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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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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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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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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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