An interactive beginner’s guide to writing an argumentative essay is available at http://www.shmoop.com/essay-lab/argumentative
I’ve had to take the IELTS test for my skilled migration to Australia. Thankfully, I did pretty well in the test on the first try (9 overall) and I’ve since been trying to help some people I know with their test preparation.
Today, I thought about creating another WordPress site, this time with an IELTS focus. But it looks like all the free WordPress domain names with “IELTS” in them are taken. So I’m thinking I’ll just use the General Paper site for it, since there’s quite a bit of overlap between the two assessments systems. Both the Singapore-Cambridge General Paper and IELTS have a group from the University of Cambridge as one of the examining authorities.
So, watch this space for some ideas preparing for your English Language assessments, while I have a think about it.
The animation that accompanies this talk given by Sir Ken Robinson is fun to watch.
But what about the validity of the claims? Crispin Weston presents an extensive critique.
You need facts to back up your ideas in writing. Plus, some facts are just plain interesting. I’ve just discovered Factbrowser. Go have a look and search for the statistics you need.
Since I moved to Sydney, I’ve basically stopped cycling, barring a few rides, and only one of those on a road bike.
I found the following statistics and posted them on Facebook, but I thought maybe some of you might want to have a look and do some analysis of the figures as well. What do the figures mean? Which city/state/country is the safest?
London: Population 8M, 407 cyclist deaths and serious injuries 1st 9 months of 2011 http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/feb/02/road-accident-statistics-cyclists
Singapore: Population 5M, 500 cyclist casualties (including 15 fatalities) in 2011 http://www.spf.gov.sg/prints/tp_annual/2011/doc/11spfa_casualties4A.pdf
NSW: Population 7M, 52 fatal pedestrian crashes, no separate category for cyclists among vehicles (?) at http://www.bitre.gov.au/publications/2012/files/RDA_Summary_2011.pdf
Australia: 22M, 26 to 46 cyclist deaths per year, 2000 to 2005. “More meaningful Australian data on cycling crashes is difficult to access due the lack of exposure data for cycling, differences in police and hospital data records, lack of data retained by road traffic authorities and the fact that many cycling accidents occur off-road” http://cyclingresourcecentre.org.au/page/safety_statistics_common_crashes