No! You need to learn English or you need to learn how to pass your exam - of course, there is some cross over and hopefully you will always be improving your English but if you want to pass your exam, my job is not to teach you everyday English.
Probably more than 65% of my work as an English teacher is not about teaching English. I teach people how to pass exams - this means we look at the types of questions involved and the type of answers that are needed.
Obviously there are basic issues involved here, the use of correct grammar structures, sentence formations, capitalisation, speed of speech and many more but my job at this stage is simple - show you how, not teach you to read. Understanding the type of skills needed (skimming or scanning text, paraphrasing or perhaps summarising) is one of the key points in achieving success on exam day. These skills can be difficult to achieve if you have never used them in the past.
My first question is always the same - what do you NEED to achieve? People may ask why does it matter? I want the highest grade possible. Well, of course you do but you have to be realistic. As I said earlier, at this point, my job is not about teaching you English so you need to understand what your current level of English will give you. If you need a level 8 and have a basic level of English then basically, it is not going to happen until your level improves - my recommendation would be simply: learn more English, study harder and when your level is high enough, you can work towards your exam.
Whether you are considering the IELTS (General & Academic levels), PTE/A, TOEFL or CAE, why not give me a call today and let´s talk about what you need to do to get the grades you need.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Mandi and I am a specialist IELTS tutor who has had the privilege of helping move professionals from non-English speaking countries to English-speaking countries, such as Canada, New Zealand and Australia. With over six years, specialist experience and helping over 280 people pass their IELTS exams, I would like to take the opportunity to share with you exactly how this exam process works and what you need to do to get the results you want.
Firstly, I think a lot of people underestimate the use of the IELTS exam - it is important to know that this exam is not something to take lightly - it is tough, it is hard to get a high grade, but really, so it should be!
According to the official IELTS website (ielts.org);
"IELTS is trusted by over 9,000 organisations, including universities, professional bodies, employers and migration authorities.
It is the world´s most popular English language test for higher education and global migration, with over 270 million tests taken law year in 140 countries".
In my experience, students come to me to prepare for the IELTS for two main reasons - migration and study. IELTS is currently accepted for studying, working and migration in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the UK - as well as working and studying in the USA.
There are different grade requirements for different visas and different programs - the first thing you need to know is what MINIMUM grade is required. IELTS is graded on a 1-9 scale, 1 being no level of English and 9 being almost fluent. The average grade is an overall 5.5 which shows a working proficiency in English.
Once you know your requirements, you need to understand your capabilities. The IELTS is broken into 4 different sections: listening, reading, writing and speaking.
Each section is graded individually and an overall score is awarded - be sure you know what your individual and overall score requirements are.
My recommendation is very simple - understand your level of English before you start to commit to taking any exam. You have to think about the time it will take you to prepare yourself, there is no "average time". Some students will be ready in a matter of weeks and others can take up to a year. If you have a basic level of English but need to achieve an overall level 7, you should probably allow yourself at least 8 - 12 months to prepare. You have also to consider your environment, if you are working 7 days a week and barely have time to eat, then you are going to struggle to study - if you have some time off and can commit to studying every day, then it is going to be quicker. The key here is simply to be true to yourself, do not overcommit.
Understanding how the exam is put together is not so complicated. As I said earlier, there are 4 sections - listening, reading, writing and speaking. Study each section, learn to understand each area - consider what type of questions will be asked and what type of answers are required.
I have helped many people achieve their goals and many of my students now live in English speaking countries, working and living as part of the local community. If you want to get the results you need, get in touch today and let me help you through this difficult, but achievable challenge.
There are 2 types of IELTS exams - Academic and General - click on the buttons below for more information on each one.
Mix the past tense with a little bit of the present and a tiny bit of the future, welcome to this week's edition of Talk.
Modern interview formats demand a more modern approach. Today I will be helping you to identify with the past. Questions that ask you to prove that you have the necessary skill set to complete a particular task are challenging to answer so let me show you a good way to practice.
Typically CBI interview questions are broken down into parts, and these are:
Commitment to a position
Communication - Verbal/ Oral / Written
Let us take communication as an example question. The question may sound something like this;" Tell me a time where your communication skills proved crucial to an outcome?"
Here you are going to have to refer to a particular example so here are a few tips on how to refer to the past.
- I can recall a particular time when I had to ......
- I faced this scenario when I .......
- If I had to give you an example, it would be when I had to ......
- When I was working as a ....................... I encountered this exact scenario.
- There was an occasion when I had to .....................
- When I used to work for ............... I had to ................ and this would be a good example.
There are many other ways that you can refer to the past; I have only listed a few. We can add an introduction to these forms such as:
Imagine only choosing to answer all the questions with the same format; it would sound very strange. In my opinion, you should vary your format to hold the attention of the interviewer.
Your interviewer only has a limited amount of time to ask you questions, so depending on the question that you are asked to answer, four paragraphs could act as a guideline to prevent you from talking too much.
Spending too much time answering a question will only steal time from answering another. This will in turn only reduce your chances of success.
There is a methodology used to answer these types of questions, and this is referred to as S.T.A.R. This stands for; Situation, Task, Action and Result.
Since I have shown you how to relate to a situation, I will now turn my attention to; Task. A task is obligatory, and so it is an obligation since this task is not optional to complete. This being the case, we use specific sentence constructions to make reference to this requirement.
I had to
I needed to
I was required to
I was told to
My line manager asked me to
My client wanted me to
I would now like to; Action if I may, and I have shown a select few forms below. Remember your approach is a key selling point and is one of the main reasons that an employer would be interested in giving you the position versus your competitors.
I cannot provide you with actions since they vary considerably, but I can tell you that it is not wise to always refer to yourself and use the word; "I". A team, depending on the position that you are applying for can also be of value so to mix things up a little bit you could make reference to; "We, my team, they, my team, our department, my colleagues".
Finally, let us take a look at; "result", critical in every way. Since you are now adding value to your example, the result must be shown to be favourable, exciting and conclusive where possible. A few examples have been indicated below;
The outcome was very positive.
My team managed to beat the deadline.
The client was pleased.
My client was satisfied with the result.
Our team was successful.
The result was of significant benefit to our department.
At this point, two topics need to be mentioned, voice tone and speed of speech. If you are grammatically correct in every way but your voice tone does not show that you have the want, need or personality that could contribute to an organisation then your efforts will be wasted.
Equally, if you speak at the wrong pace, you may indicate that this quality is reflected in the way that you complete tasks or talk to clients on the phone. Nothing wrong with having a sense of urgency but there is a time and a place to apply, and it is clearly not in an interview.
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company training and it was at the end of the meeting that I realised that there was the need to update existent materials. So what is in store for our clients who are working in the retail sector? The methodology is to place students in a position where they have to think fast and react applying English at speed. At this point, I should mention that it is not for the timid and you should be at an intermediate level to take this course.
Your language instructor will provide you with target vocabulary, grammar structures and pronunciation but only after your attempt to respond to tasks.
We have had some feedback from students who have taken this form of course: "Business Role Play". They have stated that there were dramatic increases in their levels of confidence and a definite reduction in translation time which is a real benefit to those students who are chasing the dream of speaking in a more fluid way.
Set to launch on Monday the 23rd of May, our aim is to help companies in the retail sector to use Retail English as a means to generate more sales and improve aftercare.
Although we have badged this course with a title that may suggest that it will only appeal to employees who work in shops and stores, we feel that the fundamental principles of retail will extend to the Hospitality and Service sectors.
There will be a booking option for students available on our booking system before Monday, if you are a company, we would suggest that you send us an email as the number of employees and their individual level will need to be taken into account.
So, if you are interested in finding out about this course just place your smartphone over this logo and chat to us directly.
Welcome to this week's edition of Talk. Today we are going to take a look at office vocabulary. You will find an audio player to the right of every photo to assist with pronunciation.
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Let's start with the obvious, relating to an audience is all about sounding interesting, keen, enthusiastic and demonstrating a genuine want and need to transfer knowledge. Some languages are very direct and don't always reflect these qualities. It's ok nothing is better just different and that's exactly what I would like to talk about today.
As we have already taken a look at the introduction in last weeks edition, today we will start by looking at objectives:
* I would like to talk to you about...
* I'm going to demonstrate.....
* I would like to take a look at......
Your greeting had empathetic voice value when you started your presentation so stating a topic will too. You can't tell the difference between styles unless your shown so these are:
somehow lose respect or control. These voice tones are likened to a parent and a child scenario and are often far from effective. The last is a voice tone that indicates when you are happy, sad, keen or angry to name a few. Modern businesses likes this voice tone since it demonstrates emotional value. This emotional value helps to relate to an audience in every scenario and will be a useful tool in mastering the art of presentations. So let's take a look at how your voice tone affects a presentation:
* Attention please, I am about to start. This is more of an order than and this will have a negative effect. Using good morning, good afternoon or good evening will carry more empathetic value.
* I will take your questions at the end of my presentation. This could be robotic and indicate that you really just want to finish. It could also show your audience that there is no emotional connection to your audience. I would be only too pleased to answer all of your questions at the very end of the presentation.
This has definitely got great empathetic voice value and shows that you care about what feedback you get. If your interested to learn more on this topic, try our English For Work course. Join us next week for more on Business English, for now goodbye.
What is fusion?
Simply put, we know that there is a need to incorporate modules from different courses and fuse them together to give you an even more flexible learning experience.
Particularly aimed at students who are immigrating, you will soon be able to have 5 IELTS classes with a specialist teacher and 5 Interview preparation classes with a Business English instructor.
We will let you know more soon so keep checking this blog for more information.
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Hello everyone and welcome to this weeks edition of Talk. Today I am going to help to identify with the vocabulary used in business presentations. Often confusing and sometimes challenging to understand, I am going to show you the various stages and define structure.
Presentations are not always held in very large conference centers, they can be in a meeting form such as a sales presentation or even a conference call. Ironically the structure is the same just modified. Most important is the greeting, very often this is more effective if used with a voice tone which is stressed. So here this will sound like this:
This introduction follows and for the purpose of this example I will be Tom Bowen the Head Of International Sales, I work for Zana distributions in Italy. So this would sound like this:
My name is Tom Bowen, I am the Head Of International Sales for Zana Distributions in Italy. Now comes the empathetic sentence that shows the audience how you feel. This will sound like this:
On behalf of our office here in Italy, I would like to thank you all for coming. Before we move to the next section, lets put these components together.
* Good morning
* My name is Tom Bowen and I am the Head Of International Sales for Zana Distributions in Italy.
* On behalf of our office here in Italy, I would like to thank you all for coming.
Now in the introduction section, you can see that to introduce yourself to someone, we use the form; my name is". With introducing your company in this form of introduction we use:
I am + job title
For the welcome we use:
Thank you for coming or a variation which has the same value.
Practicing this type of presentation format will help you with conference calls, physical meetings and presentations. If you want to learn more about presentations or Business English try our English For Work Course. Join us next week for more on presentations, in the meantime from our team here at one2oneacademy , Goodbye.
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DEAR MANDI, LET ME SAY YOU A BIG "THANK YOU" FOR YOUR HELP WITH PREPARING ME TO IELTS EXAM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONFIDENCE AND SUPPORT. EVEN WHEN MY HOME WORKS WERE DIFFICULT AND I HAD NO TIME,- I ALWAYS TRIED TO COMPLETE EVERYTHING IN TIME BECAUSE I DIDN'T WANT TO DISAPPOINT YOU. YOU HELPED ME TO BE MORE CONFIDENT IN EACH PART OF THE EXAM, ESPECIALLY IN SPEAKING. IN THE BOTTOM LINE - ALL MY GOAL WERE REACHED! I HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT TIME YOU VISIT IN ISRAEL.
I TOOK A LESSON WITH SANJ IN ORDER TO PREPARE TO A TELEPHONE INTERVIEW I WAS ABOUT TO HAVE. SANJ GAVE SOME VERY GOOD TIPS FOR THE INTERVIEW AND A BRIEF LESSON TO IMPROVE MY GRAMMAR AND SPEAKING SKILLS. HE ALSO HELPED ME TO FORMULATE BETTER ANSWERS TO COMMON INTERVIEW QUESTIONS – ALL OF THESE IN ONLY ONE HOUR! THE PREPARATION DEFINITELY HELPED ME TO FEEL MORE CONFIDENT AND TO SPEAK MORE FLUENTLY DURING THE INTERVIEW, AND EVENTUALLY TO GET THE JOB!
I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT YOU HELPED ME GROW IN MORE THAN ONE DIMENSION. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND PASSION WITH ME IN THE CLASSES – I DIDN’T REALIZE HOW MUCH I HAD LEARNED UNTIL I GOT SUCH A NICE GRADE IN PTE ACADEMIC EXAM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PERSONAL CONCERN FOR ME – YOUR EMOTIONAL SUPPORT WAS INDEED PRICELESS. I HAVE BEEN VERY FORTUNATE TO BE MANDI’S STUDENT AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO TAKE HER EXAM PREPARATION CLASSES.