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The Best Facebook Groups for IELTS
Nov13

The Best Facebook Groups for IELTS

Unless you live in China or North Korea, it’s likely that you use Facebook. Many people have problems with its privacy policies and recent data breaches, but still the internet monolith dominates much of our lives. Just like we use Google to find information, we use Facebook to reach out and talk to others. Facebook can be a great way to prepare for IELTS, too. There are so many ways you can use the social network to improve...

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How To Speak So That People Will Listen
Nov12

How To Speak So That People Will Listen

Speaking. It’s a topic that terrifies IELTS learners. There’s so much to consider, and you have so little time to prepare. But speaking is something we do every day in our own language. We learn it from childhood. Some people are naturally good at it… and others not so much. In this TED Talk by Julian Treasure, we learn how to speak in a way that makes people want to listen to us. It contains some good advice for...

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What to do when you don’t understand a question
Nov08

What to do when you don’t understand a question

The IELTS speaking exam can be difficult. One of the biggest problems is not understanding the examiner. So what do you do when you encounter a difficult question? In today’s lesson, I’ll show you how to deal with this problem without losing marks. This is the video lesson: What should you do when you don’t understand a question in IELTS speaking? First of all, try not to panic when the examiner asks you a question...

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How I Climbed a 3,000-Foot Vertical Cliff Without a Rope
Nov04

How I Climbed a 3,000-Foot Vertical Cliff Without a Rope

Today we’re going to look at an incredible TED Talk by Alex Hannold, a man who is famous around the world for his death-defying climbs. In this new TED Talk, he describes climbing two mountains – one of which he found to be unsatisfying, and the other turned out to be the best day of his life. I’d like to use this video to teach you some useful vocabulary, as well as to practice your listening skills, and also take...

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How to Think of Ideas for IELTS Writing Task 2
Oct31

How to Think of Ideas for IELTS Writing Task 2

Recently, I have been asked by several TED-IELTS email subscribers for advice on how to think of ideas for IELTS writing task 2. Basically, they find it difficult to generate ideas to use in writing their essay. This is a topic I hadn’t previously covered (in depth) on this website, so I decided to write a special post today. So if you are having trouble with IELTS writing task 2, and you need to come up with better ideas, keep...

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