Category Archives: Grammar

CT4 THE DISILLUSIONED DREAMER – ♥ i was so frustrated … after i received my evaluation report.

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Hi kim! i am pleased to hear how you value us your students. I have been learning a lot from the lessons 1-5 which i did not used last celban exam. Unfortunately, i was so frustrated with myself after i received my evaluation report…. It was hard for me to accept because i did got high marks with the other three areas tested, except for my writing which is only 6. It was a friend that i met in the bus told me about your site, to be honest as a new resident here in canada i felt helpless. I dont have any background and idea about celban , and also i have been discouraged with ielts after many attempts. I am just so glad and inspired from the stories of your students on how you touched their lives.  Im excited for the up coming lessons that i will be learning from you and at the same time feeling nervous for the exam this october. Hoping that  this time il be much ready to face the battle.   hoping for your  guidance and help kim for me to achieve my goal. G.

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§ Why collocations matter ~ spotting the errors ~ CELBANPrep Writing Level One

Dear Friend,

With the assistance of a writing coach, IENs work on writing assignments on a weekly basis. This personalized writing tutoring allows a person to develop test taking strategies that increase their score on the CELBAN. See if you can spot some of the errors in the phrases below:

  • A patient complained about why should the nurse must asks so many questions..
  • and not to right away help the patient.
  • Little that the patient knew that the nurse was already helping the patient.
  • The nurse  focused her full attention to the patient.

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500 Should joint pain be singular or plural when writing a report for CELBAN Writing Task 2?

Updates 2021

Corticosteroids and antibiotics are prescribed to treat joint pain and sore throats.

Hi Kim,

I have a question again!! Do I need to change joint pain? It affects multiple joints.

This question was asked by an IEN during her CELBANPrep Writing Level Two.

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600 Should headache, earache or sore throat be singular or plural when writing a report for CELBAN Writing Task 2?

Updated 2021

Dear Friend,

In writing about Henoch Schonlein Purpura, an IEN with a family history with this disease wrote:

Symptomes of this disease are purpuric rashes all over the body, joint pain and cold like symptoms like headache, sorethroat and earache.

Noticing that headache, sore throat and earache were singular I asked, ” Do you understand why earaches and sore throats are plural?”

She replied, “I did research on, why do we use earaches or sore throats?  But I could not find the reason. So, can you please explain that to me? Thank you.

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§ Why do we need to add temperature unit [when writing a medical report for the CELBAN?]

Kim,

Why do we need to add temperature unit must and other units not? For example:

  • Vitals: PR 88, RR 20, BP 110/70, T 36.7 C.

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§ Finally I have received a source for help!

Dear kim,

Delightfully i have spent more than an hour to satisfy myself by reviewing the above posted comments and i must say “finally” i have recieved a source for help:)
I’m recent graduate IEN residing in toronto, waiting for my evaluation from CNO. According to recent changes in language fluency requirement i have set up my mind to take either IELTS or CELBAN exam, what would you suggest me the easiest option to achieve the required score.
looking forward to recieve guidance from you.

Thank You.

Mrs. Ali

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§ Do you “deal with” people or do you “work with” people?

The following is a quote from the work of an IEN who subscribed to CELBANPrep Writing. It is part of her assignment for the CELBAN Writing Tutoring.

Working in the Operating Room is my passion because this is the field that I was introduced to and gained my experienced in as a nurse. I would also like to deal with elderly people whom I consider as individuals with special needs. With great perseverance and dedication, I will follow my ambitions not just as a goal but as a fulfillment as well.

Question: do you “deal with” people or do you “work with” people?

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♥ I am thinking I am very weak in English.

Dear Kim,

To read your comments , [about my assignment for my writing tutoring] I  am thinking I am very weak in English. Sorry, I am consuming a lot of your’s precious time.  Thankyou for your patience.   Here, I am ready to work from starting and want to learn as you want to teach me. I might frustrate you with silly mistakes so please forgive me for that. I will work on this assignment as long as you think: I should be here. Wish you a great day.

S.

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§ CELBAN Writing: Are articles important?

While CELBANPrep is an exam preparation course and not an English course, we do focus on grammar during the 8 lessons delivered over 8 weeks for CELBANPrep Writing. One weakness of many IENs is articles. Articles are those tiny words like: a, an, the.

Are articles important?

Consider these two sentences:

  • I also have an opportunity to loan ….
  • I also have an opportunity to a loan …

The only difference is an “a”. What is the difference in meaning?

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700♥ Creating your own reality, your own future, your own success: CELBAN Writing Task 2

Updated 2021

On April 1,2012 at 1100H, Paul Robinson, a 65 year old patient, found on the floor by the elevator with an IV pole. No witness presented. The patient looked pale, groaning, with slight bleeding on the forehead and with an IV line still intact in his left arm. On assessment, he was conscious, responsive, complained of pain on his head and with small laceration on his eyebrow noted. Brought back to treatment room per wheelchair, assisted to bed and vital signs checked as follows: BP 201/145mmHg which is high, PR 105b/min, RR 24/min, Temp 36.5 C. Seen and examined by Dr. Paul, blood and urine test done, skull Xray done with no fracture reported, suturing (2 stitches) done on the lacerated wound. Voltaren 75mg IM administered at 1130H. Overall, patient was kept comfortably rested on bed, verbalized comfort and is in stable condition._______________Maria, RN