Present Continuous for Talking About the Future
May28

Present Continuous for Talking About the Future

The present continuous is a useful tense but learners often find it difficult to know when to use. There are three main uses for this tense, and today we’re going to focus on one of them that can help you in the IELTS Speaking exam: using present continuous for talking about the future.   What is the Present Continuous? Form: To be + present participle (am/is/are) + (verb+ing) Example: I am reading a book. She is reading a book....

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Can Money Buy Happiness? by Michael Norton
May25

Can Money Buy Happiness? by Michael Norton

Introduction Today’s TED IELTS lesson tackles a very interesting question: “Can money buy happiness?” It’s based on the popular TED Talk by Michael Norton. Vocabulary Before we begin, please familiarize yourself with the following vocabulary:   Experiment n. – a scientific procedure to determine something Charity n. – an organization which collects money from the public for a good cause Lottery n. – a competition where people pay...

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Improve your Grammar for IELTS
May17

Improve your Grammar for IELTS

  The Importance of Grammar Grammar is very important in IELTS. Your grammar determines 25% of your grade. Therefore, you must explain your meaning precisely and accurately. Take a look at the following breakdown. On the left are IELTS bands, and on the right are remarks about grammar. 7 Only 3 mistakes 6 Natural mix of sentence types No errors in simple sentences 5 Complex sentences Really basic correct punctuation Simple...

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This virtual lab will revolutionize science class, by Michael Bodekaer
May15

This virtual lab will revolutionize science class, by Michael Bodekaer

Introduction It’s been two weeks since our last TED video lesson, and in that time we’ve had a number of other lesson types such as YouTube videos and reading passages. Today we’re going to look at a TED talk video which bridges the divide between technology and education – two vital IELTS topics. It’s called “This virtual lab will revolutionize science class,” by a social entrepreneur called Michael Bodekaer.   Vocabulary Below...

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Reading Practice: An Audacious Plan
May13

Reading Practice: An Audacious Plan

There was a really wonderful article in the BBC a few days ago about a man’s attempt to save the African rhinoceros from extinction. As you may know from my recent YouTube video in which I give advice on IELTS Speaking skills, I love rhinos! Here, I have put together a lesson to help you improve your reading skills based upon this article. The text below has been edited slightly to make it more suitable for learning. The...

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