IELTS Live Coaching | S1: E7 | Writing | Stating Opinions

Welcome back to another live coaching, and apologies for the delay. Generally speaking, IELTS live coaching (writing) debuts every Monday, but because of my extra busy week, that didn’t work. Nonetheless, here we are today! Remember, Patreon is available and has many benefits for those of you who would like writing evaluations, coaching hours (and added coaching hours at a 33% reduced price), exclusive audiocasts, videos and webinars. With that being said, let’s dive into this.

  • How would you describe these buildings using different vocabulary terms?
  • Describe a building in your city.
  • Describe the home you live in.

It is more important to use the space in cities well than make them look beautiful. To what extent do you agree?

Look at the plan down below. The key points 1-11 are listed but one supporting detail for each point is missing. Complete the plan with the correct details – a-e down below.

a. younger people tend to want to live in city — work opportunities. But housing very expensive — not enough of it.

b. some companies spend money creating beautiful surroundings — improve productivity; many famous buildings used on tourist websites to attract interest.

c. megacities — Tokyo, Mexico City, Mumbai — huge. High population and larger areas covered.

d. roof-top gardens

e. in Dubai tallest building created.

Introduction

1. Cities: have high, dense buildings.

2. _____________________.

3. I partly agree that space needs to be used well.

Reason 1 — agree because

4. important to use space effectively — population of world increasing / more people need to live in cities.

5. _________________________________________.

Reason 2 — agree because

6. Design of high-rise architecture suitable for buildings in city — building in cities generally contemporary and high rise — economic use of space

7. _________________________________________.

Reason 1 — disagree because

8. Attractive surroundings improve quality of life/ attract tourists and income

9. __________________

Reason 2 — disagree because

10. nowadays good design includes green space but still economic — also better for environment

11. ______________________

Conclusion

agree space is important but not the only factor to consider

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Technique: Decide on your viewpoint before you begin. This helps you present the information consistently throughout this essay. Remember your adverbs, introductory phrases and general language should indicate your attitude, not just the introduction and conclusion of your essay.

It’s also important to distinguish between opinions you hold and those that are more general. Look at each statement above and decide if it is a generally accepted opinion or an opinion held by the writer specifically.

Now, read the introduction and underline the phrases that introduce the opinions.

It is generally accepted that contemporary cities are growing in size and population. Various recent reports have indicated growth in megacities such as Mumbai, Tokyo and Mexico City, which cover huge areas and are still developing. Along with the increase in population globally, it is therefore commonly acknowledged that there is pressure on available space and housing. I would therefore maintain that space is an important factor in city planning and must be taken into account in an kind of planning activity. However, although space is key to good city design, it is not the only thing that should be considered and this essay will go on to discuss other factors, too.

To begin with, a primary factor for consideration is population. Experts claim that the population of the world is increasing quickly and it is true that urban societies are growing very rapidly. More young people, for instance, are moving to cities for work opportunities as well as all facilities. and opportunities they can find there. For this reason, I believe we need to find more economic ways to live. Good design, with high-rise living space, can help. It seems to me that the cost of accommodation in many cities is prohibitive, which restricts opportunities and could be solved by better town planning.

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Technique: When writing an opinion essay, you need to present different viewpoints. These can be varied to appear personal or impersonal. Both are possible approaches.

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Stephen Covey’s 8th Habit | Season 6 – Episode 18 | Learning by Teaching and Doing

“If you would like to get the most out of this book and initiate powerful change and growth in your life and organization, I recommend two simple ideas to you. If you will do these two things, I guarantee dramatic results. The first is to teach others what you learn; the second is to systematically apply what you learn—to do it!

Excerpt From: Stephen R. Covey. “The 8th Habit.” Apple Books.

What do you think I do with my podcasts? I do EXACTLY this — I learn something and I teach it — and in the process I become it. This is what I’ve been doing with a 6-year-old student. I teach her and then she gets all the other children together and teaches them what I taught her. This makes a mentor at such a young age and it’s unbelievably gratifying. Tune into my INSTAGRAM to see the IGTV.

“Also when you teach or share what you’re learning with others, you implicitly commit socially to live what you teach. You will naturally be more motivated to live what you’re learning. This sharing will be a basis for deepening learning, commitment and motivation, making change legitimate, and enrolling a support team. You will also find that sharing creates bonding with people—especially with your children. Have them regularly teach you what they are learning in school. My wife, Sandra, and I have found that doing this simple thing essentially eliminates any need for external motivation with their studies. Those who teach what they are learning are, by far, the greatest students.”

Excerpt From: Stephen R. Covey. “The 8th Habit.” Apple Books.

Stephen Covey’s 8th Habit | Season 6 – Episode 14 | Find Your Voice

“EVERYONE CHOOSES ONE of two roads in life—the old and the young, the rich and the poor, men and women alike. One is the broad, well-traveled road to mediocrity, the other the road to greatness and meaning. The range of possibilities that exists within each of these two destinations is as wide as the diversity of gifts and personalities in the human family. But the contrast between the two destinations is as the night is to the day.”

Excerpt From: Stephen R. Covey. “The 8th Habit.”

Diagram explanation in podcast.

“The path to mediocrity straitjackets human potential. The path to greatness unleashes and realizes human potential. The path to mediocrity is the quick-fix, short-cut approach to life. The path to greatness is a process of sequential growth from the inside out. Travelers on the lower path to mediocrity live out the cultural “software” of ego, indulgence, scarcity, comparison, competitiveness and victimism. Travelers on the upper path to greatness rise above negative cultural influences and choose to become the creative force of their lives. One word expresses the pathway to greatness. Voice. Those on this path find their voice and inspire others to find theirs. The rest never do.”

Excerpt From: Stephen R. Covey. “The 8th Habit.”

Stephen Covey’s 8th Habit | Season 6 – Episode 13 | How to Withstand Cultural Provocations

“Where does a person get such internal strength to swim against the current and to withstand negative cultural provocations, subordinate selfish interests and develop and sustain such vision and determination?

They learn of their true nature and gifts. They use them to develop a vision of great things they want to accomplish. With wisdom they take initiative and cultivate great understanding of the needs and opportunities around them. They meet those needs that match their unique talents, that tap their higher motivations and that make a difference. In short, they find and use their voice. They serve and inspire others. They apply PRINCIPLES that govern growth and prosperity in human beings AND in organizations—principles that draw the highest and best from a “whole person”—body, mind, heart and spirit. Equally significant, they also choose to influence and inspire others to find their voice through these principles as well.”

Excerpt From: Stephen R. Covey. “The 8th Habit.”

This is an excellent example of what I’ve overcome at my last job. I literally ignored the noise; just as I ignored the noise with my family from 2012-2013.  This was a critical moment in my life because I could’ve been sucked into a bloodsucking abyss with no way out – although I felt like I was in it and suffocating as is. However, just like my family and my last full-time job from three years ago, I kept that vision strong and the why powerful enough that nothing could blow it down. My voice was always number one over everyone else, and this is how I was able to stave off the monsters from the outside.

This two-part solution—Find Your Voice and Inspire Others to Find Theirs—is a road map for individuals at ANY level of an organization to maximize their fulfillment and influence, become an irreplaceable contributor,* and inspire their team and the broader organization to do the same. Accordingly, the book is organized into two main sections:

1. Find Your Voice

2. Inspire Others to Find Their Voice”

Topic: Don’t Settle for Less!

We’ve got a LONG PODCAST today! DON’T SETTLE FOR LESS, PEOPLE! I was talking to a teacher from Swaziland yesterday and she made a very important point when we were giving our stories. I told her, “there was nothing else left for me in that area of life but I kept giving myself false hope due to complacency.”

She said, “that was the turning point. You needed to take that massive leap to up-level yourself because you had finished the last chapter long ago.”

Right now some of you are literally working at jobs that you finished years ago.

That’s the truth.