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, […]Read more "Can you talk like this in IELTS Speaking Part 3?"
A student wrote to me today asking for advice on how to go about preparing himself for the IELTS Writing test. If you find yourself in a similar position, one of the things you could do is to start by looking at certain questions and model answers. That way, you will have an idea of […]Read more "A quick tip on IELTS Writing!"
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 […]Read more "IELTS Writing Task 1 – Fluctuant or Fluctuating?"
For my students who are doing the IELTS tomorrow, here’s wishing you all the best for your test on 21 March! 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 to […]Read more "Good luck to my IELTS students!"
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 […]Read more "How can I improve my IELTS Reading skills?"
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 […]Read more "Pronouncing /b/, /v/, and /p/ correctly in IELTS Speaking"
REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN Only for the first 49 students! IELTS test in April? Here is your chance to attend an IELTS course to help you with your IELTS Speaking test. Why you should join: 10 FABULOUS REASONS! Study and practise at your own pace Keep up-to-date on topics for IELTS Speaking Part 3 Understand the […]Read more "IELTS Speaking Success!"
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 […]Read more "Japanese people are not stupid!"
For some of my students who are doing the IELTS this weekend, here’s wishing you all the best for your test on 14 – 15 March! 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 […]Read more "Good luck to my IELTS students!"
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 […]Read more "Formal letters in IELTS Writing Task 1"