Life Lessons Through Tinkering
Jun07

Life Lessons Through Tinkering

If you’re reading this webpage, it is likely that you are studying for your IELTS exam. As a student of English, you know that it can be a difficult experience to learn a new language. However, everyone learns differently. For some people, it even seems easy! Yet we all have ways that work for us and don’t work for others. Most children learn best through doing. Sure, they need to listen and read sometimes, but they...

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How to Save the Oceans
May23

How to Save the Oceans

I love the sea. I love everything about it. Even at its most terrifying, I still love it. For these reasons, I also really enjoyed listening to National Geographic photojournalist, Brian Skerry, talking about his attempts to share the ocean with the rest of the world. Try to peel your eyes away from his beautiful photography to practice some listening skills that will help boost your IELTS score. Vocabulary Firstly, look at this PPT...

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How to Grow Fresh Air
May15

How to Grow Fresh Air

Air pollution is a problem for most of the world’s population. With the rise of industrialism in many developing countries, fresh air is now in short supply. Particularly in large cities, people need more fresh air and less pollution. In this TED Talk from 2009, Kamal Meattle demonstrates how to improve the quality of air in your home by using a simple arrangement of plants. Watch and Listen As you watch this video, try to make...

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This is what happens when you reply to spam e-mail
Apr15

This is what happens when you reply to spam e-mail

Today we’re going to watch an hilarious TED Talk by James Veitch, a British writer and comedian. In this talk, he narrates a very funny story about interacting with a man who sent him spam e-mail. Of course, this format is nothing like the IELTS Listening Exam, but it is always good to practice your general listening skills through various means – listening for comprehension, listening for detail, inference, and so on. Vocabulary Spam...

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The Colossal Consequences of Super Volcanoes
Apr01

The Colossal Consequences of Super Volcanoes

Level: Intermediate and above Time for completion: 15 + min   Summary In 1816, Europe and North America were plagued by heavy rains, odd-colored snow, famines, strange fogs, and very cold weather well into June. Though many people believed it to be the apocalypse, this “year without a summer” was actually the result of a supervolcano eruption that happened one year earlier over 1,000 miles away. Alex Gendler describes...

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Why Should You Listen to Vivaldi?
Mar18

Why Should You Listen to Vivaldi?

Level: Intermediate Time for completion: 20 + min   Why should you listen to Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”? Light, bright, and cheerful, “The Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi is some of the most familiar of all early 18th century music, and is featured in numerous films and television commercials. But what is its significance, and why does it sound that way? Betsy Schwarm uncovers the underlying narrative of...

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