Qualche suggerimento per l’esame IELTS

Il test IELTS può essere un po’ impegnativo anche se sei abbastanza preparato. Quindi, per ottenere un ottimo punteggio, è importante che inizi la tua preparazione bene in tempo.
L’esame IELTS è un test di tre ore che valuta tutte e quattro le abilità linguistiche: ascolto, lettura, scrittura e conversazione.

Ecco alcuni suggerimenti per aiutarti a ottenere un buon punteggio nel tuo esame IELTS:

Suggerimenti per l’IELTS Listening Test

  • La cosa più importante: controlla se le tue cuffie funzionano, in caso contrario, alza la mano.
  • Utilizza il tempo a disposizione per preparare le domande. Leggi attentamente prima che inizi la registrazione.
  • Ascolta attentamente la registrazione e concentrati più sulle risposte che sulla comprensione di tutto. Ricorda che la registrazione viene riprodotta una sola volta.
  • Prendi appunti sul foglio delle domande quando ascolti la registrazione.
  • Scrivi entro il limite di parole specificato per ogni domanda.
  • Rivedi e correggi gli errori di ortografia e grammatica prima della consegna.
  • Per facilitare la comprensione dei tuoi esaminatori, rispondi a tutto in stampatello maiuscolo.

Suggerimenti per l’IELTS Reading Test

  • Esamina ogni dettaglio delle figure, grafici o immagini nel foglio delle domande per essere preciso mentre rispondi.
  • Se non riesci a capire una domanda, non perdere tempo su di essa. Piuttosto passa a quella successiva, puoi sempre tornarci su più tardi per finirla.
  • Non perdere minuti a scrivere su un foglio di brutta. C’è un limite di tempo e rischi di lasciare indietro qualche domanda.
  • Comprendi attentamente le domande e concentrati sulla ricerca delle risposte dal brano.
  • Sii preciso, grammaticalmente corretto e diretto. Dai una rilettura e correggi, se necessario, prima della consegna.
  • Anche in questo caso, è sempre meglio scrivere tutto in stampatello maiuscolo.

 

Generalmente, devi sapere che i testi per l’Academic Reading Test possono essere più impegnativi rispetto a quelli del General Reading Test.

Suggerimenti per l’IELTS Writing Test

  • Fai un’analisi approfondita dei lavori assegnati e prepara rapidamente le risposte mentalmente.
  • Dividi il tuo tempo in modo intelligente, 20 minuti per l’attività 1 e 40 minuti per l’attività 2 (poiché è più lunga e vale più punti).
  • Prova a scrivere più di 150 parole per l’attività 1 e più di 250 per l’attività 2.
  • Evita la ripetizione di idee, frasi e parole.
  • Assicurati di scrivere una conclusione per l’attività 2.
  • Scrivi risposte precise e pertinenti. Evita di scrivere lunghi paragrafi e frasi attorcigliate.
  • Usa la forma attiva. Evita di scrivere in forma passiva.
  • Non consegnare il compito senza una revisione completa e una correzione adeguata.

IELTS Speaking Test: consigli

  • Parla chiaramente (in maniera lenta e fluente).
  • Ascolta le domande con attenzione e rispondi con decisione.
  • Puoi aggiungere più informazioni alle tue risposte, ma assicurandoti sempre di rimanere pertinente ai temi affrontati.
  • Se necessario, chiedi all’esaminatore di ripetere la domanda.
  • Sii fiducioso mentre parli.
  • Non fare lunghe pause.
  • Concentrati su un vario uso del lessico, sui tempi verbali, sulla grammatica e sulla struttura delle frasi.

Suggerimenti rapidi per il giorno del Test

  • Assicurati di portare con te tutti i documenti d’identità di cui hai bisogno. Porta con te lo stesso documento di identificazione utilizzato al momento dell’iscrizione al test.
  • Ricontrolla il luogo, la data e l’ora del test. Assicurati di partire con il dovuto anticipo per evitare di arrivare in ritardo.
  • Non sono ammessi orologi nella sala d’esame; nell’aula ci sarà però un orologio da parete che potrai usare come riferimento.
  • Stai attento quando il supervisore fornisce le istruzioni, e chiedi di nuovo se hai dei dubbi.
  • Tenta di rispondere a tutte le domande, perché anche se sbagli non ti verrà sottratto alcun punto.
  • Non cercare di imbrogliare o copiare il lavoro di altri studenti.
  • Lascia i tuoi effetti personali fuori dalla sala d’esame, come indicato dal supervisore.
  • Chiedi il permesso al tuo supervisore prima di lasciare la stanza.

 

Bene, direi che è tutto per oggi. Ti lasciamo però dicendoti che noi di Scrambled Eggs English School Milan abbiamo attivato un corso collaudato ed efficiente in preparazione all’IELTS, dove potrai affinare le tue capacità di pensiero critico e di scrittura attraverso la pratica.

Prenota subito un incontro conoscitivo (gratuito e senza impegno) attraverso il nostro portale

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oppure mandaci una mail a questo indirizzo: hello@scrambledeggsinglese.it

 

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Learn English With The News – Growers and producers against each other in France’s “champagne wars”

Covid-19 has created many problems, but who ever thought it would cause havoc on the champagne industry? Today’s English News Segment is all about the consequences and repercussions this global crisis has had on the bubbly drink we love to celebrate with. Watch the video and then do the accompanying English language exercises.

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored. 

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

Adapted from this article.

Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

Growers and producers against each other in France's "champagne wars" | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Growers and producers against each other in France's "champagne wars" | Fill In The Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

Growers and producers against each other in France's "champagne wars" | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

 

And that’s it for today’s English lesson, where you can improve your English with the news and current events. Do you have any comments or special requests for us for the next edition of Learn English with the News? Be sure to leave any feedback you have in the comments section below, as we would love to help you on your quest to learn the English language!

For other Learn English with the News segments, be sure to check out the rest of our posts:

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Full Text:

“In the champagne vineyards of France, the season of ripening, plumping and sweetening of the
grapes ready for harvesting at the end of August, known as the veraison, has begun.
Maxime Toubart, a relatively small vigneron who produces 25,000 bottles of bubbly from the
12-acre maison founded by his great-grandparents in 1900, has been cultivating his clients as
well as his vines during the coronavirus crisis and is confident his business will survive.
The same cannot be said for many other small vineyards, who say they will face ruin if they are
forced to let their grapes wither on the vine.
Last year, just under 300m bottles of French champagne were sold worldwide, half of them
exported to the UK, the US and Japan. This year, French producers expect to sell 100m fewer
bottles, amounting to a loss of €1.7bn (£1.5bn).
The sales slump has led to a bitter dispute between the vineyard owners and the champagne
houses who buy their grapes and turn them into bubbly.
Every July, the two sides meet to agree how many grapes should be harvested. Last year, the
maximum allowed was 10,200kg per hectare (2.47 acres).
This year, the champagne maisons, who are holding a surplus stock of about 400m bottles – out
of a total stock of more than 1bn – in their cellars, want the vineyards to harvest fewer grapes
to avoid saturating the market and causing the price of champagne to plummet.
They have demanded growers pick no more than 6,000-7,000kg per hectare. The growers say
they will not go below 8,500kg per hectare.
As a result, this July’s meeting ended without agreement with just a month to go to the start of
the harvest, the busiest time of the year for vineyards.
Despite the dispute, the vineyards and champagne houses have joined forces to demand the
agriculture ministry write off some of their “social charges” taxes, particularly for the 100,000
seasonal workers employed to harvest the grapes later this month.
If no agreement can be reached, the decision to fix a maximum yield will be made by French
government officials, which could leave both sides dissatisfied.”

5 Differences between Milan and Puglia

Despite everything this year, me and my girlfriend decided to go for a holiday in Puglia. Many of my students are from the area and they always tell me how wonderful the region is. I was told of a region based on agriculture, not well developed, and a relaxed culture, but rich with delicious food and glorious beaches. They also seem to all tell me how different the south of Italy is from the north.

Now, I’m an English teacher living in Milan. My life during the year involves lots of metro rides, trains, buses, trams and walking around a vast city; attending lessons, meetings, going to bars and restaurants, shopping and then relaxing in parks, possibly taking a few trips to the mountains for a hike. I think I am living the typical Milanese life. So for the first time in Puglia I was really expecting to find myself in a different country compared to Milan. We visited Lecce and then an area around the Salento Coast near Taranto and Campomarino. Here are 5 differences between the places I found…

(The Navigli, Milan. Our school is on the left!)

The Landscape

A big difference between Milan and Puglia is the landscape. When you venture out into the nearby mountains just outside of Milan, you can really see how flat the surrounding area of the plain is, before you arrive at the mountains of course. The lakes here are wonderful and the environment in general is very green with lots of green grass and luscious trees.

But Puglia is totally different- the land is generally flat but here the land is more arid and there are the beaches. Beautiful shades of blue ocean line golden sand especially in Salento. You’re also more likely to see amazing cactuses than green forests. During August, it seems Milan and Puglia share a similar climate- it’s hot! But the land itself is very different but equally beautiful.

(The Bauxite Quarry, Otranto, Puglia)

The Food

Well what next to talk about but the food! We are in Italy after all. In Milan you can find any type of food you want. Pizzas made in the Neapolitan or Roman styles, pasta from every region and restaurants inspired by every region of Italy and from abroad like Chinese, Japanese, Indian and much more. There is literally anything you can think of here. That means there is very high quality food and sometimes some low quality around as well.

In Puglia I found there are specific specialities and they do them very, very well. Here you can find the regional specialities like pasticciotti, orecchiette, panzerotti, taralli and much more. This is the food of Puglia and as a visitor the only thing you should do is try these delicious dishes. Aside from these foods though, there is not a lot of other choice. Maybe a kebab shop or a Greek restaurant here and there. As a tourist I am in heaven because there are lots of local foods to try. But as a resident I think I would want more choice!

(Orecchiette pasta)

The People

Before I visited Puglia I heard a lot about the north/ south divide. I have a lot of Pugliese students and they are all wonderful, kind and funny people. Generally, everyone I spoke to in Milan had good things to say about the people in the south. However, a tension still exists between the regions and sometimes I heard some unkind stereotypes about the people from the south like “they’re lazy and only want to sleep during the day” for example. I am sure the same sometimes happens when southerners talk about northerners too. Maybe the stereotype of the Milanese is that we “don’t know how to laugh” and all we care about is work!

Anyway when I visited Lecce and Salento nearly every person I spoke to was also kind, friendly and usually funny as well. There seems to be a unique Pugliese sense of humour and the people there like to have a laugh and a joke. In a more local place you can feel more relaxed than a big bustling city like Milan. Both places are filled with wonderful people and any general differences were not obvious to me. Let’s forget the stereotypes. We are all unique people at the end of the day!

(Fishermen in Salento, Puglia)

The History

The first thing I noticed when I got off the train at Lecce was the old painted white train station building and walking toward the historical centre, the beautiful light coloured mosaics that cover the pavement. The abundance of white coloured buildings becomes more clear as you enter the historical centre, where all you see around every corner is beautiful Baroque churches and charming old houses lining every narrow street. In addition you have the trulli which are fantastically unique.

This is a world away from Milan with its grand and wide lanes and often modern architecture. Walking through the historical centre of Lecce is like talking a walk through the past. The influence of the Byzantines is clear here as the buildings feel closer to Greek than northern Italian. In Milan you really feel part of the centre of modern Europe, but in Puglia you feel closer to the seafaring Mediterranean past.

(Lecce)

The Tourism

In Milan you can usually find floods of foreign tourists filling the Duomo square and gazing at the shop windows of the Galleria. Now it is less like this, with foreign tourism in general falling a great deal due to Covid-19. But anyway in Milan you can find a lot of places that are specifically designed to trap the tourists. Expensive restaurants and bars line the Duomo square and follow you all the way to Sforza Castle. To find more authentic local places, you need to venture behind the main streets and find less well-known neighbourhoods.

If you have visited Puglia in August, you know it is a very busy place to be. This year perhaps it was less so, because of the lack of foreign tourists. But even so, it was still difficult to walk down the main street in Lecce without bumping into visitors due to the crowds and have people laying their towels down right next to you on the beach! In August crowds are an issue in both places. In terms of the opportunities for tourists Lecce and Salento are well-served but definitely less prepared than Milan.

I loved my holiday in Puglia. Do you agree with everything in the article? Give your opinion in the comments below!

Also try our quizzes to test your English

Milan and Puglia | Definitions Quiz

Match the words to the correct definitions

Milan and Puglia | True or False

Decide if the statement is true or false