Can I use formulaic expressions in IELTS Writing and Speaking?

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. […]

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How to describe trends in IELTS Writing Task 1

If you’ve been keeping up with the news, you will probably have heard about the problems smartphone giants have been experiencing recently. Here is an example article that you could read about Samsung, which contains language that should help you with describing market trends in IELTS Writing Task 1. Can you locate these expressions in context […]

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How to paraphrase words in IELTS Writing Task 1

From time to time, IELTS candidates may be given a diagram where they will have to describe the process of something. This means that you will have to write about how something happens, in stages. In a writing task like this, explaining why something is done is given less importance compared to how it is […]

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Talk about your feelings in IELTS Speaking Part 2

In IELTS Speaking, particularly in Part 2, candidates will be assessed on how well they are able to describe various topics. This is a chance for test takers to ‘show off’ familiar expressions that are not just related to topic vocabulary, but also words that would describe feelings as well. Hammonton Photography via Compfight For […]

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Using multi-words in IELTS Speaking

While on the subject of my last post on collocations, IELTS candidates may want to learn some expressions that they can use in different parts of the IELTS Speaking test. Jeremy Wilburn via Compfight Here are some examples and a task for you: Select an appropriate multi-word verb from the table below, which could replace […]

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Collocations in IELTS Speaking

Here’s another exercise on collocations, which is quite important when doing your IELTS interviews. In Lexical Resource, the examiner is looking for examples of less common vocabulary, and this could involve using collocations in your speaking. via Compfight See if you can match the right verbs to the right endings: make get keep gain resolve […]

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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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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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