Reading Practice: Save the Shark
Nov19

Reading Practice: Save the Shark

In today’s lesson, we shall look at an article from New Scientist. This article is shorter than a typical IELTS essay, but thematically and linguistically it is the same. This falls under the IELTS topic of environment. I have put together some questions to help you with your IELTS reading skills, and the answers are located further down the page. The questions are not all exactly IELTS reading question types but they are...

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Selecting Ideas and Structuring an Essay [IELTS Writing Task 2]
Nov01

Selecting Ideas and Structuring an Essay [IELTS Writing Task 2]

When it comes to improving your IELTS writing score, it can be really tough to build your vocabulary and polish your grammar skills. It’s much easier to work on task achievement and coherence and cohesion. For these, you can simply learn some structures and practice analysing questions. Don’t get me wrong… it’s not really easy, but it is something you can learn with a bit of practice, and it’s certainly...

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David Gallo: Underwater Astonishments
Jul16

David Gallo: Underwater Astonishments

David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square’s worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean. This short talk celebrates the pioneering work of ocean explorers like Edith Widder and Roger Hanlon. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below:  ...

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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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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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