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  • IELTS Writing Task 2: three aspects of an essay plan
    by Simon on February 19, 2020 at 9:00 am

    There are three things that you need to think about when planning an essay: How you will answer the question (your position / opinion) How you will structure your essay to communicate your answer The ideas that you will include in your main paragraphs For example, let’s do an essay plan for the question below. Many high street shops have gone out of business in recent years. Why do you think this has happened? Is it a positive or negative development? 1. My answer Online shopping is the main reason. The trend is both positive and negative. 2. Structure: four…

  • IELTS Listening: how to use practice tests
    by Simon on February 18, 2020 at 9:00 am

    It’s a good idea to do practice tests (e.g. using the Cambridge IELTS books) in preparation for the listening exam. Here’s some advice to help you benefit from doing practice tests: 1. Your score is not the most important thing The important thing is what you have learnt by doing the test. Were there any new words or phrases that you can learn? What did you find difficult? Did any of the questions trick you? In other words, what do you need to do to improve your score? 2. Check how accurate your answers are Be strict with yourself; every…

  • IELTS Reading: paraphrasing practice
    by Simon on February 17, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Let’s look at some examples of paraphrasing, using the text below. What is an ‘elevator pitch’? An “elevator pitch” is an overview of a product, service, person, group, organisation or project, and is often part of a fund-raising, marketing, brand or public relations program. The name “elevator pitch” reflects the idea that it should be possible to deliver a short but effective presentation in the time span of an elevator ride from the ground floor to the directors’ boardroom on the top floor of a building. An elevator pitch is often used by an entrepreneur pitching an idea to an…

  • Student testimonial
    by Simon on February 16, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    The best kind of testimonial (positive feedback) is when a student tells me that he or she has passed the IELTS test and no longer needs my help. For example, here’s a message that I received earlier today from someone who unsubscribed from my member site: “It is a wonderful resource, Simon. I have to leave the membership as I cleared* my Academic IELTS and got the required scores. Thank you for all the support!” *Instead of saying “I cleared”, it would be better to say “I passed the IELTS test”.

  • IELTS Advice: knowledge vs skill
    by Simon on February 15, 2020 at 9:00 am

    I studied French at school for seven years, and my teachers helped me to accumulate quite a lot of knowledge about the language. However, when I visited France I still felt like a beginner. I found it difficult to understand native speakers, and I couldn’t speak naturally; I had to construct sentences in my head before I spoke, and I was constantly worried about making mistakes. In short, I had knowledge but not much skill. Do you feel like this when you speak or write in English? Maybe it’s time to stop studying English and start practising it as much…

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  • IELTS Speaking Part 3 TIPS (2020 Questions)
    by keithohare on February 19, 2020 at 5:08 am

    This is the first of a series of videos giving you IELTS Speaking Part 3 tips. The TOPIC here is THE NEWS. Ideas, vocabulary, and idioms to answer the NEW 2020 IELTS Speaking Part 3 Questions. IELTS Speaking Part 3 Topic – The News Questions you may be asked; Why is it important to watch … IELTS Speaking Part 3 TIPS (2020 Questions) Read More » The post IELTS Speaking Part 3 TIPS (2020 Questions) appeared first on IELTS Speaking Success.

  • #11 IELTS Speaking Model Answer – A Historical Event
    by keithohare on January 2, 2020 at 9:59 am

    IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Cue Card Describe a historical event in your country You should say: When it took place What happened Why it was important and explain how you feel about this event. 2. SAMPLE ANSWER 3. LANGUAGE in the VIDEO Vocabulary Historic = important or likely to be important in history  Last week’s football match … #11 IELTS Speaking Model Answer – A Historical Event Read More » The post #11 IELTS Speaking Model Answer – A Historical Event appeared first on IELTS Speaking Success.

  • Native Speakers Do IELTS – Luke Thompson
    by keithohare on December 20, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Watch native speakers doing a mock IELTS test and see how you can use natural English to get a band 9. This week Luke Thompson. The post Native Speakers Do IELTS – Luke Thompson appeared first on IELTS Speaking Success.

  • Model Answers EPISODE 4 – How to learn with model answers
    by keithohare on December 16, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Learning with model answers It’s really easy to learn with model answers. There are 2 steps to take. 1) Learn to pick out (choose) the useful things that can help you build better sentences, and so build better answers  2) Practice repeating and using them Let’s look at these in turn; 1. Pick out useful … Model Answers EPISODE 4 – How to learn with model answers Read More » The post Model Answers EPISODE 4 – How to learn with model answers appeared first on IELTS Speaking Success.

  • Model Answers EPISODE 3 – Why you shouldn’t read model answers
    by keithohare on December 16, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Will reading model answers help me improve me IELTS score? Yes and no.  Yes, because you see the language in context, but… …there are plenty of problems with this. You don’t learn the sounds of the words, the word stress, sentence stress, intonation, or rhythm. Reading aloud does not develop your fluency You will get … Model Answers EPISODE 3 – Why you shouldn’t read model answers Read More » The post Model Answers EPISODE 3 – Why you shouldn’t read model answers appeared first on IELTS Speaking Success.

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