For some of you who are doing the IELTS today, here’s wishing you all the best for your test on 31 January! Don’t forget 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, try to […]Read more "Good luck to my IELTS students!"
One of my students has recently expressed some difficulty in using the infinitive, particularly with verbs like make, let, help, and so on. For example, instead of saying My parents let me go to the cinema. she would say My parents let me to go to the cinema. This has caused some frustration not just […]Read more "Causative verbs in IELTS Speaking"
Here is another answer from a different student in an IELTS Part 1 interview. Again, the grammar here is accurate. However, it will not get a very high score as information is not fluently linked together. How do you think this answer can be improved? DAVID HOLT via Compfight What’s your favourite season? My favourite […]Read more "Talking about seasons in IELTS Speaking Part 1"
It is important for IELTS candidates to be able to distinguish between sounds when listening to a recording. This can quite easily be achieved when you listen to words being used in the context of sentences. For instance, we know which word/sound (desert /ˈdez.ət/ or dessert /dɪˈzɜːt/) is produced for the following sentences: They were lost […]Read more "Sounds in IELTS Listening and Speaking"
If you are asked to talk about the place where you live in either IELTS Speaking Part 1 or 2, you may want to consider developing your answers adequately to give your examiner a lot of language examples to assess your speaking on. Here is an answer from one of my students for Part 1. […]Read more "Talking about where you live in IELTS Speaking Part 1"
There is no pass or fail mark in the IELTS. It depends on how the candidate’s ability in English relates to the language demands of courses of study or training. The appropriate level required for a given course of study or training is ultimately something institutions, departments or colleges will decide depending on the course […]Read more "What band is an IELTS pass? What IELTS band do I need?"
One of the criteria in the IELTS interview is producing sounds clearly so that they can be understood. This is important if you are to score well in the Pronunciation section of the IELTS Speaking. If the sounds that you produce make the listener/examiner confused about what you are saying, then you will do badly […]Read more "How to pronounce /n/ in IELTS Speaking"
For some of you who are doing the IELTS this weekend, here’s wishing you all the best for your test on 17 January! Don’t forget 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, try […]Read more "Good luck to my IELTS students!"
When writing an essay, candidates quite often have to choose words very carefully so that they can communicate their ideas very clearly to their reader, or more importantly, the IELTS examiner. This is the objective of any piece of writing. If you cannot communicate your ideas effectively, then your writing has failed its purpose. Sometimes, […]Read more "Crime or Criminality? – IELTS Writing Task 2"
The role of men and women in society is another topic that may come up in either IELTS Writing or Speaking. For instance, in an IELTS Writing Task 2 question, you may be asked: Woman and men are commonly seen as having different strength and weaknesses. Is it right to exclude males or females from […]Read more "Discussing gender roles in IELTS Writing and Speaking"