Activism Needs Introverts
Mar31

Activism Needs Introverts

Today’s TED video lesson is about activism and personality. Many people think that if you want to change the world, you need to be outgoing – in other words, an extrovert. But is that really true? Isn’t it possible that the world could be changed by introverts? In this TED video, Sarah Corbett argues just that point. The Video   Vocabulary Activism /ˈaktɪvɪz(ə)m/ – noun – the...

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Describe Your Favourite Season [IELTS Speaking Part 2]
Mar28

Describe Your Favourite Season [IELTS Speaking Part 2]

Here in China, the weather just turned very hot! Where I live, there is practically no spring. One day it is winter and the next is summer! Last week I needed to use my heating and this week it is almost time for air conditioning. It got me wondering about this IELTS speaking part 2 cue card: Describe your favourite season. (Or, to use the American spelling, Describe your favorite season.) Months and Seasons In English, we have a...

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Describing a Line Graph [Pop Parade vs Music Choice]
Mar25

Describing a Line Graph [Pop Parade vs Music Choice]

Today, I’m going to give you a sample answer for a line graph. This post accompanies a YouTube video I just uploaded, and which I will embed below. I hope that you find it helpful in your IELTS preparation. Remember that sample essays are a great way to learn about writing! You can post your own answers below or ask questions over at my YouTube channel. Question You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The graph below...

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IELTS Questions and Answers: Studies and Work
Mar22

IELTS Questions and Answers: Studies and Work

The topics of studies and work come up often in the IELTS speaking exam. In fact, they are some of the most common IELTS topics possible. Therefore, it is really important that you are prepared to answer questions in any part of the speaking exam. To do that, I have prepared a list of some questions below, and I will post some sample answers alongside. I will highlight any useful vocabulary in the answers. At the bottom of this page,...

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Omitting Relative Pronouns
Mar17

Omitting Relative Pronouns

Adjective clauses, which are also known as relative clauses, give extra information about a noun or pronoun. As such, they are an essential part of English speaking and writing, and can add a huge amount of detail to our language. It’s no surprise, then, that they are important for students who want to get a better IELTS score. Video Lesson First, here’s a new video I just posted that explains the basics of omitting...

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