How Important are Idioms for IELTS?
Jul30

How Important are Idioms for IELTS?

Whenever I go on Facebook, I’m always presented with articles by other IELTS websites that try to teach their students really bad shortcuts to IELTS success. Sadly, there are no shortcuts – after all, IELTS is a test of your English skills, and you can’t fake fluency. Why Do People Say Idioms are Important? Although they should know better, most students want shortcuts, and most teachers want to help their students...

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Sebastian Thrun: Google’s driverless car
Jul28

Sebastian Thrun: Google’s driverless car

Sebastian Thrun helped build Google’s amazing driverless car, powered by a very personal quest to save lives and reduce traffic accidents. Jawdropping video shows the DARPA Challenge-winning car motoring through busy city traffic with no one behind the wheel, and dramatic test drive footage from TED2011 demonstrates how fast the thing can really go. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below:...

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3 Ways to Prepare for Process Diagrams
Jul25

3 Ways to Prepare for Process Diagrams

This is just a short post today because I’m on holiday. 🙂 I’m currently in Antwerp, in Belgium, on a brief tour of Europe. Let me know in the comment section what you are doing for the summer! * Today’s lesson is about describing processes. It’s something many IELTS students really hate doing because it’s different from the other IELTS Writing Task 1 questions. You can’t just use the same vocabulary you would to describe a graph or...

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Jay Walker: The world’s English mania
Jul22

Jay Walker: The world’s English mania

Jay Walker explains why two billion people around the world are trying to learn English. He shares photos and spine-tingling audio of Chinese students rehearsing English — “the world’s second language” — by the thousands. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below:   Comprehension Questions   What is the worlds new mania?   When do the Chinese start...

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Analyzing an IELTS Task 2 Question
Jul20

Analyzing an IELTS Task 2 Question

In the IELTS Writing Exam, you are mostly being judged on your ability to construct a well-written essay. However, part of the task is responding to the question, and that means being able to pick a question apart to understand exactly what it means, and what you – as the candidate – are required to do. Fortunately, the questions in the IELTS Writing Exam are quite predictable (at least in terms of theme and style) and so...

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