A Global Language: Band 9 Sample Essay
Apr30

A Global Language: Band 9 Sample Essay

Here’s a recent IELTS Writing Task 2 question and a sample Band 9 answer: Question Scientists say that in the future humanity will speak the same language. Do you think this is a positive or negative social development? Sample Answer One of the consequences of globalization is that even though there are more humans on the earth, the number of languages spoken is decreasing. As nomadic people and small tribes are assimilated into the...

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Prepositions of Time
Apr29

Prepositions of Time

What’s wrong with these sentences? I like to read books in night. My cat sleeps on the morning. We had to study during yesterday Do you know the answer? The problem is that they all have incorrect prepositions of time. Here are the correct answers: I like to read books at night. My cat sleeps in the morning. We had to study yesterday Rules for Prepositions of Time At We can say “at night” or “at the...

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IELTS Writing Task 1 Process Diagrams
Apr28

IELTS Writing Task 1 Process Diagrams

In the IELTS Writing Task 1 you may be asked to describe: line graphs bar charts pie charts tables flow charts maps process diagrams For most of that list, you can use pretty similar language to tackle the question. Words like “an increase” or “to increase” can be used often throughout many of these Task 1 questions, but maps and process diagrams are different. I’ve shown you how to describe maps for the...

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Lesson Plan: Ken Robinson’s TED Talk
Apr25

Lesson Plan: Ken Robinson’s TED Talk

I’m a huge fan of Ken Robinson’s TED Talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” It’s funny and interesting; a great way to inspire your students. At the beginning, he comments that everyone is interested in education. If you’re reading this, you’re probably a teacher, so that applies to you. It also applies to your students, too. The following is a lesson plan designed for a highly communicative...

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Improving your Language for IELTS
Apr21

Improving your Language for IELTS

I have made a PPT that contains a lot advice on how to improve your language for IELTS. It most relates to the IELTS Writing Exam, but it could be applied to other parts. Key lessons are avoiding IELTS phrases and upgrading boring or repetitive language. Improving your Language for IELTS from David...

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