IELTS Speaking Topic: Happiness
Jun09

IELTS Speaking Topic: Happiness

Lately I’ve been working with my students on an IELTS topic, and I thought I’d share with you some of the questions that came up. The topic was “happiness” and I’ve collected some of the questions into a sample IELTS speaking test. Part One What do you like to do when you are happy? What kinds of things make you happy? When do you feel the happiest? What kinds of things people in your country feel happy...

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4 Easy Ways to Improve Your IELTS Writing
Jun04

4 Easy Ways to Improve Your IELTS Writing

My students always ask me how to improve their IELTS writing scores. It’s not an easy question to answer, but fortunately there are many ways it can be done. Below, I’ll show you some areas to focus on in order to boost your writing skills. Know the Sentence Types It’s really important that you know the difference between a simple sentence and a complex sentence. You don’t need to know the terminology, but it...

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IELTS Speaking Questions: Health
Jun02

IELTS Speaking Questions: Health

Health is an important topic in life and also in the IELTS Speaking Exam. Being able to talk about health can help you in many ways, including getting a higher band score. Try practicing your speaking skills with some of the sample IELTS questions below: Part 1 Do you have any unhealthy habits? In what ways do you try to stay healthy? Is it easy to keep fit where you live? What do you think is more important, eating healthily or doing...

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IELTS Speaking Questions About the Environment
May27

IELTS Speaking Questions About the Environment

It’s impossible to predict what questions you will be asked in the IELTS Speaking Exam; however, you can reliably guess what topics will appear. There are only a certain number of topics that show up commonly – like education, society, sports, family, etc – and so ¬†you need to prepare your answers by topic rather than specific question. Today, I’m going to give you some example questions about the environment,...

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Paraphrasing for IELTS Writing Task 1
May20

Paraphrasing for IELTS Writing Task 1

Paraphrasing is an essential skill for IELTS, and it is particularly important for IELTS Writing Task 1. In this exam, you are required to paraphrase the question in order to write your first sentence. If you cannot do this, it becomes very difficult to pass the exam. If you copy the question, you will be deducted marks and it may cost you a high band score. Fortunately, learning to paraphrase is not difficult. In this PPT, I will...

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How to Easily Double Your Task 1 Vocabulary
May17

How to Easily Double Your Task 1 Vocabulary

Getting your target band score for the IELTS Writing Task 1 requires using language in a sophisticated way. Essentially, there are two really important factors: Use language accurately Avoid repetition How can you do that? Thankfully, you don’t need a vocabulary of thousands of words to describe trends. With a little practice, you can master the necessary vocabulary to describe dozens of trends and also learn to vary that...

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