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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Using collocations in IELTS Writing and Speaking

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. […]

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Using colloquialism in IELTS Writing Task 1

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 […]

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Can you talk like this in IELTS Speaking Part 3?

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, […]

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IELTS Writing Task 1 – Fluctuant or Fluctuating?

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 […]

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Talking about the future in IELTS Writing and Speaking

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. […]

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Describing personality in IELTS Speaking Part 2

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 […]

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