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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One More Reason to Get a Good Night’s Sleep, by Jeff Iliff
Apr02

One More Reason to Get a Good Night’s Sleep, by Jeff Iliff

Introduction Today’s video is called “One More Reason to Get a Good Night’s Sleep,” and is given by Jeff Iliff – a neuroscientist. This video contains a lot of difficult vocabulary, and the focus of this lesson is to train you for a valuable IELTS Listening skill – focusing on the question, and not getting overwhelmed by difficult words and ideas. IELTS Skill We’re going to use a very difficult video today to teach a simple idea. That...

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