Monday, 2 July 2012

To their advantage...


The second book was ‘IELTS Advantage: Writing Skills’, co-written by Lewis Richards, our General English Assistant Director of Studies, and Richard Brown a former LSI teacher who now works in Spain.  Both of whom have extensive teaching and training experience.



Richard and Lewis at the book signing in Cafe P last September


Lewis says: “IELTS Advantage is a book that aims to help students achieve a 6.5 or 7.0 (or more!) in the writing section of the IELTS exam.  Richard and I developed the ideas for the book over many years at LSI of writing our own materials to help students with writing.  We found that, although there are many good IELTS books on the market, what was missing was a step-by-step guide to all the different types of writing that students have to do in the exam.  After years of working together on materials, and trying them out in our classes, we decided to see if we could put them together in book.  IELTS Advantage has now been on sale for around nine months, and has proved really successful in helping students (either in classes, or by self-study) achieve a high writing score in the exam.  We’re currently writing a new book, this time an IELTS course book, which will focus on all four parts of the exam”

(Don't tell anyone but...Lewis spent a day recently showing screen shots of the fact that his book had a higher ranking on Amazon than Raymond Murphy's 'English Grammar in Use'!)
How Amazon puts it: 

Product Description


"IELTS Advantage: Writing Skills" is a fully comprehensive resource for passing the writing section of the IELTS exam with a grade of 6.5-7.0 or higher. Students are guided step-by-step through the different tasks in the writing module, using material developed in the classroom, by authors with many years' experience in helping hundreds of IELTS candidates achieve a high IELTS score. "IELTS Advantage: Writing Skills": shows students how to organise and structure an answer for all types of task 1 and 2 questions; contains a model essay in each unit, showing students exactly what is required; contains a general interest article in each unit, developing ideas and vocabulary for a common topic in the exam; quickly develops students' fluency and confidence in producing pieces of writing through a focus on academic vocabulary and collocations; and, contains grammar exercises in each unit, showing students how to apply a wide range of grammar items in their IELTS writing. Key features: suitable for classroom study or self-study; includes answer key; real writing samples from IELTS students, with examiners' comments, show in detail what is required to achieve a 6.5 , for example, frequent exam tips from the authors' experience as IELTS examiners help students achieve a higher score; and, check and challenge sections allow students to revise material and take their writing to the next level. "IELTS Advantage" is a series of course books offering step-by-step guidance to achieving a high IELTS score.

Reviews:
i have bought this book in 2011, and i am now preparing myself to take ielts exam and i need 7, this book is an amazing and informative book,which is teach you step by step,it is the best book i have ever bought for ielts ,one things which is not related to the author is the page 129 is missing which is a shame there are two more diagram in this page,guys you are brilliant, i wish i have known you in reality as i chose both of you as my teacher for ielts. thanks
please wish me high score

Although this book is not published by Cambridge University Press, it is the best writing guide for IELTS. Cambridge books seem to have neglected writing part of the exam, at least when it comes to aiming for band 7+. This wonderful book does job much better than they do. Collocations and phrases are the main characteristic of this excellent reference, but is not the only thing I adore. Sample essays and comments teach you as well. I've been struggling to understand rules of task 1, including a plan of this kind of essay. I purchased this outstanding book and everything changed. I feel more confident. Missing page is not a problem because the publisher attached this for my request. Worth buying and working through it!




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