Essential Apps for IELTS Students
Sep15

Essential Apps for IELTS Students

It’s the beginning of a new school year and my students are asking me the same questions I always hear. Chief among them is “What’s the best app for learning IELTS?” In the past I have made some suggestions based upon apps that I use in my daily life, but I have never really found a good IELTS learning app. It seems that all the apps for IELTS students tend to be kind of … spammy. In other words, they...

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IELTS Speaking Partners
Aug30

IELTS Speaking Partners

If you want to improve your speaking skills for the IELTS exam, you need to practice often. It can be hard for some students to find a person to practice with because no one they know speaks fluent English. Sure, you can practice with a teacher or tutor, but that usually costs money. So how do you find an IELTS speaking partner for free? Why Find a Speaking Partner? Improving your speech for the IELTS speaking exam requires daily...

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Describe something you often do in the evening [IELTS Speaking Part 2]
Aug23

Describe something you often do in the evening [IELTS Speaking Part 2]

In today’s IELTS speaking lesson we will look at another cue card. This one asks the candidate to “describe something you often do in the evening.” I will guide you through analyzing the question, structuring an answer, choosing the right language, and finally give you my own sample answer. Reading the Cue Card Ok, let’s begin by looking at the cue card: Describe something you often do in the evening. You...

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Do You Need to Provide a Balanced Answer to Agree/Disagree Questions?
Aug19

Do You Need to Provide a Balanced Answer to Agree/Disagree Questions?

In the IELTS writing exam, as with other forms of academic English, people often feel as though they need to provide a balanced answer. The reason for this is simple: a balanced answer shows a greater degree of thinking. For example, if I asked you, “Do you think capital punishment is a good thing or bad thing?” you may want to talk about both sides of the argument, before stating your opinion. Likewise, if I asked whether...

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Immigration Topic [IELTS Writing Task 2]
Aug06

Immigration Topic [IELTS Writing Task 2]

Today we’re going to look at a typical IELTS writing task 2 question about immigration. I will show you how to analyze the question, generate ideas and examples, structure your essay, and then finally write it. This question type is “discuss both views” but remember that the topic of immigration could be addressed in various ways for IELTS writing task 2. Analyze the Question Here is the question we will answer...

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How to Get Band 7 in IELTS
Aug03

How to Get Band 7 in IELTS

The IELTS exam is graded from 1-9, which band 9 indicating an expert user. Generally, band 9 can be thought of as native-level. It is the ultimate target for all English learners, but for most students, the most realistic target is band 7, meaning a fluent user. Band 7 is the category most students want to achieve because it is the most commonly cited IELTS requirement. Around the world, universities, governments, and businesses are...

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