5 Ways to Better Listening, by Julian Treasure
Nov26

5 Ways to Better Listening, by Julian Treasure

Do you want to improve your IELTS listening skills? Well, here’s the perfect TED talk for you! It’s called 5 Ways to Listen Better, by Julian Treasure.   Vocabulary Extraction (noun) – the act or process of getting something by pulling it out, forcing it out, etc. : the act of extracting something Cocktail party (noun) – a usually formal party at which alcoholic drinks are served Discount (verb) – to believe...

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Nominalisation for IELTS Writing
Nov22

Nominalisation for IELTS Writing

You may have noticed that in academic English, we use nouns more than verbs. For example, we’re more likely to say “development” rather than “develop” or “encouragement” rather than “encourage.” The process of changing words into their noun form is called nominalisation.   Why Nominalisation? Nominalisation is used to create a more academic, impersonal tone. It is true that sentences containing active verbs are more interesting...

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How to Structure a Paragraph
Nov12

How to Structure a Paragraph

In order to write well in English, one must be able to first master the sentence (which requires a good knowledge of clauses), and then the paragraph, and next the essay or report. Between the sentence and the complete piece of writing lies the paragraph, which seems to cause a great deal of trouble to make students. What is a Paragraph? A paragraph consists of some sentences (the number may vary, of course) focused on one idea. That...

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3 Mistakes You Should Avoid to Boost Your Writing Skills
Nov06

3 Mistakes You Should Avoid to Boost Your Writing Skills

We all know that writing is difficult. Even native speakers make mistakes. However, there are three common sentence errors that are easy to avoid. In this article I will show you how to recognize them and fix them. Sentence Fragment This is a big mistake, and yet it is quite common among English learners. It means that you are using a dependent (or subordinate) clause as a simple sentence. In fact, only independent clauses can...

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