IELTS® General Reading Practice 5

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A ) INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE CENTRE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

FRENCH & JAPANESE SUMMER INTENSIVE

Also commencing January 2005

* Mandarin * Cantonese *Thai * Vietnamese *Korean * Indonesian * English * Spanish *Italian *German * Russian

For further details contact: Admissions & Information Office 5 Bligh Street, Sth. Sydney, 2000 Tel: 295 4561 Fax: 235 4714 

 

B ) Global Language

Learning Centre

ONE OF THE WORLD'S BEST LANGUAGE SCHOOLS IS NOW IN SYDNEY

LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE IN 10-20 WEEKS

  • LATEST METHODS
  • FULL AND PART-TIME COURSES
  • BUSINESS, HOSPITALITY, OR TRAVEL

Phone for Appointment

938 0977

 

C) DO YOU WANT TO LEARN ENGLISH SOMEWHERE DIFFERENT?

Then come to Perth, the Picturesque Capital City of Western Australia

Situated on the beautiful Swan River, Perth offers you…

  • Mediterranean climate
  • Lovely Indian Ocean beaches
  • Every sport imaginable
  • Multicultural society
  • Government-owned TAFE Colleges
  • High standards of facilities and staff
  • Maximum flexibility
  • Hostel or homestay accommodation 

Intensive English Courses Available 

  • 5 intakes per year 
  • 10 week modules
  • Multicultural classes
  • Optional programs
  • Cost $2000 AUD per 10 weeks

Study Tours Available 

  • English/cultural/tourism

WE PLAN THE PROGRAM TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS

For further details, contact:

TAFE International,  Level 5, 1 Mill Street, Perth 6000, Western Australia

Telephone: 619 320 3777

 

D ) French

SUMMER COURSES

January 2005

Adults Crash Course 9-19 Jan

  • Intensive 3 or 4 hrs a day
  • Morning or evening
  • 30 hrs $250

(Beginners and Low Intermediate only)

Adults Normal Course 9 Jan - 4 March

  • 10 levels from Beginner to Advanced
  • Twice a week - 2 hrs morning or evening
  • Once a week Saturday 9am - 1:30 pm   32 hrs $278

High School Crash Course 11 - 25 Jan 

  • Intensive 3 hrs a day, 1pm - 4pm
  • Years 8 to 12
  • 24 hrs $200
  • Starts Wednesday 11.1.97

Club Français

  • 27 Claire St, Sydney, Phone 227 1746 

 

E ) UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA

Learn English in Australia's National Capital

  1. The TESOL Centre has more than 24 years' experience in providing quality language programs for overseas students
  2. Test preparation, possibility of further academic study 
  3. Access to University facilities
  4. Classes conducted on campus with opportunities to mix with Australian students
 
1 B - From scanning for our key words and synonyms (up-to-date methods/latest methods/teaching systems), we should pay attention to box B. The phrase, “LATEST METHODS” shows that this is correct.
 
2 E - From scanning for our key words and synonyms (institution, established, school, center, experience, ____ years), we should pay attention to box E. The statement, “The TESOL Centre has more than 24 years' experience in providing quality language programs for overseas students” proves that this is correct.
 
3 E - From scanning for our key words and synonyms (examination classes, testing, test preparation), we should pay attention to box E. The statement, “Test preparation, possibility of further academic study” proves that this is correct.
 
4 C - From scanning for our key words and synonyms (arrangements, activities, outside, class, plans, happenings, and studies), we should pay attention to box C. The phrases, “every sport imaginable” and “optional programs” prove that this is correct.
 
5 D - From scanning for our key words and synonyms (availability, courses, students, and schedule), we should come across box D. The prices and timings for the various courses are listed, making this the correct choice.
 
6 B - From scanning for our key words and synonyms (language teaching, special, and instruction, specific), we should come across box B. The phrase “business, hospitality, or travel” show that this is correct, since it is a specific type of language learning.
 
7 A - From scanning for our key words and synonyms (variety, language, and large selection), we should focus on box A. The fact that various languages are included in this option prove that it is correct.
 
8 D - From scanning for our key words and synonyms (evening classes, night, sessions), we should focus on box D. The phrase “2 hrs morning or evening” prove that this is correct.
This reading practice simulates the Matching Information question type of the IELTS General Reading test. Read the passage(s) and answer questions 1-8.
Questions 1-8

Look at the five advertisements, A-E.

Which advertisement mentions the following?


Write the correct letter, A-E, in boxes 1-8 on your answer sheet.

NB You may use any letter more than once.

1. up-to-date teaching systems

2. that the institution has been established for a significant time

3. examination classes

4. that arrangements can be made for activities outside class

5. the availability of courses for school students

6. language teaching for special purposes

7. a wide variety of language choices

8. evening classes





Answer Sheet
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Reading Passage Vocabulary
Language Learning Centre (“Matching Information” Strategy Video Included)

A ) INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE CENTRE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

FRENCH & JAPANESE SUMMER INTENSIVE

Also commencing January 2005

* Mandarin * Cantonese *Thai * Vietnamese *Korean * Indonesian * English * Spanish *Italian *German * Russian

For further details contact: Admissions & Information Office 5 Bligh Street, Sth. Sydney, 2000 Tel: 295 4561 Fax: 235 4714 

 

B ) Global Language

Learning Centre

ONE OF THE WORLD'S BEST LANGUAGE SCHOOLS IS NOW IN SYDNEY

LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE IN 10-20 WEEKS

  • LATEST METHODS
  • FULL AND PART-TIME COURSES
  • BUSINESS, HOSPITALITY, OR TRAVEL

Phone for Appointment

938 0977

 

C) DO YOU WANT TO LEARN ENGLISH SOMEWHERE DIFFERENT?

Then come to Perth, the Picturesque Capital City of Western Australia

Situated on the beautiful Swan River, Perth offers you…

  • Mediterranean climate
  • Lovely Indian Ocean beaches
  • Every sport imaginable
  • Multicultural society
  • Government-owned TAFE Colleges
  • High standards of facilities and staff
  • Maximum flexibility
  • Hostel or homestay accommodation 

Intensive English Courses Available 

  • 5 intakes per year 
  • 10 week modules
  • Multicultural classes
  • Optional programs
  • Cost $2000 AUD per 10 weeks

Study Tours Available 

  • English/cultural/tourism

WE PLAN THE PROGRAM TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS

For further details, contact:

TAFE International,  Level 5, 1 Mill Street, Perth 6000, Western Australia

Telephone: 619 320 3777

 

D ) French

SUMMER COURSES

January 2005

Adults Crash Course 9-19 Jan

  • Intensive 3 or 4 hrs a day
  • Morning or evening
  • 30 hrs $250

(Beginners and Low Intermediate only)

Adults Normal Course 9 Jan - 4 March

  • 10 levels from Beginner to Advanced
  • Twice a week - 2 hrs morning or evening
  • Once a week Saturday 9am - 1:30 pm   32 hrs $278

High School Crash Course 11 - 25 Jan 

  • Intensive 3 hrs a day, 1pm - 4pm
  • Years 8 to 12
  • 24 hrs $200
  • Starts Wednesday 11.1.97

Club Français

  • 27 Claire St, Sydney, Phone 227 1746 

 

E ) UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA

Learn English in Australia's National Capital

  1. The TESOL Centre has more than 24 years' experience in providing quality language programs for overseas students
  2. Test preparation, possibility of further academic study 
  3. Access to University facilities
  4. Classes conducted on campus with opportunities to mix with Australian students
 
1 B - From scanning for our key words and synonyms (up-to-date methods/latest methods/teaching systems), we should pay attention to box B. The phrase, “LATEST METHODS” shows that this is correct.
 
2 E - From scanning for our key words and synonyms (institution, established, school, center, experience, ____ years), we should pay attention to box E. The statement, “The TESOL Centre has more than 24 years' experience in providing quality language programs for overseas students” proves that this is correct.
 
3 E - From scanning for our key words and synonyms (examination classes, testing, test preparation), we should pay attention to box E. The statement, “Test preparation, possibility of further academic study” proves that this is correct.
 
4 C - From scanning for our key words and synonyms (arrangements, activities, outside, class, plans, happenings, and studies), we should pay attention to box C. The phrases, “every sport imaginable” and “optional programs” prove that this is correct.
 
5 D - From scanning for our key words and synonyms (availability, courses, students, and schedule), we should come across box D. The prices and timings for the various courses are listed, making this the correct choice.
 
6 B - From scanning for our key words and synonyms (language teaching, special, and instruction, specific), we should come across box B. The phrase “business, hospitality, or travel” show that this is correct, since it is a specific type of language learning.
 
7 A - From scanning for our key words and synonyms (variety, language, and large selection), we should focus on box A. The fact that various languages are included in this option prove that it is correct.
 
8 D - From scanning for our key words and synonyms (evening classes, night, sessions), we should focus on box D. The phrase “2 hrs morning or evening” prove that this is correct.
 
Video Answer Explanation
IELTS General Reading Tips for Success
These are general tips that will appear on all reading questions.

Tips to improve your reading speed
To get a high score on the IELTS reading section, you need to have a fast reading speed. To have a fast reading speed, you need to improve your vocabulary and practice dissecting sentences. One strategy to dissect a sentence is to look for the subject and verb of the sentence. Finding the subject and verb will help you better understand the main idea of said sentence. Keep in mind, a common feature of a IELTS reading passage is to join strings of ideas to form long compound sentences. This produces large chunks that students have a hard time absorbing. Do not get overwhelmed by its length, just look for the subject and verb, the rest of the ideas will flow.

Keep in mind, having a slow reading speed makes skimming or scanning a reading passage more difficult. The process of quickly skimming through a reading passage for specific keywords or main ideas is a requirement for you to employ successful reading strategies to improve your IELTS reading score. In other words, skimming and scanning are critical skills to ensure you complete all questions in the allotted time frame.
IELTS Reading Strategies
Once you can read and comprehend a passage with a rate of, at least, 220 words per minute, you'll be ready to start implementing our strategies. All too often, students spend too much time reading the passages and not enough time answering the questions. Here is a step by step guide for tackling the reading section.

  1. Step 1: Read questions first

    One of the most common mistakes that candidates make when approaching the reading exam is reading every single word of the passages. Although you can practice for the exam by reading for pleasure, "reading blindly" (reading without any sense of what the questions will ask) will not do you any favors in the exam. Instead, it will hurt your chances for effectively managing your time and getting the best score.

    The main reason to read the questions first is because the type of question may determine what you read in the passage or how you read it. For example, some question types will call for the "skimming" technique, while others may call for the "scanning" technique.

    It is important to answer a set of questions that are of the same question type. You'll need to determine which question type you want to tackle first. A good strategy would be to start with the easier question type and move on to more difficult question types later. The Easiest question types are the ones where you spend less time reading. For example, the Matching Heading question type is an easier one because you only need to find the heading that best describes the main idea of a paragraph. An example of a difficult question type would be Identifying Information. For this question type, you'll need to read each paragraph to find out if each statement is TRUE, FALSE, or NOT GIVEN according to the passage.

    Here is a table that lists the difficulty levels for each question type. Use this table as a reference when choosing which question type you want to tackle first.

    Difficulty level Question Type
    Easy Sentence Completion
    Short answer
    Medium Matching Features
    Multiple choice
    Matching Headings
    Summary, Table, Flow-Chart Completion
    Difficult Matching Sentence Endings
    Matching Information
    Identifying Information (TRUE/FALSE/NOT GIVEN)
    Identifying Viewer's claims (YES/NO/NOT GIVEN)

  2. Step 2: Read for an objective

    After you've read the questions for the passage, you will be able to read for an objective. What does this mean? For example, if you come across a question that includes the year "1896", you can make a note of when this year comes up in the text, using it to answer the question later on. There are two reading techniques that will help you stay on track with reading for an objective. The first one, skimming, is best defined as reading fast in order to get the "gist", or general idea, or a passage. With this technique, you are not stopping for any unfamiliar words or looking for specific details. The second technique, scanning, is best defined as reading for specific information. With this technique, you are not reading for the overall gist, but rather, specific information. Notice how each of these techniques has a specific objective in mind. This will help you find information more quickly.

  3. Step 3: Take notes

    As you're reading for an objective, you should also be making notes on the margins of the passage, placing stars next to key information, or underlining things that you believe will help you answer the various questions. This will make it easier for you to check back when you are asked certain things in the questions. Choose whichever note-taking system is right for you - just make sure you do it!

  4. Step 4: Answer wisely

    After you've read the questions, read the passage, and have taken any appropriate notes, you you should have located the part of the text where you where you need to read carefully. Then just read carefully and think critically to determine the correct answer.

 
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