People seem to recommend writing regularly instead of writing at length once in a blue moon so I'll just write a paragraph or two three times a week... or at least striive to do so. However, there is a question that I cannot, for the life of me, seem to figure out. I have been reading ILETS sample essays for a few days by searching on Google and thought maybe just writing about what is in my mind is not enough to get me out of this intermediate plateau. So, I took to Google to search for a specific way to improve my writing. The results that I have found can be summarised into two words. Translation and Summarisation. A lot of people seem to suggest translating from one's L1 or the language that they are strong in to L2. I have some doubt in this method as there seems to be a controversy regarding this issue as some people adhere to not translating at all times. Moreover, I mostly consume meaningful media via English so there are not much things for me to translate. I can just try to find a random article on the internet and translate it, though. Summarisation, on the other hand, looks quite useful. I can read an article in English and try to condense it into a paragraph or two by only capturing substance as it is a pretty useful skill to have anyways.
I am trying to buy some language learning method books as I am trying to be better at English and other foreign languages that I am not so capable of. I cannot stop thinking that I will not have been good at English a few years later so I am trying to find ways to reverse it. I initially subscribed to a bunch of language learning podcasts and the first one I found was the one that one of our regulars is a host of, or at least an irregular guest of. The podcast seemed to offer great insight into language learning so I decided to buy the host's language learning book. I know it all boils down to perservering and there is no magic method but I think I should at least grasp at straws.
IELTS writing seems (I know I am overusing this word a lot) to be way harder than I initially thought. There are so many words that I have to incorporate into my vocabulary to score a high band, although I have no problem understanding them. What is worse, the speaking section looks like the worst nightmare for me to take as I am abysmally stuttery. What should I do to overcome these problems to score a high band? I am personally aiming for band 8 or more and I do not think it is impossible for me... eventually.
So, what do you other language learners think? If you have found any unnatural phrases or errors please leave a correction and also your thoughts down below!
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The learners ability to use nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. correctly in sentences, using verb tenses accurately, and having the correct agreement between subjects and predicates. For instance, one would say "they were" instead of "they was."
There are 3-4 grammatical errors
There are 0-2 grammatical errors
There are 5 or more grammatical errors
The learner's ability to use certain marks to clarify meaning of their writing by grouping words grammatically into sentences and clauses and phrases.
There are 3-4 errors in capitalization and punctuation.
There are 0-2 errors in capitalization and punctuation.
There are 5 or more errors in capitalization and punctuation.
The learners' ability to form words with the correct letters in the correct order
There are 3-4 spelling errors
There are 0-2 spelling errors
There are 5 or more spelling errors
The learner's ability to tailor the written work to fit the specific context, purpose, or audience
Mostly understandable. However, there are a few errors which cause confusion.
Easy to understand. Writing flows and keeps reader engaged.
Quite hard to understand.