Catherine Crump: The small and surprisingly dangerous detail the police track about you
Aug29

Catherine Crump: The small and surprisingly dangerous detail the police track about you

A very unsexy-sounding piece of technology could mean that the police know where you go, with whom, and when: the automatic license plate reader. These cameras are innocuously placed all across small-town America to catch known criminals, but as lawyer and TED Fellow Catherine Crump shows, the data they collect in aggregate could have disastrous consequences for everyone the world over. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully...

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7 Easy Steps to Achieve IELTS Success
Aug27

7 Easy Steps to Achieve IELTS Success

It is famously difficult to succeed in the IELTS exam because it is such a good test of your English ability. There are no quick fixes or cheats to gain IELTS success. All you can do is prepare and practice. However, there are definitely some important and easy steps you can take to boost your chances of getting a high band score. 1. Make a Plan Treat the IELTS like any other exam. Plan well in advance and stick to your plan. Set...

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Essay Correction: Family Topic [Task 2]
Aug25

Essay Correction: Family Topic [Task 2]

One of my Chinese students wrote an essay on the following topic, which I corrected and am sharing here for the benefit of my website readers. You can see her essay below, as well as my edits. For practice, you may want to try marking her essay yourself! Spotting mistakes is a great way to boost your own IELTS writing skills. If you want me to mark your essay, check the information at the bottom of the page. Question: Some people...

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8 Question Types in IELTS Reading and Listening [IELTS Hints]
Aug24

8 Question Types in IELTS Reading and Listening [IELTS Hints]

In order to prepare for the IELTS exam, you need to know the types of question that you will encounter. Once you know these question types, you will be much better prepared to get a high band score. This article will look at the types of questions that appear in the IELTS reading and listening exams – including some question types that appear in both. Multiple Choice – both In both the reading and the listening exam, you...

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Hesitation in the IELTS Speaking Exam
Aug22

Hesitation in the IELTS Speaking Exam

What is hesitation? Hesitation means pausing for a moment before you continue speaking. This is a perfectly natural part of speech. You probably do it in your native language every single day. However, many students want to know the answer to these questions: Is it ok to hesitate in the IELTS Speaking Exam? How do I avoid hesitating too much? What are some natural ways to hesitate? Let’s look at these questions in detail. Is it...

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