There are many elements to writing an effective essay, and one of these is making sure that your sentences are easy to read and understand. In IELTS writing, it is important that your message comes across clear to the reader and the examiner. You should not force complex vocabulary into your writing if you are […]Read more "Sentence Structures in IELTS Writing"
My lesson today covered complex sentences in IELTS Writing. This is one of the criteria that examiners look out for when marking candidates’ papers so students should be aware that it is important to have some evidence of these in their writing. Here is a collection of exercises for you to try out: Sentences: Simple, […]Read more "Complex Sentences in IELTS Writing"
In my online English pronunciation class this afternoon, one of the things my student worked on was the difference between the /b/ and /v/ sounds. This can be quite tricky if the tongue is not used to pronouncing these sounds and it appears to be a common problem among many learners of English. Image courtesy […]Read more "/b/ or /v/ in IELTS Speaking"
Intonation is a very important part of speaking and pronunciation, and if this is not controlled properly, a person may sound rather strange when talking. If you are working on improving this area of your speech, you may also want to explore natural pauses and hesitations in speaking. Image courtesy of sippakorn / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Here […]Read more "Stress and Intonation in IELTS Speaking"
Here’s something you could use when talking about yourself, particularly in IELTS Speaking Part 2. knackered: very tired I was too knackered to go out that evening. Until next time!Read more "IELTS Word of the Day"
Some of my Japanese students have been experiencing trouble with the /l/ and /r/ sounds. If words are mispronounced, they can cause some confusion to listeners. This is especially crucial when you’re sitting for a speaking exam like the IELTS test. Image courtesy of marin / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Here are some exercises that you can use […]Read more "/l/ or /r/ in IELTS Speaking"
Personally, I have always enjoyed game shows and one of my favourites was Wheel of Fortune, which I used to watch with my mother quite often. That was the start of my interest in word games. Since then, I have been addicted to crossword puzzles (not the cryptic ones!), hangman and anything else that involves words […]Read more "Using Some and Any in IELTS Speaking"
Here’s a word that may be suitable for IELTS Speaking Part 2 in a situation where you have to tell a story. Despondent: unhappy and with no hope or enthusiasm At one point, I started to feel despondent about ever finding a job. Until next time!Read more "IELTS Word of the Day"
If IELTS candidates want to do well in their interviews, it would be a good idea to display some skills in using word partners. This means showing that you know how to include collocations and phrasal verbs when you speak. Phrasal verbs is a very complex area of English and there are so many rules to […]Read more "Using Phrasal Verbs in IELTS Speaking"
I’ve been reading that Singapore is going through an environmental crisis right now. Apparently, the PSI (Pollutant Standards Index) level for air quality has now reached above 300, which is hazardous. The forest fires in Sumatra have been known to be the cause of this and there’s been talk about a Stop-work order by the […]Read more "Talking about environmental crises in IELTS"