The Unheard Story of David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
Apr16

The Unheard Story of David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell

Introduction Today we’re going to look at a popular TED talk by renowned author Malcolm Gladwell. Gladwell is the author of popular books like Outliers, Blink, and The Tipping Point. His unique perspective and ability to explain complex ideas in simple ways has made him a popular author and speaker. He has given several excellent TED talks, including the one we’ll study today: “The Unheard Story of David and Goliath,” which is based...

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Answering Difficult Questions
Apr15

Answering Difficult Questions

Q: What happens when you’re given a question that has no simple answer? A: Take it as a chance to show of your amazing English skills!   Answering the Question Sometimes in the IELTS Speaking exam you will be given a very challenging question. This will usually occur in Part 3, when you’re presented with a difficult question and given no time to prepare an answer. So what should you do? The first thing, of course, is to make sure...

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The Best Kindergarten You’ve Ever Seen, by Takaharu Tezuka
Apr12

The Best Kindergarten You’ve Ever Seen, by Takaharu Tezuka

Introduction In this lesson we’re going to look at a fascinating TED talk by a Japanese architect called Takaharu Tezuka, entitled, “The best kindergarten you’ve ever seen.” The speaker’s English may be difficult for some people to understand because it is quite broken and heavily accented, but he uses fairly simple vocabulary and sentence structures. Besides, English is an international language and you should become familiar...

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10 IELTS Writing Tips
Apr12

10 IELTS Writing Tips

  Introduction The IELTS Writing Exam is feared by many students because they feel it is hard to adequately prepare. However, with effort it is possible to boost your IELTS Writing score. Just follow these tips to see some improvement:   1.     Write Neatly If the examiner can’t understand what you’ve written, they can’t mark your paper. Handwriting may sound trivial, but if your writing is too difficult to read, it might...

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10 IELTS Listening Tips
Apr07

10 IELTS Listening Tips

Introduction One of the main purposes of this website is to provide you with an interesting (and free) way to improve your IELTS score. By using TED talks you can learn some useful vocabulary and practice your listening at the same time. But there’s more to preparing for the listening exam than just practice. You’ll need to remember the following things to get a high score in the listening exam.   1.      Pre-read the questions I...

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