Hi! My name is David S. Wills. I’m a writer and IELTS tutor from the UK. I’ve written several books, and I’ve taught hundreds of students how to write better for the IELTS exam.
I have put together a FREE course to help all English learners with their writing skills. This course focuses on grammar and is based upon my book, Grammar for IELTS Writing.
Oh, did I mention it’s 100% FREE? 😁
Starting from April 12th, I will update the course daily for a total of 10 days. Each day, there will be a video lesson of about 10-15 minutes, as well as homework exercises for you to complete. I will also answer any questions you have in the comment section below.
During the course, you can expect to learn about the following:
- Parts of Speech
- Present Tenses
- Past Tenses
- Future Tenses
- Sentence Types
In other words, we will start with the basics and progress to an advanced level. I will cover everything you need to know to ace your IELTS writing test.
While this course is 100% FREE, if you want personal help with your writing, I offer a writing correction service that has helped more than 200 students to achieve their IELTS target score.
Lesson 1 – Parts of Speech
In our first of ten IELTS grammar lessons, we will learn about parts of speech. Why is this important? Throughout this course, we will learn many important grammar lessons. However, at the very foundation of these is parts of speech. You need to know what a verb, adjective, noun, or preposition is, otherwise this course will confuse you.
Today’s video is about 10 minutes long, and there are some homework tasks to be completed. You can find them below.
Homework & Further Reading for Lesson 1
Please download and complete the tasks in this PDF document.
Here are the answers to the homework assignments.
Lesson 2 – Present Tenses
In the second lesson of our course, we will learn all about the present tenses so that you can begin to use language with greater accuracy. Knowing how to use the most common tenses will cause a significant improvement in both your speaking and writing ability, and this is the logical place to start. Make sure you have 10 minutes to spare, grab your notebook, and settle down for this next lesson.
Homework & Further Reading for Lesson 2
If you want to get the most out of this lesson, download the following document and try your best to answer the questions.
Here are the answers.
If you want to go deeper into this topic, check out this complete guide to the present tenses.
Lesson 3 – Past Tenses
In the third lesson, we will learn all about the past tenses. These are incredibly important for IELTS, and not just for writing. Could you imagine answering questions for the speaking test without knowing the past tenses?! You would struggle badly.
Past tenses are very important in English, and knowing 1) how to form them, and 2) when to use them is absolutely vital. In today’s video, I will give you a basic guide to these tenses.
Homework & Further Reading for Lesson 3
In order to get the most out of these lessons, you should download and complete the PDF documents that I attach as “homework”. These have all been created by me and I give you permission to print them if you like. I think they will really help you to test and improve your skills.
Here is the homework for lesson 3.
And here are the answers.
You can find a complete guide to the past tenses on my site, too.
Lesson 4 – Future Tenses
Let’s jump into the future and study some future tenses!! Wait… are these really necessary for IELTS writing? Why don’t you watch the video and find out.
Homework & Further Reading for Lesson 4
Here are the homework exercises for lesson 4. Check back tomorrow to find out the answers.
You can find the answers to the homework here.
If you want to learn more about future tenses, click here.
Lesson 5 – Sentence Types
Now that we’ve looked at parts of speech and the different tenses, we can begin to build up full sentences. But what kind of sentence do you want to write…? There are four types of sentence in English, and in this lesson I will explain how to construct them. This is a really, really important lesson, so don’t skip it! Of all the essays I read from IELTS students, most of them could be significantly improved by the writer learning more about sentence types.
Grab a pen and paper, and make some notes.
Homework & Further Reading for Lesson 5
Lesson 6 – Clauses
Now that we have mastered making sentences, it is time to take our writing skills to a higher level. We are now going to make more advanced sentences by using noun clauses and adjective clauses. These will really give our sentences more value by adding much more detail and variety. With these sorts of clauses, we can present information in a more mature way. If you are looking to achieve a band 7 or higher, you should attempt to occasionally include a noun clause or adjective clause into your writing.
But beware… they aren’t easy to use. Watch this video to find out how.
Homework & Further Reading for Lesson 6
Lesson 7 – Parallelism
What is parallelism? This is probably the first question you want to ask me when you hear about this lesson. Parallelism means that all parts of a sentence are in the same form. Find out what I mean by watching this simple video, and bring some additional flair to your IELTS writing skills.
Homework & Further Reading for Lesson 7
You can find a long article on parallelism here, which should give you some extra information about how to use this technique in your writing.
Lesson 8 – Punctuation
Why do people say that IELTS writing is the most difficult part of the test? Because it really is! In fact, recently the NMC reduced the requirements for IELTS test takers in the writing section because it was so difficult that expecting nurses to get 7/7/7/7 was just unrealistic.
One reason is that punctuation isn’t a factor in the other parts of the exam. You don’t need to think about commas when you are speaking. But is punctuation really so hard? It can certainly confuse native speakers, but if you learn the basics, you can ace the IELTS.
Homework & Further Reading for Lesson 8
Today’s homework is a little harder than in the past. You need to punctuate a whole essay! If you don’t have time, you can just do the second activity, but I think the first one is a good challenge. (Here are the answers.)
Lesson 9 – Register
What the heck is register?! That’s what most people think. Basically, it means the degree to which your essay is formal. As you should know, an IELTS essay should be written in a formal style. That means: no slang, fewer contractions, and so on. In this lesson, I mostly cover participle clauses and passive voice. Why? Because these are common features of register!
Homework & Further Reading for Lesson 9
Lesson – Paragraphing
By now, you should be able to put together perfect sentences. So what comes next…? Well, you need to string those sentences together into paragraphs. Learn how to do that in today’s lesson.
Homework & Further Reading for Lesson 10
I have loads of lessons on essay structure, but in terms of actually putting together a coherent paragraph, I recommend this one.
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