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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Model Answer: IELTS Writing Task 1 – Bar Chart
May02

Model Answer: IELTS Writing Task 1 – Bar Chart

Here’s a band 9.0 answer for the IELTS Writing Task 1 describing a bar chart. Question The graph below shows the changes in maximum number of Asian elephants between 1994 and 2007. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. Model Answer The bar chart shows the estimated population of elephants across nine different...

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Reading Practice: An Audacious Plan
May13

Reading Practice: An Audacious Plan

There was a really wonderful article in the BBC a few days ago about a man’s attempt to save the African rhinoceros from extinction. As you may know from my recent YouTube video in which I give advice on IELTS Speaking skills, I love rhinos! Here, I have put together a lesson to help you improve your reading skills based upon this article. The text below has been edited slightly to make it more suitable for learning. The...

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