Wednesday, March 31, 2010

East Coast IELTS Centre

Terengganu, 02 December 2009 - IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It measures a person’s ability to communicate in English using the four language skills - listening, reading, writing and speaking.

The IELTS Preparation Programmes at UCSI English Academy (UEA) offers academic preparatory courses for those who wish to enrol in universities and other institutions of higher learning. IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand, South African and the US academic institutions.

Together with USCI University, UEA is an IELTS testing venue. This is in collaboration with the International Development Programme (IDP) Australia to make every examination a success for the Institution and students respectively.

UCSI English Academy, Terengganu Campus has started its IELTS preparatory classes scheduled on weekdays and weekends. For weekends, it is on Friday and Saturday, 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

The class started right after Hari Raya Aidilfitri and ended on the 3rd of October 2009. Puan Fardilla, on completing the course said, “Now I’m definitely ready for IELTS. I learned a lot at this workshop”.

Classes for December is running as planned. Furthermore, UCSI English Academy, Terengganu Campus is recognized as the IELTS Test Venue for the east coast region by IDP for the states of Terengganu, Kelantan and Pahang. UEA received its recognition in November 2009. We have full-time and part-time classes to cater the needs of students and adult learners. Students need not be in Kuala Lumpur to take their examination as they can do it here starting 2010. For more enquiries, please call 09-628 1880.

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Saturday, December 05, 2009

What do you think is the best way to improve academic listening skills?

This topic has now closed. Thanks for all your comments.

Wilson Couto, Brazil
In my opinion, the best way to improve academic listening skills is to practice this competence by watching movies with native english speakers from different countries. Another tip, is to set the subtitles to the english language too, so you can also improve your reading skils.

Hamed Altairi , Yemen
Good preparation is what a university student needs to improve his/her academic listening skills. For example, a student has to read something about the topic that will be discussed in the lecture. This will definitely help the student in two ways. First, pre-reading gives an idea of what the student expects to be discussed. Second, if there is something not clear when reading, then the student will be ready with questions to ask. These are sure enough to improve academic listening skills.

Ericsem, Brazil
That's really importatnt, how can I learn better? In my poor oipinion, the short and funny way is listen to a lot of programs and audios in english to try to understand the words, the expressions, the sounds, the pronounces, the jokes and so on.

Kujtim, Kosova
the best way to improve listening skills in my opinion is practising listening everyday like watching tv,listening to different documentarys and also listening the news,,the more you listen the more you train your ear to percept words

Mortaza, Iran
I think there are a number of factors that can improve students' academic listening skills: 1. students' general proficiency in English is a crucial factor. 2. students should be provided with ample opportunities to get familiar with the genre of their field. 3. they need some training in how to get the main ideas, how to take notes, and how to be active participants by having their own share and judgement 4. they need to have access to recorded lectures along with some tasks that contribute to the above mentioned skills.

I think listening to music is the best way to improve our listening skills.Because we enjoy listening to music and are entertained by it without any boring thing.

Mai moc, Vietnam
In my opinion, I think we should try to listen more and more, whenever we can

Yu-Wen, Ling, Taiwan
There are a number of methods to improve ones listening skills. As far as I am concerned, previewing the lecture would be the magic bullet.Take myself for example. My mother language is Chinese, whereas, my major in the university is English literatures. As a result, I indulge myself in English-speaking environment day by day. I have got to highlight that there is no need to spend a bunch of money to go to cram schools to learn English. If you are a music-junkie, listening to English tracks can sharpen ur listening skill without a doubt. To put it differently, watching flicks or news with English subtitles or pronunciation can train listeners quite well. The reason is that I benefit a lot from these flicks, such as Britains' got talent, Gossip Girl and Sex and the city.Take my word for it. After spending time on the listening training. Not only can fully understand my British professors' lectures fully, but get 'dazzling' grades on English oral tests. Isn't it kill two birds with one stone.Last but not least, it takes great patient and perseverance to attain ones goal(listening accomplishment). I am convinced that once the man can preview the lecture in advance, watching to related flicks or documentary and be patient to training intercourse. There would be amazing outcome!!!

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BBC Pronunciation tips

The sounds of English
There is a system of symbols for writing the sounds of English. We have a guide to these symbols and also videos to show how to pronounce each of the sounds.

There are also activities to practise identifiying the difference between certain sounds which may sound similar.

Features of English

Information about different elements of English pronunciation.

There are also interactive and downloadable exercises to help you build your understanding of these areas.

Interactive quizzes to test your knowledge of and help you learn about English pronunciation.

Three radio programmes from 2005 on the topic of pronunciation. You can download the full programmes along with the script and audio examples.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

To ponder especially for bosses who want their 'anak buah' to change...

Change is not easy. But it is simple. Things will always change. We don't
have a choice about that, but we do have a choice on how we react to change.
The choice really boils down to this: Either we manage change, or it will
manage us.

As a leader, however, deciding to make changes is the easy part. Getting
your people on board is much more difficult. Why is that? Quite simply,
change is an emotional process. We are all creatures of habit who usually
resist it, and welcome routine. Unchartered waters are scary! In the long
run, however, sameness is the fast track to mediocrity. And mediocre
companies won't survive. Tuli Kupferburg said it best, when patterns are
broken, new worlds emerge. And that is your challenge to convince your team
that the new world you are trying to create is better than the one you're
in. Is it easy? Of course not. It takes planning, commitment, patience, and

The truth, of course, is that change can be a wonderful gift. In fact, it is
the key that unlocks the doors to growth and excitement in any organization.
And, most importantly, without it, your competition will pass you by. A big
part of success, as a leader, will be your ability to inspire your team to
get out of their comfort zones; to assure them that even though they are on
a new path, it's the right path, for the right reasons.



Assoc Professor Dato' Dr Saharuddin Abdul Hamid,
Faculty of Maritime Studies and Marine Science,
University Malaysia Terengganu,

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sample IELTS Speaking Topics

Part 1 of the IELTS Speaking Module consists of personal questions about you, your family, your work, your education or other familiar topics. A categorized list of such topics and questions is given below. You can use these sample questions to rehearse for this part of the oral interview. Make sure you can speak correctly, clearly, and with ease and confidence in response to each question. Remember to make your answer interesting by providing more than the most basic information. Some of these sample questions are highly likely to appear on your exam, so review them well.


Describe yourself.


    • Describe your family?
    • Do you have a large or small family?
    • How much time do you spend with your family?
    • What do you like to do together as a family?
    • Do you get along well with your family?
    • Are people in your country generally close to their families?


    • What do you do?
    • What are your responsibilities?
    • How many hours do you work each day?
    • Do you enjoy your work?
    • Is there some other kind of work you would rather do?
    • If you could change your job or profession, what would you do?
    • Describe the process of getting a job in your country.
    • Describe the company or organization you work for.
    • What is your position?
    • What do you like about your job?
    • What do you dislike about your job?


    • Describe your education.
    • What kind of school did you go to as a child?
    • Did you go to a co-educational school?
    • What was your favourite subject as a child?
    • Who was your favourite teacher?
    • What is the education system like in your country?
    • Do you think your country has an effective education system?


  • What are you studying now?
  • What is your area of specialization?


    • Describe your hometown.
    • What’s special about it?
    • Where is your hometown located?
    • Is it easy to travel around your hometown?
    • What is it known for?
    • What do people in your town do?
    • What are the main industries in your hometown?
    • What problems face your hometown?
    • What languages are spoken in your hometown?
    • What are the advantages of living in your hometown?
    • What are some problems faced by your hometown?
    • Compare your hometown with another city.
    • What are some environmental problems faced by your hometown?


    • What’s the weather like in your country?
    • Does the weather affect your mood?
    • How do rainy days make you feel?
    • What’s your favourite season of the year?
    • What do you like to do when it’s hot?
    • What do you usually do in the winter?
    • How many seasons does your country have?


    • Describe your home.
    • What kind of building do you live in?
    • How long have you lived there?


    • Have you ever been to a wedding?
    • Whose wedding was it?
    • Where was it held?
    • What clothes do people wear?
    • Describe the wedding ceremony.
    • What sort if gifts do people buy for the bridal couple?
    • What kind of clothes did the bride and groom wear?


    • Do you like to travel?
    • What kind of places have you visited in your life?
    • Which place would you really like to visit? Why?
    • What’s the best place you’ve ever visited?


    • Do you think computers help society?
    • Do you think computers are bad for health?
    • How do you think computers have changed the world?


    • Do you use the Internet much during the day?
    • What do you usually do on the Internet?
    • What are some advantages of the Internet?
    • What are some disadvantages?
    • Do people in your country use the Internet a lot?
    • Do you do any shopping on the Internet?


    • Do you send and receive email regularly?
    • Who do you usually communicate with?
    • How often do you check your email?
    • Do you think writing email has strengthened or weakened people’s writing skills?
    • What are some disadvantages of email?


    • Describe a friend.
    • How long have you known each other?
    • What do usually do together?
    • What do you like the most about him / her?
    • How often do you see each other?


    • Describe a place you like to go.
    • Why is this place special to you?
    • When did you first visit this place?
    • Where is this place located?
    • What language is spoken here? Do you speak this language?


    • What do you feel about smoking in public places?
    • Do you think smoking should be banned in people’s homes?


    • What is the attitude toward marriage in your country?
    • Do most young people plan on getting married in your country?
    • What are some of the advantages of marriage?
    • What are some of the disadvantages?
    • Is the divorce rate high in your country?
    • Do you think people should be allowed to get divorced?


    • Do you have any hobbies?
    • What are some of your hobbies?
    • When did you first develop tis hobby?
    • What are some of the advantages of having a hobby?
    • How much time do you spend on your hobby?


    • Do you enjoy watching movies?
    • What’s your favourite film?
    • Who are your favourite actors?
    • How often do you watch films?
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IELTS WRITING assessment and Suggestions - 1

In most countries disabled people are not catered for adequately, e.g. buildings are often inappropriately designed. Governments rely too heavily on charities and voluntary organisations to provide assistance and funding.
What further measures could be taken to assist disabled people?

It is unbelievable {use word “implausible” instead because you have to show your lexical range} but true that in many countries disabled people are not catered for adequately {are not cared for/looked after becomingly: try to not you use words from the query statement in opening Para}. In other words, disabled people are not been {no need of been here} provided with the proper facilities and they have to depend on other's to get their routine work done. Though a disabled person can discuss the matter more efficiently, I too have strong opinion about the issue which will be {made} abundantly (considerably: always keep a margin) clear in the later paragraphs of this essay.

As per my point of view, I feel that though there are lot{lots} of facilities granted to physically disabled people by government: for example, reservation in government sector jobs and reduction in travelling fares etc.{,} But {yet: after ‘though’ we use a comma and yet}just providing such kind of facilities will not serve the whole purpose to cater disable people. Still, there is lot more which is required to be done.{:}Such as, special arrangaments should be made with no extra charges at airports, railway stations etc; to make the journey of handicapped persons hassle free. Also, official and residential{s} bulidings should be designed by keeping the disabled people in mind.

Furthermore, it is also necessary to{better say: it is imperative too to say} know the real difficulties faced by physically challenged{spell error} people by directly interacting with them. My intention to say this is that only a disabled person is able to express problems suffered by him or her in a better way. And then this information collected,{no need of comma here} should be implemented to our system.

After doing great deal of thought and deliberations{be careful about spell errors} with myself about the topic{,}{after mulling over/pondering over a great deal} I come to a conclusion that disabled persons do not need our sympathy{,} and it is duty of each individual to give them morale support. Also{,} disabled persons have to make the attitude of "Never Say Die" , which will inturn{in turn} make our planet more healthier.
BAND: 7.0
well done,
Riten keep me in your prayers,

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