Delta Publishing Catalogue

IELTS Advantage Writing Skills

A step-by-step guide

Authors: Richard Brown, Lewis Rchards

ISBN: 9783125015760

Series:IELTS Advantage

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
  • 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 help students achieve a higher score
  • Check and challenge sections allow students to revise material and take their writing to the next level
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Richard Brown

The English language has always got me places.

After an illustrious 4 year career crafting articles as a news and sports journalist, I came to the conclusion that a world must exist beyond the chip pan fires of Eastbourne and the goalless draws played out by my beloved Portsmouth Football Club.

My instincts were proved right, my wonderlust taking me to New York where, apparently, my English accent added charm in my role as a personal assistant then later helped to entice State Treasurers and other financial heavy-weights to jet in for conferences in Manhattan.

Feeling slightly lost in 2005 I headed to Bogota, Colombia, to visit a friend who had been making a living there as an EFL teacher and suggested that I also give it a go.  Clutching a copy of Murphy, I posed as an English teacher delivering classes in the Mexican Embassy among other places. While at times I felt like a bit of a fraud, I realised that unlike my previous jobs, EFL teaching was a world in which I could genuinely help people and make meaningful connections with them. It was at that point that I decided to do a CELTA course. Ten years after graduating from the University of Surrey with a degree in English Language and Linguistics, I slowly began to realise that I had (re-)discovered my calling.

I had also come home, finding my first serious teaching job at Language Specialists International, an excellent independent school in my hometown, Portsmouth. It was there that I sat opposite and learned from a fantastic teacher who encouraged me to complete the DELTA at International House, London, in 2008. That teacher was Lewis Richards, the co-author of our first publication, IELTS Advantage: Writing Skills.

English teaching has now taken me to the Costa Azahar, Spain, where I live with my wife, Raquel, dabbling with flamenco guitar and grappling with the subjunctive in equal measure (me not her!). I continue to enjoy teaching and training teachers, placing emphasis on creating lessons which give learners the space to complete engaging tasks while responding to lexical gaps in their emerging language. As my inspirational DELTA course tutor from IH, Nick Hamilton, put it, ‘Don’t MIND the gap, GET IN IT!’ It is largely this shared principal of teaching which helped Lewis and I to create IELTS Advantage: Writing Skills.

Lewis Rchards

I got into EFL teaching completely by accident, loved it, and decided to make it my career, and life.  After finishing university in 1996, I really fancied living in France for a year and learning how to speak French, so I thought I’d just look for any job I could find and give it a go.  I was expecting to get a bar job, which would have been fine, but I saw an advert for a conversation teacher, no experience or qualifications requried, to teach in a secondary school in Paris, so I applied, and three weeks later I was standing in front of a group of 30 French teenagers, playing Pulp’s ‘Common People’ to a sea of blank faces.   My bad French was just about good enough at the time to understand the kids saying things like ‘What is he doing?’ and ‘Who is this Pulp?’, ‘The teacher we had last year was much better’, and so on.

Despite the inauspicious start, I realised quite quickly that I really enjoyed what I was doing, and I wanted to do it more, but I needed to get qualified, so there would be fewer Pulp moments. When the year was up, I went back to England, and did a CELTA course in Brighton.  One of the tutors was a guy called Paul Seligson, who you may know as the author of some of the English File books, and his inspirational teaching style got me really interested and fired up about what you could do in a classroom, and how enjoyable English teaching could be.  I then spent about five years working abroad with International House, starting in the south of Spain, and ending up in Kiev at the age of 30, by which point, the overseas adventures came to an end, and I came back to my hometown, Portsmouth, and got a job in a school there called Language Specialists International.  Nearly a decade on, I’m still there, I now do teacher training, some management, and of course teach as well, mainly IELTS classes, but also some general English too.   I’ve since done a DELTA, and I find that the longer I teach, the more I enjoy it, and the better my classes are.  I even miss teaching if I’m on holiday for longer than about two weeks.  Sad, I know…

Working in LSI has been a real pleasure – a fantastic group of teachers, friends, and an enlightened management, who have all made it a fantastic place to work, and have been a great source of ideas and support.  One the most amazing teachers, and nicest people I’ve come across in the thirteen years I’ve been doing it is Richard Brown – we met in LSI, and our book IELTS Advantage: Writing Skills is the product of about five years of us working on and discussing ideas of how to help students to tackle the writing part of the exam, in as fun and interesting a way as possible.

When I’m not teaching, I play bass in a band with the very EFL name of ‘The Uncountables’, play a lot of tennis, watch Portsmouth FC, and enjoy beer and Korean food.