IELTS Listening Section 4 Advice and Practice
Oct05

IELTS Listening Section 4 Advice and Practice

The IELTS listening exam is comprised of four sections, and they are each more difficult than the previous. That means section 1 is the easiest, and section 4 is the hardest. Fortunately, the content is quite predictable. Sections 1 and 2 are in a general/everyday setting, while sections 3 and 4 take place in an academic context. Section 3 features several people (usually students) talking about something (usually a lecture or...

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Describe a Restaurant [IELTS Speaking Part 2]
Sep26

Describe a Restaurant [IELTS Speaking Part 2]

In the IELTS speaking exam, you may be asked about almost any common part of life. There are some predictable topics you often encounter, and most of these are broad human experiences – you know, sports and education and family, etc. In part two, you need to describe something. This could be a person, a place, or an experience. In the past, I have written articles and recorded sample answers for many part two topics, from...

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How to Succeed in General Training Writing Task 1
Sep24

How to Succeed in General Training Writing Task 1

As a requirement for migration purposes in many countries worldwide, thousands of people take the IELTS exam every year to validate their English language skills.  While some may find it easy, many others have difficulty, particularly in the Writing module. The IELTS Writing test requires the test taker to finish two tasks within an hour’s time.  The first is a letter while the second task is an essay. Both essays are...

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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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