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 […]Read more "Embarrassing mistakes in IELTS vocabulary"
In my earlier posts about describing personality and how to describe people in IELTS Speaking Part 2, I touched on the importance of using the right vocabulary to talk about people in different topics. Here is a little exercise to see if you can fit in the descriptions into the correct boxes in the table. […]Read more "Describing people in IELTS Speaking Part 2"
Doing well in Lexical Resource in IELTS Writing or Speaking means being able to control language and use expressions accurately. Examiners look at whether or not IELTS candidates can manage collocations when conveying their message and if you are able to do this well, you stand a good chance of scoring high in this area. […]Read more "Using collocations in IELTS Writing and Speaking"
Apart from IELTS Speaking, IELTS Writing Task 1 General Module is the only other area where you can get away with using slang and colloquial language. In fact, including this is a good idea in informal writing, NOT formal letters! Make sure that you do not use this too much and too often. Otherwise, your […]Read more "Using colloquialism in IELTS Writing Task 1"
A possible topic in the IELTS Speaking Part 3 may involve diet or health. The language in this video can be used to discuss addiction, the banning of substances, or even government control. The issue here is: Should tobacco be banned? If you know of countries (including yours) which have banned smoking in public places, […]Read more "Can you talk like this in IELTS Speaking Part 3?"
Until recently, I’d never heard of the word fluctuant. I have seen it twice so far when marking my students’ IELTS Writing Task 1 papers. At first glance, this word appeared quite strange to me. I wasn’t aware that it existed, and so when I see unusual constructions like The figure … was fluctuant. I […]Read more "IELTS Writing Task 1 – Fluctuant or Fluctuating?"
I have just uploaded a new lesson in the IELTS video series. This episode is on using collocations in IELTS Writing and Speaking as well as recognising them when you listen to an IELTS recording or read an IELTS text. I hope you will find it useful. Until next time!Read more "IELTS Video Series – Collocations"
Sometimes candidates will need to talk about the future in the IELTS interview and to be able to do this well, they will need to show adequate vocabulary to refer to predictions or plans. For example, you may be asked a question like this in the essay task: We are becoming increasingly dependent on computers. […]Read more "Talking about the future in IELTS Writing and Speaking"
In an earlier post on adjectives, I talked about the use of –ed and –ing. In IELTS Speaking, particularly in Part 2, it would be a good idea for candidates to say how they feel about the topic given to them. Using expressions or adjectives to describe feelings, candidates might be able to attain a […]Read more "Describe your feelings in IELTS Speaking"
If you take a closer look at the kind of topics that commonly come up in IELTS Speaking Part 2, you will probably notice something very similar. Quite often, you may be asked to describe a person, and questions around this theme actually appeared on several occasions like the examples given below: Describe a friend […]Read more "Describing personality in IELTS Speaking Part 2"