IELTS Trainer: A review

IELTS Trainer contains six IELTS Academic practice tests with tips on how to answer the questions in the first two practice tests. What I like most about this book is that it focuses on…

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Wh-Question Words Cootie Catcher

Wh-Question Words Cootie Catcher To make question words a bit more fun in class, I designed this cootie catcher for the kids to fold and play with. First they select the color, then the number, and then the number again. When the process is complete, they can look under the flap and …
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IELTS test in India – July 2017 (Academic Module)

Below are the details the R remembered from a recent IELTS test in India:

Listening testIELTS test in India

Section 1. Don’t remember.

Section 2. A recommendation to travel by train or bus.

Section 3. A map description of a hotel including nearby restaurants, cafes and other points of interest.

Section 4. About a clock and its development over time. Starting from sun dials, candles, sand clock and so on.

Reading test

Passage 1. About public transport.
Questions: True/False/Not Given, match headings to paragraphs.

Passage 2. About personal diaries.
Questions: filling in blanks, multiple choice, match headings to paragraphs.

Passage 3. About dinosaurs.
Questions: filling in blanks, multiple choice, True/False/Not Given.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a line graph showing 4 car manufacturing companies and how many hours it took to produce a single car between the years 1995 and 2000. The companies were General Motors, Ford, Nissan and Chrysler.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people think that government should provide education for free on all levels: primary, secondary and tertiary. Others believe that it is the responsibility of individuals to pay for their own tertiary education. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

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Talking Heads: Role-Play Using Masks

Talking Heads: Role-Play Using Masks Role-play activities are a fun way for students to practice vital speaking skills. Give students some masks and assign them characters to play and they can “be” someone else while practicing their speaking skills. These activities are particularly ide …
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IELTS test in Kuwait – July 2017 (General Training)

Our friend A took the IELTS test in Kuwait and remembered the following Writing and Speaking questions:

Writing testIELTS test in Kuwait

Writing task 1 (a letter)

Your recently did a home renovation. Write a letter to your friend and suggest to use your tradesman if he/she needs one. In your letter

– Tell your friend about the renovation
– Recommend your tradesman
– Explain why this is a good idea.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people think that children should be studying all the mandatory subjects until the age of ten, while others believe they should have an option to select favourite subjects to study. What is your opinion? Give reasons for your answer and include relevant examples from your experience.

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What kind of accommodation do you live in?
– Do you have a mirror in your house?
– Do you use it a lot?
– What types of programs do you watch on TV?
– Did you watch TV when you were young?
– What is the difference between watching TV in the past and nowadays?

Cue Card

Talk about an occasion you have attended an event that you had a specific role in. Please say

– When and where did the event occur?
– What was your role there?
– What was the hard part in it?

Discussion

– Should people do hard things?
– Why don’t most people take risks?
– Should governments prohibit people from taking risks?
– Why is that?

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IELTS test in Sydney, Australia – July 2017 (General Training)

Our friend N recently took the IELTS test in Sydney, Australia, and remembered the following details:

Listening testIELTS test in Australia

Section 1. A drama teacher and a parent were having a discussion.

Section 2. A lecturer talked with students about their research. Advantages and disadvantages of the research were discussed.

Section 3. Don’t remember.

Section 4. About the history of the pen and its development.

Reading test

Don’t remember.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You recently met a couple who will be visiting your town. Write a letter to them and say

– Suggest what to bring
– Recommend where they should stay
– What places they should visit

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Many nations like to host international sporting events, but people are against it. Describe both views and give your own opinion.

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Do you think your job is hard?
– Why do you think so?
– Do you play any musical instruments?
– Why / Why not?
– Do you have one friend or lots of friends?
– Why is it so?

Cue Card

Describe your neighbour. Please say

– Who is he/she?
– Where did you meet?
– Do you meet often?

Discussion

– How is the neighbourhood in your home country?
– Is it difficult to get along with neighbours in city areas?
– What can be done if your neighbours are loud and noisy?

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IELTS Speaking test in Lahore, Pakistan – July 2017

When Q took the IELTS Speaking test in Pakistan, he was asked the following questions:

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Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What is your major?
– Why did you choose this field?
– What is the most important part of your study program?
– How do you celebrate your birthdays?
– What age is important in your country and celebrated the most?
– Did you enjoy your birthdays as a child? Why?
– Is your birthday important to you? Why?
– Let’s talk about sunshine.
– How important is sunshine in your country?
– Do you normally get out and catch some sun or not?

Cue Card

Describe something you have not done so far but would like to do in the future. Please say

– What is it?
– When and where would you do it?
– Why would you like to do it?

Discussion

– Do you believe that you will do this?
– Is it important to set goals for younger generation in your country?
– What is the difference between men’s and women’s goals?
– Do you think a person can be successful without having any goals?
– Don’t you think that younger generation must have some goals for the progress of their country?
– What steps should the government take to reduce poverty?
– Should the government focus more on poverty rather than literacy?
– What is your own opinion on that?
– Do you have any solution in mind?

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IELTS test in Taiwan – July 2017 (General Training)

Following are topics and questions that K remembered from a recent IELTS exam in Taiwan:

Listening testIELTS test in Taiwan

Section 1. A phone call about student placement.

Section 2. Two students were talking about the topic of their study.

Section 3. A manager introduced a new employee to the office and payroll on the first day of new employment.

Section 4. The history of wallets and purses.

Reading test

Passage 1. A description of different museums.

Passage 2. About an internship opportunity in Ireland.

Passage 3. About London fog and its history.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You found a room at your company office that can be used as a relaxation room. Write a letter to your manager and ask to use it for this purpose. In your letter say

– Explain why you suggest this.
– Which room is it? Why?
– What changes will need to be done there?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

There is a trend of increasing amount of noise in our life. Why could this be a problem? What can be done to reduce it? Give your own opinion support it by examples.

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Where do you live?
– Is it an apartment or a house?
– What type of place would you like to live in, in the future?
– Who is your favourite pop star?
– What is the difference between live performances and recordings?

Cue Card

Describe a drama series that you like to watch. Please say

– Who are the characters?
– What is it about?
– Why do you like it so much?

Discussion

– What are popular topics on TV in your county? Why?
– What is the difference of TV shows in the past and now?
– Is there any positives in watching TV?
– Why did TV become so popular?

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Daily Grammar: Rio de Janeiro

Daily Grammar: Rio de Janeiro Learn about Rio de Janeiro and practice building grammar skills at the same. Each sentence in this passage contains an error. In the accompanying multiple choice questions, students must identify the error or the best way to improve each sentence. Mor …
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Young man from Nigeria got Band 8 in Academic IELTS – here is how

When we asked Oladeji Bamisile, a young man from Nigeria, how he managed to achieve Band 8 in his Academic IELTS exam, the answer was quite simple – lots of practice, early arrival, some warm up before Speaking and a prayer!

We felt his perspective was important to share with you, because quite a few of our students said they feel that Band 8 is nearly impossible to get. Oladeji’s experience proves the opposite – that with the right preparation and dedicated work, it is possible, doable, achievable and manageable!

Here is what he said about preparing for IELTS:

Band 9 in IELTS“Firstly, I practiced and read thoroughly the road to IELTS application materials, I took several tests there.

Secondly, I also practiced the test on the IELTS CD given alongside the material I received from the test centre, it was helpful.

Thirdly, I bought some materials online. These materials accounted to about 70% of my success, it included reading materials and also lots of tests and answers, listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Fourthly, I arrived at the exam venue hours earlier, so as to be in a calm mood and serene state of mind, free from pressure. On the day of my speaking test I made sure I raised a topic for discussion among the students sitting the test, and it was a good confidence booster, as it put me in the mood to talk. When I now got to the examiner I was calm and relaxed.

Lastly, I prayed to God to help me pass with excellence and he did!

The fact remains when practicing, time yourself and follow the timing keenly, I used 1 hour timing in Reading / Writing and it helped me finish most of my questions before the time was up.

Thanks so much, I hope my technique will work for someone else”.

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