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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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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