What does the book aim to do?
It aims to extend and improve the accuracy of your vocabulary and help you prepare for the IELTS test. It introduces vocabulary through listening and reading texts that reflect the materials used in the IELTS test. Learning new words in context can help you to remember them and also helps you to understand their meaning. This book also gives you opportunities to practise new words so that they can become part of your active vocabulary.
Who is it aimed at?
The book is designed for students working alone who want to revise and extend their vocabulary. But it can also be used as part of an IELTS preparation course in the classroom. or set as homework by a teacher. It is a !so suitable for advanced students, or those studying English for academic purposes.
What order should I do the units in?
You can work through the teaching units (1-20) in any order, but you should study all the units if you want to prepare thoroughly for the test. You may want to start with a particular unit because it relates to a topic in your course book or because you have a particular interest in that area . Units 21 and 22 give helpful tips on learning new vocabulary and how to use a dictionary. These units provide a very useful introduction to learning vocabulary, so it may be a good idea to look at these first.
4 How do I use the book?
It is best to work through a unit from beginning to end as one exercise may revise the vocabulary from a previous exercise. The test practice sections provide further opportunities to extend your vocabulary, as well as giving you practice in the different sections of the lELTS test.
How are the units organised?
There are 25 units. The first 20 units present and practise vocabulary based on general and academic topics. Each topic is divided into smaller sections. Each unit has three pages of vocabulary exercises based on listening, reading. writing and speaking materials similar to those found in the IELTS test. There is also a focus on pronunciation. In addition, each unit has one page for a test practice activity, or three pages when it is academic reading test practice. The test practice includes examples of atl the different tasks in the following papers: Academic Reading, General Training Reading, Academic Writing, General Training Writing, Listening and Speaking (see the summary of the Academic and General Training tests on pp6-7). These tasks provide useful practice and revision even if you are not taking the test. At the front of the book is a summary of what is in each part of the IELTS test. The last five units of the book provide a general guide to learning and using new vocabulary. Units 21 and 22 give useful tips on developing vocabulary and using a dictionary. Units 23 - 25 focus on useful vocabulary for the different writing sections of the IELTS test. Units 23 and 24 are designed for students planning on taking the Academic Training Module and Unit 25 is designed for students planning on taking the General Training Module. At the end of the book you will also find: • an answer key for each unit including model answers for each writing task • recording scripts • wordlists for each unit
What is on the audio CD?
You need to listen to the audio CD to do the listening and pronunciation exercises in each unit. The test practice listening tasks are also on the audio CD. In the IELTS listening test you hear everything once only so try not to replay the track. How do I use the wordlists? There is a wordlist for each unit at the back of the book. Some of these words may be specific ta one topic area, but many of them can be found and used in a wide variety of contexts. You may want to divide these word lists up into groups of ten words to learn at a time. It may be a good idea to study the wordlist before you begin each unit. Alternatively your teacher might use the wordlist as a test or review at the end of each unit (or you could ask a friend to do this). You should be able to understand these words
Map of the book 2
IELTS Test summary 6
Unit 1 Growing up 8
Unit 2 Mental and physical development 12
Unit 3 Keeping fit 16
Unit 4 Lifestyles 22
Unit 5 Student life 26
Test One 30
Unit 6 Effective communication 32
Unit 7 On the move 38
Unit 8 Through the ages 42
Unit 9 The natural world 46
Unit 10 Reaching for the skies 52
Test Two 56
Unit 11 Design and innovation 58
Unit 12 Information technology 64
Unit 13 The modern world 68
Unit 14 Urbanisation 72
Unit 15 The green revolution 78
Test Three 82
Unit 16 The energy crisis 84
Unit 17 Talking business 90
Unit 18 The law 94
Unit 19 The media 98
Unit 20 The arts 102
Test Four 108
Unit21 Language building 1 110
Unit 22 Language building 2 114
Unit 23 Academic Writing Task 1 118
Unit 24 Academic Writing Task 2 122
Unit 25 General Training Writing Tasks 1 and 2 126
Test Five 130
Answer key 132
Recording scripts 157
Word list 167
CD Tracklist 174