Sample Task 2 Essay
Mar21

Sample Task 2 Essay

Today I will give you a sample answer for an IELTS Writing Task 2 question about the environment: Some people claim that not enough of the waste from homes is recycled. They say that the only way to increase recycling is for governments to make it a legal requirement. To what extent do you think laws are needed to make people recycle more of their waste? I think this is a pretty interesting question, and yet a little difficult to...

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Why Should You Listen to Vivaldi?
Mar18

Why Should You Listen to Vivaldi?

Level: Intermediate Time for completion: 20 + min   Why should you listen to Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”? Light, bright, and cheerful, “The Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi is some of the most familiar of all early 18th century music, and is featured in numerous films and television commercials. But what is its significance, and why does it sound that way? Betsy Schwarm uncovers the underlying narrative of...

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IELTS Reading Overview
Mar17

IELTS Reading Overview

I made this short PPT that gives a brief introduction to the IELTS reading exam, as well as some useful hints and tips for IELTS success. Overview of the IELTS Reading Exam from David...

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How to Improve your Pronunciation for IELTS
Mar16

How to Improve your Pronunciation for IELTS

Most IELTS students want to improve their pronunciation skills. In fact, many of them want to speak English like a native. It is certainly worth improving your pronunciation, but “speaking like a native” might be an unrealistic goal. The most important thing is to make your pronunciation clear enough that others can understand you. Besides, English is an international language. People in the UK sound very different to...

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Using “However” with Pros and Cons
Mar14

Using “However” with Pros and Cons

During the IELTS exam, you may find yourself required to describe the pros and cons (or advantages and disadvantages) of something. There are different ways of doing this. For example, you might want to say “On the one hand… On the other hand…” But one of the simplest and best ways is by using “however.” However Looks at these examples: Riding a bike to school can help you maintain a higher level of...

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