Model Essay: Bar Chart
Jul18

Model Essay: Bar Chart

Question You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The graph below shows female unemployment rates in each country of the United Kingdom in 2013 and 2014. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant. Write at least 150 words. Answer The bar chart shows the unemployment rates for women in four countries during a two-year period. In three of the countries, the...

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David Gallo: Underwater Astonishments
Jul16

David Gallo: Underwater Astonishments

David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square’s worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean. This short talk celebrates the pioneering work of ocean explorers like Edith Widder and Roger Hanlon. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below:  ...

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IELTS Writing Task 2 Activity
Jul14

IELTS Writing Task 2 Activity

Here’s a cool task to help you work on coherence and cohesion – which is one of the four areas on which your IELTS Writing will be marked. Look at the sentences below and try to put them into the correct order. Simple, right?! Check your answer against my actual essay below. Question In general, people do not have such a close relationship with their neighbours as they did in the past. Why is this so, and what can be done...

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Richard St John: 8 secrets to success
Jul10

Richard St John: 8 secrets to success

Why do people succeed? Is it because they’re smart? Or are they just lucky? Neither. Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below: Comprehension Questions   Where did it all start?   How many interviews did he do?   Who said work was fun?   Who pushed...

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IELTS Writing Task 1 Practice Activity
Jul06

IELTS Writing Task 1 Practice Activity

Ok, so here’s an activity I put together for a student I tutor. It’s based on a pretty simple line graph, and I’ve just written a model essay and then removed some words. Sounds pretty easy, right? Why don’t you take a look and see what you think. It’s based on this line graph: Practice Activity Read the model essay below and fill in the gaps. There may be more than one possible correct answer. This line...

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