Listen to two friends talking about genetically modified food. Frank is for GM food, but Ann is against it.

Professionals Podcasts - Biotechnology

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Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the transcript at any time.

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Hi,
I will be taking ielts test next week and i dont go to ielts preparation classes at all. thus, it is hard to know what band my writing is at, can i post my writing here so that maybe people could give me the rough idea of the band im working at? or is that inappropriate?
if it is inappropriate, could you give me an alternative?
ps: i have tried assessing my own writing based on the official band criteria, but i am not convinced. please help.
thank you.

Hi,
I don't think it would be a good idea to post your IELTS writing here. For a start, it would be much longer than the average comment and probably not interesting for other users of the site. Secondly, you probably won't find anyone to give you an assessment of the band. The only people who can do that well are IELTS teachers and examiners, but they are unlikely to do their work for free, I'm afraid. Lots of people want free IELTS tutoring and it just isn't practical to help them all.
I think the best thing you can do is read all the IELTS writing tips you can and make sure you follow them. You will know very soon what your writing band is when you take the exam! When I worked as an IELTS examiner, I marked a lot of scripts which scored badly for silly reasons, like not answering the question or not using paragraphs.
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

ok. thanks for the advice. Another thing I'd like to ask is regarding the speaking part. Is it crucial to speak in formal English? or can I mix in some informal phrases in the real exam?
Thank you.

Hello,
I don't think there's any need to speak especially formally. The important thing is to be consistent. If you started speaking in a very formal way and later used informal phrases, that would sound strange. I suppose it might also be odd if you spoke to the examiner as if s/he was your best friend, but in general speaking informally is fine.
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

I just got registered. I love to improve my business writing such as letters,reports,e-mails etc. seems this web site helps to improve listening skills,vocabulary grammar etc so does it work? can I improve business writing skills?
Thanks 

Hello geega!
 
We don't have very much on Business Writing skills at the moment - but this is changing soon! We will be adding more exercises and information about business writing in the future.

In the meantime, keep practising! Practising writing is difficult without a teacher, but you can always try to write sentences. Many of my students like to keep a diary. Also, you can write to other learners on LearnEnglish. Find a subject on the website you are interested in, and join in the discussion! Although these are not directly business related, it will let you practice the important writing skills like vocabulary and grammar.

Also, remember that one of the best ways of improving your writing is to read as much as you can! This will help your grammar and vocabulary without you noticing. For business English, try our Business Magazine section.
 
Regards
 
Jeremy Bee

HI LEARN ENGLISH TEAM,
I am a new user of this site. Please excuse me if i wrote any wrong comment.
I want to know my strength & weakness on my English  writing & speaking skills.
How can i improve my spoken ability??
Please tell me which section should i do much more??
Thanks.

Hello Hatibabu!
 
I've given some suggestions in answer to your other question. Hope that helps!
 
Regards
 
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
That's an old address which we don't use any more. You can find most of those files on this site. For example, here is the 'Beating Stress' lesson.
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

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