Part of doing well in the IELTS is knowing about world issues and discussing your general knowledge and offer your opinions in Writing Task 2 and Speaking Part 3. Having a depth of understanding of current events and developments may also be helpful when doing the IELTS Listening and Reading test as well. How much of the […]Read more "50 Topics to think about for the IELTS"
If you have been following my article on the topic of censorship, you may want to further develop your ideas on this (censorship that is, not banning IELTS!). Here is a video which contains somebody’s view on the topic. You can do two things with this: Gather some ideas to use as points when you […]Read more "Should the IELTS be banned?"
The answer is, it depends. IELTS candidates will have to look at the type of task that they have to do. For example, in Section 1 where you are often required to complete notes, then accurate grammar is not important. Sometimes, you can find this in other sections of the test. Section 1 (Task type: complete notes) overlooking ……………….. […]Read more "Is grammar important in IELTS Listening and Reading?"
Unless you are doing the computerised version of the test, it is essential that IELTS candidates develop motor skills and make sure that their handwriting is legible enough for assessors to understand. Just like Pronunciation in IELTS Speaking where you will need to produce clear sounds to be understood, you also will have to produce clear […]Read more "IELTS and your handwriting"
From time to time, IELTS candidates may be asked to discuss the topic of animals in either IELTS Writing Task 2 or IELTS Speaking Part 3. Here are some examples that could come up in the writing test: Animals should not be used for the benefit of human beings, unless there is evidence that the animals […]Read more "Discussing animal conservation in the IELTS"
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. […]Read more "How to guess meaning in IELTS Reading"
Many IELTS students have asked me this question on how to approach reading tasks. Quite often, candidates have been told by a lot of IELTS teachers to start by reading the questions first and then work on answering the questions. This is the popular approach but not necessarily the correct one. Let’s find out why: […]Read more "IELTS Reading – Which one to read first: questions or text?"
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?"
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?"
Another possible IELTS topic that candidates may want to take note of, is the issue of wealthy nations helping poor countries. These questions came up on at least two occasions in IELTS Writing Task 2. Should wealthy nations be required to share their wealth among poorer nations by providing such things as food and education? […]Read more "Discussing poor and wealthy nations in the IELTS"