Constantly relying on dictionaries when doing IELTS reading tasks deprives the learner from:

1) practicing DECIPHERING meaning from co-text (using synonyms, paraphrasing, word formation, etc.)

2) gives them the false idea that everything (or at least more than they think) depends on their lexical KNOWLEDGE, as opposed to having the right reading SUB-SKILLS to tackle each question type with

3) makes them erroneously believe that they MUST know the scientific, technical meaning of all the words in a text, to be able to get the answers (–e.g. in completion type questions)

Anything else you like to ‘ban’ while preparing a students for IELTS?

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