雅思烤鸭是这样通过《经济学人》来学雅思写作的

对雅思有了解的同学都知道,雅思大作文话题很多,但主要都是讨论社会中一些的热门话题。雅思高频话题有政府类、社会类、教育类、环境类、科技类、媒体类以及犯罪类。经济学人呢,它是英国极具影响力的期刊,它的内容包括从经济,社会到环境以及科技,很多内容和雅思大作文主要讨论的问题一致。

因此,通过阅读经济学人,同学们能够很好地掌握一些地道的搭配(collocations)以及如何有逻辑地组织信息和观点(logically organizing information and ideas)。通过以下一小段经济学人的节选,我讲演示如何很好地运用经济学人来写雅思的大作文。

这是一篇雅思大作文的考题

Some people think that problems caused by international travel outweigh its benefits. To what extent do you agree or disagree.

这是与之相匹配的经济学人的选段

(1) 读第一遍的时候,将可用的collocations 用紫色标出

(2) 读第二遍的时候,大家已经很清楚这三段是关于国际出行导致的部分地区旅游人口拥堵以及对当地居民造成的一系列问题。因此可整理出以下的因果关系链

low-cost carriers+ the rise of services like Airbnb

the share of Newbies who are making their first trips and often want to visit famous landmarks has soared

crowds converge on the same places

overcrowding brings costs, which are borne by local residents, such as clogged pavements, roads, and cycle lanes/late-night hooliganism in party towns/litter-strewn beaches and polluted water in island resorts.

(3) 最后大家可以尝试着把从这篇文章中学到的collocations 以及ideas 放在自己的雅思大作文论证中。

Low-cost carriers like Reynair have boosted international tourism. The rise of services like Airbnb, that allow locals to rent their homes to visitors, means that a place’s capability for overnight stays is no longer limited by the number of hotel rooms.

Partly as a result, the share of tourists who are making their first trips has soared. Newbies often want to visit famous landmarks. In Amsterdam almost all first-time visitors head for the Van Gogh museum and Anne Frank’s house, says Geerte Udo of its tourist authority. Meanwhile tourists from China and India often dislike tanning and therefore skip beach destinations, adding to crowds converging on the same places.

Such overcrowding brings costs, which are borne by local residents. City dwellers find that pavements, roads and cycle lanes are clogged. In party towns, like Amsterdam and Prague residents must put up with late-night hooliganism. Island resorts suffer from litter-strewn beaches and polluted water.

都说雅思写作提分太南了,那么若想让写作有质的飞跃,首先就要打好基础。而雅思写作的基础包括两个部分:词汇和句子。

雅思作文评分标准之一是“词汇使用的幅度”,尤其是对“不常见词汇”(less common items)的使用。