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Part 1 – 3 IELTS speaking practice (less thinking sounds, synonyms, grammar) + Open Conversation (Vocabulary + Grammar)

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Student Info: Just graduated high school in Australia. Needs to pass IELTS soon but it’s not super important as she already got into a university.

Class focus: current issues for speaking are needs to improve confidence, vocabulary, simple grammar correction. 

Occupation: University Student

At SE since: December 2019

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  • VIP Class Notes (Li)

    December 16, 2019

    Needs more review

    spite (n): feeling of anger towards another person that makes you want to annoy or hurt him/her

    eg. He’s the sort of person who will annoy you out of spite.

    spite (verb): to intentionally annoy, upset, or hurt someone

    eg. She deliberately ruined her sister’s wedding dress just to spite her.

    Vocabulary

    pedestrian: a person who is walking, especially in an area where vehicles go

    eg. Cars should stop to let pedestrians pass by.

    lost in translation: when something is translated and loses its meaning

    sidewalk: a path with a hard surface on one or both sides of a road, that people walk on 人行道

    eg. Cars are not allowed on the sidewalk.

    Grammar

    within walking speed – located at a pedestrian area/crossing/sidewalk   

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse)

    December 14, 2019

    Homework

    You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

    Write about the following topic:

    Many people believe that the high levels of violence in films today are causing serious social problems.

    What are these problems and how could they be reduced?

    Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

    Write at least 250 words.

    Next Class Focus

    past tense – remember this for next IELTS practice

    Vocabulary

    cooperating – he zuo / work with sb else

    coordinating – manage 2 things together

    ruin – mess it up

    satisfying – the process of making you feel satisfied

    satisfactory – just OK / good enough

    back to 2000back to the year 2000 

    fencing – ji jian

    calligraphy – shu fa

    spite – hate
    eg. she is spiteful / does things out of spite

    which – add details
    eg. I have 2 days off every week which includes sat and sun which is totally normal for most people around the world.

    I like to – I’m really keen on / I’m really into / I’m a big fan of 

    Grammar

    it is much intense than previous generations – it is more intense than …


    A group activity
    Describe a group activity you took part in
    You should say:
    What the activity was
    Who you did it with
    What you did
    How you felt about it

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  • VIP Class Notes (Li)[W]

    December 13, 2019

    Homework

    Write about your recent travel experiences. Make sure to use the correct tenses.

    Vocabulary

    temperate: having temperatures that are not too hot or too cold

    hot climate: warm temperatures

    condiment: something that is added to food (eg. ketchup, mustard)

    vaccine: an injection that protects you against a disease

    pros = advantages 

    cons = disadvantages 

    isolate: put or keep someone or something in a place or situation away from others

    eg. Certain patients must be isolated in a separate ward.

    confrontation: a situation in which people, groups, etc., fight, oppose, or challenge each other in an angry way

    eg. There were several violent confrontations between rival gangs.

    eg. He would rather not have a confrontation with the police.

    sewing machine: 缝纫机

    one week later/in one week 

    Grammar

    not that like it – don’t really like it

    I always speak English to teachers – I always spoke English to my teachers

    so I back to SH – so I come back to SH 

    I’ve been to there twice already – I’ve been there twice already 

    I swam really good – I swam really well 

    when I come out of water – when I got out of the pool 

    noodle food – noodle dishes 

    the city has a lot of noises – the city is very noisy

    contention – pollution 

    injection – vaccine 

    when they travel to environment people speak different language – when they travel to places where people speak a different language/to a foreign language environment  

    I had several arguments with the staff – I had several confrontations with the staff

    earsdrop – eavesdrop 

    Pronunciation

    culture – cal-ture

    bund – like bun -d

    Writing

    I have lived in Shanghai since I was born.
    I have had milk tea twice in this week.

    I have had milk tea twice this week 
    I have visited Singapore several times.
    I have just finished my makeup.
    I have watched ‘Why Woman Kill’.

    I just arrived at school.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse)

    December 13, 2019

    Vocabulary

    primary school

    era / age

    category

    dart – fei biao

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  • VIP Class Notes (Joe)

    December 12, 2019

    Today we focused on:

    We role played meeting new people to practice general English

    Homework

    Review this website to find out when to use the present perfect and the simple past tense. When you are sure you understand the difference, make 5 sentences with the present perfect tense and 1 sentence with the simple past tense.

    https://www.ef.com/wwen/english-resources/english-grammar/present-perfect/

    Grammar

    I have finished high school in Melbourne
    I finished high school in Melbourne

    I was living in the boarding house
    I was staying at the boarding house

    General rule (not always true)

    In a place – for big places

    At a place – for small places

    Special exceptions do exist, for example
    Tony is at hospital (maybe he’s visiting a friend)
    Tina is in hospital (she is sick / she had an accident and she must stay in hospital for some time)

    Vocabulary

    That’s cool – that is cool now
    That’d be cool – it would be cool if that happened in the future

    Can I take a rain check – Maybe another time?
    I’m afraid I’m busy today. Can I take a rain check?

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse)

    December 12, 2019

    Homework

    You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

    Write about the following topic:

    Today’s teenagers have more stressful lives than previous generations.

    Discuss this view and give your own opinion.

    Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

    Write at least 250 words.

    Grammar

    my friend she got a high score

    on the ____ – sth you can walk on
    eg. on the bus / train / metro

    i need to go to thereI need to go there / I come here / I go home – they are all special places

    i traveled (at a specific time) / i have traveled (you HAVE an experience now from the past)

    Vocabulary

    i forget the name / i can’t remember the name

    the first person who came to mind

    insist on / keep on – stay on the horse – continue doing sth

    i was craving sth

    barista – a coffee maker (person)
    eg. I want to get my barista licence / certificate / qualifications

    brand image / reputation
    eg. they have a brand image

    amount – ratio / %

    autopsy – to cut open a human body
    eg. I want to do autopsies on people

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse) [S]

    December 11, 2019

    Homework

    Practice this and get it to 2 mins and record it.


    Someone You Would like to be Similar To
    Describe a person who you would like to be similar to. You should say:

    who this person is – Kpop idol, Korean, 26, grew up near Seoul
    how you know this person – Korean reality show, image is funny, attractive, charismatic
    what impresses you about this person – determined, talented eg. Good at making music / rapping / art / photography
    and explain why you would like to be similar to this person. – in another band before kicked out bcs father but didn’t give up – I want to not be a quitter, learn from him.

    Today we focused on:

    IETLS speaking part 1 and 2 – needs to get better at speaking smoothly with less “umm and uhh”

    Speaking

    I’m a student and I just graduated from ….. in Melbourne Australia.

    Not really because it’s a boarding school and i generally do not like the staff there. Because they’re too strict, because our breakfast time is from 7:30 to 8:15 and there’s only 1 hot water there in the cafeteria and we can’t get hot water from anywhere else so if I just want to get hot water and I don’t want breakfast, but the door is closed at 8:50 sharp, so I will argue, I just want to get hot water, why can’t I.

    I think the most memorable thing is like the first period in my high school i got lost and i was finding the classroom for like 20 minutes and i ended up like my teacher looked for me all around the building and i was really embarrassed because when i walked in the classroom my classmates all secret laughing.

    I’m a student and I just graduated from ….. which is a high school in Melbourne Australia.

    Not really because it’s a boarding school and i generally do not like / hate / I’m not a fan of / I’m not into the staff there because / since / due to the fact that / as they’re too strict. because our breakfast time was from 7:30 to 8:15 and there’s only 1 hot water tap in the cafeteria and we couldn’t get hot water from anywhere else so if I just wanted to get hot water but I didn’t want breakfast, but the door closes at 8:15 sharp / on the dot, so I would sometimes argue / once I argued, I just wanted to get hot water, so why couldn’t I.

    I think the most memorable thing is like the first period in my high school i got lost and i was finding the classroom for like 20 minutes and i ended up like my teacher looked for me all around the building and i was really embarrassed because when i walked into the classroom my classmates all laughing under their breath / giggling to themselves.

    Vocabulary

    limo – limousine

    after this i think – I realised 

    he didn’t used to be famous but…
    eg. he didn’t used to be famous but 3 years ago he got his big break / his career took off 

    Pronunciation

    15 – fif TEEN
    50 – FIF tee

    exhibition – “ecks sib bishen”

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  • VIP Class Notes (Joe)

    December 11, 2019

    Today we focused on:

    Today we focused on speaking part 1 and 2. We had a casual practice session for note taking and answering part 1 questions.

    Pronunciation

    Reality – ree ya li tea

    Genre – Zjon ra

    Homework

    Write an essay about TV shows you watch. It should take you about 2 minutes to read the essay aloud. This will give you an idea of how much to speak for IELTS speaking part 2.

    Vocabulary

    astronomical (adj)
    There is an astronomical amount of people on the subway during rush hour

    Rush hour (noun) – the time when people go to work or home (busy time)
    I don’t like to travel during rush hour

    boy band (noun) – a group of boys who sing and dance together but don’t play instruments
    My favorite boy band is from Korea

    Genre (noun) – type of tv show/ movie/ music / book
    My favourite genre is horror

    Grammar

    Something in China (located in China)
    I will be traveling to a city in China

    Something of China (the origin is China)
    I bought some foundation in America but I found out it’s a product of China.

    Speaking

    My hometown is nice, I think. Coz it got a lot of buildings but the traffic there is really bad / awful. Especially during the periods that people go to work and go back home. I mostly listen to K-Pop music, from like the music of Winner. It’s a Korean group. My favorite K-pop idol is from this group.

    My hometown is fabulous coz it’s got an astronomical amount of buildings the here is really awful, especially during rush hour. I mostly listen to K-pop music, from the boyband Winner. It’s a Korean group. My favorite idol from this genre is from this group.

    Recent IELTS Exam Questions and Topics 2019

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  • Demo Class Notes (Amy Y – Jesse)

    December 10, 2019

    Speaking

    i wake up at like 9 am and i went to my father’s company like in pudong cause they need to get my HK and macau visa done and he took me to the visa office and the officer said to me like it takes 7 days to be done so maybe i cannot go to HK with him and then we went to a shopping mall for lunch. It was a noodle restaurant and we ordered like 2 bowls of beef taiwanese noodle and it was delicious and then my father send me back home.

    i woke up at like 9 am and i went to my father’s company like in pudong because I need to get my HK and macau visa done and he took me to the visa office and the officer said to me like it will take 7 days to be done so maybe i cannot / will not be going to / be able to go to HK with him and then we went to a shopping mall for lunch. It was a noodle restaurant and we ordered like 2 bowls of taiwanese beef noodle and they were delicious / yummy / tasty / good and then my father took me back home.

    take –  both go
    bring – both go – 1 is going and he wants the other to come with him
    send – just the person who needs to go

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