Quitting Social Media
May18

Quitting Social Media

Are you a social media addict? In the 21st century, it seems that most of us are addicted to our smartphones. More than a billion people use Facebook, and hundreds of millions more are glued to Twitter, Instagram, and WeChat. Social media is everywhere but is it damaging our lives? Some people say yes; others say no. Dr. Cal Newport reckons that staying off social media is beneficial for a number of reasons. Watch and Listen...

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Common IELTS Topics: Technology
Nov13

Common IELTS Topics: Technology

Technology is one of the most common IELTS topics because it can come up in any part of the exam. Furthermore, technology is a part of our daily lives and thus an absolutely necessary topic in which to be fluent. So let’s look at how it may come up in the IELTS exam and what technology vocabulary we need to learn. Technology in IELTS Speaking There are lots of possible questions you may be asked about technology in the IELTS...

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Sebastian Thrun: Google’s driverless car
Jul28

Sebastian Thrun: Google’s driverless car

Sebastian Thrun helped build Google’s amazing driverless car, powered by a very personal quest to save lives and reduce traffic accidents. Jawdropping video shows the DARPA Challenge-winning car motoring through busy city traffic with no one behind the wheel, and dramatic test drive footage from TED2011 demonstrates how fast the thing can really go. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below:...

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IELTS Listening Practice: Solar Power
Jan22

IELTS Listening Practice: Solar Power

Level: pre intermediate and above Time for completion: 10+ min   How does Solar Energy work? This video demonstrates how a grid-tied home solar power system works. It shows the exact process from the moment sunlight hit the solar panels, the actual power conversion, and how the DC (direct current) electricity from the panels is converted to AC (alternating current) for home use, as AC is the compatible form of energy for most...

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High-Altitude Wind Energy from Kites, by Saul Griffith
Oct25

High-Altitude Wind Energy from Kites, by Saul Griffith

Energy… climate change… technology… these are are all common IELTS topics, and in this TED video we can see them being discussed by Saul Griffith. Let’s watch this fascinating video together and practice our listening skills! Collocations First, let’s practice some of the vocabulary from the video. Below are several common collocated phrases that Saul uses while discussing wind power. They have been split...

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