IELTS Writing Task 1 Practice Activity
Jul06

IELTS Writing Task 1 Practice Activity

Ok, so here’s an activity I put together for a student I tutor. It’s based on a pretty simple line graph, and I’ve just written a model essay and then removed some words. Sounds pretty easy, right? Why don’t you take a look and see what you think. It’s based on this line graph: Practice Activity Read the model essay below and fill in the gaps. There may be more than one possible correct answer. This line...

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20 Helpful Tips for the IELTS Exam
Jul02

20 Helpful Tips for the IELTS Exam

Listening 1) Pay attention to the short section at the beginning which gives you the example answer. This will help you become familiar with the situation and the speakers. 2) There will be gaps in the audio in between sets of questions. Use these wisely to prepare for the next questions by reading them carefully. 3) The answers to the questions will come in the order of the questions, so listen and try to follow. If you miss one...

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Grouping Data in the IELTS Writing Task 1
Jun30

Grouping Data in the IELTS Writing Task 1

What do you do when you have to describe a line graph or bar chart in the IELTS Writing Task 1 and you find it’s too difficult to describe? Well, you need to spend some time examining the data and figuring out how you can divide it into manageable chunks. Once you can do this, you can structure your essay. Remember, the IELTS Writing Task 1 is all about describing the main features and making comparisons. You don’t need to...

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Some Tips for IELTS Writing Task 1
Jun29

Some Tips for IELTS Writing Task 1

IELTS Writing Task 1 needn’t be so difficult, yet many students fear it. They panic when faced with a line graph, bar chart, pie chart, table, or process diagram. There is too much information. They don’t take the time to really look at it and figure it out. Then when it’s time to write, they don’t know what to describe. They write too much or too little, and they add extra information. But fortunately...

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A Beginner’s Guide to IELTS Writing Task 1
Jun23

A Beginner’s Guide to IELTS Writing Task 1

So you want to do the IELTS but you’re worried about the writing exam. Don’t be. It’s actually quite predictable, and if you study the right knowledge you can expect a high band score. This PPT lays out the basics that you need to know to do the IELTS Writing Task 1: IELTS Writing Task 1 Overview from David...

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Structuring an IELTS Task 2 Essay
Jun21

Structuring an IELTS Task 2 Essay

In this post, I will give you advice about how to structure an IELTS Writing Task 2 essay. Having a great structure will push you towards a high band score, and it’s not difficult to learn how to do it right. You can’t just memorize an essay for IELTS, but you can memorize some very good structures that can be repeated. Recently, I was tutoring some students on the topic of zoos. There was a question about whether you...

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