10 Golden Rules for IELTS Preparation
Jun21

10 Golden Rules for IELTS Preparation

When it comes to IELTS preparation, how do you know where to begin? There are so many books and websites and teachers, but how can you really get ready for the exam? Today, I’m going to outline 10 golden rules that will help you prepare for IELTS. Attitude is Everything I’ve been teaching English for about twelve years now and I can tell immediately when I meet a student whether they’re going to speak English well or...

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The BIG List of IELTS Speaking Questions [by topic]
Jun16

The BIG List of IELTS Speaking Questions [by topic]

Below are dozens of IELTS speaking questions. These are arranged by topic, and perfect for IELTS students who want to do some speaking practice. Enjoy! Family & Relationships Part 1 Tell me something about your family. What do you like doing most with your family? Who are you close to in your family? In what way is your family important to you? Part 2 Describe a close friend. You should say: How long you have known this person How...

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Describe a Memorable Holiday
Jun12

Describe a Memorable Holiday

Today I’m going to show you how to form a good answer for IELTS speaking part 2. I will show you how to analyze the question, make notes, and then give a satisfactory answer. Question Here is the cue card we will use today: Describe a memorable holiday. You should say: when you went on this holiday where you went what you did and explain why it is memorable. Normally, there isn’t much analysis needed for an IELTS speaking...

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IELTS Preparation: A Two-Pronged Attack
Jun02

IELTS Preparation: A Two-Pronged Attack

Preparing for IELTS is a daunting task. Regardless of your English level, it is stressful and exhausting, and getting the band score you need always seems so difficult. There are thousands of websites, Facebook groups, and message boards online offering help with IELTS preparation, but the information can be overwhelming. What I’m going to offer you today is a simplified approach that I call a two-pronged attack. This means that...

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IELTS Speaking Topic: Childhood
May23

IELTS Speaking Topic: Childhood

Childhood is one of those somewhat common IELTS topics, and may appear in any of the three parts of the speaking exam. You can expect to be asked about your childhood memories, including ideas like friendship and hobbies, as well as more difficult questions about childhood in general. IELTS Vocabulary for Childhood There is not a lot of vocabulary that is essential for the IELTS speaking topic of childhood. Most of it is actually...

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5 ways to improve your pronunciation for IELTS at home
May14

5 ways to improve your pronunciation for IELTS at home

Today I’m going to tell you how you can improve your pronunciation for IELTS without the help of a teacher or study partner. By doing these five simple exercises, your pronunciation will get better, and as a result, your IELTS band score will increase. Why Does Pronunciation Matter? The IELTS speaking test is marked in four parts, and each of them are worth 25% of your speaking score. You guessed it, pronunciation is one of...

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