Developing a Topic Sentence
Apr08

Developing a Topic Sentence

It is so important to be able to develop a topic sentence in the IELTS Writing Exam. If you can’t support your main idea with explanation or examples, you simply aren’t fulfilling the requirements for coherence and cohesion. This is a difficult skill to master, but there are ways to practice it. Practice Look at the following topic sentences. Try to write two supporting sentences for each one. In many countries, schools...

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This virtual lab will revolutionize science class, by Michael Bodekaer
May15

This virtual lab will revolutionize science class, by Michael Bodekaer

Introduction It’s been two weeks since our last TED video lesson, and in that time we’ve had a number of other lesson types such as YouTube videos and reading passages. Today we’re going to look at a TED talk video which bridges the divide between technology and education – two vital IELTS topics. It’s called “This virtual lab will revolutionize science class,” by a social entrepreneur called...

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The Best Kindergarten You’ve Ever Seen, by Takaharu Tezuka
Apr12

The Best Kindergarten You’ve Ever Seen, by Takaharu Tezuka

Introduction In this lesson we’re going to look at a fascinating TED talk by a Japanese architect called Takaharu Tezuka, entitled, “The best kindergarten you’ve ever seen.” The speaker’s English may be difficult for some people to understand because it is quite broken and heavily accented, but he uses fairly simple vocabulary and sentence structures. Besides, English is an international language and you...

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ET is (Probably) Out There – Get Ready, by Seth Shostak
Mar22

ET is (Probably) Out There – Get Ready, by Seth Shostak

Introduction Today’s TED talk is called “ET is (Probably) Out There – Get Ready,” by Seth Shostak. It is a rather long TED talk, at almost 20 minutes, so we’ll take a different approach. In previous lessons I have recommended watching the talk two or three times, but in this case, unless you have a lot of free time, it may not be practical. You may also be asking, “Hey! Aliens aren’t an IELTS...

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