Do You Need to Provide a Balanced Answer to Agree/Disagree Questions?
Aug19

Do You Need to Provide a Balanced Answer to Agree/Disagree Questions?

In the IELTS writing exam, as with other forms of academic English, people often feel as though they need to provide a balanced answer. The reason for this is simple: a balanced answer shows a greater degree of thinking. For example, if I asked you, “Do you think capital punishment is a good thing or bad thing?” you may want to talk about both sides of the argument, before stating your opinion. Likewise, if I asked whether...

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IELTS Topic: Money [Speaking, Writing, and Vocabulary]
Jul29

IELTS Topic: Money [Speaking, Writing, and Vocabulary]

Can money make you happier? Does money make the world go round? That’s what some people say. In any case, money is important in our daily lives and so it is also a topic that may come up in the IELTS exam. Therefore, you should be ready to talk about it. Money in the IELTS Exam Listening Money could theoretically appear in any part of the IELTS exam. It is probably most common in the listening exam, where it often appears in...

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IELTS Writing: Should I Write 4 or 5 Paragraphs?
Jul08

IELTS Writing: Should I Write 4 or 5 Paragraphs?

If you’ve been studying IELTS for a long time, you’ll see certain teachers and textbooks recommending one structure or another. Generally, what they suggest is something like this: Introduction 2-3 body paragraphs Conclusion That’s it. Pretty simple, right? Well, some students ask, “Should I write 4 or 5 paragraphs?” because they want to know which is best. When they look at model essays by IELTS...

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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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