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Rhetorical questions in Academic IELTS written exam



Terri Lawson
New Zealand

Rhetorical questions in Academic IELTS written exam
 

Hi all

 

Can I please ask those of you who teach Academic IELTS a question - is it permissible  to use rhetorical questions in the written exam? (My course book - Focus on IELTS by Sue O īConnell advises it, however I īve seen conflicting advice on various internet sites etc.)
 
Thanks as always for your help and thanks to Victor for making such an amazing site available to us!
 
Terri 

19 Oct 2015      



ldeloresmoore
China

I īm going to say definitely YES. 
 
I recently helped write an IELTS prep manual for one of the largest IELTS prep companies in China.  In our curriculum, we methodically teach students how to employ such devices to make their point when writing a position essay.
 
Additionally, we teach them, step by step, how to identify various devices -- including this one -- in various texts, and to then explain why the writer used that particular device, the writer īs desired effect, and then analyze whether or not the writer was successful and why/why not.
 
 

19 Oct 2015     



Terri Lawson
New Zealand

Thanks ideloresmoore.  I must say the prep manual you mentioned sounds quite interesting - is it available to the general public?

 
 

 

 

20 Oct 2015     



ldeloresmoore
China

Unfortunately, no.  It is very proprietary. In fact, it is so proprietary that even we foreigners who helped write it don īt have access to the full document. Only the portions we helped write and edit.  I have the 6 or so chapters that I helped create, but that īs about all.  I was working for New Oriental at the time (and still do some freelance for them from time to time).  

20 Oct 2015     



Terri Lawson
New Zealand

That īs a shame - oh well, I īd better press on with what I īve got.

 

Thanks again!!!!! 

20 Oct 2015