IELTS challenge #3

IELTS workout of the day (WOD) #3

IELTS workout of the day (WOD) is designed to help you develop your speed and thinking skills, as well as review and learn vocabulary and grammar related to common IELTS topics. They are NOT all-inclusive vocabulary or grammar resources. They are designed to get you thinking and focussing on typical vocabulary you may need for the IELTS test.

If you think these IELTS exercises are difficult, then you probably need to learn more vocabulary first, or review grammar (there are many books and other resources here you can access for this.) IELTS WODs are a challenge, you should try and do them as fast as you can. Take note of the parts that cause problems for you - and then study to improve your knowledge.

You should be able to complete this WOD in around 30 minutes. If it takes you more time, don't worry, just keep practising and you will get faster, better and more confident.

Good Luck!

Today's topic | Buildings

1. Brainstorm 15 vocabulary words related to buildings.

2. How would you describe your own home? Write one sentences including 4 adjectives to accurately describe your home/where you live.

    TIP: When we use more than one adjective to describe something, there is a specific order in which the adjectives appear: opinion, size, age, shape, color, origin, material, type. But don’t try to use more than 4 adjectives in the same sentence, because it’s unnatural! Example: a beautiful, sleek, red, sports car. NOT a fast, red, beautiful, new, Japanese, aluminum sports car.

3. Can you think of 15 common types of building?

4. Identify at least 3 main areas of a non-residential building.

5. Quickly read the following text and answer these two questions:
    a) What is the writer’s purpose of the paragraph?
    b) Write one sentence to summarize the main idea of the paragraph.

6. Rewrite the following sentence in as many different ways as you can in 1 minute.
    If not for the elevator, the many tall buildings which are commonly part of modern city landscapes would have been impossible to construct.

7. In each case, think of one word which has the same meaning as the descriptions given below:
    a) officially decide a building not to be safe
    b) to knock down or pull down a building
    c) invent
    d) live in or occupy a space
    e) repair and make new again

8. Describe three things which used to be common in homes in the past but are not now. Can you explain why these things have disappeared?

9. Think of 5 phrasal verbs you could use when describing the process of constructing a building.

10. Write 5 different comparative sentences about different types of buildings. Use a different comparative structure for each sentence.