Worksheet: By Pauline Cullen
This worksheet is based on two different articles. Click on the titles in red to find a link to the articles.
1 Read the article then reread it and underline the following words:
adapt eliminate display concept innovate
deliver receipt expenditure purchase impulse
2 Complete the sentences below with one of the words above. NB you may need to change the words.
i I think too many people buy things on __________ instead of planning ahead.
ii Although I like the _________ of shopping online, I prefer to be able to touch the food I buy.
iii I think shops could improve their sales by making sure their goods are ________ in an attractive way.
iv Offering a free delivery service is one ________ way that high street shops can compete with online shops.
v I do find that I am often disappointed with a lot of the __________ I make online.
3 Try to write similar example sentences with the remaining 5 words.
4 Now practise answering the speaking test part 3 questions below. Make sure you give a full answer (you can do this by giving examples or explaining why). Try to record your answers if you can.
Speaking test Part 3
- What changes do you think we will see in the supermarket of the future?
- What changes would you like to see? (Why?)
- Do you think buying food online is a good idea? (Why/ why not?)
- Why do you think that some people don’t like shopping online?
5 Read the article and then complete the summary below with no more than two words and/or a number from the article.
There are two clear advantages of building a skyscraper made of wood. Firstly, there is a reduction in 1___________ released into the atmosphere and, secondly, it is cheaper to 2__________ the materials. Of course such a building cannot be made solely of wood so, for this building, 3 _________ and 4 __________ will also be used.
1 Practise scanning by finding the words in the article as quickly as possible.
2 1 impulse, 2 concept, 3 displayed, 4 innovative, 5 purchases
3 The missing words are: adapt, eliminate, deliver, receipt, expenditure. Exchange your sentences with another student or a friend and try to check each other’s grammar or post examples on my Facebook page and I will try to comment.
4 Listen to your recording and write down what you hear including any hesitation (you can do this by using … to show a pause and by writing ‘erm’ ‘um’ if you say this a lot. Look at the script of what you said – was there a lot of repetition? Did you pause or hesitate a lot? Did you show a good use of intonation and word stress? Ask a friend to listen and write down what they hear. Did they write the same as you? This can help you check your pronunciation. Try to check your grammar – did you make many mistakes? Grammatical accuracy is important in both the speaking and the writing test. If grammar is a problem for you then perhaps you should consider buying a grammar book such as Common Mistakes at IELTS Intermediate or Cambridge Grammar for IELTS.
5 1 CO2 // carbon dioxide 2 transport 3 & 4 glass / concrete (in any order)