Intermediate (Pre-IELTS) course


Pre-IELTS Reading: more multiple choice
Read the following text and answer the multiple choice questions below.
In linguistics, a corpus (plural corpora) is a large and structured set of texts (now usually electronically stored and processed). A corpus may be used to

 help linguists to analyse a language, or for the purpose of dictionary writing or language teaching. The British National Corpus (BNC) is a 
100-million-word text corpus of samples of written and spoken English from a wide range of sources. The corpus covers British English of the
 late twentieth century from a wide variety of genres with the intention that it be a representative sample of spoken and written British English of that time.

1. What is a corpus?
A) A type of large dictionary. B) A single written text. C) A tool for language analysis.


2. Why was the BNC compiled?
A) For the purpose of language teaching. B) To document written and spoken English from a particular period in time.

C) To document the history of the English language.


Intermediate (Pre-IELTS) course 

Pre-IELTS Writing Task 2: using computers in classroom


Sample question

As computers are being used more and more in education, there will soon be no role for the teacher in the classroom. 

To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Main body "advantages" paragraph (band 9):


There are several advantages to using computers in education. Firstly, students learn new skills which will be extremely useful for their 

future jobs. For example, they learn to write reports or other documents using a word processor, and they can practice doing spoken 
presentations using PowerPoint slides. Secondly, technology is a powerful tool to engage students. The use of websites or online videos 
can make lessons much more interesting, and many students are more motivated to do homework or research using online resources. Finally,
 if each student has a computer to work on, they can study at their own pace.

Do you think computers will soon be able to replace teachers? Why? /why not? 
- Learning from a computer is impersonal/ fake sympathy/ lack emotions
- Teachers can share personal experiences/lead by example/ computers hardly understand intricacies of life
- Some subjects need professional teachers, e.g. sports and arts
- Some social skills are tacit, unspoken/ are not included in a computer program
However, there is no reason for me to think that computers will replace teachers in the near future. ..................................................................

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Intermediate (Pre-IELTS) course 

IELTS Speaking Part 1: 'celebrities (15)


1. Who is your favorite film star?
My favorite movie star would be someone like Leonardo DiCaprio. What I like most about him is that he is very versatile. For example, he can be funny, crazy, romantic, and serious.


2. Are international superstars popular in your country?
Yes, without a doubt! I especially see that pre-teens and teens idolize superstars. For example, soccer is all the rage (very popular) in my country, so people closely follow the lives of soccer players, such as Ronaldo and Messi, as well.


3. Have you ever met a superstar in real life?
Yes, I have! Luckily enough, I crossed paths with (met by accident) Brad Pitt while he was visiting Europe. We chatted for a while and even got a selfie together!


4. Do you want to be a superstar?
Absolutely not! Although their lives seem glamorous and care-free, I wouldn’t trade my life as an ordinary person for that lifestyle. In my opinion, it would be miserable to have your every move snapshotted by the paparazzi or my entire life on blast (all details revealed) on the internet.


Speaking part 3
How do you think the Internet will affect our lives in the future?
Personal perspective: I think the Internet will have a huge impact on our lives. More and more people are using social websites to keep in touch with friends. I think the Internet will probably replace TV because most channels are already available online.
Economic perspective: Also, I think we'll do more online shopping. Web-based companies like Amazon are already really successful. In the future, there will probably be more companies that only sell via the Internet, and I expect we'll spend more money online than in traditional shops.
Educational perspective: Schools and universities might also use the Internet to provide courses, so online learning will probably become a normal part of life.
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