Describing a Map of Garlsdon [IELTS Writing Task 1]
Dec04

Describing a Map of Garlsdon [IELTS Writing Task 1]

Describing a map can be a difficult task, even for a native speaker. What should you include, and what shouldn’t you include? Then there’s the question of language for describing maps… It can be so tough to do. Below, I’m going to offer a sample essay describing a map of Garlsdon that once appeared in the IELTS writing exam. You can see another sample map description here. The Map The map below is of the town...

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Essential IELTS Grammar: Sentence Types
Nov25

Essential IELTS Grammar: Sentence Types

There are four types of sentence in English: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex. In this chapter, we will learn how to form each of them. First, however, we must look at clauses. There are essentially two kinds of clause: independent and dependent. Independent Clauses An independent clause must have three elements: A subject A verb A complete thought It is relatively easy to understand those first two, but how do you know...

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This app makes it fun to pick up litter
Oct30

This app makes it fun to pick up litter

Today’s TED talk is by Jeff Kirschner and is called “This app makes it fun to pick up litter.” In his six minute talk to the people of New York, he describes a journey he went on in creating an app to help keep the planet clean. Watch Vocabulary crowdsource – verb – obtaining information or input into a task or project by enlisting the services of a large number of people, either paid or unpaid, typically...

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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 Use More Advanced Vocabulary for Task 1 [IELTS Writing]
Oct11

How to Use More Advanced Vocabulary for Task 1 [IELTS Writing]

Getting a high band score in the IELTS writing exam seems impossible to some students, but it’s not. In fact, there are a few things you need to do to boost your chances: learn to structure your writing, increase your vocabulary, and understand the question. Another way is to use more advanced vocabulary for task 1. Why Use More Advanced Vocabulary for Task 1? In the IELTS writing exam, you need to prove to the examiner that you...

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