Essay Correction: Task 1
Feb28

Essay Correction: Task 1

Yesterday I brought you a student’s essay, which I had corrected, from IELTS Writing Task 2. Today, I will correct an essay from Task 1. Question » You are advised to spend about  20 minutes on this task. The charts below show the percentage of water used for different purposes in six areas of the world. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant. » You should...

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Essay Correction: Roads or Railways?
Feb27

Essay Correction: Roads or Railways?

Today I’m going to give essay correction for an IELTS Writing Task 2 essay. This essay was written by one of my students and she has given me permission to post it here, alongside the corrected version. I have not simply corrected small errors, but instead I have rewritten the essay. It maintains all of her ideas, but I have changed the sentences into natural English. Hopefully this will be useful for readers of TED-IELTS....

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Where did English come from?
Feb21

Where did English come from?

Level: intermediate and above Time for completion: 20+   Introduction When we talk about ‘English’, we often think of it as a single language. But what do the dialects spoken in dozens of countries around the world have in common with each other, or with the writings of Chaucer? Claire Bowern traces the language from the present day back to its ancient roots, showing how English has evolved through generations of speakers....

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How to Become a Millionaire in 3 Years, by Daniel Ally
Feb16

How to Become a Millionaire in 3 Years, by Daniel Ally

Introduction What does success mean to you? It means something different to everyone. In this TEDx Talk, Daniel Ally explains how to achieve success in your life. Listening Watch the and answer the questions below. Dictation At the beginning of his talk, Daniel outlines the meaning of success. Listen to the first minute of the video and fill in the blanks below. (Answers at the bottom of the page.) Today I want to talk with you about...

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Writing Task 2 – To Live At Home While Studying?
Feb12

Writing Task 2 – To Live At Home While Studying?

A Recent IELTS Question A student recently informed me of an IELTS Writing Task 2 question that they were given. They were not able to recall the entire question exactly, but it could be summarized like this: Some people think that it is better for students to live at home with their parents while they study at university. However, others believe that students should move out and live somewhere else. Which viewpoint do you agree with?...

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