More universities and third level institutions now require at least an IELTS Band 6 for entry into courses of study for non-native speakers of English. This presentation focuses on the IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 and in particular on the marking criterion of Task Achievement. A requirement for candidates aiming at Band 6 and above is that they include an overview in the text that they produce for Task 1. With this in mind, the presenter will examine what exactly is meant by an overview, how students can be assisted in forming one and the type of language which an overview normally incorporates. A number of classroom teaching ideas will be introduced and participants will have the opportunity to compare and discuss sample overviews written by candidates for this examination. Intended audience: teachers of IELTS Academic Writing.
Rory O'Kane, The Petroleum Institute, UAE
Stream: Testing and evaluation
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