Imagine that you’ve gone over to your friend’s house for a visit. You go into the living room and notice that there are dirty clothes and old papers on the coffee table, a pile of peelings and dinner leftovers in the corner of the room, and the contents of the bathroom rubbish bin on the sofa. Would you be dismayed? Why? For you do exactly the same thing!
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I bet most of you think that reading in English isn’t the most difficult thing in the world. We do it quite often and we also read in our native language so reading in English might seem to be more or less the same. But what happens when you need to read a text in an exam? Is it still a piece of cake? I’d dare say that quite a few people struggle with reading comprehension and text analysis when they take English exams (e.g. IELTS, First, Advanced, etc.). This is because in the exam it’s not enough just to understand the passage, you also need to show the ability to work with that passage. Sometimes you have to see all the nuances in the language. Sometimes you are expected to notice connections between the different parts of the text. And in this blog post I’m going to outline the most typical reading strategies/types and some tips which will help you master them.
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There are many reasons to take an exam. For some it provides a meaningful motivation to learn. Some people need it for their work or for an educational institute as proof of a certain level. While others just like doing so for their own personal satisfaction. Czytaj całość »