IELTS Writing Task 2: Two-Part Questions
Jul18

IELTS Writing Task 2: Two-Part Questions

Introduction Today we’re going to look at one kind of IELTS writing task 2 question that often makes students a little worried: the two-part question. This is also sometimes referred to as “the direct question” as it is more direct than other types of writing question, such as advantage/disadvantage or problem/solution. I will show you what this question looks like and how to answer it. What is a Two-Part Question? In IELTS writing...

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IELTS Writing: Should I Write 4 or 5 Paragraphs?
Jul08

IELTS Writing: Should I Write 4 or 5 Paragraphs?

If you’ve been studying IELTS for a long time, you’ll see certain teachers and textbooks recommending one structure or another. Generally, what they suggest is something like this: Introduction 2-3 body paragraphs Conclusion That’s it. Pretty simple, right? Well, some students ask, “Should I write 4 or 5 paragraphs?” because they want to know which is best. When they look at model essays by IELTS examiners, they see both kinds of...

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10 Golden Rules for IELTS Preparation
Jun21

10 Golden Rules for IELTS Preparation

When it comes to IELTS preparation, how do you know where to begin? There are so many books and websites and teachers, but how can you really get ready for the exam? Today, I’m going to outline 10 golden rules that will help you prepare for IELTS. Attitude is Everything I’ve been teaching English for about twelve years now and I can tell immediately when I meet a student whether they’re going to speak English well or not. Of course,...

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The BIG List of IELTS Speaking Questions [by topic]
Jun16

The BIG List of IELTS Speaking Questions [by topic]

Below are dozens of IELTS speaking questions. These are arranged by topic, and perfect for IELTS students who want to do some speaking practice. Enjoy! Family & Relationships Part 1 Tell me something about your family. What do you like doing most with your family? Who are you close to in your family? In what way is your family important to you? Part 2 Describe a close friend. You should say: How long you have known this person How...

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Describe a Memorable Holiday
Jun12

Describe a Memorable Holiday

Today I’m going to show you how to form a good answer for IELTS speaking part 2. I will show you how to analyze the question, make notes, and then give a satisfactory answer. Question Here is the cue card we will use today: Describe a memorable holiday. You should say: when you went on this holiday where you went what you did and explain why it is memorable. Normally, there isn’t much analysis needed for an IELTS speaking...

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IELTS Preparation: A Two-Pronged Attack
Jun02

IELTS Preparation: A Two-Pronged Attack

Preparing for IELTS is a daunting task. Regardless of your English level, it is stressful and exhausting, and getting the band score you need always seems so difficult. There are thousands of websites, Facebook groups, and message boards online offering help with IELTS preparation, but the information can be overwhelming. What I’m going to offer you today is a simplified approach that I call a two-pronged attack. This means that you...

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