Essential Apps for IELTS Students
Sep15

Essential Apps for IELTS Students

It’s the beginning of a new school year and my students are asking me the same questions I always hear. Chief among them is “What’s the best app for learning IELTS?” In the past I have made some suggestions based upon apps that I use in my daily life, but I have never really found a good IELTS learning app. It seems that all the apps for IELTS students tend to be kind of … spammy. In other words, they...

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Why Study IELTS?
Sep01

Why Study IELTS?

The IELTS exam is becoming increasingly popular around the world with students of all ages. But why should you study IELTS? Why is the IELTS exam so important, and is it right for you? If are asking yourself, “Why do people study IELTS?” or “Should I study IELTS?” then first you need to look at a bigger question: What is IELTS? IELTS is an acronym for International English Language Testing System. It is jointly...

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Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit: The power of passion and perseverance
Aug08

Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit: The power of passion and perseverance

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below:   Comprehension...

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Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work, by Jason Fried
Mar27

Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work, by Jason Fried

Introduction In this controversial lecture, Jason Fried argues that, rather than social media, managers and meetings are the biggest distractions in the workplace. He gives three suggestions on how to improve productivity. Vocabulary Before watching the video, make sure you are familiar with the meaning of these words. burst n. /to burst v. – a sudden release of energy decoy n. – a deliberate distraction to...

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