Classifying questions in IELTS reading (page 3)
Now practice with this matching style question (classifying style questions are on the next page).
Read the paragraph below and answer the question that follows.
The majority of gap year programmes involve working in regions requiring external assistance with their development; Melissa Hedges, Director of GYOME (Gap Year Organisation Made Easy) says work placements may involve teaching English to local children, farm work or infrastructure development projects. Since participants in the programmes are helping to bring genuine benefit to impoverished areas, such an experience can be not only personally rewarding, but helpful with future employment searches, employers often holding the view that travel and in particular voluntary work overseas help to develop maturity, independence and team-building skills in potential graduate employees. Employment Agency Consultant Lucy Clarke says such experience can add tremendous value to applicants’ resumes and positively impact on their success at reaching interview stage. She adds that it is helpful for students to plan a gap year placement which will involve functions and responsibilities somehow related to their chosen future career if at all possible, though Scott Bradley warns that some students from some particular study disciplines may find that their own industry is less receptive to the advantages of a gap year than others. For example, graduates of a technology-related degree could find themselves at a disadvantage on their return as knowledge and applications within the industry are so dynamic.
According to the text, who believes the following:
1. A gap year may not necessarily enhance employment opportunities.
- Melissa Hedges
- Lucy Clarke
- Scott Bradley
Now watch the video below to see how the answer to this question should have been found.
Now we will apply the six steps we looked at to the question from the beginning of the lesson. The first step is to read the statement, then identify any keywords. In this example, possible keywords are gap year, not enhance and employment opportunities. The keywords not enhance suggest that we are looking for a reference to the gap year which is not positive. When locating the area that is relevant, we first find this reference to a gap year. However, this does not fit the keywords from the statement because this section states that it is helpful for students – a positive reference to the gap year. Moving on, we then find this reference to a gap year and also that the industry is ‘less receptive to the advantages’. This reflects the negative reference from our keywords. Now we go to step 4, and look at the list in detail. Finding three names, we return back to the passage and read in detail, confirming that Scott Bradley is the correct answer.