It Depends
Mar31

It Depends

Getting a higher band score in IELTS is all about being accurate in your language use. That means you need to explain yourself clearly, showing developed thoughts. Here’s a sample question and answer: What personal qualities does a person need to be a good boss? I think he should be kind and hard-working. Is that a good answer? It’s not terrible, but it’s a bit too basic. Let’s look at how to use “it...

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IELTS Speaking Topic: Work
Mar29

IELTS Speaking Topic: Work

Work is one of the most common IELTS topics. It pops up in the speaking, the listening, and the writing modules. Knowing the basic vocabulary is super important. I made this PPT for my students to help them build fluency, and I thought I’d share it here. It can help you work on questions for all parts of the speaking exam. Talking About Work for IELTS from David...

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Story Structure: IELTS Speaking Part 2
Mar26

Story Structure: IELTS Speaking Part 2

Being able to tell a story is an important IELTS skill. I don’t mean spinning a fictional tale… You don’t have to be the next J.K. Rowling! But you should be able to talk fluently about your own past on the common IELTS topics – jobs, family, sports, friends, etc. When you’ll need to tell stories This is really going to come into play for the IELTS speaking part two. Here, you will be given a cue card with something that you’ll need...

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Writing Task 1: How to Write an Intro
Mar24

Writing Task 1: How to Write an Intro

Many students are afraid of it, but the IELTS Writing Task 1 can actually be the easiest part of the whole IELTS exam! It’s the only part of the exam, in fact, which is so predictable. You can learn simple structures before the exam that can almost always be used. What Does a Good Intro Need? The intro to your IELTS Writing Task 1 needs only two things: to give the main idea and the general trend. You can do this in two...

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Don’t Say Delicious! How to Really Talk About Food
Mar23

Don’t Say Delicious! How to Really Talk About Food

IELTS examiners deal with dozens of candidates every day and they hear the same old stories: My hometown is very beautiful. I like pizza. It’s so delicious. And so on. If you want to stand out, you need to improve your vocabulary enough to avoid IELTS cliches. Here’s how: Talking About Food for IELTS Learn to be specific when you’re talking about your favourite foods. Here is a slideshow I made featuring some really...

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