David I hope you also get a good mark.
For writing exam, I guess you have tried your best.
In lexical resource you are strong, but you need to sum up
your knowledge of other syllabuses. Do not forget that examiners
assess your essay against a table thus you can navigate their mind
towards positive marks;
First do the task 2 because task one has 2 mark compared to 7 mark for task 2.
Next for the task 2, try to use a range of well-approved grammars so that you can
convince the examiner that you know the grammar; Passive, relative clause,
conditional, paired conjunction, verb tenses, modal, propositions, punctuation, collocation,
I can go on ... but it depends on your knowledge.
For coherence and cohesion, try to tailor your paragraph in way that it flows smoothly while
attracting no attention; Stay away from overindulgence because the examiner can detect it
For task response, first make sure you understood the question. Next try the strategy Enda
suggested in the other thread which intrigued me;
When you get the question, underline like crazy, highlight, draw arrows, draw circles, write related words, synonyms, opposites; change nouns into verbs and verbs into adjectives. Play for at least five minutes until you are sure of the question, and keep going back to it until you have a plan for each paragraph. Have examples for each idea.
Try to insert examples if they demanded; Notice that examples are a good place which you can
express your grammar abilities using past tenses, past perfect, conditional etc.
You can also apply a 6w pattern to generate ideas about the topic;
Some people think that cultural traditions may be destroyed when they are used as money-making attractions aimed at tourists. Others believe that is the only way to save these traditions. Discuss both these views and give your opinion.
You can generate ideas, however faked, while answering these questions:
- Why people think?
- What will be destroyed?
- Who will take benefit and who will make loss?
- What is affected and in what way?
- How is tradition affected in this way?
- Where tourists go and where do they come from?
- When the situation is getting deteriorated?
You see 6+1 W words help you generate ideas. Now you can eliminate those which
sound irrelevant to the topic. You know this is not a formula; try using your imagination as
I also need to practice what I preach 🙂