IELTS Speaking Topic: Childhood
May23

IELTS Speaking Topic: Childhood

Childhood is one of those somewhat common IELTS topics, and may appear in any of the three parts of the speaking exam. You can expect to be asked about your childhood memories, including ideas like friendship and hobbies, as well as more difficult questions about childhood in general. IELTS Vocabulary for Childhood There is not a lot of vocabulary that is essential for the IELTS speaking topic of childhood. Most of it is actually...

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5 ways to improve your pronunciation for IELTS at home
May14

5 ways to improve your pronunciation for IELTS at home

Today I’m going to tell you how you can improve your pronunciation for IELTS without the help of a teacher or study partner. By doing these five simple exercises, your pronunciation will get better, and as a result, your IELTS band score will increase. Why Does Pronunciation Matter? The IELTS speaking test is marked in four parts, and each of them are worth 25% of your speaking score. You guessed it, pronunciation is one of those four...

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Summary Completion [IELTS Reading]
May12

Summary Completion [IELTS Reading]

One of the most difficult tasks in the IELTS reading exam is the summary completion. For the purpose of this lesson, I’m also going to include flow charts as a form of summary because these are very similar and require the same skills to answer. In the case of completing a summary, you will have a short passage with gaps. You will be told to complete the information using no more than 1/2/3 words and/or a number. (Always read...

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IELTS Speaking Topic: Cooking
May06

IELTS Speaking Topic: Cooking

In past lessons, we’ve learned how to talk about food for IELTS. Food is one of those rather predictable IELTS topics that often pops up in part one of the speaking exam. Usually, you will see it in part one, but it can also appear in parts two or three as well. I’ve also seen food in the reading exam and even the writing task 2. Today, though, we’re going beyond the general topic of food to look more specifically at...

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Sample Answer for Recent IELTS Writing Task 2 Question
May04

Sample Answer for Recent IELTS Writing Task 2 Question

A few months ago, this question was given in the IELTS writing task 2 exam: Some people think it is more beneficial to play sports that are played in teams, e.g. football. However, others think it is more beneficial individual sports, e.g. tennis and swimming. Discuss both views and give your own opinion. Today, I will give you my sample answer for this recent IELTS writing task 2 question, and make a few suggestions on how you can...

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Dealing with Difficult Vocabulary
Apr24

Dealing with Difficult Vocabulary

The IELTS reading exam often proves challenging for students because it can include some difficult vocabulary. In general, you won’t need to understand extremely complex, uncommon words. The examiners would never expect you to know technical vocabulary for a particular specialist area. You wouldn’t, for example, be expected to know the meaning of pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis. However, you will almost certainly come...

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