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Ideas for studying for studying for TOEIC and IELTS

 
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matsumi23



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 3:57 am    Post subject: Ideas for studying for studying for TOEIC and IELTS Reply with quote

I am a Japanese girl that is currently studying for my IELTS examination. I have been preparing in a number of different ways.

Right now, I have been focusing on listening to English learning podcasts. My favorite is at http://www.china232.com because they also include all of the words on a pdf file for me to see and they are funny. I think it is a good way to practice for the IELTS exam because they talk about real spoken English and they talk in a natural way I think. I listen on my Ipod on the way to school and like this kind of learning.

I also might take the TOEIC test and think that these podcasts may also be good for this. How do you prepare for these examinations and which methods do you think are the best? My English is pretty good for written but not so good with the slang and real conversations so I think the podcasts are good for me

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teacherdominic



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems to me that you are taking the right approach anyway and your written English looks high class.

The podcasts idea is excellent: I really believe in this little but often approach to learning and I have a section dedicated to it on my website.
http://www.dcielts.com/daily-exercises-2/daily-exercises/, showing you places that you can go to for free to learn daily.

For you I would particularly recommend the Splendid Speaking site linked there. They do an excellent podcast and daily colloquial expressions.

I wouldn't be too worried about slang: that isn't really part of the IELTS equation. Indeed, only the first part of the speaking test relates to conversational English: part 2 is a mini-talk/presentation and part 3 is more like an interview.

If you are looking for advice for part 1, I'd say that you need to prepare the speed of your speech. You will need to answer about 10/12 questions in 4 minutes. This is particularly a problem for Japanese speakers who tend(not always of course) to want a little more time to answer. The one way to practise this is of course finding someone to speak to!
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