Can you talk like this in IELTS Speaking Part 3?

A possible topic in the IELTS Speaking Part 3 may involve diet or health. The language in this video can be used to discuss addiction, the banning of substances, or even government control. The issue here is: Should tobacco be banned? If you know of countries (including yours) which have banned smoking in public places, […]

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IELTS Writing Task 1 – Fluctuant or Fluctuating?

Until recently, I’d never heard of the word fluctuant. I have seen it twice so far when marking my students’ IELTS Writing Task 1 papers. At first glance, this word appeared quite strange to me. I wasn’t aware that it existed, and so when I see unusual constructions like The figure … was fluctuant. I […]

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How can I improve my IELTS Reading skills?

Recently, a student asked me for help with what she should do to better her skills in the Reading component of the IELTS. Apparently, all she has been doing is practise reading IELTS texts and looking up new words in the dictionary. Now, doing this has some disadvantages. Depending on which training module candidates are […]

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Pronouncing /b/, /v/, and /p/ correctly in IELTS Speaking

One of the main difficulties my current students face is pronouncing /v/ correctly. For instance, instead of event, I would hear ebent in a sentence like I went to this event two weeks ago. or bery instead of very, as in I was very interested in dancing at that time. Sometimes, there is the occasional […]

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Japanese people are not stupid!

As I browse through the internet from time to time, I tend to encounter discussions of various types: some interesting ones, some juvenile, some meaningless banter, occasionally those that trade insults with one another. Being a member of certain discussion groups, I tend to sit back and observe how students and teachers interact with one […]

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Formal letters in IELTS Writing Task 1

In IELTS General Writing Task 1, candidates are required to compose a letter, either formal or informal and it is important that they know how to do this properly. KayVee.INC via Compfight If you are attempting the IELTS General module, you may benefit from the website links below for advice, examples and exercises on writing […]

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