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December 24, 2018


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Merry Christmas!! Simon

Cambridge IELTS 11/Test 2/Passage 2

Learning the words in context always help. but I have a question. Is it okay if we make a list of all new words? Then how can we teach them? again in context?

@ English Partner
Here is one method: split and mix them up and then try match them up again a few days later:

1) goal
2) the range of
3) an overnight
4) the role of
5) highly
6) specially
7) without
8) a pioneering
9) without having

a) conflict
b) -oriented
c) to compete
d) inventor
e) developed
f) universities
g) interventions
h) process
i) adapted

Another way is to google the phrase:

i) A _______________ to problem solving has always offered me good results.

ii) It is fully possible to start a project and carry it to a stunningly successful conclusion _________________________ with anyone.

iii) He diversified into the electric lamp and was __________________ of the incandescent carbon filament.

And so on. Just making up an exercise for yourself is helpful.

@ English Partner

Another method is to combine exploring vocabulary with speaking.

(A) With a speaking partner (or in a small group), explain the meaning and usage of a word or phrase, without mentioning it. Your partner then has to guess the phrase, and can ask questions.

For example:
This word means "focused on achieving results as quickly and efficiently as possible" or (of a person) "focused on reaching a specific objective or accomplishing a given task" or "driven by purpose"; (of a project or plan) "designed to achieve desired results; targeted". It comes in two parts: for the first think about scoring in football, and for the second travelling to the East. What is the word?

(B)Yet another method is to create a crossword here:

Set the width, height, and square size to 24 if you wish to print out onto A4 paper, and follow the instructions.

Finally (A+B), you can combine these two methods. Instead of putting clues in the crossword, simply type the word in twice with a space between, so that the 'clue' is the word itself. You will need about twelve to fourteen words or phrases, six or seven for each partner in a pair. Keep generating versions until you have the same number of 'across' clues as for 'down', then print and hand the 'across' version to one of the pair and the 'down' to the other. Then you have a speaking activity as per (A) to recycle vocabulary which will last about an hour. Not for children. Allow dictionaries and preparation time. Well worth the effort of familiarizing yourself with the crossword process: with practice you can create an hour-long lesson in under five minutes.

Hello Simon, a few days ago i just did a recent actual test as a practice (it was the passage "the concept of childhood in western countries") and the T/F/NG of this section really confused me. I already checked out the explanation and the answers but it just doesn't make sense to me. Could you please explain why question 3 "some scientists thought that overwork might damage the health of young childern." is TRUE? cause i cannot find any word equivalent to "scientists" in the given passage? thanks a million

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