have time and will help you if needed.

Part 2 Speaking – Cue Card

In this part of the test you are given a topic card by the examiner and you have to talk about it for two minutes.

  • You will be given a pencil and paper and one minute to prepare your answer.
  • You should talk about the points that are on the card, but you will need to add in extra information otherwise you will probably finish before the time is up.
  • When you read the model answer, notice how the short talk is introduced and also concluded.
  • Also, notice how it is well-organized. The parts in bold show you how the speaker follows and addresses all the parts on the card in a clear and coherent way.

Sample Question

Describe a train journey you have had recently.

You should say:

  • Where you were bound to
  • Purpose of the journey
  • Someone you met on the way
  • Any remarkable incidents on the way
  • How comfortable the journey was

Model Answer

Traveling by a train used to be my rarest childhood memories. I still recall the faint images of moving coaches, crowded platforms and the cries of the vendors selling tea and coffee. Speaking about a recent train journey, I would like to narrate my journey from Kannur to Ernakulam a couple of months ago.

It was a rainy day and I was going to Ernakulam with my family. Our trip was not of any serious nature. It was a pleasure trip during which we were to visit some of our relatives, friends and the Ernakulam Marine Drive.

I boarded the train with my father, mother, wife and my two children at Kannur station. We found our seats and placed our little bags under and on the berths. The coach was not air conditioned so we had to lift the windows. My kids occupied the window seats and started watching the rainy landscape occasionally interrupted by passing trains or by a more pleasant rivers and backwaters.

Co passengers were friendly so my father found himself talking with them and mother was, as always, sleepy. I kept on pointing out the unhygienic food and the interiors and my wife kept on criticizing me. It was such a memorable journey that we still long to undertake similar journeys.

Part 3 Speaking

In part 3 of the speaking test you have a two-way discussion with the examiner (though you will still be expected to do most of the talking).

This is the part where the examiner will really be able to test your ability.

If you do very well on this part of the test and give thoughtful extended answers that are directly addressing the question, it will show that you have a high band level (though of course your grammar will need to be good too in order to do very well!).

These IELTS Speaking Part 3 Samples are not here to be copied, but they give you an idea of the sorts of questions you may get asked and how they could possibly be answered.

There is no right or wrong opinion of course. These are just IELTS speaking samples – you need to answer the question that is asked and don’t go off topic, but the examiner is not grading based on whether they disagree or agree with what you say.

So give your own opinion and don’t worry about if the examiner has a different opinion to you.

Sample Questions & Answers

What kinds of possessions give status to people in your country?

That’s a good question. Let me think…I’d say it depends on where you are and who you are with. If you are out in public, it’s things like the car you are driving. If you have the latest Mercedes Benz model, then in my country that is a sign of status, as most people can’t even afford a car at all, whatever the make. Property, or the house you own, and the possessions you have in it are also a sign of status. If you have a nice house in a nice area, then this shows you have money and are someone important.

Has it always been the same or were different possessions thought of as valuable in the past?

I’m too young to remember exactly what it was like a long time ago, but yes, I think it was different. For example, cars as I mentioned before only really came to our country in the last ten years or so. That kind of consumerism is a fairly recent thing so this couldn’t have been used as a representation of something valuable. I think it was things like gold and jewelry that were seen as valuable. Of course these are still seen as valuable today, but previously it was these things over anything else as a lot of the modern day possessions were not available.

Why do you think people need to show their status in society?

I believe that this is because it’s important in society to show you have money or are successful – it is nature, or the way we are brought up, that makes us feel like this, but also the pressure that society puts on everyone to be successful. And showing status is basically showing that you have money and you have success, so this is what people want to do. Going back to the example of the car, driving around in a Mercedes is a very conspicuous show of status – it basically says to people, “Look, I am successful and I have money.” Another reason is possibly for respect. In many cultures, if someone has high status, then they will be respected by others and they may receive preferential treatment.

Writing Section

For Writing Skill Development, we have the following programs:

  1. Writing Tasks
  2. Daily Live Correction
  3. Watching the Corrected Letters

Writing Task 1 Academic

Task 1 – Writing Task 1

The chart below shows the racial divide over Robert E. Lee Statue. Write a report in around 150 words.

Task Tips

Subjects in Task 1

  • The chart presents the difference between the contribution made by students and teachers in a college to raise funds to renovate a monument.
  • Students contributed 30% of the fund while teachers did only half of what students had contributed.

Writing Academic Task 2

Tips:

  1. Make sure you have understood the question.
  2. Think twice if your “view-point” is a generally accepted one than just accepted by you.
  3. Provide as many examples as possible for less common information but avoid examples for information already known.
  4. Make sure every sentence has an interesting information.
  5. Do not repeat any information.
  6. Do not drag in hefty vocabulary to impress your examiner.

Sample Question

People try new dangerous sports such as sky-diving or rock -climbing. Should such sports be banned?

Solved Essay

Nowadays people are fond of trying something different.Dangerous sports namely sky-diving and rock -climbing are found appealing to many because of its diversity. Even though they are dangerous, people go after them due to their thrilling effects. Experts in this field bring fame to the country. This essay shall explain that such sports should not be banned and list out the reasons for the same.

People are now living a hectic life. They are busy with their works and do not have time to spare. In this scenario, they try sports which is risky to get an adrenaline-rush. This helps to reduce boredom and work pressure. It is performed mainly by youngsters. They feel refreshed and relaxed after trying such sports. However, many get injured after doing those due to their negligence and also by approaching non-licensed teams.

Government is trying to ban those dangerous sports due to their risky nature. This is not a solution. Risky sports must be conducted only by licensed coaches and must use protective measures before doing them. Government cannot ban anything without analyzing its solutions. Such sports should  be conducted by government-approved agencies and individuals who try those sports must wear protective measures. In this way,these can be performed.

Countries obtain fame by developing experts in this field. Awards and achievements can be obtained by masters in such sports. This increases the pride of the country. Each country can boast about its achievement. Therefore, it is evident that these sports should not be banned unless protective measures are taken.

To conclude,sports make man physically and mentally healthy. In addition to that, dangerous sports with protective measures make people more refreshed. It helps people more enthusiastic. Authorities should make sure that coaches of sports are well trained and are licensed. By using precautionary measures such sports become less dangerous. Therefore, they should not be banned.

Writing Task 1 – General

IELTS General writing task is comparatively easy. Here are some tips:

  • Addresses are not required.
  • Understand the question in depth.
  • Select the language according to the context.

Sample Question 

Write a letter to the Manager, Bamboo Hut Restaurant, London – WC2N 5DU, complaining the poor hygiene. Being a regular customer of the Restaurant you are pained to see the sudden drop in hygiene. You are Andee Willy, 4 Holy Cross Apartments, WoodLock Road, London – WC2N 5DU.

Sample Answer

4 Holy Cross Apartments
WoodLock Road
London – WC2N 5DU

12 March 2018

The Manager
Bamboo Hut Restaurant
London – WC2N 5DU

Subject – Dropping hygiene inside your hotel

Dear Sir

I am a frequent visitor to your restaurant. I have dined from here over a hundred times since 2016. I still frequent this place because the food is better than most of the hotels in South London.

However, I am writing this letter to bring to your notice a serious matter regarding the quality of food served here. The first of an instance of dropping hygiene was noticed by my colleague a month ago. He had been here on my reference. He said that he could not approve of the physical hygiene of the guy who had served him food. The man had long loose hair and unclean teeth. He had left the restaurant in great embarrassment. On the following day I personally noticed that the chicken tasted bad and the soup hadn’t been properly made. In addition to the aforesaid discrepancies, the tables and chairs retain an altogether filthy look.

Yours truly,
Andee Willy

Biju John

Love for English begins with understanding its unknown rules. Biju John lives on the internet, teaching OET, IELTS and PTE. More than a million students have thanked him from their heart.

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