IELTS Reading Sample (Academic) #30

Tips for preparing for the IELTS Reading test

  • Do complete plenty of IELTS Reading practice tests in the months before your IELTS test.
  • Donít wait until a week before your IELTS test to start practising.
  • Do make sure that you are clear which of the two types of the IELTS test you need to take: IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training.
  • When youíre doing practice tests, don't check your answers in a hurry. Instead, make sure that you understand all your mistakes.
  • Do practise reading widely in English. Read about a range of subjects that youíre interested in.
  • Donít read very slowly or look up all the new words you find. You need to practise reading quickly.
  • Donít try to learn about a subject just because youíve seen it in test practice materials.

Questions 1-4

Complete the summary below.

Choose NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS from the passage for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 1-4 on your answer sheet.

There are currently approximately 6,800 languages in the world. This great variety of languages came about largely as a result of geographical . But in today's world, factors such as government initiatives and are contributing to a huge decrease in the number of languages. One factor which may help to ensure that some endangered languages do not die out completely is people's increasing appreciation of their . This has been encouraged though programmes of languages classes for children and through 'apprentice' schemes, in which the endangered language is used as the medium of instruction to teach people a . Some speakers of endangered languages have even produced writing systems in order to help secure the survival of their mother tongue.

Questions 5-9

Match each statement with the correct person A-E.

Write the correct letter A, B, C, D or E in boxes 5-9 on your answer sheet.

NB You may use any letter more than once.

A Michael Krauss
B Salikoko Mufwene
C Nicholas Ostler
D Mark Pagel
E Doug Whalen

5Endangered languages cannot be saved unless people learn to speak more than one language.  

6Saving languages from extinction is not in itself a satisfactory goal.  

7The way we think may be determined by our language.  

8Young people often reject the established way of life in their community.  

9A change of language may mean a loss of traditional culture.  

Questions 10-13

Do the following statements agree with the information given in Reading Passage?

In boxes 10-13 on your answer sheet, write

YESif the statement agrees with the writer's claims
NOif the statement contradicts the writer's claims
NOT GIVENif there is impossible to say what the writer thinks about this

10The Navajo language will die out because it currently has too few speakers. 

11A large number of native speakers fails to guarantee the survival of a language. 

12National governments could do more to protect endangered languages. 

13The loss of linguistic diversity is inevitable. 


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