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Dealing with Difficult Vocabulary

The IELTS reading exam often proves challenging for students because it can...

IELTS Reading Practice: Plastics

Readers of this blog will know that I really care about the environment, and...

IELTS Speaking Part…. Zero?

In today’s lesson I’m going to tell you how to impress the...

A Difficult Flow Chart – Sample Answer

Process diagrams for IELTS writing task 1 can be difficult. Sometimes you...

Describe Your Favourite Room [IELTS Speaking Part 2]

Today’s lesson looks at the IELTS speaking part 2. In it, we will...

Activism Needs Introverts

Today’s TED video lesson is about activism and personality. Many...

Why Do Cats Act So Weird?

Around the world, people keep pets for many reasons. One of the most popular...

Bitcoin: The Future of Money

Everyone is talking about Bitcoin these days, and for good reason. For...

This app makes it fun to pick up litter

Today’s TED talk is by Jeff Kirschner and is called “This app...

Are Athletes Really Getting Faster, Better, Stronger?

Sports is a really important IELTS topics that can pop up in the speaking,...

A Difficult Flow Chart – Sample Answer

Process diagrams for IELTS writing task 1 can be difficult. Sometimes you...

Describing a Line Graph [Pop Parade vs Music Choice]

Today, I’m going to give you a sample answer for a line graph. This...

Get a FREE handbook for IELTS grammar

For two years, I have been updating this website regularly with hints and...

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Apartment Blocks [IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer]

Today I’m giving you a sample answer for an IELTS Writing Task 2...

How to Improve your IELTS Writing

One of the most common questions I’m asked as an IELTS tutor is,...

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Omitting Relative Pronouns

Adjective clauses, which are also known as relative clauses, give extra...

Participle Clauses

Participle clauses are a kind of adverbial clause in that they give extra...

Should you use the Passive Voice for IELTS?

Students often ask me about the passive voice and whether or not they should...

30 Day IELTS Writing Challenge

I have some exciting news. Next month, I’m going to start the 30 Day...

New Video: Task 2 Structure

Today I released the second in a series of YouTube videos to help you...

New Video: Adjective Order

This year I promised to bring you new videos, and here is the first one! In...

About Me

My name is David and I'm a university lecturer who currently works in China. I have been teaching IELTS for seven years and I'm trying to build a website which makes IELTS fun to learn. Let's face it, IELTS is stressful and it can be boring, but it doesn't have to be! TED talks are a free and fun way to practice your English, and I'm trying to create as many useful lessons as possible that are built around these wonderful resources.

To find out more about me, visit my websites here: www.davidswills.com
www.beatdom.com
www.ielts-teaching.com

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