Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking component can be quite challenging if candidates are not sure of what to say for about 2 minutes. Two minutes can feel like two hours if you are not fully prepared for it and you can end up sounding like a broken record: repeating the same words and the […]Read more "How to describe people in IELTS Speaking Part 2"
One of the dangers in the IELTS is using translation when writing or speaking. I find that candidates tend to do this more often in IELTS interviews than in their writing tasks. Some translation is good when studying English, but this does not always work. Why? Because the words that you choose in English need […]Read more "Avoid this in IELTS Writing and Speaking!"
Being able to spell and form sentences accurately are two important criteria that examiners look out for when marking papers. Therefore, it is essential that candidates learn how to do this correctly whenever they practise. Photo Credit: Nesson Marshall via Compfight Here is a simple IELTS Dictation task for you to help you with your […]Read more "IELTS Dictation 1"
One of the areas that may come up in the IELTS is the subject of zoos. A couple of days ago, my students and I discussed this as an IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic and the question touched on the advantages or benefits of keeping animals in zoos. Photo Credit: Nick Haskins via Compfight If […]Read more "Talking about zoos in IELTS Writing and Speaking"
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the tsunami in Asia. Many lives were lost and people around the world are commemorating the ones who died on this fateful day ten years ago. Natural disasters are a powerful phenomenon and this is a topic worth exploring if it comes up in your IELTS exam. Photo Credit: […]Read more "IELTS Writing Task 1 Process – Tsunamis"
If you have been keeping up with the news, you would know that a film has been at the heart of a controversy recently. There had been questions about whether or not to release the film called ‘The Interview’ and today, Sony has decided to stream it on the internet as well as release it […]Read more "Discussing censorship in IELTS Writing and Speaking"
A few weeks ago, I posted an article on discussing internet safety with the question: Some people believe that technological tools such as body scanners and CCTV have significantly enhanced our safety and security, while others feel that they have resulted in a loss of privacy. Do the benefits of these items outweigh their disadvantages? […]Read more "Discussing CCTV and Street Lighting in IELTS Writing and Speaking"
In one my my earlier posts, I wrote about the importance of using appropriate discourse markers / linkers / fillers when doing your IELTS Speaking test. This is especially true for Part 1. Photo Credit: CAFNR via Compfight Here is a list of linkers for speaking that you could use to help you sound more natural […]Read more "Linkers for IELTS Speaking"
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In a recent IELTS Listening lesson, my students and I discussed what they knew about the ISS (International Space Station). The subject was on space technology and candidates were using their background understanding of this to help direct their listening and predict the kind of words that may appear in the recording. Photo Credit: mocr […]Read more "Common IELTS Topic – Space Technology"