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 to Grow Fresh Air
May15

How to Grow Fresh Air

Air pollution is a problem for most of the world’s population. With the rise of industrialism in many developing countries, fresh air is now in short supply. Particularly in large cities, people need more fresh air and less pollution. In this TED Talk from 2009, Kamal Meattle demonstrates how to improve the quality of air in your home by using a simple arrangement of plants. Watch and Listen As you watch this video, try to make...

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Why do we dream?
Dec13

Why do we dream?

Level: Upper Intermediate Type: IELTS listening style questions Approximate time of completion: 10-15 min   Introduction Dreams have intrigued us from the beginning of civilization. People often talk about dreams, but what do we really know about them? This 6+ min video revises some old and new theories of why we dream.   Useful vocabulary Tablets: a thin, flat, often square piece of hard material such as wood, stone, or metal....

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