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Talking About Climate Change
Dec16

Talking About Climate Change

Climate change is a huge problem – perhaps the greatest problem in the world at the moment. It is what we can an existential threat, meaning that it’s something that could possibly destroy the whole world. If it got bad enough, everyone could die.  Today we are going to watch an interesting video by Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist. In the video, she talks about how we can reach out to climate change deniers and...

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The Countryside [IELTS Topics]
Dec06

The Countryside [IELTS Topics]

In the IELTS exam, you sometimes find topics relating to towns and cities, and sometimes it can be about the countryside. You probably know more vocabulary relating to towns and cities: skyscraper, supermarket, subway, etc. However, out in the countryside, maybe there is less that you know. So let’s look at how the topic could arise in the IELTS exam, and what you need to say in order to give a good answer. Speaking Exam Ok, so...

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Is IELTS Fair?
Nov17

Is IELTS Fair?

It is quite common to hear people saying on various Facebook groups that IELTS is unfair. But is it really? Most of the time, these people get a lower band score than expected, and they complain that it is unfair to make themselves feel better. However, maybe there is something to their argument. Maybe IELTS really isn’t very fair. Maybe it is slightly biased in some way. Let’s look in more depth. Writing I see it every...

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How to Think of Ideas for IELTS Writing Task 2
Oct31

How to Think of Ideas for IELTS Writing Task 2

Recently, I have been asked by several TED-IELTS email subscribers for advice on how to think of ideas for IELTS writing task 2. Basically, they find it difficult to generate ideas to use in writing their essay. This is a topic I hadn’t previously covered (in depth) on this website, so I decided to write a special post today. So if you are having trouble with IELTS writing task 2, and you need to come up with better ideas, keep...

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How to Succeed in General Training Writing Task 1
Sep24

How to Succeed in General Training Writing Task 1

As a requirement for migration purposes in many countries worldwide, thousands of people take the IELTS exam every year to validate their English language skills.  While some may find it easy, many others have difficulty, particularly in the Writing module. The IELTS Writing test requires the test taker to finish two tasks within an hour’s time.  The first is a letter while the second task is an essay. Both essays are...

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