In a lesson the other day, one of my students was talking about her favourite pop group in Japan. This was what I thought I’d heard: Their music is a lot of fun. When I began giving feedback on her speaking techniques, she realised that I had misunderstood what she’d said. What she’d meant was: […]Read more "Pronouncing /ʌ/ and /æ/ in IELTS Speaking"
For my students who are doing the IELTS this weekend, here’s wishing you all the best for your test on 25 April! 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 "All the best to my IELTS students!"
IELTS tests are designed so that candidates will be assessed fairly and this means that everyone is given a fair chance at demonstrating or “showing off” what they know about the language. Try your best to guess the meaning of the word in context and develop your answer from that understanding. Your examiner wants to see […]Read more "What if I don’t understand a word in the question in the IELTS?"
During a lesson, another student asked me yesterday about the effectiveness of doing IELTS practice tests. Should he always do IELTS practice tests to help him improve his chances of getting a good score? Christian Bucad via Compfight My answer to this is yes and no. Here’s why: Yes, because … Practice tests are good […]Read more "Should I do IELTS practice tests?"
This question was asked by one of my students the other day and I have to admit, it somehow caught me by surprise! The common misconception is that examiners assess IELTS writing and speaking by comparing performances of various candidates. This is not true! IELTS examiners grade your writing and speaking performance against a set […]Read more "How do IELTS examiners mark candidates?"
Although many IELTS candidates are good speakers, some may have problems pronouncing sounds to make themselves understood. Of course, examiners do not expect candidates to speak like the Queen (whose 89th birthday is today, by the way) or talk like James Bond! What you should aim for is to speak clearly so that a shop […]Read more "Pronouncing consonant clusters in IELTS Speaking"
I had an interesting discussion with a student yesterday about money. After learning some idioms related to the topic, she was able to use the expressions below to talk about herself. I think that designer goods are a complete rip-off! When my son goes to university, I’ll probably have to foot the bill. These are […]Read more "Discussing money in IELTS Writing and Speaking"
For my students who are doing the IELTS tomorrow, here’s wishing you all the best for your test on 18 April! 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 "All the best to my IELTS students!"
If you are doing the IELTS soon, here is a little something to help you reduce your anxiety and de-stress before going into that interview room. Until next time!Read more "IELTS Speaking Test – How to Score 9.5!"
The topic of reading may come up as interview questions in IELTS Speaking Part 1 such as: Do you enjoy reading? Do you normally read for work or for leisure? or a Part 2 topic, for example: Describe your favourite book or story when you were a child. or even a Part 3 discussion question, […]Read more "IELTS Listening Practice on Child Literacy"