How to guess meaning in IELTS Reading

IELTS Reading can be difficult for candidates who are struggling with unfamiliar vocabulary in the text. There are several techniques to overcome this problem. Try out the tasks below and see how you do. via Compfight I do not take credit for the following exercise. This is from: Kenji Kitao. 1994. Developing Reading Strategies. Eichosha. […]

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Thesis statements in IELTS Writing Task 2

In a recent lesson, my IELTS students and I discussed the importance of thesis statements in essay writing. via Compfight Here are some examples that we looked at. Can you match the statements to the questions? This essay will describe the process of producing petrol from crude oil. This essay examines three renewable sources of […]

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Discussing children and technology in IELTS Speaking Part 3

The topic of technology might come up in certain test questions either in IELTS Writing Task 2 or IELTS Speaking Part 2 or 3. Here is an example of what you may be asked in an essay: Nowadays, the way many people interact with each other has changed because of technology. In what ways has […]

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Embarrassing mistakes in IELTS vocabulary

From time to time, I meet IELTS students who can be fantastic storytellers in Speaking Part 2, and smooth orators in the Part 3 interview. Occasionally, however, I have found myself in some rather awkward and amusing situations where the student/candidate tries very hard to express themselves fluently, but fails in the end.  patries71 via […]

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A common pronunciation error in IELTS Speaking

When I listen to my IELTS students practise their speaking, I notice a particular pronunciation feature that is quite common, especially among Japanese speakers. There is an automatic tendency to place stress on the first syllable in words like: prefer event include become consist object (verb) hotel (pronounced ‘hot’ + ‘el’) This could be due […]

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