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  • Levels 1A and 1B- At this level, students can:          Listen and respond to spoken language, including simple narratives, statements, questions and single-step instructions; Speak to communicate basic information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics;
  • Levels 2A and 2B- At this level, students can:  Listen and respond to spoken language, including straghforward information, short narratives explanations and instructions; Speak to communicate information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics; 
  • Levels 3A and 3B- At this level, students can:   Listen and respond straighforward information and narratives, and follow straighforward explanations and instructions, both face-to-face and on the telephone; 
  • Level 4A- At this level, students can:  Listen and respond to spoken language, including information and narratives, and follow explanations and instructions of varying length, adapting response to speaker, medium and context; 

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Vocabulary for IELTS

Growing up: Relationship, families and early learning - Listening Section 1

Mental and physical development: The body, the mind - Speaking Part 2, General Training Writing task 1

Keeping fit: Diet, health and exercise - Academic Reading.

Lifestyles: Life, leisure - Listening Section 2.

Student life: Study, education, research - General Training Reading Section 2.

Effective communication: Language, linguistics - Academic Reading.

On the move: Tourism, travel - General Training Reading Section 1.

Through the ages: Time, history - Listening Section 4.

The natural world: Flora and fauna, agriculture - Academic Reading, General Training Reading Section 3.

Reaching for the skies: Space, the planets - Listening Section 3.

Design and innovation: Building, engineering - Academic Reading.

Information technology: Telecommunications, computers and technology - Speaking Parts 1, 2, 3.

The modern world: Globalisation, changing attitudes and trends - Academic Writing Task 1.

Urbanisation: Problems and solutions, big city life - Academic Reading, General Training Reading Section 3.

The green revolution: The environment, climate change and pollution - Academic Writing Task 1.

The energy crisis: Natural resources, alternative fuels - Academic Reading.

Talking business: Employment, management and marketing - General Training Writing Task 1, Academic Writing Task 2.

The law: Crime, punishment - General Training Writing Task 2.

The media: The news, fame - Academic Writing task 2.

The arts: Art appreciation, the performing arts - Academic Reading.

Language building 1: Using a dictionary, word families.

Language building 2: Learning vocabulary, collocation.

Academic Writing Task 1: Data, graphs and tables, diagrams and processes.

Academic Writing Task 2: Linking words, opinion words, register.

General Training Writing: Vocabulary for Writing Tasks 1 and 2.

PlusReading

Levels 2A and 2B- At this level, students can:
Read and understand short, straighforward texts on familiar topics;
Read and obtain information from short documents, familiar sources and signs and symbols;
The student will be expected to:
Trace and understand the main events of chronological and instructional texts;
Recognise the different purposes of texts at this level;
Recognise high-frequency words and words with common spelling patterns
Use illustrations and captions to locate information;
Read and understand linking words and adverbials in instructions and directions (e.g. next, then, right, straight on); and
Read and understand words on forms related to personal information, (e.g. first name, surname, address, postcode, age, date of birth).

Levels 3A and 3B- At this level, students can:
Read and understand short, straighforward texts on familiar topics accurately and independently;
Read and obtain information from everyday sources;
The student will be expected to:
Trace and understand the main events for chronological, continuous descriptive and explanatory texts of more than one paragraph;
Recognise the different purposes of texts at this level;
Recognise and understand relevant specialist key words;
Identify the main points and ideas and predict words from context;
Relate an image to print and use it to obtain meaning;
Recognise and understand the organisational features and typical language of instructional texts, (e.g. use of imperatives and second person);Skim read title, headings and illustrations to decide if material is of interest;
Scan texts to locate information;
Obtain specific information through detailed reading; and
Read and understand words and phrases commonly used on forms.

Writing

Levels 2A and 2B- At this level, students can:
Write to communicate informations with some awareness of the intended audience;
The student will be expected to:
Use written words and phrases to record or present information;
Construct simple and compound sentences using common conjunctions to connect two clauses, (e.g. as, and, but);
Use adjectives;
Use punctuation correctly, (e.g. capital letters, full stops and question marks);
Use a capital letter for proper nouns;
Spell correctly the majority of personal details and familiar common wrods; and
Produce legible text in documents such as forms, lists, messages, notes, records, e-mails, and simple narratives.

Levels 3A and 3B- At this level, students can:
Write to communicate information and opinions with some adaptation to the intended audience;
The student will be expected to:
Plan and draft writing;
Organise writing in short paragraphs;
sequence chronological writing;
write in complete sentences;
Use correct basic grammar, (e.g. appropriate verb tense, subject-verb agreement);
Use punctuation correctly, (e.g. capital letters, full stops, question marks, exclamation marks, etc.);
Spell correctly common words and relevant key words for work and special interest;
Proof-read and correct writing for grammar and spelling; and
Produce legible text in documents such as forms, notes, records, e-mails, letters, narratives, simple instructions, reports etc.

Listening and Speaking

Levels 2A and 2B- At this level, students can:
Listen and respond to spoken language, including straghforward information, short narratives explanations and instructions;
Speak to communicate information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics;
Engage in discussion with one or more people in a familiar situation, to establish shared understanding about familiar topics;
The student will be expected to:
Listen for and follow the gist of explanations, instructions and narratives;
Listen for detail in short explanations, instructions and narratives;
Listen for and identify the main points of short explanations or presentations;
Listen to and follow short, straightforward explanations and instructions;
Listen to and identify simply expressed feelings and opinions;
Speak clearly to be heard and understood in straightforward exchanges; Make requests and ask questions to obtain information in everyday contexts;
Respond to straightforward questions; Express clearly statements of fact and short accounts and descriptions: As questions to clarify understanding;
Follow the gist of discussions; Follow the main points and make appropriate contributions to the discussion.

Levels 3A and 3B- At this level, students can:
Listen and respond straighforward information and narratives, and follow straighforward explanations and instructions, both face-to-face and on the telephone;
Speak to communicate information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics, using appropriate formality, both face-to-face and on the telephone;
Engage in discussion with one or more people in a familiar situation, making relevant points and responding to what others say to reach a shared understanding about familiar topics;
The student will be expected to:
Listen for and follow the gist of explanations, instructions and narratives in different contexts;
Listen for detail in explanations, instructions and narratives in different contexts;
Listen for and identify relevant information and new information from discussions, explanations and presenttions;
Use strategies to clarify and confirm understanding, (e.g. facil expression, gestures);
Listen to and respond appropriately to other points of view; Speak clearly to be heard and understood using appropriate clarity, speed and phrasing;
Use formal language and register when appropriate; Make requests and ask questions to obtain information in familiar and unfamiliar contexts;
Respond to a range of questions about familiar topics; Express clearly statements of fact and give short explanations, accounts and descriptions;
Follow and understand the main points of discussion on different topics; Make contributions to discussions that are relevant to the subject;
Respect the turn-taking rights of others during discussions.



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