Coming Soon: More YouTube Videos
Feb10

Coming Soon: More YouTube Videos

I have some exciting news! 🙂 In 2018, I am going to be posting lots more new YouTube videos! I already have a YouTube channel and have posted some videos about IELTS before, but in 2018 I will attempt to post a new video every week. If they prove popular enough, I will do 2 or 3 per week. My plan is to release short (~5 mins) videos about all aspects of IELTS with most focused on writing and speaking, but I will try to take on board...

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Describe a Book You Have Read Recently
Jan06

Describe a Book You Have Read Recently

Today we’re going to look at a question from the IELTS speaking part two, also known as the “long answer” question. In this part of the exam, as you probably know, you are expected to speak for about two minutes on a given topic. The topic will be present to you on a “cue card” and you will then have a minute to make notes before you speak. In this lesson, we’re going to look at the topic of books. There are lots of different ways...

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New Video: IELTS Phrases to Avoid
Dec10

New Video: IELTS Phrases to Avoid

Last year I gave you a list of IELTS phrases to avoid. Today, I finally made it into a YouTube video! Recently, I’ve been trying to update my channel and produce more videos. At this stage, to be honest, I’m not very good at it – but I’ll persevere! I always tell me students, “Don’t give up! You can be fluent in English one day if you keep practicing!” and I’ll follow my own advice....

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A 10-Point Checklist for IELTS Writing Success
Oct29

A 10-Point Checklist for IELTS Writing Success

For the IELTS Writing Task 2 you need to write 250 words in a recommended time of just 40 minutes. It is perfectly natural to make some mistakes, but how can you limit the number of mistakes you actually make? Well, practice is important, but what should you take into consideration? In this lesson, I am giving you a free checklist to use for your IELTS writing task 2 essays. Obviously, you can’t take this list into the exam, but you...

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How Playing an Instrument Benefits your Brain
Feb06

How Playing an Instrument Benefits your Brain

Level: pre intermediate and above Time of completion: 20+ min   Introduction When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of...

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Describe an Animal
May10

Describe an Animal

Hello! I’m proud to give you my first YouTube video for TED-IELTS. It tackles the topic of describing animals for IELTS Speaking Task 2. Most students find this pretty difficult. After all, we’re not all biologists! But there are so many things we can say, and it’s all about using your time carefully. I hope you enjoy it, and I’ll type a rough transcript below in case you have a problem hearing some of the...

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