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  • My IELTS Classroom Podcast Episodes 35: Generating Ideas for IELTS essays
    by Shelly on November 17, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Generating Ideas for IELTS essays One of the main problems that students face when they start IELTS Writing is generating ideas for IELTS essays. Today, Nick and I look at one way that you should definitely NOT use to find ideas, and then look at two simple approaches that you should. I also have a great blog post that discusses idea generation that you might want to read first before you listen. Below, you can find a summary of the episode, which includes all of the links to useful materials and the times of each part of the discussion (so you can go directly to the part you want to listen to) 🚀 Subscribe to My IELTS Classroom podcast on Apple The post My IELTS Classroom Podcast Episodes 35: Generating Ideas for IELTS essays appeared first on My IELTS Classroom Blog.

  • My IELTS Classroom Podcast Episodes 33 and 34: IELTS Speaking Part 3
    by Shelly on November 3, 2020 at 7:35 am

    IELTS Speaking Part 3 In IELTS Speaking Part 3, the focus moves away from you to the world around you. This means that you will have to be able to speak about abstract topics, which is not easy even for high-level test takers. In the episode above, Nick and I explain how to approach these questions well by looking at the types of question you will be asked, the common topics covered, and the right and wrong way to answer the questions in this part of the test. Plus, if you scroll to the end of this blog post, you can find the second episode where we analyse 5 students attempts at Part 3 to say what they are doing The post My IELTS Classroom Podcast Episodes 33 and 34: IELTS Speaking Part 3 appeared first on My IELTS Classroom Blog.

  • My IELTS Classroom Podcast 32: Why overgeneralising is damaging your IELTS essay score!
    by Shelly on October 27, 2020 at 8:44 am

    Why overgeneralising is damaging your IELTS essay score! I sometimes think that the world that I live in is very different to the one that IELTS test-takers live in. For example, when I was a child, my sister and I played a lot of computer games. The result? A lot of happy memories and good hand-eye coordination. However, if you ask IELTS test-takers what the result of playing computer games is, the answer is always the same: blindness, lack of social skills, and maybe, a life of crime! Do you see the problem? These results are just TOO BIG! In IELTS overgeneralising is specifically mentioned in the band descriptors as a mistake that stops students getting an 8.0 for Task Response or The post My IELTS Classroom Podcast 32: Why overgeneralising is damaging your IELTS essay score! appeared first on My IELTS Classroom Blog.

  • My IELTS Classroom Podcast: 3 common IELTS Grammar Mistakes
    by Shelly on October 20, 2020 at 9:40 am

    3 common IELTS Grammar Mistakes I know, I know, I know – not everybody likes grammar! In fact, even Nick hated it when he first started teaching. The problem, though, is that 25% of your score for writing and listening will be awarded based on your sentence structures. There are many places where students can make errors in the writing test, but day upon day, Nick and I see the same 3 common IELTS grammar mistakes again and again. What are they? Well, you will need to listen to find out! Below, you can find a summary of the episode, which includes all of the links to useful materials and the times of each part of the discussion (so you The post My IELTS Classroom Podcast: 3 common IELTS Grammar Mistakes appeared first on My IELTS Classroom Blog.

  • 50 Recent IELTS Essay Questions
    by Shelly on October 15, 2020 at 9:35 am

    50 Recent IELTS Essay Questions  Hey! It is so important that when you sit down to practice IELTS writing, you only use questions that are “genuine”. This means using either questions that come from the IELTS Cambridge 1 – 14 series or those that have been created by an exam writer, like those in my 100 IELTS essay question blog post. However, many students like to practice recent IELTS essay questions i.e. topics that have been reported by recent test-takers. I understand why students want to do this – knowing what the recent IELTS essays questions are and checking that you can answer them is reassuring. However, unfortunately, test-takers rarely (if ever) manage to accurately remember the wording of the question that they The post 50 Recent IELTS Essay Questions appeared first on My IELTS Classroom Blog.

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