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IELTS Preparation Series 1, Episode 10: Solar House


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Hello. I'm

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Margot Politis. Welcome to Study English, IELTS preparation.

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Today we're going to look at ways of connecting ideas. There are many ways of doing this using

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'conjunctions', words that join.

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First, let's listen to Paul Gibson, an architect, while he takes us on a tour of his new, environmentally

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friendly solar house.

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Well we completed it about 2 years ago, and I guess one of the interesting things about

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it is that it's a fibro house and most houses I guess these days are brick veneer, whereas

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this is fibro on the outside, timber on the outside, but there's bricks on the inside.

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Well I guess the very high windows along the north side going down to the lower ceiling

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height on the south basically allows you to get a lot of sun in through these windows

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in winter, and the louvres, which go out, actually go to a point where the sun can be

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shaded completely in summer, but they can be opened to let the sun right back into the

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house though winter.

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This house actually has 2 north faces. There's the north face of all the living rooms, 3

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actually, and then the master bedroom has a north face and the other bedrooms also have

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a north face. So it's trying to maximise what we call the aperture of the house, which is

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how much sun you actually get in winter.

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OK, now we've listened to Paul, let's look at the way he connected his ideas.

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Good communication, especially in an academic setting, is all about expressing and connecting

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both simple and complex ideas.

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There are many ways to do this.

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'Simple sentences' express a single, simple idea.

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The most simple sentence consists of just a subject and a verb.

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The door opens. The woman enters.

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The easiest way of connecting ideas is using 'coordination'.

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That's taking 2 simple sentences, and linking them with a 'conjunction' or joining word.

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The most common conjunctions are 'and' and 'but'.

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Other common ones are yet, or, for, and so.

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We use the most simple conjunctions in place of a full stop.

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The door opens. The woman enters.