In the IELTS Speaking assessment, part of doing well involves using interesting expressions. As stated in an IELTS Speaking public band descriptor, a candidate who is aiming to obtain a Band 7 in their interview should display “some less common and idiomatic vocabulary” as well as “some awareness of style and collocation”. Quite often, this […]Read more "Idioms in IELTS Speaking"
In the IELTS test, it is important that candidates learn to distinguish the differences between linkers that are appropriate for speaking and those that are more suited to writing. Quite often, I hear students using in addition to that, moreover, and furthermore when they answer simple questions like What’s your favourite colour? This is possibly […]Read more "Using linkers in IELTS"
I woke up yesterday morning to yet another lovely message from one of my students. This morning as well, a different one mentioned how he had jumped 1.5 bands higher than his last score after having taken my lessons. All within a space of ONE MONTH! Thank you to those who have written to let […]Read more "More messages from students"
The key to doing well in an IELTS Writing 2 task is being able to analyse the question carefully and making sure that you, the candidate, know what it is the question is asking from you. There are several factors for you to consider: What is this topic about? How many parts are there to […]Read more "IELTS Writing Task 2 – Analysing the Question"
IELTS candidates should remember that part of doing well in an IELTS interview is making sure that they do not blurt out memorised answers to questions given by the examiner. Some believe that they can get away with this but unfortunately, this usually backfires on them. Photo Credit: Samuel Mann via Compfight There are certain […]Read more "IELTS Speaking – Don’t memorise answers!"
Quite often, learners are taught to pay attention to prominent words that are usually stressed in a sentence to help understand the importance of content words. However, when teaching students pronunciation, I have discovered that learners have not been given much focus on the significance of unstressed words within sentences. Consequently, when speaking, they tend […]Read more "Non-prominent words in IELTS Speaking"
Having grown up in a traditional Muslim household in a secular society has been an interesting, if not colourful, experience for me and having a chance to share this experience with my students is always enjoyable. Today’s session on Understanding Muslim Culture with my student touched on the Dos and Dont’s when visiting a Muslim […]Read more "Understanding Muslim Culture"
I spent a productive part of my morning discussing how to answer questions related to Part 3 of the IELTS Speaking Test, with my student. This part of the Speaking test requires a lot more development than just brief responses as in Part 1. The kinds of answers you provide are very similar to the […]Read more "Giving responses in IELTS Speaking Part 3"