Describe a Close Friend [Speaking Part 2]
Mar10

Describe a Close Friend [Speaking Part 2]

Friendship is a common IELTS topic and so it is essential that you can talk about your friends to succeed in the speaking exam. In fact, people and relationships are really important. You should learn how to speak about personality, appearance, and how we interact with one another. This could prove useful in any part of the speaking exam, but today we are going to look at a part two question, which asks us to describe a close friend....

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Why Do Cats Act So Weird?
Mar08

Why Do Cats Act So Weird?

Around the world, people keep pets for many reasons. One of the most popular pets is the common house cat. They are so cute that even people who don’t want to own a pet cat will watch hours of funny cat videos on YouTube! But what is it that makes them cute? What makes them funny? In this TED video, you will find out:   Listening Let’s go back to the beginning of the video. We are going to do a gap-fill exercise....

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New Video: Task 2 Structure
Mar04

New Video: Task 2 Structure

Today I released the second in a series of YouTube videos to help you improve your IELTS scores. In this week’s installment, I talk about essay structure and paragraph structure. If there’s anything you’d like me to cover in future, leave a comment below the video.  ...

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Apartment Blocks [IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer]
Mar03

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Apartment Blocks [IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer]

Today I’m giving you a sample answer for an IELTS Writing Task 2 question that I heard about recently. Question Nowadays, most people in cities live in large apartment blocks. Does this kind of accommodation have more advantages or disadvantages? Analyzing the Question What sort of question is this? I’d say it’s a society question. What about keywords? “People” and “apartment blocks”. What do...

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Talking About Music for IELTS
Feb27

Talking About Music for IELTS

Don’t you just love listening to music? I do. It’s something people love talking about, too, and so you’ll often find it crops up in conversation. It appears in the IELTS exam as well – the perfect opportunity to show off your passion! So let’s learn a little language for talking about music. I’m going to share with you today two Powerpoint presentations I recently made for my students at university...

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