How to Pass the IELTS Listening
Jun17

How to Pass the IELTS Listening

Ok, so technically the IELTS exam is not PASS/FAIL but you know what I mean… You want the best grade you can get, right? And when you don’t get it, it feels like you failed. So here’s how to succeed in the IELTS Listening Exam. Predicting the Material This is the most important thing that you can do. Good listeners are the ones who carefully predicted the material. I don’t mean they knew what exactly would be...

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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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Lesson Plan: Ken Robinson’s TED Talk
Apr25

Lesson Plan: Ken Robinson’s TED Talk

I’m a huge fan of Ken Robinson’s TED Talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” It’s funny and interesting; a great way to inspire your students. At the beginning, he comments that everyone is interested in education. If you’re reading this, you’re probably a teacher, so that applies to you. It also applies to your students, too. The following is a lesson plan designed for a highly communicative...

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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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