Friday 18 October 2019

Reading for IELTS Collins English for Exams by Els Van Geyte

 Reading for IELTS Collins English for Exams by Els Van Geyte will get ready you for the IELTS Academic Reading test whether you are giving the test for the first time, or re-appearing the test. It has been written for students with band score 5 to 5.5 who are attempting to get band score 6 or higher. The structured method and complete answer key have been given so that you can use it for self-study. However, the book can also be used as an additional reading skill guide for IELTS preparation classes. The book contains great material for about 50 hours of classroom activity.

Reading for IELTS Collins English for Exams by Els Van Geyte is classified into 12 units. Every unit concentrated on a subject area that you are likely to meet in the IELTS exam. This helps you to develop a huge vocabulary and ideas about a variety of topics. As in the IELTS test, the texts are taken from reliable sources. These may contain narratives, logical arguments, descriptions or discussions. Some of the texts contain illustrations. Units 1-11 contains the types of questions that you will see in the IELTS test. Each unit focuses on a specific type of question, for example, completion questions, multiple-choice, matching questions, short-answer questions, questions asking you to identify information or identify writers' views or claims. 

The exercises in Reading for IELTS Collins English for Exams by Els Van Geyte book are related to the IELTS test. The objectives are given at the start of every unit specify the key skills, techniques, and language covered in the unit. Unit 12, which contains the last practice IELTS Reading test. Also, the book contains exam techniques explaining what to expect and how best to succeed in the test. Exam data is given in clear, easy-to-read chunks. 'Exam tips' in each unit provide essential exam strategies and can be quickly reviewed at a glance. 

The unit structure of every first 11 units is classified into 3 sections. Section 1 provides vocabulary relevant to the topic, sometimes in the context of short texts. There are many exercises to help you in understanding and use of vocabulary. The concentration is on methods and activities that are important in the context of reading skills, for example finding the meaning of unknown words through the meaning of word components, or by knowing word forms. The vocabulary is provided using Collins COBUILD dictionary definitions. 

Section 2 gives information and practice on the task types you will see in the IELTS Reading test. A description on each task type is followed by exercises of increasing difficulty level. These exercises provide you the chance to practice the skills that are essential to complete the task, and they help you to build up techniques for completing these tasks in the test. For example, in the unit related to completing notes, and summaries, you build up strategies such as predicting which words may be missing by utilizing your knowledge of grammar. You can then use this procedure when taking the test. 

Section 3 gives exam practice which focuses on the task that you practiced in the unit. There is a text having questions. The number of questions is the same as the number in the real test for the specific task type. You can use this as a method of evaluating your readiness for the real test. 

A complete detailed answer key is given for all each part of the book including recommended relevant answers. Notes are also provided on why those answers are false or true.

If you are new to IELTS, then you should work steadily through the 12 units in order to benefit from its progressive form. If you are a more experienced student, you can use the objectives listed at the beginning of each unit to choose the most useful exercises. 

Each unit in Reading for IELTS Collins English for Exams by Els Van Geyte provides between 3 and 4 hours of study material. Having access to somebody who can give informed feedback on reading practice exercises is a benefit. However, you can still learn much studying alone or with a study colleague willing to give and receive peer feedback.

Vocabulary exercises in Reading for IELTS Collins English for Exams by Els Van Geyte: 
Try to answer the questions without searching at a dictionary in order to build up the skill of inferring the meaning of words from context. This is essential because dictionaries cannot be used during the IELTS exam. Avoid writing the answers to vocabulary exercises directly into the book so that you can try the exercises again once you have studies the unit. Take time to work through Part 2 exercises from start to end. It is vital to study the notes related to each of the task types so that you understand how to reach the different task types in the test. Doing this will also help you build up more general skills for reading. The techniques provided should be fully mastered so that during the IELTS exam you are fully ready for each unit and can focus on reading and answering the questions. In the IELTS exam, there is a time limit and you usually have to work quickly, but while studying Part 2 of each unit in this book, take your time and learn as much as you can about the various task types. Reading is a skill that can only be enhanced through more practice. The IELTS reading tests can provide almost any subject considered to be within the grasp of a well-educated person. So, you should aim to become well-informed about many topics, not just those covered in the book. Regularly reading English language materials on topics such as science, business and education, can help with this as well. In Part 3 you are given the chance to apply the techniques that you have learned in Part 2 into practice. Work through the exercises at a reasonable speed. Again, check the answers wisely and learn from the notes given in the Answer key. Also, keep in mind to read the question carefully and fulfill the task in a similar way you have been asked. Do not assume that you know a specific task because you have practiced similar ones in the past. There may be some differences in the tasks in the IELTS test. Unit 12 should be done under exam conditions. Keep in mind that the total allowed time is 60 minutes; there is no extra time to transfer answers. 

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