When marking IELTS papers, I have often come across certain expressions that you can commonly find in model answers. For example, introductions that typically begin like these ones here: People have always argued on whether …. (Really? Who are these people?) Although there are some advantages to this, I believe that the disadvantages far outweigh the advantages. […]Read more "Can I use formulaic expressions in IELTS Writing and Speaking?"
If you are very familiar with the IELTS test, you will probably already know that it is more or less theme-based. You would do well to gather enough information to not only be more acquainted with the vocabulary or have adequate background knowledge when following the information given in IELTS Listening or Reading texts, but also argue your […]Read more "Discussing ‘nature’ vs ‘nurture’ in IELTS Writing and Speaking"
Under test pressure, some IELTS candidates tend to feel compelled to use certain words and expressions for the sake of passing a test. Unfortunately, this may be harmful than good, as doing something for the sake of having to do it without giving it much thought may lead to errors that can cost the test taker the precious […]Read more "Using linkers appropriately in IELTS Writing"
Sunday Morning Live is a TV programme that discusses a lot of interesting issues of the week. If you’re in the UK, you can watch it every Sunday at 10am on BBC One. IELTS candidates would benefit a lot from the ideas and language thrown out during discussions. The video below is an example. The topic is based […]Read more "Discussing compassion in IELTS Writing and Speaking"
Here’s another quick one about recent developments in the world of medical technology. Scientists have now found a way to help detect signs of dementia through an app called Sea Hero Quest. Before you download it to find out what it’s all about and how to play this game, let’s do a quick IELTS exercise […]Read more "Understanding and discussing medical advancements in the IELTS"
If you’ve been keeping up with the news, particularly up-to-date developments in the area of science, you will have heard about the recent breakthrough in GM Food. Have a look at the video from the link below and choose the correct letter that best describes the topic. Scientists have made changes to the way plants use photosynthesis […]Read more "Common IELTS Topic: GM Food Production"
Many candidates probably wish that there is a ‘magic’ pill somewhere that would enable them to solve all their exam problems. Apparently, here is one such pill. Easily obtainable online. Anything is possible on the internet these days. Try the activity below to check your understanding of the discussion: How many students were asked about […]Read more "Are you taking “smart” pills for the IELTS?"
In IELTS essays, candidates may feel under pressure to use complex structures in a bid to attain a high band score or make a positive difference in their writing. However, accuracy is absolutely essential for this to happen and unfortunately, many IELTS students believe in the idea that the longer your sentence is, the higher your chances […]Read more "Using ‘it’ clauses in IELTS Writing Task 2"
One of my students has recently been struggling with how to answer an essay question appropriately in IELTS Writing Task 2. He was not sure whether he needed to give his own opinion on a topic or to give both sides of an issue. The answer is simple: it depends on the task type. Let’s take a […]Read more "How to correctly approach an IELTS essay"
When approaching a detailed graph in IELTS Writing Task 1 or planning your essay in Task 2, it would be a good idea to select your information carefully. Content plays a very important role in how your answers are assessed. Let’s take an example with IELTS Academic Writing Task 1: DoD Inspector General via Compfight […]Read more "Why you should always focus on quality in the IELTS test"