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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Be Careful Buying IELTS Materials
Oct15

Be Careful Buying IELTS Materials

This is a public service announcement of sorts. Today I was looking at IELTS books on Amazon, and saw one that was so incredibly bad, I had to share. It cost more than $10, and yet even if it were free, it wouldn’t be worth looking at. 🤦 The book is called Teaching IETLS Manual. Yes, that’s right, IETLS. They misspelled IELTS! Of course, anyone can make a typo (even if some are more embarrassing than others),...

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Free IELTS Training on YouTube
May28

Free IELTS Training on YouTube

I’ve been teaching IELTS for ten years and posting lessons on this website for two, but it was only a few months ago that I decided to start making videos and posting them on YouTube. For two months, I have posted at least one video each week. I try to upload every Sunday, and sometimes post a mid-week lesson as well. Mostly I have focused on speaking and writing, but in future I will try to bring you some reading and listening...

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5 ways to improve your pronunciation for IELTS at home
May14

5 ways to improve your pronunciation for IELTS at home

Today I’m going to tell you how you can improve your pronunciation for IELTS without the help of a teacher or study partner. By doing these five simple exercises, your pronunciation will get better, and as a result, your IELTS band score will increase. Why Does Pronunciation Matter? The IELTS speaking test is marked in four parts, and each of them are worth 25% of your speaking score. You guessed it, pronunciation is one of...

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30 Day IELTS Writing Challenge
Apr11

30 Day IELTS Writing Challenge

I have some exciting news. Next month, I’m going to start the 30 Day IELTS Writing Challenge – a completely new feature from TED-IELTS. It is a totally FREE program for IELTS learners who want to improve their scores quickly. Think of it as as sort of boot camp: It will be the fastest, best way to get your IELTS score up towards a band 8. I will be your personal drill instructor, and I will take you up to a higher...

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