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IELTS with Fiona

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A weekly talk-through of IELTS topics and tests to help you learn about the issues, vocabulary, tips and strategies you need to prepare for your test day. Find all my tips on my website and join the Members Academy for all the downloads, step-by-step online courses and support to geโ€ฆ read more


IELTS Reading: Motivational Factors and the hospitality industry ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿณ

This is an extremely difficult Academic Reading Passage 3.

It took me 30 minutes to find the answers even with the answer sheet in front of me.

What can we learn from a text like this?

  • Background knowledge and vocabulary will aid understanding
  • Strategies such as locating the researchers' names will speed up your responses
  • Every little helps - 2 of my recent daily tasks from the Writing Challenge will help you break down the dense text

1) affect vs effect

2) factor vs reasonย

Add these synonyms to your list:

  • managers need to know = it is beneficial for hotel managers to understand
  • to increase employee retention = to encourage staff to remain
  • employees feel obligated to stay = staff feel they shouldn't move
  • little is done = undeveloped practices
  • employee development = improve their skills
  • if cooperation is encouraged = if managers encourage employees to work together
  • research has shown = evidence exists to support this hypothesis
  • staff have a tendency to = employees have a predisposition toย 
  • to dislike their workplace = to view their work environment negatively
  • they conducted a study = they carried out research
  • to fit with company goals = to align with organisational goals

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