The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test is growing in popularity internationally both as an entry requirement for students wishing to study in various English-speaking countries and, more recently, as a tool of the migration process. This paper explores some of the issues surrounding candidate performance on the Writing section of the IELTS test. It draws on research which used a functional grammar perspective to compare texts produced in response to the same task prompt by two cohorts - one of native-speaker-writers, and the other of nonnative speaker-writers from non-European cultures. The classroom implications of the identified writing issues are discussed in terms of practical strategies for assisting the written performance of IELTS test candidates.
平安女学院大学研究年報 = Heian Jogakuin University journal 2 115-131, 2002-03-10