胜之不武的bilingual:雅思8.5及口语9分经验
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大家好 我是拜拜拜伦(挥手)


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^这是我2015年3月考的成绩
自我介绍一下:
-我5岁被爸妈带去英国读书,读到11岁回国读初中(当时中文奇差、不适应应试教育之怨念省略一万字)
-刚刚从台湾某大学英语专业毕业
-去美国某村里大学做过交换生一学期
-雅思考了四次了,分别8、8.5、8.5、8.5…… (正在复议no. 4,乐观的期待BC给我个满分)
-gap yr中,在上海某律所当一个小翻译
-准备明年/后年去美国读法学JD学位

在寄托法律版逛了一段时间了,今天工作闲闲的,就来分享一下我胜之不武的雅思经验……实话说没有很多干货??我就讲讲故事。大家看着玩就好。

第一次考好像是高二(2012),闲的没事,我妈让我考考看看水平。我把那时候的剑1-剑8刷了一遍,翻了翻作文书,就去考了。成绩好像是:听力9、阅读8、写作6.5、口语8

记得口语分到了倒霉的早8点第一场,考官感觉还没睡醒,撑着脑袋无比厌世地问我:
What's the climate like in your city?
我作为一个光荣的高二文科生脑中立刻冒出了:温带海洋性气候!但是英文怎么说?专业术语我不会啊!
当场开始冷汗:Um...it's close to the sea and like, sometimes rainy?^(#U^

出分之后就被麻麻批评:你英语那么好跟英国孩子一样怎么没考满分 怎么作文才6.5 =_=

到了高三(2013)开始申请大学,因为剑桥要4个7,所以又刷了一发雅思。那时候好像很偷懒也没怎么准备,每次都在美其名曰“复习呢”然后看小说。但是可能我自己都不知道我有多机智,我看的都是英文小说:3 所以还是进步了。第二次考:听力9、阅读9、写作7、口语9。

具体考试内容已年代久远忘记了,但是那次就跟口语考官聊得非常嗨!大约考官一天要接待无数的5-6分考生心力憔悴,我考完还依依不舍地送我到门口。我就跟帅哥考官客套了一句:I really like your accent, where are you from?
他说:London.
我:Oh, no wonder. :)
然后他就更开心了然后依依不舍的与我挥别:)

后来我拿到了口语满分的成绩单就开始教育身边要考雅思的小伙伴想办法恭维恭维考官(捂脸)但是好像某些不长心的小伙伴给学歪了,跑去告诉考官you are very beautiful结果考官very alarmed,这我实在是不负责任的……


第三次考就到了2015年,这时候我已经在读英语专业大二了,考来申请我们学校的出国交换甄选。我在我们系的作文课上学到了很重要的一个知识点:如何写考试八股文。(划重点!)
开头首先要有一个hook,吸引观众阅读。大部分考生在写雅思作文的时候第一句就是复述一下题目,如果你能写的切题又比较有吸引力,立刻就有first impression分数无数。
比如说一个关于运动的题目就可以拽一句:From the Olympics to Wimbledon, competitive sports have always captured the hearts of its spectators as well as its participants.
然后第一段还要有一个thesis statement,就是明确表明文章观点,在雅思作文里一般就是表态:agree/disagree/both sides have some merits etc.
之后可能会有正反两段内文,或者一二三三个论点。这些段都要第一句表明段意,e.g. One important reason for traffic congestion is bad urban planning. 然后表态了之后再论述+丢一些例子。最后一句要transition,e.g. While this is the main reason for the problem, another reason also has some influence. 然后下一段开始下一个论点。
最后结尾段,再把你的thesis statement换句话重复一遍,最后一句升华一下,就结了。升华就是随便套一点大道理,比如写父母是否要陪伴孩子阅读就可以: A parent's guidance in building reading habits is essential not only to a child's education, but their overall mental development as well.
总之就是
hook+thesis statement
main point 1 + argument + example + transition
main point 2 + argument + example + transition
possibly main point 3 etc etc
restated thesis + conclusion

有了结构,再往里面套内容和好词佳句就很好办啦。我这次作文就考到了8分。

不知道为什么,我的口语考试是一个巨大的阶梯教室,考官坐在下面的老师桌前,对面给我张椅子。考的时候要从上面走下去,背后无数空座,不知道为什么压迫感max,很怨念。口语方面,我没拿九分应该主要是一道题答得不好。考官问我Which is your favourite pair of shoes?
我:(谁还在鞋子里面挑最喜欢的啊不就是个鞋吗)Well I haven't really thought about that before, and I don't have favourites. If I had to choose I'd probably say it's a pair of high heeled sandals I have.
考官:Can you describe them?
我:They're black and shiny and they have very high heels, and I like when I wear them because it makes me feel tall. :)
后来研究了一下雅思口语评分标准,在不熟悉的话题中有停顿犹豫显得吃力是8/9分的一个分水岭。唉。


最后一次考就是今年五月了,分数是听力9、阅读8.5、作文8、口语8.5。现在正在天荒地老的等复议结果。我那时候同时在复习LSAT,美国法学院入学考试,里面的阅读比雅思阅读难n倍,所以就觉得不用去特别准备雅思了,当时阅读答完还检查了两遍觉得应该没错,没想到最后还是8.5。作文我考完下午回来就趁着记得清楚给写下来了,应该不差几个字,给大家参考一下实战雅思8分作文。(希望复议之后他会变成实战雅思9分作文??)
题目:
People have a duty to society to take care of their own health, not only for their own benefit. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

People often say that health is a good fortune that money cannot buy. Such a comparison in the materialistic world of today is evidence of the emphasis given to personal well-being. While it is obvious that this is life and death to an individual, its implications on society are also a valid concern.

Humans have always been selfish creatures, and that has never been more evident than in the fast-paced, globalized, man-eat-man world we live in. A person’s attentiveness to their physical and mental well-being can have a great influence on their personal planning. A bad flu, for example, could put a damper on a long planned trip. Others may face more serious concerns such as terminal diseases. Either way, it has been extensively discussed by all types of experts the effects that personal health has on the individual.

Yet among all the advertisements of fitness classes and nutritional supplements, the effects of a person’s health or lack thereof on their society is rarely discussed. To expand the narrative a little, one might note that a person’s sickness may have an impact on the physical, emotional, and economic stability of those around them. Patient Zero of an epidemic certainly causes a detrimental effect on far more than just themselves. Those who have severe conditions may cause their families not only grief but financial stress in paying for their treatments. On a grander scale, the sickness of an individual can cause depletion of the workforce, a strain on healthcare, and increased burden on other taxpayers. Such a statement may seem like an exaggeration, but the proverb of the horseshoe nail that spurred the kingdom’s loss can well exemplify the relationship between the individual and society.

Humans remain short-sighted creatures with a self-centred view of the world around them, and therefore, personal implications are still more persuasive in encouraging careless people to take better care of themselves. But to gain a holistic view of the issue, it is imperative to realise that the influence of a person’s health on society is deep and far-reaching. 

明天继续更考雅思+给各种同学做口语、作文指导的一些心得。



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