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How To Speak So That People Will Listen
Nov12

How To Speak So That People Will Listen

Speaking. It’s a topic that terrifies IELTS learners. There’s so much to consider, and you have so little time to prepare. But speaking is something we do every day in our own language. We learn it from childhood. Some people are naturally good at it… and others not so much. In this TED Talk by Julian Treasure, we learn how to speak in a way that makes people want to listen to us. It contains some good advice for...

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How I Climbed a 3,000-Foot Vertical Cliff Without a Rope
Nov04

How I Climbed a 3,000-Foot Vertical Cliff Without a Rope

Today we’re going to look at an incredible TED Talk by Alex Hannold, a man who is famous around the world for his death-defying climbs. In this new TED Talk, he describes climbing two mountains – one of which he found to be unsatisfying, and the other turned out to be the best day of his life. I’d like to use this video to teach you some useful vocabulary, as well as to practice your listening skills, and also take...

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Straw No More, by Molly Steer
Oct07

Straw No More, by Molly Steer

A few days ago I posted an article to help you with your IELTS listening section 4 preparation. In it, I linked a YouTube video that contains a practice listening passage you can use to prepare. Today I’ll be doing something similar… In the IELTS listening section 4 you will hear a person giving a talk on a topic. This is usually a presentation or lecture in an academic context (such as school or university)....

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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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Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator, by Tim Urban
Jun08

Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator, by Tim Urban

Today we’re going to look at one of the most popular TED videos of all time, called Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator. It was given a few years ago by Tim Urban, and I think it’s a really funny and interesting video. It’s pretty simple to understand, so jump right in and let’s learn! Vocabulary First of all, let’s look at some vocabulary. Vocabulary for Tim Urban’s TED Talk from David Wills...

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