Improve Your IELTS Writing With Parallelism
Mar29

Improve Your IELTS Writing With Parallelism

In the article below, I’ll tell you how to improve your IELTS writing score by using parallelism.   What is Parallelism? Parallel means two things (lines, objects, etc) running next to each other, having the same space between them at all points. For example, look at the word “parallel” itself – the two ls in the middle are parallel to one another! Remember the spelling of the word, and you can remember its meaning; remember the...

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8 Useful IELTS Speaking Tips
Mar27

8 Useful IELTS Speaking Tips

Here are a few simple tips to help you succeed during the IELTS speaking exam.   Don’t be nervous! This is the most important thing, and yet also the hardest. I used to have a friend in China who spoke English phenomenally well. In the reading and listening exams he’d always score a band 8. He could talk to me for hours in fluent English and yet when he went into the IELTS exam he’d invariably score a band 4.5 or 5 for his...

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Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work, by Jason Fried
Mar27

Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work, by Jason Fried

Introduction In this controversial lecture, Jason Fried argues that, rather than social media, managers and meetings are the biggest distractions in the workplace. He gives three suggestions on how to improve productivity. Vocabulary Before watching the video, make sure you are familiar with the meaning of these words. burst n. /to burst v. – a sudden release of energy decoy n. – a deliberate distraction to ban v. – to forbid someone...

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ET is (Probably) Out There – Get Ready, by Seth Shostak
Mar22

ET is (Probably) Out There – Get Ready, by Seth Shostak

Introduction Today’s TED talk is called “ET is (Probably) Out There – Get Ready,” by Seth Shostak. It is a rather long TED talk, at almost 20 minutes, so we’ll take a different approach. In previous lessons I have recommended watching the talk two or three times, but in this case, unless you have a lot of free time, it may not be practical. You may also be asking, “Hey! Aliens aren’t an IELTS topic!” That’s true, but Mr. Shostak’s...

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How to Succeed? Get More Sleep, by Arianna Huffington
Mar20

How to Succeed? Get More Sleep, by Arianna Huffington

Introduction The featured video is “How to Succeed? Get More Sleep,” and is given by Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post. The vocabulary in this video is very simple, although Arianna speaks quite quickly and with a pronounced accent. Here are some of the more difficult words: Vocabulary Deprived adj – Lacking in something, for example being sleep-deprived or deprived of nutrients Exhaustion n. – Physically or mentally extremely...

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