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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Describe Someone in your Family [Speaking Part 2 Cue Card]
Oct21

Describe Someone in your Family [Speaking Part 2 Cue Card]

It is really important for IELTS speaking that you are able to describe people. There are so many questions about friends and family and even celebrities. In part two of the speaking exam, you may be given a cue card that asks you to describe a person. You should be comfortable talking about their personality, their appearance, and their habits. All this can come in really useful. Today, we’re going to look at how to describe...

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Correction Megathread [2018]
Oct15

Correction Megathread [2018]

The purpose of this blog post is to add corrections from the IELTS Writing Feedback Facebook group. In this group, I will offer occasional free corrections for your essays and letters from the IELTS writing exam (general and academic). I offer a full Writing Correction Service. <– You can click the link to find out more. In short, the corrections I give back on the Facebook group take me just 5-10 minutes to make. I make some...

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Be Careful Buying IELTS Materials
Oct15

Be Careful Buying IELTS Materials

This is a public service announcement of sorts. Today I was looking at IELTS books on Amazon, and saw one that was so incredibly bad, I had to share. It cost more than $10, and yet even if it were free, it wouldn’t be worth looking at. 🤦 The book is called Teaching IETLS Manual. Yes, that’s right, IETLS. They misspelled IELTS! Of course, anyone can make a typo (even if some are more embarrassing than others),...

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IELTS Speaking Part 2
Oct11

IELTS Speaking Part 2

The IELTS speaking test is comprised of three parts, each of which is a little harder than the previous. Part 2 is different from the others as it has no question to answer. Instead, there is a cue card that gives a task. This will usually say “Describe a…” and then has some further instructions. It is sometimes called “The Long Turn” by tutors and students, as you need to speak for a longer time. Today,...

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