Sometimes it is important that candidates visualise information that they read, to form a picture in their mind. To help you do this, see if you can figure out how the lines move in the charts. The paragraphs below is an example answer of an IELTS Writing Task 1. Can you tell which graph the […]Read more "How to write an IELTS Writing Task 1 description"
There have been reports of manic behaviour since I logged on to the news this morning and it is quite amazing to see how people have been programmed to chase bargains in events such as Black Friday. This is a good topic to discuss when you are given an IELTS Writing task on consumerism as […]Read more "Discussing Black Friday in IELTS Writing and Speaking"
The words and phrases below were quite often used locally in the IELTS Writing or Speaking when I was teaching/examining IELTS candidates in the UAE. Their usage is cultural but may not really fit the test situation where standard forms of English are required. You can see the standard English substitutes on the right. Indian […]Read more "Indianisms and the IELTS"
Hello IELTS Spellers, Here is number 5 of our IELTS Spelling practice. Get your paper and pencils ready. Don’t forget to share your answers with other IELTS students in the Reply box below. Good luck! Photo Credit: quisnovus via Compfight Until next time!Read more "IELTS Spelling Test 5"
IELTS Speaking Part 1 is popularly known as the easiest part of the interview, but unfortunately, this is also an area where many candidates seem to be making a lot of mistakes. Although it does not carry as much weighting as Parts 2 and 3, Part 1 is your opportunity to ‘show off’ your ability […]Read more "Don’t do these in IELTS Speaking Part 1!"
In many course books and study guides, candidates are often taught certain fixed expressions when it comes to describing graphs/table/charts in IELTS Writing Task 1. Sometimes they are used correctly and sometimes not. It always helps to expose yourself to learning a variety of different structures in English and applying them to your own writing. […]Read more "How to score in IELTS Writing Task 1"
As many candidates would have already known, IELTS writing papers are assessed against a set of criteria. If these criteria are not met, candidates will not be able to obtain a high score, regardless of how good a writer they are. Before you submit your papers, you need to make sure that you have provided […]Read more "How to meet the criteria in IELTS Writing"
For students who are doing IELTS Writing classes with me, you may already be familiar with the following IELTS Task 2 question taken from Complete IELTS page 108: 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 […]Read more "Discussing internet safety in IELTS Writing and Speaking"
I know some of you are doing the IELTS this weekend, so here’s wishing you all the best for your test on 8 November! Do remember to go through your past lesson notes and videos, your task feedback, skills and strategies checklists, and useful expressions that we have covered in our lessons. But most importantly, […]Read more "Good luck to my IELTS students!"
The IELTS Free Webinar series is something that I am hoping to do a bit more regularly for my IELTS students. If you are interested and feel that you may benefit from the webinar, please feel free to register for the next event. It’s free! Photo Credit: David Röthler via Compfight As promised, here is […]Read more "IELTS Skills and Strategies Webinar video"