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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Quitting Social Media
May18

Quitting Social Media

Are you a social media addict? In the 21st century, it seems that most of us are addicted to our smartphones. More than a billion people use Facebook, and hundreds of millions more are glued to Twitter, Instagram, and WeChat. Social media is everywhere but is it damaging our lives? Some people say yes; others say no. Dr. Cal Newport reckons that staying off social media is beneficial for a number of reasons. Watch and Listen...

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Architecture That’s Built to Heal
May09

Architecture That’s Built to Heal

Today’s TED talk is located at the junction between architecture and society. It is a question of race and building. Could the design of a building help heal racial wounds that go back centuries? Michael Murphy thinks so. In his 2016 lecture, he tells a fascinating story of how working on a house helped save his father’s life, and how that led Michael to a career in architecture that has made a profound difference on lives...

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