Another day, another event outside my window. This time it was a traffic accident. As always, I was busy at my desk trying to get some work done when I heard a loud crash. This was what I saw when I looked out. Luckily, the man wasn’t seriously injured and he sort of hobbled away […]Read more "Road accidents"
One of the few problems that some students face when it comes to speaking is pronouncing the /ɜ:/ sounds clearly. Quite often, I hear /ɑ:/ instead, when words like girl are uttered or /ɔ:/ in words like work. In many instances, I’ve found my students saying I walk to walk when they mean I walk […]Read more "Producing clear sounds in IELTS Speaking"
Here’s wishing all my Muslim readers a very happy and blessed Eid wherever you are in the world!Read more "Eid Mubarak!"
I had so much difficulty falling asleep last night as I’d been suffering from toothache all day. I’d run out of painkillers and so went to the kitchen to sort out a home-made remedy with raw garlic, hot water and salt (a recipe from the late mother-in-law). Unfortunately, it didn’t work and I had to […]Read more "Toothache"
A student wrote to me yesterday with the wonderful news that she has successfully AND unexpectedly attained a high score for her IELTS Speaking interview after having attended lessons with me. She has jumped from getting a score of 5.0 to a Band 7 in a duration of two months and commented on how much […]Read more "IELTS Success!"
Freeloader a person who uses money, food, a room in a house, etc. given by other people, but who gives nothing to them in exchange I felt very uncomfortable staying there for more than two days as I didn’t want my hosts to think that I was a freeloader. Cambridge Dictionaries Online Image courtesy of […]Read more "IELTS Word of the Day"
In my IELTS speaking lesson today, my students and I looked at using collocations in the interview. It is important that candidates know how to use these effectively as showing an ability to use words that go well together is one of the criteria in the speaking test. If you are looking for some help […]Read more "Collocations in IELTS Speaking"