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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IELTS Reading Practice: Plastics
Apr18

IELTS Reading Practice: Plastics

Readers of this blog will know that I really care about the environment, and as such it’s one of my favourite IELTS topics. Yesterday, I came across this news report in the Guardian. It tells us about a fantastic new scientific development that could be great for our future. I was very excited and wanted to share it with my readers for some valuable IELTS reading practice. Synonyms and Antonyms for IELTS Reading You probably...

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IELTS Speaking Part…. Zero?
Apr09

IELTS Speaking Part…. Zero?

In today’s lesson I’m going to tell you how to impress the examiner in IELTS speaking part 0. That’s right, zero. Wait… you know there’s a part 1, 2, and 3… so what’s part 0? IELTS Speaking Part 0 By part zero we mean the bit at the very beginning of the IELTS speaking exam that isn’t exactly part one. It happens when you first walk in the door and begin the exam, but before the...

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