Saturday, December 29, 2018

The Latest Word: Paroxysm

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Today's word is one that is found in a near-identical form in many other languages, as it's been borrowed from the Greek word παροξυσμός or the verb παροξύνειν. Simply take a look at these translations:

Friday, December 28, 2018

Monica Wood - Disappearing (Overview - Part 2)

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This is the second part of the overview of Monica Wood's short story "Disappearing". Before reading, please take a look at the introduction I've written here which includes a link to the story itself, a short biography of the author, the setting of the story as well as the characters that interact in it.

This second part will cover the plot and deals with the "growth" process the story describes. Through this process, Wood intimates how destructive others can be and how -- as traumatizers -- they can permanently stunt development.

In part 3,  the point of view and symbolism are discussed.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Monica Wood - Disappearing (Overview - Part 1)

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People's cries for help often go unnoticed because as a society we have either become immune to other people's plight or we have become too self-centered to notice others at all.

Monica Wood captures this feeling of insignificance, a kind of nullity of human existence imposed by others by dint of their disregard for their fellow man (and woman, naturally), in her short story "Disappearing". 

The title says it all. The passage from one existence to a non-existence is depicted in a matter of pages. Twenty-eight paragraphs is all it takes to erase one's physical identity. Yet how much longer it takes to erase an individual's entire existence -- both body and mind -- is what lies at the heart of this story. The answer to this question is a terrifying "few people, a few comments, several reactions" rather than a specific time period. In fact, I would contend that this is not a story just about anorexia --  anorexia is simply a by-product of a greater disorder plaguing society. What "Disappearing" truly achieves in doing is highlighting the encounters rather than the time span or symptoms of a medical condition that afflicts over 2.9 million people (see the study here). Through these encounters, readers understand what someone has to put up with, why they obsess with body image and especially body weight, and how the desire to erase yourself from the face of the earth starts well before the idea itself consciously materializes.

If I could phrase the gist of the story in a sentence, it would be the following: When we efface others regularly, we enhance their longing to reduce themselves to nothingness.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Commentary: How does Literature instruct?

I've loved books ever since I can remember. They're the only thing I've consciously made a choice to collect. I love how they smell, how the pages feel, the different textures of their covers and the way they look as they stand, motley-colored and neatly arranged on bookshelves. If I hadn't become a teacher, I'd work in a library or a bookstore, such is the extent of my obsession. My love of books is so great that I can't imagine why others don't understand their importance. 

This is what brought me to write this post, in fact. A few weeks ago, I'd seen a question posted by someone online (no doubt a desperate student who was assigned the question by a teacher) asking how Literature instructs, and wondered why on earth anyone would ask such a self-explanatory query. After all, the reason I revere books doesn't merely come from the satisfaction I get as I turn pages over or capture the scent of a book the minute I open its cover. I've always felt they were, each and every one of them, fascinating worlds -- both real and imagined -- in their own right, with heaps of knowledge to be garnered. 

So I said to myself that it was about time I got my ducks in a row and expressed in writing what I'd felt to be true for a long time now by pinpointing how in actual fact books benefit mankind. I especially hope my thoughts on the topic will change the way people view studies undertaken in the Humanities (seeing as there is a declining trend in the number of students who enroll on Literature courses at undergraduate level these days). 


How Does Literature Instruct?


My dad wanted me to become a lawyer and sure enough, I'd seen enough Perry Mason and Matlock episodes in my youth to know that lawyering on screen was about as dazzling as it could get. Gregory Peck got it right in To Kill a Mockingbird, Charles Laughton in Witness for the Prosecution, but I was quite sure real life was in no way bound to be like that. Besides, stories are what really mattered to me and I dreamed of being able to teach others to squeeze the life out of them and make it their own as I myself had done so. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

C2 Sample Essay 23 (Screen Addiction)

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Writing at C2 level (Proficient User) on English language examinations is the same no matter the awarding body when it comes to writing essays. If you are a candidate giving an exam in English, make sure you read my earlier post What do I do with the sample writing found on this blog? to get the most out of the sample essays provided on this blog.  

If you are not taking an exam but need to discuss what can be done to protect people from becoming addicted to television, cell phones, game consoles and computers, then read on and note down what you deem useful. If you intend to use this essay as part of an assignment, remember to paraphrase so as not to plagiarize.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Essay Writing: The Overall Organization of an Essay

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Let's bring different cases to the forefront and see if any of them fit the predicament you're in.

Case 1: A teacher has told you to write an essay. 

Case 2: You are preparing to sit an exam that determines your level of English and which includes a section that instructs you to write an academic essay.

Case 3: You are a teacher who needs to explain how students should organize essays and aren't quite sure where to start from.

All three of these cases have a common denominator called "essay" which needs to be tackled.

What I've seen throughout the years is that students find the task of writing an essay daunting. The difficulties they tend to have are the following:

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Ann Petry - Like a Winding Sheet (Overview - Part 4)

Read part 1 of this overview which includes a brief introduction, includes a link to the full text of the story, some details about the author's life as well as an analysis of setting and plot.

Part 2 contains an analysis of the characters that appear in the story and the point of view.

Part 3 discusses the symbolism found in this complex short story while this final post deals with the themes and the title of the story. 


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Ann Petry - Like a Winding Sheet (Overview - Part 3)

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Read part 1 of this overview which includes a brief introduction, includes a link to the full text of the story, some details about the author's life as well as an analysis of setting, plot.

Part 2 contains an analysis of the characters that appear in the story and the point of view. 


This part discusses the symbolism found in this complex short story.

Part 4 follows to discuss the themes and the title of the story.

Ann Petry - Like a Winding Sheet (Overview - Part 2)

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Read part 1 of this overview which includes a brief introduction, includes a link to the full text of the story, some details about the author's life as well as an analysis of setting, plot. 

This second installment contains an analysis of the characters that appear in the story and the point of view. 

Part 3 discusses the symbols found in the story.

Part 4 deals with the story's title (how it foreshadows the ending) and themes.


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Ann Petry - Like a Winding Sheet (Overview - Part 1)

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Many read "Like a Winding Sheet" and conclude the drama that ensues has to do with race. Yes, that indeed would be the obvious conclusion. However, details pertaining to lipstick, tossing one's head back, lifting hair away from one's nape tell a different story. 

This story is Ann Petry's primary narrative, I feel, as more care has been given to leave a trail of feminine breadcrumbs against the manifest backdrop of racial inequality and heartless behavior by those in a position of power, which happen to be the destructive forces behind further victimization. Petry manages to show just how everything comes full circle in the worst possible way when people try their damnedest to be the brutes they shouldn't be in their dealings with others.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

C2 Sample Essay 25 (Science versus Economics/Language)

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Writing at C2 level (Proficient User) on English language examinations is the same no matter the awarding body when it comes to writing essays. If you are a candidate giving an exam in English, make sure you read my earlier post What do I do with the sample writing found on this blog? to get the most out of the sample essays provided on this blog. 

If you are not taking an exam but need ideas on whether a government should fund science-related subjects more than other disciplines, then read on and note down what you deem useful. If you intend to use this essay as part of an assignment, remember to paraphrase so as not to plagiarize.


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Top Tips for Speaking Examinations: Two-Sided Opinion Questions

Exams which test your knowledge of the English language test oral competency in their majority. The topics on which the questions are based are numerous, so it is much more difficult to predict what candidates will be confronted with on the day of the test.

However, no matter the level of the test, the awarding body or the format of the oral examination, what can be predicted is the type of question that will be asked. 

In this blog post, I will deal with what I call two-sided opinion questions and the steps candidates can follow to tackle them effectively and achieve a better score than if they had no idea what to expect before entering the exam room.

Examples will follow for clarification, naturally.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

C2 Sample Essay 22 (Women's status)

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Writing at C2 level (Proficient User) on English language examinations is the same no matter the awarding body when it comes to writing essays. If you are a candidate giving an exam in English, make sure you read my earlier post What do I do with the sample writing found on this blog? to get the most out of the sample essays provided on this blog. 

If you are not taking an exam but need ideas on the causes that have led to the change in women's status over the years, then read on and note down what you deem useful. If you intend to use this essay as part of an assignment, remember to paraphrase so as not to plagiarize.


Monday, October 22, 2018

10 More IELTS Cue Card Questions (part 4)

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Please note that the following questions are not only for those sitting the IELTS examination. Teachers, students or anyone who wants to improve their spoken English can use them to practice speaking.

All you have to do is practice with a tutor or speaking partner, or even by yourself. Use a stopwatch to time your answers -- a reasonable answer should last 2-5 minutes. 

For IELTS test takers, this is the fourth list of cue card questions, so if you haven't seen the previous lists, you can find them here (part 1), here (part 2) and here (part 3). Remember to limit your answers to 2 minutes.



IELTS candidates should also read the tips for Part 2 of the Speaking section here:IELTS Speaking: Part 2 Sample Questions (List 1) & Tips.

Kate Chopin - A Pair of Silk Stockings (Overview - Part 2)


Before reading this post, if you haven't already done so, please read the first part here. It has a very brief note on the story's author, covers the plot, characters and setting.

You can find the story itself here.

This second part will deal with point of view, themes, symbolism, irony, the story's title, and will try to give some explanations as to the reasons why Mrs. Sommers gave in to temptation.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Kate Chopin - A Pair of Silk Stockings (text)




An analysis of Kate Chopin's short story "A Pair of Silk Stockings" can be found here.

Kate Chopin - A Pair of Silk Stockings (Overview - Part 1)

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If I were to say that the typical love triangle is substituted for a different one in the opening paragraph of Kate Chopin's "A Pair of Silk Stockings", few students would believe this is possible. In fact, when students give me feedback on this short story, it usually is negative, not because they didn't get it -- it's written plainly enough -- but because there's nothing going on in it, as they say.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, this is a symptom of the disease rampant in the 21st century called 'boxofficematerialitis', an epidemic conjoined with 'keeptheirinterestbyusingquicksuccessionofimagesitis', which has given rise to what has been conveniently labelled attention deficit disorder. The fact of the matter is that if there's no real action, that is, action which contains a number of spectacular car chases, shoot-'em-up scenes, explosions, or dirty underhanded scheming (that results in one or all of the aforementioned chases, scenes and explosions), then a story is simply bland.

Chopin's story, unfortunately, is just that. It's not invested with anything out of the ordinary to qualify as lively. There's no flagrant conflict between two people. The main character, Mrs. Sommers, doesn't seem to be shunned by all, oppressed by a totalitarian government, abused by a brute of a husband, worked to the bone by an overbearing supervisor. 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Job Application Videos - A Checklist


Take a look at the post Job Application Videos - The Basics before reading this checklist, otherwise it won't make any sense.

Simply copy-paste and print this onto a sheet of paper so you can get your thoughts down and check off the items on the list as you prepare your video.

Teachers who are planning to carry out the whole activity with younger students, have something they can give them to work with as they prepare their videos. 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Job Application Videos - The Basics


More and more companies are requiring job applicants to send in a video of themselves as a precursor to an interview. What this means is that whether or not you get that precious invitation to appear for an interview depends on the effect the video you send will have on those in charge of the hiring process. 

Another key fact to keep in mind is that although the video might also be complementary to an applicant's CV, there are times when it is the only piece of evidence firms will ask to see, meaning that you will have to condense education, experience, achievements and personal interests into a short minute or minute and a half audiovisual commodity.

Many are at a loss about where to start or what to cover in their application videos as soon as they discover that a prospective employer requires one to be sent, which is why the following post was drafted. In it, applicants can focus on 

a) the factors that a video brings into play that CVs do not

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Eve Merriam - Willow and Ginkgo (Overview)



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This poem is a classic. It is taught in English-speaking schools to demonstrate how similes work in favor of descriptions and students are often assigned to write their own poem which should include a number of similes. This is an activity I heartily applaud as it introduces poetry to a younger audience, enabling every imaginative dreamer to experiment with novel ways to express their creativity and inner world.

Merriam's gift is to balance her thoughts perfectly as she weaves her argument, sweeping us with her objective and inventive comparisons, making us think this is a neutral, matter-of-fact exposition of two trees, then hitting us with an emotional viewpoint to draw the matter to a close.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Ray Bradbury - The Utterly Perfect Murder (Overview)



Murder will out. It always will. 

Well, not quite in the way we anticipate it will in this story by Ray Bradbury. 

Taught in schools at a somewhat earlier age than expected, it is a tale of revenge, self-loathing and reconciliation you'd bank on adults to fathom to its fullest extent. However, it's never to early to make young adults aware that their actions tempt fate, and fate is never kind to those who snub it.

When a 48-year-old man comes up with the insane idea on his birthday to return to his hometown and kill his so-called friend of 36 years ago, you expect the short narrative that ensues to be insanely interesting. 

Friday, September 28, 2018

Grammar - Who's versus Whose

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Many students learning English often misspell a number of words that sound the same but have a different spelling (such words are known as homophones). What is surprising is that there are a number of native speakers who also make the mistake of confusing such like-sounding words.

The difference between who's and whose is easy to spot because of the apostrophe, making it simple to differentiate between the two words.


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

10 More IELTS Speaking Cue Card Questions (part 3)

https://argutelegacy.blogspot.com/search/label/SpeakingPlease note that the following questions can be used by teachers and students or anyone who wants to improve their spoken English. All you have to do is talk about the topic with your speaking partner or tutor or even practice with the help of a stopwatch by timing your answer. A reasonable answer should last about 2-5 minutes.

For those preparing for the IELTS exam, this is the third list of cue card questions for Part 2 of the Speaking component. You can find the first list here and the second one here. Practice these questions by timing yourself and sticking to 2 minutes for each topic.


Monday, September 24, 2018

Hwang Sun-won - Conversation in June about Mothers (Overview)

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If there were ever a more trite statement made about literature, it would be that reading stories from different literary cultures enriches people's experience of the world. However, "books take you places" isn't just another platitude rehashed by publishers, Reading teachers or something you'd find pasted on a cardboard sign in a Fox Books megastore from Nora Ephron's You've Got Mail. It's an observation, albeit somewhat hyperbolized due to its dependence on personifying books, founded on readers' escapades with every book cover opened. 

This feeling of being transported to a new kind of reality is what I sensed after reading Hwang Sun-won's "Conversation in June about Mothers", a short story born out of the Cold War which presents facets of the mystery that is motherhood. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Grammar: Causatives

Please read the first two paragraphs from Grammar: The Subjunctive by way of introduction to this series of blog posts regarding grammar.

Using a causative construction demonstrates a better knowledge of English, which is why it is taught to students preparing for a B2, C1 or C2 level English examination (IELTS, ECPE, ECCE, ESB, LRN, MSU-CELP, MSU-CELC, TOEFL, TOEIC, ALCE, to name a few).

The reason why we use the causative voice is because we want to say that we didn't do something on our own, but 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

10 More IELTS Speaking Cue Card Questions (part 2)

https://argutelegacy.blogspot.com/search/label/SpeakingPlease note that the following questions can be used by teachers and students or anyone who wants to improve their spoken English. All you have to do is talk about the topic with your speaking partner or tutor or even practice with the help of a stopwatch by timing your answer. A reasonable answer should last about 2-5 minutes.

For those preparing for the IELTS exam, this is the second list of cue card questions for Part 2 of the Speaking component. You can find the first list here. Practice these questions by timing yourself and sticking to 2 minutes for each topic.



IELTS candidates should also read the tips for Part 2 of the Speaking section here:IELTS Speaking: Part 2 Sample Questions (List 1) & Tips.

You can find more information about the Speaking exam if you also read

Useful Vocabulary Words for Speaking Exams 

IELTS Speaking: Part 1 Sample Questions (List 1)
 
IELTS Speaking: The Basics


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Virginia Woolf - The Legacy (Overview)

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When a wife dies and leaves her husband her diary, all is possible. In Gilbert Clandon's case, the legacy his wife leaves him is much more than he could ever have imagined. 

Virginia Woolf signs an exceptional short story which questions the foundations of marriage, people's need for communication by any means possible and their inclusion in a mutually beneficial partnership. When one reneges on that contract, the other will seek new outlets to grow, as personal development in any marriage is inevitable. If that development is undertaken without any consideration for one's spouse, then problems will unavoidably ensue.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Roald Dahl - Lamb to the Slaughter (Overview)

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Some stories you know will be great the minute you read their title. Combine this fact with the name of their author and the result is a fireworks display. 

Roald Dahl has written some of the most memorable stories in the last century because of their quirkiness and deep sense of raw reality disguised in simple, straight-forward prose. And like any good classic short stories, his behave in a way that make readers search for an alternative reality that will explain the whys and wherefores of human behavior.

Patrick Maloney tells his pregnant wife he's leaving her. "What will Mary do about it?" is the question in a reader's mind and how is this tied to the title of the story? As is plain, from the get-go, questions arise that grow in number as the story progresses and leave us either giggling at the end of it alongside Mary or wriggling uneasily in our seats.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Kate Chopin - The Story of an Hour (Overview)

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As you might have come to realize, short stories are my favorite literary genre because they are like little cans of double concentrated tomato paste that add that extra zing to narratives other genres are incapable of delivering. In fact, the shorter the story, the grander the zing. 

Well, Kate Chopin's story is as short as good short stories come and she manages to deliver the goods quicker than the title she chose for her piece. The advantage of such crisp little tales is that they're easier to dissect because of the limited number of words they contain. Every sentence and paragraph can be analyzed almost ad nauseam, a task too gruelling to undertake when reading a novel. Because of this comprehensive examination, the full extent of an author's powers is appreciated and though many would be prone to conclude that restricted tales offer very few developments, angles and insights, the reader's knowledge that every word written was mindfully selected by the author opens up boundless lanes of interpretation, all made possible by the deliberateness with which a narrative's fabric has been woven.

In The Story of an Hour, Louise Mallard rises and falls. She is one of the most complex characters I've come across not because she is protractedly defined like another Raskolnikov, but because so many questions arise that demand answers only from a mere 20 paragraphs of narrative. She intrigues me in ways second-half-of-the-19th-century Estella Havisham, Emma Bovary or Bathsheba Everdene never managed to achieve because so much and so little is given by way of character development (and that, my friends, is the very essence of allure).

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Words to use instead of 'Nice'

A common mistake among English learners is that they tend to overuse certain words because these words seem to suit every situation imaginable or due to the fact that learners lack variety when it comes to vocabulary.

One such word which is often used more than it should be is the word "nice". Take the following examples:

  • "How was your day?" - "Nice." 
  • "Did you enjoy your meal?" - "It was nice, thank you."
  • "What do you think of the new substitute teacher, Mr. Jones?" - "I think he's nice."
  • "This room looks very nice indeed. Did you have it refurbished?"
In all of these situtations, a different word could have been used that would clarify the speaker's thoughts. 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Speaking & Writing: Words to Describe People

Describing a person is a basic skill required when speaking a language which is why English tests contain both oral and written tasks that ask candidates to talk about a person they know or admire, someone who influenced them or is a close friend. 

If you are simply learning English to be able to communicate, the list that follows will help improve your vocabulary. 

For those preparing to take an English exam, the difference between a good answer and an exceptional one is vocabulary. Saying a person is "nice" and "kind" is not that bad, but using words like "trustworthy" or "demure" will certainly give you points for lexical range.

Teachers can distribute the following list, ask students to find the meanings of words and make sentences with them. Those who want to improve their English on their own can translate the words into their own language and practice using them with a speaking partner.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Oracle & Folly du Jour: On Treating Students like Children

IELTS - A Quick Rundown of the Test and Where to Start



What is the IELTS?

The IELTS, or International English Language Testing System, is a language proficiency test given by millions of candidates the world over. Teens and adults take the test as part of university application procedures at undergraduate or postgraduate level, or to acquire a visa, emigrate, work or train. 

Scores are given in bands from 1 to 9 (1 being the lowest, 9 being the highest) with results available two weeks after the written part of the test was taken (13 days to be exact). Scores are awarded for each of the four sections tested and you are also given an overall score as a whole or half band, so for example, you can score a 7.0 in Listening, 6.0 in Reading, 7.5 in writing and a 7.5 in Speaking. Your final score would be a 7.0 overall. What constitutes a passing score depends on why you're taking the IELTS exam and who's asking to see your results. 

Which module do I need?

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Essay Topics List 3

The following are topics teachers and students can use to practice writing for exams, as homework assignments, longer research projects, even as discussion topics or debates.

This list is intended for high school or university students, but may also be used by adults who are learning English as a foreign language. 

For those preparing to take an English exam (IELTS, CPE, ECPE, ESB, LRN, MSU-CELP, TOEFL, etc.), these are typical questions that may be found in C1 and C2-level assessments (advanced or proficiency level).

For more practice, find lists 1 and 2 here and here

Thursday, June 28, 2018

15 IELTS Speaking Cue Card Questions


Please note that the following questions can be used by teachers and students or anyone who wants to improve their spoken English. All you have to do is talk about the topic with your speaking partner or tutor.



For those taking the IELTS exam, please read the tips for Part 2 of the oral component of the test here:IELTS Speaking: Part 2 Sample Questions (List 1) & Tips.

You can find more information about the Speaking exam if you also read 
Useful Vocabulary Words for Speaking Exams 
IELTS Speaking: Part 1 Sample Questions (List 1)
IELTS Speaking: The Basics

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

C2 Sample Essay 21 (Capital Punishment)

Writing at C2 level (Proficient User) on English language examinations is the same no matter the awarding body when it comes to writing essays. If you are a candidate giving an exam in English, make sure you read my earlier post What do I do with the sample writing found on this blog? to get the most out of the sample essays provided on this blog. 

If you are not taking an exam but need ideas on whether capital punishment should be abolished, then read on and note down what you deem useful. If you intend to use this essay as part of an assignment, remember to paraphrase so as not to plagiarize.



Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Useful Vocabulary Words for Speaking Exams

Depending on the English exam you're taking, the oral component will include questions that deal with things you already know about because the question will ask for information based on what you do, or about things that have to do with the country or city you live in.

As you already know from my blog post IELTS Speaking: The Basics (even though the post deals with the IELTS exam, the main ideas stated also refer to oral exams administered by other examination boards), examiners are looking for variety in grammatical structures and vocabulary as well as good, long answers that show you feel comfortable expressing yourself in English.
 

The following list deals with a number of topics that could crop up during the oral examination and has therefore been divided into topic categories. Each category is followed by a short list of words that can be used to either add somewhat more advanced vocabulary to your answers or give you ideas how to develop your answer.

For instance if the examiner asks you to describe the job you would most enjoy doing, make sure you find a way to add words such as "full-time job", "salary" and "work environment". So an answer that would score higher than if you just said "I prefer to have a high-paying job that would just make me feel happy" would be:

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